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The Tavern at the Kennebunk Inn

4.6
4.6
413 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American

We welcome guests into the warm and inviting atmosphere of the Tavern at the Kennebunk Inn. The Tavern is located in the heart of Kennebunk Village. Nick Zammarelli, Executive Chef of both the Tavern and the Merriland Farm Café, has created a menu featuring both signature dishes and Tavern favorites. The dining room features a double sided fireplace, gleaming old birch wood floors, and new lighting. In the bar, you can share a signature cocktail with friends or try one of our beers on tap, many from local breweries. Pull up a chair at the bar, or one of our high top tables and order from the full restaurant menu. In the warmer months, our patio offers outdoor seating and on occasion, live music. The Inn and Tavern are open year round, and our chef creates specials and seasonal menus that often feature seafood and produce from local farms and the sea.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Bistro, American

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner
    Thu–Sat 4:30 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (207) 985-3351

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Nicholas Zammarelli

  • Catering

    Chef Nick will design the perfect menu to meet your requirements for wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners, bridal showers, anniversary and birthday parties, or corporate events.

  • Private party facilities

    A private room that overlooks The Inn's brick patio and herb garden can accommodate up to 30 for seated service and 40 for standing receptions. Access to the patio/garden provides a gracious combination of indoor and outdoor space.

  • Private party contact

    Diane Ryan: (207) 985-3351

  • Neighborhood

    Kennebunk

  • Cross street

    Grove St.

  • Parking details

    Ample parking is available directly behind The Inn at no charge. Parking on the street in front of the restaurant is also permitted at no charge.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Menu

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What 413 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Maine

    Good for Groups

  • Maine

    Neighborhood Gem

  • Maine

    Outdoor Dining

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  1. RT

    RichardT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent service, excellent food cooked exactly the way I like it. Note: poor waitress was alone and busted her butt to provide quality service.

  2. KH

    KateH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Incredible in all aspects. Highly recommend especially for special occasions.

  3. D

    Dawna1959

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Loved the Kennebunk Inn. My husband and I came for an overnight stay for our Anniversary.Restaurant was outstanding. We will definitely come back.

  4. JC

    JosephC

    Baltimore

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    First time visitor there and will definitely be returning. Lovely atmosphere, delicious food all served piping hot. Betty Ann was a very nice server. Very welcoming.

  5. LW

    LynnW

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Excellent service and attention to detail. Food was hot and fresh and flavorful!

  6. LJ

    LadyJane

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Good food and service - dining room could use a little more help on the decor end.

  7. ME

    MEforFun

    New England

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Awesome! Great food very accommodating! Don't miss this place. It's a secret.

  8. SU

    SusanU

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was delicious, service excellent!

  9. N

    Nancy

    New England

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We ate in the restaurant area of the restaurant. They also have a tavern section. It is beautifully decorated and clean looking. The service was excellent...server was friendly and attentive. The food was super delicious. I had been there before under the previous owner . I find that the food is equally delicious under the new owner. We will definitely be back.

  10. MO

    MarieO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was delicious; our party had the chicken, ravioli, and fish and chips. We were concerned about quantity because of the pictures we saw in advance on the website, but the portions were more than enough. Our server was personable, and appeared relaxed despite the fact that he was the only one for a pretty busy night. It was no doubt the first of many visits!

  11. l

    localfan

    Charleston

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Loved Betty Ann our server, they were very busy but staff still so friendly. Nice to go and not have an agenda of needing to rush. Food very good--rolls excellent, still miss some of the former menu items (Steak and Blue Cheese Salad, for example). Love eating local, and hope folks will support them. Lunch will be welcome if planning it again for an option.

  12. m

    miker

    New England

    15 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4

    Filet was good. Perhaps a bit overdone. Menu was very limited. Service was slow and seemed disorganized. We try to visit monthly but may have to reconsider

  13. DK

    DeborahK

    New England

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    The food was delicious, and my Blueberry Cosmo was the best, served from a stainless shaker, right into a stainless martini glass, which kept it ice cold. The waitress was very friendly, and made sure we were well taken care of. The atmosphere was quiet and romantic, with light jazz music playing in the background, and a fire blazing in the fireplace! Our table was near the front window, so we had a great view of the snow falling softly on Main St. There were other tables occupied, but were spaced, so all had privacy, and there was no problem with noise. We plan to return, to try some of the other choices on the menu.

  14. CS

    CherylS

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Everything was excellent, our waitress was a little absent.

  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Very good food with prompt and courteous service.

  16. B

    Betsy

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This was my second visit. I actually ordered the same dinner (Salmon) because it was so delicious the first time...it did NOT disappoint.

  17. CJ

    CJ04005

    New England

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 5, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3

    Vodka and tonic was watered down. Hush puppies were dry. Nachos had a lot of cheese but were a little soggy. Salad was good and rolls were HOT and tasty. And they were out of chicken, haddock and salmon, which eliminated about 1/2 of the menu choices, on a Saturday night!!

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Beautiful setting. Nice fireplace , friendly staff, and good food.

  19. c

    curlyandtiger

    New England

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Local place we really enjoy!! Like the new menu items but glad the new owners kept some of the tried and true recipes. Adrian accommodated with a cocktail from the fall and recreated it deliciously.

  20. NH

    NatoshiaH

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was great, fresh and hot. BettyAnn was awesome

  21. JL

    JamesL

    New England

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5

    First I want to say that our server, Betty Ann, is outstanding. This is the first time dining here since the new owners took over. The quality of the food is not the same standard as the previous owner. I had the chicken breast which was served with risotto and Brussels sprouts. The chicken breast was small and a bit overcooked. The risotto was tasteless and sticky like glue. The Brussels sprouts (the serving size could have fed a family of four) were so charred they were dry, it was like eating tissue paper. I did not finish either side. We are local and come to this restaurant often. This was one of our favorite restaurants, but I am not sure that we will be returning. Overall, the dining experience was very disappointing.

