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:
Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 12:00pm - 2:30pm
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 6:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday - Sunday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm.
$50 and over
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Talented Jazz Pianist entertains evenings.
Complementary Valet and self parking in private lot.
Private Party Facilities:
Private parties are offered in the White Barn Inn Wine Cellar and second dining room. The Cellar seats 10-15 guests, and the second barn room up to 40. Offered year round.
Private Party Contact:
Peter Lucas: 207-967-2321x1174
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Entertainment, Full Bar, Private Room, Wine
White Barn Inn Ratings and Reviews
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Having visited the restaurant over the years, it's a reminder of old Kennebunkport but in no way outdated.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.
Dining at the White Barn Inn is much mor ...
Dining at the White Barn Inn is much more than a superb dinner. It's an experience, which begins with the spectacular original post and beam barn, faithfully restored and tastefully brought to life with fine art and lighting. The menu is incomparable and the quality and service rival any restaurant anywhere. Rustic elegance and absolutely divine.
Always excellent. The major difference w ...
Always excellent. The major difference we noticed since Chef Cartwright's retirement was the lack of subtlety in some of the dishes and a little more distance from his consistent perfection. Still the best, and we are sure it will improve with time.
I had dinner while staying at the Inn 20 ...
I had dinner while staying at the Inn 20 or so years ago. Decided to try it again while traveling with friends. Everyone in the group could not say enough about their meal, the service and the ambiance. Belongs on every foodie's "bucket list".
We stopped there for the lunch and OMG ...
We stopped there for the lunch and OMG what a lunch ... Lobster roll with warm stuffing served with pickles tempura , and the lobster salad with its light vinaigrette without the god damned Mayo ..... simply marvelous. And the final touch, their homemade cookies brought us back to our younger years.... Once again, what a lunch !!!!
Need to get back to 5-star
Although everything was good- it is hard not to compare the quality of cuisine to what we experienced in 2011. Every forkful sang and made a lasting impression. The signature lobster dish was cool and lacked seasoning and sweetness.
Kitchen had a poor night?
The service was very attentive and the atmosphere lovely, but I was disappointed by the meal. My goat cheese souffle was dry and rubbery and the only real flavor with the rest of the dish was salt. The leek soup was strange with cold crab centerpiece and too much heavy cream. The best dish was the grapefruit and tarragon sorbet. The starter amuse-bouche (duck) was fair; the dessert (cream cheese mousse, yuck!) one was awful. I don't know what happened in the kitchen but things just really were off with the timing too. The wait time between the starter course and main entree was way too long.
Our 2nd visit to the White Barn Inn and ...
Our 2nd visit to the White Barn Inn and it definitely did not disappoint! The food was absolutely stellar, and although I was very full after 4 courses, it left me wanting more!! Chef Derek is tremendously talented. The service was lovely and the ambiance was nice (besides a table of 5 women who were quite loud and disruptive to the rest of the dining room - no fault of the restaurant's, of course). We can't wait to visit KPT again next year so we can dine at the White Barn Inn once more.
Celebrating our son's high school graduation
This was our 5th visit over the past 13 years so we are selective when it comes to special occasions. While the chef may have changed, the food, service, and experience has not. If we lived closer, we would come more often. This restaurant always dazzles us with their dishes and never has an "okay" moment. The teenagers were wowed and our 5-year old was very comfortable, which says a lot to those who might be hesitant in bringing a child. There is a toned down menu for children. If you're going to splurge on a meal, this is the place to do it. A dining experience must!
The White Barn is an institution and a f ...
The White Barn is an institution and a fabulous one at that. The service was impeccable and the regular and tasting menus were both incredible. We did the wine pairings and that certainly made it pricey but I would say worth it. I had eaten there more than 15 years before for a special occasion and had been dreaming of the lobster in cognac butter sauce ever since. It didn't quite live up to my memory of it but was still wonderful. It is a great place for celebrating something special.
A landmark restaurant deserving of its reputation
The White Barn Inn did not disappoint on our visit. The service was impeccable, the ambiance warm and rich, and the food was exceptional. Several members of our party enjoyed an outstanding lobster entree while several of us had haddock that was a bit dry, but all the other courses were truly memorable. A wonderful highlight of our visit to the Kennebunks.
What a special restaurant. In my opinion ...
What a special restaurant. In my opinion this is probably the best restaurant in the state of Maine so I recommend it highly. I think it would be particularly good for a special occasion. Although I think it's a little bit expensive I think it's terrific value for the price. The other thing that I really enjoyed about the restaurant was it's fixed price menu. It is well worth the trip.
My husband and dined at the White Barn I ...
My husband and dined at the White Barn Inn 15 years ago on our honeymoon and had a wonderful experience and fabulous food. Let's just say the 15 years have not been kind to the restaurant. Although lovely, the lighting is too bright. It was like sitting under a spotlight (and when we asked if they could turn them down, we were told they were on timers and they couldn't touch it). The food was sub par and the portions ridiculously small. The menu was pretentious in that they were more concerned with presentation, than flavor. We later learned that it went from a family owned establishment to a corporate owner. It's such a shame that such a magical place has lost its magic. For $400 for two It was not worth it and we will not return.
Not just dinner...it was an experience...
The experience from start to finish was nothing short of perfect. The staff was attentive and listened to our specific wine pairing requests. Our server, Jason meticulously selected the best wine suiting our taste to pair with each course of our meal. I would recommend anyone to have dinner here for a special occasion and/or romantic evening. It is more than just going out for dinner. It is an experience. Worth every dollar spent.
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