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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
Closed now
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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: Reservations
Good for:
Casual Elegant
Reservations

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  • 33
    Excellent
  • 18
    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
Most recent review
Consistent Quality

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

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 6, 2015
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Portland, Maine
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Reservations
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68 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Portland, Maine
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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
2 reviews
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
Top Contributor
84 reviews 84 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
163 helpful votes 163 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
39 helpful votes 39 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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Worcester, Massachusetts
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

On vacation my mom and I where driving through Kennebunks, ME saw a sign for the Lobster Pie as seen on the food network. We had to try it! First we sat on the patio outside, while it wasn't fancy it was really nice for us because we were not dressed up enough to sit in the main dinning room.... More 

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Rhode Island
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Very good food, and, what is more, they let you bring your dog if you choose to eat on the patio. Maybe that doesn't fully capture the entire ambience of what looks like a very nice place, but out waiter was nice, the food was elegantly presented andf it was an overall successful dining experience. I would have given 5... More 

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Kansas City, Kansas
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70 reviews 70 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

TIP: Best fish and chips ever. I have vacationed in Kennebunk before, but I never made it to The Kennbunk Inn for a meal. I have even stayed at the inn. On this trip, I made up for it, going twice! You can check out their menu outside. Brian and Shanna O’Hea are the husband and wife chef team. They... 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?