The Boathouse Restaurant

4.7
181 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
The Boathouse is a Waterfront Hotel and Restaurant located on the banks of the Kennebunk River. Surrounded by working marinas, The Boathouse epitomizes its chic, coastal locale in Kennebunkport.

A few things to note while you’re here:
If you have a cough or fever, please join us when you are feeling better!
Please don't ask us to bend the rules set fourth by the State of Maine
Curbside takeout is available.
At this time inside is first come first serve. **VALENTINE'S DAY RESERVATIONS AT THIS TIME ARE ONLY FOR INDOOR DINING, GONDOLAS AND LOVE SHACKS ARE FULLY COMMITTED** Reservations are only for the love shacks or gondolas.
We have an 8 guest maximum per party. Larger groups must be split into 2 tables
We are asking that children in your party remain seated
Guests are required to wear face coverings at all times except for when actively eating and drinking
We ask for your patience and kindness as we navigate changes in our service and policies

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • 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
What 181 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.7
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4.7
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4.4
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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RobertM
Miami
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service. Great appetizers and main dishes.

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Shannon
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We did outdoor dining in a gondola and it was wonderful. Food was excellent. Server was excellent. Will definitely be back!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved the private heated cabin!! What a treat to be cozy and warm and eating delicious food in a safe environment! Thank you!!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Almost forgot about the pandemic! Fun, unique experience with great service and a wonderful meal

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Jeanne
New England
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We made a reservation in one of the little huts outside and it was absolutely fabulous. Very romantic and I felt very safe. Locals get half-price which was a surprise to us and we were happy about that! service was excellent!
I would always take my friends and family that come up to visit to the boat house in the past and it was so nice to be able to go back

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MelissaM
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We reserved an outdoor Gondola for our 28th wedding anniversary and had a wonderful time! The food was exquisite, the waitress attentive and friendly. I would highly recommend dining here and we will certainly be back!

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AmyB
New England
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lunch in the gondola was perfect!

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KimS
New England
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved the boathouse, the service was great, we sat in one of the shacks, it was warm and cozy. The food was delicious. I loved the inside also, the next time I go I will book inside because it was so pretty.

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MaryD
New England
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent atmosphere, service and food. The love hut was so much fun!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner in private gondola. Great food and service. Having our own private dining

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DuncanS
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was good. Review requirements sounds hectic. Dang. Like I’m gonna get in trouble.

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KaliB
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambiance encourages you to stay. The food and drinks are fantastic. We will absolutely be back.

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vipDeanaC
Zacatecas
11 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, amazing food, cocktails, service, and ambiance.

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meggcosta
New England
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate in one of the private shacks and it was the cutest thing ever! Super warm and cozy and the service and food were awesome. Definitely recommend!

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vipAmyN
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We are in the gondola out back. Highly recommend

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SusieB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lunch in the Love Shack was a memorable experience. Service and food were excellent, as always!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
11 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful ambiance, food and server!

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BeatriceV
New England
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Love the outside dining adorable

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EKPT
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The food was delicious and we enjoyed our evening in the gondola.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect afternoon girls lunch

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lunch for me and my wife, staff was great

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service! Love the outdoor gondola setup. Perfect for date night!

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LaurieZ
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our 2nd visit to the Boathouse and it didn't disappoint. Our group of 4 enjoyed the unique experience of private dining in a red ski gondola during last Sunday's snowfall. Beautiful harbor view with snow falling and delicious food and drink---who could ask for more?

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved our evening at the Boathouse. Due to limits in availability for outdoor seating, our reservation was at 4 pm. What initially seemed like a minus turned out to be a big plus. We sat in a fabulous heated “ice fishing hut” out on the deck and we’re able to watch the sunset over the water from the privacy of our hut through our own windows. Happy hour prices are in effect at that hour. So our drinks and apps were a bargain. Our server was friendly and efficient and brought complimentary sparkling wine in honor of my birthday. We’ll definitely go back again and reserve outdoors.

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KristyC
New England
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved dining in the private gondolas. Great food and wonderful atmosphere!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner in one of the gondolas. It was pretty quiet on a Wednesday evening which was perfect.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday for 12 year old daughter. Perfect in every way, food, staff, and safe in gondola!

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JeannieB
New England
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

we had an amazing meal in one of the Gondolas. wicked fun atmosphere and incredible service even in the freezing cold! Highly recommend for something fun and different !

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Gayle
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The overall experience was great. The heaters they have in the outside gondola could be a little more powerful. But overall it was fun.

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DEater
New England
11 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Adorable, impeccable outdoor pods are the real draw. Excellent cocktails, pub style menu with Asian influences- several dishes quite good. Good Covid protocols. Overall, a delightful night out.

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KristenP
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great location, the gondola was a little chilly but it was a really cold night! Food and service was great!!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a wonderful experience! Our first time but will definitely not be our last!

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vipBookguise
New England
18 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful lunch in one of the gingerbread houses located on the deck. Exceptional service with Valerie. Tasty Brussels sprouts. Poke Bowl very good. Orgasmic fudge brownie sundae. We’ll be back for lunch very soon.

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LanceM
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Ate in one of the 'gondolas' located on the deck. Nice experience. One bit of feedback/suggestion: Because we chose to dine outside/gondola, we were not expecting it to be warm, but the server never asked if we were warm enough, or guided us on how/if we could adjust the heater settings. We noticed other diners in gondolas/huts with no jackets (we never felt warm enough to remove hats or coats) so we assume their must be a way to raise/lower heat.

LM
LizM
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food in a wonderful atmosphere, never disappoints!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic idea for a safe dining experience! Gondolas have heaters in them so it's perfect for a chilly day. It's worth being aware of the hour and a half time limit so you can get your order in early and not feel rushed. A tasty mocktail menu is a nice touch!

JB
JenniferB
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a gondola on the deck. It was perfect, and really well done. Food was great, and service was as well. Hope they keep those private dining areas around all winter.

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ElaineS
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was the most amazing day we have had in a long time due to covid. We felt very safe and the food and staff were awesome. Will be bacj

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DianaE
Nashville
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, ambiance and views. We were there for a late lunch. The gingerbread house was the perfect solution to “dining outside” but safely in a heated private space. It was really comfortable inside with large windows and plenty of space. It was a Sunday so bonus...all day happy hour drink prices, we had margaritas which were very tasty. We Shared onion soup gratinee - excellent, Had a delicious burger cooked exactly to my liking, hubby had the fish and chips(side salad instead of fries), large portion of fish he said was perfectly battered and although fried it was light and not greasy at all. I ordered The siracha Brussels sprouts as a side they were so yummy and the portion was enough to share. Finished off the meal with the coconut cheesecake with coconut ice cream with cookie crumble. Would highly recommend it. I’m listing this at the end but the service rates at the top...Very attentive but gave us privacy and time to digest between courses. Will be back for sure

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was phenomenal! Gondolas are a fun but safe way to dine out. Service was great too.

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 181 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.