About On The Marsh Bistro
On the Marsh Bistro resides in a converted barn and farmhouse circa 1800 on 3 acres of plantings alongside a tidal salt marsh. Wine Spectator Award of Excellence, James Beard Presenter 2011, NECN Platinum Plate, Voted Most Romantic and one of the top ten restaurants in Maine. Great for European style Weddings, Rehearsal Dinners and Corporate Meetings. For the Adventuresome, try the table in the kitchen: bright lights, dirty dishes passing by and a peek behind the scenes of culinary skills at its best. Or try The Owner's Table where Exec. Chef Jeffrey A. Savage will create a menu especially for you paired with Wine. Requires one month notice. For our most romantic settin, request Table #16 and be tucked away with your loved one. You are invited to dine in a captivating interior with Antiques, Collectibles and Art, all available for purchase. Menu changes weekly. "It is around the table that friends and family best understand the warmth of being together..." Denise Rubin, Proprietress
Contemporary European, Global, International
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday: 5:00PM - 11:00PM
$31 to $50
Live Piano on Friday and Saturday evenings.
On the Marsh Bistro has private parking on its three acre grounds for 200 cars, guests only. Valet Service is offered upon request three weeks prior to the event.
On the Marsh Bistro is a destination restaurant and can offer recommended taxi service in the local area serving the Hotels and Inns.
Private Party Facilities:
On the Marsh Bistro offers private areas both downstairs and upstairs in the converted Barn circa 1800 for Private Events, Weddings, Rehearsal Dinners, Corporate Off Site Meetings, Wine Dinners, Bridal Showers etc.
Private Party Contact:
Alexandra Hennedy: 2079672299x
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Chef's Table, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Weds. Prix Fixe Menu
Fri. High Wine Dinner
Gift Certificates Available.
On The Marsh Bistro Ratings and Reviews
Lovely restaurant, beautifully decorated.
Love this restaurant. It's a great place tucked away from downtown. The food is great. Service is great! There's a perfect function room upstairs.
Love On the Marsh
We like to bring people here to celebrate special occasions and we enjoyed it thoroughly. The mussels were outstanding and the swordfish and filet mignonette were cooked perfectly.
I had the swordfish, it was perfectly pr ...
I had the swordfish, it was perfectly prepared, moist, and delicious. Our server was friendly and efficient. Very nice ambiance, beautifully decorated.
Wonderful experience. The place had grea ...
Wonderful experience. The place had great service and the food was very good. Will definitely make a return visit and am excited to try it again!
We have been there for New Year's Eve and for Easter and have always had a wonderful and enjoyable meals. Food is outstanding and the service is impeccable. This is one not to be missed if you live or are visiting Southern Maine!
Great Food, New York Prices on a Maine Marsh
We loved this place -- great food, wonderful ambiance, and excellent service -- but the prices were wildly high, equal to what we paid in New York City. Will probably not be back, though we enjoyed it very much.
The setting is beautiful the decor delightfully quirky but the food alas was boring. This restaurant has multiple Wine Spectator awards hanging on the wall however the last one was in 2006. The amuse bouche was amazing a fried oyster over fried kale. It was stupendous but the rest was bland and tasteless. Too bad I wanted to love this place. But maybe it is because it was February in Kennebunkport and the town is deserted. Perhaps during the season it is better
Excellent ambiance and meal!
This was our first time to this restaurant (valentines day) that was high ranked on Open Table. We were not disappointed. Great ambiance and food. My wife had the haddock and I had the lamb chops. Both were very nicely prepared. I like my lamb medium (many diners like it medium rare) and it came to the table exactly the way I like it. We shared a dessert which was perfect for 2 people who don't want an entire portion. Finish with 2 cups of French Press and it was a very nice evening!
My husband and I had an amazing Valentine's Day dinner here. The server was very knowledgeable and attentive. We both agree it was most likely the best meal we've ever had.
The host John was very friendly and we were quickly seated. Our table was near a working fireplace. Unfortunately the fake looking electric fireplace did not radiate any heat and we were cold during our dinner. First up, the waitress brought us complimentary sea scallops from the chief, but we had to send them back as we don't eat scallops. Asked that we might have some bread instead and were told it was in the oven. Thirty minutes later she came back and gave each of us a very small piece of bread, I guess we didn't rate high enough to get the "basket of bread". Never send back complimentary food!! Next I ordered some tomato soup, what came out was a thimble sized cup of soup with a crouton!! Starving, I decided to ask the waitress for a second piece of bread, which I was told was back in the old oven. We then ordered two tenderloin entrees. The meat was perfectly cooked and tasted great. Unfortunately the same could not be said of the sides. On the plate with the beef, was a wall of potato bricks/blocks, nasty tasting, probably escaped from a kids happy meal!! The sad red cabbage also went back to the kitchen with the potato blocks. Finally my second piece of bread arrived!! The last surprise of the night was a complimentary shot glass of whip cream with Amaretto, sorry to say we don't like Amaretto. After paying $160 I left broke, hungry, cold, and very disappointed~
My husband and I use to love to have dinner at on the marsh. The last 2 times we've been it was a disappointment. The first time we were disappointed we thought it was just a fluke. But after the 2nd time it was unfortunately not very good. My husband had the duck and he said it tasted as if it had been cooked earlier and reheated. The salad was terrible. We are people who like to dine out and I'm sorry that I won't be returning to on the marsh
Felt Like Home
We enjoyed having a cocktail at the bar. The place was very warm and welcoming. We enjoyed our dinner and the service was excellent. We would definitely recommend it to anyone visiting the area.
