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“Don't Miss Ocean at Cape Arundel Inn” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Ocean Cape Arundel Inn

Ocean Cape Arundel Inn
208 Ocean Ave, Kennebunkport, Kennebunks, ME
207-967-4015
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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.
Boston, Massachusetts
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“Don't Miss Ocean at Cape Arundel Inn”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Our meals at Ocean, located inside the Cape Arundel Inn, were totally delightful. Each dish was perfectly prepared with great attention to detail and flavors. The view of the ocean adds to the ambience of this lovely eatery. The wine list was impressive with something for every taste and at all price points. Dessert was something to behold - so be sure to have dessert there. All staff were experienced, helpful and knew their menu items and able to make suggestions when asked. Overall, this was a very memorable restaurant experience.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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OceanManager, Manager at Ocean Cape Arundel Inn, responded to this review, August 26, 2014
Thank you very much for taking the time to write such a wonderful review. We are pleased to hear that your dining experience with us is a unforgettable memory. We look forward to have you back at Ocean.

Sincerely,
Jana Bissonnette
Food and Beverage Director
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English first
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Spectacular Food, Setting, & Value”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

The best meal we had during our stay in Maine-- and surprisingly not the most expensive. Fresh ingredients prepared to order. We're talking 5* quality. Perfect portions-- not so little that you leave hungry, but also not belly busting.

Service staff is very friendly. But, this is not 5* dining service. Don't expect to see a crumber or White Barn-like attention. But, that actually makes the restaurant comfortable and the price is right.

Go here for the good and the view- you won't be disappointed.

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Marblehead, MA
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Great Restaurnat with a Great View”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

I have been trying to eat here for a couple of years. This year did something unique, reservations. First the setting is spectacular, the view impressive. The food and service are first rate. The review form asks if this is one of the best meals I have ever had and the answer is no. It is however an excellent meal well worth the time and money. Not inexpensive, but some very nice food ideas well presented. Service was top notch. My wife had a gazpacho with avocado sorbet which was wonderful My poached lobster in Passion Fruit Butter was a very nice take on a food I have had in many ways before. I recommend it wholeheartedly.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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United States
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“Great view of Bush Compound”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

I can't think of a more wonderful dining experience than Ocean in Kennebunkport. The view is absolutely breath-taking. Come early to enjoy a cocktail or glass of wine on the beautiful veranda. We dined with a view of the Bush Family Compound. The service was great and the food was wonderful. I was a bit surprised there was no steamed Maine lobster on the menu, but the lobster dish they served was wonderful. I really enjoyed the beet salad as well. This was top-notch, fantastic and one of the most wonderful dining experiences of my life; not for the food, but for the total package. Loved it.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Millersville, MD
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“Great Lobster Dinner”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

This is a fine dining establishment where you dress up and go out for a really beautiful dinner. It was a lovely dinner we had with incredible views of the ocean. The key here is to make a reservation and ask for an ocean view - a seat in front of the window. Make that your key if that is what you prefer.

So - our dinner - we were seated in a window seat with a gorgeous view of the ocean. We ordered Manhattans which were delicious. Our server allowed us time to enjoy our cocktails. We ordered the foie gras and the beef tartare for appetizers. Both were delicious and enjoyable. The dinner was well paced as we asked. We then had the poached lobster and the lamb entree. The lobster was delicious - not chewy or overcooked. My husband's lamb dish was excellent. We declined dessert.

I would recommend this restaurant for a nice dressy evening out as a couple. They went overboard to meet our needs and the redo of the restaurant is refreshing. Great venue, great food. I will definitely return.

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