About On The Marsh Bistro
On the Marsh Bistro resides in a converted barn and farmhouse circa 1800 on 3 acres of plantings alongside a tidal salt marsh. Wine Spectator Award of Excellence, James Beard Presenter 2011, NECN Platinum Plate, Voted Most Romantic and one of the top ten restaurants in Maine. Great for European style Weddings, Rehearsal Dinners and Corporate Meetings. For the Adventuresome, The Kitchen Table, (if you don't mind bright lights and dirty dishes passing by), you will have a peek behind the scenes of culinary skills at its finest. Try The Owner's Table or Our most Romantic Table #16, tucked away in a quiet corner. You will be dining in a captivating interior with Antiques, Collectibles and Art, all available for purchase. Menu changes weekly. "It is around the table that friends and family best understand the warmth of being together..." Denise Rubin, Proprietress
Contemporary European, Global, International, Comfort Food
Hours of Operation:
Dinner Tues-Sunday 5pm-Close
$31 to $50
Live Piano on Friday and Saturday evenings.
On the Marsh Bistro has private parking on its three acre grounds for 200 cars, guests only. Valet Service is offered upon request three weeks prior to the event.
On the Marsh Bistro is a destination restaurant and can offer recommended taxi service in the local area serving the Hotels and Inns.
Private Party Facilities:
On the Marsh Bistro offers private areas both downstairs and upstairs in the converted Barn circa 1800 for Private Events, Weddings, Rehearsal Dinners, Corporate Off Site Meetings, Wine Dinners, Bridal Showers etc.
Private Party Contact:
Alexandra Hennedy: 2079672299x
Banquet, Bar Dining, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Weds. Prix Fixe Menu
Fri. High Wine Dinner
Gift Certificates Available.
On The Marsh Bistro Ratings and Reviews
my wife and I frequent the restaurant fr ...
my wife and I frequent the restaurant from May to November
Today I was disappointed....my appetizer of stuffed clams.....they were miniature clams loaded with stuffing....my main dish was chicken....it was actually a ton of capers with a small piece of chicken....wife wife had scallops and they were tiny....we love your restaurant but tonight we were disappointed....service was great
This is really more of a wedding venue. ...
This is really more of a wedding venue. The servers were extremely friendly & eager to serve, but the setting felt staged, and the food was overpriced & just.... average. Three scallops for $36?!?
Maybe we're spoiled with Portsmouth & Portland's offerings, but here we are $180 lighter & we're tempted to order delivery now that we're home.... :o/
What a wonderful place. Such friendly, l ...
What a wonderful place. Such friendly, low-key staff... the food was exquisite. Nice menu with wonderful flavor combinations what make sense. Comprehensive entree and main course selections but not overwhelming. Classic. Classy. Pricey but not outrageous (that's just the kind of restaurant it is -- i.e., not McDonald's). Menu printed daily.
My wife and I went to the restaurant to ...
My wife and I went to the restaurant to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary. The experience from beginning to end was exceptional. Everyone there made our night something to remember. The staff and the food were fantastic and I would recommend this restaurant to everyone.
Bucket list vacation to Maine. Went on r ...
Bucket list vacation to Maine. Went on recommendation of a travel guide. Lovely venue Inan old home, beautifully appointmented but casual at the same time. Our waitress was kind, helpful and made us feel relaxed. I had lobster with polenta cake and sauté greens. My husband had a coulotte steak with a puree and vegetables. Dessert was a blueberry yummy something. We would go back in a heartbeat.
We were spending a long weekend in Kenne ...
We were spending a long weekend in Kennebunkport. We had eaten at On the Marsh on a previous trip and had a lovely experience. Based on that i booked a reservation a good month before our trip. We arrived a few minutes early and were immediately ushered upstairs to an "overflow" room. From our table, we had a view of the parking lot, and none of the ambiance we remembered from our first trip. If i had not had a reservation i could see being offered the ability to dine upstairs, but i did not appreciate it when i had booked so far ahead. The food is wonderful, the upstairs service a bit slow (as i am thinking the kitchen is elsewhere). There are other good restaurants in Kennebunkport that we will try in the future before returning here.
Haven't been Ina couple of years, it was ...
Haven't been Ina couple of years, it was such a magical experience
Service under new manager Steven has changed the tone in the room. Julie was perfection while serving
Lovely landscaping as one approached the front door
My husband and I went to On the Marsh to ...
My husband and I went to On the Marsh to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. The manager of the restaurant really made our experience special and memorable; from the complimentary prosecco to the house made truffles.
Great menu and delicious starter and ent ...
Great menu and delicious starter and entree choices. We got a nice cozy table in a quiet corner. Very welcoming staff. Server was very friendly, professional and attentive. We were on Vacation and couldn't have chosen a better restaurant.
On the Marsh never disappoints. Their c ...
On the Marsh never disappoints. Their cuisine is outstanding, with new options and new menus printed nightly. The tables are set far enough apart so that conversation can easily be heard by all at your party, without interruption from others. The nearby salt marsh and charming gardens create a delightful setting. Best of all, the service is impeccable, visit after visit. The waitstaff are unfailingly courteous, knowledgeable, and always seem interested in making sure their parties have an unforgettable and thoroughly enjoyable evening.
Third time to On the Marsh, and once aga ...
