Best Breakfast in Bar Harbor: 13 Not to Miss Spots

Before heading out for a full day at Acadia National Park, you’ll want to fuel up with the best breakfast Bar Harbor has to offer. Whether you are a grab a snack at a coffee shop kinda morning person, or someone who loves a hearty breakfast, there’s something for eveyone’s taste buds. Many of the local restaurants are open seasonally from May to October.

For those hearty trek in winter folks and locals there are still many spots to explore. Finding a great breakfast spot year round is luckily easy. We’ve put together our top bar harbor restaurants picks, that are popular with locals and tourists alike.

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Best Bar Harbor Breakfast Spots

There is something so enticing about a good breakfast spot. Maybe it’s the aroma of fresh baked pastries or frying bacon. Or maybe it’s the jolt from a good cup of joe, and a hearty feast to get your day started before heading off on your adventures.

Whatever the appeal, we’ve gathered the best Bar Harbor breakfast spots to start your day off on the right foot (or maybe that’s taste buds).

Whether you want to linger on those rainy days indoors, before figuring out what to do in Acadia in the rain, or hang out on a deck soaking up rays you’ll leave full and satisfied.

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Close up of lobster eggs benedict  on a wooden plank. Bar Harbor breakfast  favorites.
Try some Maine favorites like Lobster Eggs Benedict

2 Cats Bar Harbor

130 Cottage Street, Bar Harbor, ME 04609 (open year round)

Serving only breakfast, 2 Cats, Bar Harbor has elevated it to an art, and has the best breakfast around. A family owned establishment since 1996, they serve 300-500 breakfasts a day in peak season.

Locals and tourists alike head here for their awesome breakfast menu year round.

Favorites include the popular hearty farmer’s breakfast (scrambled eggs with onions and peppers, served with spicy sausage), eggs benedict on flaky biscuits, and the eclectic surroundings.

Many ingredients are organic, including the excellent Fair Trade coffee. Everything is made from scratch, and the orange juice is freshly squeezed.

For breakfast in Bar Harbor, 2 Cats is located in a rambling, red-roofed inn and breakfast place on Cottage Street. Open on weekends only in the off season.

In summer it’s a great place to people-watch from the Adirondack chairs on the lawn, or a table under the covered porch.

Must try: Cat’s paw (cross between a biscuit & cinnamon roll), eggs benny on their flaky biscuits & spicy home fries.

Cafe This Way

14 1/2 Mt. Desert St, Bar Harbor, ME (open seasonally)

This Bar Harbor cafe ticks all the boxes for a best breakfast spot in Bar Harbor. Delicious locally sourced food including eggs benny, blueberry pancakes, french toast (with real maple syrup). 

Organic and vegan food options available. Fancy coffees for your morning pick-me-up. Enjoy the quirky and eclectic decor in this artsy eatery…yes that really is a garage door to the patio.

Tucked away on a side street in the heart of Bar Harbor, they describe themselves as ” one part hip coffee house and one part casual-gourmet” to reflect the 3 women who own this cafe.

Cafe This Way is a great option, but note it’s only open seasonally (early May to October). Offers some organic, vegan and gluten-free options & breakfast cocktails.

Must Try: Café Monte Cristo – Their version of a french toast sandwich, piled high with a fried egg, ham, and cheddar cheese. Or Kit’s Burrito.

Choco-Latté Cafe

240 Main St, Bar Harbor, ME (open year round)

Chocco-Latte is a fun and relaxed atmosphere for coffee and chocolate lovers.

This neighbourhood coffee shop is known for their house-made bagels, and craft chocolates, as well as locally roasted organic coffee. They also offer breakfast sandwiches and baked goods from nearby Mount Dessert Bakery.

Check out their walls which feature local artists from Maine and New England. You may just want to bring one home, along with a jug of their cold-brew coffee.

Located on Maine Street in Bar harbor it’s also close to all the quaint local shops. Order online for take out or eat in, seven days a week from 7am to 5pm.

Must try: Choose your own breakfast sandwich on a housemade bagel, a choco-latte (or hot chocolate for the kiddos).

Jeannie’s Great Maine Breakfast

15 Cottage Street, Bar Harbor, ME (open seasonally)

Jeannie’s Great Maine Breakfast is the perfect place to start your day with a hearty breakfast at reasonable prices. Continuing the down-home tradition of providing wholesome breakfasts based on the culinary past of Maine’s logging camps, boarding houses, and sporting camps in days gone by.

Here you’ll find fresh, locally grown ingredients in this diner-style, homey restaurant.

Famous for their pancakes using locally blueberries, they are open seasonally, Mother’s Day weekend through mid-October. These may just be the best blueberry pancakes around.

