Pearl Kennebunk Beach

4.6
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230 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Seafood
**Reservations are for indoor dining unless Outdoor Dining is specifically chosen. If you do not see that option available that means there are not seats available outdoors at that time. Please call with any questions. **

From Chef Rebecca Charles, owner of NYC's legendary Pearl Oyster Bar, an expanded version of her classic restaurant. Pearl Kennebunk Beach emphasizes NE seafood, while also including meat & fowl.

Offering Curbside Pick Up, Indoor & Terrace Dining--weather permitting.

We want to keep you and our staff safe, please note ahead of time:
 Guests should not come to the restaurant if they have a fever or cough.
 Guests should maintain 6 feet physical distance whenever possible and wear cloth face coverings when waiting for their table and going to the bathroom.
 Guests should supervise children so that they remain seated with their party.
 No animals allowed on the terrace at this time.


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vipGail
New England
278 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love everything Pearl has done to make people feel comfortable during the pandemic. Thank you!

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vipCharlieH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food2service3ambience2

I had really high hopes for Pearl (and frankly, I have never, ever written a negative food review) but truth be told, I was completely underwhelmed and disappointed with my meal -- oysters, clam chowder and lobster stew in MAINE. The oysters were tasty but there was only 1 option to choose from -- and the clam chowder had bacos-size flecks of bacon and a few floating potato chunks (but not a single clam!)

However, what put me over the edge was the lobster stew. Part of this was my fault, I'll admit. I had envisioned a cioppino or bouillabaisse style stew given that my wife had ordered a similar dish the night before at another establishment and it was delicious. I had even ordered a red wine and some extra bread to sop up all that "stewy" broth. However, I was handed a bowl with a few thimbles worth of cream; less lobster than you'd put on a slider roll; and to their credit, some delightfully crisp sugar snap peas and perfectly steamed redskins.

I understand the concept of big plate, little food when it comes to fine dining -- but this was 5-6 bites in a LITTLE bowl; it was not a stew, not a soup, not worth $30 as an entree. I shared my disappointment with the waiter who did try to clarify if my complaint was about taste or portion but really made no effort to "make things right" or suggest an alternative so I finished what I had ordered and was just left unsatisfied.

That said, the best thing on the menu has to be the chicken sandwich (my son's). It was delicious -- perfectly fried, pounded thin, on a nice baguette with slaw and 2 handfuls of shoestring fries that soaked up malt vinegar like a sponge. My wife had the halibut; flaky and moist but a very simple preparation.

All in all, I left $150 poorer & just finished my son's chicken sandwich when he got full on all those fries.

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LizC
New England
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Magical outdoor space. Great waitstaff-personable and funny.
All our meals were delicious: chicken, halibut and the extra delicious lobster stew. Desserts were fun and yummy, specially the butterscotch parfait.

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LoriG
New England
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience2

Excellent service. Our server was second to none and made this a good experience.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The staff was terrific and the food was delicious. We will go back.

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vipSVH7
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Can’t say enough good things about this place. Everything is delicious and the service and atmosphere are perfect. Sit outside on the terrace.

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vipSVH7
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Third time here in a week. Really wonderful place with great food and service. If you’re looking for a nice dining experience look no further. From the hostess to the servers everything is top notch. All that in a setting that maintains social distancing which makes it even more enjoyable. Favorites- oysters, ribeye, chicken sandwich, cocktails.

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vipmeclex
New England
44 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great - as always. e each had one their specialty cocktails, very good. We split the mussels appetizer, our favorite. Lobster stew and chicken cutlet for mains. Dessert and coffee. Great service, didn't feel rushed, comfortable (covid spaced) seating arrangements. Really enjoyed our meal.

Pearl Kennebunk Beach
Responded on June 28, 2020

meclex- Thank you for mentioning the highlights of your meal with us and future diners here. We are so happy things were enjoyed from start to finish! Please do know we are holding yours, and our staffs safety as our highest priority and we hope that the extra precautions we are taking make you and everyone feel better about making your decision to dine with us again in the future!

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vipGail
New England
278 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved our food, And the outdoor patio-perfect for these times. Service and good are always top notch!

