RESTAURANT AT THE BOATHOUSE WATERFRONT HOTEL IN KENNEBUNKPORT SETS OPENING DATE, ANNOUNCES CHEF

John Shaw, Executive Chef at The Boathouse Waterfront Hotel and Restaurant.KENNEBUNKPORT, ME (March 27, 2018) –  Justin Grimes, managing director for the Kennebunkport Resort Collection, announced that the Boathouse Restaurant will open on May 3, 2018, led by newly appointed Executive Chef John Shaw.

Shaw, a Kennebunk native who spent the past seven years at The Tides Beach Club in Kennebunkport, has fashioned a new “classic Maine” menu that focuses on fresh seafood with a sprinkling of Asian influences. Some of Shaw’s fan-favorite signature dishes from The Tides will also be featured, such as Seared Shrimp and Scallops with Lobster Fried Rice and Lobster Spring Rolls.

The waterfront restaurant, located on the Kennebunk River just steps from Dock Square, is currently undergoing a redesign of both the indoor and outdoor dining areas to create more spirited social seating and a vibrant bar space.

“Chef Shaw’s creative and approachable ideas to present fresh-caught seafood and locally inspired dishes – in a brighter and livelier environment – will revitalize the restaurant for both the community and visitors,” said Grimes.

The company is currently looking to fill a number of staff positions at the restaurant, including line cooks, servers, bartenders and hosts.  Grimes recommended that interested candidates can visit www.kennebunkportresortcollection.com/careers to apply.

Grand Opening on May 3rd

The Boathouse is a waterfront hotel and restaurant located on the banks of the Kennebunk River.  Surrounded by working marinas, The Boathouse epitomizes its chic, coastal locale in Kennebunkport: The newly designed space is bright and sunny with nautical influences. Splashes of red & golden yellow create a welcoming and energetic space, making it the place to be seen in KPT this summer.  Chef John Shaw’s “classic Maine” menu focuses on fresh seafood with a sprinkling of Asian influences with a full Lobster Bar serving Maine oysters, Little Neck clams, and scallop crudo.  Featuring two bars serving creative cocktails and outdoor dining on a wrap-around deck, The Boathouse will quickly become a favorite of locals and guests alike.

Opening Thursday, May 3rd

  • Lunch + Dinner, daily, 11am-9pm
  • Happy Hour, 3-5pm (Monday-Thursday)

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Ocean Restaurant at Cape Arundel Inn, Kennebunkport, Maine

Ocean at Cape Arundel Inn & Resort

Aptly named, Ocean is located within the Cape Arundel Inn & Resort, Kennebunkport’s beautiful oceanfront inn, with panoramic windows offering 180 degree views of the Atlantic. Ocean is the perfect venue to enjoy a memorable meal or cocktails and bites at the bar. Chef Pierre Gignac’s menu features ocean-inspired fine cuisine, beautifully presented and enhanced by the fresh sea air and stunning scenery. Call 207-967-4015 for reservations or questions or view the menu for Ocean.

Burleigh Restaurant at the Kennebunkport Inn, Maine

The Burleigh at The Kennebunkport Inn

The Burleigh – Kennebunkport’s hottest new restaurant – features a menu of the freshest Maine seafood and classic pub fare served in an inviting space featuring a cozy fireplace and décor that reflects the Inn’s maritime heritage. Signature dishes include blue cheese Maine mussels, a burger topped with house-smoked pastrami, pork loin brined in apple cider, and fan favorite — lobster mac & cheese. Call 207-967-2621 for or click  for more information on The Burleigh.

Earth Restaurant at Hidden Pond, Kennebunkport, Maine

Earth at Hidden Pond

Earth at Hidden Pond opens on May 4th for the 2018 season.
Located within the luxury resort Hidden Pond, Earth serves up cuisine that takes advantage of the bounty of the property’s 800 square-foot organic farm, where herbs, flowers, and heirloom vegetables are picked daily. The creative menu features house-made pastas, cheeses, breads, charcuterie and desserts and locally sourced meats and seafood. Craft cocktails are prepared using ingredients from the garden, and a diverse wine menu complements the exceptional experience. Make a reservation at Earth at Hidden Pond, or call (207) 967-6550 for more information.

The Tides Beach Club Kennebunkport, Maine

The Tides Beach Club

The Tides Beach Club opens on May 11th for the 2018 season.
Given its enviable location steps away from Goose Rocks Beach, The Tides Beach Club bustles with a vibrant social scene while exuding a coastal chic ambiance. Local seafood is the focal point of the menu with native Maine classics such as a Maine Lobster Roll two ways with drawn butter or herbed mayo, Crispy Fried Clams with house tartar or the TBC Club with house-roasted turkey and a garlic aioli.  The bar menu features specialty cocktails infused with fresh juices, fruits and herbs, New England artisanal beers and an extensive wine list.  For more information or to make a reservation, call (207) 967-3757 or visit The Tides Beach Club online.

The Dory

The Dory opens on May 11th for the 2018 season.
Minutes away from downtown Kennebunkport at The Lodge on the Cove, The Dory offers a laid back atmosphere that’s ideally suited for gathering with family and friends. The menu features build-your-own burgers, homemade milkshakes and clever sides such as sweet potato tater tots. Creative cocktails, daily Happy Hour and live local music make it a great spot for adults while ping pong, lawn games and retro ice cream bars keep the kids happy. Tucked away from the Port’s hustle and bustle in a cute, coveside setting, it’s the perfect spot for a relaxing time! Call 207-967-3993 for more information or view the menu for The Dory.

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Extraordinary cuisine, creative libations, an energetic social scene – all are part of the KPT culture. Our little corner of the coast may seem mellow, but when it comes to great food and vibrant scene, Kennebunkport’s diverse selection of restaurants put us on the map! Of course, you can get your fill of fresh Maine lobster in our charming coastal town, but we also boast a variety cuisine that is sure to impress and delight! There is also plenty to do in the evenings…think cozying up to nightly bonfires and while enjoying a round of leisurely cocktails. Looking for something special? Our staff would be happy to provide recommendations on Kennebunkport Restaurants. Just ask!