Academe at The Kennebunk Inn
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.
This was our first time here and it was fantastic. Server was very attentive, food sensational and environment inviting. We will definitely be back
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!
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.
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..
The food was well prepared. The restaurant could use some updating though and the bathroom was in disarray this evening.
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.
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!
Great food great staff what else can you ask for in a restaurant.. this is our Go To Place
Charming dining room. Great menu with something for everyone
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.
Always an excellent time at Acadame! Delicious food with friends and family. Brian, Shanna and their staff really make the evening perfect! ❤️
Wonderful gem in downtown Kennebunk
Food was excellent! The staff was pleasant. Excellent experience all around.
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
Beautiful night to sit outside. Our waitress, Betty Ann, was amazing. Food was delicious, drinks were tasty and dessert was delish.
The menuits limited, but the lobster pot pie is wonderful.
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!
Every time we are here, the experience just gets better. Food and service are wonderful. We will keep coming back!
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.
One of our favorite restaurants in the area. Never a disappointment!
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.
Always good food and service. One of our favorite places. Could use a face lift in decor though. .
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..
Wonderful Waiters and Bartenders. Great Valentines Day destination. See you next year.
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.
Consistently good service and food. Always great!
Very enjoyable meal, service was excellent, and the staff very welcoming.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Always a treat to eat at Academe. We brought friends from CT for first time dining. Everyone loves there meal.
We've been to Academe at least 20 times and have always had a delicious meal, friendly service, and a wonderful time.
A good time. Service was good, food very good. Ambience was fair.