Pearl Kennebunk Beach
Responded on June 28, 2020

Gail-Thank you for your thoughtful review. We hope to have some more great weather and welcome you back on the patio!

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vipSVH7
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing. Try the oysters, ribeye or chicken sandwich. Love that they take social distancing seriously. Sit outside. Lovely experience. Great service.

Pearl Kennebunk Beach
Responded on June 28, 2020

Thank you SVH7, we are so thankful for our beautiful terrace and our ability to keep you and our staff safe. Please do come back and join us soon!

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vipKathyC
New England
5 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our meal at Pearl was fabulous from start to finish. We were seated outside on the lovely stone terrace. The tables were spaced out carefully from the other diners. Our server Nathan took excellent care of us. The oysters on the half shell were absolutely delicious. The fried oysters are not to be missed! Our main courses were perfection. I always recommend Pearl to our friends. We will be back soon!

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ATMcG
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My dinner at Pearl was perfect, as always!! It was wonderful to be back!!

Pearl Kennebunk Beach
Responded on June 28, 2020

Thank you ATMcG! We are so pleased!

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MertonB
New England
5 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful evening at Pearl for our 40th wedding anniversary. Love their fried oysters and homemade tartar sauce.. crispy, light, and so flavorful. The halibut and snow peas were fresh and delicious. The chocolate mousse was very light... perfect amount of sweetness without being too rich. Our servers were competent and friendly!

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vipGail
New England
278 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time doing outdoor dining since things opened up. The staff did a fabulous job and the food was delicious!

Pearl Kennebunk Beach
Responded on June 17, 2020

Thank you Gail, so happy you could join us out on the terrace! We will be here all summer, so please come back and join us again!

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vipRobinW
San Francisco
159 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of our favorite restaurants, so we chose it for our first quarantine meal out. They have set up tables outside and made us feel very safe and taken care of. The food was terrific as always, although I was surprised/disappointed they were out of lobster rolls.

Pearl Kennebunk Beach
Responded on June 17, 2020

Robin, I am so thankful you chose to dine with us for your first meal out after all of this. We are sorry we underestimated the amount of business we would do with our Lobster Roll that night you dined but I assure you it is not gone forever! Please come back and join us again soon!

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food as always and the outdoor patio dining was absolutely delightful. The team at Pearl did a fantastic job. Can’t wait to come back!

Pearl Kennebunk Beach
Responded on June 17, 2020

Thank you so much for your time in writing a review and for joining us!

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traceyf
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One my favorite places to dine
The food is always fresh and full of flavor . Staff is wonderful

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We eat out often and this is the first time I have shared my opinion on a restaurant. Why? In a word, go. Get in your car and go there you will not be disappointed. We are visiting in Kennebunkport and my only disappointment is I do not live closer or it would be a favorite it was that good. We made reservations but went to the happy hour at the bar. The bartender Tara was great and every recommendation was great so we ate at the bar. They have happy hour prices on the oysters and shrimp and both were delicious. They shrimp were huge and firm. Even the presentation was good. But the fried oysters were a treat you have to try. Our dinners were equally as good. I had the duck and my wife had the halibut. They both had presentations you can’t get everywhere and the flavors again great. The prices were good too for the quality of the food. A strong 5. Try it. We will again.

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Iona
New England
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent all around. Best restaurant in the area.

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MeghanT
New England
6 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Seafood was extremely fresh and delicious. Boulabaisse

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NancyS
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Keep that lobster pot pie on the menu. It is fabulous! Shrimp cocktail delicious as well as butterscotch sundae. Food is always good!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely restaurant, welcoming, attentive service. Our main dishes were excellent — perfectly cooked and creatively presented. The only disappointment was our Caesar salad which was wilted and not that flavorful. However - we would definitely return.

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Excellentchoice
New England
12 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect Valentines dinner venue.

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NicklasC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It far exceeded my expectations, food,service, and ambiance was outstanding. I was blown away how perfect it was and would highly recommend the duck, not my usual pick for food but it was simply the best thing I’ve ever put in my mouth. Can’t wait to go back!

