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
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/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Chef's Table, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, 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
Were seated upstairs and service was ext ...
Were seated upstairs and service was extremely slow. It took almost an hour for bread to be offered and over an hour for a salad to be served (only one guest of our table of three ordered one). Dinner was served after an hour an a half wait. Food was good; it was a truly beautiful restaurant, but service was terribly disappointing.
This was our first time at On the Marsh ...
This was our first time at On the Marsh in Kennebunk, Maine. Our expectations had been set by our hotel that this was a higher end restaurant. However we had to remind the waiter about our aperitifs as he seemed to have forgotten them. After ordering our food they came back and told us that the veal wasn't on the menu that evening and had been replaced by duck. When our entrees finally came (after quite a wait) it was an order for another table - they didn't seem to know what was happening. Having said that our entrees were good when we got the right ones. A bit of a mixed experience which was a shame as the setting is nice and the tables well spaced.
This was our favorite restaurant in Kenn ...
This was our favorite restaurant in Kennebunk area. The food was properly cooked and presented and each one of us loved our meals. We enjoyed two different wines as well. Great service, friendly staff and acceptable of less than dressy apparel (esp important when vacationing at the beach). Absolutely recommend!
They did not have our reservation throug ...
They did not have our reservation through Open Table when we arrived even though I had the confirmation letter in hand so they moved us upstairs away from the music into an area we we're not fond of.
The specialty drinks were not drinkable.
One of our friends ordered steak rare and it came well done.
The fish special was very good, Cod.
All in all our experience was not up to par considering this has always one of our favorite restaurants.
We are not sure we will return next year.
After many experiences, we returned. Aft ...
After many experiences, we returned. After ordering a cocktail, we asked for some bread only to be told that it was still in the oven. After our starters were served, we waited 45 mins for our entrees. Since the menu was not varied, the steak I ordered was inedible. My wifes meal was an only choice but was satisfactory. It will be a challange to return.
The setting is beautiful the decor delightfully quirky but the food alas was boring. This restaurant has multiple Wine Spectator awards hanging on the wall however the last one was in 2006. The amuse bouche was amazing a fried oyster over fried kale. It was stupendous but the rest was bland and tasteless. Too bad I wanted to love this place. But maybe it is because it was February in Kennebunkport and the town is deserted. Perhaps during the season it is better
Excellent ambiance and meal!
This was our first time to this restaurant (valentines day) that was high ranked on Open Table. We were not disappointed. Great ambiance and food. My wife had the haddock and I had the lamb chops. Both were very nicely prepared. I like my lamb medium (many diners like it medium rare) and it came to the table exactly the way I like it. We shared a dessert which was perfect for 2 people who don't want an entire portion. Finish with 2 cups of French Press and it was a very nice evening!
The host John was very friendly and we were quickly seated. Our table was near a working fireplace. Unfortunately the fake looking electric fireplace did not radiate any heat and we were cold during our dinner. First up, the waitress brought us complimentary sea scallops from the chief, but we had to send them back as we don't eat scallops. Asked that we might have some bread instead and were told it was in the oven. Thirty minutes later she came back and gave each of us a very small piece of bread, I guess we didn't rate high enough to get the "basket of bread". Never send back complimentary food!! Next I ordered some tomato soup, what came out was a thimble sized cup of soup with a crouton!! Starving, I decided to ask the waitress for a second piece of bread, which I was told was back in the old oven. We then ordered two tenderloin entrees. The meat was perfectly cooked and tasted great. Unfortunately the same could not be said of the sides. On the plate with the beef, was a wall of potato bricks/blocks, nasty tasting, probably escaped from a kids happy meal!! The sad red cabbage also went back to the kitchen with the potato blocks. Finally my second piece of bread arrived!! The last surprise of the night was a complimentary shot glass of whip cream with Amaretto, sorry to say we don't like Amaretto. After paying $160 I left broke, hungry, cold, and very disappointed~
My husband and I use to love to have dinner at on the marsh. The last 2 times we've been it was a disappointment. The first time we were disappointed we thought it was just a fluke. But after the 2nd time it was unfortunately not very good. My husband had the duck and he said it tasted as if it had been cooked earlier and reheated. The salad was terrible. We are people who like to dine out and I'm sorry that I won't be returning to on the marsh
We chose On The Marsh for our anniversary dinner based on OpenTable reviews, but didn't know much about it when we showed up for dinner. The host (John, I believe) was very friendly and asked if we wanted a quieter table or one more in the middle of things. We chose the quiet option and ended up at what we later found out was the famous "Table 16," and could not have been more pleased! It was tucked away in a back corner and provided excellent private dining. The food was absolutely delicious and our server was the friendliest and most engaging that we've had in quite a while. We even received complementary champagne to start the night and amaretto to finish it. As we were leaving, John asked us to tell two friends about On The Marsh - and we've told about 20! This is a highly recommended place for a nice dinner in KPT, especially if you are celebrating any romantic occasion. A++ all around.
Usually like this restaurant
While I do come to this restaurant often, I think that I will probably not come during Prelude weekend again. While my husband and friend had a decent portion size for their appetizer and entree, mine and my friends husband had an embarrassingly small ceasar salad - about 8 pieces of lettuce leaves and three croutons and the butternut squash ravioli looked like an appetizer portion. They were both very good but compared to the other dishes, it looked like the restaurant had run out. I would usually give this restaurant a 4 or 5 overall rating but today it only deserves a 3. I will say that Keith the bartender, and John the host were the highlight of the evening.
Perfect Dinig Experience
This was not our first visit to "On the Marsh"and it surely won't be our last. We celebrated our wedding anniversary and the experience could not have been better. The food was amazing, service perfect, and ambiance wonderful. We lingered and relaxed and never felt rushed. The live piano music in the background made for a very special anniversary. This restaurant is a must!
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