On The Marsh Bistro

4.6
884 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary European
On the Marsh Bistro resides in a converted barn and farmhouse circa 1800 on 3 acres of plantings alongside a tidal salt marsh. Wine Spectator Award of Excellence, James Beard Presenter 2011, NECN Platinum Plate, Voted Most Romantic and one of the top ten restaurants in Maine. Great for European style Weddings, Rehearsal Dinners and Corporate Meetings. Try The Owner's Table or Our most Romantic Table #16, tucked away in a quiet corner. You will be dining in a captivating interior with Antiques, Collectibles and Art, all available for purchase. Menu changes weekly. "It is around the table that friends and family best understand the warmth of being together..." Denise Rubin, Proprietress
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New England
10 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great value for a freezing winter mid week night. It’s a beautiful interior and had a nice lively vibe without being noisy. Service was nice and efficient, drinks excellent.

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DM
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food! Chef Peter Pappas prepared all our menu choices to perfection!

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Adelaide / SA
5 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious!! Highly recommend!

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New England
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Family of 5 looking for a nice night out. Ordered from restaurant and bar menu which was perfect. Great food and service. Would go back in a heartbeat.

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GB
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

We love this restaurant and have been coming here for a long time. Sadly, on our anniversary, we were disappointed this time. Our server was new and did the best she could but it was sketchy. My dinner, Risotto, was all mush with some nice lobster in it. My husband had chicken Marsala which was wrongly described to him and not that interesting. Our charcuterie at the outset was several slabs of boring cheese with some sliced meats. It was not inspired to say the least. No one mentioned our anniversary and we decided to leave without our usual coffees and desert. It was sad, to say the least.

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New England
22 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Enchanting atmosphere. Wonderful food, and delightful staff. Not to be missed if you are in the area. This is a destination dining experience for us, and we spend each New Years here.

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MT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

While we did enjoy the meal, it was a bit pricey for what we received. My husband had a total of three little carrots along with about a 1/2 cup of potato with his steak. The flavors were good, it was all just very minimal. The best part of the meal were the appetizers. The half petite wedge and soup were excellent. Desserts left a lot to be desired. Both the cheesecake and chocolate cake were bland. However, the service was good and it was a fine night out. I wouldn't say it would be perfect for a romantic date as the conversations definitely traveled and the tables were set up in a strange way.

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DC
Zacatecas
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our server was friendly and knowledgeable, the food was spectacular, and the ambiance was cozy and classy. Small plates, entrees, craft cocktails...loved it!

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

My Wife Kim and I had a Great New Years Dinner! We sat at the bar our Bartend Keith was great! Keith really knows his drinks and very pleasant to talk too. Steve the Manager is just really awesome also a good bartender and very pleasant! A few things we had Oysters really sweet, Wedge salad great, My wife had the oysters, winter veg salad all so awesome and the mussels were Good! Tenderloin med rare was the best yet!!


Thanks,Phil

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DS
New England
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service, ambiance, food and drinks all excellent as usual. can't recommend On The Marsh enough.

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EG
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply fantastic!!

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KJ
New England
10 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely dinner to celebrate our anniversary. The ambiance, food and service were all first rate.

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AL
New England
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Seafood pasta dish was very good due to large amount of good seafood to eat, and service was also very good. Cute and cozy place to eat as well. However, taste of the dish/salad was fairly bland/uninspired which made it feel pricey for the quality of the food we got.

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

Excellent service in a lovely environment. Food was creative , well prepared and presented. Meal was nicely timed and noise level was just right. This is a great place for a special night out even for a large group.

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

We went to OTM 11 years ago for our rehearsal dinner before our wedding, and had the chance to go back for our anniversary with our 8 year old daughter. The restaurant is lovely, with exceptional food, great service and beautiful decorations for the holiday. They also treated our daughter well - only critique is that we ordered a lobster pasta special without the lobster for her, and while it was excellent, we were still charged for the lobster that wasn't included. (Next time, I'll have them bring it on the side.) My carpaccio and seafood pasta were excellent, and my wife's tenderloin was outstanding. We need an excuse not to wait another decade to go back. It won't take much - I'm sure we will come up with something. ;-)

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

Can’t wait to go back in the warmer months, to enjoy the gardens! Had a wonderful experience. Loved the ambiance...service was perfect...and our meal experience top notch! Not one complaint from us!

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LB
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Food was fair at best. Server was pleasant and attentive. Won’t go back.

