Since 1986 The Balance Rock Inn has been offering luxury accommodations for the summer season in Bar Harbor. The original restaurant began in 1998 serving prix fixe dinner in our breakfast room. Although popular, we wanted to offer a service to complement the hotel. The Veranda Bar now offers innovative cocktails and food with an unparalleled view of Frenchman’s Bay. We present a seasonal cocktail menu with only fresh made mixers, syrups, and infusions. Product local to New England is the main inspiration in the kitchen. Our menu changes weekly depending on the ingredients local farmers have to offer. Check out our “partners” page for more information on the farms we source from.
Veranda was epic!! Food was amazing and our server Kurt was great!!
Fantastic! Best fine dining in Bar Harbor.
We enjoyed a delicious dinner with a wonderful view of the harbour.
Best meal I've had in 10 years...I eat out frequently. The food and service was exceptional. You'd expect this quality of food and service in NYC. Expensive but you get what you pay for!
Everything was perfect! Server was wonderful
We loved it! Beautiful setting and wonderful food and service. It was a magical evening!
Spectacular dinner. Outstanding service and truly amazing food.
The nicest dining experience I’ve had in a long time! Thanks for the great service :)
Thank you for adding little personal touches to make the start of our honeymoon special! Fabulous service and the scallops were absolutely amazing! We both agreed it was of the best things we’ve ever eaten!
The Veranda restaurant at The Balance Rock Inn was absolutely wonderful. We stayed at the Inn and the staff couldn't be nicer and more helpful. Dinner was amazing from start to finish and the atmosphere beautiful with a gorgeous view. I would highly recommend having dinner here but make sure you make a reservation.
The entire dining experience was beyond excellent !! Food, service, staff made you feel like you were the only diners. Highly recommend!!!
A beautiful evening sitting outdoors at The Verenda. The staff is attentive and friendly. The homemade bread is as delicious as they say. Excellent wine. The Scallop appetizer was delicious, entrees were very good! I highly recommend The Veranda for a wonderful evening in a beautiful setting.
Excellent all around
Great service was informative, friendly and the food was fantastic
Fabulous evening...great food and wonderful service. Thank you!
Wonderful evening at the Veranda! Beautiful restaurant with really good food! Service was also exceptional!
This was an absolutely beautiful experience! We were seated outside on the terrace and the ambiance was 10/10. The entire property is gorgeous. We were also pleasantly surprised at how welcoming, professional, and knowledgeable the staff was. Our server gave us extra background on the dishes we were served which was much appreciated and the food was delicious. We debated coming back the next night. Thank you Veranda! We will definitely be back :)
We had an excellent evening at the Veranda- loved the food, service, view- very intimate and wonderful for a romantic dinner.
amazing .. first class service .. michelin standards ....
Exceptional food and atmosphere. Highly recommend!
There were a few other guests who were fairly loud, but other than that the experience was phenomenal! Service was prompt and friendly, the view is beautiful, and the food was delicious!
A most incredibly romantic and fun experience! Do not miss this gem!
Everything was great! Wonderful ambience! Gentle and knowledgeable staff. Very happy!
A wee bit expensive but yummy
Great Birthday Dinner with my Love! Service was impeccable and the dinner was excellent!
We eat out a lot. At least we did before COVID. Veranda served us, without a doubt, the best meal we've had in 2020. Bar Harbor can be hit or miss when it comes to fine dining. Many restaurants attempt to lure the tourist dollar and conventional wisdom suggests this can be done by offering as wide array a menu as possible and always serving lobster. I get it. You come to Maine, you want lobster. Veranda's approach is off the beaten path...literally. Tucked away in a beautiful oceanside resort at the end of a small road, this place is easy to miss. Located in the Balance Rock Inn, the vibe is elegant but simple. A red carpet and brown walled bar gives way to a small dining room and then a gorgeous deck overlooking the resort's pool and ocean front vistas. The wine list is full of French and Italian selections. The staff were friendly and knowledgeable and the food was simply excellent and not a lobster in sight. We are already planning our return trip.
This was a great place. Excellent menu and attentive but not at all stuffy service. We had a lovely meal overlooking Frenchman Bay with gorgeous even colors and even a rainbow.
Best place to eat in Bar Harbor, no question! Delicious food, well presented, excellent service, wonderful view. A little expensive but worth every cent!
We loved everything but felt food was a bit overpriced
Best restaurant in Bar Harbor for fine dining!
The food, service and ambiance were all very nice. However, the wine pricing is much too high. I thought restaurants didn't mark up wines 50% any more.
Great food presentation and taste. Beautiful setting. Service is fine except the hostess refuses to seat us at an empty table with view and claims it was reserved but was left empty the entire night. Instead we had to sit on high top table for a very expensive meal which ruined the whole experience.
Beautiful ambiance, surroundings and view. Meals did not meet our expectations, Presentation was beautiful but all of our meals feel short
We have come to MDI for many years, but this was our first time to the Veranda. It is a very pleasant place with a spectacular view. The food was very good, but the portions were small. The wait staff was trying very hard to be attentive and provide good service, but they were inexperienced and not really professional about it. Prices were very high. There are at least 3 restaurants on MDI where the food is equally good, but with larger portions and lower prices and equivalent or better service. I would return to the Veranda, but not frequently.
Limited menu for people with alternative eating styles. No vegan or many gluten free options, few/no fresh vegetables or salads. Steak and cod were delicious but no vegetables on the plate or to choose from. Also, we were never asked if we had dietary preferences or restrictions. Ended up choosing other restaurants in town that gave us more options. Service was excellent. Though breakfast was same issue with so few choices for gluten free/ vegan fare. Thank you.
Food was delicious. Our server was amazing. However, we asked to please sit outside, but were told all the tables were taken. This was not true as at least 2-3 tables were empty the entire time we ate. The inside was small and noisy. A very rude couple complaining about everything and being rude to the waiter sat next close to us. It made the experience so distracting we chose to skip dessert to get out.
Hostess was great and food was tasty but service was really really off.