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 $125 per person, and subject to availability, a nine course Prix Fixe menu at $165 per person, both featuring the finest fresh local ingredients.
Kennebunk, ME 04043
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) 361-8458
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
White Barn Inn Ratings and Reviews
Celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary. Hugo made it possible for me to actually "propose" to my wife publicly...to give her a new diamond ring and to ask her to be by my side for at least another 25 years. The pianist played my selected song and my wife and I danced to the applause of all of the patrons. This is an example of the exemplary service that you will find at the White Barn Inn...in addition to the outstanding food and wine. We had the tasting menu which was incredible
2nd time here. Unlike the 1st time years ago, this time extremely disappointed. Food quality and service has gone downhill. Lobster spring roll appetizer excellent but lobster main course with fettuccine and cognac sauce undercooked and temp was not hot. Service was not good as our waiter basically ignored us after a party of ten arrived and all his attention went to them. We were celebrating our anniversary and at these exhorbitant prices we deserved better and one would expect to be wowed. We were underwhelmed and left highly disappointed. Will not be back.
The White Barn Inn never disappoints. Fabulous atmosphere, food, service in the most intimate barn setting. We were there for Kennebunkport Prelude weekend and there were carolers and holiday music playing on the grand piano. The food is authentic and changes weekly according to what is available to the chef and the season.
Definitely a special occasion restaurant - the bistro menu is more suited to a fabulous more casual dining experience.
While the setting was beautiful and the music and ambience festive for the holiday - the dining experience was not what I expected at this restaurant caliber. The lobster appetizer was greasy; bread service was scant & the main course of pasta with lobster was served luke-warm and the sauce was cold. Despite this, the lobster portion was impressive! Dinner service was leisurely - 2 1/2 hours - perhaps a tad too long for even nicely paced dining. I would love to say I'll return; however, dinner at this price point should be a "WOW!!" in my book before doing it twice. So sad...I waited a long time to go to White Barn Inn.
This was my second Thanksgiving dinner at the White Barn Inn and the quality of the food was good but not great. The starter portion of the oysters trio was very small yet imaginative. It is unlikely that I would visit again specifically for the food. I enjoy the extra space between tables which makes it a good place for a romantic dinner or when a private conversation is preferred.
We visited the restaurant fourteen years ago and had a truly wonderful experience but left very disappointed after this visit. The waiter was pleasant but often inattentive and obviously had too many tables. The bus staff seemed very inexperienced and even piled dirty dishes on top of the remaining meal we had asked to take home. We were seated next to a very noisy table even though there were many empty tables in other parts of the restaurant. The menu selection was fine as was the wine list but the portions were much smaller than we remember and not particularly memorable. Desert was very good though and they did bring additional samples of sweets at the end of the meal.
We were celebrating a milestone birthday and our wedding anniversary and were so looking forward to our dinner but all in all it was a very disappointing experience and we will not be returning.
After a slight dip from our most recent visit, the WBI has rebounded from that unfortunate and unexpected disappointment. The service was fantastic (thank you Peter!); the food was very good (the bread offerings were slightly dry and hard). The unexpected rise in price to $125/pp was something to be questioned. I'm not sure if the new price pp was needed; one can understand the argument if it was said that it's not worth it. Nonetheless, we had a very nice wedding anniversary dinner and would go back.
Given the high end menu - we expected near perfection...and were very disappointed. My wife ordered her salmon rare and it was completely overcooked to the point of nearly uneatable, most was left on the plate. Most of the plates were served warm but not hot. Given the total was $$$$, and having eaten at some amazing restaurants - we would not return. The ambiance was very nice - it was a quiet room and most people were dressed (men wearing ties and jackets, women nicely dressed), this is definitely a special occasion place but again, there are better.
Mu husband and I had our 25th wedding anniversary dinner here, with our 11-year-old son. It was a virtually perfect evening. Attentive, friendly staff, immaculate service, outstanding cuisine and wine. I spoke personally to the pastry chef about a week before the dinner and she produced a delicious and beautiful chocolate/raspberry cake which was presented at the end of yhe meal. I'm glad we also ordered desserts from the menu, though; my husband said that one of the items in his "Textures of Chocolate" plate was, "probably the best thing I have ever eaten." And my passionfruit souffle with coconut ice cream was so light and fragrant it almost made me dizzy. My son loved the whole experience and I appreciated the staff's friendly and welcoming attitude towards him. The whole experience couldn't have been improved upon! Thank you!
The food is superb, the service flawless, the ambiance beautiful. Whenever we are in Maine we make it a point to dine here. I have never had anything short of an outstanding experience. It is expensive to be sure but from first course through dessert you will experience a truly outstanding meal.
WE picked the White Barn INN to celebrate our 50 years of Marriage,we were not disappointed .The service, food, and atmosphere were outstanding. Our table for four was situated in front of the DI-Rama in the main dinning room. From the valet parking, to the luscious dessert it was a memorable evening.
The White Barn Inn was more than I thought it would be. I certainly enjoy great food but my husband is a super foodie so I was a little nervous that I wouldn't appreciate the food. I was so wrong..it was amazing. It is not cheap but you are paying for the unbelievable service and the beautiful ambiance. Plus I love a piano player and the overall experience is worth every penny. The only thing I though was a little over the top was the amount charged for the bottles of wine.
As far as the meal both my husband and I did the 4 course prix fix. for my appetizer I had the lobster spring roll (to die for) then my intermezzo I had the ginger and carrot soup with crab meat, amazing. For my main course I had the lobster over fettuccini -I cannot even stop thinking about it, it was so good. For dessert I had the chocolate 3 ways which was good but my least favorite of the 4 courses.
Awesome place to celebrate a special occasion and we will be going back.
This was a special restaurant in a beautiful setting. We ate there at the end of September and It was decorated for fall. I love that!
The main waiter was friendly and helpful. It is a Prix Fixe menu so my husband and I try to each pick different items. Each of us had several options and were pleased with our choices.
Cocktails, wine and food - all excellent.
Would recommend for a special evening. Go hungry because we were "stuffed" at the end of the meal.
Our waiter was superb but the food and its description were poorly paired. The flavors simply weren't there. I expected small portions and wasn't disappointed but the peach with the veal was a single piece at one end of the serving. The flavor never reached the other end. The wine pairings were good and the waiter was excellent at explaining them. The kitchen let down the waiter and this restaurant's reputation, at least on the night we dined there, was overblown.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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!
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