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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. 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
Kennebunkport, ME 04043
Contemporary European, Global, International, Comfort Food
Hours of Operation:
Open Every Day
Late Night Menu 8:00pm-11:00pm
$30 and under
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: (207) 967-2299
Banquet, Bar Dining, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Entertainment, 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
Lackluster in nearly every way. Lukewarm eggs (clearly fresh out of the sous vide cooker), lukewarm to cold Hollandaise sauce, utterly forgettable french toast, which barely even resembled french toast. Good coffee, which was not refilled in a timely manner.
Very cute location and fun interior.
General sentiment is pursue other options.
We took my in-laws for dinner on Mother's Day Eve. Amazing atmosphere - rustic meets elegant - Our meals were beautiful on the eye and satisfying to the palate. I wish I could give higher marks but I think the prices are much higher than they should be. And, believe me, I am not adverse to paying $40 for an entree if it is really something special!
Yes, the atmosphere is incredible, but in the end it should be about the food. The ingredients were fresh and prepared well - and in my case - a work of art on a plate: I had Pan Seared Sea Scallops Cauliflower and Leek Puree, Sauteed Pea Pods and Red Peppers; my husband had the Haddock à la Meuniere Citrus Mashed Potatoes, Sautéed Baby Spinach & Caper Beurre Blanc and my in-laws had Pan Seared SalmonRainbow Chard, Multigrain Rice and Truffle Spring Pea Sauce and 8oz Grilled Tenderloin
Smoked Gouda Mashed Red Potatoes, Grilled White Asparagus and Sauce Bordelaise.
Everyone said their dishes were very good, but not extraordinary. Perhaps we would have deemed them so had the price points been less. Accompanying rolls were bland and seemed overly warm making them crunchy rather than soft. Our server was ok.
The bar menu is much more reasonable and the bar area features a pianist. We decided to go again for that experience.
Newly promoted Romanian Sous-chef who knows the American palette. OUr 8 ounce sirloin (ho hum) was prepared to perfection. Our special table (#16) is a cozy, romantic nook especially designed for a romantic couple. And of course, our bubbly, unintrusive waitress Olivia, who added the light and love. It is a home run.
Live piano music, on a Saturday evening about 7:30, was awesome, ...not too loud to talk over, but very nice ambiance. Barn like beams and wood construction, and candlelit, very quaint, romantic and we had a fantastic family dinner to celebrate Easter early, as our son had to go back to college the next day and my mom recently passed away. So we decided to go out this year instead of eat at home and it WAS very special, a good memory and excellent food. We had the duck, haddock and chicken marsala and everyone loved their dish! Excellent service too...great place all the way around, great for a special occasion; for 4 of us, the bill (with tip) was $235. We all had salad, entree and there was one glass of wine for me and two deserts, so it's not inexpensive, but well worth it for a great memory!
Romantic dinner in this beautiful restaurant. Friendly and professional service. Before ordering , we were told that some dishes were not available (the restaurant was closing for 7 weeks). The haddock was very fresh, pan roasted served with spinach and risotto. Nothing exceptional. The pasta with shrimps were good. Fresh products, nice presentation, not fantastic. The Wow dish was the dessert: white chocolate and raspberry mille feuilles was de-li-cious.
Absolutely amazing food. Better yet was the staff. Our waitress was so personally and easy to get along with. Not over the top in your face with "how is it", "need anything else" but always around when we needed her. The desserts were the highlight of the meal. Lemon tart bar one was amazing. And the ice cream, whether it was home made or bought was absolutely amazing. You pay the price at On the Marsh but they most certainly deliver.
Everything was perfect from the greeting by the hostess to the whipped cream and ameretto aperitif at the end! Our server Lillian was wonderful and the piano player added a special touch! Food was beautifully prepared --chocolate cake desert was without a doubt the best we had ever had!
We have been going to On the Marsh for twenty years and are always pleasantly surprised. The setting is beautiful even in the dark. The bar is excellent and the wine list has both affordable and exceptional. The food is excellent from the starters to desert. I had the pasta with ragu sauce while my wife had the butternut squash ravioli with duck confit. Exceptional!! Thanks.
