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About White Barn Inn

Fine American cuisine served in a fabulously converted barn. The White Barn Inn Restaurant is a AAA Five Diamond, Forbes Five Star and Relais Gourmand property with four course Prix Fixe Menu at $125 per person, and subject to availability, a nine course Prix Fixe menu at $165 per person, both featuring the finest fresh local ingredients.

37 Beach Avenue
Kennebunk, ME 04043
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
American, European

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 6:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Sunday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm.

Cross Street:
Route 9

Dress Code:
Jacket Preferred

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(207) 967-2321

Website:
http://www.gracehotels.com/whitebarninn/grace-dining

Entertainment:
Talented Jazz Pianist plays every evening.

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

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

White Barn Inn Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.8

ambience

4.9

value

3.7

Noise

Quiet

82% would recommend it to a friend

Romantic (6)
Good for a Date (5)
Special Occasion (5)
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Fit for Foodies (5)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Good for Anniversaries (3)
Creative Cuisine (3)
Bar Seating (2)
Cozy (2)
Good for Birthdays (1)
Good for Groups (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Live Music (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 22, 2016

An outstanding restaurant, excellent foor, courteous staff and pleasant ambience.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New England)·Dined on October 12, 2016

The White Barn Inn was more than I thought it would be. I certainly enjoy great food but my husband is a super foodie so I was a little nervous that I wouldn't appreciate the food. I was so wrong..it was amazing. It is not cheap but you are paying for the unbelievable service and the beautiful ambiance. Plus I love a piano player and the overall experience is worth every penny. The only thing I though was a little over the top was the amount charged for the bottles of wine.

As far as the meal both my husband and I did the 4 course prix fix. for my appetizer I had the lobster spring roll (to die for) then my intermezzo I had the ginger and carrot soup with crab meat, amazing. For my main course I had the lobster over fettuccini -I cannot even stop thinking about it, it was so good. For dessert I had the chocolate 3 ways which was good but my least favorite of the 4 courses.

Awesome place to celebrate a special occasion and we will be going back.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Romantic, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on October 6, 2016

This is a most memorable place to eat. The food is superb and the servers are fantastic! This is a MUST DO on your restaurant list.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 28, 2016

This was a special restaurant in a beautiful setting. We ate there at the end of September and It was decorated for fall. I love that!
The main waiter was friendly and helpful. It is a Prix Fixe menu so my husband and I try to each pick different items. Each of us had several options and were pleased with our choices.

Cocktails, wine and food - all excellent.
Would recommend for a special evening. Go hungry because we were "stuffed" at the end of the meal.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 25, 2016

Our waiter was superb but the food and its description were poorly paired. The flavors simply weren't there. I expected small portions and wasn't disappointed but the peach with the veal was a single piece at one end of the serving. The flavor never reached the other end. The wine pairings were good and the waiter was excellent at explaining them. The kitchen let down the waiter and this restaurant's reputation, at least on the night we dined there, was overblown.

Tags: Cozy, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 25, 2016

The level of service was not as good as we had found it to be upon previous visits.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on September 21, 2016

Possibly the finest dining experience we will ever have. Kudos!
White Barn Inn is beyond expectations, so if you truly appreciate FINE dining, White Barn Inn sets the bar in every category. Just excellent.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 17, 2016

Service with Ricardo was superb👍

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 (New England)·Dined on September 16, 2016

This was my first dining experience with the white barn. The food was exceptional and the atmosphere was amazingly..

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Quiet Conversation
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 (Detroit)·Dined on September 14, 2016

We were seated in a very poor location on a two top with a glass wall obstructing our view. I assumed all of the other open prime tables were reserved however most sat empty all evening. We were bot VERY disappointed in the quality of the Halibut we ordered it was over cooked dry and tasteless. I would never recommend this restaurant at half the price and will not return.

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 (New England)·Dined on September 10, 2016

Best meal I have ever had! Love the place and its spirit. Service was great too!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 10, 2016

The nine course tasting menu was superb. The four course one was one of the best meals we have ever had. a great overall dining experience.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (Naples)·Dined on September 9, 2016

An exceptional dining experience. The food was superb, the service was impeccable, the ambiance extraordinary. The White Barn is truly special. If there is one complaint, I ordered a vodka on the rocks, and received about two fingers of vodka in a very small cocktail glass. I felt it was rather chintzy when you are spending about $500 per couple for dinner. They could have at least poured a decent drink. That aside, it was about the best restaurant I've been to since the French Laundry.

Tags: Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 8, 2016

Good for sure!

