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The Boathouse Restaurant, Kennebunkport, ME

The Boathouse Restaurant

4.7
4.7
268 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
Walk in Only | No Reservations

Boathouse is listed on OpenTable for happenings in the winter season.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, American, Burgers

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 12:00 pm–8:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Thu 3:00 pm–5:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (207) 967-8225

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    John Shaw

  • Neighborhood

    Kennebunkport

  • Cross street

    Ocean Ave Kennebunkport

  • Parking details

    Valet available ($5.00 per car, Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day).

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 268 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on all time ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience2
    Lots of food on the floor, very dirty . Asked to be seated on outdoor patio but was told people with reservations get those….. I explained we had reservations and was still told they “might be booked”. Two out of available tables when we got there were still empty when we left. We were seated by the door to the kitchen at a table that was so small I couldn’t even fit my legs under comfortably. When I asked if we could switch away from kitchen was told once again tables were reserved. I made a reservation for this place a couple days in advance and was never asked “which table” I wanted. Did I mention I was also staying at The Boathouse Inn, their hotel and not once was any such “rules or preferences mentioned”. Food was fair at best. Scallops were still sandy, the lobster in the lobster rice was so Over-cooked it was reduced to chalky mush. The prices there are par for the course for Maine but not a fair price for the meal that was served by any means. Will NEVER go there again. Great disappointment!
  2. J

    Jackie

    Montreal

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were right at the water. Oysters were really tasty with a good glass of Proseco! We took the Togarashi spiced salmon that was very original and the fish and chips superb! Our waitress was very friendly We highly recommend this very good restaurant.
  3. S

    Sarah

    New England

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Got a small table by a very large table as well as the staff's pathway to the registers/kitchen so it was not great and lowered the ambience score, but food and service were excellent. (We asked to move but were told we could not.) They may want to rethink the location of some of the smaller tables within the interior of the restaurant but overall still a good experience.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 5, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    The gondolas were so fun for a birthday celebration! Great food and service.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    23rd Anniversary lunch in the ski gondola. Wonderful experience and delicious food!
  6. LB

    LindaB

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We found the Boathouse Restaurant by accident on Sunday. The experience was wonderful. While eating, we noticed the Gondola's on the deck. We inquired about them and booked the Swiss Miss Gondola for lunch on Wednesday. The atmosphere, food and service were all incredible. We will be back!
  7. LP

    LorettaP

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent oysters, wine selection , food, service and ski Gondola was fun
  8. EO

    ErinO

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have eaten at The Boathouse several times when in KPT for a weekend stay or even just for the day and it is consistently wonderful. The service is great and the servers are knowledgeable and friendly. The food is fantastic and I don't think there's a single thing on the menu I wouldn't order! Our favorites are the seared shrimp and scallops with lobster fried rice, crab cakes, tuna tartare tacos, tuna poke bowl and the short rib mac and cheese. All amazing! The chocolate lava cake was awesome, too! This time we brought our teenagers and ate in a gondola. So much fun! We'll be back soon.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Booked an outdoor gondola and it was so much fun on a beautiful day!
  10. AP

    AnyP

    New England

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 24, 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience1
    Paid for the gondola for our family for a fun family school break experience The Gondola was Freezing we couldn’t take off our jackets and didn’t it enjoy the meal as we were all soooo cold Could feel the draft in our legs Walked away feeling deflated of disappointment
  11. A

    Aphillipsg83

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our kids were very excited about the gondola. We loved the place, the view and the ambiance.
  12. DG

    DebraG

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 23, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Fun evening in the gondala! Our server was very busy but took good care of us!
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 20, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience4
    As the food and waiting staff were amazing, we were surprised that we were not informed of the $150 minimum, when we called to confirm that open table received our request. Even upon arrival, nothing was said until the end of the meal, where we had to make up the difference by bringing something home. Although our waiter offered to get the manager; it was not worth the hassle.
  14. RC

    RachelC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We did the private dinning in one of the Gondolas and it was amazing. We had a party of 6 it was cozy but we had plenty of room! Drinks were fun and different. Food was amazing. My husband is almost deaf and liked he could be out with a group of folks and hear everything where it was no background sound... Wait staff was pleasant and friendly but also kept their distance which was what we wanted... they took our order and kept our drinks full but did come around too much... Would be a fun place to take kids and not have to worry about them moving around or bothering others...was great for a adult night out too!
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2022

    overall3food4service5ambience3
    Gondolas were freezing - not worth it.
  16. KT

    KarenT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent place to dine! Highly recommend, will definitely be back soon!
  17. ET

    EdwardT

    New England

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Valentine’s Day Ambiance, service and meal was perfect
  18. DP

    DavidP

    New England

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    I would not rush back for dinner, however, I think it would be a nice experience for lunch. Try that first. Service was very good though.
  19. RF

    RichardF

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    the restaurant was cold and the seats we had was not that great. The food and service was excellent!!!
  20. DG

    DavidG

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    When for valentine's day dinner. Staff was superb. Had dinner in one of the ski gondolas. I'd definitely recommend
  21. CR

