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“Great place to shop, eat, and see the sites”
Review of Bandaloop

Bandaloop
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $17 - $31
Cuisines: Contemporary
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Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Reservations
Description: Tucked away on Cross Street in a re purposed old barn, in the heart of Kennebunkport, is where you will find Bandaloop's bright red doors beckoning you in. A warm, inviting, comfortable atmosphere with eclectic art and good music will complement your organic, fresh, and tasty dining experience. No pretense, just simple, friendly, and delicious!
New England
1 review
“Great place to shop, eat, and see the sites”
Reviewed October 8, 2009

right by the water, Kennebunkport has some great views to see, but beyond that there are a number of great little shops to wander through and enjoy. There are also quite a few restaurants that have not only excellent food, but service. We ate at Bandaloop and enjoyed absolutely everything about it.

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Hollywood, FL
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19 reviews
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“Had high expectations but were disappointed...”
Reviewed October 3, 2009

Our experience at Bandaloop unfortunately was mixed and not as good as many other reviewers. First, the positives - (1) service - our waitress was very pleasant, attentive and accomodating; (2) the pablano pepper and apple soup was outstanding. Now, the negatives - (1) the peach/shrimp cakes were disappointing - one side was overcooked to the point of almost being burnt, and probably should have been returned; (2) the hangar steak entree was good but the oriental style vegetables (apparently served with all entrees ) did not go well with the southwestern style marinade on the steak; (3) the "panko/horseradish coated halibut" was not actually "coated" but was piece of halibut (albeit generous) with a scoop of the panko/horseradish on the top. Maybe (hopefully?) )we just hit them on an off night? This restaurant does offer a different diing experience for Kennebunkport, and is on the "funky" side, but compared to the many funky restaurants in South Florida, where we are from, it falls short. One final note that left us with a bad taste in our mouth... printed on the menu is a message that says something to the effect of... "don't linger at your table - it may be you standing in the doorway next time..." It wasn't necessary on the night we were there, and it certainly did not match the "laid back" atmosphere they're trying to create.

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Washington DC
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“'It's all about us, not the customer' arrogance”
Reviewed September 12, 2009

They're clueless about the diner's experience; but just brilliant in cuisine innovation. No surprise, since chef-owner Scott Lee is a talented kitchen vet and knows food. Something about their managers and reception staff, though. After years of success (maybe that's the problem) it's like they think they're doing you a big favor if they get you a table -- an arrogance and condescension when it gets busy. Sort of like the NY Yankees -- We're damn good (the food only, that is) and so we don't care if you hate us. Down at Dock Square, Kport needs more ambience like these, which have a funky SF feel to them. Bohemian style is cool and welcomed. But waitresses lifting under their shirts to scratch their bellies is pushing 'earthy' a bit too far. Even saw the hosts arguing with some poor folks with a lost ressie. Attitude was an unsmiling, you're-basically-SOL-but-only-if-you're-reeeeallly-lucky-then-we'll-help. Wow, whadda they do when they're pissed? That would garner a zero, but I've got to give them 2 stars because the food is so thoughtfully developed, even while the wait staff and hosts are "way out there." Generally, a Lewis and Clark expedition is required these days to find great service -- certainly down the road it's at White Barn Inn, but you got to pay a year's salary there; thus, I suppose Bandaloop can be faulted only half-way. From a company culture perspective, it just has that Bill Clinton attitude -- "If there's a problem, it's never OUR fault." Pity. Such a cool spot, such delicious food (agree with a poster, though who said they seem to run out of stuff too often), funky atmosphere. Just be forewarned: It's all about them, not you.

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New York
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4 reviews
“Brilliant!”
Reviewed August 31, 2009

Had this restaurant recommended during our stay in Kennebunkport last weekend and we’re so pleased we took the advice! The restaurant is amazingly comfortable inside with a large open welcoming space and bar for superb pre-dinner cocktails. We were a walk in without a booking and were seated in good time and incredibly well looked after. The service is spot on, with well trained attentive staff and an unhurried relaxing style. The highlight of this place, and clearly the focus, is the food. Both of our meals were incredibly well prepared with fresh great tasting ingredients combined brilliantly. We can’t recommend this place enough – go out of your way to visit!

Alyson & Eamonn

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Pittsburgh, PA
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5 reviews
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“Refreshing and Different”
Reviewed August 19, 2009

If you are looking for a great restaurant in the heart of Kennebunkport village, Bandaloop is your choice. The menu takes chicken, lamb and seafood and puts a refreshing and innovative flair on it, with a touch of Asian. Desserts are homemade and worth the calories! Popular outdoor seating area in the nice weather. Inside is cozy and most tables offer a view of the chef.

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