Ocean

4.9
1051 reviews
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$31 to $50
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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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New England
32 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Special place. We enjoyed a cocktail in the lounge followed by a wonderful dining experience. Saw a beautiful sunset befoe a spectacular moonlight ocean.

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WR
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a restaurant that we go back to every year we are in Kennebunkport. This meal was our 6th and I have never had a bad experience. New Executive Chef this time and the food was incredible. The staff could not be better. Manager makes you feel right at home, our waitperson was attentive and they were busy on Friday night. I have been lucky enough to dine in the finest restaurants in the US and in many cities abroad. If I had to make a list, Ocean would be in my top 3.

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G
New England
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Beautiful ocean views, well appointed interior, very professional service. Reasonable (not large) portion sizes. Good food presentation.

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JC
New England
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ocean is one of our favorite places. The food presentation was great. I had the lobster, which was cleverly presented without the shell but with the claw meat in its shape in between the tail. The atmosphere is nice. The service is very good without going overboard.

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DM
New England
11 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful experience in a polished, casually elegant atmosphere. Highly recommend and will definitely return.

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MB
New England
13 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The view is absolutely spectacular! The hostess gave us a lovely greeting and we enjoyed a drink on the expansive porch overlooking the ocean before being seated. There is not a bad seat in the house! The meal was decadent!

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MP
New England
21 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ocean never disappoints. My experience could not have been nicer. From the moment you walk in the door until the time you must leave, you are sure to have a wonderful dining experience. I look forward to returning soon.

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SC
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chef Luke did an outstanding job !
Our server Chris could not have been nicer 😊

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CC
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We do like it when there are specials on the menu....and there were during this visit! I hope the chef keeps the strawberry rhubarb cheesecake on the menu as a permanent because it was out of this world fabulous. We have never had a bad meal or even mediocre experience at Ocean and we like the fact that the GM is on site and visits tables. You can't beat the view, regardless of the time of year or the weather or even in the dark, although for us "oldies" you notice immediately when the lights are dimmed! The presentations of every course are spectacular, too.

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WC
New England
3 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 1

This restaurant was our Easter special, our number 1 in Kport. No more. Firstly, our table was right under a loudspeaker, playing music (in an already noisy restaurant) that was not conducive to a relaxed environment. Very bop-bop. Asked to have it turned down...not sure it was turned down. We ordered a glass of wine each-$17.00 per glass. They came to the table with the wine pre-poured. At that price?? The menu was complicated, listing lots of ingredients. You hope for the best that they will work together. One of us has an onion allergy, and that seemed to work ok(advised through Open Table). The other ordered a chicken roulade. Stuffing not impressive. Dessert OK. Service provided by three different people-what is that about? We have been accustomed to being impressed by this restaurant, but it has moved from our number 1 to our number 3 or 4.

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S
New England
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was fantastic everyone we dealt with was awesome. The meal was top notch we got the field green salad and for our entrees beef and my hubby got the swordfish one night and lamb the second and everything we ate was delicious!! The ambiance is fantastic the view can’t be beat with a view of the ocean from every window! Will definitely return!!

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RH
New England
3 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ocean has always been our go to restaurant for special occasions. We miss Pierre but the new chef did not disappoint us. The food was wonderful and the service was spot on as usual.

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b
New England
175 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dining with friends. Their first time at Ocean. They enjoyed it.

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MC
New England
3 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best experiences we have had in the Kennebunk area. We had a beautiful table overlooking the ocean and a distant view of the Bush compound. It was our anniversary and we were given complimentary Champagne. Our server was Grace and she couldn’t have been nicer. No stress, no rushing. Grace and the manager went above and beyond to make our Anniversary a memorable night.

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m
New England
33 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an excellent meal here that was served impeccably . The swordfish dish was outstanding. the setting is wonderfully relaxing overlooking the surf crashing against the rocks with a view of Walker's Point in the distance.

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KP
New England
11 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New Chef, somewhat new menu, same exceptional dining experience! First weekend open after winter hiatus and the staff never missed a beat. Ocean is likely one of the top 3 restaurants you can dine at in all of York county!

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OT
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience..staff, scenic views and food all outstanding

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JM
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always reserve Ocean for a special night out in Kennebunkport. And we're never disappointed.

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o
New England
18 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to Ocean to celebrate New Years Eve. The menu was fixed with five courses. It was very lively, the food was fabulous, and we enjoyed the band. New Years Eve at Ocean is becoming a tradition

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d
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You have to see the view to believe it here! Our food, 7 courses, was exceptional, had a red and a white bottle and both were very good. It's expensive, but I think worth it.

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JL
Philadelphia
30 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice meal. The restaurant overlooks the ocean, and the Bush Compound. The service was excellent.