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Mainenative
New England
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Dinner, as always, was delicious! Love getting there for happy hour specials. The clam chowder is one of the best we've ever had. Tried lobster pot pie and crispy pan fried chicken for entrees, which were both fantastic. Lobster pot pie is a must try! Never able to branch out for dessert, because the butterscotch parfait is too good! Service was great, too, always is!

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Iona
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent. The best of everything. So nice to be able to see into the kitchen and see Rebecca at work.

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MelindaT
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Clean, friendly service, amazing food, beautiful peaceful atmosphere.

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AndreaM
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great dining experience to ring in the New Year. Food is consistently excellent. Seafood is always fresh and prepared perfectly. Oysters are just yummy.The bouillabaisse is my go to entree. Service staff is very friendly and very accommodating. They were slammed on NYE and the food was a tad slow coming out of the kitchen, but the complimentary bubbly and homemade rolls were a very nice touch. Also when the food is excellent is worth the wait.

Pearl Kennebunk Beach
Responded on January 17, 2020

Thank you Andrea for taking the time to write this insightful review- we are pleased you were able to come celebrate with us. We appreciate your patience with our short-handed kitchen as well and are so happy to hear that everything else made up for a tad longer wait then we wanted for our guests. Hope to have you visit us again when we open back up for Valentines Day!

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vipLocal
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as always. Cozy roaring fire and delicious meal.

Pearl Kennebunk Beach
Responded on December 29, 2019

Thank you for sharing- it has been quiet cold so we car glad you came in to warm up with fire and a hot meal!

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vipEric
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite restaurant in Maine!

Pearl Kennebunk Beach
Responded on December 29, 2019

Thank you Eric, we love having you join us when your in town! We will be closed for a short while from Jan 6-Feb 13 so we hope to see you when we get back!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
7 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cozy, unobtrusive, and thoroughly enjoyable. A Sunday night in Dec was a perfect night to go. The lobster stew was outstanding. And the after dinner cocktail finished off the evening perfectly. Hope to return in the late Spring so we can experience the outdoor dining.

Pearl Kennebunk Beach
Responded on December 29, 2019

Well, thank you so much! We are so happy you were impressed with every aspect of your dining experience! We will be back open full time starting in Mid-March... although the patio may not be suitable just then we do hope we WILL see you in the spring!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very pleasant, a little understaffed but very accommodating. Food was delicious.

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vipGail
New England
278 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Caroline and Tara always make us feel so welcome! Nathan and Tracy were great and the food was outstanding! Mussels were unbelievably delicious and the pork chop was wonderful!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jessie L waitress was excellent! Mussels were the best we ever had. From appetizers to desert fantastic meal!!!

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JayS
New England
9 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great meal and nice vibe. I'll definitely be going back.

Pearl Kennebunk Beach
Responded on December 29, 2019

Thank you JayS, we look forward to seeing you again! We will be closed for a short winter break so please check our website for the most relevant information.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
6 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant and food is amazing!

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vipGail
New England
278 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service are always wonderful at Pearl. We brought friends this weekend who had never been and they were not disappointed. Everyone loved their dishes and the staff were fantastic!

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vipAmyR
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pre thanksgiving family dinner

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
62 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A very fine meal: bouillabaisse and halibut were superb as were the oysters and clam chowder for the first course.

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OpenTable Diner
Jackson Hole
4 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food was very good. We had clam chowder, the halibut, the bratwurst, and the burger. The shoestring fries that came with the burger were enough for 3 of us to share! Everything was delicious.
The downstairs pub is quite small, about 8 tables and a bar. I thought we would be sitting in the restaurant upstairs but it was closed. It can get quite loud in the pub but it was fine for our meal.
Will definitely return when the patio is open.

Pearl Kennebunk Beach
Responded on November 24, 2019

Thank you for the kind words- We will be back upstairs for the next three weeks at at least for the holidays and Christmas Prelude. Please do join us again soon- and we will see you in the summer when the patio is open!

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FAQs

Pearl Kennebunk Beach offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (207) 204-0860.

Pearl Kennebunk Beach is rated 4.6 stars by 230 OpenTable diners.

Pearl Kennebunk Beach does offer gift cards which you can purchase here http://www.PearlKennebunk.com.

You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.