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 (Montreal)·Dined on September 7, 2016

It was a wonderful experience, food, service and ambiance...perfect.
Rachel Taillon

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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on September 5, 2016

We have dined at the WBI yearly for a decade as we live 2500 miles away. It is one of our "go to" restaurants that we always look forward to. This time we were seated next to a woman who was intoxicated and talked loudly to her table mate the entire team. I believe the WBI management should have known better since she was sitting at the bar and talking and laughing (screaming) very loudly. She should never have been seated next to other guests. It ruined our evening.

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 (New England)·Dined on September 4, 2016

Since the White Barn Inn is supposed to provide (according to some reviews) the finest dining experience in Maine, we were optimistic about our chances of getting a decent Sunday lunch and came out thoroughly disappointed and significantly poorer....
When we showed up at the reservation time, we were "welcomed" (greeted would be excessive) by a young lady who seemed disinterested and slightly surprised to see us, but nevertheless showed us to a nice table on the empty porch, after we crossed the empty dining room.
Our request of a Kir for a cocktail was received with complete bafflement and perplexity and we were informed 10 minutes later that the establishment didn't carry the ingredients to make a Kir (white wine and blackcurrant.....)
The lunch menu is totally bizarre for a Maine establishment (OK I will concede that Kennebunk is not really Maine, more like Greenwich, CT, crossed with St Tropez....) with such Maine fresh dishes as chicken Parmesan (?) and Pizza Margherita.... That left me wondering where the chicken fingers were....
There is a lobster roll on the menu, but providing one bite of lobster for $26 is taking your patrons for idiots when you can get a whole fresh lobster at Reds Eats or Shaws for a fraction of the cost.
Worse, the food itself was totally uninspired (rather like the young lady who "greets" the guests). The lobster salad was competently dressed but rather bland and way overpriced for the 2 small bites of lobster tail that were hidden in the greens..... The chicken parm was greasy on the outside and chewy (as in overcooked) on the inside, and served with spaghetti swimming in a canned tomato sauce. My wife's clam chowder had been microwaved so hot as to be inedible.
Positive side, the server that took care of us was very nice and attentive!

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 (Naples)·Dined on August 28, 2016

Our impression of the White Barn dining experience is: "too much of a good thing." Each of the seven courses taken individually was good to excellent. Taken as a whole, it was too much alimentary stimulus dragged out over too many stages for our taste. We noted that the White Barn has added a bistro area with a different menu. Perhaps, that is what we would try on our next trip to Kennebunkport.

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 (New England)·Dined on August 27, 2016

Second visit. Very creative cuisine. Excellent cocktails and perfect service.

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on August 27, 2016

We've been to some of the best restaurants in the USA, including French Laundry in Napa. The White Barn Inn is the best by far!

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 (Naples)·Dined on August 26, 2016

this is a special place that always delights . the entire experience is memorable

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List
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 (New England)·Dined on August 23, 2016

Amazing experience ! We had friends in from out of town. They all said it was the best meal of their lives! we had an amazing waiter, great food, wonderful dining experience. Can't wait to go back!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients
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 (New England)·Dined on August 20, 2016

The White Barn Inn is one of the last Fine Dining locations in Maine. The food and wine is excellent and the Service is top notch. The menu choices are extensive and Everything we tried was cooked to perfection. Wine choices by the glass and bottle were varied and reasonably priced for a Fine Dining Experience. The 4 course fixed price menu is extensive and varied and worth the price. Sounds Great doesn't it? One Big problem - they advertise as Fine Dining and request a dress code of Jackets for men. They say they will also accept collared shirts if jacket not available. We were dressed for fine dining as was most of the tables around us - for a while.
Then they allowed diners wearing Shorts, T-Shirts and even Jeans, and it was a COOL Saturday evening! They have a Bistro in an attached room, why not ask those dressed for BBQ dining to sit in there?
We were upset as well as the 2 tables next to us. Either you have a dress code or you don't!!!
We will be back at the White Barn Inn but probably skip the Restaurant next time!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New England)·Dined on August 20, 2016

Superlatives can't describe the extraordinary dinner we had at the White Barn Inn! It was our first time dining here. Even though we had heard the food was great, our dinner exceeded our expectations. The food was delicious; the presentation was exquisite; and the service was impeccable. I had a lobster-theme dinner with lobster bisque, lobster spring rolls, and a whole reconstructed lobster (sans shell) over pasta--Lobster Nirvana! We will surely be back!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 19, 2016

One word-awesome.

