About White Barn Inn
Fine American cuisine served in a fabulously converted barn. The White Barn Inn Restaurant is a AAA Five Diamond, Forbes Five Star and Relais Gourmand property with four course Prix Fixe Menu at $109 per person, and subject to availability, a nine course Prix Fixe menu at $165 per person, both featuring the finest fresh local ingredients.
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 6:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday - Sunday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm.
$50 and over
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Talented Jazz Pianist plays every evening.
Complimentary Valet service as well as self parking available in our private lot.
Private Party Facilities:
Private parties are offered in the White Barn Inn Wine Cellar and The White Barn Bistro.
The Wine Cellar seats up to 15 guests, and The White Barn Bistro seats up to 40. Offered year round.
Private Party Contact:
Hugo Aguirre: 207-361-8458x
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
White Barn Inn Ratings and Reviews
We were seated in a very poor location o ...
We were seated in a very poor location on a two top with a glass wall obstructing our view. I assumed all of the other open prime tables were reserved however most sat empty all evening. We were bot VERY disappointed in the quality of the Halibut we ordered it was over cooked dry and tasteless. I would never recommend this restaurant at half the price and will not return.
An exceptional dining experience. The f ...
An exceptional dining experience. The food was superb, the service was impeccable, the ambiance extraordinary. The White Barn is truly special. If there is one complaint, I ordered a vodka on the rocks, and received about two fingers of vodka in a very small cocktail glass. I felt it was rather chintzy when you are spending about $500 per couple for dinner. They could have at least poured a decent drink. That aside, it was about the best restaurant I've been to since the French Laundry.
We have dined at the WBI yearly for a de ...
We have dined at the WBI yearly for a decade as we live 2500 miles away. It is one of our "go to" restaurants that we always look forward to. This time we were seated next to a woman who was intoxicated and talked loudly to her table mate the entire team. I believe the WBI management should have known better since she was sitting at the bar and talking and laughing (screaming) very loudly. She should never have been seated next to other guests. It ruined our evening.
Since the White Barn Inn is supposed to ...
Since the White Barn Inn is supposed to provide (according to some reviews) the finest dining experience in Maine, we were optimistic about our chances of getting a decent Sunday lunch and came out thoroughly disappointed and significantly poorer....
When we showed up at the reservation time, we were "welcomed" (greeted would be excessive) by a young lady who seemed disinterested and slightly surprised to see us, but nevertheless showed us to a nice table on the empty porch, after we crossed the empty dining room.
Our request of a Kir for a cocktail was received with complete bafflement and perplexity and we were informed 10 minutes later that the establishment didn't carry the ingredients to make a Kir (white wine and blackcurrant.....)
The lunch menu is totally bizarre for a Maine establishment (OK I will concede that Kennebunk is not really Maine, more like Greenwich, CT, crossed with St Tropez....) with such Maine fresh dishes as chicken Parmesan (?) and Pizza Margherita.... That left me wondering where the chicken fingers were....
There is a lobster roll on the menu, but providing one bite of lobster for $26 is taking your patrons for idiots when you can get a whole fresh lobster at Reds Eats or Shaws for a fraction of the cost.
Worse, the food itself was totally uninspired (rather like the young lady who "greets" the guests). The lobster salad was competently dressed but rather bland and way overpriced for the 2 small bites of lobster tail that were hidden in the greens..... The chicken parm was greasy on the outside and chewy (as in overcooked) on the inside, and served with spaghetti swimming in a canned tomato sauce. My wife's clam chowder had been microwaved so hot as to be inedible.
Positive side, the server that took care of us was very nice and attentive!
Our impression of the White Barn dining ...
Our impression of the White Barn dining experience is: "too much of a good thing." Each of the seven courses taken individually was good to excellent. Taken as a whole, it was too much alimentary stimulus dragged out over too many stages for our taste. We noted that the White Barn has added a bistro area with a different menu. Perhaps, that is what we would try on our next trip to Kennebunkport.
The White Barn Inn is one of the last Fi ...
The White Barn Inn is one of the last Fine Dining locations in Maine. The food and wine is excellent and the Service is top notch. The menu choices are extensive and Everything we tried was cooked to perfection. Wine choices by the glass and bottle were varied and reasonably priced for a Fine Dining Experience. The 4 course fixed price menu is extensive and varied and worth the price. Sounds Great doesn't it? One Big problem - they advertise as Fine Dining and request a dress code of Jackets for men. They say they will also accept collared shirts if jacket not available. We were dressed for fine dining as was most of the tables around us - for a while.
Then they allowed diners wearing Shorts, T-Shirts and even Jeans, and it was a COOL Saturday evening! They have a Bistro in an attached room, why not ask those dressed for BBQ dining to sit in there?
We were upset as well as the 2 tables next to us. Either you have a dress code or you don't!!!
We will be back at the White Barn Inn but probably skip the Restaurant next time!
Superlatives can't describe the extraord ...
