Ocean

4.8
872 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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  • Special Occasion
  • Scenic View
In the heart of this mostly residential enclave, in a converted circa-1895 Shingle Style house, sits Ocean. Though the Inn has existed in one permutation or another since the 1950s, and it has long held a reputation for well-appointed lodgings and fine dining. The Innkeepers have filled the building with a striking art collection that could make small New England museums envious, while Chef Gignac uses the dining room—with its awe-inspiring views—as a canvas upon which to create epicurean masterpieces. Pierre Gignac graduated from the Institut d’Hôtellerie et de Tourisme du Québec. Pierre chose to open his first restaurant in Ogunquit, Maine “98 Provence," which pleased locals, tourists and critics for 18 years, until it closed in 2012.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Contemporary French / American, Italian
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Hours of operation
5:00pm - close
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Phone number
(207) 967-2125
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Pierre Gignac
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Entertainment
Music on the Lawn: 4-6pm, Wednesdays in July & August. Enjoy acoustic guitar while sipping sweet cocktails and watching the ocean wave.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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5.0Dined a day ago

Excellent on every level. Rivals any Boston restaurant. Our server Madison could not have been any nicer or efficient. The lobster with beet gnocchi was amazing and the swordfish was perfection.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Ocean st Cape Arundel Inn is a true Gem! Exquisitely prepared food, lovely service, Unsurpassed Ocean view and atmosphere. Escargot, Foie Gras, and Duck Breast with a glass of Chateau Malbec... topped off with the decadent dark chocolate bomb are favorites. They made my 79th birthday celebration a memory I will always treasure.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Gourmet dining at its best. Not a fixed price so you can pick and choose how much you would like to eat, but on the average you could expect bill with tip of around 200 for 2 with glass of wine or a drink, and well worth it. Enjoy!

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Wonderful meal! Our server,Topher, was perfect. He was very attentive but not obtusive. Never a feeling of being rushed.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Wonderful ambience. Overlooks Bush Ocean residence. Food is superior and the service just right. Clearly all involved well trained in a class like that found in Europe to insure a true dining experience. 5 stars! Thanks

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Our "go to" choice for special passions. Fabulous halabut with pistachio pesto.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

My wife and I were extremely happy with our dinner. The Lobster dish with
Butter Poached Lobster, Red Beet Potato Gnocchi, Horseradish Cream, Pickled Pears,
Sage Roasted Vegetables was cooked perfectly, melt in your mouth delicious.
The Lamb Duo of Australian Loin, Olive Braised Osso Buco, Parisian Vegetables, Chèvre Polenta Galette, Tarragon Jus was the best lamb dish I can remember.
Service was also great. Very friendly and attentive. Even the bartender stopped by to ask how we liked our drinks. They were perfect. You will not be dissapointed. PG

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Creative and exquisite. The staff was terrific, the food was memorable and the atmosphere is wonderful. I’d give them 10 stars if I could!!!

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Everything was delicious, beautifully presented and some lovely extra, generous touches to acknowledge that we’d come for a special occasion (sparkling wine to toast on arrival). The view is wonderful as the light changes and the sun goes down. All in all just perfect for a special celebration meal

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5.0Dined on June 14, 2018

Our 49th anniversary dinner was Marvelous. Ocean restaurant's service, location, and FOOD was beyond compare and one of the finest meals we have enjoyed around the world. If you should be in Kennebunkport - don't miss the opportunity to dine at Ocean - you'll not regret your choice!

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5.0Dined on June 14, 2018

We have dined at "Ocean" about half a dozen times. Each time is even better than the last! We are never disappointed with anything. The food is wonderful! The combinations are well thought out and creative. The plating is gorgeous.

The view? It's spectacular!

The service is the best in town. I am always impressed with the wait staff, especially Grace who is our favorite server who has risen in the ranks to bartender and assistant manager. She is such an asset to this establishment. We always ask to sit in her section.

The dining room itself is very modern and still elegant. It is an upscale restaurant but not stuffy.

I always feel welcomed and valued as a patron. We cannot wait to return.

I recommend this restaurant most highly.

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Great place! Don’t miss. View of Walker’s Point. Great food. Nice service.

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

My husband and I traveled to Maine from Texas to celebrate our 60th birthdays. I had seen the wonderful reviews for Ocean and booked our special dinner. I just can't rave enough about this restaurant. Firstly, our wait person, Steven was the best of the best. I knocked over my lovely cocktail while Steven was kindly taking our picture, and he didn't bat an eye. He was kind and gracious bringing me a new drink and making light about it. We were so impressed with him. Secondly, the food was AMAZING! Being from No. Texas (seafood is expensive and not readily available), so of course we ordered the lobster. It was perfectly prepared and beautiful to the eye. I feel like the cost of dinner was VERY reasonable considering the exceptional quality of the food. The view was wonderful! If you are in the area, don't hesitate. Just go!