    CerissaR

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Beautiful location! Food and drinks were delicious!
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved the private gondola experience! Great idea. Only suggestion would be 2 hour time instead of 90 minutes, we felt a bit rushed.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Weekend getaway
  24. H

    Hilda

    New England

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    Great to be outside in the gondolas. So quiet and quaint with good service. Fun for a celebration!
  25. B

    Brittni

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was my birthday and I reserved the gondola for my friends and I. the Boathuse did not disappoint- complimentary champagne for my birthday cheers, servers making sure we had the best pictures taken, complimentary shots + delicious food. The staff/manager were lovely. We were all so taken aback but how great our experience was - it was epic! Thank you again to The Boathouse. You outdid yourself and I am here for it!
  26. SV

    SVH7

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We sat outside in one of the gondolas. Great view of the water, warm, and a bluetooth speaker to listen to your favorite music from your iPhone. Food was good but more importantly the service was AMAZING!
  27. JL

    JacquelineL

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 23, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We ate outside in the Gondola. It was warm, inviting and well decorated. The drink service was slow for a quiet Sunday afternoon otherwise the food service was excellent. We enjoyed our afternoon and highly recommend the experience.
  28. LT

    LizT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service. Delicious food - save room for the blueberry cobbler. Very comfortable and friendly environment
  29. MM

    MMLen

    New England

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2022

    overall2food4service5ambience4
    Diner beware!!! I reserved his Open Table. Upon arrival at 11:57 for a 12p reservation, we were rudely told by the manager that “uh ewe are not even open yet”. Once the clock chimes noon, she returned to the desk to check us in. At that point she informed me there was a $150 good/beverage minimum. I was perplexed by this comment and questioned it. I confirmed that it was not noted anywhere on open table or my conformation of the reservation. I even attempted to book another reservation and, again, nothing documented that there is a $150 minimum. The manager was insistent it was there but failed to be able to produce the documentation.. she nervously scrambled on her iPad trying to find it . She even rudely told me “I am the manger and I made sure it was there”. Again, I told her it wasn’t there, showed her my reservation confirmation and she refused to admit it wasn’t. I asked her to show me where it indicated this information. She was unable to show me. Needless to say I was less than impressed with her professionalism or ability to admit it was an oversight. It was actually quite embarrassing for the boathouse to have her representing them with such poor customer service skills (and most disturbing- mask on but under her nose) Fortunately our waitress was lovely and ensured our visit, though more expensive than it should have been, was a positive experience. The manager needs to look into her “policies” and how they are communicated with her guests. Because of her , we likely won’t dine here again, but hope our waitress Marjorie finds another more credible establishment and we meet again! So beware of this restaurant’s undocumented polices (only minimum noted is for Valentines Day-$250 but nothing about $150)
  30. LM

    LindaM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was great service and great food. Will recommend and go back.
  31. JG

    JenG

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful birthday celebration, dining in an outdoor gondola. Such a fun, unique experience, that we would highly recommend to anyone.
  32. BB

    BrianB

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We had an amazing time in the gondola eating dinner. Such a fun experience. The staff goes above and beyond!
  33. J

    Jenn

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was so good we ate here twice! Once in the gondola and once at the bar. The staff was friendly and very helpful. We also stayed at the hotel as well which was fantastic. Overall an awesome weekend anniversary getaway coming all the way from GA.
  34. LA

    LynnA

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had lunch in the private gondola overlooking the river! Our server and the food was all amazing especially the drinks! We will definitely be back. I really appreciate that they just have a food and beverage minimum for the gondolas and don’t charge an extra fee like many other places do.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Kilkenny

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dinner in the ski gondola was amazing! Our waitress was the best and the food was delicious. Thanks so much for making my bday dinner so fun and memorable!
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a reservation for the one of the gondolas. They were awesome and spacious. It was on and off raining, but our guy Brad was real nice and attentive. Maybe, possibly, if anything just like one more floor heaters in the gondola. Other than that though, great food and atmosphere. Each gondola has a BT speaker, so you could put whatever you want on.
  37. JG

    JenG

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing Evening in one of their ski gondolas. Such a fun and lovely experience! Thank you!!!
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    New Year’s Eve!
  39. s

    suzannep

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Wonderful, fun, great food. Dinner in the gondola such fun.
  40. KV

    KimberlyV

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing and the waitress made the entire night a blast! We never had to ask for anything she was just so attentive and made sure the everything was perfect. Food was so fresh and made to order, drinks were great!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

The Boathouse Restaurant offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (207) 967-8225.

The Boathouse Restaurant is rated 4.7 stars by 268 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Google Map for The Boathouse Restaurant

21 Ocean Ave, Kennebunkport, ME 04046-6003

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Ocean Ave Kennebunkport

  • Neighborhood

    Kennebunkport

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 12:00 pm–8:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Thu 3:00 pm–5:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, American, Burgers

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Valet available ($5.00 per car, Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day).

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    John Shaw

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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