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Ocean

Ocean Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.capearundelinn.com
  • Phone: (207) 967-2125
  • Hours of Operation: 5:30 - Close
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Contemporary French / American, Italian
  • Executive Chef: Pierre Gignac
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Smoking Area, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Ocean
In the heart of this mostly residential enclave, in a converted circa-1895 Shingle Style house, sits Ocean. Though the Inn has existed in one permutation or another since the 1950s, and it has long held a reputation for well-appointed lodgings and fine dining. The Innkeepers have filled the building with a striking art collection that could make small New England museums envious, while Chef Gignac uses the dining room—with its awe-inspiring views—as a canvas upon which to create epicurean masterpieces. Pierre Gignac graduated from the Institut d’Hôtellerie et de Tourisme du Québec. Pierre chose to open his first restaurant in Ogunquit, Maine “98 Provence," which pleased locals, tourists and critics for 18 years, until it closed in 2012.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Very good food. Super accommodating service. Really enjoyed the evening"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "The view from the dining room overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and the Presidential Bush compound is spectacular. Beyond the rocky shore Sailboats float by, waves gush, seagulls fly and the sunset is golden. Our delightful waitress, from Bulgaria was knowledgeable and helpful and paid very close attention to us. Everything came promptly and was a feast for the eyes as well as the stomach. We cannot wait to return."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "I was so pleased with the whole dinning experience... Our server, Lauren, was excellent.. Loves what she does and explained the entrees with such joy... The chef prepared some amazing dishes that I still can't stop thinking about.. Can't wait to go back..."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "When I made reservations for Ocean 2 weeks in advance I asked for a private table (hate those tables that you have to share a long bench with other tables) including that it was a birthday celebration. When we were shown to our table I was mortified it was a shared bench table. I asked if they had another choice (there was an empty stand alone table in front of me), but I was told that they were not able to always accommodate the reservation requests. I wonder if I did not get mine because of my latino surname, color/accent or same sex spouse. The food was very good. The beet salad was excellent, the steak was perfectly cooked and flavorful, the lobster was great, jasmine rice undercooked and flavorless. Great views, lacking service."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Great romantic location to celebrate our anniversary 2 years in a row. Fabulous setting and food to match!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "view was amazing, will return if menu is different, very limited only 6 to select from."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "We were pleased with the first bite taken and the last!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Classic Maine experience. Such a wonderful spot for a pre dinner drink overlooking the ocean and walker point,followed by a first rate dinner and and service. My favorite spot in Kennebunkport."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "The food was delicious and beautiful on the plate. The ambiance is wonderful with the view of the open ocean and overlooking President Bush's lovely home. Our waitress, Laura, was a gem. Knows her food and her customers and aims to please. She made the evening a delight. This is a special place and a bit pricey but worth every penny. You wont find many restaurants that can compete with this one."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Went to Ocean's while staying at the Arundel Inn for my Birthday. I had the Lamb and it's was cooked to perfection. For dessert I had the Strawberry Short cake and it was amazing...They even put a candle in it. I can't say enough about how great the food was and the service. Can't wait to go back again......"
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Beautiful setting. Dramatic views. Lovely decor. Very good food. 3 of us had the duck and one had the black cod special. Gazpacho was excellent as was the beet salad! We'll be back!"
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "Had an excellent experience at Ocean, with a terrific setting, ocean view and cuisine prepared by a premier chef. Our waitress was especially friendly and enthusiastic. Would recommend this to anyone for a special evening out."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Très belle découverte que ce restaurant! Tout était succulent. Menu très intéressant et varié. Le service pourrait cependant être amélioré. Décor enchanteur. On y retournera certainement même si c'est un peu dispendieux."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "We went for a combination birthday,anniversary celebration and expected the price.The food was excellent,but from the beginning we felt something was "different" about the service. The server took our drink orders and before they were served,she took our dinner orders.Our first course arrived minutes after our cocktails arrived.We asked to not be rushed.It seemed to go on that they wanted to turn the table asap.We tried to slow it down but felt the pressure. We arrived at 6:15,on time for our reservation,and were through by 7:15! Seemed unnecesary."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "It was an unforgettable culinary experience That chef Knowles the art of coking à toits best"
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Finally a great European restaurant in Kennebunkport ! Compliments to Pierre!"
