McKays Public House

20 recent ratings
$$ • Restaurant
Reported to have a gluten-free menu
Reported GF menu options: Beer, Bread/Buns, Fries, Risotto
Safety Rating
18 ratings

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231 Main St
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
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Most Recent Reviews


Wheat Allergy

Overall Rating

Review


The menu is clearly labeled as Gluten Free Available and there are a lot of options to choose from. Our server informed me that anything marked GFA was fried in a dedicated fryer. We had the truffle fries for an appetizer, which were delicious! I ordered the seafood risotto. I had them substitute the scallops for more shrimp and took out the peas. The seafood was delicious but I was not a fan of the risotto because of the onions and peppers. The manager was extremely kind and ended up comping my meal even though it was not a big deal. I recommend giving them a try.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Somewhat

Safety Feature Ratings
  • Dedicated gluten-free fryer

Quality & Quantity


How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most/All

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Good

Updated 2 weeks ago read full review

Symptomatic Celiac

Overall Rating

Review


There were a lot of clearly marked gf and "gf available" options on the menu. I had the burger with gf bun and smoked cheddar -- one of the best burgers I've ever had. I did not super trust the server to communicate that I had celiac to the chef at first, but he did point out which desserts were gf at the end of the meal, so he at least kinda remembered. And I did not get sick later, so...it was okay in the end .This restaurant is in a beautiful old Victorian building with a lovely garden, so that added to the experience :)

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Somewhat

Safety Feature Ratings
  • Dedicated gluten-free fryer

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most/All

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for dinner
  • Offers outdoor seating
Updated 1 month ago read full review

Overall Rating

Review


Fabulous meal at McKay's. Dedicated GF fryer and menu identifies all GF menu items (there are many). Celiac diners has filet mignon and a burger with GF bun. There were also plenty of non meat GF options. Dessert included a chocolate mousse with Irish Coffee cream. The food is delicious, the restaurant is quaint and the staff were great.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Very

Safety Feature Ratings
  • Dedicated gluten-free fryer

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most/All

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Updated 3 months ago read full review

This establishment is NOT a dedicated gluten-free facility and may not be safe for those with celiac disease. Please contact the establishment directly to inquire about safety precautions.

Gluten-Free Features

  • Reported to have a dedicated fryer
  • Beer
  • Bread/Buns
  • Fries
  • Gluten-Free Menu
  • Risotto

Categories

  • Dinner
  • Healthy
  • Lunch
  • Outdoor Seating
  • Restaurant

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GF Truffle Fries
GF Seafood risotto (no scallops or peas)
Gluten-Free at McKays Public House
Gluten-Free at McKays Public House
Gluten-Free at McKays Public House
Smashburger and fries/ beef short rib
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More Reviews


Celiac

Overall Rating

Review


Enjoyed the seafood risotto and beet salad. Very generous with the seafood!

Lots of options for celiacs here

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Very

Quality & Quantity


How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most/All

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Updated 6 months ago read full review

Gluten Sensitive

Overall Rating

Review


I ordered the salmon ( poached) with wild rice and haricot verts and the dill cream sauce on the side. The dish was good and not very hot and overall a bit plain. My husband ordered the seafood risotto and it was super rich and creamy with truffle oil. Service was just ok. I don’t think we would return as the menu offering were limited and it was also pretty loud in the room we were in. The house is pretty as well as the outdoor seating which was booked so we eat inside on the first floor.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Somewhat

Quality & Quantity


How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Average

Updated 9 months ago read full review

Symptomatic Celiac

Overall Rating

Review


The seafood risotto was incredible. Perfectly cooked. The waiter was really knowledgeable about gluten free and I didn’t get sick.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Very

Quality & Quantity


How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most/All

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Updated 1 year ago read full review

Overall Rating

Review


The best dinner we had in Bar Harbor. The seafood risotto was outstanding and loved the Brussel sprouts as well!

Quality & Quantity


How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most/All

Updated 1 year ago read full review

Celiac

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Review


The apps were great, the entrees were just okay and very pricey.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Very

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Good

Updated 1 year ago read full review

Symptomatic Celiac

Overall Rating

Review


Stopped in for an appetizer and drinks at the bar. Drinks were ok, but we ordered the Brie appetizer. The menu said it can be modified to be gluten free. They substituted tasteless,stale rice crackers. The Brie also didn’t have much taste to it because it was so mild. The staff were nice but we won’t be ordering that again.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Somewhat

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Poor

Updated 1 year ago read full review

Celiac

Overall Rating

Review


Ate here twice while in Bar Harbor. Knowledge staff who was very accommodating. Food was great and cute atmosphere.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Very

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Updated 1 year ago read full review

Overall Rating

Review


Clear GF choices on the menu. Great food, no issues. Sporadic service, but it WAS a busy night. Has earned a return visit.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Somewhat

