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Kennebunkport in March

My wife and I will be staying at the Captain Lord Mansion in Kennebunkport for our 20th anniversary. We are looking for casual dining while in town. Aren't some of the restaurants seasonal? Please recommend the places that you like the most.


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  1. The Ramp in Cape Porpoise is open year round. I can recommend the food and cocktails there.

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    1. re: nixienox

      We've gone to the Ramp this year and last year after reading recs here and really liked it. Both times it was the week before Labor Day, so the lovely ambiance of a breezy sunset on a warm day with all the windows open may be somewhat colder, draftier, and darker in March. We had drinks and appetizers a few days ago and all was good. Allagash White ale, gin and vodka martinis, onion strings, crab cakes, meze platter, and the house salad. Thanks to those who have previously recommended it.

      1. re: Kunegunde

        I've been to the ramp in November, and the wintry landscape does actually do the place a great justice. I seem to remember a fire... It is a lovely place, but not too stuffy and posh.

        My husband and I celebrate every wedding anniversary at the Captain Lord - great choice! Love love love the place. We really love having dinner at Hurricanes. The food's mostly very good, the wine list is great, yet you can have an absolutely affordable evening there. It's not OTT posh, and our favorite thing is to take the dregs of our bottle of wine into the bar area to finish with dessert up at the bar. There's always great conversation there and Keith and Al, the bartenders, are wonderful company.

      2. re: nixienox

        My husband and I had lunch here last week--wonderful! The ambience was vacation-perfect, the food and service was great and it's on the water--what's not to like? Try the onion strings.

        The Reluctant Panther Restaurant
        39 West Road, Manchester, VT 05254

      3. There is a relatively new restaurant in downtown Kennebunk (not Kennebunkport) called Local 50 that is very good, It's right on Main St, and purchases from many local farms and purveyors. Also Kennebunk Inn, right across the street, has a casual dining room with a very good menu (we love the roasted salmon panini). Ask to sit in the back room - it's very bright and informal.
        In Kennebunkport there's always Alison's and Federal Jack's. Both are very casual, food is not anything special but good place if you want a sandwich for lunch (not many lunch places open in K"port). Alisons does have a pretty good lobster roll.

        Federal Jack's
        8 Western Ave, Kennebunkport, ME 04046

        1. It's not even slightly casual, but since you mentioned that it's your 20th anniversary, you might want to think about celebrating at the White Barn Inn in Kennebunkport. It's quite an experience - old world service, local ingredients, and the most beautiful restaurant setting I've ever experienced. It's expensive (really expensive), but for something like a major anniversary I think it would be a great splurge. Just a thought.

          The White Barn Inn
          37 Beach Avenue, Kennebunk Beach, ME 04043

          1. For casual dining in town, Alison's is a good bistro choice. Have never been disappointed there in many visits to Kennebunkport over the last 20 years. Also you would enjoy Bartley's just down the street and over the bridge from Alison's...... don't forget to order the blueberry pie ! Never tried Federal Jack's but it always was busy when we would walk by so that is a good sign as well, I guess :-)

            Federal Jack's
            8 Western Ave, Kennebunkport, ME 04046

            1. I highly recommend The White Barn Inn also. My wife and I celebrated there recently. The room has outstanding atmosphere and the food is as good as I ever had. Bandaloop is more casual and highly recommended. We were in Kennebunkport in March also. There was some snow and it was cold but we found plenty of restaurants open for dining.

              Bandaloop Restaurant @ 2 Ocean Avenue, Kennebunkport, ME 207 - 967 - 4994.

              The White Barn Inn
              37 Beach Avenue, Kennebunk Beach, ME 04043

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              1. re: Littleman

                Bandaloop is actually on Cross Street. It's up in back off of Ocean Ave. I went there twice last week while in Kennebunkport for a conference. Very cool vibe and I really enjoyed the drinks/apps. I did not have an entree either time.

                2 Ocean Ave, Kennebunkport, ME 04046

              2. Allison's is horrible. The food tastes reheated and bland. I went up to Kennebunk last weekend to pick up my T-Day turkey in Sanford on the following Tuesday. Between those days, I found the highly rated restaurants such as Local 50, Joshua's and One Dock, were only opened a few days out of the week during off-season. I wound up eating at Allison's, which was really awful, and a grocery store with a grill, called HB Provisions, which was actually pretty good. I suggest you go there for breakfast. I had the homemade corned beef hash and Flannel Red Hash (roast beef and beet juice) and enjoyed both hashes. Plus, they make a good bagel and smoked salmon sandwich. Avoid Mapleleaves Chinese at all cost.