It pains me to say our most recent trip to On The Marsh a few days ago was less than satisfactory. The wait staff seemed rushed and unorganized, the food was overcooked and mediocre, and the drinks from the bar missed the mark. I understand it is the off season but with their per plate price point where it is they should be striving for higher standards. We will hope for a better experience on our next trip.
We had a lovely dinner on New Years Eve. Our only complaint is that, though it's considered a very romantic restaurant we were sat upstairs near a kitchen door and a family with young children. Next time we will request a table downstairs we're there was piano music
New Year's Eve On the Marsh! Arrived at 7:55 for an 8:00 reservation. Were seated by 8:05. Lovely half round table against an exterior window with a nice view. The poached lobster tail over risotto was delicious. The servers were gracious - especially considering the hustle of New Year's Eve. We will be back!
Good at On the Marsh was outstanding, out server was very nice and very good. I think the kitchen was slower than usual because it was New Years Eve but the food was great when it arrived. Whole meal took about two hours so we didn't feel rushed but it felt slow.
Can sum it up to disappointed. I have been looking to dine here for some time and the experience was terrible. At ~ $42 entree price point I don't want to sit at a high top table and I don't want to sit at one in a bar next the kitchen. The waitstaff constantly running by made for a miserable experience. To top it off, the dry salad that I was served (they forgot to dress it) and offering my husband another piece of bread (I was not offered one; and I am deliberately saying one as that is what was) is unacceptable. My $42 lobster entree was disappointing as well. First, it was served while I was away from the table (again not what is done at this price point)and the lobster was plated on risotto that tasted like arts and crafts paste. The website references a European style of dining. I have eaten in Europe, most often in France and this is not the "European" experience. The restaurants namely in France care about the food the serve and the manner in which it is served. Here the impression was let's plow through the night. I have had more relaxing dinners in MacDonalds and my hospital caf' then here at OTM. Definitely not recommended.
We went here to celebrate a holiday visit from my son and his wife.
We enjoyed a prefixe menu.
The bartender was very accomodating and had some interesting recommendations regarding a new gin which I had never tried before.
The waitresses were prompt, thoughtful and willing to talk with the chef if they couldn't answer our questions.
Could have been more accommodating.
We arrived early and were the only customers. One entree was haddock accompanied with corn chowder. My daughter can't eat corn and asked if she could substitute with the squash soup. Was told no. There was no other side and wasn't offered anything. She ate the haddock plain...unacceptable. Keep in mind we are the ONLY people in the restaurant. Bill came to $200. (no salad, dessert, after dinner drink) for the three of us and not to put customer service first is just unthinkable. I left a message the next day for Denise Rubins, but still waiting for a response.
We visited probably on their busiest night of the year, during Christmas Prelude. They are definitely not used to the volume, but did fine given this inexperience. We overheard a group complaining they were ignored, but this was not the case with us. Patrons seated next to the windows complained of cold, but it is an historic building. All in all, a lovely evening.
We made reservations for our trip to Kennebunkport's Christmas Prelude. From the moment we walked in the door the a cappella chorus set a wonderful holiday tone with their music. The volume was a perfect fit for the size of the restaurant. The wait staff was skilled and unobtrusive. The flavor and presentation of the food was excellent. There is a nice assortment of wines by the glass for those interested in mapping wines with courses. The full wine list was more than ample with good selections. This is the busiest time of year in the Kennebunks and restaurants are duly challenged by the volume of customers. Despite the extraordinary circumstances, On the Marsh didn't miss a beat. Highly recommend for a more high end dining experience in the Kennebunks.
Keith was great again. He is a true plus for the On the Marsh team.
Waitress was very good, cannot recall her name but she is from Windham.
The other staff had difficulty in placing the correct meals to the correct people. Women aren't suppose to ear beef?? Seemed quire confused.
Food excellent again. a friend joined us and he gave his meal thumbs up too.
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