Academe at The Kennebunk Inn
Academe at The Kennebunk Inn

Academe at The Kennebunk Inn

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.thekennebunkinn.com/
  • Phone: 2079853351
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch and Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, French American, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Brian and Shanna O'Hea
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Chef-owners, Brian and Shanna O'Hea, will design the perfect menu to meet your on or off-site catering requirements for wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners, bridal showers, anniversary and birthday parties, or corporate events.
  • Private Party Facilities: A private room that overlooks The Inn's brick patio and herb garden can accommodate up to 30 for seated service and 40 for standing receptions. Access to the patio/garden provides a gracious combination of indoor and outdoor space.
  • Private Party Contact: Diane Ryan 2079853351

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Grove St.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Ample parking is available directly behind The Inn at no charge. Parking on the street in front of the restaurant is also permitted at no charge.
A word from Academe at The Kennebunk Inn
Academe at The Kennebunk Inn showcases the culinary creativity and execution of Chef-owners and Culinary Institute of America graduates, Brian and Shanna O'Hea. This year Academe's Lobster Pot Pie was featured on the Food Network show "Best Thing I Ever Ate," nominated by celebrity chef Cat Cora. Since acquiring the historic inn located in the heart of Kennebunk village in 2003, the O'Heas have dramatically altered the look, the feel and, most importantly, the tastes awaiting patrons of The Inn's restaurant. From first course options to entree and dessert offerings, Academe promises an uncommon yet accessible dining experience drawn from the seasonal bounty of the land and sea.
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Academe at The Kennebunk Inn reviews from OpenTable diners
31 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food3.9
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.3
    Noise LevelModerate
73% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (13)fit for foodies (9)great for lunch (9)special occasion (9)kid-friendly (6)great for outdoor dining (5)romantic (4)good for groups (3)great for brunch (1)hot spot (1)Show More
  • Disappointing
    paceripley
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Academe is a hotel dining room glorified with a couple of fairly good items. I was underwhelmed. Service was middling and the food, for the prices, was not great. The Seven Hour Roasted Vegetable Tart was bland; the accompanying blue cheese salad was just not good. The lobster pot pie was decent. There are much better places to eat in Kennebunk than Academe, including the Local across the street.
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    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • mainediner6VIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Usually have good meals at this restaurant, but was a bit disappointed this visit. The lobster lo'maine was not as described on the menu and very bland. Tried the s'more dessert, the dessert cold in the center and "ice cold shot of milk" described in the menu was very warm..
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  • Excellent for cocktails or dinner
    JPM0713VIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    We visited just after Labor Day and it was not busy; cocktail at the bar followed by dinner in the dining room. The bartender was outstanding and deep knowledge of the menu which prepped us for our selections. Excellent dinner and service; on my recommended list for sure!
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A bit disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Going for drinks and lobster pie? What you'll get is phenomenal very friendly service, a medicinal potable and a small crock with two lobster claws, a dozen peas, two chunks of potato and a slurry topped with a very buttery mass of puff pastry. Because it's on food network does not mean it's great overall.
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  • Consistently Wonderful
    LocalResidentVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We are frequent diners at the restaurant. The food and the service are excellent and, as previously noted, we are most appreciative of the kitchen's willingness to modify meals based on dietary needs. A real gem.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • maybe an off night
    JRQ654VIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    didnt live up to expectations...dining room atmosphere is drab; nothing special about the menu or the food. didn't try the specialty of the house, so perhaps we missed the point. but the service was good.
