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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
  • "We went for a special occasion (a birthday) we made reservations and they sat us at a beautiful table which was ready and waiting. The service and staff were friendly and attentive. I would highly recommend Ocean to everyone! Chef Pierre is fabulous and creates works of art in the kitchen."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Great French cuisine. Everything was outstanding. The desserts were extra nice. Nice views of the ocean as well. Would definetly come again."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "The decor and the view are both beautiful. After dinner, we asked if we could sit in the waiting area which is a room filled with candles, a fireplace, comfy couches and a beautiful ocean view. We ordered a scotch to enjoy along with the atmosphere. It was incredibly romantic! I felt like it was our own private home. I also had no complaints about the food. My only minor complaint was that I felt a little rushed by the kitchen. They wanted us to put our entree order in right away even though the dining room was only half full the entire time we were there. Otherwise, the waitstaff was knowledgeable and kind. I would readily come back."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "I booked the day before valentines day, which I feel I was lucky to actually get a reservation. Only complaint is parking, which seemed very limited but could have been due to amount of snow on the ground. Food was great, took a little while, but bottle of wine held us over until then. Most likely would only go back for special occasions, since it's pricy."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The fixed price dinner at Ocean on Thursday night was absolutely fantastic. The service was spot on, the dinner was over the top with some of my favorite ingredients. I think in the middle of an incredibly bad winter (weather wise), this is just what the doctor ordered. Had such a great dinner, will go to another dinner there this winter, and I highly recommend it to my friends and family. Bravo!! P.S. I knew the food would be spectacular. Have been to Earth many times and have always had a wonderful dining experience."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "Ocean was totally amazing! The views are breathtaking with it's majestic setting on the Atlantic ocean! The sun setting was even spectacular through the cloud cover! The service was impeccable, friendly and white give without any pretense! The new decor in the dining room is warm, inviting and simply elegant! The outer area part of the lobby with beautiful views and fireplace is a wonderful spot for a pre dinner drink! Highly recommend Ocean, love it and will return as soon as we can! This is a do not miss!!! If you can book a room at the Cape Arundel Inn. The rooms are charming and spectacular! Enjoy!"
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "Took wife here for dinner at 7:30 PM on V-Day. We are a retired couple in early 60s who enjoy good value dining but need to observe a budget. We got excellent value for a reasonable but not inexpensive price. We got a table for two overlooking the moonlit, storm-tossed Atlantic. Restaurant was full but no sense of crowding and no feeling of being moved along to free up the table. Atmosphere was cozy, cheery and welcoming as befits a 120-year-old Maine inn on the coast which must appreciate the winter trade of year-rounders which we are. Our server recommended an excellent wine. Extra credit - the restaurant only opened the night before during a snowstorm after their winter break but never missed a beat. We'll be back!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "This restaurant is a sensational find for any visitor to the Kennebunkport area. The location overlooks the ocean and President Bush's estate which provides a soothing, relaxing view. The food was excellent which captivated all of your taste buds. Although my girlfriend did not enjoy the Goat cheese ice cream, I found it quite delicious and a welcomed part to the other half of the dessert. Service was excellent and the staff friendly and helpful when ordering. All in all, the Ocean Restaurant at the Cape Arundel Inn is a romantic gem and I will be visiting several more times before the year is out."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Outstanding location for a special night with superlative cuisine."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Ocean front dining with views through big windows of surf crashing on a rocky coastline and a full moon sparkling on the water, from a beautiful warm dining room with sumptuous furnishings, created a wonderful setting for a Valentine's Day celebration. And the highlight of the evening was the incredible food that burst with flavor and was so delicately prepared, the great wine and spirits (although cocktails are pricey!) and really special service from an attentive waiter whose timing was impeccable. She gave us lots of space and time to savor our evening together, yet we never wanted for anything at anytime. Her service was absolutely perfect."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Fantastic french cuisine. The six course meal was one of the best dining experiences I've had in a long time. Chef Pierre is one of the greats! Romantic ambiance and beautiful ocean views!"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Better place. To dine in the summer I think. The view is breath taking."
    Dined on 12/30/2013
  • "One of the best meals you can have anyhwere. The setting is stunning and food perfect. Pierre is one of the regions great chefs and you really can't go wrong"
    Dined on 12/13/2013
  • "Love the scenic view, service was wonderful, courteous, elegant. Had the wndive and bib lettuce, fantastic! Then the lobster aumonière with crispy duck..... Amazing...... Good wine, wondwrful seating near the window with the ocean view... Will go back for sure!!!"
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "Beautiful setting,good service, portions crazy small...thanksgiving dinner my husband and I shared a Brussels sprout! Was served as leaves. So if you add up did not equal a whole sprout! 4 slices of a steak with 4 slices of a potato! Expensive for leaving dinner still hungry....."
