Sometimes it is hard to believe that in the seaside village of Kennebunkport Maine, there are only a handful of waterfront restaurants. But for many, sitting on the water and enjoying a good meal is an absolute must – a deal breaker even! As usual, we’ve got you covered, no matter what style restaurant strikes your fancy.
Looking for casual? Federal Jack’s sits just a short walk from our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast and in close proximity to the beach (a perfect midway stop to or from). Perched on the second floor, directly above the Kennebunkport Brewing Company and towering over the marina, Fed’s offers great views of the calm river flows and the gorgeous boats moored there. In the warmer weather, patrons can choose to eat on the porch, which allows even better views of the water. A short drive (or bike ride) outside of town will bring you to the working pier in Cape Porpoise. Situated on what is perhaps the most ideal piece of property for a restaurant, Cape Pier Chowder House serves the basics. Though items like hot dogs and grilled salmon grace the menu, steamed lobster and fried fish keep guests coming back for more. Make sure you’re prepared for super casual, as this dig is “take-a-number” style, with picnic benches on a deck over the water that they would prefer for you to bus yourself.
If that doesn’t sound quite your speed, the Arundel Wharf Restaurant maintains the more casual atmosphere paired with a more extensive (and varied) menu. The view again is of the river, but looks out upon the Franciscan Monastery, providing a tranquil scene, which sharply contrasts the shiny yachts and motor boats in the the nearby marinas. The Ramp at Pier 77 offers truly unique views of the Cape Porpoise Harbor, as the water laps the side of the building just a few feet below your seat. Because their kitchen services Pier 77 above, a more upscale dining spot, the food quality is excellent. Though not quite “fine dining,” as tables lack linens and servers take on casual dress and attitude, Pier 77 offers high quality meals and stellar sights. The private dining room on the second floor (great for private functions or larger groups) has a gorgeous views of Goat Island Lighthouse.
For fine dining, however, you have two excellent options. Stripers Restaurant overlooks the mouth of the Kennebunk River as it meets the Atlantic, and while its menu features standbys like burgers and lobster rolls, you have the option of more fanciful creations. The Cape Arundel Inn, new to lunch service this year, sits high above the crashing surf and overlooks the Bush property. Though I have yet to personally enjoy their midday service, I have the utmost confidence that lunch is every bit as delectable and indulgent as dinner. Plus, during the day you won’t have to worry about chasing the light or losing your view!
So no matter where you spend your day in Kennebunkport Maine or what sort of dining you are looking to do, you are sure to find the idea waterfront location for lunch! Bon Appetit!