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Best Restaurants in Acadia National ParkOur favorites include some of this destination's best restaurants—from fine dining to simple fare.

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as told to Frank Swanson

Before you reach Bar Harbor's town center, you'll pass the Chart Room , which occupies a lovely waterfront location on Hull's Cove offering a grand view of both the cove and Frenchman Bay. You can eat either indoors or, during fair weather, under umbrellas on the spacious sundeck. Menu selections are vast with the focus being on fresh daily seafood including salmon, lobster, yellowfin tuna and halibut. Landlubbers can choose from a fine selection of steaks, chicken, ham or pasta.

A local favorite in downtown Bar Harbor, Havana Restaurant offers a relaxed atmosphere in an elegant setting. The Latin-influenced menu is innovative and sure to please. Menu highlights include a fine selection of such appetizers as crab and roasted corn cake, coconut stuffed shrimp and monkfish ceviche. Entrées include sesame-and-ginger-crusted salmon, grilled tuna seasoned with mild guajillo chiles and Thai dragon pepper, Chilean black bean stew and grilled filet mignon. A splendid, world-class wine list guarantees you'll find a wine to compliment any meal, and the staff is professional and friendly.

Within Acadia National Park, Jordan Pond House occupies a historic location overlooking lovely Jordan Pond and two rounded hills known as the Bubbles. Originally the site of a logging operation, this picturesque spot attracted both locals and tourists with its wonderful views, and since the 1870s it has been a gathering place for fine meals. The menu here offers a wide variety of entrées with most items accompanied by the restaurant's signature fresh-from-the-oven popovers. Dishes include lobster stews, chowders, grilled salmon, crab cakes, marinated chicken and various salads. Try the popovers with homemade ice cream for dessert. You can choose to savor your meal indoors or outside on the restaurant's patio or broad expanse of lawn.

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