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“Excellent food, relaxed atmosphere”
Review of The Village Tavern

The Village Tavern
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Romantic, Families with children, Bar scene, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Maine
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73 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Excellent food, relaxed atmosphere”
Reviewed November 29, 2013

We had dinner here a couple of weeks ago for the first time. We met friends around 6:30pm on a Saturday. They do not take reservations. Our wait was approximately 45 minutes, just what the maitre d said it would be. We waited on the little enclosed porch. It was a chilly night. Unfortunately, if the bar and the porch are full, I'm not sure where you would wait while you wait for table. Luckily, we didn't have that problem.

We ordered the fried pork wontons and the fried chicken tempura with asian slaw. The asian slaw was the hit. Wonderful flavors. For entrees, we had the beef tenderloin over spinach, the fish and chips, the roasted chicken breast, and the linguini with seafood in the garlic sauce. All of it was outstanding, perfectly cooked. The grilled vegetables were to die-for, perfect consistently, wonderful flavor. Vegetables!

We were not rushed. The service was spot on. Everything was great. And nearly all the entrees are priced less than twenty dollars. A bargain in this area! I do wish they took reservations, though.

  • Visited November 2013
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beaufort, sc
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67 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Wonderful experience”
Reviewed November 26, 2013 via mobile

My family and I ate here last night. The carrot lobster soup was wonderful. All four of us had lobster tempura with grilled asparagus......delightful. We ended with baked Alaska and coffee. The building is charming. Everyone was friendly and welcoming. My 91 year old father uses a walker and their handicap ramp came in especially handy. The Village Tavern was a real treat!!

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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60 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Fun night in Kennebunk, great food”
Reviewed November 26, 2013

On a recent visit to Maine (a place we love and try to return to at least once a year), we stayed at an Inn in Wells. Our friends who live in Boston were travelling with us and are experts about the Maine area. They suggested we try The Village Tavern because they knew the chef had previously been at the White Barn Inn, some years ago. We were told to expect a wait and there was a line. Richard and Tina Lemoine, the owners, are chef and hostess/manager. Tina immediately made us feel welcome and worked to secure a spot at the crowded bar for us. We enjoyed delicious cocktails while we waited. Only downside was that the bartender was too crazy busy to be very engaging. Not a criticism, just an observation that he needs some help. When we moved to our table, we were served by an adorable young woman who turned out to be the daughter of Richard and Tina. We were guided to delicious choices and thoroughly enjoyed our meals. As with all dining experiences, this may not have been the best food we have ever eaten (a tall order) but it was great food, in a warm atmosphere, prepared and served by people who love the business. Excellent evening. Definitely will go back when we rent a home in Maine this summer.

  • Visited November 2013
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Thank msc196
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Kennebunkport, Maine
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Delightful dinner experience”
Reviewed November 20, 2013

What a wonderful dining experience awaited us last week when we went to eat at The Village Tavern in West Kennebunk. We were seated at an intimate corner table with a window overlooking the darkened main road. Lights outside the restaurant shone on the hollyberry bushes below the window, giving a real festive feel to the our seating.The restaurant was quite crowded for so early in the evening, but we were immediately seated. Our meal was delicious, from start to finish. My husband had the shrimp, scallop and lobster stew drizzled with truffle oil, and I had the shrimp, scallop and clams in a white garlic sauce over linguini. Absolute perfection! We enjoyed the sourdough bread and Kate's butter. I'm afraid that added to the inability to take advantage of dessert, because we were both so full. I'm looking forward to my next visit there soon, and have spread the word about our wonderful meal and service.

  • Visited October 2013
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Thank joyce n
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Montreal, Canada
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24 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Yet another fabulous Kennebunk restaurant”
Reviewed November 18, 2013

A friend recommended this already popular, upscale, yet very relaxed restaurant. Chef Rich Lemoine, formerly of Cape Arundel Inn and the White Barn Inn, opened this pub in early 2013. It’s already a busy place. If you’re seated facing back, you can watch your dishes being prepared, through a large window that opens on the chef’s work table. We started with a grilled romaine salad with blueberry vinaigrette, and a hearty Cesar salad. Both were excellent. And we both ordered the “pan seared shrimp, sea scallops and lobster stew with truffle oil drizzle”, which comes in an unctuous and rich lobster bisque. This generous “stew” was prepared to order; it hadn’t been simmering away, ready to be ladled into bowls. Everything it contained was fresh and delicious. For desert, we shared a baked Alaska cake which was a real triumph: the meringue was just right, while the ice cream was still firm and tasty. The place does not take reservations. Even so, it’s still well worth a visit, no matter how long the wait. We will definitely return!

  • Visited October 2013
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Thank Gyel
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