Ocean

4.8
1428 Reviews
$50 and over
Contemporary American
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 1428 people are saying
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Amma
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and presentation impeccable. We did the chefs wine pairing, which we’d highly recommend.

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vipowenp
New England
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once again an excellent meal complemented by superb service. I always leave Ocean thinking about when my next reservation will be coming up. If visiting, this is a restaurant not to be missed!

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DeborahV
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best restaurants we’ve ever been to. Food and service were outstanding! Highly recommend this restaurant.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

It was a bit cold so had to eat with our coats on

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vipKathyW
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely meal, beautiful scenery!

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AbitaPhd
Tulsa
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service! Would not recommend adding the wine pairing ($50 per person) to the tasting menu option. Instead, just get a bottle of your favorite wine to share at the dinner. The ambiance would have been better had views of the ocean been possible but it was already dark and it was a stormy night. Obviously no fault of the restaurant. It still provided a nice, quiet, romantic spot for our Anniversary dinner. Reservations are sometimes hard to get, but worth trying.

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RoyB
New England
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every course was a flavorful experience, from the amuse-bouche to the desserts. Beautifully presented, delicious, one of the best meals we have had in many years. Our thanks and praise to the chefs and staff at Ocean!

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vipJf1070depot
New York Area
57 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and exceptional service with a breathtaking view. Nice!

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DavidC
Charleston
9 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The service and food was excellent. Everyone was helpful without being too overbearing. The food was well prepared and the seasoning was very complimentary

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Luv2dine
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We stayed at Cape Arundel Inn for our 41st anniversary and chose Ocean for two of evening meals while in Kennebunkport. Our meals were superb…well thought out combinations that simply allowed the food to sing in perfect harmony. Their waitstaff were attentive without intrusiveness and their excitement in describing menu options shows a cohesive loyalty between the front of the house and the chef’s kitchen. Don’t miss the butter poached lobster with squid ink capellini…this one delivers lobster at a whole new level and is divine. This chef knows how to handle fish, so you won’t be disappointed regardless of which menu item you chose. Wagyu beef is also prepared masterfully, and my spouse was very pleased with his choice. The bar is well stocked with ample choices of bourbon, scotch and whiskey, a decent but small wine list. Desserts are made in house and the pastry chef is well versed in yummy! Every morning, a small breakfast treat is left at your door…croissants one morning were all that a croissant should be, flaky, buttery and warm to boot! On the evening of our anniversary, we were presented with Prosecco to toast with. Our desserts were graced with happy anniversary wishes, a sweet way to cap off our meal.
We highly recommend Ocean for a true fine dining experience in a beautiful oceanside setting.

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vipFred
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Excellent and creative fixe price dinner with lovely presentation. Not inexpensive and several items on the small menu carry an additional premium.

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MimiM
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply superb. From the glorious ocean view to the flawless service and spectacular food, this is a pretty nearly perfect experience. A superlative finale to a lovely stay in Kennebunkport. Bravos and bravas all ‘round.

MB
vipMarianneB
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This had to be one of the top 5 best meals of my life - This restaurant has it all: lovely decor, idyllic ocean views (and views of Walker Point), extremely professional, yet friendly service and 3 courses that were amazingly delicious, beautifully plated and generous in portion (for a prix fixe meal). My husband said the first tuna course just melted in his mouth. My summer corn chowder had such a fresh corn flavor accompanied by 3 large perfectly cooked scallops. We both loved the lobster (all the lobster with none of the work or mess) and halibut entrees as well. I would recommend going there before sunset to enjoy the ocean views. We sat inside, but if any outdoor seating is available that would be lovely in nice weather. Perfect for a special occasion or just part of an ideal Kennebunkport holiday for “foodies”. If you are staying at The Colony hotel and would enjoy a pre- and post- dinner ocean view walk, it takes about 15 minutes each direction (just wear comfortable shoes). We will definitely return on our next visit to Maine.

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vipCindylouwhoWPB
West Palm Beach
37 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Totally amazing food, presentation and service! Beautiful evening to dine on their front porch overlooking the ocean.

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vipKarenM
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and food were second to none!

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Dotty
New England
5 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a restaurant for those who appreciate fine dining at its best. A gourmet delight. The wait staff are very knowledgeable about explaining each course. It was my husband's birthday and the extra touches of complimentary champagne and a candle in his cake were greatly appreciated. Expensive but worth every cent!!!

