Alisson’s Restaurant in Dock Square
While it’s certain that the Maine Coast is a rather seasonal tourist attraction, the real seaside beauty of Kennebunkport extends to the fall, winter, and spring – the “off-season.” Those that fall (lol) for the charm of this coastal town in quieter times, take advantage of the affordable rates at luxury hotels, inns and BnBs, and great dining deals, happy hours, and more. When vacationing in Kennebunkport this time of year, many restaurants remain open, no lines or waiting, walk in and enjoy with the locals. Here, I list my personal favorite restaurants in Kennebunkport.
Best Year-Round Restaurants in Kennebunkport
Alisson’s Restaurant is Kennebunkport’s local treasure situated at the heart of Dock Square. This place makes you feel at home with its pub style atmosphere and big screen TVs attracting many sports fans to the bar for games and creative drink specials. Whether you’re simply joining in for Alisson’s entertainment or Pub Trivia Night, you must try the clam chowder and lobster rolls–simply out of this world. Alisson’s will certainly make a regular out of you.
Bandaloop for local flavors, farm to table, Bandaloop emphasizes locally sourced goods harvested fish, fresh produce, game and artisan cheese. A cozy atmosphere and bar, open kitchen, and daily specials, a quirky wine selection and daily interesting specials make this a unique Maine dining expereince.
Old Vines Wine Bar is a classic wine bistro and pub in Lower Village Kennebunk. A cozy interior and frieindly barkeeps make this a great go-to for drinks, countless wine selections and craft cocktails, and tapas style fare. Old Vines Wine Bar often has live enetertainment in their upstairs venue – yes there’s a bar there too.
Ports of Italy brings classic Italian to Maine, with delicious pasta dishes, and wood-fired pizza. If you’re looking for a restaurant with a relaxed and romantic ambiance, you’ve come to the right place. Located in Lower Village just before the bridge to Dock Square and the Clam Shack.
The Boathouse Bar at the Boathouse Waterfront Hotel has a lovely bar and restaurant overlooking the River. Happy Hours here are great, so is the view from the deck.
Stripers Waterside Restaurant at The Breakwater Inn has a riverfront setting with sea views out towards the breakwater are the highlight, but the atmosphere and cuisine are great too. With a Lobster Lovers menu, and seafood specials daily, plus Sunday brunch and happy hour in the adirondack chairs by the river – Stripers is a top pick!
The Burleigh at Kennebunkport Inn is a classic pub with great fare from Brussel sprouts and Maine mussels, to burgers, and steaks. With frequent live local dish entertainment in the cozy pub, its a favorite locals spot.
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Best Seasonal Restaurants in Kennebunkport
Admiral’s Table: Located in the Rhumb Line Resort complex
Mabel’s Lobster Claw: Located on Ocean Ave just a mile from Dock Square
95 Ocean: Located in Nonantum Resort
Earth at Hidden Pond
Well there you have it: Kennebunkport restaurant recommendations for a local Maine resident. I hope you enjoy these restaurants as much as I have! Be sure to leave a comment and share your experience at one of our restaurants in Kennebunk.