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
Second visit this season and we were onc ...
Second visit this season and we were once again WOWED! The decor is cozy, intimate and "old world" charming. the service is superb and the meals were all prepared exceptionally, right down to the Chef's "tasting" offered to us before we started, which was delicious. The potato leek soup was equally delicious and I enjoyed the haddock dish and my husband, the duck with pomegranate sauce. We shared the dark chocolate ganache cake for dessert, which also was 4 stars! Cannot wait to go back!
On the Marsh never disappoints. From th ...
On the Marsh never disappoints. From the amuse bouche that begins the meal with a charming surprise from the chef to the just-right almond liqueur/whipped cream after-dinner drink, everything is perfect. The service is outstanding; waitstaff are knowledgeable, friendly, yet all are consummate professionals. The tables are placed far enough apart so that dinner table conversation is comfortably heard by all in the party.
My husband and I went up to Kennebunkpor ...
My husband and I went up to Kennebunkport for a weekend getaway. We at first were hesitant to choose On the Marsh due to the modest selection on their menu, but we are so glad we went! The ambiance is unbeatable if you are looking for a relaxing romantic night out. The bar was fantastic, the service was top notch, and the live piano music was beautiful. We had the mussels for an appetizer which were DELICIOUS. I had the scallops for dinner and they were also absolutely delicious. My husband had the swordfish and unfortunately it was pretty dry with not much flavor to it (especially compared to the scallops). All in all, I gave it an A- and my husband gave it a B+ (due to his meal). But we both left saying we would recommend it to anyone looking for a nice night out in Kennebunk and we both would go back!
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/
The food was wonderful and the setting, ...
The food was wonderful and the setting, inside and out, were beautiful. We travel to Maine every 2 years and this was our first visit to On The Marsh Bistro. Bill had the Scallops and I had the Haddock. Both were delicious and we are already talking about returning on our next trip.
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.
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