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White Barn Inn, Kennebunk, ME

White Barn Inn

4.8
4.8
1787 Reviews
$50 and over
American

Our contemporary New England cuisine has been rooted in the local and seasonal long before they were the mots du jour on menus across the country. At our AAA Five Diamond, Forbes Five Star restaurant, we showcase incredible ingredients sourced through specially cultivated relationships with the farmers, fishermen and foragers of coastal Maine and just beyond for beautifully-presented, always inspired dishes that encapsulate the very essence of our spectacular setting.

We have a smart casual dress code; jackets are preferred for gentlemen, but not required, and we ask for no shorts, or sportswear in the dining room.

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Booked 32 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, European

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 5:30 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (207) 967-2321

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Jacket Preferred

  • Executive chef

    Mathew Woolf

  • Private party facilities

    Private parties are offered in the White Barn Inn Wine Cellar and The Little Barn. The Wine Cellar seats up to 14 guests, and The Little Barn seats up to 40. Offered year round.

  • Private party contact

    Hugo Aguirre: (207) 361-8458

  • Neighborhood

    Kennebunkport

  • Cross street

    Route 9

  • Parking details

    Complimentary Valet service as well as self parking available in our private lot.

  • Entertainment

    Talented Jazz Pianist plays every evening.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,787 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Maine

    Best Ambiance

  • Maine

    Notable Wine List

  • Maine

    Romantic

  • Maine

    Special Occasion

  • Maine

    American

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  1. j

    julieo

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined today

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Now I realize what has been missing at most restaurants I have been to recently: flavor. The food at White Barn is so flavorful, I found myself feeling surprised with each bite. The lobster bisque was unlike any I have ever had - beautiful in color and deep lobster flavor. The tomato appetizer with burrata ice cream was an amazing mix if color, flavor and texture. Of course the restaurant itself is beautiful and the service impeccable. A great way to celebrate a special occasion.

  2. IK

    IvanK

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lobster tasting menu and a lovely Pinot !! Perfect service and food ! Our second visit can’t wait to return.

  3. r

    rsbc

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Outstanding meal, service excellent. Great variety of flavors, choices.

  4. K

    Kate

    Washington DC

    47 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Impeccable dinner at The White Barn restaurant last night. To start, the service is incredible - valet parking, amazing touch-points throughout the meal and perfect timing for all the courses. Next, the food is top notch. My two favorite dishes were the lobster tagliatelle and the foie gras crusted steak. The only course that I wasn’t crazy about was the lobster bisque. It was fine, but nothing memorable. The dessert courses were also beautiful. We tried three different ones. All in all, it was a great dining experience from start to finish!

  5. C

    Chuck

    New England

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall2food2service5ambience4

    The service was great, the atmosphere elegant and most of the courses in the prefixed menu were good except for the Butter Poached Kennebunkport Lobster. My husband and I ordered it and it was far from tasting fresh. Part of my husband’s had an ammonia taste and was mushy. He shared a piece with me and I agreed that it had an off taste. My lobster was undercooked and actually raw inside. As I cut each piece it was translucent and mushy and not firm, succulent and white when it is properly cooked. When the Chef visited our table, my husband mentioned that the lobster did not taste fresh. I did not want to make a scene at that point and didn’t complain about my entree. The Chef smiled and moved on to the next table. Everything else we had was good but we expected better from the ratings this restaurant got in the past. My husbands dessert was mediocre - mine was very good. Also, we felt like we were on top of the couple near us. There was plenty of open space in the dining room, but we were sat very close to others. Just for the record, I am a trained Chef and I would listen to my customers if they mentioned something was wrong.

  6. A

    Annie

    Montreal

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience1

    The food was excellent - but service was too much … way way too rapid, too disturbing (every 2 seconds someone is coming to you - it became disturbing) … it made our experience medium/low, not meeting our expectations at all for such a quality restaurant! It is fine for multiple services to spend 3 hours at the table - everything was rush under 2 hours - thank you goods bye! Big deception ….

  7. H

    Hyphuggr

    Hawaii

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Beautiful dining room, interesting and delicious food, excellent and attentive service. This is a perfect place to spend a special occasion. Expect a cost of at least $200 per person. I felt that it was a tad bit overpriced, but everything was so amazing I would definitely go again.

  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary there. Excellent prix fixe menu, cocktails and wine. Friendly, knowledgeable and attentive service.

  9. J

    Janefrommaine

    Washington DC

    62 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    62 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Special occasion place or just a special place that becomes an occasion! Delicious, perfect service and ambiance. Always a memorable meal and evening.

  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great experience. Excellent service, fantastic food and top notch ambiance. We loved celebrating there.

  11. CB

    ConradB

    Baltimore

    126 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    126 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Exceptional service....combined with an interesting and polished menu

  12. j

    jenniferw

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This is an excellent choice for a special occasion. We enjoyed all aspects of our meal and our time at White Barn Inn. We will definitely be going back!

