Picnic at Salt Cottages | Onsite Eatery

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Just as the kitchen is the heart of every home, Picnic is the soul of Salt Cottages’ where you’ll find all the sweet treats, savory snacks, and tasty indulgences that make summer in Maine so incredible. Stop by our counter for your favorites.

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Bar Harbor Dining

With so many incredible Bar Harbor restaurants, famous ice cream shops, and iconic lobster shacks to choose from, you owe it to yourself to get out and try as many as you can. From coffee on the go-to lobster in the rough, here are a few of our favorite restaurants on Mount Desert Island .

Bar Harbor Lobster Bakes

Less than a five-minute walk from your cottage, Bar Harbor Lobster Bakes has been delivering the authentic Maine lobster in the rough experience since 1979. Traveling with someone who doesn’t like lobster? Don’t worry! They have burgers and salads too!


The menu at this intimate restaurant changes daily with elegant dishes inspired by chef/owners Kyle and Marie Yarborough’s winter travels. Best of all, it’s located just outside the downtown area where the parking situation is slightly less competitive.

Sweet Pea’s Café

If you need a break from the busy summer scene here on MDI, enjoy fresh oysters or a piping hot pizza at Sweat Pea’s. Their delightful outdoor dining room is less than ten minutes from Salt Cottages on Route 3 in the opposite direction of downtown Bar Harbor.

Thirsty Whale Tavern

This local pub hangout’s menu includes casual seafood dishes including fish sandwiches & chowder.

Side Street Café

Live like a local – or at least eat like one — when you indulge in the classic comfort foods found at this family-owned eatery.


Specializing in some of the freshest seafood found on MDI’s coast, Galyn’s is a fine dining establishment with a laid, back casual vibe.

The Chart Room

Located just across the street from Salt Cottages, this Bar Harbor institution has been serving up fresh seafood for more than thirty years.


Specializing in American Fine Dining with Latin Flair, Havana’s menu is focused on dishes made with local, organic meats, produce and seafood.


You can’t leave Bar Harbor without stopping for a lobster roll chowder combo, and Stewman’s serves it in the rough.

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More Dining Options on MDI

When you’re ready to venture beyond Bar Harbor for a meal, you will find an abundance of fantastic restaurants, cafes, and seafood shacks from which to choose.

Batson Fish Camp

Located on the dock of The Claremont and featuring the easy-going aesthetics of a vintage fishing camp, there’s no better place to enjoy light bites, burgers, salad, and their “soon to be famous” lobster roll.

Thurston's Lobster Pound

With views that rival the food, Thurston’s serves up all the classic Maine seafood fare you would expect to find at a lobster pound.

Seafood Ketch

Specializing in locally inspired land and sea dishes featuring choice meats and freshly caught seafood from right here off the coast of Maine.

Little Fern

The menu at our sister property’s upscale restaurant is a celebration of Maine food featuring an eclectic mix of Down East essentials and imaginative creations.

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