In the heart of this mostly residential enclave, in a converted circa-1895 Shingle Style house, sits Ocean. Though the Inn has existed in one permutation or another since the 1950s, and it has long held a reputation for well-appointed lodgings and fine dining. The Innkeepers have filled the building with a striking art collection that could make small New England museums envious, while Chef Gignac uses the dining room—with its awe-inspiring views—as a canvas upon which to create epicurean masterpieces. Pierre Gignac graduated from the Institut d’Hôtellerie et de Tourisme du Québec. Pierre chose to open his first restaurant in Ogunquit, Maine “98 Provence," which pleased locals, tourists and critics for 18 years, until it closed in 2012.
Kennebunkport, ME 04046
Contemporary American, Contemporary French / American, Italian
Hours of Operation:
5:00pm - close
$31 to $50
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Ocean Ratings and Reviews
The overall dining experience was truly ...
The overall dining experience was truly outstanding. The menu was imaginative, and unique. The service was great--very friendly without being intrusive. The performing trio later in the evening had a great selection of music and very easy to dance to. It was a great way to spend New Year's Eve, and ring in 2017.
The bartender was friendly and responsive to every request. The hostess, Jana, was wonderfully welcoming--as always--with a complimentary glass of champagne.
The Cape Arundel Inn, and Ocean Restaurant are a gem.
Our seven course dinner for New Years wa ...
Our seven course dinner for New Years was spectacular. The lobster and pork belly portage to start was very creative and delicious. The venison was cooked to perfection. Ocean remains one of my favorite places to dine any time of the year.
The overall setting, decorated for the h ...
The overall setting, decorated for the holidays, the meal, and service were exceptional. The waitress was attentive, and yet not overly so. Every dish served for a table of five was creative and delicious. Top notch experience.
Recently dined at Ocean for Thanksgiving ...
Recently dined at Ocean for Thanksgiving. The ambiance was warm and inviting as was the entire staff. Professional and efficient service. Laura was so wonderful! It made our first Thanksgiving meal out a pleasure.
My daughter and I had a spectacular Than ...
My daughter and I had a spectacular Thanksgiving dinner. The food was delicious and beautifully prepared and had a real "wow" factor! The service was thoughtful and attentive to our needs, yet not intrusive. We will return more often and bring family and friends. Thank you very much to all, and especially to Laura.
We have been to Ocean several times. it ...
We have been to Ocean several times. it continues to be a great place. we usually go there for our anniversary. we called ahead and asked the chef to make a special dessert ( our favorite) and he obliged, as it is not always on the menu. hope to return next year.
Arrived 15 minutes early so we could hav ...
Arrived 15 minutes early so we could have a drink on their open Porch looking over the Atlantic on a beautiful moonlit night. The hostess brought us blankets because the evening was so cool. Table was ready in 30 minutes and we had a lovely waterfront view, dinner was exceptional as well as our waitress (Madison) and their staff. One of the nicest places we've ever dined at.
Beauiful spot; we are a fan of the chef. ...
Beauiful spot; we are a fan of the chef. Wait staff great!
Very rude people at adjacent table made the meal a bit unpleasant.
Food really good but not the best I have had from this chef.
Salads were very good and fresh.
excellent location on the water with ter ...
excellent location on the water with terrific views from anywhere in the dining room or bar area, unfortunately, we attended on a rainy night and weren't able to avail ourselves of it. the bar is small and "cozy" but the tender was affable and expert at her task. very nice. the food is meticulously prepared and likewise ridiculously delicious. Service a bit slow , but all courses delivered by friendly and professional wait staff. the dining room is appointed well and not overly crowded with seating, a very comfortable environment.
We had a corner table with a fabulous vi ...
We had a corner table with a fabulous view of the ocean and Walker's Point.
The food was fabulous!! Our waiter could not have been more attentive. We had a 4 course meal . The preparation and ingredient s were fully explained by our waiter.
We did not inquire about handicap. Access, but that might be an issue for some.
The meal and service were great. The foo ...
The meal and service were great. The food was OUTSTANDING and very creative. One small suggestion....butter knives on the bread plates would be a nice touch. We eat at Ocean every year when we vacation in Kennebunkport. The trip wouldn't be the same without dining there.
Our dining experience was absolutely fan ...
Our dining experience was absolutely fantastic in everyway! The view is great, the service was incredible. We loved everything we ate. We rave about the lobster thermidor and the veal mignon was one of the best meals I have ever had! Our server, Grace, was absolutely wonderful. We are never disappointed at this beautiful restaurant.
We have followed chef Pierre Gignac from ...
