What others say…
Love the Beals Lobster Pound! Not our first visit .and will not (hopefully ) be our last Eaten here a few times. Fun watching people park and hang their vehicle up on the tricky pier. Very entertaining. Glad it wasn't us!! Fun to watch all of the people and comings and goings in this quiet Harbor. Like to go about 3-4 in the afternoon as we are blue hairs .. Avoid the busy time of day when the screaming children are there. Bartenders very helpful as well as the guy helping you pick out your very tasty lobster, argghh
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Fourteen family members from 7 states met in the Bar Harbor area for a 4-day family reunion. Not only did we want to find a place that could accommodate our large group and take reservations, but we were celebrating 2 birthdays as well. The dinner at Beal's exceeded our expectations. They greeted us, sat us at the 2 tables they had set aside for our group, explained how to place our orders and to go directly to the owner to place the orders. We looked forward to a true, Maine Lobster experience and got everything and more. All of our meals were excellent, we indulged in unique alcoholic beverages and had dessert. Thanks to Matt, the owner, his brother, the bartender and all the waitstaff for giving our family a true Maine experience.
This is a traditional, classic, working, fish and lobster dock that just happens to have a restaurant as a side gig. The dockside food, service, and atmosphere was excellent. Don’t miss out on this.
This place was perfect, we thought we were going to a sit down regular restaurant. We were very pleased when we arrived and found you walked up and placed your order. They assign you a table then bring the food out. The food was wonderful and the service was great also. Everyone was very friendly and it was just a fun place to eat at.
We just returned from Bar Harbor (9/26/22 - 9/30/22) and Beal's took home several awards from us: 1) Best overall experience, 2) best lobster, and 3) best lobster mac & cheese. We tried Beal's, Thurston's, and Trenton Bridge -- while all were good, Beal's was REALLY good. The service/friendliness, the atmosphere, the food all exceptional. And that Lobster Mac & Cheese WOW, just WOW! We have never seen/had anything like that previously, and it was INCREDIBLE!
Going along with the majority, this place is as authentic as it gets. You walk in the front door and order at the counter with a 12' open top tank to pick a lobster from. I chose a pound of mussels which were all delivered without a single "closed" (dead) one in the bunch. Locally sourced. Cathy had been looking where to get an authentic lobster roll and this place delivered. Not the bits and pieces on a Safeway hot dog bun but large chunks on a double sized half-cut through piece of basically Texas toast. The team for ordering and bringing out the food to your table were efficient and pleasant. Lots of seating ; picnic tables outdoors, comfortable tables under the tent, and high top chairs along a walkway facing the harbor.
So don't waste your money on in-town restaurants offering fresh lobster and rolls... Beal's the real place to go.... Gotta look for it but we'll worth the search!
Of note, don't wait for dinner time.... Plan to go around 3pm and no problem with lines or seating.
A great place to hit when visiting Mount Desert Island. At peak dinner hours, the line was a little long, but moved fast. They keep the live lobster in a tank and you can purchase one to bring home, or select one for them to boil whole right there for you. Pretty wild for a tourist like me! The food was really tasty and the views couldn't be beat. A little chilly on the deck when the breeze comes through but still worth it.
As authentic as it comes! Nice staff, very friendly. Great lobster bisque with huge chunks. Garlic Lobster rolls were good but under seasoned.
We were confused when we walked in the first time but as we got to the front of the line, the great staff quickly and efficiently explained the menu, specials, and everything we needed to know to enjoy the best lobster ever. Do not miss a chance to visit Beal's while in Southwest Harbor,
Loved it! Recommended by local friends and must say it was outstanding! Food, service, and very cool atmosphere! Everyone was friendly and the food was exceptional! Highly recommend!
Good food and the staff was very friendly and helpful! Nice indoor outdoor atmosphere as well! Lobster roll had nice flavor