  13. RE

    REMS

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3

    Food and service was exceptional. The wait staff was extremely attentive. The dress code is "Jacket Preferred" but during our visit there were diners in jeans and another in a hoodie so it appears to be flexible.

  14. C

    Charles

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Best meal and service I have had in a long time! The place was beautiful and truly a one-of-a-kind experience.

  15. d

    dinnerfor2

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food is wonderful and the service is the best. Everyone there wants to make sure you have the best experience. Well worth it!

  16. VL

    VeronicaL

    Mexico City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3

    Food was more than awesome. Service was extraordinary by Nathan, he really made our experience incredible.

  17. RC

    RobC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This, for us, is a 'special occasion' restaurant. And they return the experience by treating the customer as 'special.' I have nothing but great to say about the entire experience. My guests felt similarly.

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A great experience for my parents 30th wedding anniversary! Food was delicious and the service from all staff was amazing. Thank you so much for the special time!

  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our waiter was like an old friend. The barn and floral backdrop are exquisite. When we emailed to expand our reservation (same day, on a holiday weekend) the restaurant responded immediately and accommodated. And the food!!! …

  20. L

    Lisa

    New York Area

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Exquisite!!! Chef Mathew Woolf and team out did himself…. My lobster tasting menu with cocktail pair was as good as The French Laundry dinner we had in Napa years ago . Our experience was well orchestrated by Greg … so knowledgeable on every aspect of the menu and wine / cocktail choices. He not only made our night perfection .. he was personable and a great asset to the Auberge group. Kudos to the entire White Barn Inn & Thank you !

  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4

    The food is fine, but not up to our expectations after reading the positive reviews online. Our reservation was 8:15, but we had to wait for 30mins to be seated. We were just told that the last party of guests at our table haven’t finished, but there are other available table, so why don’t just switch us to a different table? No one at the restaurant seemed to care about us waiting for half an hour. They did ask us if we would like to get something from the bar while waiting, but the girl who took our order don’t even know what’s on the menu. Both of us had to point her to the exact drink name for her to take it down. This was supposed to be special night for celebration but didn’t start the right way. Will not come back.

  22. C

    Chet

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    An outstanding dining experience in every aspect. Relatively pricy but there’s transferred value from the experience as a whole. Sounds snobby but not meant to be at all. We love the place off season. Not sure it would be the same on a busy summer night.

  23. JY

    JoeY

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Awesome experience. We will return.

  24. C

    Crisco

    New England

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Impeccable food and service.

  25. MT

    MichaelT

    New England

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The entire dining experience is as good as it gets. The setting is perfect for a relaxed, intimate dinner. The service is unobtrusive, yet at the same time, full of attention. The meal courses were perfectly matched and prepared. I would recommend the White Barn Inn to anyone celebrating a special occasion.

  26. c

    corporatemagician

    New England

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our server(s) was excellent! He was charming, attentive, he even took care of my request for the lobster tasting menu which we both experienced last night on May 14th, 2022. He graciously, took some photos for our memories. On to the food, wonderful lobster menu...the opening like any good show was an awesome start to the meal...an avacado gin sorbet w/ lobster & troute roe. Then a super tastely lobster mini roll with caviar, pasta with special mushrooms & a nice oil lobster & chicken crackling, lobster bisque w/ basil, and the lamb with lobster bordelaise was a highlight! Finishing off with a big finale, with a champagne mousse, lobster & puff pastry... maybe a mango sauce...all was heavenly! And the atmosphere... their amazing piano player really helps create an experience, live entertainment that is wonderful! He even took a request:)

  27. S

    Shugurl

    New York Area

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I have always loved dining here but a few years ago the place sold and it was not quite the same HOWEVER, this gem is back on track and the food is as good as ever. This Chef can cook the perfect lobster dish! The servers were also very attentive and we loved Chris. Seriously, if you are looking to celebrate a small or large occassion I highly recommend the White Barn. The service and food are among life’s greatest pleasures.

  28. RB

    RogerB

    New England

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    As always, an outstanding event! Service and food are exceptional! Wait staff and managerial staff friendly and inviting. Food was superb! Thanks for a great time and super wonderful meal! Look forward to seeing you again soon.

  29. MT

    MichaelT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Nils was our server this evening and it was a great experience. We really enjoyed the new items on the menu from their new chef. The Foie Gras, Beef Tartare, and Beef Tenderloin were all excellent choices. Highly recommend. Thank you to the service and kitchen for the great time.

  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Mother’s Day brunch - the food & service were fantastic!!

