Pearl Kennebunk Beach

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$30 and under
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Seafood
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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.

Raw Bar~Pearl Oyster Bar Lobster Roll~Caesar Salad~Salt-Crusted Shrimp~Mussels, White Wine, Dijon Cream~ Chowders~Steamers~Fried Oysters~Pan-Fried Chicken w/Slaw~Pan-Seared Halibut~Rib Eye, Creamed Spinach, w/Shoestring Fries~Bouillabaisse~~Lobster~Butterscotch Praline Parfait & seasonal desserts

“…my favorite lunch spot on the planet…” Mario Batali

“If any one event marked the dawn of this kind of oyster house, it was the opening of Pearl Oyster Bar in the West Village. Rebecca Charles, its founder and chef…inspired a new school of raw bars.”
New York Times
“…briny oysters…chowder made sweet with clams and smoky with bacon, and a lobster roll that is mostly chopped lobster, lavished with a toasted bun... Each of those dishes i

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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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Local
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
270 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
270 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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jimm
New England
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The more I explore the menu the more I find to love. The food is creative without being off the charts. Everything is prepared thoughtfully and careful by a professional chef. Shrimp cocktail--the best I have had by far. I always start with at least four shrimp. Whatever you do, do not miss the clam chowder or Eleanor's classic caesar salad--never had anything like it. Superb. Fish is always prepared to perfection. And you need not limit your taste to seafood. The pork chop is perfect and tender as is the pan fried chicken. String potatoes to die for. Exceptional deserts. A great atmosphere by a warm fire, excellent friendly service and fabulous food in a beautiful restaurant.

Pearl Kennebunk Beach
Responded on November 24, 2019

Jimm, Thank you so much for the kind words and detailed review of our favorite items! It sure does sound like you have made your way through the menu! We do hope to have you join us again soon for some more shrimp cocktail and to finish your trek through our small yet mighty menu!

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vipReneeW
New England
14 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

So happy we stumbled across this charming restaurant! Wood burning fireplace set the mood, great happy hour menu and our entrees were delicious. All staff were extremely friendly and timely with service. Tables were spread far apart and as we enjoyed privacy and wonderful meal. Will certainly go back soon.

Pearl Kennebunk Beach
Responded on October 30, 2019

ReneeW, We are so glad you stumbled upon us as well. Thank you for the kind words about our spacious dining room and space between tables, we do agree it does make a difference to be able to have your own experience and not one with the table squished up next to you. The fireplaces will be burning all winter long so we hope to see you again soon.

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SusanA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food in a fantastic atmosphere. The staff was short handed the night we were there but the only evidence of that was the way they were floating around from bar to tables and we were served by three different people. But all were very polite and very attentive. Can’t wait to go back!

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AudreyA
Central Coast
27 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely loved Pearl! The food was awesome, and everyone working there was so friendly. I highly recommend the clam chowder and the lobster roll with the shoestring fries. So delicious!

Pearl Kennebunk Beach
Responded on October 18, 2019

Thank you AudreyA!

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BernardD
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience2

This was our second time dinning at Pearl. During our first visit a few months back we left unsure if the place was worth it. So in fairness to this restaurant, we went back to re-evaluate the menu. This time we left with a more definitive impression. The menu is rather simplistic and the taste is frankly nothing to rave about. Also, it is never a good sign when you see an employment notice on the wall looking " for a new cook". Couple with that the pricing is on the high side and on the ambiance of the place I will refrain from making any comment as most people look for something different in the decor.

Pearl Kennebunk Beach
Responded on October 18, 2019

We appreciate you giving us another chance, but are saddened to hear we not what you are looking for. I do want to mention, Our sandwich board outside on the sidewalk advertising for servers and cooks is a reflection of the towns seasonality and the struggle almost every restaurant (country wide) has to find staff. I am sorry that advertisement outside had a negative impact on your experience, but its the reality of our industry especially in a seasonal town.

