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Ocean Cape Arundel Inn

208 Ocean Ave, Kennebunkport, Kennebunks, ME
207-967-4015
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Cuisines: French
Dining options: Reservations
Description: In the heart of this mostly residential enclave, in a converted circa-1895 Shingle Style house, sits Ocean. Though the Inn has existed in one permutation or another since the 1950s, and it has long held a reputation for well-appointed lodgings and fine dining. The Innkeepers have filled the building with a striking art collection that could make small New England museums envious, while Chef Gignac uses the dining room—with its awe-inspiring views—as a canvas upon which to create epicurean masterpieces. Pierre Gignac graduated from the Institut d’Hôtellerie et de Tourisme du Québec. Pierre chose to open his first restaurant in Ogunquit, Maine “98 Provence," which pleased locals, tourists and critics for 18 years, until it closed in 2012.
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Dining options: Reservations
Description: In the heart of this mostly residential enclave, in a converted circa-1895 Shingle Style house, sits Ocean. Though the Inn has existed in one permutation or another since the 1950s, and it has long held a reputation for well-appointed lodgings and fine dining. The Innkeepers have filled the building with a striking art collection that could make small New England museums envious, while Chef Gignac uses the dining room—with its awe-inspiring views—as a canvas upon which to create epicurean masterpieces. Pierre Gignac graduated from the Institut d’Hôtellerie et de Tourisme du Québec. Pierre chose to open his first restaurant in Ogunquit, Maine “98 Provence," which pleased locals, tourists and critics for 18 years, until it closed in 2012.
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English first
York Beach, Maine
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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

This is a beautiful restaurant with a great menu and service. However, watch what you order. The chef is apparently very fond of vinegar. The beet salad is supposed to have smoked beets but has very pickled beets instead. The swordfish is delicious but it is accompanied by vegetables and pickles heavily soaked in vinegar. There are other items on... More

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Sutton, Canada
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29 reviews 29 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

Nice site, elegant dining room, beautiful grounds in front of the Bush Compound and most importantly excellent food. This restaurant has a well balanced menu and good and well priced wine list. Arriving early for cocktails allows one to relax in a very nice environmemt. Personnel is very professionnal yet smiling and courteaous. A wonderful adress in Kennebunkport. Early arrival... More

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Baltimore, Maryland
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

What a view!! We almost didn't come here because of some questionable reviews but I am SO glad we did. My husband and I celebrated our 1 year anniversary with dinner here and it was a wonderful experience. The view looking out over the Atlantic is tough to beat. Especially from their front porch where we were able to relax... More

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OceanManager, Manager at Ocean Cape Arundel Inn, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind review. We are pleased to hear that you have trusted your instinct and chosen Ocean to celebrate your very special occasion. We are looking forward to your next visit. Sincerely, Jana Bissonnette Food and Beverage Director More

Leonardo
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

We were guests at The Old Fort Estate and enjoyed breakfast on the porch and a sunrise view of the ocean.

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OceanManager, Manager at Ocean Cape Arundel Inn, responded to this review

Thank you for your great feedback. We are delighted to hear that you have enjoyed your breakfast on the porch with us. To watch the sun rising is a magnificent experience. We hope to welcome you back at our Inn and Restaurant. Sincerely, Jana Bissonnette Food and Beverage Director More

Philadelphia
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 via mobile

We got lucky and managed to get reservations at this very popular restaurant the same day we wanted to dine there, which was a Saturday evening and a VERY busy time for Kennebunkport in general. Overall, this is a beautiful property, directly across from the beach and ocean, with views of the Bush family summer home. It is decorated in... More

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OceanManager, Manager at Ocean Cape Arundel Inn, responded to this review

Thank you for your great feedback. The time and effort you have taken to share your review is greatly appreciated by entire team here at Ocean. We are looking forward to welcome you back in our Restaurant and Cape Arundel Inn Resort. Sincerely, Jana Bissonnette Food and Beverage Director More

Voorhees, New Jersey
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 via mobile

My husband and I were lucky enough to get a table right by the window. The view of the ocean was spectacular. An added extra was a perfect view of the Bush Compound. The food was excellent. I am trying to eat lobster everyday of my vacation! The poached lobster was cooked to perfection. The service was just right....attentive but... More

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OceanManager, Manager at Ocean Cape Arundel Inn, responded to this review

Thank you for your wonderful feedback. We are thrilled to hear that you have enjoyed the Butter Poached Lobster carefully prepared by Chef Pierre and his team. Ocean truly is a charming place to have an amazing dining experience. Thank you again for sharing your experience with us and we hope to see you soon. Sincerely, Jana Bissonnette Food and... More

southern new jersey
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20 reviews 20 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 via mobile

Called about a week in advance and got a perfect window table. What a view! Ocean and Bush compound! The food was outstanding and service was just right. Loved it!

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OceanManager, Manager at Ocean Cape Arundel Inn, responded to this review

I appreciate the time you have taken to share your kind comments with us on TripAdvisor. We look forward to your next visit to Ocean. Sincerely, Jana Bissonnette Food and Beverage Director More

Colorado
Top Contributor
64 reviews 64 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Gorgeous room over looking the ocean...hence the name. Delicious and creative food. We ate here twice in four nights. Service is very attentive. A nice way to start your evening is with cocktails on the front porch if it's warm enough. I highly recommend this restaurant. The Bush Family was there our first night!

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OceanManager, Manager at Ocean Cape Arundel Inn, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind words and sharing your experience with us about your dinner here at Ocean. We are always delighted to receive such a positive comments from our guests. We are looking forward to welcome you back. Sincerely, Jana Bissonnette Food and Beverage Director More

Colchester, Vermont
Top Contributor
69 reviews 69 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 via mobile

Ocean is wonderful. The setting, the staff, the food. A gorgeous inn overlooking the ocean, a comfortable and luxurious dining room, and creative food prepared perfectly. We ate an heirloom tomato salad, a beet salad, a monkfish dish, and a pine nut encrusted swordfish, all accompanied by a delicious vouvray. Our server was attentive and accomplished. A relaxed, inviting, delicious,... More

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OceanManager, Manager at Ocean Cape Arundel Inn, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind words. We are happy to hear that you have enjoyed your dining experience with us. We hope to see you soon. Sincerely, Jana Bissonnette Food and Beverage Director More

Boston, Massachusetts
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

#1 top meal I have ever had. I highly recommend the duck. Appetizer and main course were spot on. Wish I had skipped dessert this time as it wasn't as good as the rest of the meal, but the first two courses were so great it couldn't change the rating. Also, the service was excellent at all levels with consistently... More

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OceanManager, Manager at Ocean Cape Arundel Inn, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write a review. I am glad to hear that you have enjoyed every aspect of your dining experience with us. Your kind feedback will be shared with our staff. We are looking forward to your next visit. Sincerely, Jana Bissonnette Food and Beverage Director More

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