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About On The Marsh Bistro
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
Kennebunkport, ME 04043
Contemporary European, Global, International, Comfort Food
Hours of Operation:
Open Every Day
Late Night Menu 8:00pm-11:00pm
$30 and under
Live Piano on Friday and Saturday evenings.
On the Marsh Bistro has private parking on its three acre grounds for 200 cars, guests only. Valet Service is offered upon request three weeks prior to the event.
On the Marsh Bistro is a destination restaurant and can offer recommended taxi service in the local area serving the Hotels and Inns.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Weds. Prix Fixe Menu
Fri. High Wine Dinner
Gift Certificates Available.
On The Marsh Bistro Ratings and Reviews
We enjoyed the “Comfort” menu. This happens from Monday through Thursday from 4 PM to 7 PM. The entrees were around $12 and there was a good selection of wine for $5 per glass. This really contrasts with the normal pricing at this restaurant, where entrees are at least $25 and wine by the glass at least $10. The size of the portions was moderate rather than too large. So we enjoyed the meal and came away with a good value. This probably doesn’t happen in season, but for year-round Mainers, it is a good deal.
We will definitely return while this deal is on.
The only bad thing was the acoustics of the restaurant. The wooden ceiling magnified the conversations at other tables, making it a bit loud.
We have dined at On the Marsh frequently over the past several years and have come to expect the excellence I think you pride yourself on, but we were very disappointed last night. We were looking forward to our New Year’s Eve dinner and made reservations weeks in advance. We had a 9:15 reservation and were seated after a reasonable wait,for such a busy evening, at 9:30. But we were then greeted with an extensive list of what was no longer available on the menu, including everything lobster....how can this happen when you have a definitive number of reservations? Needless to say, everything we were looking forward to having wasn’t to be had. It was explained to us you graciously accepted Hurricanes reservations... but maybe you should of made sure you had enough food for your loyal patrons who chose your establishment over theirs! Our New Years Eve experience was a disappointment.
We had a 9 PM reservation for New Year’s Eve. We hadn’t yet been to On the Marsh but had been looking forward to trying it. We went with out of town guests. The decorations and atmosphere were lovely but we were surprised how crowded it was.
Once seated the first thing we were told was they were out of lobster. So any dish containing lobster was not available. My husband, who isn’t a big lobster lover anyway, was happy to order the scallops without the lobster. I would have ordered the scallops myself if there was something to replace the lobster but changed to another dish when I was told there was nothing to replace it. I then ordered a side Caesar salad and was told there was no Caesar dressing. That seemed odd since it is relatedly easy to make. We decided to order Oysters instead and we were told they were out of Oysters.
When the meals came there was lobster in the scallop dish. I was sorry then that I hadn’t ordered it. I had the haddock which was fine but not overly exciting. My husband said the scallops were over salted and so was disappointed with that. My guests didn’t say anything about their meal one way or the other which leaves me guessing.
Now we were fully aware that another restaurant in the area, Hurricane’s, had to close because of burst pipes and Alisson’s also closed that evening due to burst pipes. It was very nice of the restaurant to try to accommodate the Hurricane’s guests who were left without a reservation for dinner. But I can’t help but feel it was at our expense. We had reservations ahead of time but had very limited selections available to us due to them accommodating the larger crowd. It was not the experience we had hoped for.
Rather than post this initially, I sent the review to the restaurant for comments. But after 4 days I do not have any response at all. They don’t seem particularly concerned with my disappointment. I would not recommend this restaurant to friends.
We love this restaurant! The ambiance is amazing...just beautifully decorated, inside and out! Food is fantastic, and staff is seasoned and knows what they are doing. We were recently here for NYE, but we dine here a few times a month, and we always have a great experience.
We had dinner at On The Marsh for New Years Eve with our 3 kids (11, 9, and 7). Although they do not have a kids menu, they were easily able to accommodate most anything the kids could want. The decor was fantastic, the food was delicious and the cocktails were tasty and strong. Highly recommend!
If you happen to go to this restaurant, please make sure you are not seated upstairs. The ambiance of the place is 100% downstairs. Also, do not order wine by the glass - I guess this restaurant is known for their wine, but the Pinot Noir by the glass was terrible.
We were visiting Kennenbunkport and made the reservation before we got there. We enjoyed it so much, we made a second reservation but due to the weather to cancel. The restaurant was decorated so beautifully for Christmas which made it special. It was also recommended by the locals as a great place for food and Mbiance.
Took parents for combined 80th birthday celebration and holiday dinner. They had never been and loved the restaurant. Mom had scallops with lobster risotta and Dad enjoyed the Statler chicken breast. It was a busy "Prelude" night, but everything was perfect! From the moment you arrive and enter through the trellis walkway, you feel you are transported back to a time of simplicity and elegance. Can't help but relax, unwind and enjoy a lovely evening!
