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“Excellent” 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.
Kennebunk, Maine
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61 reviews 61 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“Excellent”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014 via mobile

As locals we selected Ocean for dinner with out of town guests from Chicago and Boston. Our party of six was seated promptly and received attentive service throughout our meal. Those who selected the halibut special were delighted with the flavor and texture. All agreed that whether fish, fowl or meat, each dish was a hit. Overall, a great experience.

Visited August 2014
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OceanManager, Manager at Ocean Cape Arundel Inn, responded to this review, September 17, 2014
Thank you for your kind review. I am thrilled to read that Ocean fulfilled your desire by attentive service and by Pierre's innovative cuisine. We are looking forward to welcoming you and your guests back.

Sincerely,

Jana Bissonnette
Food and Beverage Director
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Maria Beaudoin-Clark
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“Ocean!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Great place to eat and what a great server Devin is. Ate at the bar and she attended to all our needs while mixing fun drinks!

  • 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, September 17, 2014
Thank you for your great feedback. Our newly bar is a great addition to our dining room. I am glad to hear that you have enjoyed Devin's service. I have shared your kind comments with her. We hope to see you soon.

Sincerely,

Jana Bissonnette
Food and Beverage Director
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new london
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Best dinner”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We had the gaspacho which had a slight kick to it offset by a frozen avocado sherbet in it... yummy. Halibut was cooked to perfection. Did not get dessert, menu did not look very interesting. Nice atmosphere.

Visited August 2014
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OceanManager, Manager at Ocean Cape Arundel Inn, responded to this review, September 14, 2014
Thank you for taking the time to share your wonderful review. We are delighted to hear that you have enjoyed your dining experience at Ocean. We hope to see you soon.

Sincerely,

Jana Bissonnette
Food and Beverage Director
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York Beach, Maine
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15 reviews 15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Be careful if you don't like vinegar!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

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 the menu that are not vinegar-ed up. Try the lamb. Even though I told the server that I was not a vinegar fan, he neglected to warn me. Next time I will ask more questions!

  • Visited August 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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OceanManager, Manager at Ocean Cape Arundel Inn, responded to this review, September 17, 2014
Thank you for taking your precious time to write a review. It's unfortunate to hear that you happened to choose 2 items from the menu that some of the ingredients were marinated. I am also very delighted to hear that your overall dining experience has met your expectations. Ocean team is looking forward to your next visit.

Sincerely,

Jana Bissonnette
Food and Beverage Director
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Sutton, Canada
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14 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“Beautiful dinner on the ocean”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

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 is better to benefit from the nice view on the ocean.

  • Visited August 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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OceanManager, Manager at Ocean Cape Arundel Inn, responded to this review, September 14, 2014
Thank you for your great feedback. We are thrilled to hear that you have enjoyed your dining experience. We are looking forward to your next visit.


Sincerely,

Jana Bissonnette
Food and Beverage Director
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