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5.0Dined on June 7, 2018

My wife and I went to Ocean for our anniversary dinner. It was one of the most memorable dinners I can remember. The food, service, and atmosphere (the view was spectacular)were all over the top - they couldn't have been any better. They made our anniversary very special.

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4.0Dined on June 7, 2018

Wonderful meal, exceptional service, delightful ambience.

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3.0Dined on June 4, 2018

I am ambivalent about recommending it. Some things, like appetizers were very good and dessert special was fantastic. Service was excellent. The lamb entrée was very good but it would have been nice to have more vegetables with it. The lobster entrée is the most expensive and very disappointing. Tiny amount of lobster; no interesting seasoning that you could taste. very dull beet potato gnocchi. the entrees were not as good as some of the less expensive restaurants in the area. Also it was pouring rain and the re were not good signs in the parking lot. We ended up walking in on the lawn side of the restaurant (not knowing there was an alternative). they did not express concern about that. Disappointing!

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Fabulous restaurant with amazing views, great atmosphere, perfect lighting and the best food and service all around!

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Excellent all around

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

This was our second time celebrating our anniversary at Ocean. We were given the corner seat overlooking the incredible ocean view and were treated to complimentary champagne and dessert. Every morsel was exquisite and the server gave us the best recommendations. We highly recommend this restaurant and can't wait to return ourselves!

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5.0Dined on May 29, 2018

everything was great , except for the wine list, ok if you like Chardonnay

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5.0Dined on May 28, 2018

As always, Ocean is absolutely fabulous. The food is outstanding. The restaurant is very nice and decorated so cozy and the views are something from a post card. Always a wonderful experience Definately a must while visiting Kennebunkport. Love it

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4.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Wow. If you haven’t been, put it on your bucket list. The food was more than an experience. It was the right of passage into the fine art of cooking. The staff was outstanding.

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5.0Dined on May 22, 2018

Outstanding dining. Great chef - food taste was outstanding and presentation perfect. The service was perfect and appropriate attention and proper serving.

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5.0Dined on May 21, 2018

Great food, excellent service, beautiful view. We had a very good Time at Ocean's. We havé dinner every year.

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

The food and drinks were fabulous and service fantastic!

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Excellent service and food was outstanding. Busy night with full restaurant but staff and chef kept pace very well.

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Magnificent setting with food to match. Impeccable but laid back service.

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2018

The service amazing, view is one of the reasons you go. The menu changes all the time, with plenty of good choices.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Always love this restaurant, never ever have I been disappointed and Devon makes the best Martinis you will ever have.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

The food was even better than the view. I had the duck and it took restraint to not lick the plate clean.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

I took my wife here for Mother's day because I had heard it was the best, like her. We were seated promptly at the reserved time and found the food better than we had expected. The service was excellent as well.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Wonderful, can’t wait to return!

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Another exceptional dinner at one of the finest restaurants in the Kennebunkport area! Our server, Grace, puts an exclamation mark on exceptional service and always makes it personal!

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

We are Portland foodie's and not easily impressed. Came here to celebrate a friends birthday. We couldn't have chosen a better place. Beautiful setting, quite restaurant and the food was amazing.

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5.0Dined on May 3, 2018

Warm welcome. Great service and awesome food. Can’t wait to be back this summer. Keep it up.

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4.0Dined on April 28, 2018

The food was excellent even though it was slow to arrive (salad 30 minutes after ordering and entre 90 minutes after ordering) and the salad was bite sized for an elephant. I will return and plan on an earlier reservation.

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Is was a very good experience. The ocean view was amazing! Good food and drinks in a fantastic atmosphere with friendly service. I highly recommend it

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5.0Dined on April 27, 2018

View, Food, Wine list, Service... I can't figure out which I loved more

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Dinner at Ocean was an overall experience to enjoy. The food tasted amazing and presentation was beautiful. The ocean view was relaxing and the staff were attentive and very friendly. Come expecting an experience and not in a hurry to move on to your next event. There were many repeat locals who were happy to share their experiences and love for the restaurant and Inn as well.

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5.0Dined on April 19, 2018

We had an amazing experience. From the food to the service to the views - it was by far our favorite place that we visited during our stay in Kennebunkport. Highly recommend!

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