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    kid-friendly
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  • Consistently wonderful
    LocalResidentVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Please see earlier reviews. We dine here on a regular basis and find the food and service to be excellent. We love how accommodating they are of special requests.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Service. Great food.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We arrived at the same time along with another number of other diners on a busy Friday night. Despite this, we were waited on promptly and the service was outstanding. Our waiter was attentive and personable. We never felt rushed. The special that evening was a steak that was cooked perfectly and so tender that you could cut it with a spoon. My kids loved the pizza. It was nice to get out of the "turn over the table" Dock Square restaurants and spend an evening in a relaxed welcoming environment.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious
    Foodie
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Lobster Pot Pie, Mussels, Salad with dried cranberries & pistasio was delicious
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    special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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  • Locals Recommend
    LocalResidentVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We live in Kennebunk and dine here frequently for lunch and dinner. The food is terrific, service excellent. My favorite thing about dining here is how accommodative the kitchen is to differing dietary needs. We cannot say enough good things about the entire experience.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Kennebunk at its best
    TomM
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Good service, great attitude, and excellent execution. The house special Lobster Pot Pie is unique and excellent.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Exceeded our expectations
    SGKATLVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    While staying in Kennebunkport, we searched nearby restaurants with great reviews and came across Academe. When we saw that Chef Cat Cora had chosen the lobster pot pie on "The Best Thing I Ever Ate", we were sold. It did not disappoint. All of the food we ordered, from apps to dessert, was delicious. I would highly recommend this spot to anyone visiting the area.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good choice
    apfood
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    We had a great dinner. Especially loved the lobster pot pie. Good service, appealing menu, casual.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Academe was worth it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    My family of four enjoyed each and every item that was ordered, from burgers to salmone to homemade pasta and steak
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always delicious
    LocalResidentVIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Food is always fresh and prepared well. Lots of choices in the menu for lunch.
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    romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Great experience!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    It was my first time and certainly not my last!! THX so much
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 15 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.8
    • Food3.8
    • Ambiance3.1
    • Service3.8
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 166 reviews are from the Academe at The Kennebunk Inn reviews archive.
  • Consistently Wonderful
    LocalResidentVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Delightful menu, fine service. We appreciate their flexibility
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    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Huge Disappointment
    ruthinboston
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Staff informed us (after we were seated) that tonight's menu was "limited" because owners were in New York. Prices were not" limited". Lobster pot pie was served on a cloth napkin in a small pot with the sauce already spilling over and no way to get into it without making a mess of (and scooping sauce from) the napkin. Napkin smelled of bleach. Mussels were tasteless. Young waiter pleasant but came to table only to take away dishes though no one else was in the dining room when we arrived. A dramatic departure from previous dining experiences there. Go through Kennebunk often and had talked it up with my husband. We will not make the Academe a destination henceforth. Too many fine dining options in the area to risk this again.
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  • Kennebunk Inn is a Charm
    BJD60
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    I had dinner with a dear friend and enjoyed the quiet setting, excellent and very responsive wait staff and the food was delicious!
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently Wonderful
    LocalResidentVIP
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    The title says it all. Well prepared food, attentive knowledgeable service, reasonably priced wines. Just terrific.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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  • We had a party of four, typically
    John
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    We had a party of four, typically hard to please diners. All were very pleased. The food was excellent, especially the crab raviolli and the duck. The service was top-notch; our server (Adrian) was attentive without being overbearing, knowledgeable without being condescending. We appreciated that the wine list had a number of very nice, inexpensive wines. We were fortunate to dine on a quiet Saturday night in March. I would be happy to recommend this restaurant.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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  • Visit
    Mainer
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    We have been here before and have never been dissapointed. Great food, great people, great service. The presentation is one of the best. Plates are well put together. Everything looks appetizing to start.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Great food.
    LovestoEat
    Dined on 3/5/2014
    We ate lunch here a week ago for the first time and had their lobster pie, which is amazing. We went back this week for restaurant week because the food was so good. Appetizer was again lobster pie, still so good. My husband loved his monkfish over lentils and my beef stew with lobster empanadas were delicious. We both had the pistachio profiteroles for dessert. They were small and tasted the way a profiterole should, homemade and with melted dark chocolate over them. If we weren't in a restaurant, I would have licked my plate.
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just Okay
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Lobster Pot Pie was just okay...not as great as advertised. Also, server never came back to refill our drink order and we had to wait about 20 minutes after meal to be offered a dessert menu.
