The White Barn Bistro

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$31 to $50
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The White Barn Bistro offers New England classics in a casual setting, encompassing a restored barn dating from the 1820s. The Bistro features a high-end spin on a selection of casual regional favorites such as oysters on the half shell, duck confit cassoulet, or our beef tenderloin with raclette potatoes. Join us poolside every Thursday at 5:30pm to enjoy our traditional Lobster Bake.
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OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect for a special meal.

G
New England
266 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love to come to the Bistro at Christmas- love the decorations and the food and service are second to none!

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience4

Great ambiance, and service from start to finish, however, not enough to save the meal. Filet was over cooked and so salty it was barely edible. Wife ordered the same and also experienced a salty and overcooked meal. Bread served cold and without butter or oils. This is a basic staple meal so hard to imagine how they could get it so wrong. For a restaurant/inn of this level it was a very disappointing experience and we’ll not likely return. Shame as we’re also locals and would have loved to make it a regular in the rotation given the atmosphere and service. Cannot recommend.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing — apart from the baked Brie which was on the cold side. Lovely romantic atmosphere and very peaceful until the end when a very large, noisy group came in.

A
New England
22 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience2

I mistakenly booked dinner in the bistro. I wanted the restaurant for a special night out. The food was very good however it was very casual and noisy. This was my mistake but I would not go to the bistro again. It just wasn’t for me. My next visit will be in the restaurant.

c
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Celebrating our anniversary. Prior experiences in the restaurant have been disappointing but the Bistro exceeded our expectations. The staff were cordial and knowledgeable. They anticipated our needs with style and grace. The food was flavorful, served at appropriate temperature and visually appealing. All in all a nice experience and value.

JA
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were passing through town and made a reservation in the Bistro. Due to an event, Robin was kind enough to sit us in the dining room, which was beautiful. What a room! Service and food was outstanding. Beet salad and lamb were unique and excellent. Robin was lovely and so kind to spend a few minutes with us sharing color on her home country. Highlight of our trip. Thank you

KK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We very much enjoyed our meal at The White Barn Bistro! The food was absolutely delicious and the staff was very attentive.

KM
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The service was Great, fall decorations were amazing, food was yummy. Only comment - they do need to up their game on the mignonette for the oysters. It was very basic.

G
New England
266 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Our meals were delicious and the service was fantastic! Nico was great!

MN
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Atmosphere is incredible and very special. The menu is a bit boring, but food is well-executed.

JC
New England
7 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience3

I was really looking forward to dining at the White Barn Bistro, but sadly it was the single worst dining experience I have ever had. We were seated promptly and had water filled. Our waiter came by to see if we would like a cocktail, I ordered a glass of wine, the waiter poured a sip for me to try and I found it to be lukewarm. He seemed miffed but left to get another bottle. After receiving the wine at the right temperature, we sat and sat, nobody came back to take our order. Finally I noticed the manager in the dining room and he took our order. Two Caesar salads and two pan roasted salmon. The salads came out and after the first bite, I could not eat it. I have never had such a salty salad. I flagged down the manager and he brought two new Caesar salads, these were saltier. He took the salads away and came back to tell us that he tried both salads and we were right, the salt level was totally inappropriate. The fish was not seasoned, the couscous served under the hot fish was cold and very over salted. Finally the waiter came to tell us the manager asked him not present us with a bill. I tipped for the service and we left. So disappointing!

G
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Rare burger was harder than a hockey puck! Burnt!!!! Had to ask for desert for our guests whose daughter’s wedding proposal happened there. All foreign wait people with MAJOR language challenges.

Ate there over 100 times in the past. Dreadful now! RIP!!

G
New England
266 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Christina was wonderful and we loved the prix fix menu selections!

RJ
New England
8 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding! The service, food and ambiance were first rate. Our waitress was appropriately attentive, responsive and knowledgeable. Berkshire pork tenderloin with farrow salad and prunes were delicious, as was the salmon. Ambiance was comfortable with a suitable noise level.

MU
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just delightful!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall3food2service1ambience5

Service was the primary problem. Our server was inattentive

LS
San Francisco
57 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best meals I have had! Everything had a fabulous twist. Even the Cosmopolitan was more delicious -they used St. Germain rather than Cointreau and white Cranberry). Sat in the bistro rather than the more formal dining room.

