Earth at Hidden Pond

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Contemporary American
Earth promises an unforgettable dining experience that will leave you yearning for more. Nestled amongst balsam trees and birch forest, Earth is the result of a vision—one that embraces community and supports relationships between the world of outstanding cuisine and the farmers and foragers who provide the tools with which we compose incredible fare. Simple yet innovative, Earth's menu focuses on "farm to fork" freshness. In addition to local meats and seafood, ingredients are used from one of two onsite organic gardens—picked daily and incorporated into each dish to enhance the many flavors and provide a taste that only fresh ingredients deliver.

JOE SCHAFER, Executive Chef
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Miami
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Very good food and great quality
Service a little bit behind, especially by having employees only for 6 months a year
Great ambiance and not too noisy compared to some other places. Will be back for sure

OT
Birmingham
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow...just wow. We can’t say enough about Earth. From the second we pulled up we knew this place was special. It was our wedding anniversary and our lovely server, Megan, made us feel so special. The food was exquisite down to every bite, and our drinks equally as delicious. We will forever treasure our night at Earth

ER
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The ambiance alone is worth it. Phenomenal all around and highly recommend!

D
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was exceptional, the service impeccable only downside was the noise level for me but didn’t seem to bother anyone else in my group, I guess I’m just old

OT
New England
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Awesome hidden gem! We would 10/10 go back!

f
New England
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Can’t wait to return

CB
London
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

Very disappointed with food. Salmon very salty ( and I like salt) and lamb very dry.

Ambiance really nice, service and cocktails great.

OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always amazing! Looking forward to another meal on Saturday!

D
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Recommend. However, Price little expensive though and fire place should not be on when it’s hot outside! I was sweating inside due to this and no AC.

RS
Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Vacation, very good dining experience

KV
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it! All six people in my party enjoyed the food and ambiance. We will go again.

JC
New England
5 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time! Our dinner guests were from out-of-town and they enjoyed the evening tremendously.

M
New England
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress was amazing and the food was beyond delicious.

RM
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stellar. We always hit Earth when in town and it never disappoints. From the cocktails to food and ambiance, it is terrific. This time around we had the fried squash blossoms, ribs, and homemade crab/lobster ravioli. All outstanding. You can’t go wrong with this place!

d
London
29 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Service ok

OT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 5

This was our third dinner at Earth in as many years. The kitchen is just not what it used to be.
But!
The pizza was delicious, with a very good dough, and the octopus starter also quite good. The rest of the meal, not so much. I ordered the roasted curried cauliflower with chickpeas, which was a hot, overdone, soggy mess. Zero nuance, just wham! Curry! It’s a good thing the lighting is by a single candle because it would not have been an attractive dish. The price of it is $30. An ambitious price for a head of cauliflower, despite the chickpeas and curry powder. The server saw I had only taken two bites, but briskly asked if I’d like it boxed up “to enjoy later. “ I took the box home and promptly and wastefully dumped it. Such a shame. My husband had the swordfish. Again, wham! Lemongrass overpowered everything. The noodles were cooked without any love, as they were stuck together in mushy clumps. He ate it all anyway. The swordfish was very rare, not a problem there, but all you could taste was lemongrass.
Things have really changed in that kitchen, which was once a stellar place. Such a shame.

DV
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was good to have GPS to find the restaurant, but the trip was well worth it. The swordfish with lobster was very good and the kale salad was excellent, though much larger than I could finish. My wife’s gazpacho was also excellent.

AM
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been here multiple times, food is outstanding, atmosphere is fantastic. Love this place!

P
New York Area
62 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food in an unique atmosphere. Good service. Great selection of cocktails and beers. We especially liked the natural wood burning fireplace inside the restaurant, since the weather turned cooler that day.

JC
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Restaurant was highly recommended yet very very hard to find in the dark. Very dark inside and could not figure out what was so special about it other than the interesting decor inside. We had the vegetable platter appetizer which was ok and nothing special. Entrees were just ok as well. Waitress very nice and accommodating.

M
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Disappointing at best. I looked forward to eating at Earth for weeks. We were in Kennebunkport for vacation and had made reservations weeks in advance. We arrived 5 minutes early for our reservation and as we walked in a large party was right in front of us, they told the hostes they were 35 minutes early and did not mind waiting. Well two tables were put together and they were seated immediately. Then we were told our table was not ready and so we’re the next two groups behind us. I don’t mind waiting a few minutes I understand you can’t predict when tables will leave but waiting 30 minutes to be seated then another 15 before you see a waitress is just poor service. A manager came over to explain they were under staffed and asked us to be patient. The waitress was impossible to find even as the restaurant emptied out. We were one of the last 4 tables and still could not find anyone to get us a cup of coffee. There were 4 of us dining, no one was wowed by the food it was just ok, nothing special, nothing bad, just average. On a positive Earth is absolutely beautiful. Maybe stop by for a drink, maybe the bar has better service. Skip the meal it’s not worth your time or money.

AE
Austin
21 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had high expectations and Earth exceeded all of them. One of the most magical settings we’ve been to and the food lived up to the atmosphere. We had and can recommend the salmon sashimi, tomato/watermelon/burrata, wood fired carrots, swordfish and pork rubs. All inventive and delicious!

Earth at Hidden Pond
Responded on September 4, 2019

Thank you! We love to meet and surpass exceptions. Thank you for joining us and for your kind words. We hope to serve you again. Warm Regards The team at Earth at Hidden Pond.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience, the location was beautiful, the food amazing. I thought it was worth every penny. We sat on the screened in area in the back and loved every second of it. Left very full and happy, cant wait to come back.

