Kennebunkport

The gem of the southern Maine coast

Sure, it’s old money and the Bush compound, but it’s also home to the East Coast’s most acclaimed restaurant (The White Barn Inn), a lively lobstering industry, Maine’s most famous beaches and a vibrant arts community. The Kennebunkport Festival in early June kicks off a spirited summer season and Christmas Prelude in early December is one of the most celebrated holiday events in the USA. Dock Square (just a stroll away from Captain Fairfield Inn) offers diverse shopping opportunities and the most unique artisan ice cream shop in New England (Rococo).

Our Lark Hotel in Kennebunkport

Captain Fairfield Inn

Kennebunkport

Enjoy a blend of historic and bold-modern styling set among centuries-old Elms and Maples in a quiet neighborhood overlooking the river green — just a 5-minute walk to Kennebunkport restaurants and shopping.

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Where to Dine

Rococo Artisan Ice CreamBuzz-Worthy

(207) 251-6866   View Website   6 Spring Street, Kennebunkport, Maine 04046

The name says it all.  A recent addition to Kennebunkport, Rococo has already gained national attention for its uncompromising quality and unique flavors.  Grab some hand-crafted ice cream after dinner at a nearby restaurant, as you're walking in Dock Square on a sunny afternoon, or on your way to stroll Kennebunk Beach.

Pier 77

(207) 967-8500   View Website   77 Pier Road, Kennebunkport, Maine 04046

Upscale but not overly formal, Pier 77 has a nice atmosphere for dinner.  It boasts panoramic ocean views and good choices for seafood lovers and everyone else. Because the menu is shared with its casual sister restaurant, The Ramp, you can order a burger while you enjoy Pier 77's polished vibe and piano player every night in season.

On the Marsh Bistro

(207) 967-2299   View Website   46 Western Avenue, Kennebunk, Maine 04043

On the Marsh is a white tablecloth establishment with a creative atmosphere.  We especially love it for special occasions and holidays, or for their High Wine and Prix-Fixe Dinner offerings.  This restaurant has been known to thoroughly pamper our pregnant guests, and we can tell you that Table 16 is especially romantic.

Stripers

(207) 967-3118   View Website   133 Ocean Avenue, Kennebunkport, Maine 04046

Located on Kennebunkport's waterfront, Stripers offers fresh seafood for both breakfast and dinner, as well as weekend brunch. Enjoy everything from lobster tacos to butternut ravioli, to buttermilk blueberry pancakes.

The Ramp

(207) 967-8500   View Website   Kennebunkport, Maine 04046

The Ramp, sister restaurant to Pier 77, is for beer and cocktail lovers alike, offering up a welcoming atmosphere for both locals and tourists. Their menu is on the larger side, with all items being made from scratch, in-house.

Tides Beach Club

(207) 967-3757   View Website   254 Kings Highway, Kennebunkport, Maine 04046

Fresh surf and turf option located steps from the sand at Goose Rocks Beach. You might snag a seat with a water view to enjoy a craft cocktail and a fried oyster po' boy. The ambiance and food may seem fancy, but it's fine to dine in your beach uniform of flip flops and a T-shirt.

 

 

The White Barn InnNoteable

(207) 967-2321   View Website   37 Beach Avenue, Kennebunk, Maine 04043

The most formal and probably the most expensive restaurant in the area, we consider the White Barn Inn to be an excellent choice for a very special occasion. Among its accolades are AAA Five Diamond and Forbes Five Star ratings. Expect impressively attentive service and a four-course prix fixe meal. Reservations are a must, as are jackets for gentlemen, and we highly recommend an advance discussion of any dietary restrictions.

Market Day

(207) 967-5577   View Website   135 Port Road, Kennebunk, Maine 04043

There is a decidedly gourmet feel to Market Day's offerings, from their made to order sandwiches to their grocery items, including chips and mixers.  Eat on site or take the spoils with you, perhaps to an inviting bench at Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge.