BW
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Drinks at the piano bar followed by a perfect dining experience. Outstanding service. Took advantage of the Summer Sizzler menu which did not disappoint. Wonderful salmon and a scrumptious not too sweet chocolate bread pudding. Looking forward to our next visit to Maine so that we can go back!

K
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect evening to celebrate our engagement. The blackberry mocktail was delicious and by far one of the best clam chowder soups I’ve had the privilege of consuming!

e
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From Hugo at the bar to Kristin our server, we had a lovely evening. This was our first time at the Barn Bistro, but we will return. Can’t say enough about the service and delicious food, all served to perfection by everyone. Thank you for making a special evening even more special. Cheers to you!

K
New England
33 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating my daughter’s family spending time with us in Maine. They also loved the White Barn!

KP
New England
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Anniversary. Clam chowder is out of this world.

MX
New England
16 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My family of 4 loved it and will be back again in the future. We enjoyed the truffle fries, the burger, filet, and caesar salad. We didn't like the flavor of the bolognese, but we loved everything else. Service was excellent!

k
New England
75 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They should rename this the FIVE STAR bistro..what a great experience!from the lobster bisque to the salmon to the fresh berry dessert..everything was super..we'll be back tomorrow.
Thanks mr. White Barn..you did an outstanding job!!!
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p
Raleigh
45 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Ate at bar. Amazing food, fab wine list, gorgeous setting! Our 2nd time in a week. Obsessed!

t
Los Angeles
80 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful atmosphere, terrific service and delicious food.

M
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, wine and service were excellent. We hadn’t been there in a couple years, because the last time we went we were unhappy with the quality of the food. It was much improved from last time.

JG
New England
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The white barn inn dining experience was wonderful. The staff and ambience is second to none. They were extremely accommodating and friendly. I cannot wait to return another time in the future.

AP
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I really had a wonderful dinner. Our waiter Niko was terrific ! We were celebrating our anniversary and it was a wonderful night! We are looking forward to enjoy another dinner soon.

Thank you
Amy and Daryl

JS
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Don't let the Bistro in the name fool you - the food is excellent and much better than I expected it would be. The bar is small but very good service and selection. I will definitely be returning here.

PT
New England
9 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful setting, staff attentive, friendly and fun. Food perfectly prepared and beautifully presented.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was amazing! The service was excellent! We were completely satisfied by our experience at the bistro. We actually prefer it over the fine dining, it is a touch more relaxed and choosing our own meals was a treat as the food was so delicious. The staff was courteous and attentive. We will long remember our server, Nico, and our dinner for our first anniversary! We couldn’t have asked for a better night out!

JB
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely late lunch. Food was delicious, the ambiance quiet and enjoyable.

MF
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

While the ambiance and food were wonderful, what really stood out as outstanding was the service. The staff treated my elderly and mobility-challenged mother as if she were their very own, making for a delightful visit. Their kindness was truly touching, and I look forward to dining at the White Barn Bistro again soon.

K
New England
33 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

One of our favorite restaurants when we’re in the area. Always a special treat to dine here. Food, staff, and service are always excellent!

B
Los Angeles
35 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We had a very nice evening at the White Barn Bistro. The room is very nice , the service was excellent and the food -and drinks were delicious. We recommend it as it is a very lovely evening out in Kennebunkport.

k
Charlotte
68 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went to the White Barn Bistro while in Kennebunk on vacation alone. You never know what kind of treatment you will get when you are dining alone but the staff could not have been nicer or more attentive. I had the seared salmon which was excellent. Very well prepared. The wine by the glass list was very good and I was able to get a wine that I had not seen ever seen on a by the glass list before. The room was nice and not overly loud. My only slight complaint is the dessert--shortbread cake with mixed berry compote. I found it a little bland. Not bad but not as spectacular as the rest of the meal. But overall a very good.

MB
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have visited a few of dozen countries, lived overseas for many years, eaten food at places ranging from street carts to extremely expensive restaurants in major cities.

Our dinner at The White Barn Bistro, was one of the best experiences I have ever had in a restaurant, and my specific meal was also one of the most enjoyable and memorable meals I have ever had.