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.
The Boathouse Waterfront Hotel & Restaurant, 21 Ocean Avenue, Kennebunkport, Maine 207-967-8225
The Boathouse Restaurant opened in May 2018, led by Executive Chef John Shaw. A Kennebunk native who spent the past seven years at The Tides Beach Club in Kennebunkport, Shaw has fashioned a new “classic Maine” menu that focuses on fresh seafood with a sprinkling of Asian influences. Some of Shaw’s fan-favorite signature dishes from The Tides will also be featured, such as Seared Shrimp and Scallops with Lobster Fried Rice and Lobster Spring Rolls. The waterfront restaurant, located on the Kennebunk River just steps from Dock Square, features both indoor and outdoor dining areas, creating a spirited social seating and a vibrant bar space. For more information, please call (207) 967-8225 or view the online menus for The Boathouse.
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. Make a dining reservation online.
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 Taylor Stanton’s Maine crab cakes, pan-seared salmon, crispy fried chicken sandwich, and other menu favorites served in the stylish and airy dining room. Can’t decide whether to order your lobster roll chilled with garlic aioli or hot with lemon butter? Convince someone special to share, and you can try both. Make reservations online for dinner, served nightly May through October.
Kennebunkport Inn, One Dock Square, Kennebunkport, Maine, 207-967-2621
The Burleigh restaurant features dinner and happy hour daily with a dynamic social scene, extensive wine list, craft cocktails and outdoor dining overlooking the Kennebunk River. Signature dishes include Chicken & Waffles, House-Made Chorizo, Maine Lobster Benedict, and Narragansett Burrata. With its lively atmosphere, spacious outdoor deck and sophisticated menu, 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.
Lodge on the Cove, 29 South Main Street, Kennebunkport, Maine, 207-967-3993
*Temporarily Closed* 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 Columbus Day Weekend.