Third time to On the Marsh, and once again, was not disappointed by our meal. Ambiance is wonderful to go along with the food....piano was being played in the background as well. The only uncomfortable part was the air conditioner. It was a rather warm day, so I understand the need to keep the inside cool, but at the particular table we were seated at, the air was blowing directly onto us. When off, it was perfect....when it kicked on, it became rather chilly. Other than that, the experience was just about perfect.
This was our second time here. They hav ...
This was our second time here. They have a changing menu so be careful as to not have your heart set on something you see on the menu online. There are still plenty of great options should that happen though. We sat in the famous #16 table. it is very quaint and romantic. We dined late and the restaurant was busy but not packed so it was very quiet. We started with the Mediterranean plate which was excellent an a great starter. The wife had the haddock and I had the BBQ pork chop. We shared bites and both meals were very good. Cooked to perfection and had great flavor. We were a little to full to order dessert but there was an ample selection. Service was great and she was very pleasing and patient even though we asked for a second round of pictures. Would definitely go back and will do so when back in the area.
I found this restaurant from a list of K ...
I found this restaurant from a list of Kennebunkport "must do's". Hubby is a chef and can be quite fickle about quality of food and wine. An expensive dinner, but one where you walk away thinking it was totally worth it. The food, the wine, the service, the view and ambiance, absolutely lovely. Will make a reservation again next year when we return.
circle tables made it great for family c ...
circle tables made it great for family conversation big comfy chairs loved the warm atmosphere off the beaten path of kbpt resort hurriedness...felt right at home
simple parking and great lighted lined trellis pathways as we left with full moon perfect backdrop for family photo...all in all amazing delicious food and place
Very pleased. Our party of five had four ...
Very pleased. Our party of five had four very different dishes including haddock, two kinds of steaks, and vegetable pad thi. Rave reviews from everyone. Food is subtle and delicious, service attentive and friendly. A great experience!
This restaurant's identity is unclear. I ...
This restaurant's identity is unclear. It seems to want to be formal and a bistro at the same time. It accomplishes neither. The scallops were not sweet. The gazpacho was lacking in tomato flavor. The beef was under seasoned. The wine list was pedestrian for a restaurant where the servers wore bow ties. Our server was indifferent. We went to this restaurant only because it was highly ranked on Open Table. What a disappointment.
On the Marsh Bistro is a restaurant we h ...
On the Marsh Bistro is a restaurant we have not been to in two years because of a poor experience we had the last visit. Our innkeeper told us that the problems had been corrected. Not so! My entree of encrusted haddock in corn chowder was quite good. A very different story for Jan's glazed salmon. The fish was unseasoned and no glaze. The accompanying rice was similarly bland. Service started great, but ground to a halt as meal progressed. To top the evening off, they refused my AMEX card. Any place with $30+ entrees can afford AMEX charges. We will not be back.
We arrived early before six o'clock. Se ...
We arrived early before six o'clock. Server tried to seat us at a back table in the corner when there were many open tables at the Windows. We refused table and wanted window table. We were told they were for reservations .we had a reservation . We finally were seated at window table. The pre fixed dinner was very limited only two or three selections per course. Very disappointed. Our favorite restaurant in New Jerseyhas many selections for pre fixed dinners. Will not go back.
This was very disappointing. My husband ...
This was very disappointing. My husband and I ate here on our honeymoon. The restaurant itself is in a beautiful location and has a nice, romantic feel. The service was good. However, the food was terrible. We were disappointed with everything we ordered. My husband had the steak and I ordered the salmon and both were cooked horribly and the taste was bad. We did order a salad as an appetizer that was delicious, but were overall incredibly disappointed with our meal. Not to mention that it was overpriced!
Food is very good and the setting is won ...
Food is very good and the setting is wonderful. The kitchen was very slow and our waitress apologized three times, after which we requested an adjustment on the bill since so much time had elapsed. Management credited our entrees. Service was fine otherwise.
We were there on a tough night - the res ...
We were there on a tough night - the restaurant was overwhelmed with a huge group. But I must say the manager really stepped up. It's very nice place - with wonderful food. The dishes were really top notch. We'll definitely give them another try!
The food,ambience and service was specta ...
The food,ambience and service was spectacular. We sat at the bar for dinner and had impeccable service from the jack of all trades bartender Keith. Also enjoyed some nice conversation with Keith. We shared the cheese and chaucuterie board as an appetizer which was just enough. For entrees, My wife had the Salmon which she raved about and I had the cheeseburger and frites off the bar menu and both were fantastic!
What a find! We had no idea what to expe ...
What a find! We had no idea what to expect and we were delighted. The view is lovely, and the space old world charming. Beautiful long bar, vaulted ceilings, like dining in a rustic countryside with white linens and candlelight. Knowledgable sever who obviously had fine-dining experience. Will be back! Want to sit at that lovely bar.
Wonderful night out on our anniversary! ...
Wonderful night out on our anniversary! Tables here are tucked into little separate nooks and spaces making for a very romantic ambiance. We were treated to a complimentary glass of champagne and then ordered from a diverse and tempting menu array. I had the filet with the Jack Daniels sauce and my husband the halibut served over chowder...both fantastic dishes. Some reviews here are not impressive, but don't listen to them. This is not a cheap clam shack! It is a classy, distinctive restaurant with an excellent, creative and talented chef. Pricey but not overly so for what you are getting. We would return in an instant!
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