We chose On The Marsh for our anniversary dinner based on OpenTable reviews, but didn't know much about it when we showed up for dinner. The host (John, I believe) was very friendly and asked if we wanted a quieter table or one more in the middle of things. We chose the quiet option and ended up at what we later found out was the famous "Table 16," and could not have been more pleased! It was tucked away in a back corner and provided excellent private dining. The food was absolutely delicious and our server was the friendliest and most engaging that we've had in quite a while. We even received complementary champagne to start the night and amaretto to finish it. As we were leaving, John asked us to tell two friends about On The Marsh - and we've told about 20! This is a highly recommended place for a nice dinner in KPT, especially if you are celebrating any romantic occasion. A++ all around.
Usually like this restaurant
While I do come to this restaurant often, I think that I will probably not come during Prelude weekend again. While my husband and friend had a decent portion size for their appetizer and entree, mine and my friends husband had an embarrassingly small ceasar salad - about 8 pieces of lettuce leaves and three croutons and the butternut squash ravioli looked like an appetizer portion. They were both very good but compared to the other dishes, it looked like the restaurant had run out. I would usually give this restaurant a 4 or 5 overall rating but today it only deserves a 3. I will say that Keith the bartender, and John the host were the highlight of the evening.
Beautiful decor and ambiance. Fantastic food, presentation and service. A true gem, don't miss this special and beautiful spot!
Perfect Dinig Experience
This was not our first visit to "On the Marsh"and it surely won't be our last. We celebrated our wedding anniversary and the experience could not have been better. The food was amazing, service perfect, and ambiance wonderful. We lingered and relaxed and never felt rushed. The live piano music in the background made for a very special anniversary. This restaurant is a must!
We come to On the Marsh two to three times per year. Birthdays , Anniversaries and when we want a nice dinner. The atmosphere and entire experience is exceptional. We have even brought our kids for early dining and have had great experiences.
delicious food. Every detail fabulous.
We also had a great waiter! Everyone here was so nice. We were shown the upstairs function room. To die for.......beautiful! A function here would be heavenly.
I had been hearing about On the Marsh for quite sometime but hadn't had the opportunity to go. My husband and I recently celebrated our first wedding anniversary and decided to have dinner here. We were not disappointed! I had requested a romantic table when I made the reservation and the host sat us at a very romantic table tucked away in the corner - he also brought out sparkling wine for us to celebrate. The food was amazing (it is a bit pricey but well worth the price). I would definitely recommend this place for the food, the atmosphere and the excellent service.
This restaurant was spectacular!
We entered this beautiful restaurant and John greeted us, so warmly. We had a beautiful table and our waiter was over the top. We split a wonderful apple appetizer and I had a scallop dish and my husband had a delicious steak. We then proceeded to the bar, and listened to a wonderful piano player. The atmosphere was so pretty, with every detail attended to. We loved our dining experience.
excellent staff and food had a great night
had a great dinner very freindly staff especially john
Our food was outstanding, service was fa ...
Our food was outstanding, service was fantastic and you can't beet the cozy atmosphere.
The entree selection was limited and hea ...
The entree selection was limited and heavy on meat dishes that sounded very filling such as venison. We ordered the lobster @$42 each. The menu description of the dish did not accurately describe it. The lobster was served hot on a cold plate of lettuce leaves with avacodo and artichokes with a tasteless dressing on it, not impressed ! We started with a caprese salad, you think the waiter would have said, Do you realize the lobster dish is a salad? Too gourmet, not impressed!
The service and attention to detail is i ...
The service and attention to detail is incredible !
Best lobster dish in town!
Best lobster dish in town!
Excellent food and service
Excellent food and service
Not up to standards
I expected a lot from this restaurant as it had a rating of 4,2 out of 5... The restaurant outside is very nice looking, but inside it has a very old stuffy feeling, artificial dusty flower arrangements throughout the place. Food was just OK. My raviolis were cold and overcooked, my husban's duck entree was good, but how can you miss duck ? It lacked sauce and was pretty dry. At 8 pm we were the last table left in that place and the chef had left, so when another couple arrived at 8:15 pm they were advised that the kitchen was closed and all they could offer was coffee.
craziest half a duck
I ordered the half duck.....and it arrived as two leg portions.....my husband's halibut, on the other hand, looked fabulous.
Nice quiet countryside location. Lots o ...
Nice quiet countryside location. Lots of parking. Nice deocr and excellent service and food quality. Recommended!
