We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Academe at The Kennebunk Inn

Certificate of Excellence
$$$$
Improve this listing
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Get directions
45 Main St., Kennebunk, Kennebunks, ME 04043 (Grove St.)
2079853351
Today
7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Open now
See all hours
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

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 70 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 34
    Excellent
  • 19
    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
Classic New England Inn with great food

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 7, 2015
MaineEXPTraveler
,
Kennebunkport, Maine
Add Photo Write a Review

70 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Italian first
  • Any
English first
Kennebunkport, Maine
Senior Contributor
47 reviews 47 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Mansfield, Massachusetts
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
4 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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Portland, Maine
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
NC
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Portland, Maine
Reviewer
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 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Minot, North Dakota
Top Contributor
90 reviews 90 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
166 helpful votes 166 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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Boston, MA
Top Contributor
87 reviews 87 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
long beach, ny
Contributor
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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Worcester, Massachusetts
Reviewer
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 

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Academe at The Kennebunk Inn also viewed

Kennebunk, Kennebunks
Kennebunk, Kennebunks
 

Been to Academe at The Kennebunk Inn? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing
Improve this listing

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

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Academe at The Kennebunk Inn staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?