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 (New England)·Dined on August 18, 2016

Delicious food artfully presented with unparalleled service!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on August 13, 2016

The White Barn Inn is Maine's most elegant restaurant. The setting in the barn is gorgeous! The chairs are comfortable, and the tables are beautifully arranged. The service is impeccable. The food is magnificent! On this location, my husband ordered a scallop appetizer and a halibut entrée with pea soup as an intermezzo course. We got a welcome taste of salmon and a chocolate pre-desert followed by a berry soufflé. I ordered a foie gras appetizer, the same pea soup intermezzo, And the signature entreé of the restaurant which is lobster nestled on a bed of homemade fettuccine. It is memorable! The only negative thing I have to say about this outstanding restaurant is the fact that they changed their bread offerings, and they are not as good nor as varied as they used to be.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on August 11, 2016

My wife and I both had halibut. The presentation was nice but the fish was way over cooked and dry. I can think of 50 places twice as good for half the money.

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 (New England)·Dined on August 10, 2016

The White Barn Inn is an elegant restaurant that offers beautifully prepared, delicious food and impeccable service. On this occasion, we ordered the tasting menu which consisted of 9 courses: smoked salmon, a lobster trio, cauliflower moose, marrow bone, foie gras, lamb chop, cheese course, mango mousse, and a peach crumble soufflé. The setting is gorgeous. We highly recommend this outstanding restaurant!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 9, 2016

The White Barn continues to have outstanding service, outstanding food, outstanding ambiance. They certainly are customer oriented. All this combines to produce a most effective and highly enjoyable time. We'll return certainly once again.

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 (New England)·Dined on August 7, 2016

25th Anniversary Dinner with a group of family. Definitely a step up in complexity and nuance of tastes from my last visit. Waitstaff was generally excellent, but there were a few minor hiccups that probably would have gone unnoticed in a lesser restaurant. This is an absolute once-in-a-lifetime dining experience that I've been fortunate to experience once a year for the last 20 years. The White Barn Inn remains an absolutely indulgent treat that I look forward to experiencing for years to come. It definitely pays to study the wine list in advance, as there are several quality bottles that won't break the bank. It will never be an economical night, but I always walk out the door feeling that the experience was well worth it.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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 (Des Moines)·Dined on August 4, 2016

Wonderful food, service and ambiance! Well worth it he price.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 3, 2016

We were in Kennybunkport for a week with our two teenage girls and decided that this would be our 'big night out'. The food was excellent and waiter (Riccardo) was formal yet friendly. We all loved it!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Naples)·Dined on August 3, 2016

The staff is great.....unfortunately the food wasn't.....the prices they charge are way out of line with the quality of food they serve

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 (New England)·Dined on July 31, 2016

We try to dine at the White Barn Inn at least once per year , usually for my wife's birthday - and when we do we partake of the fixed price menus plus a cocktail, some wine and later a cheese plate for dessert accompanied by dessert wine. Always a lovely evening, though quite expensive.

The only new item that we did not enjoy is the frosted glass that divides the room from front to back. From our seats we could not longer see the beautiful window at the rear of the restaurant. Suggest they take that new glass down. As is, it alters the ambiance.

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 (New England)·Dined on July 30, 2016

This was not our first time dining at White Barn Inn; but whenever we go to Maine for a getaway weekend we always book this restaurant for dining. You cannot beat the atmosphere, the attention of the staff and the quality of the food. We had Peter as our waiter and have had him before. He is top notch. I highly recommend and have never been disappointed.

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 (New England)·Dined on July 24, 2016

Once again, we had a lovely evening at The White Barn! The food was delightful, although the entree options not as creative as in past years. Nonetheless, such a special place and well worth the cost!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 23, 2016

This is a formal restaurant-very "old school" and as elegant as a barn can be. However, the food is inventive, seasonally inspired and delicious. There's nothing fussy or old about the menu or the ingredients.

Having visited the restaurant over the years, it's a reminder of old Kennebunkport but in no way outdated. When you dine there you know the food will be wonderful, the service warm while very professional and the atmosphere won't be compromised by having to see something like a man's hairy foot in a flip-flop anywhere in sight.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 22, 2016

Outstanding in every way!

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 (New England)·Dined on July 17, 2016

This was a good trip but not our best at this particular restaurant. We were a later reservation and were definitely rushed out. They were setting up breakfast while we were eating our main course. Were not told about dessert at the beginning of meal. Bread offered only once and no butter. My wife got coffee but had to ask for sugar. All of this stuff is minor at most places but not what I had come to expect from WBI. We drove 2 hours back and forth and have for the past 12 years for our anniversary. Seems very different than from when Jonathan Cartwright was running it. Too bad actually. Menton in Boston served a better meal as of late.

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