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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.

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

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Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

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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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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.4

ambience

4.7

value

4.2

Noise

Quiet

93% would recommend it to a friend

Romantic (50)
Special Occasion (46)
Good for Anniversaries (40)
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Quiet Conversation (38)
Good for a Date (32)
Neighborhood Gem (30)
Creative Cuisine (28)
Worth the Drive (27)
Fit for Foodies (26)
Good for Birthdays (25)
Cozy (24)
Scenic View (19)
Bar Seating (19)
Authentic (18)
Notable Wine List (16)
Handcrafted Cocktails (15)
Local Ingredients (15)
Business Meals (11)
Live Music (9)
Comfort Food (8)
Great for Lunch (8)
Great for Brunch (7)
Healthy (7)
Good for Groups (6)
Seasonal (6)
Casual (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Fun (4)
Hot Spot (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Waterfront (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Organic (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Vegan (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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vip
 (New England)·Dined 6 days ago

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 6 days ago

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 7 days ago

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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·Dined on December 8, 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 8, 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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·Dined on December 7, 2017

Our waitress was lovely...energetic, friendly, accommodating...she sparkled. So sorry I cannot remember her name...Christine perhaps? On all counts, I was highly praised by the group for selecting this venue for “the girls” Christmas luncheon.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fun, Great for Lunch, Healthy, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Bar Seating
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 (New England)·Dined on December 6, 2017

The food, service and ambiance at On the Marsh are outstanding. It is beautifully decorated inside and out and the quality of the food is outstanding. I only wished we lived closer!

Tags: Authentic, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on December 3, 2017

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!

Tags: Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Live Music, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (New England)·Dined on December 3, 2017

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Too much music going on for our taste. Jazz trio then caroling...geez...

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 (New England)·Dined on December 1, 2017

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.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 1, 2017

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Wonderful as always. Good food & good service. Keith makes a great martini too.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 25, 2017

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!

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 24, 2017

A wonderful lunch. The haddock chowder was the best I've ever had! Wow! We'll be back soon.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating
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 (New England)·Dined on November 23, 2017

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!

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Authentic, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New England)·Dined on November 23, 2017

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.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, Comfort Food, Healthy, Live Music, Romantic, Hot Spot, Bar Seating
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 23, 2017

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

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 21, 2017

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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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 20, 2017

We had an absolutely wonderful experience at On the Marsh! The setting was absolutely gorgeous. The staff was attentive and the food was delicious. I cannot recommend this restaurant highly enough for a wonderful dining experience.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Amazing food and great service! They forgot to bring my husbands cocktail brought it and my refill Sangrisa on the house!

Tags: Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Best meal I've had in a while with an incredibly cozy atmosphere and great service!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Organic, Special Occasion, Authentic, Good for a Date, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Great meal. Service very good, could have paid a little more attention to water glasses and bread. But overall I would recommend and go back.

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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Food was very very good but the waitress not too friends at all. I felt like we were just another table for her not personable at all

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Dinner was fine. Our server Christina was a blast!

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 (New England)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Has become our go to for meals at the bat or small group entertaining

Tags: Fun, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals
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 (New England)·Dined on November 5, 2017

We had such a great experience at On the Marsh. We went for my husband's birthday and they greeted us with prosecco and made the night great. Food was amazing, definitely recommend!

Tags: Special Occasion, Scenic View, Worth the Drive, Hot Spot, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Excellent service, quiet dinning and overall experience.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on October 28, 2017

My new favorite restaurant! I hardly ever give 5 stars across the board, but I did for this restaurant. From the moment we drove in to the parking lot, walking through the lovely, whimsical, magical landscape, to opening the door and then viewing the tastefully whimsical and magical interior setting as well, I was enchanted. We had a lovely table for 4 with beautiful comfy wing back chairs with pillows, that I'm pretty sure looked out over the marsh but it was dark so hard to say. Our hostess was extremely welcoming, the server, Beth, delightful. Our water glasses were topped off frequently (maybe a little too often but I'm not complaining). Our drinks were delightful; I loved my blood orange margarita. The lobster bisque was to die for. The small wedge salads delightful. Scallops with bacon, corn and lobster risotto, heavenly - and I don't even like risotto but couldn't pass up the combo. The desserts were out of this world - lemon marscapone cake, apple dumpling (I cannot remember the exact name) warm with vanilla ice cream and a chocolate cake that was also too die for. I'm gushing, but I mean it. We had a wonderful meal with terrific friends further enhanced by a magical setting and staff. We will be back - Bravo!!!

Tags: Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Live Music, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 26, 2017

What a fantastic place. Steve did a great job. The food was fantastic especially the honey lavender chicken

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (London)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Excellent local Kennebunkport bistro with a great atmosphere, interesting wine list and fabulous food. Can definitely recommend this place for those wanting something special.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on October 23, 2017

We were very pleased with our experience and would highly recommend this restaurant. Excellent service food and ambience.

Tags: Afternoon Tea, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Always great.. one of only 3 restaurants we visit annually during our summer and fall visits to Ogunquit. Might be new owners based on some changes in decor but the food is still outstanding.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Very charming restaurant in a beautiful location. Excellent food and service. We were fortunate enough to have snagged the Owner's Table for dinner. Very comfortable and added to the ambience. Highly recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Creative Cuisine
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on October 15, 2017

The restaurant is very nice. The view is great. They seemed happy that we were there.food was excellent.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 15, 2017

A charming and romantic, cozy, beautiful spot! Good Sunday brunch. Staff is very friendly and plenty of choices. We enjoyed brunch so much that we went back for dinner at the bar. The garden variety martini was delicious as was all the food.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Sunday Lunch, Vegan, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Late-night Find, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 13, 2017

This restaurant is excellent. Great service, good food, nice ambiance. Will definitely go back someday (we are not from the area)!

Tags: Business Meals, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Haddock, squash soup and risotto were great. Mussels were not properly cooked. Last two meals my husband has had have been not good. He is bringing his staff there for Christmas party so hope all is perfect that day.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Bar Seating, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Highly recommended Maine restaurant! I dined alone and felt very comfortable at the bar for lunch. Great handcrafted cocktails and the Lobster BLT was outstanding. Great location close to shopping in Kennebunkport.

Tags: Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Bar Seating
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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Loved the decor; service was a little impersonal; food was outstanding; parking on site a plus; the 1,000 points was an added plus!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Cozy
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