Academe at The Kennebunk Inn

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322 reviews
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Contemporary American
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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New England
13 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

Delicious food! We all enjoyed our entrees (steak and chicken) and sides (Brussels spouts were especially good, sweet potato soufflé was unique). Steak was perfectly cooked. The rolls were hot from the oven and very good. However we apparently arrived right after everyone else did so we waited to get menus and then waited a very long time for our meals. Had a 6:30 reservation and meals finally came out just before 8. The peanut butter volcano cake sounded great but no one wanted to wait for that to cook (13 minutes per the menu) so we tried the special chocolate cake of the night (meh) and a fried Oreo (strange). Would recommend because our meals were excellent. Maybe they just don’t have enough staff in the winter. Would have been nice if someone had apologized for the long wait and offered something like a free dessert.

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New England
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time here and it was fantastic. Server was very attentive, food sensational and environment inviting. We will definitely be back

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HP
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I booked a room at The Kennebunk Inn for NYE and then booked dinner as well. The Inn is absolutely adorable and the Academe was the best meal we have had in a long time! I had the lobster pot pie and my beau had the lobster lo mein. Fabulous!

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Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, reasonable prices. Try the duck, soups and salads, some creative dishes. Excellent service, friendly folks. Skip the Oprah lobster pot pie - very small, and made incorrectly ( wrong shape, pastry not integrated, probably made separately). Otherwise wonderful.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Christmas Eve!

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New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My fiance and I make it a point to go to Academe at The Kennebunk Inn every year when we come up for the Christmas Prelude. We happened upon it by absolute accident one year and it was phenomenal so we have been back each year since then. We always recommend it to family and friends. Keep up the great work..

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New England
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

The food was well prepared. The restaurant could use some updating though and the bathroom was in disarray this evening.

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CM
Montreal
5 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This restaurant in downtown Kennebunk is a gem. The food is interesting and real. It is accessible and predictable but not boring. The plating is fun and not what one would get at home. Academe makes for a wonderful night out with friends or family. The service is outstanding. We were by far a dining room's nightmare. Late to the reservation with guests staggering in over the course of an hour with drop-in guests to the table who were unannounced. The staff did everything to make this chaos into a memorable event with seamless precision and timing. I do not know how our waitress managed to keep up with all the changes and timing challenges. This is one very professional operation. Hands down, one of the best run dining rooms in Maine.

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New England
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

A warm and friendly place. Reasonably price with a good menu. Excellent food and service.
A place reminecent of years past. Wish the fireplace worked!

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G
New England
17 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food great staff what else can you ask for in a restaurant.. this is our Go To Place

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M
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Charming dining room. Great menu with something for everyone

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D
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We thoroughly enjoyed our meal at Academe. The lobster stew won the day, and my landlubbet husband raved about the cacio e pepe. And those moderate portion desserts were perfect. This was the best meal we had during our week long Maine visit. We highly recommend it.

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EM
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always an excellent time at Acadame! Delicious food with friends and family. Brian, Shanna and their staff really make the evening perfect! ❤️

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful gem in downtown Kennebunk

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Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was excellent! The staff was pleasant. Excellent experience all around.

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MM
New England
4 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Met here with a small group of friends to have a send off meal for someone who was moving. The food was delicious, the atmosphere very nice and we enjoyed our time. The wait staff was decent although there were times throughout the evening when he seemed to "forget" about us - for instance when we asked for a few minutes longer to read the menu it was about 15 or 20 minutes before he came back. We weren't in a hurry so it worked out. I had the Rigatoni bolognese and it was fabulous - amazing flavor! Would definitely go back again!

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SD
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

this was our first visit to this restaurant even though we have lived in the area for 10 years. The food was amazing and service first class. we will go back

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Baton Rouge
6 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

They couldn't find our reservation but seated us anyway. Service was very slow. We were one of three families in at the time and our waiter was having a hard time keeping up but the other waiter was moving quickly. The food was ok, nothing special. Very expensive for the portions and quality of food. Then we ordered dessert and wine. They brought me the wrong wine, but I drank it because we didn't want to wait another 30 minutes for them to correct the issue. The fried Oreos were stale and the mini versions of desserts are approximately 2 bites. Still too much money for what you get. By the time we finished the restaurant was full and our waiter was busy taking pictures and chatting with other tables. We wanted our check to leave but that took a while too.