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BV
New England
8 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Disappointing for a Christmas Eve meal. We are local residents and have been to this restaurant on many occasions. The food is usually excellent, but we thought the limited menu and the preparations were sub par. The service was also not up to the usual "On The Marsh" standard. We felt rushed through a rather pricey dinner that left us feeling let down. Next year I think we will try somewhere else for our holiday dinner.

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WS
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a good place to have a nice dinner out .

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J
New England
6 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the best restaurant in KBP area my wife and I believe. We will always come back. Kendra was very wonderful to us also and, the décor was very relaxing. The parking is great lots of room. Looking forward to coming back soon.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sat at the bar, Keith the bartender was fabulous, very attentive.
The music and ambiance was perfect!

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V
Montreal
4 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Surprisingly good. Great service from Shannon. Very good oysters and lobster stew. Menu could be a little more interesting.

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G
New England
228 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We sat in the bar area and loved the vibe. Keith did a fabulous job tending bar and waiting on our group! We ordered off the bar menu and everything was delicious. Will be back again real soon!

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New England
6 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We sat at the bar which we enjoy doing there since the ambiance and service remain top notch. Keith the bartender is a great guy and we enjoy being around him.

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AU
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, great service and a fantastic wine list!

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JS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

We have dined at On the Marsh twice before and always had a delicious meal which was why, on our first trip to Kennebunkport for Christmas Prelude, we made a dinner reservation for our first night in town Unfortunately the meal did not meet the quality of the meals previously enjoyed there. We sat in the bar area and our server was also the bartender. It was not particularly busy. We started with a wedge salad which was crisp, cold and delicious. However the rolls were cold and hard. My husband had a filet of beef, I chose the chicken over sweet potato puree with a blueberry compote. When it arrived the skin on the chicken was pale and upon slicing I discovered it was underdone. Our server graciously returned it to the kitchen and my plate didn't return until my husband was almost done with his meal. This time the chicken had a nice brown skin and was thoroughly cooked. The meal was very good but unfortunately the specialness of our night out had already been spoiled. The prices here are not inexpensive and I do not mind paying for an excellent meal. In this case, I didn't feel the price reflected the quality of the meal. And no, there was no offer to soften the bill.

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SG
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Delish. Great server. Its what it supposed to be. Xo. Bathroom beautiful. Huh. Most restaurants don’t think about that.

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BD
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Great. lunch, we were disappointed that the Sunday Brunch was cancelled due to Prelude.

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L
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal. Really got us in the Christmas spirit. A perfect 10!

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MT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic evening at this local gem! Best blueberry pie on the planet!!!

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ML
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service from the front door to the wait staff. Our server was informative and energetic. Great ambiance and was well decorated and appointed for the holidays, including some very talented carolers that entertained from room to room. There are multiple rooms and levels with vast difference between the privacy, noise and view from each. Staff is super helpful if you call before and they will walk you through the different seating options, which is well worth it for a first time visitor. Food is very good, but probably not worth the price alone, but the food quality combined with the location, parking (not insignificant in KB-port) and ambiance makes it a worthwhile stop. Biggest issue with the food was a bit of over-salting, my guess is that if you indicate to your server that you are on a lower salt diet, they will accommodate in the preparation. Portion sizes were acceptable - not necessarily "generous" - but plenty satisfying.

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

We went for Christmas Prelude which had a limited menu. The venue was decorated beautifully. Service was a mix, although our waitress was very pleasant, we were never offered bread and the wrong vegetable was served

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TL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! Shannon was perfect. Made my reservation fir next year ... loved everything!!!!

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f
Chicago
53 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 3

We have been to On the Marsh many times before. It has been a hit or miss restaurant over the years. We made this reservation weeks ago. No where in the reservation format did it say anything about a "special prelude menu." What a surprise and joke when we arrived and found a "special prelude menu! The only thing special about the prelude menu was they took a handful of items from the regular menu and raised the prices $4.00-$8.00 per item! We googled the regular item to verify our suspensions. So a limited item with price gorging! Our meals were enjoyable. Our server Colby was very professional.

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ML
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

On The Marsh is like an upscale New England tavern, sitting on a beautiful, well landscaped Marsh. Menu is creative and delicious. Service is the best you can find. Rooms are set so our hearing-challenged friend can hear the conversation.

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JL
Philadelphia
28 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food & service. We eat here every time we are in Kennebunkport.

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S
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed our meal and the service was very good. We will be back if we are ever in the area again. Thanks Sheldon and Shelly

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Super quiet because no music on.

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G
New England
228 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Beautiful holiday setting and delicious food-love this restaurant.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent

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