Ocean

4.8
1226 Reviews
$31 to $50
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.

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Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

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Starting Nov 26, 2020

Take the stress out of meal prepping this Thanksgiving with a preordered TO GO meal from Ocean! Orders can be placed at www.capearundelinn.com/dining. Pick up at the Kennebunkport Inn on Wednesday, 11/25 from 5-7pm or Thanksgiving Day 11/26 from 10am-12pm. All orders must be received by 6pm on 11/22

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vipalcortez
Phoenix
22 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

It was fabulous, and we loved the table by the window. Our server was very friendly, but hard to find. We will be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional experience - we’ve dined here many times and have always had a wonderful time. Attentive and friendly staff, delicious and creative food, and a beautiful setting.

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JoyceK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My daughter and I had a fabulous meal and experience at Ocean. We were commemorating my Mom's birthday as well as the close of a successful semester and start of a new job! It was perfect. The wine we selected with the help of our waiter, Steven, was the perfect accompaniment to our fowl and fin starters and entrees. And the desserts are not to be missed. We will be back!

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DavidK
New England
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great special occasion restaurant: service was terrific, quality of meal and presentation very excellent.

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JohnL
Philadelphia
35 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superior food and great service. Will be back next time we are in the area.

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StevenT
New England
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Good menu options. The food was delicious and the service was excellent. Large table with a party of 10 (celebrating a birthday) was a little loud and took away from the usual excellent fine dining atmosphere.

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Rickster
New England
31 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

wonderful setting, great food, good seafood choices

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vipLarryL
Columbus
25 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ocean is a very classic and beautiful Maine coastal restaurant, outstanding view of the water and such a beautiful dining room. The service was impeccable, the food was outstanding, we could not be happier with our experience.

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RoxanneJ
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We were there to celebrate my husband's birthday, and the staff acknowledged the occasion in a most thoughtful and discreet way (a complimentary glass of bubbly to start the meal, "happy birthday" written in chocolate on the plate of the dessert we ordered). Our meals were delicious, the service was outstanding, and the ambiance was delightful--there was a howling rain storm outside that night, but we were cozy and warm inside, and felt very well cared for. Ocean is a wonderful special-occasion place--or a great choice when you simply want a truly fine meal and superb service.

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GreggF
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service staff and excellent meal. Nice variety in menu

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GretchenP
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Beautiful room. Thoughtful service. Food is good and fresh. Sauce for fish was very salty but nice depth of flavor.

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vipLChar
New England
7 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best dining experiences I've had in a long time.

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vipJimM
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner at Ocean is always a special part of our Kennebunkport trips.

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vipFiggy
New England
15 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal - have wanted to try this place and definitely glad I did! You can't go wrong with the Lobster Termador appetizer!

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JeanW
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ocean Restaurant overlooks the ocean, and the view was amazing even on a rainy October night. There is a very good wine list as well as options of by-the-glass wines.
I had the duck which was excellent, and it was served beautifully. My friend ordered the venizon, and she was very impressed with the presentation and the preparation of the food.
The service was up to expectations for a restaurant of this quality. The cost is higher, but the food, service, and ambiance make it well worth the cost.
I look forward to eating at Ocean in the future.

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ConnieW
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite restaurants—if not my favorite!

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SCOTT
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, our waiter was very engaging and all the staff very attentive to our needs throughout the entire experience. Highly recommend for anyone looking for a fantastic meal with romantic ambiance.

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lilydog
Naples
8 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very nice elegant restaurant-good crowd on a wed. night-food was excellent-good attentive service

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LynnW
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were great. It was a perfect way to celebrate a birthday.

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vipJANDK
New England
74 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An incredible 5 star evening of dining. Cocktails, perfect. Starters, amazing. My entree of duck and my wife's lobster dish were so good, I think we'd order them again when we return. Decided to skip dessert since we were satisfied; however, next time we'll save room.

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DickE
New England
6 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very enjoyable, try to visit each year when we are in the area.

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RussW
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary with Janice and Erik making it extra special!!

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Heloise
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was absolutely delicious and service impeccable !

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vipHappy1
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food. The green salad was one of the best I have ever eaten...perfectly dressed with a lavendar honey vinegarette. The duck was extremely flavorful with a balsamic reduction that was a wonderful complement.

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vipOhioFoodie
Cincinnati
7 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nicest dining experience in Kennebunkport.