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vipitsmeboston
New England
34 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Excellent food, ambiance and service. Prices are prix fix for a 3 course meal, meaning you have to get the desert, which we typically don't do. The prix fix price is on the high side. For some reason, the kitchen got backed up while we were there so there was too long a pause between the first course and the main course. We were getting itchy and no one came out to explain the delay.

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nancyb
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the most charming and beautiful supper experiences ever. Get there before sunset. Have a cocktail outside on the lawn or porch. Then enjoy an exceptional dining experience overlooking the ocean and the Bush compound. Everything was delicious and wonderful service. Will definitely return when possible.

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AprilG
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ocean was spectacular. The food was as beautifully presented as it was delightful. Every course was something special. You can tell the chefs love what they do. They convey that love in their masterpieces.

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juliec
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service, food and view were excellent. The staff couldn’t have been more pleasant.

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vipLindancer
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely wonderful food, impeccably plated and served. Stunning coastal views with beautiful panoramic vistas. Wish I could dine here every night!

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vipmai2
New England
4 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place. It's the food!!!! Wow!! And the ambience is great.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
7 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

All ok- just too stale and stuffy. Fixed priced menu a big
Turnoff

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DennisS
Dallas
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of our favorite restaurants in KBP. Despite the town "on the water" there is no restaurant with this spectacular view. Have drinks on the porch before having a great french stle dinner with great presentation and service. Celebrated wife's birthday there this week with friends. Wonderful time.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

20th wedding Anniversary

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ClaudiaH
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best meals we’ve ever had! Food was exceptional and truly unique. Service was also outstanding. Highly highly recommend!

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SharonB
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Entertaining out of town guests

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TomL
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best dining experience ……… ever! We will be coming back the next time we are in Maine - ask for Matt to assist you with your meal.

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DaveH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great view with superb food and excellent service!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter, Topher, was incredibly friendly and helpful. He took an amazing meal above and beyond with his suggestions for accompanying drinks and additions. The foie gras and corn soup with scallops were wonderful starters, and the rest of the meal left us in heaven. I had a special dessert of three sorbets, and Topher's suggestion was to add tequila to it - a small pour over each. Something I would never have considered, but could not be more glad I did.

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vipweber
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating our 25th and it was remarkable! You cannot beat the view and the food is a lasting memory.

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CPetit
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was such a treat. The views, the presentation!? Omg we loved it. Best lobster I’ve had in decades

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vipTcsoff
Savannah
13 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Could not have asked for a more perfect dinner!!!! We did not want a 5:00 reservation but since I called with less than 1 week notice that was what was available. We arrived at 4:55. The host said it would just be a few minutes. Several more couples arrived. We were seated 1st at the BEST corner table in the restaurant! Lauren was a wonderful and attentive waitress. Each course was better than the first.

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vipMichaelT
Phoenix
22 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a place! What a meal!! The ambiance is great. Our server Matt was super personable and easy going. The manager Coby was nice and patient lol We probably stayed a little (lot) longer than we should have but everyone was cool about it. Got to meet and hang out with Chef Justin. One of the nicest people ever. His meal was perfection and it looked like art on a plate. Could not believe how young was. Super talented. This kid is gonna own the culinary world some day. I would highly recommend this place.

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BruceW
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The food and people were great but the mandatory Prix Fixe approach is very limiting.

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Betty
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our 25th wedding anniversary celebration was delicious and memorable! Thank you, Ocean staff, for a wonderful experience!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exquisite food, beautiful surroundings and a fantastic server (Topher)!

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TommyZ
New England
11 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have dined there a bunch of times and always loved everything about it. I wish they would offer a regular menu along with there chefs tasting menu.

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KarenA
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In my opinion, there has always been three requirements for a great dining experience. #1. Is always the location, and ambience of the facilty. #2. The food, has be exceptional in the presentation and of course the taste. #3. Is the service. The best food in the world can be easily spoiled by waiterstaff who don't have a clue.
Our visit was exceptional in all three catagories. We had originaly been unable to get a reservation for inside seating, but then something opened up and we were seated inside, at a perfect table in the corner by the front window. The entire meal was perfect, from the corn soup with pan seared scallops, to the buttered lobster and that raspberry sorbet! The waiter was excellent in his service and knowledge of the food and beverages he was serving. The best Birthday Meal I have EVER had.

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Simpleabundance14
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A truly lovely experience from the initial greeting thru dessert. Food was fabulous!!!

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Ocean is rated 4.8 stars by 1428 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.