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Dinner at the Whale’s Rib Tavern

End your day of exploration by enjoy a relaxing meal at our restaurant, the Whale’s Rib Tavern. The restaurant is located in our attached rustic barn with views of the millpond and grounds. Our intimate bar area offers a warm and inviting casual atmosphere enjoyed by visitors and locals alike. Our menu always features fresh local ingredients, and changes on a regular basis to take advantage of the seasonal bounty Maine has to offer. Our restaurant can book up several days in advance, to ensure you are not disappointed, please be sure to make an advanced dinner reservation before you arrive, as we may not be able to accommodate you without one. The restaurant and bar area are open Wednesdays through Sundays. On Mondays we offer an abbreviated menu for a smaller number of guests in our dining room by reservation only, and on Tuesdays we are closed. If you are staying at the Inn, please call 207-348-6615 to make your dinner reservation through our front desk. If you are an outside guest, please call the restaurant directly at 207-348-5222.

Below is a sample of the type of menu we offer at the Whale’s Rib Tavern. Menu items change on a regular basis to take advantage of seasonality. Please call us if you would like to know what’s on the menu for the night.

View our wine list and our beer & cocktail list.

Sample Menu


Carrot ginger soup (V) 6

Locally smoked cod & clam chowder 7

Local organic greens with local goat cheese, apple cider vinaigrette 10

Local cheese board, with house made chicken liver pate, local chutney, house-made crackers 12

Local Peekytoe crab tian, avocado, chive aioli 10

Blue Hill rope raised mussels, roasted garlic cream, fried leeks 11


Crispy eggplant, fresh mozzarella & asiago cheeses, basil marinara, truffle cavatappi 17

Seared halibut, lobster spring pea risotto, romesco sauce 26

Boiled Stonington lobster, buttered new potatoes, coleslaw MP

Roasted chicken breast, wild rice risotto, grilled portabello mushroom and sautéed local arugula 18

Braised lamb shanks, red bliss mashed potato, roasted vegetables 25

Grilled beef tenderloin, garlic roasted fingerling potatoes, mushroom jus 26


Chocolate Pot de Creme 7

Seasonal fruit crisp 7

Chocolate, caramel & sea salt tart 7

Trio of sorbets with lemon tuile 7

V= Vegan; MP = Market Price

Please note that many of our dishes are gluten free, please ask your server.


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Dinner at the Whale's Rib Tavern on Deer Isle Maine
Dinner at the Whale's Rib Tavern on Deer Isle Maine
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