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On The Marsh Bistro

4.6
714 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary European
Top Tags:
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
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
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary European, Global, International, Comfort Food
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Hours of operation

Open Every Day
Lunch 11:30am-4:00pm
Dinner 5:00pm-9:00pm
Late Night Menu 8:00pm-11:00pm
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Phone number
(207) 967-2299
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Payment options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Peter Pappas
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Route 9
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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.
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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.
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Entertainment
Live Piano on Friday and Saturday evenings.
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Special events & promotions

Weds. Prix Fixe Menu
Fri. High Wine Dinner

Sat. Piano.
Gift Certificates Available.
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
What 714 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.5
food
4.5
service
4.7
ambience
4.2
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90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 4 days ago

On the Marsh was absolutely outstanding. Every aspect of the experience was perfection - from the attentive service to the incredible ambiance to the fantastic food. There was also beautiful live music playing throughout the evening, which just added to the overall experience. The seafood Roma was delicious, and my husband's scallops with risotto was unforgettable. Do not miss this absolute gem of a restaurant!!!

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

We have been to On The Marsh a few times and it is a very consistent experience. The people are friendly, service is good, and the food is excellent. The vibe is cool and has a homey feel to it. We take all our guests that want a special dinner experience here!

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

Great local restaurant as we live less than a mile away. Good value, quiet

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5.0Dined on April 18, 2018

The food was pricey, but it was very good. The service was also excellent.

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5.0Dined on April 17, 2018

This was my second time here and my husband's first. Love, love, love everything about this restaurant! The food is incredibly delicious (blue cheese vinaigrette and home made ice cream are favorites)! The ambiance is so beautiful, interesting, and breathtaking. On both visits, I took multiple photos. Have recommended to many and will continue to patronize your establishment. Your owner/designer is amazing!
P.S. This time, we were able to partake of you Early Cozy dinner specials; hence a value of 5 stars. The first time, we ordered from the regular dinner menu which was a little pricy, but no complaints! Love how your wine by the glass is a good portion!

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Another excellent meal at “the marsh”. Wife and I both has the pan seared scallops served on a bed of lobster risotto. Scallops were cooked just right and served piping hot. Martinis a little on the small side but not watered down. Our server Sean was great and the atmosphere was quiet and comfortable, Will be back next time we are in Kennebunkport.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Outstanding! Entire evening was top shelf. Scallops with lobster risotto and salmon with wild rice were excellent.

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4.0Dined on April 11, 2018

We took advantage of their off-season mid week specials and found it an excellent value. Their normal menu is a bit over our budget, but we see this as a fine option for a special occasion.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Our absolute favorite restaurant. The setting, the food, the service and the ambiance are perfect!

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3.0Dined on April 6, 2018

We were away for one night . We usually go to Joshua's or Bandaloops or the Old Vines or Wells Steak house . Unfortunately the food was very pricey and just ok to good ! The waitress was very nice but did not check back with us enough . The lady going around to deliver small breadsticks in a basket had nothing to say just plopped a small breadstick on our plates and it was cold and somewhat hard and lacking in flavor . We had to wait quite a bit for the bread . My husband ordered the Filet at 41.00 dollars . It was a nice cut of meat but kind of ruined by the demo glaze on top . Small portion of mashed and some spinach . My chicken Marsala was just ok . The chicken was a little tough . The drinks were pretty good .. We are just so used to the on spot meals from the other places with the outstanding service we always receive that we definitely were disappointed 😔

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4.0Dined on April 2, 2018

Great place to have lunch. First time eating here and sat by the window. Nice views.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

I love this place. During the week they have great happy hour specials. We have home for Mother’s Day and now Easter. The service is always wonderful and the atmosphere is cozy.

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Enjoyed our Easter dinner very much. We were pleased there were choices for the meal in addition to ham or lamb specials. We ordered the haddock which was served hot and delicious! Our waitress was on top of the service, we weren’t rushed.
It was a lovely dinner!

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

great food and drinks, but the food portion was small and left hungry.

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2018

One of my absolute favorites in Kennebunkport. Food is great and the atmosphere is one of the nicest, most welcoming spots I've ever experienced. Such a pretty place with great wait staff and food.

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

We went to On The Marsh for our anniversary dinner in mid-March. They had live music which was perfect for the atmosphere. Our waitress was exceptional and the food was incredible. The night could not have been any better. We can’t wait to go back next time we’re in the area!

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Our meal was outstandingly delicious. Service was just right. Three ladies out on a personal/ business dinner. Perfect meal. Many thanks

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5.0Dined on March 9, 2018

Amazing!! Fantastic food and a perfect ambience for an anniversary. Will definitely be coming back

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2.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Good food, although the undercooked eggs gave my companion some severe gastric distress. A nearby screaming infant destroyed any chance of having a peaceful meal. The parents did not control the infant, and the management catered to the caterwauling. We could not wait to get out of there, and we will never dine there again. The atmosphere is more like a Chuck E. Cheese or a McDonald's at about 6X the price.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

It was our first time there...the food and service was very good. We will be back.

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5.0Dined on February 27, 2018

Outstanding meal and service.
First time dining at On The Marsh Bistro
and look forward to a return visit on my next visit to Southern Maine!

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4.0Dined on February 24, 2018

We are here on the recommendation of a friend and we were not disappointed. My girlfriend had the steak salad and I had the scallops. Both were prepared as requested and were very good. The only negative was that the bar was somewhat limited. They were unable to make a negroni as they didn't have Campari.

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5.0Dined on February 23, 2018

I was away for a girls’ weekend with my mother and sister. We are familiar with the area as we have spent many summer vacations there. I always admired On The Marsh when we would drive by heading to Kennebunkport Center. We couldn’t believe how amazing this gem of a restaurant was. From the ambiance, to the healthy portion of wine poured by the glass to our wonderful server Jessica. There wasn’t one thing that we didn’t like! Also, the owner’s decorative touches everywhere made our experience that much more enjoyable. The winter wonderland at the entryway was out of this world :)
On The Marsh was an unexpected and amazing find!

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4.0Dined on February 18, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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

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5.0Dined 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

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5.0Dined 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!

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4.0Dined 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.

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3.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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.

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2.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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!

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5.0Dined 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!

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5.0Dined 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!

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Exceptional as usual . Food and service were amazing

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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on January 19, 2018

Outstanding food and top notch service.

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