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Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

The Lobster pot pie was good and had lots of lobster. They only give you a very small bowl so you may want a salad or something else to go with but it’s good. This is their signature dish so I wish it was bigger but it was still good. The place is older because it is located inside of an old B&B so the atmosphere was antiques and stale smells like most old houses, but you don’t mind that it’s good.

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Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Ate here twice during the week. Citrus crab ravioli were one of the best things I’ve ever eaten. Great place overall, more for the high quality of the food and service than for the atmosphere. Definitely a keeper.

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KC
New England
4 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful night to sit outside. Our waitress, Betty Ann, was amazing. Food was delicious, drinks were tasty and dessert was delish.

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New England
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The menuits limited, but the lobster pot pie is wonderful.

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ST
New England
6 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed the rustic charm of the dining room at the inn. It clearly is a popular place as there were many seatings while we dined. The server was accommodating of my companions gluten allergy. Initially there was some confusion on what was GF (not the kung pap cauliflower made with soy sauce!) but she figured it out.
The crab stuffed ravioli with shrimp and mussels was outstanding and the salmon dish was prepared to perfection.
Save room for dessert. The salted caramel ice cream made on premises was delicious!

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M
New England
9 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Every time we are here, the experience just gets better. Food and service are wonderful. We will keep coming back!

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BM
New England
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Overall a nice experience. We live close and we’re happy to try it. The famous lobster pot pie was lacking enough of the main ingredient. It should have been called potato pot pie. The special shrimp scampi was very good.

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M
New England
8 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

One of our favorite restaurants in the area. Never a disappointment!

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JA
New England
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

It is the first time that my wife and I have eaten at the Inn. We enjoyed our meal, and the service was very good. It is a little pricey, but I knew that going into it, and the portions are on the small side, given what you are paying. Overall, we enjoyed it, and would probably return.

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PR
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

Always good food and service. One of our favorite places. Could use a face lift in decor though. .

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TW
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 3ambience 1

I made reservations for March 16, for my 50th birthday, and not one word was mentioned from the waiter or anyone in the place acknowledging it was my birthday. The food was way over priced, and not very good at all. It was down right awful.. The table next to us was so loud, I couldn't even hear the waiter speak. Not happy at all and will never go there again, and warn people to stay away. I was so excited about going to this place, but what a big disappointment..
The only good thing was the bread and our salads. We should of just got that instead of paying a fortune for bad food..

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JH
New England
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful Waiters and Bartenders. Great Valentines Day destination. See you next year.

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S
New England
5 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

The service was slow as the server had more tables than she could handle. The food was mediocre and the pomegranate margarita was awful. Considering what the dinner cost for our overall experience, we won’t be back.

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M
New England
7 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Consistently good service and food. Always great!

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JD
Naples
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Very enjoyable meal, service was excellent, and the staff very welcoming.

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BB
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a wonderful cozy dining experience. Sat in the bar for cocktails, ordered the nachos, as everyone seemed to be. Thought it was a little strange, boy were we wrong they were amazing. Ordered the fried paddock probably the best I ever had, very minimal breading, fresh and delicious, also had their famous lobster pie, not disappointed.

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New England
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was one of the bet meals I had. The Lobster Pot Pie was outstanding. Also, the dessert sampler was a great end of dinner treat. I loved everything about this place.

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New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very nice atmosphere. We started with drinks on the porch and got seated at a very quiet table that over looked the street. Our server Betty Anne was amazing and so was the lobster pot pie! I would definitely recommend eating and staying here!

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Montreal
46 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

From out of town, had a nice Sat evening meal with our two young kids. Chicken curry soup was delicious and arguably too filling. Salmon with kung pao cauliflower - fish is good and the veggie better. Wines by the glass were so-so, maybe we just ordered the wrong ones. Attentive and friendly staff.

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MM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Always a treat to eat at Academe. We brought friends from CT for first time dining. Everyone loves there meal.

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TR
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've been to Academe at least 20 times and have always had a delicious meal, friendly service, and a wonderful time.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

A good time. Service was good, food very good. Ambience was fair.

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