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OT
New England
29 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a most excellent dining experience at Ocean. Everyone was professional and very personable. We felt welcomed by every staff member even though we were not overnight guests at the Cape Arundel hotel. The cocktails were hand-crafted and delicious, the service was the best we have experienced in a long time (thank you Anna for making our evening so special), and the meals were as pleasing to the eye as they were to our palates. I loved the pistachio encrusted swordfish and my husband really enjoyed his coq au vin. We never felt rushed. Don't skip dessert as they are amazing as well! We loved everything about our evening there and look forward to going back - perhaps when the sun doesn't set so early as the ocean views are amazing.

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LM
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I recently had dinner at a Thomas Keller restaurant of The French Laundry fame. We would rate our experience at Ocean to be superior in terms of creativity and taste of food, ambiance and service. One of the best dining experiences we've ever had the pleasure to enjoy. Thank you to everyone at Ocean. Well be back.

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SG
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible meal fantastic setting best service, one of the best all around dinners we have ever had !!!!

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KL
New England
4 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

I thought the drinks were a bit over-priced. $14.00, even for a created-while-you-watch cocktail is a little steep in my estimation. But our server was reasonably attentive without being intrusive, and our meals were excellent. We will go there again.

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OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I always have dinner at Ocean whenever we are in the Kennebunkport area, it is truly an exceptional dining experience. The staff are warm and attentive and never pretentious. Sometimes we bring our 5 year old son with us for an early dinner, we are always made to feel welcome as a family. The restaurant is beautiful inside, with a spectacular view of the Maine coast. The food is amazing, perfectly cooked with a creative blend of flavors, textures and colors. On our last visit during Prelude, my husband had the swordfish with pistachio crust, I had the lobster. The lobster is a work of art and tastes better than it looks. The swordfish was one of the best my husband ever had, even mentioning that all of the vegetables were cooked perfectly. For desert we decided to share the special poached pear napoleon, it was so good! We will be back soon!

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely evening at Ocean for our 30th wedding anniversary. Our server, Anna, was wonderful and attentive and the food was exceptional.

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MH
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasure. Great food and service in a comfortable atmosphere with a great view.

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S
Philadelphia
29 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

After a day of holiday shopping in Kennebunkport my wife and I enjoyed a wonderful dinner at Ocean. We had the three cheese platter for an appetizer and our three selections were delicious. My wife had the lobster special while I had the sword fish and both meals were cooked to perfection. The swordfish melted in my mouth - well done!

Our server Celina did an excellent job. Well worth the trip from Pennsylvania!

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BF
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our dining experience couldn’t have been better the food, ambience and service we’re absolutely awesome.

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d
Naples
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Congratulations! I give our thanksgiving dining experience a 10+ on all accounts! I don’t do that often. I will become a regular customer. Thank you for a delightful holiday meal.

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ST
New England
7 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another delicious Thanksgiving dinner - thank you!

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d
New England
28 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A beautiful spot for a wonderful dinner. The service was outstanding and friendly. It was the Sunday before Thanksgiving so there were only a few people in the restaurant so it was very quiet but still cozy and warm. A beautiful fireplace greets you as you walk in to the building. A great spot to linger over a cocktail. Although it was dark out when we dined the views are outstanding when light out - the crashing surf and the Walker Compound. My husband had the pistachio crusted swordfish and was probably the best he had ever had (even better than mine). It came steaming hot out of the kitchen. I had the duck breast and duck sausage rolled in pastry with bok choy and a wonderful sauce. The salad was excellent, with a maple balsamic dressing - very light, and micro flowers. The pricing was fair. This is not an inexpensive restaurant but it is also not ridiculously priced either. Two entrees, one salad, and three drinks came to $138 before tip. This was very fair considering the quality of food and service we received. It will definitely be our "go to" place when in Kennebunkport.

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MA
New England
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came here to celebrate our 25th anniversary and it was wonderful. The staff was warm and welcoming, and the food superb. We highly recommend the Lobster Thermidor, Pistachio Crusted Swordfish and Lamb Duo - all were out of this world!

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OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect! What an incredible caring staff! From the complimentary bubbly to the special dessert they brought us...couldn’t have been a more special anniversary dinner! Thank you!!

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LI
New England
7 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ocean is a truly special dining experience. From the moment you walk into the inn, to a complimentary glass of bubbly to the final chocolate truffle and everything in between, it does not disappoint. Our special dinner was well executed, perfectly cooked, and creatively presented.
Service was top notch professional without being stuffy or pretentious. Maine is lucky to have such a luxurious dining room. Even though Pierre,long time chef and creator of this fine dining experience has moved on, he has left his footprint and magic touch. Hopefully Ocean will continue to maintain the current exceptionally high standards.

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BI
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

My swordfish was over cooked, diet cola was flat, I'm 6'3" sat a a postage stamp table and paid over $200 with tip.

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MP
New England
22 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ocean is a favorite for me and my wife. The service and food are always excellent. Staff is friendly and welcoming, always making us feel very special and valued. Menu offers a wide variety of choices that always meet or exceed our expectations.

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DT
Little Rock
5 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anna was a wonderful server; we thoroughly enjoyed the ENTIRE ‘Ocean’ experience !

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RS
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pricey but, well worth it. View and ambiance are a given. The food was exceptional. The staff very attentive and helpful.

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