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vipMp6561
Houston
29 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great spot. Fun atmosphere- especially with the fireplace going. Sweet waitress and staff. Head chef even came over to see if she needed to get food going for our little guy. Delicious food. Appreciated happy hour specials for a bonus!

Pearl Kennebunk Beach
Responded on October 18, 2019

Thank you Mp6561, we love hearing about the little things in each experience that are your highlights! So happy you enjoyed the fireplace and Chef Rebecca's visit! Hopefully we will see you and the family soon!

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viplisaf
New England
10 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The whole experience was wonderful! Food was beyond expectations. Lobster roll was chuck full of lobster and shoestring fries so yummy. Oysters were so fresh and deliciousFireplace was lit and really added to the night. Waitress was knowledgeable and very sweet

Pearl Kennebunk Beach
Responded on October 11, 2019

Thank you so much for all the highlights! Hope to see you again soon!

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vipdla911
New England
133 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Limited but thoughtful menu and a well paired, modestly priced wine list. Well crafted lobster stew is a winner, paired with the Murphy Goode Chardonnay. Save room for the chocolate mousse..not too sweet.

Pearl Kennebunk Beach
Responded on October 3, 2019

Very eloquently put. Thank you so much for the highlights to your evening. Thank you for the kind words and we hope to have you join us again!

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vipkcapi
New England
17 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Have been twice and both times the food has been delicious, the drinks wonderful, and the service great. Our only complaint is that because the space is so open, the noise level makes it hard to hear others. Can't wait to come back when the fireplace is going!!

Pearl Kennebunk Beach
Responded on October 3, 2019

Thank you kcapi, We are working on a solution for the sound, and sorry to hear it was an annoyance. Please come join us again soon, we will have the fireplace going all winter, upstairs or down!

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vipPatC
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

On a Friday evening when most of the restaurants in Kennebunk were hopping Pearl was less than half full. It is a much better restaurant than that—as good as much of the competition.

Pearl Kennebunk Beach
Responded on October 3, 2019

Thank you- I Agree, and I hope your review and all the great words people have been saying lately will keep spreading through town. Until then, thank you for joining us and for the support, we hope to see you soon!

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vipRayB
Atlantic City
18 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent from beginning to end.

Pearl Kennebunk Beach
Responded on September 26, 2019

Thank you, Thank you, RayB!

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PatriciaG
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time at Pearl and we loved it! Everything was delicious!

Pearl Kennebunk Beach
Responded on September 26, 2019

Thank you PatriciaG!

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JoeCan
Montreal
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a wonderful meal ! Great ambiance and service. Delicious food. Fabulous chef

Pearl Kennebunk Beach
Responded on September 13, 2019

Thank you JoeCan! We appreciate your kind words!

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MichaelS
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Food very disappointed not as discussed with server

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JanetS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Since this is the “peaceful season” in Kennebunkport, the restaurant was not full at all when we arrived, which may be predictable, but a shame for anyone who ate dinner elsewhere. The service was first rate, the food exquisite. I had Damariscotta River oysters to begin, followed by pan roasted Scottish Salmon, Blueberry Lemon Bundlette, and a digestif that was new to me—Amaro sfumato Rabarbaro. This was the beat restaurant meal I have had all year. We will go back as often as we can.

Pearl Kennebunk Beach
Responded on September 13, 2019

Thank you Janet for you perspective and insight!

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vipJerryl
Phoenix
30 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the better restaurants i have gone too over this past year. Excellent food, great service and nice atmosphere

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JohnF
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience2

Our waitress, Tracy was most pleasant and energetic, what a great personality! The place was much prettier when It was Gresini‘s, it is pretty basic now, But nice enough.

Pearl Kennebunk Beach
Responded on September 13, 2019

Tracey is fantastic, truly does care for each guest, and of course her outgoing personality just dances right out of her! Thank you for the compliments, I will be sure to let her and the team know.

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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 213 OpenTable diners.

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

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