  31. R

    Rose

    New England

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5

    White Barn Inn provided a lovely setting and outstanding service on Mother's Day. The staff was exceptional and the display of flowers visible from most spots in the dining room was gorgeous. The prix fixe menu had an inviting variety of choices. Plating of the food was thoughtful. The server and chef checked in tableside to be sure all was well during the meal. My husband and I both regretted that we hadn't offered more than the standard reply of "everything is fine" but hadn't even exchanged thoughts ourselves about the food at the point we were asked. Our overall assessment of the food was it was good but not excellent, which was a surprise given that everything else about the experience was. A mushroom toast appetizer had bread that could not be cut with a knife and fork or easily bitten into and was actually black underneath the sauce. Crab cake benedict was, in my husband's words, unremarkable but not poorly prepared. A cherry chocolate mousse desert was clever in presentation and delicious, although quite rich. That was a theme on the menu as it was difficult to find a way to choose courses on this prix fix three course meal to include a lighter option to balance all that was rich or sweet. I tried to do so by ordering a Lobster Cobb salad which came tossed in too much cream based dressing. It was our first visit and given the extraordinary attention to excellence in both the setting and service, we felt the food didn't match. It doesn't mean it wasn't good - but that is I guess the point - it was good but not at the level we expected. We hope this doesn't deter diners from visiting as this was a Mother's Day brunch, one of the most difficult days to execute a menu. Instead, we hope that you might be more quick thinking than we were during our visit to bring issues to the attention of the staff. In hindsight, the technical issues I experienced with the toast and the salad likely would have been addressed if I had!

  32. RG

    RickG

    New England

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Everything was exceptional - food, service, and decor were just spectacular. And Mark on the piano made the night perfect!

  33. M

    Mark

    Hawaii

    24 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5

    Great food and the service was ok except for one incident when I let the waiter know that the drink ordered did not go well with my meal because the tastes clashed. He said that “he did not tell me that it would go with my meal”. I had never blamed him but he still made that snide comment. Besides that the food was good and the valet driver was actually my favorite.

  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We celebrated our 10th anniversary at White Barn Inn. From the moment we walked in to the sounds of a live pianist, we knew we were in for a treat. The courses were phenomenal and the service was even better. Truly a wonderful special occasion venue!!!

  35. DF

    DottF

    New England

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3

    This was our 1st time back to the Barn in quite a few years. Things have definitely changed. Still beautiful barn and flowers. Servers were prompt and available even though one accidentally whacked me in the head, my neck still hurts. Some servers were dressed in ill-fitting suits, a food server had on leggings and a sweater, a man in jeans brought food out. Not quite like the old days. The Sous Chef did come out to put the sauce on the lamb dish which was a nice touch.The food was mostly delicious. My partner had the lobster menu and loved it. I found the portions to be even smaller than ever. I did not care for the artichoke tart and the super al dente past but I did have a literal tablespoon of the most delicious cucumber sorbet, another tablespoon would have been wonderful. I know it is fine tiny dining but sometimes it's a bit too small. This was not the fault of the White Barn and I have never seen such a thing before especially when spending $550 for a meal for 2. A man at a table in my eye line actually took out his injectable medication, filled a 2 syringes and then lifted up his shirt to reveal a big white belly and injected himself TWICE! Then 10 minutes later he got up and went to the bathroom. Why not inject himself in the bloody bathroom. WTF. It was our anniversary and we always enjoyed it when they wrote Happy Anniversary in chocolate on our dessert plate but alas that has changed but we did get to little pieces of maple sugar candy. It used to feel like a real event to dine at the WBI. This just felt different to me. This is not to say that you shouldn't go. I have been in the restaurant biz and notice more than the average diner.

  36. KJ

    KJackson

    Savannah

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 18, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3

    My husband and I came here to celebrate our 5th wedding anniversary. We both had high expectations (based on the price and the clout), but left feeling disappointed in the whole affair. He got the Lobster Tasting Menu and I got the 4 course meal. Most of the courses were quite tasty, but (with the exception of his wagu ribeye and my butter poached halibut which were both phenomenal) not exceptional. The service was good and the setting was nice, but good and nice do not make me happy with a $600 meal.

  37. UW

    UnionW

    New England

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    One of the best dinners I have ever had!

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    63 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    63 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent fixed price meal Expecf about $200 pp with drinks

  39. S

    Scoreboard

    London

    11 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience3

    The White Barn Inn has a lovely setting, and the food is very good. The menu is a fixed four courses (or a more extensive lobster-based option which we didn't have). The highlights of our meals were the quail, which was delicious, and the chocolate souffle. The steak was just ok. The price of the four courses was not obvious to us on the menu, for specific choices it shows a surcharge, but it felt to us that the overall cost was kept fairly hidden. We don't mind paying for fine dining and we expected the bill to be high, but we were surprised by just how expensive it was. We had a lovely time and enjoyed it, but we would choose other options in the future. There are so many staff it feels a little overwhelming at times. We would have preferred to simply have a waiter who chatted to us and was attentive. It's very nice but be careful.

  40. NR

    NoahR

    Atlanta

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent food and wine. Piano was great. Chefs pairing was to die for and dessert, unbelievable.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

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White Barn Inn is rated 4.8 stars by 1787 OpenTable diners.

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Google Map for White Barn Inn

37 Beach Avenue Kennebunk, ME 04043

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Route 9

  • Neighborhood

    Kennebunkport

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 5:30 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, European

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Jacket Preferred

  • Parking details

    Complimentary Valet service as well as self parking available in our private lot.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Mathew Woolf

  • Entertainment

    Talented Jazz Pianist plays every evening.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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