Whales Rib Tavern LogoEnd your day of exploration by enjoying a relaxing and innovative meal at our Downeast Maine restaurant and bar, located in our attached rustic barn with views of the Mill Pond and grounds. Our menu always features fresh ingredients and changes seasonally. We pride ourselves on using local ingredients from organic farms and seafood caught in our local waters.

We are closed for the 2017 season, but we re-open on May 16th! Make your reservations now to make sure you get the chance to enjoy some of Chef Max Mattes’ fabulous food at The Whale’s Rib Tavern.

Please note: the restaurant will be not be taking reservations for Friday, May 18. We will be hosting a special, ticketed dinner event as part of the Wings Waves & Woods Festival.


The Whale’s Rib Tavern is popular and our dining room can book up several days in advance! The restaurant’s dining room is in our rustic barn and our cozy bar includes two tables which can also be reserved for dinner. We strongly recommend reservations for dinner as we have a small dining room and it is best to ensure you can get in to have dinner with us.

Note: Based on the size of our dining room it is difficult for us to accommodate parties over 8 people. Parties of 6 or more will have an 18% gratuity added to the check.

If you have very specific times you want a reservation or if you are with a group, it is best to call at least several days in advance. During the busiest season, we fill up fast so please understand if you can’t get in to have dinner with us on a specific night. Call 207-348-5222 to make your reservations.

Our Cuisine

Chef Max Mattes has returned for another season with the Whale’s Rib Tavern and brings the wonderful flavor combinations that inspire the dishes, using various spices and techniques from world cuisine. Chef Mattes focuses on fresh, seasonal and local ingredients. No matter what you are craving, we have a dish that is guaranteed to satisfy!

Lobster Dinner at the Restaurant at Pilgrim's Inn

Choose from classics like our signature seared halibut with lobster risotto or try something new like our sous vide chicken breast. Our menu includes a variety of dishes to meet the needs of diners who are seafood or steak lovers, or vegetarian. Our menu items feature different preparations and accompaniments from week to week, based on what ingredients are in season and available locally. Check out our sample menu below.

Special Diets: If you have allergies please let your server know so that those items can be avoided. We can accommodate many special dietary requirements if you let your server know in advance. Our chef will work with you to get what you need for a great meal.

Dining Hours

  • Monday – Shore dinner by ADVANCED reservation – Serving a traditional shore dinner with dessert, for a fixed price
  • Tuesday – Saturday, 5:00- 8:15, full restaurant menu available
  • Closed Sundays


Parking for the Whale’s Rib Tavern is street-side in the Deer Isle Village. The on-site parking lot is for guests of our Inn – please be respectful of the fact that Inn guests staying for the night need to be able to park on-site when they arrive.

Whether you are staying at our Downeast Maine inn or just want to come for dinner, please call 207-348-5222 to make your dinner reservation through our front desk.

Below is a sample of the type of menu we offer. 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. 

Sample Menu


Roasted butternut squash & Granny Smith apple soup (vegan) – 8
Fried sage

Smoked cod & clam chowder – 9
Stonington Seafood locally smoked cod

Green salad, cherry tomatoes, baby cucumbers, radishes – 9
Yellow Birch Farm greens, rice wine vinaigrette

Local cheese & paté plate – 14
House made chicken liver paté & crackers, Red Barn Farm chevre, Nervous Nellie’s mango chutney (serves two)

Steamed Deer Isle clams – 14
PBR, onion and thyme



Grilled Portobello, sun dried tomatoes, roasted red peppers – 19
Yellow Birch Farm rainbow chard, pesto, white wine, cavatappi pasta

Sweet chili glazed Highland Blue salmon, pearl couscous, tomatoes, cucumber salad – 26
Chimichurri, Yellow Birch Farm

Seared halibut and lobster risotto – 32
Asparagus, romesco sauce

Stonington boiled 2 lb lobster – MP
Buttered new potatoes and coleslaw

Orange glazed duck breast, roasted garlic polenta, mustard greens, dried cherries – 28
Pomegranate molasses, Nervous Nellie’s, Fine Line Farm

Grilled ribeye, garlic mashed potatoes, arugula, gorgonzola, charred red onions, red wine demi glace – 27
Pineland Farm beef, Yellow Birch Farm

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

Please call 207-348-5222 to make your dinner reservation.