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“Never got the chance”

Ocean Cape Arundel Inn
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Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $13 - $45
Cuisines: French
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Dining options: Reservations
Description: If you’ve ever dined on a luxury ocean liner, you know: Water all around piques your appetite, invites you to slow down and enthralls throughout a meal like no other show on earth. And if you haven’t, that experience awaits at the Cape Arundel Inn & Resort’s glass-walled, waterfront, fine dining restaurant: Ocean. Memorable evenings at Ocean begin with cocktails, like our Maine maple syrup-sweetened Amber Sky, on the inn’s relaxing front porch or at the bar. Continue your culinary journey in the dining room, where every table has a view of the frothy blue sea. Chef Pierre Gignac’s creative menus change with the seasons, showcasing not only Maine-caught seafood in signature dishes like Lobster Thermidor, but the best of what is grown, raised and produced locally. His eye-pleasing creations take inspiration, too, from across the Atlantic. Expect the familiar flavors of southern France and the Mediterranean with intriguing new twists, plus an international selection of wines.
Reviewed July 8, 2012

It had been several years since we had spent time in Kennebunkport and we very much looked forward to returning there. Part of the experience was to have dinner at the Cape Arundel Inn which had been one of our regular spots when we owned a house in the area.

Perhaps it was that slight look of panic in the eyes of the maitre d' when we first arrived that should have caught our attention. He said our table would be ready in 15 minutes which was fine from our standpoint because we were a little early and intended first to have drinks on the porch in any case. As an aside, there is no better place to enjoy a cocktail on a beautiful summer evening.

As 15 minutes became 30 and then 45, we were overhearing a steady stream of apologies from the wait staff to other guests on the porch. We were not sure what the specific issues were but the combination of the numerous apologies and the delay in getting seated convinced us something was not right that evening and we should think off trying a different restaurant.

As soon as we asked for the check for our drinks, the staff went into overdrive indicating that our table was almost ready, that the drinks would be complementary, that dessert would be included. While these were certainly nice gestures, the moment had been lost. The new owner, with his years of experience in the financial services sector, will certainly understand that you do not wait for a sick stock to get better - you just sell it and move on.

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CapeArundelInn, Owner at Ocean Cape Arundel Inn, responded to this reviewResponded July 25, 2012

As you mentioned, “there is no better place to enjoy a cocktail on a beautiful summer evening.” We appreciate the fact that you came 15 minutes ahead of your reservation and regret you had to wait an additional 30 minutes. This is not our standard for dinner guests, we work hard to keep a full dining room moving at a nice pace as well as serving cocktails on a very popular ocean view porch. On that particular night several large birthday and anniversary parties ahead of you were lingering at their tables and it created a slowdown. We take your comments with great sincerity, we have shared them with the staff and will work to the best of our ability to prevent this from happening again. Please come back and see us when you visit Kennebunkport again.

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Reviewed July 4, 2012

The staff and service are amazing. Food is inventive and incredibly delightful. Truly a first class dining experience!

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CapeArundelInn, Owner at Ocean Cape Arundel Inn, responded to this reviewResponded August 1, 2012

High praise indeed! Thank you so very much for your glowing review. We are so pleased to know that you had a fantastic dining experience with us. Our goal is to surprise and delight our guests and it is always nice to hear we are hitting the right notes. It will be our pleasure to craft another "first class" evening for you again soon!

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Reviewed June 23, 2012

We chose Cape Arundel Inn restaurant after speaking with some locals about what would be a good place for my husband and I to celebrate our 25 th wedding anniversary . The whole experience was fantastic . The setting was amazing ocean views on every side. The staff members were above and beyond the call of duty . The food was great! they have very interesting and creative menu choices along with some traditional dishes.every thing was cooked just right. We loved the entire evening and to top it of the host gave us desert on the house to celebrate our anniversary . We are looking forward to returning to this restaurant .
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Reviewed June 22, 2012

Just getting to the Cape Arundel Inn is a marvelous experience, driving through the gorgeous and grand architecture of Kennebunkport and the spectacular sea views, wild rose bushes, the smell of the sea with the sun easing toward setting...WOW! Then, to park across the road from the President Bush compound, which was in our line of sight from the restaurant windows, was really lots of fun for us. Parking was easy, and my wife and I were thrilled to join good friends for an anniversary celebration and time to catch up. There's a feel of "old money" throughout (which we are not), but not snobby at all. We were warmly greeted by the host and escorted to our table. The pianist was wonderful, as she sat without a book or note in front of her playing beautifully and freely all evening. The wait staff were terrific, giving careful attention without being obtrusive or too much. The food was fabulous and delightfully affordable as we all chose from the "midweek specials." The pork tenderloin was perfectly cooked and seasoned, veggies were perfect, and mashed potatoes seasoned just right. The haddock was perfectly cooked and delicious, too. I was intrigued by the "maple and bacon ice cream" for dessert, and the waitress brought me a generous "sample" just to prove that it was fabulous, which it was! My wife and I shared the chocolate lava cake, and from beginning to end, our night couldn't have been more perfect. The experience of eating at the Cape Arundel Inn is well worth driving way out of the way for...

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Reviewed June 21, 2012

I really enjoyed the setting and the food was great. I had the lamb kebobs and they were scrumptious. I left nothing on my plate. My husband's veal T bone was flavorful and he enjoyed it.

A pianist accompanied the dining and we just loved listening to her play. It was a treat for the senses, the food, the music, and a great view of the sea.

Thank stgregorygirl
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