You have to try their mussels and wild boar! Absolutely the best anywhere! Always great service and an amazing dinner exerience. We come back every year.
All that I wished for.....
Second time to have a special dinner at On the Marsh, and as my title suggests, all my wishes came true. Just love the ambiance, inside and out - and then, when it comes to service and food - I've never been disappointed. Our server, Shannon, was so very gracious - witty - and informative....an added treat to the exceptional meal. Speaking of which, the meal from start to finish...wonderful. Starting with a chef's treat of cantaloupe soup, homemade bread....then onto an appetizer of local oysters....followed by pan seared sea scallops.....finished by a chocolate lover's dessert .....mmmmmmm, decadent. Upon delivery of the check, Shannon brought us an On the Marsh "thank you!".....a small glass with amaretto and whipped cream. How do you say, Yummy!!!?????? Can't wait to go back again next year!!
ould not recommend ENOUGH this restaurant.
John, our MD, was warm and very welcoming. Michelle, our serveuse, was knowledgeable, friendly and attentive. The dishes were covers from fabulous food magazines! They tasted even better. The chef also offered amuse-bouche twice to our delight. My wife and I finished the extraordinary dinner with the sublime and beautifully presented cheese platter. This evening and dinner were indeed memorable and a source of many happy comments about our annual escape to Kennebunkport
Beautiful surroundings, wonderful food
What a memorable evening! We started with home made bread that was warm and complete with chunks of garlic. The butter spread had sea salt and threads of chile pepper. Amazing! The cream sauce the mussels were in was the best I've had and the mussels were tender. I had ravioli with summer squash and carmelized onions, another delight. My companion had the haddock and she said it was the best she's had. I'm looking forward to my next visit.
Outstanding gem...culinary delight, cozy atmosphere and attentive services adds up to a fantastic evening to be remembered.
On the Marsh Bistro is a beautiful resta ...
On the Marsh Bistro is a beautiful restaurant that has been lovingly decorated. The service is outstanding. The food is very good. They have a function room upstairs, but we were a pretty large group for this restaurant because we were seven people. Many of us chose to order the mozzarella and heirloom tomato salad, and we were not disappointed because it was beautifully presented, and it tasted wonderful! My friend's husband ordered chowder for his appetizer, and he said that it was the best he's ever had! My friend's daughter enjoyed her tomato soup appetizer. Both my husband and I ordered a veal chop for our entrée. It was an extremely large portion which was nice, but it was a bit salty. One of us got the vegetarian entrée with cheese and zucchini, and she liked it. My friend ordered scallops, and they were very good. We split three desserts. The chocolate dessert was beautifully presented and delicious. The lemon dessert was also gorgeous. We definitely recommend this beautiful restaurant.
Open Table, STAR RATING SHOULD INCLUDE "N/A"
Please ignore our star rating for "On the Marsh", as we weren't given the option for "Not Applicable/did not dine here", but the stars were required fields. Also, we honestly have NO IDEA whether we would recommend it to a friend or not. If we were able, we would have chosen "Maybe". We did keep our reservation, arriving a bit early. While waiting to be seated, we asked to see the menu. We were surprised and disappointed to find that the nightly menu was quite different from the one posted @ Open Table. In fact, there was nothing on it we really wanted to order, so we left without being seated. Because we couldn't select "N/A", we rated "On the Marsh" 3 stars.... right down the middle. Again, stars were required fields that couldn't be left blank. As for dinner that night, we ended up at David's KPT and waited an hour for a table, but it was totally worth the wait. Our meals were so incredibly good that we went back again the following night. Please get David's KPT listed on Open Table!
We were seated at a lovely table w/ highback leather chairs,offered a glass of proseco to celebrate our anniversary. Delicious dinners and service.early in the evening so quiet and restful.Very solicitous service. Highly recommend for a special occasion.
On the Marsh
One of our favorites ... On the Marsh is always the first restaurant we choose while visiting Kennebunkport. Soft lighting, piano music from the bar, and a cozy table for two with excellent service and amazing food. A truly lovely and delicious evening!
Very romantic, decor is posh and comfortable, the grounds and views lovely and serene. Service is attentive and unobtrusive, one or two food choices were a little strange ($5 for an appetizer of tomato soup in a demitasse cup?) But the meal was outstanding if a little $$$$$$$ with a bottle of wine this is easily a $200+ dinner. But I would definitely go again.
the location is on a marsh, not the ocean: lots of birds and native plants and lovely gardens. The interior is a little more formal than most restaurants in Kennebunkport but the atmosphere is anything but stuffy. The staff is friendly and takes great care of you. The tenderloin of beef was so tender it did not need a knife to cut and the flavor was amazing; it was cooked to a perfect medium rare as well. Black truffle mashed potatoes and roasted cauliflower complemented it perfectly. The wines by the glass provided a great Cab, and I was pleasantly surprised to see my favorite dessert wine on the menu - very rare and I enjoyed it tremendously. Thank you for a wonderful dinner in a lovely setting!
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