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On The Marsh Bistro
On The Marsh Bistro

On The Marsh Bistro Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.onthemarsh.com
  • Phone: (207) 967-2299
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday: 5:30PM - 11:00PM
  • Payment Options: MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary European, Global, International
  • Executive Chef: Jeffrey A. Savage
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Chef's Table, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: On the Marsh Bistro offers private areas both downstairs and upstairs in the converted Barn circa 1800 for Private Events, Weddings, Rehearsal Dinners, Corporate Off Site Meetings, Wine Dinners, Bridal Showers etc.
  • Private Party Contact: Alexandra Hennedy (207) 967-2299
  • Entertainment: Live Piano on Friday and Saturday evenings.
  • Special Events & Promotions:
    Weds. Prix Fixe Menu

    Sat. Piano.
    Gift Certificates Available.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Route 9
  • Public Transit: On the Marsh Bistro is a destination restaurant and can offer recommended taxi service in the local area serving the Hotels and Inns.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: On the Marsh Bistro has private parking on its three acre grounds for 200 cars, guests only. Valet Service is offered upon request three weeks prior to the event.
A word from On The Marsh Bistro
On the Marsh Bistro resides in a converted barn and farmhouse circa 1800 on 3 acres of plantings alongside a tidal salt marsh. Wine Spectator Award of Excellence, James Beard Presenter 2011, NECN Platinum Plate, Voted Most Romantic and one of the top ten restaurants in Maine. Great for European style Weddings, Rehearsal Dinners and Corporate Meetings. For the Adventuresome, try the table in the kitchen: bright lights, dirty dishes passing by and a peek behind the scenes of culinary skills at its best. Or try The Owner's Table where Exec. Chef Jeffrey A. Savage will create a menu especially for you paired with Wine. Requires one month notice. For our most romantic settin, request Table #16 and be tucked away with your loved one. You are invited to dine in a captivating interior with Antiques, Collectibles and Art, all available for purchase. Menu changes weekly. "It is around the table that friends and family best understand the warmth of being together..." Denise Rubin, ProprietressContinued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
Diner Reviews
  • "From beginning to end our first visit to On the Mash was enchanting! The walk through the garden to the front door set the stage for a wonderful, unhurried evening. Terrific service, wonderful food and the outstanding view made it an evening to remember! We will be back!!"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "We were a bit disappointed in what had been a favorite restaurant in the area for the past few years. Our waitress seemed a bit distracted, forgetting items she had to be reminded of more than once. It took her so long to ask for our dessert selection we decided against it. Food seemed to be pricier than we remembered, as well."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "an outstanding restaurant with a very affordable bar menu, great service and generous bar"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "We celebrated our 23 anniversary at On The Marsh. The service was excellent and the food delicious! I would highly recommend this restaurant. In fact I have already told many friends about it!"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "We tried On The Marsh for the first time Sunday night. (6/29). John, friendly and helpful, greeted and seated us. The menu, while not large, certainly had plenty of choices. We both selected the swordfish and agreed that it was delicious and was one of the best ever preparations. The service was good. The restaurant is romantic and diners have a view of the marsh. Will definitely return!"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "We found On the Marsh through Open Table before our Kennebunkport trip and we're delighted in every way. Our table overlooking their beautiful garden helped the relaxing process from our travel day begin. Our server was knowledgeable and attentive. The menu changes daily which is a sign of freshness in interesting choices and ours didn't disappoint. The lobster was excellent and the wine list offered excellent choices. Chef tasting samples were offered from a smoked salmon appetizer to a amaretto and cream after dinner. On the Marsh is a place we will return to and recommend."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Truly a great meal from start to finish with fantastic service - talk about a hidden gem along Maine's coastline! I highly recommend the butter poached lobster and the creme brulee of the day, but my DCs' meals were all great as well. Also, the decor is farmhouse-chic - very comfortable and relaxing while still feeling upscale."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "5 star dining with a lovely view. Grounds are beautifully landscaped and you indeed view a marsh but a pretty one. The food was superb. Started with pork pate (from humanely raised pigs), delicate and delicious. I ordered the scampi which in other places can be just a mouthful of garlic. Not here. It was artfully seasoned with just enough garlic to be tasted but not overwhelm the delicate flavor of the gulf shrimp. The pasta was perfect and again not just garlic. My mother ordered the haddock which was sensational. The service was friendly without being overbearing and it wasn't stuffy like another 5 star in Kennebunkport. I heartily recommend On The Marsh for dinner or a special occasion You won't be sorry."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "like other reviewers, we have been in the area for 20 years and finally stopped for dinner. We have always been nervous about the pricing. I had the lobster, my wife had salmon with great veggies we had soup, dessert and a $45 bottle of wine and the total for a great dinner was about $200. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "We went for dinner for the first time and I can't say I have any complaints. Our waitress was friendly and attentive, view of the marsh at sunset was beautiful. The good was fabulous and if you like mussels they ae a must have. The portions are a reasonable size and we saved room for dessert. The chocolate fund cake was delicious. I will go back again when traveling back to Kennebunkport!!"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "This restaurant is perfect for a date night setting. It's quiet, nice view. The menu is limited but there is something for everyone. Delicious food. Not really a family restaurant. And if you're looking for deals, this is not the place. You get what you pay for here. Loved it! There is a bar menu also. I will definitely be back with my husband."