Superlatives can't describe the extraordinary dinner we had at the White Barn Inn! It was our first time dining here. Even though we had heard the food was great, our dinner exceeded our expectations. The food was delicious; the presentation was exquisite; and the service was impeccable. I had a lobster-theme dinner with lobster bisque, lobster spring rolls, and a whole reconstructed lobster (sans shell) over pasta--Lobster Nirvana! We will surely be back!
The White Barn Inn is Maine's most elega ...
The White Barn Inn is Maine's most elegant restaurant. The setting in the barn is gorgeous! The chairs are comfortable, and the tables are beautifully arranged. The service is impeccable. The food is magnificent! On this location, my husband ordered a scallop appetizer and a halibut entrée with pea soup as an intermezzo course. We got a welcome taste of salmon and a chocolate pre-desert followed by a berry soufflé. I ordered a foie gras appetizer, the same pea soup intermezzo, And the signature entreé of the restaurant which is lobster nestled on a bed of homemade fettuccine. It is memorable! The only negative thing I have to say about this outstanding restaurant is the fact that they changed their bread offerings, and they are not as good nor as varied as they used to be.
The White Barn Inn is an elegant restaur ...
The White Barn Inn is an elegant restaurant that offers beautifully prepared, delicious food and impeccable service. On this occasion, we ordered the tasting menu which consisted of 9 courses: smoked salmon, a lobster trio, cauliflower moose, marrow bone, foie gras, lamb chop, cheese course, mango mousse, and a peach crumble soufflé. The setting is gorgeous. We highly recommend this outstanding restaurant!
The White Barn continues to have outstan ...
The White Barn continues to have outstanding service, outstanding food, outstanding ambiance. They certainly are customer oriented. All this combines to produce a most effective and highly enjoyable time. We'll return certainly once again.
25th Anniversary Dinner with a group of ...
25th Anniversary Dinner with a group of family. Definitely a step up in complexity and nuance of tastes from my last visit. Waitstaff was generally excellent, but there were a few minor hiccups that probably would have gone unnoticed in a lesser restaurant. This is an absolute once-in-a-lifetime dining experience that I've been fortunate to experience once a year for the last 20 years. The White Barn Inn remains an absolutely indulgent treat that I look forward to experiencing for years to come. It definitely pays to study the wine list in advance, as there are several quality bottles that won't break the bank. It will never be an economical night, but I always walk out the door feeling that the experience was well worth it.
We try to dine at the White Barn Inn at ...
We try to dine at the White Barn Inn at least once per year , usually for my wife's birthday - and when we do we partake of the fixed price menus plus a cocktail, some wine and later a cheese plate for dessert accompanied by dessert wine. Always a lovely evening, though quite expensive.
The only new item that we did not enjoy is the frosted glass that divides the room from front to back. From our seats we could not longer see the beautiful window at the rear of the restaurant. Suggest they take that new glass down. As is, it alters the ambiance.
This was not our first time dining at Wh ...
This was not our first time dining at White Barn Inn; but whenever we go to Maine for a getaway weekend we always book this restaurant for dining. You cannot beat the atmosphere, the attention of the staff and the quality of the food. We had Peter as our waiter and have had him before. He is top notch. I highly recommend and have never been disappointed.
This is a formal restaurant-very "old sc ...
This is a formal restaurant-very "old school" and as elegant as a barn can be. However, the food is inventive, seasonally inspired and delicious. There's nothing fussy or old about the menu or the ingredients.
Having visited the restaurant over the years, it's a reminder of old Kennebunkport but in no way outdated. When you dine there you know the food will be wonderful, the service warm while very professional and the atmosphere won't be compromised by having to see something like a man's hairy foot in a flip-flop anywhere in sight.
This was a good trip but not our best at ...
This was a good trip but not our best at this particular restaurant. We were a later reservation and were definitely rushed out. They were setting up breakfast while we were eating our main course. Were not told about dessert at the beginning of meal. Bread offered only once and no butter. My wife got coffee but had to ask for sugar. All of this stuff is minor at most places but not what I had come to expect from WBI. We drove 2 hours back and forth and have for the past 12 years for our anniversary. Seems very different than from when Jonathan Cartwright was running it. Too bad actually. Menton in Boston served a better meal as of late.
This is the 2nd time my Wife and I eat a ...
This is the 2nd time my Wife and I eat at The White Barn Inn, our first was Sept. 29, 1985 for our first anniversary, our 2nd was this past Saturday night, July 16, 2016 for a surprise romantic date for my Wife. The service was excellent by Angela and Danica our Waitresses. They were both the best. The food was very good but the portions were too small and the price was way...too expensive. We also miss the old classy dining area. The barn is no where as nice as your old dining area. The live piano was nice, but not as nice as the Classical Guitar that played John Michael Talbit for us on our first Anniversary. All in all we were disappointed, not as Romantic and nice and much....more expensive than it was back in 1985.
The food overall was impeccable with a w ...
The food overall was impeccable with a wait staff constantly 'on watch'. The White Barn Inn is indeed among those unique opportunities to dine in utter elegance with breathtaking course presentations. I make a point of going here a minimum of once a year (when in the area) and many times twice. Mark this as a very special dining experience.
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