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Where to Eat in Kennebunk & Kennebunkport

Good food is an essential part of every getaway, and here at The Wanderer, some of the best places to eat in Kennebunkport and Kennebunk are just minutes away.

Batson River in Kennebunk, Maine

Brought to you by the founders of The Wanderer Cottages, Batson River is as perfect for people watching as it is for tasty food, cocktails, and craft beer.

With three levels of outdoor seating overlooking Dock Square and a hip yet welcoming vibe inside, a visit to Batson Kennebunk is like a mini-vacation at a friend’s family camp. They are within walking distance from all the shops, galleries, and attractions so be sure to make it part of your Kennebunkport plans!

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Restaurants and Pubs

Tides Beach Club

Goose Rocks Beach is one of Kennebunk/Kennebunkport’s best beaches, and The Tide’s Beach Club is the place to be in that part of town. Fortunately, they don’t let their exclusivity go to their heads with a menu packed with summer essentials and tasty cocktails prepared with care.

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Ocean Restaurant

Home to (arguably) the best ocean views in Maine and (indisputably) the most creative menu and beautifully plated dishes in Kennebunkport, Ocean can go toe-to-toe with the best restaurants in New England.

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Earth at Hidden Pond

Nestled on the property of one of the most luxurious resorts in Maine, Earth is a true dining experience. Prepare yourself for world-class cuisine and exceptional service.

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Boathouse Waterfront Restaurant

Perched on the Kennebunk River on the outermost corner of Dock Square, the Boathouse has an expansive raw bar and some of the best water views in Kennebunkport.

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Via Sophia by the Sea

It’s been years since Dock Square and Lower Village had an Italian restaurant, so we’re excited to welcome this newcomer who promises Italian classics and fresh Maine seafood.

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The Burleigh

The Burleigh is a cozy restaurant with a beautiful historic bar and fabulous comfort food. It’s a tasty choice on any day, and we enjoy this Dock Square destination in all seasons.

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Old Vines

A local favorite for “small plates and big flavors,” Old Vines has a beautiful outdoor patio and two levels of elegant indoor dining.

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50 Local

Located on Main Street in Kennebunk, 50 Local uses only the freshest seasonal ingredients sourced from nearby producers.

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Alisson’s Restaurant

Alisson’s is a local favorite for year-round pub fare, clam chowder with pleasing hints of bacon, and a digital craft beer menu that’s as technologically impressive as it is extensive.

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Lobster

Nunan's Lobster Pound

It doesn’t get more authentic New England than this. Just a few minutes away in Cape Porpoise, Nunan’s serves up the quintessential lobster dinner. Summer time is their busy time, so go early and bring cash as it’s their only accepted form of payment!

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The Clam Shack

It’s not just local pride; plenty of national publications and food critics agree The Clam Shack makes the best lobster roll in Maine. Their fried clams are also top-notch, and their waterfront location makes the experience even better.

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Mabel's Lobster Claw

A time-honored tradition in Kennebunkport,  Mabel’s Lobster Claw has been serving classic Maine seafood since the 1950s. Locals and tourists alike flock to this  Ocean Avenue institution for the quintessential lobster experience.

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Gourmet & Sandwich Shops

Bennett’s Sandwich Shop

Summer doesn’t officially start for locals until they’ve had their first Bennett’s sub of the season. You can’t go wrong with anything at Bennett’s but we highly recommend their famously large cheesesteaks served on their signature roll. Best of all, this Kennebunk institution is right across the street.

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The Landing Store

A local go-to for comfort food to go since 1872, The Landing Store is a lunchtime gem with a small yet spectacular selection of craft beer. If you stop by for a breakfast sandwich, be sure to grab a Whoopee pie or two before they’re gone.

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Old Salt’s Pantry

This tiny spot in the heart of Dock Square is easy to miss, but that would be a huge mistake. Old Salt’s Pantry serves a fantastic breakfast sandwich along with all your deli favorites.

Call (207) 967-4966

Takeout

Roma Pizza

If you like thin crust pizza, you’ll love Roma, where you can build your own pizza or choose from one of their amazing specialty pies. Great subs too!

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Fiafia

This delightful sandwich/coffee shop burst onto the Dock Square scene in ’21 and has earned a slew of five-star reviews for their smoothies, acai bowls, and avocado toast.

Call (207) 204-0259

Port Lobster

Port Lobster is primarily a seafood market, but they make a great lobster roll and sensational clam chowder to go.

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