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "The food and service are consistently very good here, even on special, rushed occasions like New Year's Eve. "
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Nice quiet and romantic. Our table was a bit late in arriving, but we were nicely accommodated at the bar until the table turned. Excellent small touches to nibble on before our meal (soup) and dessert (amaretto and whipped cream). Scallops were delicious."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "We had excellent service. The dinner was very good and our dessert (Blueberry bake) was outstanding. Great place to have a relaxing date night. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "A great facility coupled with excellent service and very nice people. My wife thought her lobster tasted old and fishy however my dinner was excellent !"
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "We have passed here at least 20 times in our 8 visits to Kennebunkport. We finally decided to try it, based on a recommendation. We went for our 31st anniversary celebration and give it a 10 on 10. Our biggest regret is not having tried it sooner. We can't wait for the opportunity to go back to Kennebunkport in a summer month, so that we can eat outside."
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "We have lived in Kennebunkport for years and have always wanted to try On the Marsh...so glad we did. Don't know why we waited so long. The wait staff was very attentive but did not hover. The food was excellent and the atmosphere was as well."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "I have dined at On the Marsh on two different occasions--once with girlfriends and once with my significant other. It can be fun and friendly on the one hand and romantic on the other--the ambience covers it all. I love the decor, the drinks, the food, the view, and the outstanding service. A table with a view of the Marsh and the boat is my favorite--so far. I am returning later in the Summer with a group of 5 girlfriends--3 of whom have previously dined there and feel the same way about the place as I--it's a charming place where one can truly experience fine dining."
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "Always terrific! Best food in town! Quiet atmosphere, very relaxing and never rushed!"
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • " The host and server were gracious and attentive and started our evening off with a complimentary champagne. Chose the crab and pork belly appetizers. The crab selection was wonderful, particularly the mushrooms that were bursting with flavor. The pork belly was well prepared but a bit bland for my tastes. Ordered the butter poached lobster for dinner.. The sweet corn sauce could have used a more seasoning.. A little salt would have made this dish shine (none was available on the table either). The lobster was presented beautifully but a tad over cooked. The maple creme brulee was star of the evening. Definitely a place we will try again, the atmosphere and service were exceptional, just a little more seasoning please."
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "When first arrived took care of us. The service was outstanding and the food was excellent. If you like to experience a gourmet meal On The Marsh Bistro is a great place to go."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Worth the effort to find if you're in the area. Peaceful grounds located on the salt marsh that should be explored. Very welcoming staff and delightfully playful which was unexpected and made us feel right at home. We were invited to enjoy a cocktail at the cozy bar while our table was made ready. From start to finish the drinks and food were served with little wait and all were done to perfection. We now make it a point to visit when travelling to Kennebunkport."
    Dined on 7/21/2013
  • "We celebrated New Year's Eve at On the Marsh and had a wonderful time. The food was excellent. I had the Beef Wellington and it was out of this world. service was excellent and the second floor where we ate was beautiful."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Portion size is ridiculous...I had a tenderloin that was a good size for an appetizer"
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "the entire experience was great. Loved the piano player and stuck around after dinner to hear him."
    Dined on 12/13/2013
  • "What a great place to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. Could enjoy the Christmas Prelude fireworks from our table in a lovely warm environment through their beautifully clean windows. The short ribs were to die for!!!"
