The Boathouse Restaurant

4.7
215 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
At this time all dining and bar seats are first come first serve, no reservations.
We are asking that children in your party remain seated
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
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 215 people are saying
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LindaD
New England
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a very pleasant experience and our waitress was a sweetheart. The food and atmosphere was great. Overall, a very good restaurant.

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Verarn
New England
5 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Food subliminally boring. Good inspiration and good concept was there but chef lack in taste in providing “Asian” flavors to “Asian inspired” dishes. Seafood was cooked perfectly but seasoning was below average.

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RoseO
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brad was our server and he took great care of us! Food was awesome and it was a beautiful night by the water!

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EmilyG
New England
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The restaurant was nice. Both me and my boyfriend got bacon burgers and they were super good and juicy. We made reservations for Easter because we were visiting and wanted a fancy Easter dinner and it didn’t disappoint. We were seated right next to the window with the view of the water. It was beautiful. Only downside was that the sun was setting so it was right in my eyes. I had to wear sunglasses the whole time. It was also super warm. I wanted to put the shade down but I felt it would get rid of our beautiful views so I just dealt with it.

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SusanB
New England
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We were in a shack outside for more private dining. Reservations recommended. Concierge parking was a welcome surprise!

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AnnD
New England
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed our lunch in a gingerbread house outside. It was safe and fun and it enabled us to go out to dinner without worry. Our server was attentive and made sure we had everything we needed. The food here is outstanding too. The lobster fried rice is amazing. We will be back for sure!

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StampDigit
New England
6 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been to Boat House a total of 3 times and each time is just as wonderful. Great food and location. And the service is top notch. We were lucky enough to have Emma assigned to our table (Gondola actually). She is the perfect ambassador for Boat House.

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Kelly
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had fries and a drinks at the bar during happy hour. Hostess and bartender were very polite and pleasant. Food an drinks were delicious. We left and came back later, and had a drink by the outdoor fireplace. We had dinner reservations in the gingerbread/loveshack. It was amazing, food was great, server was awesome, and the shack was private, warm, adorably decorated. I hope you have the gondolas and love shacks again next year - we’ll be back!

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CarrieA
New England
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor options for those seeking isolation yet restaurant service. And the food was delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat outside in the gondola.. private warm and lovely! We will be back soon!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience5

The first visit we had was exceptional a few weeks prior. This visit was mediocre at best. Service was spotty and we were rushed from our reservation after not having been checked on for over 20minutes. We were limited on what we could order for dinner because the server never checked on us to order. It wasn’t great. And to make matters worse, there were other gondolas open and available so I don’t understand why were rushed. Left a bad taste in our mouths for the entire restaurant which is a shame because the food is good.

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KarenB
New England
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We ate out in a gondola. Private, warm enough and fabulous food. A definite "do again".

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CourtneyL
New England
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had a wonderful time at the Boathouse Restaurant, dining in one of the private gondolas. Our server was friendly and accommodating. The food was terrific. Atmosphere was very nice. Overall great experience and we will be back again.

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JoshuaB
New England
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The arrangements and the staff were outstanding, and the food was excellent.

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vipTbarry03
New England
8 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brad, our waiter, was fantastic!

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DavidE
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Ate outside in the gondola. Good food but limited menu.

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RebeccaB
Tampa
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super fun to eat in the gondola. Sunny, big windows, but felt very private. Food was great.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a wonderful family gathering!!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My family of four had a double birthday celebration here last Saturday. The food and service were exceptional and dining in a gondola on the deck was such a fun experience. We will definitely be back!

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ElizabethH
New England
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious Bloody Marys, Fish & Chips and Clam Chowder. We enjoyed sitting in the sun and enjoying the sea air in our private gondola. Such a memorable lunch to celebrate the light at the end of the COVID tunnel!
A great experience!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating the arrival of our first grandchild!

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DebbieA
New England
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had dinner in one of the gondolas. The food was great as was the service and loved being able to have our own private spot on the water.

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KHBH
New England
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time to the Boathouse. We had a wonderful late lunch/early dinner in one of the outdoor gondolas. Would definitely recommend. Food, service and dining experience were all great!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Nice time food was great service and a
Ambiance great

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vipJANDK
New England
89 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Stopped in for lunch. Since we were the first ones in the restaurant we asked for seats at the bar. Great water view. My tuna poke bowl was incredible. The tuna melted in my mouth and the other components of the poke just added to the flavors. My wife enjoyed her lobster roll (after all we were in Maine) describing the lobster as sweet and flavorful. OK, so I snuck some her golden brown french fries when she was not looking; but, they were so tasty I couldn't resist. Shared the Maine blueberry crisp. That scoop of vanilla ice cream on the top satisfied the sweet tooth. We'll definitely be returning soon.

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BriannaB
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful... can’t beat the environment.

The Meat & Cheese board left something to be desired, though. Underwhelming for $20. No fruit. 2 cheeses. 2 meats. Very little Honey Comb (like 1/2 tsp smear) Not bad, just would get something else next time.

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LillyH
New England
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We got reservations for outside seating. We were all made to feel safe from the valet wiping everything down when they took cars, from scanning to get our personal menus on our phones, to the cleanliness of the facility - it was top notch! Food was delicious and the environment was perfect. Highly recommend to all!!!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
6 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Overall, the food and our server were great. However, we had booked and requested a gondola and they moved us to one of the shacks because they had a different party that would fit better in the gondola. I understand their reasoning but it was quite annoying nonetheless. The shacks were cute, comfortable, and kitschy but the view was limited.

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ErinD
New England
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were very happy with our dining experience. We enjoyed drinks and apps inside the restaurant prior to our reservation on the deck in one of the gondola's. The outdoor experience was very private and romantic. It was a conversation piece for sure! I highly recommend the restaurant and the hotel!

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RobertM
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service. Great appetizers and main dishes.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We absolutely loved the private setting in the gondola. It was warm and cozy. Awesome experience all around and looking forward to next time.

Brad was an awesome server and very personable.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
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!!

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Shannon
New England
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
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
New England
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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MelissaM
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2021
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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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just perfect food and atmosphere!

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AmyB
New England
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lunch in the gondola was perfect!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing happy hour special in off season!

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Jeanne
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
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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vipCindy
New England
14 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outside dinner in the private gondola was such a treat after having not been out to dinner in months! A great set up. Warm enough with the space heaters and the food was great also.

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 215 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.