Ocean

4.8
1294 Reviews
$50 and over
Contemporary American
**Now Open for the 2021 Season** Memorable evenings at Ocean begin with cocktails, like our Maine maple syrup-sweetened Amber Sky, on the inn’s relaxing front porch or at the bar. Continue your culinary journey in the dining room, where every table has a view of the frothy blue sea. Ocean’s creative menus change with the seasons, showcasing not only Maine-caught seafood in signature dishes like Lobster Thermidor, but the best of what is grown, raised and produced locally. The eye-pleasing creations take inspiration, too, from across the Atlantic. Expect the familiar flavors of southern France and the Mediterranean with intriguing new twists, plus an international selection of wines.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 1294 people are saying
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100% of people would recommend it to a friend
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claudiaz
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

food was delicious, view was fabulous. Expensive but worth it.

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vipBizTraveler
New England
23 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional fine dining on the water in Kennebunkport.

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vipOpinionAter
St. Louis
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Every dish was perfectly prepared and beautifully presented from the highest quality ingredients imaginable. And when you add the views of ocean waves crashing on the rocks below this made for a truly memorable and outstanding dining experience.

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vipkokosuki
New England
55 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our 51st anniversary. The dinner was prix-fixe and the food was absolutely top-notch. We were seated at a table for two in the front room overlooking the ocean - a unique and very special setting. Our waiter Matt was entertaining, very friendly, knowledgeable and attentive. He was one of the best we ever had. The maitre’d was also attentive, cordial and very professional. They paid special attention to our anniversary celebration with a complementary champagne toast, and even specially decorated desserts. It made the occasion truly memorable. We loved it!

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Maureen
New England
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The setting is exquisite, the food sublime, the service exceptional.

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FrankS
Atlanta
23 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Food and drink were excellent but service was very slow. I'm respectful of the fact that restaurants have challenges coming out of the pandemic, but this is a high end restaurant that wasn't at full capacity during our meal and appeared to have sufficient staff. We felt as if our server didn't appear to value us as much as his other customers.

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marcovacationer
New England
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gorgeous views - amazing service and phenomenal food!!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It was very nice

RJ
vipRoyJ
New England
11 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding. High quality service, food and overall atmosphere. Servings and flavor were optimum.

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CoreyL
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic dining experience. From the service to the food itself, the team at Ocean does a great job.

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vipbrioz
New England
31 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was absolutely exquisite. Every dish was expertly executed, and attention to detail was evident. The ultimate special occasion restaurant. Along with the sublime food, the view of the ocean is unparalleled anywhere. Everyone visiting the area must try it!

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WilliamW
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you want that one perfect meal by which to remember a vacation, this is it!

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BirthdayBoy67
New England
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Seating was too close--the person on the outside was constantly bumped and pushed by staff and patrons trying to squeeze through a narrow aisle.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing dining experience with spectacular views. This should be on everyone’s list for dinner while visiting Kennebunkport.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect setting, marvelous ocean view, wonderful service and food

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BirthdayBrunchBeauty
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat outside on the side lawn of the hotel/Resturant. We were directly across from the ocean, surrounded by ocean views. The sun was warm, the breeze was very gentle and the food was honestly the best I’ve ever had! We had the Lobster and Halibut dishes. I’ve had A LOT of lobster in my life but never as tender, juicy and as flavorful as this, it was outstanding! My husband had the halibut and said the same, never had fish so tender and perfectly cooked. Everything we ate was rich in flavor and beautify presented. This was our first time at Ocean but will definitely not be our last!! It’s my new favorite place!

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SteveW
New England
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

For the price it wasn’t very good. Overpriced everything and steak was not great and lobster was too creamy.

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vipBill
Chicago
102 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the experience every time we experience the food and the staff. They pay attention to detail and make every guest feel special.