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    romantic
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  • foodierific
    foodie
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We went for the VD special menu. As promised we had the very micro lobster tart. As promised on line it was delicious. I would make it two ounces larger. The lamb rack was ok but the filet mignon with a wonderful bordelaise was very good. I appreciated the requested table visit from the Chef.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food was very good. My
    Gapple
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    The food was very good. My wife had the Lobster Pie which is everything we had heard about and I had Fish & Chips. The fish was cooked perfectly, and the presentation was whimsical for a simple dish. The bar noise got a little loud at times.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Seating choice
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 1/30/2014
    I visited this restaurant on Jan. 30 2014 with my two adult daughters for dinner. We were offered a choice to sit anywhere in their dining room. The dining room only had 2 other tables occupied so we chose the table in between the 2 occupied tables at the front of the dining room facing the front window. Our first waiter introduced himself as our waiter then never returned . The second waiter then came to the table and took our orders. He was an obviously experienced server and did a great job. As we waited for our entrees the couple sitting next to us began to argue and use foul language. Their conversation became rather heated at times which ruined the ambience of dining at the Academe that evening. Our food was very tasty.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Great LUnch
    Jane
    Dined on 1/15/2014
    Wonderful choices on the Lunch menu. Meal was terrific and the atmosphere very conducive to visiting with lunch friends. Convenient location.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lobster pot pie was amazing
    NCheel
    Dined on 1/7/2014
    Lobster pot pie was amazing and the hot chocolate and homemade marshmellows shouldn't be missed!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful dining experience
    Fiona
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    We were entertaining guests from out of town and wanted them to have a delightful evening out. The Kennebunk Inn with its excellent food and beautiful atmosphere was the perfect place to dine. Everyone enjoyed their delicious food and the service was outstanding. I would absolutely recommend the Kennebunk Inn for an enjoyable dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, great for lunch, special occasion, kid-friendly
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  • Nice way to welcome in the new year
    HalmulVIP
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    Went there for New Year's Eve-- preferred when they did a Tapas menu for the night, but this year's 'comfort food' menu was fun as well-- With all the places that charge a premium for NYE its nice to find an affordable - very nice place to go.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem
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  • New Year's Eve
    Sammie
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    We had a table in a cozy corner, relax atmosphere and we were able to enjoy our dinner without feeing rushed. My husband raved over the seafood stew and I truly enjoyed every bit of the lobster pie. It was our first time and will not be our last time . It was a nice romantic evening for us.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A neighborhood find
    frankk
    Dined on 12/27/2013
    After 15 yrs of visiting Maine we are happy we finally stopped i n for dinner we will certainly be coming back for more.
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    late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Christmas Eve at the Kennebunk Inn.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/24/2013
    Our party of four were promptly seated in a comfortable dining room. We each selected a different entree and were pleased with our choices. Each dish was presented in an attractive manner and appropriately seasoned. A splendid dinner. A most enjoyable dining experience.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Once Again
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/14/2013
    The Kennebunk Inn's Academe is underrated locally, but has a strong menu with considerable variety. The lobster pie is worthy of it's acclaim. When crowded, the service can be slow, so it's best not to be in a rush. (The bar, which has the same menu, would be a better choice for the time constrained.) It is my go-to place in Kennebunk. It's also one of the few places locally where it's possible to get more than a pub lunch. Just a nice choice--and visitors consistently love it.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Low key dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 11/29/2013
    Academe is in an old inn... quaint and charming. The decor isn't exciting but the food was very good. A large menu with a house specialty of Lobster Pot Pie which was exceptional. That alone makes a visit worthwhile! Overall, a pleasant experience and would recommend a visit for a quiet dinner.
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    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect for Any Occasion
    foodie4fun
    Dined on 11/22/2013
    I've dined at Academe with my mother, for a light meal; with a date, for a romantic dinner; and with a family group for leisurely, laid back meal - Academe is perfect for any occasion!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Glad we tried something new!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/15/2013
    Decided to try a new local restaurant for Friday night, tried Academe based on good online reviews. The decor is ok, could use updating, but the restaurant is warm and inviting. I'd call the menu upscale new american cuisine. Elevated classics & familiar dishes and we loved everything we ordered. I had a cocktail, the Sage Against the Machine- well balanced, pleasantly tart- an instant favorite. We ordered the mussels as an appetizer- very good, the portion was very large. The entrees were perfectly cooked, tasty & the portion was good. Service was EXCELLENT- never an empty glass on the table, very courteous & attentive. Tried the mini sampler for dessert- perfect for just a few sweet bites, SO GOOD. We will happily come back again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lobster Pie
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 11/6/2013
    We went to this restaurant while in the area to try the lobster pie which we had read reviews on. We were not disappointed as the lobster pies were outstanding and we really enjoyed our meal.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lobster extravaganza!
    Blivet
    Dined on 10/26/2013
    My husband and I shared a salad, the lobster pizza and lobster pot pie. Wow! Our server was very friendly and helpful. Wines on the list were a good value. The dining room was comfortable but could stand an update. Food was reasonably priced. We come to the Kennebunk area occasionally and will certainly go back to Academe.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.