Safety Feature Ratings
  • Staff is knowledgeable and can answer questions

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for dinner
  • Good for kids
  • Good for lunch
  • Good selection of healthy options
  • Offers outdoor seating
Updated 1 year ago read full review

Celiac

Overall Rating

Review


Had dinner there a few days ago. Lots of GF options. Had jerk chicken, which came with rice and beans, green beans, pineapple and plantains. It was very delicious and GF. Service was outstanding. Didn’t get sick. Highly recommended.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Very

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— No gluten-free information on the menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most/All

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Updated 1 year ago read full review

Overall Rating

Review


In Bar Harbor recently and was glad we went to McKay’s. I have Celiac and needed GF, of course, and my husband doesn’t. We both ordered the seafood risotto and LOVED it. DELICIOUS. Very knowledgeable re: need for GF and menu is clearly marked.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Very

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most/All

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Updated 1 year ago read full review

Overall Rating

Review


Had dinner here and it was the best meal I’ve had so far in bar harbor. Ordered the beef short rib and because I can’t have dairy they substituted the mashed potato for fingerling potatoes. Veggies were great too. Delicious meal felt great after eating.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Very

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Updated 1 year ago read full review

Celiac

Overall Rating

Review


In restaurant menu shows marked GF items that the online menu doesn't. Decent amount of choices. Atmosphere was nice, inside and out.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Somewhat

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Good

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

Overall Rating

Review


The oysters were good. My seafood risotto was okay. The scallops were almost raw they were so undercooked (one was even still cold). Our waiter was very grouchy but the employees who brought out the food were very kind. Sitting outside was very pretty and nice.

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most/All

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Average

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Symptomatic Celiac

Overall Rating

Review


We ate here for our anniversary dinner, and everything was amazing! The mussels appetizer was great, the signature house salad was delicious, and the seafood risotto was superb. Ordering for celiac/flag for gluten allergy was no big deal, and I didn’t get sick. The restaurant’s garden where we ate was very charming!

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Somewhat

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for dinner
  • Offers outdoor seating
  • Reservations recommended
Updated 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

Overall Rating

Review


We ate here two days ago. It’s a beautiful old house with a really interesting, relaxing atmosphere. I had BBQ wings, which were excellent. The only strange thing was that they didn’t have ranch dressing that I could use as a dip, which astonishes me. The rest of my family enjoyed their meals a great deal, and I had no reaction at all. Would return another time.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Very

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

Overall Rating

Review


Lots of delicious gluten-free options on menu and knowledgeable staff. Gluten-free IPA also. Loved the meal!

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Very

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most/All

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

Overall Rating

Review


Fantastic experience! So many gluten free options and a dedicated fryer. I was overwhelmed with what to choose because there were so many delicious options. I had the smashburger with fries and my husband had the short rib. Both were fantastic.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Very

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most/All

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

Overall Rating

Review


The garden patio is lovely. Several GF items to choose from and server took my allergy seriously. The seafood risotto was really good. Food came out quickly

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Somewhat

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Good

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

Overall Rating

Review


Menu was very clear about what was gluten free, staff was knowledgable and even offered many gluten free dessert options (wonderful creme brulee!) Ordered a chicken sandwich with a gluten free bun— bun was good but not a fan of bread anyways 😂. Overall vibes of the restaurant were cozy, bustling, and organized. Fantastic!

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Very

Safety Feature Ratings
  • Other dedicated kitchen equipment (oven, toaster, pots, pans, utensils, etc.)
  • Staff is knowledgeable and can answer questions
  • Dedicated gluten-free fryer

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for lunch
  • Good for takeout
  • Good selection of healthy options
  • Offers outdoor seating
Updated 2 years ago read full review

Overall Rating

Review


Good selection of gluten free items and the staff were very good about making sure that the kitchen staff were informed of the allergy. The food and service were great, the desert options were also great.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Somewhat

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Updated 3 years ago read full review

Overall Rating

Review


We ate here on our last day in Bar Harbor, and it was the best meal of the trip! They have a heated outdoor patio which is lovely for cool Maine nights. There are plenty of gluten-free options on the menu, and the wait staff make a note for the chef to make sure everything is made safely. I had the Seafood Cioppino & it was amazing. They even included a gluten-free roll for dipping, because they didn’t want me to miss out on any of the deliciousness.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Very

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Updated 3 years ago read full review

Overall Rating

Review


We had heard good things about McKay’s. I called ahead to ask about the menu items that would be available GF and they had accommodations for most items. My daughter had two appetizers for dinner (b/c those are the things on the menu she wanted - wings and bacon wrapped scallops), I had a salad with scallops. It was all delicious! I was also offered a fully GF beer that was always GF (not G removed) and it was delicious. I hadn’t had a beer in years! We sat outside and it was a lovely ensign all around.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Very

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most/All

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Updated 3 years ago read full review

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