There’s no small town on the New England coast making a bigger culinary splash than Kennebunkport. Each year, it seems, the restaurant scene grows more eclectic and exciting. Kennebunkport chefs have access to Maine’s finest, freshest raw ingredients from land and sea, and they’re constantly raising the bar when it comes to inventive food and beverage pairings. You’re in for a treat when you dine at Cape Arundel Inn & Resort’s own Ocean restaurant, and we invite you to savor memorable meals at the Kennebunkport Resort Collection’s other top restaurants.
Kennebunkport Inn, One Dock Square, Kennebunkport, Maine, 207-967-2621
The Burleigh – the hottest new restaurant in Kennebunkport – features a menu of the freshest Maine seafood served alongside classic American fare in a warm, convivial space. Signature dishes include blue cheese Maine mussels, bourbon roasted half chicken, garlic shrimp, and bacon-creamed corn. With its lively bar, spacious outdoor deck and cozy fireplace, The Burleigh appeals to diners seeking creative cocktails, live music, and a social, energetic vibe. Both the culinary experience and décor pay homage to Kennebunkport’s maritime heritage.
354 Goose Rocks Road, Kennebunkport, Maine, 207-967-6550
This fairy tale restaurant tucked in the woods is Kennebunkport’s top romantic dining destination May through October. The team at Earth transforms locally sourced meats, just-caught seafood and Hidden Pond‘s own herbs, flowers and heirloom vegetables—harvested daily from the adjoining 3,200-square-foot farm—into dreamy menu selections that evolve constantly to showcase what is fresh and delicious. Farm-grown ingredients also find their way into craft cocktails, and a diverse wine list complements creative small plates, handmade pastas and entrees like wood-fired Maine lobster. The service is as exceptional as the ambiance is woodsy and whimsical. Reserve your dinner experience online.
The Boathouse Waterfront Hotel, 21 Ocean Avenue, Kennebunkport, Maine, 207-967-8225
Chef and restaurateur David Turin’s imaginative comfort fare has earned him loyal fans and enduring acclaim. At David’s KPT, menus feature familiar dishes, prepared and styled with creative flair. Tops for waterfront dining year-round, you’ll love the views of the Kennebunk River from the seasonal wraparound deck and the dining room, which has floor-to-ceiling windows. Start with icy-fresh raw bar selections; share a steak and lobster pizza; try signature dishes like pepper-crusted rare tuna; save room for crème brulee. Vegetarian and gluten-free variations are available for many menu items. Lunch and dinner are served daily.
254 Kings Highway, Kennebunkport, Maine, 207-967-3757
Kennebunkport’s top beachside spot for mingling and dining transforms Maine classics like lobster rolls into culinary delights. The ambiance is coastal chic, and when happy hour starts at 3 p.m., you can be sure the social scene is lively. Sip New England craft beers, international wines available by the glass or specialty cocktails infused with fresh juices, fruits and herbs. A walk on Goose Rocks Beach across the street will invigorate your appetite for Chef John Shaw’s crispy whole-belly clams, Maine crab tacos, fish n’ chips, braised short ribs and other menu favorites served in the stylish and airy dining room. Can’t decide whether to order your lobster roll cold with chive mayo or hot with garlic herb butter? Convince someone special to share, and you can try both. Make reservations online for dinner, served nightly May through October.
Lodge on the Cove, 29 South Main Street, Kennebunkport, Maine, 207-967-3993
Located at Kennebunkport Resort Collection’s hip, retro motel, The Dory is your place to escape for build-your-own burgers and homemade milkshakes. Kids love the shark bites, old-fashioned ice cream bars and lawn games. Grown-ups can pair hot wings, BLTs, lobster sliders and more classic menu items with cocktails or boozy shakes at the poolside bar. Just minutes from Dock Square, but away from the bustle of town, this cute, coveside restaurant is a laidback place to unwind from May through early December.