We look forward to our visit to On The Marsh when we visit Kennebunkport. We usually visit during one of their busiest nights of the year, so I have never visited without a reservation and do not know how it is on a typical night.
We hold the restaurant to a high standard, having frequented it over the years. The food is always very good, the service helpful and knowledgeable, and during the holidays they usually have live piano and carolers (which I always enjoy.) My husband was very impressed with his cup of Lobster Stew, which he determined to have an entire lobster worth of meat in it.
This year one could observe a shortage in staff everywhere in town. It was obvious in every restaurant (and from other visitor's stories) that most places seemed to be understaffed. Therefore I felt we noticed the change as well. Service was not as attentive and things were slow at times. Everyone was clearly doing their best and I do not think it is a reflection on the staff or restaurant- just clearly an issue all around.
Still we had a very good meal, at a romantic table, enjoyed carolers, and overall had a very nice evening. We look forward to our next visit.
I have eaten her 6 times and the last 3 have been quite unacceptable. I won't bore you with the details. On occasion number 4, our entree never came....I mean never came after an hour and 45 minutes of promising almost ready nothing. The service person finally had the common sense to admit he had no clue when or if it would arrive and suggested we just leave.
I love the decour and ambiance which is why I kept trying to give another shot. This last meal, my chowder was cool, Caesar salad bland and the Haddock À La Meuniere dry as bone. It was served as brick over a teaspoon of mashed and spinach. Realizing it was going to be hit or miss I saved some of my "reheated lobster chowder" and poured that over the fish ....actually quite tasty. Fish A La Meuniere implies a thin lightly saute fish with a wonderful interpenetration of Beurre blanc sauce. Sorry guys...I really want to love this place, like my first visit.
We dined on the Friday night of Christmas Prelude. We had reservations and when we called to move our reservation to an earlier hour the restaurant was very accommodating. We were seated promptly and greeted warmly by our server. We were a party of four. We enjoyed our cocktails with our starters, three salads and one butternut squash bisque. Our entrees arrived promptly, one haddock, one chicken, and two scallops with lobster risotto. I had the scallops which were cooked perfectly. However I took one bite of the lobster risotto and realized it was full of bacon! I do not eat bacon so I was quite surprised and disappointed as there was no mention on the menu of bacon being a key ingredient. Every one enjoyed their meals overall.
On the Marsh has quickly become our new favorite in the area! The unique decor, staff and exquisite culinary flavors are truly among the best we've ever enjoyed. We decide on oysters, caesar salad, day boat scallops with risotto and the lemon haddock with wilted spinach. All outstanding! The piano bar and entertainer added a warm glow to the beautiful holiday atmosphere. Keep doing what you're doing On the Marsh~fantastic job!
We chose this restaurant for Thanksgiving based on OpenTable reviews (and limited options). It turned out to be a great choice - lovely atmosphere, servers were extremely warm and friendly (especially since they were working on a holiday) and the food was great! The menu wasn’t limited to traditional Thanksgiving choices, which was nice since I’m not a big fan of turkey, etc. All in all, a wonderful experience and I’d choose it again next year if they’re serving!
We had an absolutely fabulous Thanksgiving dinner! There was, understandably, a bit of a wait but it was worth it. The bartender’s tasty Prosecco and Cider served up in the holiday spirit was a great start.
We ordered the traditional turkey dinner and wasn’t disappointed. More than an ample amount of delicious sweet potato, white garlic mashed potato, green beans, and turkey with stuffing topped off with a side of gravy.
The Inn was tastefully decorated, we loved the holiday music played by the pianist, and the service was excellent from start to finish! Thank you OTM for such a lovely afternoon.
On The Marsh has to be on my list of top restaurants! A very special dining experience.
Always a great meal, our lobster stew app was extraordinary with lots of lobster, my wife's ceasar salad was crisp and
Tasty. My steak was cooked perfectly and delicious, my wife's paddock was wonderful. The two waitresses were attententive but not intrusive. Desserts were super
I made reservations here for a romantic dinner. Well, the restaurant is beautiful decorated, I ask for Table Sixteen as it’s their table tucked in a corner and romantic-it said on line. The table of 12 across the restaurant were SO load we thought of moving or leaving. Our menus were on the table with a special insert served 4-7pm. We sat at our table at 6:45. After I decided on an entree from that insert the hostess came over and oh someone told my you had the inserts and your not supposed too. Well that someone was the waitress whom only talked to my husband (which made him feel uncomfortable as well as me) As the hostess took off with the insert I said to my husband well two thumbs down-loud table and special insert gone! She must have heard me as she came back and said well most of the items are sold out but you can have either this or that. Really??? Not the nice quite, romantic dinner we drove to Kennebunk for.
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