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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

46 Western Ave.
Kennebunkport, ME 04043
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary European, Global, International, Comfort Food

Hours of Operation:

Open Every Day
Lunch 11:30am-4:00pm
Dinner 5:00pm-9:00pm
Late Night Menu 8:00pm-11:00pm

Cross Street:
Route 9

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(207) 967-2299

Website:
http://www.onthemarsh.com/

Entertainment:
Live Piano on Friday and Saturday evenings.

Parking Details:
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.

Public Transit:
On the Marsh Bistro is a destination restaurant and can offer recommended taxi service in the local area serving the Hotels and Inns.

Executive Chef:
Peter Pappas

Additional:
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

Sat. Piano.
Gift Certificates Available.

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Sun 5:30PM - 8:30PM

Wed - Thu 5:30PM - 8:30PM

On The Marsh Bistro Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.7

value

4.2

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Quiet

92% would recommend it to a friend

Romantic (42)
Special Occasion (42)
Good for Anniversaries (32)
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Good for a Date (31)
Quiet Conversation (30)
Neighborhood Gem (23)
Worth the Drive (22)
Cozy (21)
Fit for Foodies (20)
Good for Birthdays (18)
Creative Cuisine (16)
Scenic View (16)
Local Ingredients (15)
Authentic (14)
Bar Seating (14)
Notable Wine List (12)
Handcrafted Cocktails (11)
Comfort Food (10)
Live Music (10)
Seasonal (9)
Good for Groups (8)
Business Meals (7)
Fun (7)
Great for Lunch (7)
Great for Brunch (7)
Casual (6)
Waterfront (6)
Healthy (5)
Hot Spot (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Disabled Access (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Organic (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
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 (New England)·Dined 2 days ago

The food was fabulous. Fun ambience but service was terrible; felt like we were inconveniencing the waitress. It seemed they were understaffed which is understandable; all it would have taken was a word to that effect and a more welcoming attitude. We would give it another shot because everything else was great and hopefully it was an exceptionally low staffed night.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Romantic
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·Dined 6 days ago

Delicious food, lovely ambiance, nice live piano. We look forward to going again and be able to see the outside view in summer.

Tags: Romantic, Live Music, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Disabled Access
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 (Raleigh)·Dined 6 days ago

All good. Food was excellent service good. It is a be-backer.

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 (New England)·Dined 6 days ago

Love the food, atmosphere and service. Once again, we had a wonderful dining experience. We look forward to our next visit.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Cozy
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 (New England)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Or server was fabulous!!
I am not an easy person to be pleased when it comes to food! The food was greaT BUT Our server was fabulous.. I would have JUST enjoyed my lobster Pasta more if you used fresh organic tomatoes instead of chunk. otherwise everything was great.
Thank you

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Waterfront, Scenic View
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 (New England)·Dined on February 10, 2018

We thoroughly enjoyed our meal and the bar afterwards. Steve was very responsive to our needs all night. We will be back again soon. This is our favorite spot in the area!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 10, 2018

All things positive except they have chosen not to honor American Express. Luckily we had the cash this time, but next time will consider competing local places that take the card I want to use.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Special Occasion, Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 10, 2018

I thought the atmosphere was fun and inviting and the staff were welcoming and friendly . There was a long wait for the food which was very good but overpriced. My husband and I had sandwiches, one cocktail each and split a dessert .. the bill came to $75. The desert was disappointing.. it was a baked apple in a pastry puff.. the apple was hard and there was very little caramel provided- maybe a little caramel side and a thouroughly cooked apple would have made this dessert outstanding and worth the price! The restrooms were fabulous- I love personal hand towels ! I think with a little tweaking regarding food presentation it would be an outstanding restaurant and I wouldn’t mind the prices!

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 (New England)·Dined on February 9, 2018

You must try the lobster stew! We were very pleased with our server, Jessica, who was both attentive and knowledgeable about the menu.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Live Music, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on February 8, 2018

This restaurant is and always has been excellent. The staff and service are impeccable. That said... There has been a change of management and the things that made this place truly special have suffered. The small bites menu is gone. The extra touches are gone. Prices, however, have remained. I will still recommend this spot, but it no longer as special as it once was.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 5, 2018

Their winter special ($12 for a main dish and two sides) is a bargain. But the food is worth about $12. The salad side is good, but the meal itself was a big nothing. The place is pretty, but I wonder if you turn on the lights, will the place look clean? The rug going into the dining room was in need of vacuuming. The service is pleasant, but inexperienced. The walkway is icy. If I had to pay their regular prices, I would have been quite unhappy. This place is not for me.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 30, 2018

One of the finest places we've been to in quite some time. This place is a gem....the staff and food were outstanding. Our only regret is that it's located too far from our home....but we will return!