  22. SH

    SamH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Diane and Adrian were awesome and the food was great. Look forward to returning.

  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience3

    The food was excellent. The service was slow.

  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We were my son for the weekend. We had been here in the fall and liked it so came again to celebrate his birthday.

  25. d

    debd

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5

    We did not know the Inn had been sold. The choices were not as robust as in the past. Food was good, service Awesome, server AWESOME. Hope to see some more menu options. Was surprised to see the prices have gone up considerably, but i guess in times we are in, it is to be expected. Will come back. Good Luck to the new owners.

  26. DP

    DavidP

    New England

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2021

    overall2food3service2ambience2

    The ratings for this restaurant are overstated. The food was very good, however, the menu seemed limited, and below the caliber expected. The specialty cocktail I ordered from the menu was not available. Instead I settled for a gin and tonic, which was flat. The blueberry cosmo tasted like cough medicine. I don’t envision going back. Sorry, but there are many other places to eat at.

  27. m

    maryjudy

    Charleston

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We loved our evening out at Academe. The lobster pie was sublime! We also tried the vegetable tart as an appetizer which was delicious, and my friend ordered the corn bisque, delicious also. The ambience was lovely and fun … the wine bottle Xmas tree was joyful!!

  28. K

    Kimskeet

    New England

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amanda was a wonderful friendly server Her recommendations were spot on We had a wonderful girls night out for prelude weekend and this was a perfect start. Thank you amanda

  29. MH

    MichaelH

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent! Great room, great service, and food was delish

  30. r

    robertb

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 21, 2021

    overall2food3service4ambience4

    I don't know why the restaurant touts lobster pot pie as its signature dish. Two of us had it and we both found it mediocre. (We like lobster, so that wasn't the problem.) Salads and appetizer were fine. I don't know what the other entrees on the menu are like, but the management might want to consider whether they are putting their best foot forward.

  31. S

    Superb

    New England

    44 reviews

    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Warm comfortably spaced tables, friendly efficient staff. Delicious food. This place is a real gem

  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My husband and I celebrated our 33rd wedding anniversary here. We have dined here often over the years and always enjoy it. We sat by fire and ambiance was nice. Friendly, attentive staff, some feel like old friends now. My husband had a large bowl of mussels to start and I had the day’s soup of butternut squash, both delicious. The presentation of the food is always done well with large portions and interesting sides. I had the roasted chicken while my husband had the daily special of chicken Marsala, again delicious. Too full for dessert but enjoyed an after dinner drink to prolong the lovely dinner. We’ll be back!

  33. SB

    SusanB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful, unique food that was delicious and also hearty and comforting, perhaps to cater to travelers staying at the Inn. The small, quiet dining room allowed for conversation at the table. The server was friendly, knowledgeable and attentive.

  34. m

    miker

    New England

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Outstanding food. Great service as always. Always our go to restaurant when in Kennebunk!

  35. MG

    MassGuy

    New England

    40 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2021

    overall4food5service5ambience3

    Charming inn in downtown Kennebunk. The food was delicious - we both had the chicken which was excellent, followed by homemade coffee/chocolate chip ice cream - YUM. Our server, Adrian, was very busy, but he managed to be attentive to our needs. The only less than perfect part is the dining room itself - there's a bar area and then one big room. Wooden floor, tables spaced far apart for Covid. Somewhat barn-like and noisy - not cozy or charming. That belong said, go for the food - it's great!

  36. BH

    BeckyH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2021

    overall5food3service5ambience4

    Haddock on fish sandwich was so small. Didn’t cover bottom of roll. Disappointed

  37. D

    Dupe5

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2021

    overall3food3service3ambience3

    I have eaten here many times. Great Menu! I finally tried the famous Lobster Pie. Presentation was superb with the puff pastry. There was a decent amount of lobster but I didn't taste any flavor in the dish. It was just a basic cream sauce. Perhaps a touch of sherry or even a cheese sauce would have given it some flavor. Service was good, but like all places, waitstaff seemed limited for the number of customers. We enjoyed our dining experience; just be patient with the waitstaff - they are excellent but it's hard to wait on so many tables at a time.

  38. PB

    PhilipB

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Dining at the Kennebunk Inn is always a great experience. Food is always good. We had the crab cake with a jicama salad to start. The crab cake is loaded with crabmeat and citrus dressing is so tasty. The meatloaf and chicken dish for the entrees were excellent. We dine there frequently, and have never been disappointed. We like to support the locally owned restaurants in our neighborhood. Try it today.

  39. B

    Boz49

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent service and wonderful food.

  40. CN

    CarolN

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful home town friendly place with lovely wait staff and delicious food. Have been many times and will continue to go.

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The Tavern at the Kennebunk Inn offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (207) 985-3351.

The Tavern at the Kennebunk Inn is rated 4.6 stars by 413 OpenTable diners.

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45 Main St. Kennebunk, ME 04043

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Grove St.

  • Neighborhood

    Kennebunk

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner
    Thu–Sat 4:30 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Bistro, American

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Ample parking is available directly behind The Inn at no charge. Parking on the street in front of the restaurant is also permitted at no charge.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Nicholas Zammarelli

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (207) 985-3351

  • Catering

    Chef Nick will design the perfect menu to meet your requirements for wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners, bridal showers, anniversary and birthday parties, or corporate events.

  • Private party facilities

    A private room that overlooks The Inn's brick patio and herb garden can accommodate up to 30 for seated service and 40 for standing receptions. Access to the patio/garden provides a gracious combination of indoor and outdoor space.

  • Private party contact

    Diane Ryan: (207) 985-3351

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