the Pilot House Restaurant is located near the Main Tourist Bus Parking area near the Bridge Going to Kennebunkport and the restaurant has an outside al fresco dining area and inside dining area with a full service bar. the restaurants decor is unpretentious and the inside is full of sea related stuffs like anchors, compass, paddles, lights and more.
opens: 11:00 am to 10:00 pm everyday
Favorite Dish: the lobster roll and the baked scallops with bacon wrappings is what i've ordered and a lobster roll will cost $ 12.95 an order and the bacon wrapped scallops at $ 15.99 an order. they also have an extensive selection of other seafood dishes from the area like haddock, scrod,cod fish and more.
We found this place on the second to last day of our trip to Kennebunkport and liked it so much that we came back on the last day too! This was one of the few places that you could sit on the water and enjoy reasonably priced food. Ambience consisted of picnic tables on a deck which is the exact type of place where you would want to find the best fried seafood around.
Favorite Dish: From the food I stole from others in our party I can strongly vouch for the fried clam strips, fried fish, onion rings, and french fries. As good as any fried seafood we had in the area.
This place was packed with people which isn't suprising except for the fact that we were in town before the actual tourist season started. Good atmosphere right on the main strip in Kennebunkport by the docks.
Favorite Dish: They are known for their lobster rolls, which are very good. But others in our party got pizza and fried fish. All were more than happy with their meals!
Very good and pricey food and very good live music. We stayed inside (too cold to dine outside) but also the terrace is really cute if it is warm enough. There I have realized it is forbidden to sleep in bars in Maine (it was my 2° day in the US and the jet lag was still a problem)!!!!
Favorite Dish: Burgers were delicious
the famous Clam Shack of Kennebunkport is actually located at the border in between Kennebunk and Kennebunport just before crossing the bridge (see my pictures) hance it has two addresses in the internet, one in kennebunk and one in kennebunkport. This hole in the wall shack is the most famous of the restos in Kennebunkport area and was founded by an enterprising enterprenuer named Richard Jaqcues over 30 years ago and became a Kennebunkport institution and was voted at one of the 10 best sea food shacks in America by Epicurious. It gets really crowded in the front of the Shack and the nearby Clam Shack Restaurtant and sea food market since the place in on the main footpath to to bridge going to kennebunkport from kennebunk.
Opens Daily from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm
Favorite Dish: they have a fairly good selections of sea food goodness but the star of the attraction is what else but the maine lobsters and buying their signature maine lobster roll will cost about $ 17.99 an order with about 1 pound of lobster with dollops of mayonaiise and rolls. they also offer other sea food goodies like fried squids or fried clams at $ 9.99 of the ginourmous fried scallops at $ 9.99 and the steamed lobsters at $ 9.99 a pound and lobster bisque at $ 5.99 a pint and more others menus. They also offer lobster dinner specials for $ 24.99 per person at the nearby Clam Shack Sea Food Market which is just beside the Shack.
Located at the South end of the Bridge is a little stand called THE CLAM SHACK. It was bustling with activity and customers when we were there. They offer Lobster Tails, fried clams, Lobster Rolls, Chowder and Fish & Chips all at reasonable prices.
We had been on a mission all weekend to find a restaurant that served Baked Stuffed Lobster in the Kennebunkport area. Seeing that we were in Maine you would think that this was not a difficult task. Yet, for some reason Baked Stuffed Lobster was nowhere to be found. Our last resort was to browse the menus at the B&B we were staying at, hoping for a miracle. Alas, the Hurricane Restaurant had Baked Stuffed Lobster on it's menu! Triumphantly we proceeded, mouths watering, to the Hurricane. It had begun to rain, a rain which would shortly turn to snow, and the streets were deserted. For a brief heart-stopping moment it seemed that the restaurant may have been closed. Our fears proved to be unfounded as upon opening the door we were greeted by a throng of patrons waiting for tables and crowding the bar. Impeded by the dense gaggle of people as well as the size of my ass, we slowly made our way to the hostess stand. We were greeted with a "What do you want?" to which we replied "Two for dinner". We were informed there would be a wait and we should "get drinks, get drinks, get drinks". When a space finally cleared at the bar, we took their suggestion and did indeed order a drink. Our server initially seemed disappointed that we weren't eating dinner at the bar and then stared at us blankly (and did I sense a hint of annoyance?) after we ordered our Grey Goose Beach Rocks drink. I had grabbed a copy of the menu to browse while waiting and was pleased to note that the Lobster was always available.