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vipCounselorcarol
New England
25 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service from our server Maryanne. Greeted with complimentary sparkling wine to honor our anniversary. Very nice touch. I had the swordfish, excellent preparation, fish very moist. My husband enjoyed his duck prepared two ways, as well.
Also enjoyed field of greens and soup as starters and chocolate hazelnut dessert as well only criticism is that my Rose could have been colder. Definitely a special occasion restaurant!

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KarenS
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Lovely dinner for our anniversary but took a few requests before we were served with a drink which would have been 2 if we were served better. Obviously quite a few regulars but surely a new comer should get the same service. Once at the table the service was better and the food lovely. Just should have worn some trousers and boots as I was a bit cold.

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JohnF
New England
18 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, awesome food. We are staying right here at Cape Arundel Inn, so it was the perfect end to a day on the porch soaking up the view and all of the fresh air.

Drinks at the bar were generous pours but not inexpensive.

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TerryM
Salt Lake City
4 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. The Monkfish and oysters perfect . Duck one of the best I have had. Duck fois gras must try..service the best.

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KittyH
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Love the updated interior of restaurant. Such an amazing location. Asked for quiet table and was nicely accommodated. Wait staff very attentive. Food outstanding. Would recommend-return on our next visit.

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KarenF
Oklahoma City
4 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The views were amazing, food was great and service was excellent. Highly recommend

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AnnetteY
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and excellent service!! Would recommend to anyone and everyone as the Go to Restaurant in that area! Looking forward to another visit when we are in town! Thank you!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was one of the best dining experiences I’ve ever had, hands down. It was my friends birthday and the staff went out of their way to start us off with champagne and even reserved us a special table. The food, the ambiance, and the service were exceptional. Jess, our server, was sweet, attentive, and made us feel at home. The restaurant manager was equally as pleasant and we never once felt rushed. I can’t wait to come back! Thank you for a spectacular evening!

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NateS
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were seated at after 8pm so didn't get to enjoy the ocean view. Regardless, the dining room is beautiful so provides a very pleasant atmosphere. Food and service were excellent, we were very pleased with the experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were greeted with a taste of champagne, followed by a fabulous lobster dinner. The pastry chef baked a gorgeous chocolate cake with chocolate ganache and fresh strawberries. It was a memorable birthday celebration!

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TXfoodie
Austin
29 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stunning views of coast. Service was perfect and the food was outstanding (we both had the lobster). Great spot for a special dinner!

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Bevobevo
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wife’s birthday!

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Christy
New England
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall3food5service5ambience2

Our experience with cocktails in the front room next to the dining room was lovely. Our table overlooked the Atlantic and a cozy fireplace graced the opposite wall. Cocktails were imaginative, but price seemed excessive. From the appetizer we shared (lobster caprese) to the swordfish with tasty accompaniments to the espresso semi fredo dessert, our food was excellent - delicious and beautifully presented. The service was also excellent and very attentive. Unfortunately, before our entrees arrived, a group of 18 (!) people was seated next to us. The ambiance deteriorated to that of an army mess hall. It was an effort to have a conversation, as the noise was so loud (not "energetic", but annoying). Although the staff gave us our dessert on the house, it ultimately did not do much to make up for the poor experience. - We also spent that night at the Cape Arundel Inn, and breakfast the next morning in the Ocean dining room was disappointing...3 very basic choices of hot food (eggs, waffles, pancakes), and a buffet table featuring a toaster ("make your own toast", English muffins), butter, jam, one choice of juice (orange and not fresh squeezed), a plate with individual grapes/some orange and pineapple wedges, two "towers" of dry cereal, and a few pastries. Hampton Inns offer a much more generous breakfast. For the prices the inn charges, we expected a more than "ho-hum" breakfast - not to mention something more than paper napkins at our place setting.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
7 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow. Ocean view spectacular. We had near full moon, lit up the ocean. Service great. We had the lobster, unusual phyllo wrapped risotto, also unique and special. Dessert included crime brûlée with mango sorbet, delicious. Truly memorable night!!

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MARKR
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Eric the server was great. Professional, attentive, funny, did a fantastic job. I had the scallops app and then the lobster dinner, food was outstanding. This reminded us why this is our favorite place for any occasion. Can't wait to go back.

FAQs

Ocean is rated 4.8 stars by 1226 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.