We have followed chef Pierre Gignac from 98 Provence in Ogunquit to Ocean in Kennebunkport because we think his cooking is wonderful. We always had excellent meals at 98 Provence and feel the same at Ocean. We are discerning foodies and are very fussy, having eaten in excellent restaurants all over the world. If we could, we'd award him with several Michelin stars. Chef Gignac's dishes are always expertly prepared and delicious, using the finest ingredients and the most expert preparations, even when he strays from classical French or French Canadian. Our server, Nathan, was delightful and attentive, and we appreciated the use of the European way of serving, i.e. that plates are not removed until all diners are finished. This is so much more civil and relaxing, we think, than our American rush, rush. We love going to Ocean even though it is an hour drive for us. The view of the ocean with the full moon was a bonus as well as a few unexpected birthday treats for my husband. Thank you, Ocean and Bravo to you, Chef Gignac! Thank you for staying on the Seacoast.
Ocean was like a breath of fresh air aft ...
Ocean was like a breath of fresh air after dining the night before at a more expensive restaurant in town which cost more than twice the price we paid at Ocean. Fabulous service! Laura added tremendously to our experience. The food was divine. The setting sublime. I recommend getting there early in fall to take in the view of the Atlantic and Walker's Point. Kudos to the entire Ocean crew!
My Husband and I recently celebrated our ...
My Husband and I recently celebrated our 24th wedding anniversary with a one night stay at the Cape Arundel Inn and with dinner at the Ocean restaurant. We drove from Toronto, Canada for this event. The Kennebunkport area was magnificent, the Inn was beautiful, the Atlantic ocean was majestic and the food at Ocean restaurant was superb!!! The staff was very friendly and they made us feel right at home. I would highly recommend the Inn and restaurant to everyone and we will definitely be returning to this lovely area once again.
It was easy to make a reservation. Excel ...
It was easy to make a reservation. Excellent food. Veal mignon was particularly good. Farmed chicken was good although we found that the pistou herb jus overwhelmed the more delicate Apricot-Pistachio stuffing. Great ambiance. Very nice setting with ocean view. While service was very good, it was somewhat over the top. Once we understand the menu and the day's specials, there is no need to again describe at length the dishes when they are served. This was not our first visit. We have been at this restaurant maybe five time over the last 10 years and have always felt welcomed and enjoyed excellent meals. Thank you.
Overall the food was disappointing....pr ...
Overall the food was disappointing....presentation was very nice but the prices didn't meet culinary expectations. I have been in the restaurant business and a chef for 38 years and I felt the food was over priced for the quality. The service was very good and I did like the atmosphere but it was a little bit noisy and the tables too close to each other to have a first class experience.
This restaurant is well worth every penn ...
This restaurant is well worth every penny spent. The ocean view is spectacular! The staff, from the receptionist to the hostess through the server were friendly, informed and anticipated our every need. The food was exceptional and the portion sizes just right. I would recommend this experience to everyone!
Every summer we love to go to Ocean a fe ...
Every summer we love to go to Ocean a few times for the fabulous creative cuisine of chef Pierre Gignac served by professional and friendly staff in a gorgeous décor, right by the sea. For us, it is the ultimate culinary destination in Kennebunk-Kennebunkport, one that is also very romantic. Perfect for our birthdays and wedding anniversary. Well worth the price!
They brought complimentary champagne to ...
They brought complimentary champagne to our table ,which was thoughtful, but some in our party do not drink - this makes for an awkward situation. They should have offered complimentary champagne and then those who don't drink could have chosen another complimentary beverage. The waitperson brought it over and then left before they could explain they don't drink.
After we ordered our dinners the waitperson urged us to order appetizers as the meals are made fresh we would be waiting for 30 + minutes or so for our food. We did not want appetizers so declined. Since we weren't ordering drinks and appetizers our waitperson wasn't very attentive.
The tables around us all had friendly staff that appeared to take really good care of their customers. It was a special occasion and we all chose this restaurant for that very reason - to be treated well and to have a great meal. The food was good but not worth the high price they charge.
The best part was the amazing view of the ocean. We will not return to Ocean and will not recommend it to others. A major disappointment.
We have loved coming to Ocean for a few ...
We have loved coming to Ocean for a few years. The porch is the perfect place to enjoy a pre-dinner cocktail, it has a beautiful view of the ocean and Walker's Point (the Bush compound). In the fall they even give you blankets.
Laura has been our server twice, and each time it was memorable and fun. I highly recommend you ask for her when you make your reservations.
The dinner this time was amazing. I had the beet root salad followed by the veal mignon. My wife had mixed salad with a lavender honey lime vinaigrette and the duck magret. Amazing. If gazpacho is on the menu when you go, don't miss it.
Unfortunately we had no room for dessert this time but the nougat glace is awesome.
Spectacular experience. We have dined a ...
Spectacular experience. We have dined all over the world. This ranks in our top five! Started with Laura, the best ever, presenting us with champagne. Laura was the most professional and personable server ever. Charming and knowledgeable guiding us through our selections. What a treat for our anniversary. Harvest moon was icing one the cake! Along with the candle in my French Triple Cream which was best presentation! What fun and what a special experience. Food was over the top. Thank you Laura.
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