Where to Eat in Kennebunkport: The Best Restaurants and Bars

April 14, 2018 Dorsey Hagwood

It took George H.W. Bush to make Kennebunkport known to most of the country, but New Englanders have enjoyed this quiet coastal Maine town for years. In hot weather, beaches are a major draw, but Kennebunkport's many small boutiques, art galleries and restaurants make a visit fun at any time of year. Inveterate shoppers may want to combine a visit to Kennebunkport with a trip to nearby Kittery, where dozens of outlets and factory stores offer plenty of bargains.
Things to do in Kennebunkport

1. Ocean Cape Arundel Inn

208 Ocean Ave, Kennebunkport, ME 04046-6307 Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi French, American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Drinks SGD 17 - SGD 59 +1 207-967-4015
Excellent
76%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 486 reviews

Ocean Cape Arundel Inn

If you’ve ever dined on a luxury ocean liner, you know: Water all around piques your appetite, invites you to slow down and enthralls throughout a meal like no other show on earth. And if you haven’t, that experience awaits at the Cape Arundel Inn & Resort’s glass-walled, waterfront, fine dining restaurant: Ocean. Memorable evenings at Ocean begin with cocktails, like our Maine maple syrup-sweetened Amber Sky, on the inn’s relaxing front porch or at the bar. Continue your culinary journey in the dining room, where every table has a view of the frothy blue sea. Chef Pierre Gignac’s creative menus change with the seasons, showcasing not only Maine-caught seafood in signature dishes like Lobster Thermidor, but the best of what is grown, raised and produced locally. His eye-pleasing creations take inspiration, too, from across the Atlantic. Expect the familiar flavors of southern France and the Mediterranean with intriguing new twists, plus an international selection of wines.

Reviewed By Opinion8ted - Saugatuck, Michigan

Even in the off season, this charming, sophisticated restaurant was completely full. As the sun set we could gaze at the ocean and the Bush complex, which is nearby. Service was terrific. The lobster thermidor appetizer was pricey but swoon-worthy. Entrees were just right. Cocktails were capacious. A fun, romantic, high-end discovery.

2. Rococo Artisan Ice Cream

6 Spring St, Kennebunkport, ME 04046-6006 Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible American, Gluten Free Options Late Night +1 207-204-0546
Excellent
78%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 647 reviews

Rococo Artisan Ice Cream

Reviewed By Newfoundmm - Concord, New Hampshire

We were touring Maine and leaf peeping when we stopped in Kennebunkport. A previously read about ice cream location had closed for the season and we saw Rococo. Our group of 5 took advantage of their offers of "tastes". There were MANY tempting flavors. Though a little pricey the servings were DELICIOUS and generous. The small offers 2 flavors and a sugar cone.

3. Mornings In Paris

21 Western Ave, Kennebunk, ME 04043-7354 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Free Wifi French, Cafe, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Drinks SGD 7 - SGD 14 +1 207-204-0032
Excellent
63%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 219 reviews

Mornings In Paris

Mornings in Paris is an authentic, European-style cafe in the heart of Southern Maine. We hand roast our own coffees and blend our teas. We work with local dairy suppliers and bakeries to source the freshest, highest quality offerings.

Reviewed By Travelleranddog - New York City, New York

We had the nicest experience here at this restaurant. The baked goods were sublime especially the cherry macarons. We will be stopping again the next time we visit the area. Wonderful place, we would recommend it to anyone. The bakery attendant on duty when we...MoreHi Travelleranddog, Thank you so much for your review! We are thrilled you had a great experince at MIP and we look forward to seeing you again soon. Kindest Regards, Paul and Katelyn Humphrey

4. Dock Square Coffee House

18 Dock Sq, Kennebunkport, ME 04046-6011 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible American, Cafe Breakfast, Dinner +1 207-967-4422
Excellent
65%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 60 reviews

Dock Square Coffee House

Reviewed By JimW551 - San Clemente, California

Stopped here for coffee after today's bike ride. Coffee was very good and they had good seating and a restroom. The server was very nice and helpful. Good view out the back over the river!

5. Nunan's Lobster Hut

9 Mills Rd, Kennebunkport, ME 04046-5706 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol American, Seafood Dinner +1 207-967-4362
Excellent
73%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 614 reviews

Nunan's Lobster Hut

Reviewed By Cindy D - Hadera, Israel

I had a hamburger and baked potato . My husband had 2 lobsters which were accompanied by a bag of Lay's potato chips and melted butter stuff. He said it was the best lobster he ever ate.

Shanty type decor in a shack - like building (I imagine... It was dark out). Simple tables and benches (bolted to the floor if I remember correctly) with quite a few layers of paint on them, it would seem.

They do well what they do. Hamburger was okay, simply something to have on the menu for people like me.

We shared blueberry pie for dessert, it was okay, not more.

We didn't have to wait on line due to the season but I'm sure during peak times there will be lines out the door.

Come for the lobster.

