Academe at The Kennebunk Inn

4.5
391 Reviews
$31 to $50
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. Academe's Lobster Pot Pie was featured on the Food Network show "Best Thing I Ever Ate," nominated by celebrity chef Cat Cora. 2019 Food Network listed The Kennebunk Inn as the top hotel for Foodies in the United States. Since acquiring the historic inn located in the heart of Kennebunk village in 2003, the O'Hea's have dramatically altered the look, the feel and, most importantly, the tastes awaiting patrons of The Inn's restaurant. 2020 the dining room and bar went through a major renovation including adding a double sided fireplace, refinishing over a century old birch wood floors, new lighting, and a whiskey cobblestone personalized bar top. 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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DianneH
New England
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great waitress with many customers to serve. The soup was delicious. Salad delicious and ice cream great.

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AlyciaB
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff was incredibly friendly and accommodating. Food was amazing, definitely reccomend the chicken croquettes. Rooms are very clean and quiet. Ill certainly be back.

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curlyandtiger
New England
21 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Happy to be back at the Inn. Brian was a great bartender and waiter.
Inn really looks nice. Too bad the noise level is higher. Could depend on KBI to actually allow conversation being heard. Floors do look fantastic.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Late birthday celebration.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server, Adrian, took amazing care of us. My wife and I were celebrating her birthday and from start to finish we were made to feel like we were the only diners in the restaurant. The pace of the meal was very relaxed and we were encouraged to take our time and enjoy everything, even as the dining room filled around us. The food was impeccable, the wine a perfect pairing, and I would not hesitate to recommend this experience to anyone.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing! Had reservations, sat us right on time. Service couldn’t have been better, highly recommend this restaurants. My husband has the lobster pot pie snd was looking into getting it shipped home!

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vipMidModMan
New York Area
98 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about our meal was perfection the tables were spaced for social distancing. Our server was cheerful and enthusiastic. Everything we order was sublime. My life-saving Negroni absolutely was. Everyone raved about the citrus crab ravioli in the reviews, so I had high expectations. They were exceeded. One of the best things I’ve ever eaten. The bolognese was meaty and delicious. The molten chocolate peanut butter dessert made me break my promise to eat just one bite. If you’re in the area, definitely give this place a try. You won’t regret it.

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vipLocal
Cleveland
82 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience2

Gourmet dinner in a hotel restaurant. The decor, almost in the hotel lobby is deceiving. It hides the fact that the restaurant and service are excellent. Don’t miss the citrus crab ravioli.

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Boomer
New England
8 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

My comments relate to where we were seated….at a table in rear of the bar. I asked to move to front of the dining room where there were empty tables. Told those were for parties of 4. When we left there were parties of 2 sitting where I had requested. I approached the hostess. She gave me a non answer. Not going back. Server excellent. Food good.

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sunnysidemom
Minneapolis
22 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s all about the food. Each dish is thoughtfully prepared, served at the right temperature and delicious. There are too many great items to list them all, but the citrus crab ravioli and bacon-wrapped meatloaf are particularly memorable. Gracious dining in a relaxed and charming setting.

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AnnakathrynC
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had an enjoyable evening at Academe. Our server was wonderful. We had mussels for an appetizer which were very good. Filet mignon for dinner was perfect, served with fresh green beans and mashed potatoes. My husband had the meatloaf which was also delicious! Blueberry cobbler for dessert was good. It was very noisy inside. We choose to sit outside. They could easily improve the ambiance with some string lights and more comfortable chairs. Also played bad music, top-40’s from the 90’s. Go for the food and great service!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful experience with our friends who came to visit for the weekend. Food was excellent, cocktails were delicious and so unique, and our server Betty Ann our was an absolute delight. Will absolutely be back!

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mick
New England
5 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lobster pie fabulous. Elizabeth was our server, outstanding. Crab ravioli delicious

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vipATNYC
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great food and friendly service. Everything we ordered tasted fantastic! Place looks like it was recently renovated as well. We wish they had more fish options, however, for dinner. We will go back!

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VilijaS
Naples
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The corn bisque and lobster pot pie were delicious 😋

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vipSarahB
New England
10 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

The Appetizers at the Academy are amazing!!! Get the fried green beans! Also the deep fried Oreos are delicious- 😀

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Dave
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We thoroughly enjoyed our wonderful meal! We definitely will come back.

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Kara
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Delicious food and service!

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vipGeorgeS
Charleston
22 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service was great as we had the owner wit on out table! There were 4 of us and every meal, especially the lobster pot pie, was delicious. Drink pours were generous and it was an overall good dining experience.

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vipLives4Maine
Palm Springs
25 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always the food and wine selection is wonderfully creative.
Never disappointed!

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KristinP123
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great and so was the service!

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Linda
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

very pleasant and accommodating server; food (meatloaf and chopped salad) were very good; a bit noisy due to bare floors; hope it's cozy in the winter because we want to eat there often

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Satisfied
New England
30 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was great and our server, Amanda, was terrific! Loved the Lobster Pot Pue and Citrus Crab ravioli.