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Lulu
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Table stuck in corner with air conditioning blasting. Food excellent did not have good water view

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JohnL
Philadelphia
35 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Up scale fine dining with an ocean view. Food was excellent

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GregoryM
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Attractive setting in well furnished porch with windows overlooking Maine Coast. Tables well spaced and staff followed appropriate safety requirements and wore masks. Staff was very friendly and attentive, did not appear rushed although it was a busy evening. Care was taken in explaining menu and beverage options. Menu was priced fixed for three courses with additional special options available. Between courses several special small bite items were presented. We had ordered a bottle of wine which was perfect, and later the waiter provided a small taste of another wine he thought we would enjoy (we did!). This was an anniversary dinner for us and this restaurant was the perfect choice.

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SandraB
New England
5 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience5

Where to begin… over the years I have celebrated many special occasions at Ocean. The food, the service, the ambiance, always impeccable. So for my birthday, a friend wanted to take me to dinner and I, of course, chose Ocean.

In the past when celebrating an occasion, we would be given a glass of champagne as a gift. Not so this time, but that was fine.

The amuse-bouche was a nice touch and was very good. The appetizers we chose were also good, but not great. The waitress seemed to be following a script on how to be a waitress. She was professional, but not quite prepared to handle feedback that was anything but wonderful.

When the main course arrived, it looked to be another appetizer. The portions were ridiculously small. The risotto was undercooked and inedible, and the fish my friend had was small, dry and tasteless. The pasta that was part of her meal was enough for about 4 bites.

Each fixed price meal was $85, totally overpriced for what was served to us.

When we spoke to the manager about our experience, his first idea was to reward us with a dessert (which was already included in the overall price). His next idea was a glass of bubbly, which we turned down. We told him we wanted him to provide a discount since both entrees weren’t totally edible. He acquiesced and charged us for only one meal. We went home and had something to eat because we were still hungry.

Overpriced and underfed. Needless to say we will never go back to Ocean. Save your money and go somewhere else. If you want a place for a special occasion that is always good, service, ambiance and food, go to Joshua’s in Wells.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Food is good, a lot of butter but still fresh. A little old fashioned. Service is pleasant but not terribly well informed.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
8 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife had the scallops for an appetizer, which was cooked perfectly. She had the lobster for the main course. Succulent! I had the Foie Gras: super tasty. I then had the halibut, which was light and buttery. I also had the Maine Oysters
Butter Poached Oysters, Hackleback Caviar, Cara Cara Orange |

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BarbaraM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The octopus appetizer is magnificent! The lobster with risotto is perfection. And the European cheese for
Dessert is the way to
Go!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was outstanding. Excellent service, pleasant competent staff, ocean view table, incredible meal, and wonderful memories of a special Anniversary.

MJ
MarthaJ
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant in Kennebunkport. Ocean view with 5 star meal. What could be better!

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MarciaU
New England
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A memorable meal from start to finish.
Perfect for a special occasion.

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KristenP
Denver
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved our dinner :)
Celebrating an anniversary and they went above and beyond to make us feel special!!

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Kman
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent all around. So glad Ocean is up ,& running after the pandemic!

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ChristopherO
New England
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Topher was attentive and engaging. The food was superb. Great dining experience.

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vipDissappointed
Las Vegas
20 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A truly delightful dining experience ‼️

MJ
vipMJM814
New York Area
162 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service from Derrick

Three courses were good. The lobster texture was a bit mushy. I think it had been poached too long. We had a 9 pm reservation. It tasted like it had been poaching since 6 Tasted fine along with all the veggies

I especially liked the European cheeses-nice touch

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ScottP
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Restaurant, service, food was all outstanding. Unfortunately two couples with very young screaming
children raised the noise level and distracted a bit from the romantic ambiance.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
14 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing!!!!

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DouglasC
Naples
30 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best restaurants in all of Maine. The combination of flavors is unique, with an excellent presentation. The service is very good, with everyone being very pleasant.

ME
MELUV
New England
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday celebration

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Daughters birthday- an absolute favorite and always wonderful. Love the tasting menu. Highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful atmosphere, food, and service
Topher was our server He was friendly, informative, attentive and over all great
When Kennebunkport we will be back

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Lori
New England
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Ocean is a comfortable place to have a quiet dinner.

FAQs

Ocean is rated 4.8 stars by 1294 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.