With its abundance of fresh seafood and five-star local restaurants, it can be difficult to decide where to entertain your tastebuds in Coastal Maine. You can’t go wrong with any of our small town flavors, but here are four of our favorite Kennebunkport, Maine restaurants including our favorite dishes at each. For even more recommendations on Kennebunkport dining, access our complimentary Vacation Guide!
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Sneak away to 50 Local during your next trip to Kennebunkport. The trendy Downtown Kennebunk, farm-to-table restaurant offers all the flavor of Coastal Maine with half the crowd. Plan a date surrounded by its intimate setting and impress your tastebuds with the seasonal, local menu which changes daily. Be sure to make a reservation during the busy summer and fall seasons.
Local tip: Step up your culinary game with one of 50 Local’s cocktail and cooking classes. You’ll want to plan ahead, however, as these classes fill up fast.
50 Local takes it up a notch with the classic, English favorite. The expertly fried local haddock is gingerly tossed in panko and paired with housemade tartar, hand-cut french fries, and homemade pickles to boot.
Perfectly cooked chunks of flakey lobster, creamy risotto, crispy kale, curly fiddleheads, and sauteed brussels sprouts. Healthy and hearty. It doesn’t get much fresher than this.
Salt & Honey
Salt & Honey off Ocean Avenue offers a progressive dinner series with an ever-changing menu. Grab a local brew and experience a worldly culinary tour without ever leaving our beautiful coastline. Let Chef Jackson Yordon take your palate to a new level with his locally sourced, carefully crafted dinner entrees.
In-House Cured Salmon with an Avocado Aioli
You’ll want to savor this thick-cut salmon filet. The fresh fish comes straight from New England waters and ages to perfection in the chef’s in-house marinate. It sits on a bed of arugula and is topped with capers and creamy avocado aioli. Take a bite and let it melt away in your mouth.
Simply known as the “burger” on their robust menu, Salt & Honey puts other burger combos to shame. The grass-fed ground chuck patty is generously topped with crispy bacon, sweet tomato jam, caramelized onions, local greens, and made-to-order french fries.
It’s hard to miss the big, red doors on Cross Street marking the entrance of Bandaloop. The organic eatery provides an array of gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan options. They pride themselves in serving locally sourced foods in a casual atmosphere. Although the menu changes regularly with the changing market, here are some of our current favorites at Bandaloop.
We recommend absorbing the small plates at Bandaloop. The vegetarian egg rolls are a local favorite. The crispy roll wraps around caramelized red onions, walnuts, gorgonzola cheese, spinach, and a port wine reduction.
Vermont Cheddar and Cavatappi
Otherwise known as, macaroni and cheese. The hearty, vegetarian entree boasts the smoothest Vermont cheddar and combined with basil, broccoli florets, roasted tomatoes, and a pinch of red pepper.
Old Vines Wine Bar
Kennebunkport’s coolest wine bar is also known for its unique craft cocktails, and also serves up some of the tastiest dishes in town. Old Vines expertly combines natural and new-age with its airy oak beams and modern place settings. Uncork a bottle, indulge in a few small plates, and stay awhile at this trendy spot, popular with tourists and locals alike.
If you’re visiting with a group, inquire about Old Vines’ craft cocktail classes—you’ll take away some great skills, relish some savory food and drink, and be super impressed by the presentation by Old Vines’ personable and very skilled bar staff.
The well-portioned, lean ground chicken meatballs are baked to crispy perfection, smothered in housemade marinara sauce, and topped with freshly shredded basil. If you’re visiting with a party, you’ll want more than one order of these—even the kindest souls won’t want to share these.
In layman’s terms, fancy s’mores. The artfully designed dessert combines a rich chocolate custard, toasted meringue, a crunchy graham cracker crumble, and topped with house-made kettle corn. Pair it with Cabernet Sauvignon and you’re in for a treat.
Refresh at The Inn at English Meadows
After a day of filling your belly at the best Kennebunkport Maine restaurants, come back to the naturally lit, quiet Sunrise room. The room played the role of the master bedroom when the English family occupied the home in the late 19th century. The room includes a queen-size bed, original pine floors, and a stunning view through the five window turret. Add a tranquilizing spa package to your stay and embrace a Maine River Stone massage. We can’t wait to welcome you to The Inn at English Meadows.