The Burleigh

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435 reviews
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The Burleigh at the Kennebunkport Inn has long been a favored destination for locals and visitors. With its casually hip ambiance, expansive bar, spacious outdoor deck, and cozy fireplaces, The Burleigh is one of Kennebunkport’s premier spots for creative cuisine and excellent cocktails.
Through March 31, the expansive deck has been transformed into a winter wonderland – complete with igloos decked out in plush fur, cozy throw blankets and abundance of twinkling lights and candles with the 360° views of the sparkling stars above and sip cocktails.
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1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had an excellent experience at the Burleigh. The waiter was Eric and he was very knowledgeable and enhanced our evening. The food was outstanding. And is a place we will definitely return to. Thank you

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CA
New England
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Sat at the bar for happy hour and enjoyed some awesome food and drinks for a reasonable price!

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SS
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

After opting to dine at the bar, the post appetizer flow of our dinner was interrupted by a jolt of orders for Margarita Specials from 'The Igloos'. Watching the team at The Inn resolve the crisis...and the immediate kindly attention and explanation from our bar tender, Gabby, smoothed the way to a memorable dining experience. The meal was as good as meals get. The evening was further seamlessly enhanced by piano music, well played and good company at the bar. When we thought that things couldn't be improved upon, Cameron saw to our 'after dinner' cordial in an igloo. Kindly, gracious staff, great food, friendly clientele. We look forward to our next visit in a few months.
Jayne and Steve S/ Danvers

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d
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything at The Burleigh was wonderful . The food was not prepared as typically found in restaurants . Had the fettuccine with lobster - the sauce was delicious , lobster tender and served piping hot . The skate ,not something you often find on a menu was cooked to perfection . Eric our server was friendly , attentive (without being annoying!) and extremely knowledgeable . We were hoping to return before leaving the area - wish we had ! Best meal in KPT.

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LS
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We got reservations last minute to The Burleigh and we were not disappointed! We had a table in the bar area, which was a little noisy, but a young guitarist was playing and he was amazing. The menu wasn't huge but food was fresh and delicious. Waitstaff and host very pleasant. We were only disappointed with didn't know to get there a bit earlier to take advantage of the outdoor igloo seating! We will return.

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CC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We’ve always enjoyed dining at the Burleigh and it nice to come back after a few years.
Everything was great except perhaps if our table were in the next room since the band was rather loud
Normally if it were just my wife and I we wouldn’t mind the band and would have liked sitting near the bar
However there was 7 of us and we had a difficult time conversing
But we’ll be back- we love this restaurant

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g
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved our experience at The Burleigh. Delicious food great entertainment and beautiful decor

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1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Charming architecture. Unfortunately, they had outdoor seating in heated “igloos”, and every time a server or customer went outside, cold air rushed in. Several times, the exterior door was left open. I got up and shut the door myself after it was left open for a few minutes. Menu is not descriptive, so we had to ask lots of questions. No vegetable accompanied the entree. Dessert menu was a bit strange. The food we had was good.

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OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Start to finish - fantastic! Everyone behind the bar was friendly and efficient - best cosmo ever!

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GM
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service and a beautiful room - gorgeous bar and decor.

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SD
New England
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The evening started off with some issues - noisy table near by, got very busy and not enough staff, bar service was slow, food order not right - evening ended fine. We moved tables, the waiter was very apologetic about all of the issues and gave us some reduced rates based on the issues we had.

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B
New England
8 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We took my mother in law out for her birthday. Had a lovely meal here. The dining room is quiet and small, menu was great - interesting options. Will definitely go back.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 1ambience 4

New Year’s Eve dinner

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JT
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was excellent! Food was very good. We were seated in the bar area near the live musician which I first thought would be loud, but was not at all. Bo was great - husband and I had fun with the family.

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PG
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

As a KPort local I walk to the Burleigh and find it to be consistently good and a step up from your usual town restaurant. The menu is well executed and while not extensive I always find 3 or 4 items we enjoy. Nicely laid out dining room and a good bar area for adults. Great service too.

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JV
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very nice restaurant, loved the ambiance, but the food was just ok. Allisson’s (down the street) has better food.

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G
New England
244 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

We come to Kport Inn often in the Winter-love the staff and the atmosphere.

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NG
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I went to The Burleigh on Sunday night. We had an awesome meal and the restaurant was beautiful. Definitely recommend.

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JS
New England
32 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

Very disappointing. Only non-lobster seafood entree was not available. How can a Maine waterfront restaurant not have Fish? So, we chose beef alternatives. Both the steak and short ribs were fatty and greasy. Couldn’t get them to bring us a serving spoon so we could divide an appetizer. All they could come up with was a soup spoon. Appropriately, they took away our dirty forks after our appetizer course. But, they were not replaced! Only after our main courses were delivered and sitting there, were we able to get them to bring us forks. And one of us was given a salad fork with which to eat beef! This place is highly overrated. There are better alternatives in the Kennebunks.