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "Great service, friendly staff, excellent food and unbelievable ocean views."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "The menu was wonderful, the views were breathtaking (got there before dark), the restaurant was very well maintained, the wait staff was great, the wines were great, nice blend of gourmet foods, with tapas. It was 10, 10, 10, 10."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Très bon restaurant, fraicheur, qualité et présentation étaient au rendez-vous."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Great find in Kennebunkport. View cant be beat. The menu and execution were great. Make sure you get to catch the ocean breeze on the front porch for a cocktail beforehand."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "We've been wanting to come here as the former chef-proprietor of 98 Provence is now the chef at Ocean. It was one of our favorite restaurants in Ogunquit. The menu at Ocean I would say is even a notch higher than what we experienced at 98 Provence, with some old favorites, like the delicious Gazpacho. Everything we had was delicious, and we had a beautiful view of the ocean and the Bush compound on Walker's Point as an added bonus. Our waitperson was absolutely terrific, she was very passionate about the cuisine at Ocean, and excited to help us select our meals. I cannot wait to go back again!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "just disappointed in the level of the background music which is ever so lively instead of ambiance music - just too jumpy and too jazzy for me and my husband. Service was very good. Food was very good. Not the place it used to be but still good."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Ocean is a restaurant not to be missed. The food is excellent and the staff is outstanding. Highly recommend!!"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Our special occasion was just deligtful. The service was impeccable and the food was exceptional!"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "We stayed at Cape Arundel and had a great experience at Ocean for dinner, breakfast and drinks. The wait staff were superb and the gal who served as the waitress in the afternoons was our favorite, so personable and kind and fun. We had a fabulous time there. Dinner was excellent and would highly recommend!"
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Excellent dinner and beautiful view. However, service is average and price is definitely not."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "We started off with a glass of wine on the patio and continued with dinner inside. The place is beautiful, the view magnificient, and the food refined. Surprisingly affordable given the location and quality. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "This is the 3rd time that my husband and I have dined at Ocean in Kennebunkport, Maine. It is most definitely in the top 3 restaurants of our lives (and we have traveled world wide). It is romantic, the view can't be beat and the food is gourmet all the way. A yearly MUST when we visit Maine."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "I'll toss in service too. An excellent restaurant with a great view of the Gulf of Maine. The special gazpacho was a real highlight. My poached lobster with passion fruit butter was outstanding. My chocolate gateau was OK, the wife's Meyer Lemon Tart surpassed it. Prices are what you expect for this level."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "We had a wonderful view of the ocean at sunset. The meal was incredible. It was worth the price. We will definitely eat here again on our next visit."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "The revamp of this restaurant is a definite improvement. The food was vey good. The con was the wine list - it wasn't very interesting but it was fine. The lobster appetizer was delicious. For a main, we both had the swordfish. It was good but the fish was a bit too hidden under the nut crust. Overall, everything was good but not perfect. It's always a lovely view."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "The service was very good. Menu is varied and has something for everyone. Dinners served are delicious and beautifully plated."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Always a good decision to have a meal here. Came early for drinks and appetizers on the front porch. The view is stunning, the staff is young, friendly and accommodating. Moved into dining room for set reservation time. The lamb entrée was divine. A cheese course for dessert always is a preference for me but dessert selections are just as appealing. Good selection of wines by the glass if you don't want a bottle. Memorable dining and will come again."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Same great service and food year after year. Great menu...nothing too complex but everything is well done and so tasty! See you in 2015"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Having driven down the coast from our summer home we were delighted with the setting of the Inn. What a picture postcard it was. The meal was all it should have been, delicious from start to finish. Thank you for a wonderful experience. We will be back again."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "Under the guidance of a new chef, we had a great dinner this past week. Absolutely superb presentation and preparation. Go earlier for the view. We enjoyed the lobster and the lamb."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "The dining room is gorgeous - all blue and white with stunning views of Walker's Point and beyond. Menu is great with something to appeal to all. Specials are too good sounding to pass up (and don't). Service outstanding. Well worth the price for a special occasion!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "I would rate this an overall 4 star, but taking away 1 for the service. The food was great, and we were greeted warmly by the hotel receptionist and host. However, our server was not very great. Not sure if he is just very socially awkward, or if he decided not to give us his best when we didn't order wine/alcohol to get the bill up for his tip. We ordered appetizers and dessert along with our entrees, and we weren't looking to stiff him, but he was just not interested in serving us. It definitely took away from the experience."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "When we first came to Maine 45 years ago, it was hard to find a good place to eat that wasn't a lobster shack. My how things have changed! And Ocean is one of the bright stars on my list. The setting has a 180 degree view of the ocean and a drink on the porch is well advised to soak up the view. The food is as good, if not better than anything in NYC. A soup of yellow tomatoes and avacodo sorbet set the bar high, and the entrees were fabulous. I had the duck breast and my wife the lamb. The peach tart was the best I have ever had. The complimentary champaign for our anniversary topped off the night. This is one meal we will remember forever."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "We were pointed in this direction for Sunday brunch and it was absolutely amazing. The good was a 10 and the view of the Ocean from the porch was a 10+. You could also see the Bush Compound from anywhere in the restaurant or porch. We loved it so much we went back the next night for dinner and were blown away again. It will be on our list to go there every time we are in Kennebunkport."
    Dined on 6/16/2014