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Academe at The Kennebunk Inn

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45 Main St., Kennebunk, Kennebunks, ME 04043 (Grove St.)
2079853351
Today
7:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Tue - Wed 7:00 am - 9:30 pm
Thu 7:00 am - 9:30 am
Fri - Sat 7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations

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  • 34
    Excellent
  • 20
    Very good
  • 12
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Hmmmm…..Is the taste/calorie trade off worth it?

This is a real difficult place to rate. I ordered a side salad, which was probably the smallest salad ever. They could have easily doubled the greens and kept the toppings/dressing the same. The salad was tasty. I also ordered their signature dish, the Lobster Pie. It was also a small serving... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 29, 2015
surfinginflorida
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Boston, Massachusetts
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English first
Boston, Massachusetts
Top Contributor
515 reviews 515 reviews
188 restaurant reviews
347 helpful votes 347 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

This is a real difficult place to rate. I ordered a side salad, which was probably the smallest salad ever. They could have easily doubled the greens and kept the toppings/dressing the same. The salad was tasty. I also ordered their signature dish, the Lobster Pie. It was also a small serving. (I am not a big eater; I normally... More 

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Kennebunkport, Maine
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50 reviews 50 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

The ability to differentiate yourself in a crowded marketplace of places to eat must be defined by things above and beyond the food. Of course, that does not mean you can deliver great service and crap food. I really liked the Academe - I thought the service was great - warm - there when you needed but not over bearing... More 

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Mansfield, Massachusetts
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

Just enhoyed the lobster pot pie, lobster pizza, and the 'tater tots' via take-out. All were delicious! Love a place that can nail take-out.

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Portland, Maine
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32 reviews 32 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

I have enjoyed lunch here several times and it's always excellent. Most recently, I ordered their lobster white pizza and it was fantastic.

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NC
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23 reviews 23 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

After a few visits to the area, we finally had a chance to dine here. In summary: The wine list is decent, the signature cocktails interesting (Sage Against the Machine was great). The lobster pot pie was outstanding, but could have been bigger for the price, and that's about the only complaint for the night. The most interesting dish of... More 

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Portland, Maine
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

Academe is one of the best restaurants in Kennebunk, if not the best. I recently went there for my birthday dinner with my fiance since I'd heard great things about it and wanted to see what all of the fuss was about. To my surprise, it lived up to the hype. I ordered the Diver Scallops special and was blown... More 

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

Lucked out!!! I live in California but arrived in Maine to baptize my newborn. I arranged this place as the location was in close proximity to the church. I was greeted by Diane, the hostess, who was absolutely lovely. She helped my plan the menu and organize the gathering. The food was fantastic, lobster pot pie appetizer was wonderful, and... More 

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Minot, North Dakota
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98 reviews 98 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
174 helpful votes 174 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

Stopped in for lunch with a friend and we were both pleased with our selections. A bowl of the rich harvest squash soup was perfect for a cold autumn afternoon and served with a nice crusty roll. My friend opted for the luncheon pizza which was delicious and filling.

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Boston, MA
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87 reviews 87 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

The name and at least the online menu for this restaurant set expectations high. Situated in the very pedestrian and boring downtown area of Kennebunk (as in not near water or anything interesting), you arrive to hope the food compensates for the location. It sadly does not. The restaurant is actually the rather unappealing dining room of the Kennebunk inn.... More 

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long beach, ny
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Overall quite good. I started with the gazpacho which was very refreshing but a bit mild. It had summer squash and zucchini in it creating a flavor slightly less tomatoey. The jerk pork osso bucco was killer (though again milder than I would like.) Served with pork belly on banana polenta (which itself could be on the desert menu) with... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 45 Main St., Kennebunk, Kennebunks, ME 04043
    (Grove St.)
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  Kennebunks  >  Kennebunk
  • Phone Number: 2079853351

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30 - 50
  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
Open Hours
Monday
7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Tuesday
7:00 am - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
7:00 am - 9:30 pm
Thursday
7:00 am - 9:30 am
Friday
7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
7:00 am - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?