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Ocean

4.8
834 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
Perfect For:
  • Romantic
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasion
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
What 834 People Are Saying
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4.8
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5.0
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4.5
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5.0Dined 4 days ago

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 6 days ago

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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4.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Ambiance and service was amazing. Anna and the entire experience was top notch. Will definitely be back

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

My husband’s birthday!

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Always feel welcomed by all the staff. Food was creative and delicious. Great dining experience.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Views surpassed by none, so try to arrive before sunset if there for dinner. Extraordinary service by the entire team from start to finish. A quiet, gem of a dining room with water views on three sides. Dinner was excellent, the Rock Crab Veloute is a must. The swordfish entree is a brilliant combination of flavors, but ever so slightly cooked beyond my preference--ask for cool center which I failed to do. We look forward to trying the new tasting menu on next visit.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

This was a special birthday outing for my husband and it was everything we could have wanted...great service, wonderful food, attention to detail and special touches, champagne and dessert for the special evening.

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Ambience, service, food, presentation..... Perfection

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3.0Dined on February 16, 2018

Atmosphere was wonderful, service was fabulous. Meal was not up to par. My wife had the swordfish steak. Wasn’t even close to being cooked. When she cut into it I cringed. When you are paying top dollar, the little things mean everything. They did try to make up for it with a free desert but the damage was done. I do understand an off night but the prices they charge, I expect a perfect evening.

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Service was slow to start - first day back after being closed for a bit, so understood. Got better as the night went along. Great food!! Looking forward to coming back soon.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

The perfect spot for a romantic Valentine’s dinner; I only wish it were light out so we could see the view! Amazing food, service, and ambiance. Will go back this summer for drinks on the front deck at sunset for sure!

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

As always, Ocean is one of the best places to dine in Kennebunkport! Everything from being warmly greeted upon entrance, Chef Pierre's food is outstanding, and the service is always attentive and professional.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Our first experience was wonderful! We truly did not feel rushed and the waitstaff was very attentive. Menu is well thought and executed with details you would expect from a great French chef. We will definitely be back 😁

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

Celebrated New Years Eve at Ocean! The tasting menu was delicious and all of our courses were fabulous. Really enjoyed the band and the relaxed atmosphere that was still beautiful and festive.

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

Seating, food, service all excellent Anniversary and New Year’s Eve. Not normal menu for the night.

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

New Year’s Eve. Gracious, friendly, incredible food and great location. We will return!

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5.0Dined on December 28, 2017

We have dined at Ocean several times per year over the past 4 years. No matter the table, views of open ocean are stunning. Wait staff are world class, attentive and very nice individuals (particularly Nathan). I have celiac disease and cannot tolerate even trace amounts of gluten from cross-contamination. Chefs Pierre and Justin accommodate my needs and consistently provide superb fine French cuisine for every visit. I have never experienced a gluten reaction. Wine list is excellent with several stand out Chablis.

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5.0Dined on December 3, 2017

Fantastic food and wait staff. We both had fish and shared. The appetizers were amazing. Would definitely go again

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5.0Dined on December 3, 2017

Fabulous food, service and atmosphere! The waiter was attentive and very, very accommodating. His recommendations were excellent and the added attention he gave to this Birthday celebration was fantastic!

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5.0Dined on December 3, 2017

Beautiful place, beautiful views of the ocean, terrific service staff, awesome food...
SPOT ON!

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5.0Dined on December 2, 2017

Fabulous all the way around. There for Christmas Prelude and a big birthday. They were so accommating with our wishes, food was amazing, and all around a memorable evening.

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5.0Dined on November 25, 2017

We've been to Ocean several times & it's always wonderful. Food, service and ambiance are all top notch. Already looking forward to visiting again!

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5.0Dined on November 23, 2017

A FANTASTIC dining experience!!! We went to the Ocean for our 2017 Thanksgiving dinner and the entire experience was wonderful!!! The waitstaff was gracious and competent, the food was AMAZING, the wine list was nicely varied and the view was incomparable! Whike this experience was not inexpensive, it was well worth the cost. I strongly recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for an EXCEPTIONAL dining experience

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5.0Dined on November 16, 2017

Wonderful classic restaurant with a phenomenal view, fabulous, fresh local cuisine, and the best white tablecloth and well trained service in Kennebunk.

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5.0Dined on November 16, 2017

A most wonderful dining experience. Superior food, excellent service, amazing views.

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5.0Dined on November 11, 2017

As always everything was perfect. Our favorite place for special occasions

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5.0Dined on November 11, 2017

Incredible dining experience. Our server was amazing. She was excited about the food and she was very sweet and knowledgeable.

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5.0Dined on November 4, 2017

Fabulous experience! A perfect place to celebrate our 40th Anniversary. Our meal choices were both so beautifully presented and tasted divine. The servers attention to detail was superb. Our thanks to the chef and the staff who made our day even more special. Ocean came highly recommended and we were not disappointed.

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5.0Dined on November 4, 2017

Extraordinary. Great food , service was very good. The rabbit confit and the duck breast - fabulous. Excellent by the glass wine selection. Expensive, but worth it.

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5.0Dined on November 4, 2017

Always great food and service. The building itself and the view are hard to equal!

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5.0Dined on November 4, 2017

Ocean is located right on the coast with a beautiful view of the Atlantic. The moon shining on the sea is worth the trip in itself. The meal was truly outstanding and the service knowledgeable and friendly. There is an excellent wine list. While it is a great place for any special occasion don't wait, try it as soon as you can.

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5.0Dined on October 28, 2017

Had a wonderful anniversary dinner.
The waitress Grace was lovely.

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5.0Dined on October 28, 2017

Another great dinner

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5.0Dined on October 26, 2017

Started off with great cocktails in the lounge area with a fireplace. We tried many different items on the menu and all were delicious and their presentation was beautiful. High quality ingredients were obvious. Service was attentive but not overbearing. Worth the trip.

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5.0Dined on October 21, 2017

We have a very good experience at the ocean restaurant. The food was great and the service was excellent also. I would definitely come back again.

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5.0Dined on October 21, 2017

The food, as usual, was superb. Grace, our server is just wonderful- knowledgeable about wine and food, attentive, delightful.

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5.0Dined on October 21, 2017

The staff at Ocean were wonderful! It was my moms birthday, which I had told Liz the hostess about. She not only saved us the perfect table, but she had our server being over 2 glasses of champagne! Our server, Ana, was also absolutely wonderful- so helpful in explaining the menu and such a delightful person. The restaurant is beautiful and the food was amazing. Loved it all!

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5.0Dined on October 21, 2017

We enjoy coming here every year for our anniversary. From the moment we enter until we we leave we are treated like royalty! Food was amazing, the ocean view incredible, and awesome service! See you again next year!

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4.0Dined on October 18, 2017

Excellent food and ambience - the best Kennebunkport has to offer.

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5.0Dined on October 18, 2017

We returned to Ocean for the last night of our weeklong visit to Maine. We had a wonderful meal there a couple of years ago and wanted to repeat the experience. The restaurant did not disappoint! The food was creative, well presented and delicious. Service was friendly and professional. It was the best meal of our trip. We will return.

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