Academe at The Kennebunk Inn

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355 Reviews
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$30 and under
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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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eegates
New England
8 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I really enjoyed our dinner. The food was delicious and well portioned. Amanda, our server was, was pleasant and available enough to anticipate or meet needs without hovering. The atmosphere was calm and comfortable and we look forward to visiting when the warmer returns so we can enjoy a meal on the patio.
It would be nice if they offered more regional wines -- Newport Vineyards, Dragonfly Winery, Mill Rivery Winery, etc. -- for local-is flavor.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
62 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Three of us lunched at Academe. Excellent food. Very fine squash bisque and cream of mushroom soup. Shrimp Louie salad was very tast with large jumbo shrimp. Hanna's home churned ice cream topped off a very fine meal.

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happydiner
New England
5 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We enjoy relaxing here on Friday evenings. The food is always first rate and delicious! We also enjoy our friendly and professional waitstaff: Betty Ann, Charlie and Adrian. Never disappointed!

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vipDave
New York Area
102 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We hadn't been to Academe in quite some time; however, it was excellent and everyone enjoyed their meals.

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barbpf
Denver
23 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Noisy group beside us. Lobster pot pie bland. Lobster roll excellent. We were not served the bread rolls at all. Salad was excellent but was missing the pistachios. Service was good but had to ask server his name as it was not part of our introduction.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service!

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LindaW
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about this place was spectacular. Blueberry Cosmo!! Lobster Pizza, Lobster Pizza and S’more Desert! The best meal I’ve had in a long time! Thank you Shanna and Brian for your hospitality!! We will be back.

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MaryH
New England
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our party of 6 dined at Academe last Saturday night and had an outstanding experience. Kennebunk Inn salads were plentiful and fresh. Crabcake citrus salad was huge and delicious. Two members of our party had a halibut special which was beautifully presented and prepared, with a corn and tomato side that was delectable. Two members of our party had salmon with Kung pao cauliflower that they loved. One member had crab ravioli with a delicious citrus sauce, mussels and shrimp, and she couldn't stop raving about it. I had a wonderful chicken dish with a delicious mushroom sauce and ricotta dumplings that were so good! All portions were large, and half of our group had meals to take home. We did not have dessert, but have had the moderation sundaes in the past and enjoyed them. Our server was very attentive and couldn't have been nicer. We thoroughly enjoyed our experience and will return soon.

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xxxxx
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience2

The food was not good! The fish was overcooked. I mentioned it to the server and she had no reaction

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CathieP
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lobster Pot Pie is so worth the trip. We'll be back.

JC
JCNYC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A nice find for a quiet, low-key lunch on vacation. Our server, Charlie, was very personable and knowledgeable. Everything was perfectly paced and the food was excellent. Will have to return for dinner to try some of their famous dishes!

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vipcurlyandtiger
New England
19 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our local favorites. Always dependable and we love Charlie.

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vipFoodieGrl
New England
9 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

I was hoping to like this place more than I did. The server was not good. She didn't seem to know the menu and was unable to answer questions or help make choices. The gluten identified menu was not helpful as it simply highlighted all of the words that were gluten related. As someone with an allergy we already know the words to avoid. There was no attempt made to modify or substitute for allergy concerns.

We had the nachos to start, and then a salad with chicken and the salmon entree. Our kids shared the mini sampler. The salmon was okay but the cauliflower side was not good. The salad was okay, not bad but not remarkable. The kids seemed to enjoy the mini sandwiches. The nachos were deemed good. And dessert included the reverse float, the chocolate volcano and a hot fudge sundae.

The desserts were the best part of the meal. Though I had to ask and then remind the server to start the volcano early because the menu states it will take a bit to prepare. She seemed genuinely surprised when the desserts were all ready at the same time. As a server, knowing the menu and knowing your timing are the two key points to your job.

We would not return to this restaurant.

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vipKatieN
New England
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Dated decor, forgetful server. My surf and turf was bland and the steak cut was really tough and over cooked (I asked for medium). Kids menu was the highlight. The lobster pot pie had only 1 claw and was over rated. Wouldn’t come back.

