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Type: Bar, Eatery

119 Main St
Bar Harbor, Maine, 04609-1880
United States

(207) 288-2886 | map

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Photo of mendvicdog
2/5  rDev -48.5%

Photo of Mdez
4.23/5  rDev +9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Stopped by this place after looking at quite a few places to eat in Bar Harbor the afternoon/evening of August 30, 2012.

We originally decided to eat here because, like many places in Bar Harbor, they have Allagash White on tap and that's what I wanted. I was tired of going to places to eat that only had the usual suspects and maybe a Newcastle as the "high-end" beer. They had probably 20+ beers on tap along with 20-25 more bottles; quite a few good ones and imports. The drafts were generally $5 each for a 16 ouncer and $1.50 more to make it 23 ounces. They had pages of wine selections, but I dodn't really care...

We thought it looked a bit pricey, but decided to go because it was a great location and a wonderful night to be out and watching people go by.

They also have a great selection, but don't serve any burgers after 5:00 or so; keeps out the riff-raff I guess. My shrimp and scallops were great and my wife loved her salmon. We tried the Blueberry pie and it was a perfect ending.

We thought at first it was a little expensive, but everything tasted great and it turned out to be a nice place to spend a few hours. It was a good choice.

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Photo of berley31
3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

Actually went to this place twice on a recent weekend getaway to Bar Harbor, mainly because they really do have the best beer selection in town (at least, compare to anywhere else we were that weekend).

Quite a good selection of local beers on tap, plus quite a few in bottles, as well, including a healthy selection of Belgium ales. They even have some of the pricier bottles, such as Allagash Curieux, which my wife and I split at a price of $18.95... I picked up a bottle at a liquor store in Ellsworth the next day, and it was only 3-4 dollars cheaper, so that's pretty good for bar prices.

Atmosphere is dark and large, with a very nice outdoor patio. The first night we sat at the bar, and the bartenders were a little distant and "cool"; they seemed more concerned with appearing awesome than really helping out with beer advice or such. A little pretentious overall.

However, definitely worth stopping by, if for the beer selection alone.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

One of the most consistent restaurants I've been to in Bar Harbor. Was first introduced to it by a friend who worked there at the time and said it was the best place to go for night life and I'd have to agree. They certainly have one of the larger facilities in the area as Rup's is part of two other places connected to the building (Joe's Smoke House and Carmen Veranda).

Their beer selection is pretty good, a host of local brews and the usual suspects. Their food is good too, got pub grub and more upscale entrées to choose from, first time I ever had an ostrich burger (kinda like a turkey burger if you're interested).

When dining during the summer, eat outside as its the best spot, especially when watching all the other tourists walking around to shop.

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Photo of number1bum
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Visited Rupununi while vacationing in Bar Harbor last week. Obviously I read that they had the best beer selection in Bar Harbor, so that's why I went. The place is actually surprisingly big. There's an outside patio area with quite a few tables, then a big space inside and even more seating upstairs. I can't imagine having to wait to get a seat here.

Beer selection was pretty darn good. Probably 20 taps or so, about half of them Maine taps and the others good stuff from elsewhere. I had a DFH 60min (why isn't there a good local IPA on tap when you really have a hankerin for one) and then a Gritty McDuff's black fly stout. Service was friendly and prompt. Food was quite good. I had wings and a burger, and my wife had asian flank steak. The spices in the Asian steak were a little odd, but otherwise the meal and the drinks were very solid. A little pricey, but then again it's a resort town so what do you expect. Definitely recommended if you're in town.

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Photo of bennybrew
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

i don't care for "rup's" as much as mckay's. it does have it's strong points.

the building actually holds a resturaunt (rupanuni) and 2 resturaunts (joe's smoke house and carmen veranda). for the sake of reviewing it is all one place as they are all connected and share food and beer menus. just don't be fooled when in town looking at the phone book.

they have the best beer selection in bar harbor. there are many good beers on tap and many others in bottles. if you are in one spot you can get beers that are in the others (most of the time, and you may have to wait).

food is okay. they do have some interesting stuff available (emu burger or something). more of a place i go to to have a few.

full bar too. pool tables upstairs in carmen veranda.

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Photo of Abita45
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Stopped here on the first night of a trip to Acadia National Park. We sat outside on the patio, which occupies the front corner of of the resturant. Covered by a nice awning and a wrought iron fence, it's a very nice place for a meal. The interior is more polished oak and typical of a seafood place, with the exception of the exotic fish tank in lieu of a regular fishtank, I guess.

I had, without exaggeration, the best grilled salmon of my life. I can only guess that past plates of salmon weren't as fresh as this, or perhaps this is the difference between a fish farm and naturally caught, but regardless, it was the best I've ever had. Nicely seasoned and garnished with a very good rice dish.

My girlfriend had crabcakes which were good, but not outstanding. They came with a nice cucumber/yogurt sauce.

Rupununi has a very good selection of beer; plenty of the locals, along with Harpoon, Sam Adams, Alagash, and some other New England based beers.

One surprise was the Andrews Pale Ale. Really good, and probably the best pale ale was had on the trip. We couldn't find it in the local beer store, but it was very good.

We really enjoyed this place. After dinner we walked around Bar Harbor and eventually made it back for beers at the inside bar. The location is great, the beer selection is great, and if you ever go, you will not be sorry you ordered the salmon.

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Photo of stiv
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Stopped in for a few beers and lunch last weekend.

The best draft and beer selection in the Bar Harbor area. I counted 21 taps which included 7 taps from Maine breweries and 2 taps with Belgian/Belgian-style beers. The Maine taps included Allagash White, Gearys Pale Ale, a Casco Bay product and several Bar Harbor Brewing Co's beers. The Belgian taps were Unibroue's Noire and Éphemère Framboise.

There was also a list of ~50 bottled beers which included 12 beers from Belgium (Orval, Westmalle dubbel and triple, Duvel among others).

Pleasant lunch (chili and salad, good crab roll) - we sat outside on a warm late-summer day and watched the foot traffic go by.

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Photo of ecoboy
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Good location, nice feel, exquisite beer list.

Outdoor deck is a plus in the summer, I'm sure, but a chill September evening in Bar Harbor drove BA Margaret and I inside next to the fish tank. Nice to see they even label the fish species in the tank, and let one know that the breeds are found in the region of South America that gives the restaurant its name. One of the better unusually-themed restaurants in Maine, even as it is a beer destination. Would still get favorable reviews in dozens of other American cities.

Best Belgian list in Maine. Period. Good selection of the Portland and Bar Harbor breweries in bottles, bombers and on tap with most styles represented. Had the bad fortune to get a poorly rinsed glass, so my first sips of Cadillac Mountain Stout were marred. I'm not sure that happens all that often, and it was the only disappointing moment of a fun evening. We paired some delectable Westmalle Tripel and some cold raw oysters. And, to my surprise, stout goes nicely with beet salad (something I'm sure the Russians already know.) Recommended when in the area.

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Rupununi in Bar Harbor, ME
Place rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 9 ratings
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