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“Casual Brew Pub Dining”

Federal Jacks Restaurant and Brewpub
Ranked #7 of 67 Restaurants in Kennebunk
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $30
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Good for: Large groups, Families with children, Bar scene, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations, Takeout
NH
Level 6 Contributor
376 reviews
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“Casual Brew Pub Dining”
Reviewed May 3, 2014

We were staying at a B & B in Kennebunkport. I examined the menus of all the restaurants in the area. When I saw that Federal Jack's offered paella, this became a must stop.

The restaurant is a casual brew pub. You walk in to the smell of brewer's yeast. We were seated at a window table. We decided to share the full 11-beer sampler with our meals. My companion ordered the Mediterranean salad topped with skewered steak tips and artichokes. The salad was a redoubtable portion.

I ordered the paella. It was very good, loaded with plenty of mussels and cherrystone clams (they were advertised as littlenecks, but cherrystones were quite satisfactory), as well as spicy chorizo, shrimp, chicken, and peas. The dish resembled more a bouillabaisse than a paella, considering the ratio of seafood and meat to rice.

The beers were interesting, to say the least. One was a vanilla porter, something neither of us had ever encountered before. The cask-aged beer went well with the paella. Selections ranged from the Goat Island Light, a pilsner, to a couple of stouts, the vanilla porter, and some IPAs in between. Our server noted that all the beer they serve in the restaurant is brewed on site. The Shipyard beers and ales shipped to distributors and stores are all brewed in Portland.

The menu is quite extensive and encourages a diner to return to try something else.

The view of the Kennebunk River is pleasant. The dining room is noisy, TV sets are always tuned in to some sporting event, so this is not a place to mellow out and relax. But if you like fresh, unpasteurized craft beer and some great food, and lots of it, stop in and dine at Federal Jack's.

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Hollis, New Hampshire
Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Eh, overpriced and not very tasty”
Reviewed April 30, 2014

We ordered takeout because they offer gluten-free dishes. The chicken stir fry was ok but lacked any real flavor. The "artichoke-and-beef kabob on a salad" offered some kind of mystery meat. Felt like they were trying to offer a traditional Greek meal, but the meat was chewy and inedible. The salad was ok, nothing to write home about. Priced $12 and up. Need to find where the locals eat.

Visited April 2014
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Peabody, Massachusetts
Level 3 Contributor
21 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Stay Away”
Reviewed April 24, 2014

We ordered the flatbread pizza special. When it arrived, it looked delicious, but was ice cold. The waitress took it back to get us another one. The new one should have been called "Burnt to a crisp pizza." Needless to say, we didn't eat it. The beer was warm and our fish tacos were lukewarm. Manager didn't seem too concerned, but did offer us a free dessert, which we refused. Will not go back.

  • Visited April 2014
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Warrensburg, New York
Level 6 Contributor
172 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Great food and beer”
Reviewed April 18, 2014

This is a popular restaurant with a fantastic view of the harbor. The sandwiches and dinners are excellant. Don't forget to try some great craft brews. We return to this place on each trip to the Kennebunk area and of couse recommend this to other family and friends. If I lived near I would definetly join the beer club and enjoy the specials and new craft brews.

  • Visited April 2014
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Kennebunk, Maine, United States
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“Always good”
Reviewed April 15, 2014

We eat here year round since it is always good.

We bring our family and friends here because we can depend on it being good

  • Visited April 2014
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