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TamL
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The Lobster Pot Pie flaky pastry was not the same. For being short staffed. Betty Anne was very attentive and cheerful. Great service.

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DavidM
New England
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience3

We chose to go to Academe due to its reputation and desire to try Lobster pot pie. Very sorry to say that 3 of us who ordered the Lob Pot Pie were deeply disappointed, with only positive response was " the pastry was great but would never order again". The 4th diner at table had Fidh n Chips, love the Chips but fish was MEH. We really wanted to post a very positive review, but have to be honest. Alsi we told our server who was fabulous by the way (and serving the entire room), our concerns about dinner and I wrote a note as well and no owner or chef bothered to stop by our table. The opinions expressed here were those of all diners at our table.

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vipIslandgourmet7
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience1

In short, a thoroughly unpleasant experience. Mediocre food, poor service topped off by a table full of loud people with no effort to quiet them. Location and menu have potential but a lost effort tonight.

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vipPeterR
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hidden gem in the Kennebunks. Awesome

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EricaD
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat at the bar and had one of the specials (Lobster Croquettes). The meal was phenomenal. Best I’ve had while in Maine this past week. The bartender, Brian was super hospitable and made the experience that much better. HIGHLY recommend this restaurant if you’re in the area! Cheers.

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LisaH
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been coming to Academe for years, even before becoming Kennebunk residents. I can't remember a time that Adrian, Diane and Brian were not visible; always working, always making folks feel welcome. It is a wonderful atmosphere, with outstanding fresh food and exemplary service and we recommend this restaurant to everyone! I think my parents have been coming here since the 80's! Give it a try, you won't be disappointed.

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maryc
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We love Shanna and Brian’s beautiful renovation, and the cuisine is always fresh, creative, and absolutely delicious. A big win!!

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SteveL
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

If you’re looking for absolutely great food in a quiet, laid back place then Academe is a nice departure from the overcrowded tourist spots in the Kennebunks. We sat at a table in the bar area (lighting was a bit too bright in the dining room) and Amanda was our server. She was exceptional! Prompt, kind and caring she is a wonderful example of what great service should be. Academe is run by a husband and wife chef combo and it shows.

The food is the star here. We had salads to begin and my Caesar (ask to have them add anchovies) was one of the best I’ve had. My wife’s blue cheese beet salad was equally fantastic.

My wife had the crab-stuffed ravioli with jumbo prawns and mussels. Every bite was exquisite! I had the haddock sandwich with onion rings. Both the sandwich and the rings were awesome. Sadly, we didn’t leave room for dessert.

Overall, great dining experience and, if you’re looking for a low key place with fabulous cuisine and great service, Academe is the place for you!

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KenT
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Some dishes were good; and others were mediocre. Several of the items ordered were over- priced and a poor value. The ambience and service had deteriorated since the last visit two years ago.

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Summer
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Citrus crab ravioli with mussels and shrimp is delicious!!

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vipPurpleLady
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The waitress Amanda was great!! Very knowledgeable, helpful and attentive. She was right on her game even though there were only 2 waitress for the dining room. The Kennebunk salad is always delicious. We had the nachos and the "pizza of the day" and left feeling full and satisfied. We have been going to Academe for many years and have never been disappointed. Of course we will be back!!

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barbaral
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience2

Great food. Atmosphere a little sterile. Lights very bright

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Since the renovation the ambiance has changed. Being a designer I found myself focused on the extreme overhead lighting. Too much!! We loved the okd, darker setting.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
7 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience2

We had heard that the Kennebunk Inn had great pizza. Not so. We ordered a margherita pizza which was made on flatbread. The flatbread was baked way overdone. You could hardly bite it. Once chewed it was like chewing wallboard. I had sorbet for dessert that was frozen totally solid like a brick. My wife had a small chocolate fudge sundae. It seemed like the chocolate fudge was an afterthought thought,barely drizzled on. So not totally impressed with the food. Service however was prompt.

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MarcW
Kansas City
5 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Great service. Lobster pot pie and pizza just missed the mark. Pot pie needed salt and crust on the pizza was not well suited to the toppings. Sorbets were more like shaved ice then sorbet.

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AmandaS
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience3

Our server Amanda was great. Rose’ they had on the menu was bad. The lobster pizza was disappointing. It was tiny. The crust was hard and did not seem fresh. Nachos were really bad. Soaked with some sort of canned tomatoes. Very greasy. Fish and chips were alright. Also greasy. We got the dessert sampler. It was just okay. Overall portions were tiny. Way too expensive. Food quality was sub par. Really disappointing meal.

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KARENL
New England
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience2

Nice re-do of the dining room but tables for 2 were more like bar tables - too small for dinner. Food not up to previous standards. For example, Kennebunk Inn salad had almost no pistachios or goat cheese and the dressing was bland. We each had a pasta entrée which were both just so-so. Service was very good, prices are still reasonable. Very glad it's back open and hope to see more of what we were used to from the kitchen. Maybe also a few larger tables for 2.

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

Academe at The Kennebunk Inn is rated 4.5 stars by 391 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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