Most tables here have a lovely view of the water but when, after an hours wait, we were seated at a table by the exit with by an ocean scene painted wall, we were disappointed but relieved to start eating at last. When the waitress finally arrived she notified us that they were out of a few things. She mentioned a couple of items and we sighed with relief when she didn't mention Lobster. We were about to place our order when her brain fart let one rip right on our table.
Favorite Dish: "Oh, and we're out of the Lobster." Our collective blow of defeat was easily apparent on our faces. "You weren't going to order that, were you?" The waitress promised to double check in the kitchen which quite honestly says to me that they weren't actually out of Lobster, they just didn't want to cook it so close to quitting time. That's $45 per person plus appetizers and drinks that she missed out on getting tipped on. I nearly cried, the whole experience was so exasperating. On top of everything, the service was terribly slow. The lamb and salmon we ordered was good but the unhappy episode left a bad taste in our mouths.
We had heard this was a favorite of George Bush and we assumed they would close the restaurant down or seat him in a private area when he visited. But our waitress said he comes in and eats with the regular folks. So if you don't spot the President out on Walker Point, you may have a chance at Federal Jack's.
Unless you are allergic to seafood, you have no excuse not to order lobster at least once on your visit to Maine!! The folks at the Arundel Wharf Restaurant tried to sit Cory and I at a small table. Cory's one of those people who eats tremendous amounts of food and never gains wait (GRRR!) so we asked for a bigger table. We did not disappoint. I got the lazy lobster and Cory got a whole clambake for himself. It came in a huge bowl filled with steamers, mussels, and a lobster. The waitress said she had never seen anyone eat all that before. Ha! That's just a snack for Cory.
The Arundel Wharf has great food and a nice view of the Kennebunk River.
Bartley's is a small family run establishment on the main road into Kennbunkport, just after the bridge. It is supposed to be popular with ex-President George Bush and Barbara Bush as photos of them are hung up on the walls of the restaurant.
Favorite Dish: Maine lobster baked in butter sauce - freshly caught and succulent.
Blueberry pie - the in-house speciality.
This is the right place if you are looking for a cozy, new England breakfast nook. This is the type of place you go with a newspaper and linger over a cup of coffee and a warm biscuit- or, you can get a hearty breakfast with all the fixins'. I wish I could live in Kennebunkport and start my day everyday right here.
Anyone travelling to Kennebunkport should be sure not to miss The Clam Shack for great fried seafood. As the name implies, this truly is a shack and not a sit down restaurant. It is best to come here to pick up a quick bite for lunch or snack in between your busy day of sunbathing or shopping. You'll be lucky if you can find parking near this take-out only joint, but the town of Kennebunkport is small and
therefore a walk from anywhere within town, manageable and well worth it.
Favorite Dish: You can't go wrong with the clams (of course), a juicy lobster roll, the scallops or really, anything else on the menu.
Bartley's is a typical Kennebunkport restaurant serving up all the local favorites- clams, lobster, haddock, blueberry pie, etc. What makes this place special, is in my opinion, it is one of the best blueberry pies you will find in the whole of Kennebunkport (and pretty much everywhere it is good, so that's saying a lot). The blueberry pie comes swimming in its own delicious juices forcing one to dig deep in search of the delicate crust. The restaurant is fun, in and of itself with pieces of memorabila adorning the walls, and welcoming and friendly wait staff.
Favorite Dish: Blueberry Pie
If you are looking for romance, rustic ambience or just some incredible pasta or pizza, Grissini's is the place to go. The food there is really tasty and will give you a break from seafood for a change (not to say that you would necessarily need one). I would rate this restuarant highly on all levels: food, ambience, etc. But, make suree to make a reservation.
Favorite Dish: You should try any or all of the pizzas they offer- get one for the table to share as an appetizer. Also incredibly good is the meat stuffed canneloni. Mmm, I wish I could go back there right now.
An upscale seafood restaurant with a nice bar. I didn't eat in the restaurant part so I'm not sure what that was like. It was very modern in the bar and the food was presented well, the bartender made great martinis, they had a good selection on the wine list, and the clam chowder was excellent.
Favorite Dish: The clam chowder was creamy, served with homemade oyster crackers (almost like mini biscuits). It had just the right amount of oysters, potatoes mix, and was served in a large bowl enough for a meal.