    Dined on 11/28/2013
  • "While the scenery is exquisite in the summer, you don't go there for the view in the winter( although we had some flurries which made the scenery outside very cozy). The food is delicious and beatifully presented. Our server Devin was fantastic and very sweet. It's always special when we dine at Ocean."
    Dined on 11/23/2013
  • "First time here after hearing that Chef Pierre had take over the restaurant. Food was delicious, the view was spectacular. Loved having cocktails on the veranda overlooking the ocean before dinner."
    Dined on 9/13/2013
  • "This was a wonderful, off season visit. Extraordinary ocean view, diverse gourmet food selections (duck confit appetizer), rack of lamb for main meal. My wife had the Greek Mediterranean pre fix three course meal. Wine selection was nice and the wine in the glass was fresh. Overall great experience. Service was above average and friendly and calm as well. Nice job."
    Dined on 10/31/2013
  • "Ocean is in the Cape Arundel Inn in Kennebunkport. The view of the ocean is amazing, the wrap around porch is so cute. The food is worth the trip. The salmon was to die for, so fresh, cooked perfectly, in a cream sauce with vegetables and salmon roe. The pork belly with pork tenderloin was delicious. Lovely cheese course. Nice choice of wines by the glass as well as a decent wine list. If you are in Maine, do not miss this place!"
    Dined on 10/26/2013
  • "We dined on Thursday @ Ocean to take advantage of the Mediterranean specialties in October. The meal was excellent, and we were very glad, as one of the folks in our party was going to order off the menu and there were not any appealing items to choose from. We all got the "special" dinner, and enjoyed it very much, The service was adequate, there were only two servers in the dining room, and out meals were served by the Host at the check in. I am not sure that I will return to Ocean again, unless the menu improves.Always loved the restaurant when it was considered as the Cape Arundel Inn dining room, have been to Ocean 6 times this year, from the opening in the Spring to now in October, and have see the menu decline."
    Dined on 10/24/2013
  • "Went here to celebrate our wedding anniversary. Had been a couple of times a few years back (before the new ownership), but had looked at recent reviews and figured we had to try it again. We were not disappointed. The view is (still) incredible. The food was great (note that the menu is somewhat limited but the food is excellent). Great wine, great service. Recommend for a special occasion!"
    Dined on 10/19/2013
  • "This place was all I expected it would be. It is pricey, but perfect for a special occasion. My only regret is that we got a table far from the windows and we were one of, if not the first party, to arrive. I may have been able to ask if Ihad called for a window table. It was a wonderful evening!"
    Dined on 10/19/2013
  • "Having been a fan of the chef's work for several years a a previous location, we were first time visitors at this establishment and the trek from Manhattan was well worth it! Though the ambiance was a bit steril, the menu more than made up for it. Looking forward to our next meal with this very talented chef."
    Dined on 10/19/2013
  • "Had a wonderful meal here 2 years ago. Came back up this way on our anniversary and made a reservation. Had later heard there was some chef and personnel changes and it was not as good. The recent reviews on Open Table were still pretty positive so we took a chance - it was still a really god restaurant with great service at a beautiful location."
    Dined on 10/19/2013
  • "everything great,should improve wine list to go with the outstanding // need to get writtenup"
    Dined on 10/18/2013
  • "Staying in town for the long weekend at one of their sister hotels, we decided on Ocean for our Saturday night dinner. For starters we had the duck confit and scallops; both very well done and pleasant. For mains, we had the Guineau Hen and Lamb Rack; the compliments to the main dishes were well thought out and the lamb cooked medium rare was excellent. For dessert choice of sorbets and a black/white crème brulee which though we like chocolate a lot it overpowered the crème portion. The waitstaff was efficient and our waitress outstanding; only comment to the negative was it was noisier than we would have liked but that was the result of a couple of nearby tables dominating conversation with themselves."
    Dined on 10/12/2013
  • "The food was delicious and the scenery was amazing. Ask for a table near the window for a view of the beautiful Maine coast."
    Dined on 10/14/2013
  • "This is the best restaurant in an area that have many good ones. From the appetizers thru the amazing dessert, you can't go wrong in dining at Ocean. We will be back for sure."
    Dined on 10/10/2013
  • "This was our second visit to Ocean and still fabulous. Salads were delicious and lobster was decadent. Definitely would have sent my husband's rack of lamb back to kitchen - he ordered medium rare but it was rare! Will still go back though - it's an amazing spot."
    Dined on 7/13/2013
  • "New chef, gorgeous decor and the food was fantastic! Can't wait to go back!"
    Dined on 7/3/2013