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Rico
New England
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience2

Go for the food not the atmosphere. The chefs had conducted a class at Stonewall Kitchen and their food was so good we had to try more. The food did not disappoint us and we’d return to try out something new... but the decor and atmosphere need to come out of the 70’s.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unbelievably good food, great service, and friendly chefs....what more could you want?

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Cessie
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Attractive spot in the Kennebunk Inn...comfortable, low key atmosphere. The service was excellent but unfortunately the food was not what we had hoped. We both ordered the lobster pot pie and were very disappointed. Although attractively presented, the portion seemed a bit small for the price and the lobster was minimal. Overall nothing special. I think I would have gotten better value had I ordered paid $5 and ordered the lobster roll. There are many items on the menu that looked interesting and appetizing and I am sorry I did not order one of them...

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RobinK
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall3food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, great service and excellent ambiance

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Lisad
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious. Definitely going back again

KJ
vipKJHW
New England
18 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Quiet, comfortable setting for a late lunch. Menu was varied and the two dishes we had were very good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fabulous! Try the lobster pot pie

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vipdm204
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Quaint old inn restaurant. Tables not too close which allows for private conversations. Lobster Pie, which is their specialty is very over priced for the amount of lobster in a small crock. Friendly waiter.

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BryanM
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had no idea about restaurants in the Kennebunk, so tried this out to the blue. Parking was easy (directly behind the establishment). Selection was very good, including both seafood and turf items. Wine selection was very good and reasonably priced. Our server was wonderful. I'd go back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good! Delicious meal.

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Snoopy
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We enjoyed our dinner here.
The waitress was very helpful, knowledgeable and attentive. Our food was excellent , delicious, meet the expectations. We will be back.

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vipLindaD
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Outstanding service! Lobster pot pie deserves its excellent reputation. Delicious cocktails.

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George
New England
20 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Local Gem food is always great ..Staff is wonderful

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viplala
New England
29 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely old building and quiet dining room. Food was delicious and we had their specialty drink, also delightful . A very nice experience

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vipDrRichardS
New England
30 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We are residents of Kennebunk and the Inn is one of our favorite places for a meal "out". The food is innovative, well prepared and the service excellent. The kitchen is wonderful about making changes based on dietary preferences. Academe is simply a delightful, warm, hospitable places to dine for either lunch or dinner.

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vipSuzanneD
New England
34 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

The famous lobster pot pie was delicious but rather small portion the large puff pastry coul easily have sat atop a slightly lager bowl of stew
The evening special of shrimp ravioli with shellfish has a curios seasoning with curry that overpowered the delicate seafood.
Off season in Maine is quiet so we had the main dining room almost to ourselves in a lovely window table. This would be a perfect time to engage with wait staff , but our waiter was efficient but not personable.
The mini offerings of the desserts made a welcomed addition to our meal molten chocolate and a sundae.
We’d heard of Academe and had wanted to try it for a while , I don’t think we will make any great effort to return

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vipEdPh
Acapulco
8 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was nicely prepared and presented on the plate. We had the chicken breast with Brussel sprouts and it was excellent. Very nice wine list, both glasses and bottles. Good price on the bottle we chose. Will definitely come back when we visit Kennebunk again.

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KatharineS
New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love it! It’s consistently one of the best places in town!!!

KK
KarenK
New England
9 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Academe is a local gem. Consistently good in every area - welcoming, accommodating, terrific quality, reasonably priced delicious food. On my most recent visit I indulged myself by ordering the simple Italian dish, Cacio e pepe. The buccatini pasta was so flavorful, coated with the zesty black pepper and cheese. I was delighted. For dessert I opted for the moderation sized homemade ice cream - that means 2 small scoops. I chose salted caramel and mint chip. Both were good, but the salted caramel was superior. I love that desserts at Academe can be down-sized if I haven't saved enough room for a full portion. My friend enjoyed the 7 hour vegetable tart with a small side salad. It 's a luscious preparation that makes vegetables shine. I love this restaurant - homey ambience, well spaced tables, no loud, noisy din.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good service and overall experience

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vipResie
New England
29 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience3

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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OpenTable Diner
New England
6 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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HeatherP
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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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halvah
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience5

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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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Christmas Eve!

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harriettmarie
New England
4 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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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Academe at The Kennebunk Inn offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (207) 985-3351.

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