Vegan and Gluten Free breakfast choices offered as well.

Pick up some of their Great Maine Breakfast pancake or blueberry muffin mix, or Jeannie’s strawberry rhubarb jam, for a little taste of Maine when you return home.

Must try: Homemade oatmeal bread and homemade rhubarb-strawberry jam, waffles with fresh fruit or the Frenchman Eggs Benedict (herbed biscuit topped with spinach, tomatoes & avocado with Mornay cheese sauce). 

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Bar Harbor downtown street with one of the best Bar Harbor breakfast spots Jeannie's  Great Maine Breakfast.
Jeannie’s Great Maine Breakfast in dowtown Bar Harbor, Maine
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Jordan’s Restaurant

80 Cottage Street, Bar Harbor, ME 04609 (open seasonally)

Looking for where to eat breakfast in Bar Harbor? Jordan’s Restaurant is authentic Maine home-style dining, originally focused around blueberries..but expanded into more delicious breakfast and lunch options.

Conveniently located in downtown Bar Harbor you can fill up on wild blueberry pancakes & waffles with blueberry syrup or some tasty lobster omlettes, quiche. and english muffins for a lighter fare.

A favorite local haunt of old timers, and those looking for an unpretentious diner experience.

Jordan’s is open seasonally from about May to October, and offers breakfast and lunch.

Must try: Wild Maine Blueberry pancakes & lobster omelet.

Testa’s Restaurant

53 Main St, Bar Harbor, ME (Open seasonally)

Testa’s Restaurant is a local institution that has been serving up breakfast and good eats in their current location since 1921. 

Breakfast goers will delight in tasty clever sandwiches and craft omelettes. Or maybe some fruity pancake stacks and unique eggs Benedicts are more to your taste.

You’ll find Testa’s downtown, their open-air windows overlooking the main shopping street. They pair local ingredients such as fish and lobster straight off the boat, local beef and poultry with Maine seasonings and local vegetables for sustainable deliciousness. 

Open daily from May-October.

Must try: Lobster Oscar Omelette (with asparagus) served with Home Fries and a mini blueberry muffin, & cinnamon bun pancakes. 

Where to Eat Breakfast in Bar Harbor – Quick Bites

Sometimes you just need to grab a quick bite, and your favorite coffee to go. These coffee shops and bakeries are local and tourist favorite places to eat breakfast in Bar Harbor. For a quick satisfying meal or snack.

Mount Dessert Bakery

122 Cottage Road, Bar Harbor, ME (open year round)

A quaint bakery / cafe with fabulous service,  a few comfy chairs, wooden tables. Let  the aroma of freshly baked bread and pastries be the backdrop of your cozy breakfasts. 

Mount Dessert Bakery is perfect for a quick bite of muffins, biscuits, or flaky pastries before starting your day at Acadia, and a local favorite.

Or  for a bit more hearty breakfast , their breakfast sandwiches are made to order on their home made bagels, english muffins or croissants. They also serve sandwiches, paninis and soup for lunch. 

You can order online in advance and pick up, to avoid the line ups. Go first thing in the morning (before 10am), as they do run out of items as the day goes on.

Must try: Specialty bagels ( Robyn’s Fav has creamcheese, bacon, avocado, pickled red onions), and blueberry coffee cake.

Thrive Juice Bar & Kitchen

51 Rodick Street, Bar Harbor, ME 04609 (open seasonally)

Looking for food to fuel your body for tours to the local sites like the Abbe Museum, or hikes in Acadia and the surrounding area? Then Thrive Juice Bar & Kitchen is for you.

The three owners value a health-conscious lifestyle and the notion of eating well to feel your best. So here you will find smoothie bowls, superfood smoothies and heartier breakfast sandwiches and specialty “toasts” with the freshest ingredients. Locally sourced and organic when possible.

Located just down the street from the Side Street Cafe, Thrive Juice Bar is open seasonally from early May to late October. Use their online odering option for quick service. Vegan & kids menu options are available.

Must Try: Breakfast burrito bowl, lobster salad toast, revitalize or mango dream smoothies, lobster poke bowl.

Jordan Pond House – Acadia National Park
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Jordan Pond House

Acadia National Park, Maine (open seasonally 11 am – 5pm)

Jordan Pond House is an Acadia tradition.

While not technically in Bar Harbor, it is an iconic place to grab a late breakfast bite.

Located on Mount Desert Island, in Acadia National Park, it’s a convenient place to stop in the middle of all the popular points of interest in the park. 

Stop for their legendary popovers with strawberry jam & epic views of Jordan Pond, after an morning hike on Cadillac Mountain. 