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CN
New England
9 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed a delicious dinner on a Monday night in October. Not too crowded but still busy for what used to be "off season" in Maine. This was our second visit and the food was superb both times. The gnocchi with winter squashes was especially fantastic. I wish I had a dish of that in front of me right now! The ambiance is nice year-round, with patio dining in the summer and a cozy dining room and bar that are great for guests staying at the Inn or those coming for dinner or a drink. They have some nice craft cocktails, too. Looking forward to our next visit!

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f
Hamburg Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Gutes Essen in sehr schöner Atmosphäre und freundlichem Service. Zu empfehlen

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FD
New England
7 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Presentation was beautiful. Food was great, arrived a little cool but overall excellent, server was great!

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WB
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Great service. Not much more to say except, try it for yourself!

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d
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and ambiance were outstanding. I really enjoyed the menu selections , especially the light bites and the salads. The Kennebunkport Inn is beautiful and the outdoor seating looks inviting although we ate inside in front of the fireplace. The room we were in was very traditional and elegant.

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Naples
10 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had cocktails and mussels during happy hour. On the porch deck. Food ambiance and service were excellent. Had a 5:15 pm reservation right after. Had the lobster risotto and my wife had the lobster roll which were both full of lobster backs and sumptuous.

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P
Louisville
14 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 2ambience 3

I have been an Open Table member since its inception and this is the first time I’ve felt motivated to submit a truly negative review. I dined at the The Burleigh with two friends, all professional women in our 50s, on our first night in Kennebunkport. The dining room is lovely and the service was attentive. The fried Brussels sprouts were delicious and my skate wing was perfect. (For some reason, my friend’s was greasy, though she did not complain.) Although we ordered 2 appetizers and 3 entrees, plus wine, and we tipped over 20%, we were treated horribly by the manager on our way out. We were staying at The Boathouse Inn, which is only a football field away. Not knowing a storm was looming, we had strolled to dinner, sans rain gear. Just as we were departing the bistro, the skies opened. We stood at the door discussing options and decided we’d go to the bar for a nightcap to wait for the rain to subside. It was probably 9:45 and there were 4 people sitting at the bar. The manager had been eavesdropping and interrupted stating emphatically, “The bar is closed and it’s going to rain all night.” My friend replied to me, “Well, should we get an Uber?” To which the manager snidely responded, “You have to have an app for that,” as though we were too old or ignorant to know how to use Uber. Offering no solutions, he marched off. So, I cannot recommend The Burleigh. I have never been treated with such callous disregard. We will not be returning and are under no delusions that this manager cares. Fortunately, a lovely local lady, who was on her way out and facing the same predicament, had also heard our conversation. A gentleman had offered to give her a ride home and she asked him to drop us at The Boathouse on the way. So, we did not drown in the downpour or even ruin our clothes. It was such a short trip, we didn’t get their names, but I hope they know how much we appreciated their generous hospitality in assisting 3 strangers in need.

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New England
15 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always have a nice time at the Burleigh. The food is good, the wait staff is super nice and because it is in an inn, we always meet interesting people on vacation

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ML
New England
14 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was outstanding as usual. Service was great also

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SG
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved The Burleigh. Settled in outside and enjoyed the lobster risotto, beet salad and wontons. Delicious!

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V
Miami
41 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service. My only issue was that I was expecting a more elegant ambiance and people were dressed very casual but the food and service were good.

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OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had dinner here last night and absolutely loved our meals. Reasonably priced, great for a date night. The service was excellent, Izaak our waiter was the best waiter we’ve ever had. Will definitely be coming back!

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CS
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Food was seriously lacking. Avoid the lobster rissoto.

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p
New York Area
67 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding meal created by a great chef. Every course was delicious. The Brussel Sprouts were amazing. My wife loved her short ribs. My pork chop dish was insanely good . The dessert was outstanding. You need to try this menu!

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RC
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We had a great diner with my husband. Great and innovative food. Very good chicken ! Good wine.

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V
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved it! The food was exceptional. The service was warm and great. Can’t wait to go back!

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LD
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our server Sierra was great, super friendly and attentive. She kept the table neat and maintained the whole dinner. Food was tasty, burger was a little more "well" than medium but tasted like your average burger nonetheless. Mussels, wontons, brussel sprouts, and gnocchi were all super tasty appetizers to share.

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Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good, but empty...

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RC
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Limited menu. Sat at table with sun shining in face. No blinds. Food was just ok. Lots of French fries. Dinner plates could have used something other than all those fries. There are much better places to eat in Kennebunkport.

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Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Very pretty place.
We had made a reservation earlier in the day, but the seating options were not great. We ended up being seated to a very large noisy party. So we rate the Hostess as just ok. Waiter was good. He explained the daily menu items and was timely.
Chicken was raw, but they adjusted.
Overall good. I think we had just some bad luck. It happens.

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WG
New England
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Our food was delicious, the atmosphere delightful.

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