Tags: Authentic, Afternoon Tea, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Seasonal, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New England)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Our waitress, Jessica, was so sweet, reliable, and pleasant. The hostess AnnMarie, had great suggestions and was very kind. The food was incredible and the martinis were perfect. We cannot wait to visit again!

Tags: Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Cozy, Healthy, Romantic, Live Music, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Gluten Free Options, Special Occasion, Fun, Seasonal, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (New England)·Dined on January 27, 2018

We had the most delicious meal! Scallops over lobster risotto! Our waitress Jess was the BEST! She went out of her way to make sure we were comfortable and got everything we wanted out of the evening. We enjoyed the romantic and quiet atmosphere as well as the bar and piano music! We will absolutely be back for more!
Thank you so much!

Tags: Live Music, Good for a Date, Authentic, Seasonal, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays
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 (New England)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Exceptional as usual . Food and service were amazing

Tags: Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on January 20, 2018

I am delighted to offer a new review with positive feedback. Excellent meal. Moral of the story, don't give up after a couple of bad experiences! Great place.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Outstanding food and top notch service.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 19, 2018

We went on a beautiful winter night. The outside looked amazing with all the white fluffy snow.
The service was excellent. The prices are high but the food was tasty. Inside is a bit dated needs updating.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 18, 2018

Took advantage of early dinner special menu offered 4-6 pm Monday- Thursday in the winter months. Comfort food such as spaghetti and meatballs, stuffed haddock, chicken pot pie, meatloaf with a choice of side only $12. Wines for $5. Great deal for local dinners. Our Bookclub was very pleased. Beautiful dinning space and charming service.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on January 15, 2018

Great dining experience! We had a wonderful lunch and the lobster stew was perfect! It was wonderful that the restaurant is open for lunch as well as dinner!

Tags: Scenic View, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New England)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Awesome food great ambiance great overall experience will return thank you

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 (New England)·Dined on January 11, 2018

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.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 2, 2018

The food is excellent. View is fantastic. Comfortable, peaceful, relaxing, very well furnished, as well as interesting.

We'll be back whenever we're in Maine. Well worth the drive.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Waterfront, Scenic View, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We enjoyed a great meal. The Lobster Roma was delicious. Our waitress Shannon was so friendly.

Tags: Seasonal, Good for Groups, Romantic, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Scenic View, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2017

The food is consistently delicious and well prepared. The wine list and bar specials are good, and the live piano music is a treat!

Tags: Live Music, Quiet Conversation, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Cozy, Romantic
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 (Orlando)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Great dinner in an amazing settting. The decor is beautiful and the food is very good. It was decorated for Christmas which made it even more cozy.

Tags: Seasonal
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 (New England)·Dined on December 28, 2017

High expectations but disappointing. Salad was all vinegar — barely Edible. Everything was under seasoned. The dessert was terrible. Warm almond cake was cold in a hot pan — too Bad because it was highly recommended by the locals.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 24, 2017

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Excellent wait staff, very good food, nice atmosphere, little pricey but not disappointed.

Tags: Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 16, 2017

I chose it because of the many great reviews--and we were all VERY happy with the quality of the food, the choices and the environment. The lobster soup was FULL huge pieces of lobster. Everyone was happy with the food and the service!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on December 9, 2017

The staff was wonderful! Very attentive, friendly and knowledgeable. The food was delicious - I had the oysters rockerfeller and lobster with angel hair. Both were well prepared and I thoroughly enjoyed. Great seasonal cocktails as well.

Tags: Live Music, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Seasonal
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 (New England)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Dinner was very lovely!! We were there for Christmas prelude with our friends. Just loved all the decorations. Very pretty. Will return soon I'm sure!!! Shannon our server was awesome!!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Romantic, Fun
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 (New England)·Dined on December 9, 2017

So romantic and very accommodating for a gluten allergy. Staff was pleasant and my overall experience hands down was an A++ I'll definitely be back and recommend this to others!!!

Tags: Disabled Access, Quiet Conversation, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Live Music, Authentic, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 8, 2017

I never write reviews, but On the Marsh is such a special place that I'd feel guilty not making the extra effort to sing its praises. It's an absolutely charming place with great service, delicious food and a beautiful setting. Go!

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Romantic, Great for Brunch, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Tampa)·Dined on December 7, 2017

A wonderful experience as far as ambiance and food

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 7, 2017

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.

Tags: Casual, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Waterfront
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