They also serve ice cream, and some sandwiches, salads, soups, and full entrées for lunch and dinner. Splurge a little. 

Jordan Pond House is super popular and busy so making a reservation for priority seating 2-3 weeks in advance is highly recommended. While it doesn’t guarantee you a seat at that time, it does put you at the top of the waiting list. 

Must try: Popovers with strawberry jam and iced chai or lemonade.

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Coffee Hound Coffee @ the Stadium 

62 Main Street, Bar Harbor, Maine (open seasonally)

You’ll notice a plethora of coffee shops on the best breakfast in Bar Harbor list. As not only is it my favorite way to eat some good bites on the go, but roasting coffee is another Maine passion. Alongside craft brews and lobster.

Coffee Hound Coffee is the perfect place to grab a quick breakfast, or bite to eat. Local treats & fancy coffees from their small batch roaster. 

If you want to elevate your coffee experience then try  the COLD BREW nitro coffee on tap, or the Acadian Turtle Mocha. 

Quick bites include homemade muffins, scones, breakfast egg sandwichs, or a bit later in the day a  lobster roll, clam chowder and mac n’ cheese.

Take it to go (there’s no indoor seating), and enjoy your  coffee at nearby Agamont Park. 

Must try: Blueberry lemon scone, blueberry pie, Acadia Turtle latte, cup of good joe.

Acadia Perk

5 Firefly Lane, Bar Harbor, Maine (open seasonally).

Sweet breakfast pastries, and interesting coffee drinks oh my! Acadia Perk is family owned with a sweet upbeat vibe, and friendly staff.

Have a sweet tooth? Give the blueberry or banana nut muffins. If you want to indulge in a savoury breakfast, try out their croissant with sausage, egg, and cheese, or turkey and swiss.

This is really a place to grab a quick, unique coffee on the go. 

Must try: Bar Harbor original Blueberry macchiato (blueberry flavored milk, espresso & mocha), hot blueberry lavender latte or seasonal fancy drinks. 

Bar Harbor Maine restaurants and shops
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Best Breakfast in Bar Harbor – Upscale Dining

If you are looking for a little more upscale atmosphere and dining right on the oceanfront, then these two Bar Harbor restaurants are top picks.

The Reading Room Restaurant

1 Newport Drive, Bar Harbor, ME (open seasonally)

The Reading Room Restaurant offers upscale casual dining in the well known Bar Harbor Inn. Offering spectacular views of Frenchman’s Bay with house specialties and a full breakfast. 

Diners can choose from Downeast favorites such as their wild Maine blueberry pancakes, or local lobster benedict. Lobster rolls may just be downgraded to second best. Take advantage of their Sunday Brunch offered on the first Sunday of every month. 

Many travelers, including families choose to stay at this Inn on their Bar Harbor vacation for it’s fabulous service, comfortable guest rooms, amenities and as it’s so close to everything. Guests can make priority reservations at the Reading Room restaurant.

Must try: Wild Maine blueberry pancakes, Brûlée Banana waffles, Lobster & Brioche Eggs Benedict.

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Looking Glass Restaurant

50 Eden Street, Bar Harbor, Maine

The Looking Glass Restaurant is the place to go for elegant fine-dining, with amazing views of Bar Harbor. Located next to The Bluenose Inn and The Wonder View Inn.

Their spectacular outdoor dock dining and seating area overlooks the water. A fun place to enjoy both their great food and a view. Which just happens to have been voted by Yankee Magazine as the “Best Breakfast with a View.” 

Popular breakfast items include their wild Maine blueberry pancakes, eggs Benedict, smoked salmon platters, or the restaurant’s signature breakfast bowls.

Gluten free options available.

Must try: LG’s breakfast skillet (homefries, mushrooms, red pepper, onions, garlic, zucchini, served with LG’s blueberry chili sauce. Can add tofu or egg), LG’s waffle breakfast tacos.

Blueberry Pancakes are a Bar Harbor, Maine tradition
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Where to find the best pancakes, Bar Harbor?

The best pancakes in Bar Harbor can be found at Jordan’s Restaurant, Jeannie’s Great Maine Breakfast, or Cafe This Way. Maine is known for  its blueberries, and there are many breakfast spots in Bar Harbor that cater to this delicious fruit. You’ll want to taste their wild Maine blueberry pancakes.

  • Jordan’s blueberry pancakes are delicious with either real maple syrup or the blueberry sauce.
  • Jeannie’s Great Maine Breakfast has excellent blueberry pancakes, with fluffy texture and blueberries in every bite.
  • Cafe This Way has delicious pancakes with crispy edges and pillowy berry centre.


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