Earth at Hidden Pond
Responded on September 4, 2019

Thank you for choosing to dine with us and for your review. We are proud and happy to hear about your experience and can not wait to have you dine with us again. Warm regards, The Team at Earth at Hidden Pond.

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H
New England
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

I like the character of the place, the large fireplace, the bar and the wonderful wall structure of rough tree rounds! The food is very good, the service has always been excellent. However this time we had a table for 2 and it was not one against the wall but rather seemed squeezed in with the tables for 4. The noise level was quite high and between the tables for 4 on one side and the wait staff walk8n* back and forth on the other side it was not an ideal set up. Next time if there are only going to be 2 of us I will ask for the porch!

M
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I came here with my boyfriend for an anniversary dinner and the food came fairly quickly and was outstanding. The drink menu had a lot of variety and we ended up splitting the porterhouse which was so much more than we expected, in the best way. Food was delicious, staff was kind and respectful and ambiance was romantic. Outside seating near the fire pit with blankets and a glass of wine was the perfect way to end the night.

Earth at Hidden Pond
Responded on September 4, 2019

Thank you for making us apart of your anniversary. We are very pleased to hear you enjoyed your time with us. We wish you many more anniversaries and hope to serve you again in the future. Warm regards The team at Earth at Hidden Pond.

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EJ
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was absolutely delicious. Also, our waitress was exceptional. We will definitely be back!

Earth at Hidden Pond
Responded on September 4, 2019

Thank you Elizabeth. We appreciate your review and are happy you chose to dine with us us. We look forward to serving you in the future. Warm Regards The team at Earth at Hidden Pond.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 4

Food was very disappointing. Not worth the high price.

KM
Naples
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 5

We are very sorry to have to write a poor review. We are normally very easy to please. The ambiance at Earth was outstanding. Our service was ok. However, our food was a very major disappointment. The presentation was unremarkable. We had the roasted carrot appetizer, the swordfish & the ravioli/lobster entres & the donuts for dessert.

Much to our disappointment the carrot appetizer was tasteless. The lobster in the ravioli was not chewable (we left all of it behind in the dish). The swordfish was very mushy with an incompatible array of flavors (again we left most of it behind). The donuts were stiff & the ice cream hardly detectable.

We were sadden to come away with the feeling that our quite pricey evening was tragically a waste of our time & investment.

JU
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Earth at Hidden Pond was a welcome respite from the usual fare in Kennebunkport. The ambiance was unmatched by anything I have seen in Kennebunkport - a hidden gem - warm, candles on each table, roaring fire in fireplace, beautiful romantic lighting throughout. Noise level was such that one could actually have a conversation. Food was exceptional - fresh, beautifully presented, the melt in your mouth lobster was cooked perfectly . It was a great way to top off a week's stay in Kennebunkport.

Earth at Hidden Pond
Responded on September 4, 2019

Thank you Janet this was so kind! We are very proud and happy to hear about your evening. If you return to Kennebunkport, we would love to serve you again. Warm Regards The team at Earth at Hidden Pond.

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KS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional food and cocktails. Amazing experience

B
New England
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Maybe if we could see what we were eating, it would have made a difference-or maybe not. It was so dark that we needed our phone flash lights to see the plateS. Lots going on with each dish-too much as it masked the true flavors of each dish. A bust.

B
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely beautiful setting. Service was exceptional. Ambiance was outstanding. Food was delicious. Even though every table was occupied we were able to hear each other with no problem. I highly recommend for that special occasion. I will certainly go back.

Earth at Hidden Pond
Responded on September 4, 2019

Thank you for your review and recommendation, we are pleased to hear you liked the ambiance, the food and our service! We hope to you again very soon. Warm regards, The Team at Earth at Hidden Pond.

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M
New England
34 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our long weekend in Kennebunkport ended on a high note with an evening @ Earth. It was clear almost immediately why it was so hard to get a reservation even booking a few weeks in advance. Tucked away on Hidden Pond, Earth is creating elevated farm to table cuisine. Outstanding cocktail program, wine list, cuisine, service, and ambiance. The watermelon and burrata salad was refreshing and delicious. The fried chicken for two was so moist, crispy, & finger licking good. The doughnuts were an epic finale. My only recommendation for the team is to work on the ventilation a bit as it gets kind of smoky in the main dining room between the wood fired oven and fireplace.

OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always...wonderful ambiance, delicious food,great service. Such a treat!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall an extremely memorable experience and an absolutely delicious meal.

MC
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Reserved one of the private potting sheds, was very romantic and the service was outstanding. They even went as far to get me a blanket and a heater as the weather got a little chilly that night. Perfect date night!

OT
Western NC
5 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Loved it. Great atmosphere. Food is good. Order the carrots!

BD
Richmond
11 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had our anniversary dinner here and it was fabulous. The food was delicious and beautifully presented. The service was attentive and the pacing of courses right on. Inventive appetizers included a “flight of oysters” - six small morsels, each one in its own shot glass with a different mignonette; very tasty and light. The lobster and crab ravioli was a larger appetizer, which we split, and it was delicious - pillows of pasta filled with creamy Boursin cheese, resting in a lightly spiced cream sauce with snow peas and covered with limp meat crab and chunks of lobster meat. Our main courses were terrific, but we couldn’t quite finish. We shared a bottle of very tasty (and very reasonably priced) Bordeaux. No room for dessert...

I highly recommend this restaurant, and we look forward to returning.

Earth at Hidden Pond
Responded on August 27, 2019

Thank you for choosing to celebrate your anniversary with us and for this kind and descriptive review, each dish described as if by our own chef. We look forward to celebrating with you again hopefully we will squeeze in some dessert! Warm Regards The Team at Earth at Hidden Pond

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated out 42nd Anniversary and it was quite special!

SL
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious and creative food in a beautiful setting.

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