6. Old Vines Wine Bar

173 Port Rd, Lower Village, Kennebunk, ME 04043-7735 Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Accepts Credit Cards American, Wine Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Drinks SGD 20 - SGD 33 +1 207-967-2310
Excellent
71%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 307 reviews

Old Vines Wine Bar

Located in an antique barn in the heart of Kennebunk's Lower Village, Old Vines offers fine wines from small producers around the world, We offer a broad selection of local, domestic and imported beers, and handcrafted vintage cocktails. Enjoy our charcuterie, pizzas, salads and European-inspired small plates in our intimate dining room or on our seasonal outdoor patio.

Reviewed By Opinion8ted - Saugatuck, Michigan

The wine selection is great, and it's even fun to sit at the bar. The small plates have a Mediterranean flavor, which was welcome after a vacation comprising two solid days of lobster (not that I'm complaining). It felt date-y, urban yet not, overall a...MoreThanks for coming in, and for writing all those nice words ... Please come back and see us soon.

7. Goose Rocks Dairy

278 Mills Rd, Kennebunkport, ME 04046-5309 Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible, Seating American Breakfast
Excellent
87%
Good
7%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 80 reviews

Goose Rocks Dairy

Reviewed By Kimberly L - Haverhill, Massachusetts

Really great homemade ice cream and soooo many flavors to choose from. Huge portions, so don't let your brain trick you into thinking you need a Large...a small is equal to any other place's large! We order "kiddie" sizes and several of us couldn't finish those!

8. Bandaloop

2 Dock Square, Kennebunkport, ME 04046-6011 Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, International, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Late Night SGD 22 - SGD 41 +1 207-967-4994
Excellent
69%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 537 reviews

Bandaloop

Tucked away on Cross Street in a re purposed old barn, in the heart of Kennebunkport, is where you will find Bandaloop's bright red doors beckoning you in. A warm, inviting, comfortable atmosphere with eclectic art and good music will complement your organic, fresh, and tasty dining experience. No pretense, just simple, friendly, and delicious!

Reviewed By Skantravellady - Skaneateles, NY

Bandaloop takes online reservations (which I love) and it was so nice to have a table during the first Prelude weekend. The place is rustic, cozy, with nice lighting and an open kitchen. Cocktails are creative and delicious. The food is ridiculously fresh and colorful. We started with bread and an oil dipping sauce, which was excellent. I ordered the grilled chicken with peanut sauce and pesto sauce. It comes with a medley of fresh vegetable and crispy udon noodles. Fantastic flavors! My husband ordred the scallops with rice, pinapple cliantro salsa, and vegetables- also excellent! the meal was not cheap but it was worth the money. Great serice and the kitchen seemed on top of things. I will definitely be back!

9. On The Marsh

46 Western Ave, Kennebunk, ME 04043-7356 Takeout, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Drinks, Late Night SGD 13 - SGD 51 +1 207-967-2299
Excellent
74%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
5%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 354 reviews

On The Marsh

On the Marsh Bistro resides in a converted barn and farmhouse circa 1800 on 3 acres of plantings alongside a tidal salt marsh. Wine Spectator Award of Excellence, James Beard Presenter 2011, NECN Platinum Plate, Voted Most Romantic and one of the top ten restaurants in Maine. Great for European style Weddings, Rehearsal Dinners and Corporate Meetings. Try The Owner's Table or Our most Romantic Table #16, tucked away in a quiet corner. You will be dining in a captivating interior with Antiques, Collectibles and Art, all available for purchase. "It is around the table that friends and family best understand the warmth of being together..." Denise Rubin, Proprietress

Reviewed By connie473 - Warwick, Rhode Island

Off the hook culinary detail, beautiful tableware, glassware, tiny touches like saffron topped butter crooks and crystal spiced sugar rimmed martinis. The scenery was fabulous with the snow and holiday decorations....super professional staff and bartenders. Right from bread to dessert.....TOP NOTCH

10. Tides Beach Club Hotel Restaurant

254 Kings Hwy, Goose Rocks Beach, Kennebunkport, ME 04046-7262 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards American, Seafood, Contemporary, Bar, Pub Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch SGD 59 +1 207-967-3757
Excellent
63%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 235 reviews

Tides Beach Club Hotel Restaurant

**The Tides Beach Club is closed for the winter season - Thank you for another great year of dining at Goose Rocks Beach. We look forward to seeing you in May 2018.**<br><br>Dining at The Tides Beach Club in Kennebunkport, Maine is a refreshing experience with the emphasis on fresh! Our menu is bursting with fruits of the seas and vegetables of the garden, skillfully prepared in an uncomplicated manner to emphasize the great quality of the food and loving attention of Chef John Shaw. Pair your favorite with one of our signature cocktails or a selection from our extensive wine list and we are sure that you will have a meal that you will never forget.

Reviewed By Kimbo991 - Westmount, Canada

We went in for a latish dinner (after 8:30 pm) and we were promptly and efficiently seated and served. Cocktails are fun and the fish and chips as well as the lobster rolls are excellent ! We'll be back to try fancy ideas on the menu.

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