Kennebunkport Festival

207-772-3373   View Website   75 Market Street, Portland, ME 04101

A celebration of Maine and the town of Kennebunkport, the annual festival offers a variety of different venues including art, food, and wine.

Arundel Wharf

(207) 967-3444   View Website   43 Ocean Avenue, Kennebunkport, Maine 04046

Offering ample outdoor waterfront seating, or a cozy fireplace for those chillier nights, Arundel Wharf serves up three different menus (Luncheon, Grazing, and Dinner), giving you a chance to try things like Crab Rangoon Dip, a Lobster Club or a shared plate of Sweet Potato Fries.

Academe Restaurant

(207) 985-3351   View Website   45 Main Street, Kennebunk, Maine 04043

Academe uses locally sourced and fresh ingredients and can be described as Brasserie-style, offering a variety of dishes including soups, salads, sandwiches, and entreés.

Aunt Marie's

10 Ocean Avenue, Kennebunkport, Maine 04046

Serving Maine-made Gifford's ice cream, the flavors here are traditional from Maple Walnut to Cookies and Cream. Try local favorite Muddy Bean Boots, a vanilla base swirled with caramel ripple and brownie bites. In addition to ice cream, Aunt Marie's also serves lobster rolls, if you're looking to get your lobster and ice cream fix in one stop.

BandaloopBuzz-Worthy

(207) 967-4994   View Website   2 Ocean Avenue, Kennebunkport, Maine 04046

A fave of the Captain Fairfield Inn, this happening place is super-close to the inn and delivers on all fronts -- great cocktails, food and atmosphere. Bandaloop describes its cuisine as "organically grown local food with global flavors." We think that's spot-on.

David's KPT

(207) 967-8225   View Website   21 Ocean Avenue, Kennebunkport, Maine 04046

Sister to the popular Portland eatery by chef David Turin, David's KPT is a contemporary dining option about 1/4 mile walk from Captain Fairfield Inn.  We especially love it for lunch and happy hour because of its sweeping views of the river harbor, seating offerings inside and out.  Walk-in only.

Buttonwood Farm and LobsterBuzz-Worthy

(207) 286-5490   View Website   Buttonwood Ln, Kennebunkport, ME 04046

Hidden treasure only a mile from the inn, located off School Street (Route 9) in Kennebunkport.  It's the perfect place to buy lobsters steamed and ready to eat or live and ready to take home.  The price is right, and you'll buy directly from a local lobsterman!  While this place is legit, it's also not really a restaurant, so look elsewhere for a full menu.

50 LocalNoteable

(207) 985-0850   View Website   50 Main Street, Kennebunk, Maine 04043

About a ten minute drive from Captain Fairfield Inn, 50 Local is one of our top choices for an elevated, yet casual dinner.  The restaurant sources almost exclusively from local farms.  We've found each dish, cocktail, and dessert on their ever-changing seasonal menu to be impeccable.  Don't miss the $2 Tapas every Tuesday night.

Where to Drink

Sebago Brewing Co.

(207) 985-9855   View Website   65 Portland Road, Kennebunk, Maine 04043

It's no secret that New England is full of great beer, Maine especially. If you're looking to try some locally-brewed craft beer, stop in at Sebago Brewing Co. and pair your tastings with some comfort food from their pub menu.

Old Vines Wine Bar

(207) 967-2310   View Website   173 Port Road, Kennebunk, Maine 04043

A Kennebunkport institution, this moodily lit wine bar is a lovely spot to sip away the hours. Enjoy varietals from around the globe, as well as craft cocktails both classic and dreamed up onsite.  You can also sample a limited menu of quality dishes and charcuterie from the kitchen.  Walk-ins only.

Federal Jacks

(207) 967-4322   View Website   8 Western Avenue, Kennebunk, Maine 04043

Handcrafted beers and ales brewed onsite. Stop in for a few pints or grab a quick lunch. Federal Jacks specializes in creative pub fare with flair, including award-winning clam chowder, burgers, fish and chips, and plenty of vegetarian options.