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“Excellent food, service and atmosphere” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Abbondante

27 Western Avenue, Kennebunk, Kennebunks, ME 04043
207 967 2211
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Ranked #21 of 49 Restaurants in Kennebunk
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $12 - $30
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Doing business, Special occasions, Families with children, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Route 35
Description: Abbondante’s menu is true to its name, offering generous portions of thoughtful Italian preparations. Fresh, homemade pasta is prepared daily for family favorite dishes like spaghetti and meatballs and ravioli with ricotta filling and more inventive dishes like tagliatelle with hazelnut brown butter, rabbit confit, spinach and chevre, and papperedelle with agro dolce pork, sausage and pickled chilis. Pizzas cooked in the wood-burning oven include classics, pizza margherita with tomato, basil, mozzarella and extra virgin olive oil, as well as the more imaginative, such as pizza salsiccia with sausage, pickled chilis, provolone and roasted peppers. The menu is rounded out with comfort specialties like eggplant and chicken parmesan, meatball heroes and lasagna.
3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Excellent food, service and atmosphere”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 via mobile

I came here with my daughter to celebrate her birthday and we had an excellent meal.
The meal began with great warm bread. My daughter ordered Fra Diavlo. I ordered a parmesan dinner special - meatball Parmesan, linguine, garlic monkey bread and Caesar salad - the portions were very generous and just delicious. Our server was very nice, knowledgable and attentive. The chef sent over tiramisu and a candle for my daughter - that was so thoughtful (and yummy!). The interior is so pretty with candles all over and a beautiful fireplace. You won't leave Abbondante hungry or disappointed - this is such a great dining experience!

Visited April 2015
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English first
Kennebunk, Maine
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Consistently excellent food and great service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

We live in Kennebunk and have eaten at Abbondante many times. We have never had an experience that was less than top-notch in every way. The pasta dishes are always a treat, with house-made pasta cooked perfectly and sauces made from fresh ingredients and seasoned just the way we like them. The chicken piccata is a personal favorite, and the vegetable sides are fresh and delicious. Noelle is an excellent bartender; all of the servers are friendly and knowledgeable about the menu and the wine selections. The atmosphere is open and welcoming. Abbondante is one of our favorite local restaurants and we never hesitate to recommend it to friends, family, or business colleagues.

  • Visited March 2015
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
“Another so-so Italian restaurant”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

The best thing about dinner at Abbondante was the service. It was very, very good -- friendly and prompt. The dinner did not live up to the quality of the service. The food was fair that's about it. Spaghetti carbonara and spaghetti and meatballs were ordinary. The caesar salad was pretty good -- better than the entrees. None of us had any dessert.

There are so many places to go, and this is not really worth going back to.

  • Visited March 2015
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

On Christmas Eve afternoon, the very friendly staff at Captain Lord Mansion phoned to see if they could get us a booking for dinner and were told that if we got there at 5 they could seat us. It was an early dinner time, but we had just arrived in Kennebunkport and we understood that it was last minute so we took what we could get. We walked from The Captain Lord to the restaurant in the rain and when we got there they told us that they forgot they had a booking for the table in 15mins and that the only place they could seat us what at the bar. We chose not take that option and so we were turned away in the rain. Luckily for us we had seen another restuarant almost next door called Pedro's so we went in and had a fabulous dinner and excellent margarita's!! Very dissapointed in Abbodante, I would have preferred that they say they had nothing available than have us walk in the rain and then turn us away!

  • Visited December 2014
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Merrilee P, Owner at Abbondante, responded to this review, March 13, 2015
Dear KazzM2015,
Thank you for taking the time to review Abbondante on TripAdvisor. I remember your party as your Inn called at 430p on December 24 seeking a reservation for that evening. We were able to accommodate you at 5pm and booked that time for you. You arrived almost one hour late for your reservation and at that time we were unable to seat you at your original table. We had seats for you at the bar that we offered, however you refused. By no means were we rude and I apologize if you felt that way. It was Christmas Eve and our intent was to make all of our guests a lovely night out. I am pleased you found Pedros, we enjoy their space as well.
Christmas Eve is a very busy night for us and making your reservation time is especially important.
Merrilee Paul
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Kennebunk, Maine
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18 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“wonderful wine, wonderful food, amazing desserts”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The tiramasou is worth the trip alone! Great wine selection and very good food. I love it in the summer when they open the doors to the outside. A very different dining experience. Relaxed and enjoyable. Even in the winter, smelling the wood fire, is lovely. And again, very relaxed.

  • Visited August 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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