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Academe at The Kennebunk Inn

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$$ - $$$
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45 Main St, Kennebunk, ME 04043-7081 (Grove St.)
+1 207-985-3351
07:00 - 23:00
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Mon 07:00 - 19:00
Tue - Wed 07:00 - 21:30
Thu 07:00 - 09:30
Fri - Sat 07:00 - 23:00
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bangor, United States
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Have visited her 3 times in the last month . Love the hand crafted cocktails and nice variety of quality wines. Staff very friendly and make you feel at home in cozy traditional inn setting. Pizzas are excellent and always a special one of t he day. Soups are delicious and inventive. Entrees to go for are lobster pot pie,... More 

Thank Jan h
Kennebunk, Maine, United States
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Our meal was delicious and the drinks were good. The dining room was full yet the service was great. There is a separate room for large groups

Thank Betsy A
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017 via mobile

Going to The Kennebunk Inn feels like you're visiting a family member's home. When you walk into the Inn, you get to take a breath and you don't feel rushed to be seated. It's a nice, leisurely pace. We stopped in for a late bite. Love the bar area, perfect for a casual dinner. Relaxing atmosphere and KBI nails it... More 

Thank Lat70
Kennebunk, Maine
2 reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017 via mobile

Nice venue however their signature dish ( lobster pot pie @ $22.00 ) is more like an $11.00 lobster stew at any other of the 10 restaurants in the Kennebunk area. Size and quantity of lobster was a major disappointment. Last visit to the restaurant. Cape Neddick inn , 20 minutes south on Rt. 1 is a much better choice.

Thank 429cj
Rumford, Maine
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143 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2016

My sweetheart and I visited here 5 years ago and we very impressed. So, when we had the chance to stop again this year, we gladly decided on lunch at the Academe. We were not disappointed. Our waiter, Charlie, was excellent - he checked by often and unobtrusively re-filled our water glasses. We had the two signature dishes -- the... More 

Thank JandK1958
Farmington, Connecticut
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512 reviews
341 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

Our dinner featured both typical and unusual entrees. We enjoyed the traditional Maine lobster rolls with swides of avacado fritters and kung pao calliflower. The salted caramel appetizer was a perfect finish to a satisfying dining experience.

Thank Chris F
North Caldwell, New Jersey
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26 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

My wife and I went to this restaurant on vacation recently. Restaurant was in an old Inn, which still functions as a hotel. Nice atmosphere for dinner. Their menu highlighted two signature dishes. First, was a lobster pizza, recommend by Oprah (no last name necessary). Second, was a lobster pot pie, featured on the TVFN show, "The best thing I... More 

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New York City, New York
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114 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

We were staying at the Kennebunk Inn so it was a natural place for us to try dinner and we were glad we did. The staff were very friendly and welcoming. We felt right at home. The service they provided for dinner was excellent and the food was very good. I had the ravioli (home made.) Just one little recommendation....the... More 

Thank rosie60763
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016

Enjoyed dinner at the Academe in late Sept. Delicious ravioli stuffed with crab meat and shrimp on top covered with an outstanding sauce. Absolutely tasteful. Would return .

Thank fnorman68
Oneonta, New York
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45 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016 via mobile

Couldn't wait to have dinner at Academe... after all it was on "Best Thing I Ever Ate" by chef Cat Cora... well we can't say the same... the portion of their signature Lobster Pot Pie is appetizer size... it arrived barely warm, although the topping... puff pastry... was hot, so we mixed it in... didn't really impact pot pie temp...... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 30 - USD 50
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Child-friendly, Business meetings
Open Hours
07:00 - 19:00
07:00 - 21:30
07:00 - 21:30
07:00 - 09:30
07:00 - 23:00
07:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 45 Main St, Kennebunk, ME 04043-7081
    (Grove St.)
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  Kennebunks  >  Kennebunk
  • Phone Number: +1 207-985-3351

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?