    Dined on 12/13/2013
  • "The food and the service were very good, but the menu was very limited (5 appetizers and 5 entrees) and the portions were very small considering the cost of the meals."
    Dined on 12/13/2013
  • "This is the restaurant that we go to when we want our friends and family to feel special and it is especially magical at Christmas."
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "Always nice ro rerurn to The Marsh when we go back to Kennwbunk, food is always great, service super as always, do recommend....."
    Dined on 12/6/2013
  • "7 of us dined here last Fri evening and we all had a terrific dinner and loved everything about this restaurant. It is lovely and the entire staff was wonderful. The food was excellent. We will definitely return! Thank you, On The Marsh, for starting our Prelude weekend with such a lovely experience!"
    Dined on 12/6/2013
  • "This is the second year we've taken our small company here for a holiday dinner. The festive decorations give the restaurant a wonderful holiday feel. The food was wonderful and the service exceptional. We will definitely go back again."
    Dined on 12/5/2013
  • "I was worried about going out for a non-traditional Thanksgiving feast. It was fabulous! It felt like coming home. Thanks for a great experience!"
    Dined on 11/28/2013
  • "Fabulous thanksgiving dinner! A wonderful family memory was made!"
    Dined on 11/28/2013
  • "First, we were surprised that we were put in a corner off from all the other diners especially when there were open tables for two still available. The table was good size, but we felt banished... We ordered bloody marys - they came in a small glass ( juice size glasses). My husband had a shrimp with his and the shrimp almost was the size of the glass. I sent mine back to be served in a more acceptable glass for a bloody... no celery either. My husband did not change his...Our soup/salds were wonderful and the turkey meal was great... could have had a green veg for color. The cranberry sauce was served in a very very small dish... there should have been two served (one for each)... Bread/butter were very good..Service was very good."
    Dined on 11/28/2013
  • "We enjoyed this restaurant very much! Warm, welcoming and beautifully decorated with a rustic yet elegant blend of contemporary and antique furnishings. The food is nicely done and presented. Menu changes due to local offerings. We appreciated that we were allowed to dine rather than be pushed through on a schedule. Fantastic venue for private celebrations and weddings as well without that corporate feel."
    Dined on 11/27/2013
  • "My wife & I had a great overall experience on our first visit to On the Marsh in April, so when we and another couple were visiting Kennebunkport in Nov., we decided to try it again. All four of us were very impressed by the service, ambiance and, of course, the food. We each had different appetizers and entrees and no one was disappointed in any way. Alejandra, our server who hails from Chile and now lives permanently in ME, was fantastic. Her service was impeccable, friendly and attentive, all without being overbearing in any way. While there are many other fine dining choices in Kennebunkport, another visit to On the Marsh on our next trip to Kennebunkport will be hard to pass up. Highly recommended!!!!!"
    Dined on 11/15/2013
  • "Amazing. Everything was perfect. Menu, food, ambiance, service. It is an old barn that has been beautufuly restored and decorated (in fact, everythig in the restaurant is for sale). I highly recommend this restaurant if you like fine dining."
    Dined on 11/10/2013
  • "First off the interior is beautiful. Lots of lights & accessories.The food was good but not outstanding.The wedge salad was very good.The Haddock was nice, but rather down home style, nothing special Richard had the veal flank, which though nice was overdone. The waitress never asked how Richard wanted it cooked. The main spice seemed to be salt, as everything(outside of the salad)seemed a bit too salty. Not extreme, just a little over salty.The dessert was quite nice, kind of a "trio".The waitress was a little "unseasoned" but she was very nice overall, just needs a bit more experience.Overall nice, but I certainly didn't feel it warrants the extremly high scores as shown."
    Dined on 11/2/2013
  • "Great food, wonderful service, comfortable surroundings. Very interesting small plates and appetizers. Halibut and tenderloin prepared just as asked. Potato side was to die for.. Tantalizing dessert menu. 41/2 out of 5."
    Dined on 10/25/2013
  • "My wife and I celebrated our anniversary dinner at On the Marsh and the experience was so fabulous we tried to make reservations for the next night. Sadly they were booked for a wedding. The food was exquisite, the wine list was robust and the staff was polite, professional and knowledgeable. This will be our go to dining choice when we visit Kennebunkport again."
    Dined on 10/25/2013