Where to Eat in Kennebunk and Wells, Maine
Feb 10, 2023 at 7:00 AM in Where to Eat
Portland, Maine, may be known as the culinary capital of the state, but you can still find lots to love (and devour) in Kennebunk and Wells, too. Here are some of our favorite spots to grab some of Maine’s best bites, brews and a bevy of Maine-made products.
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This downtown restaurant is about as local as it gets, with a focus on ultra-seasonal cuisine and a menu that changes very regularly. With European inspiration, but still an accessible atmosphere, 50 Local is a can’t-miss in Kennebunk. Expect menu items like handmade gnocchi, Maine oysters on the half shell and house-made ice creams.
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2. Batson River Brewing & Distilling
Batson River Brewing & Distilling boasts multiple locations, with one in both Kennebunk and Wells. The Kennebunk outpost is a short walk from Kennebunkport’s Dock Square and serves seasonal menus, cocktails and craft beers. The Wells location, meanwhile, also houses an on-site brewery, which offers tours.
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3. The Spirit of Massachusetts
Why eat at a restaurant on dry land, when you can take to the waters? The Spirit of Massachusetts is a New England-built schooner that is now restored and docked in Kennebunk, hosting a restaurant and bar. Light bites are the focus, but there are also extra items available from an adjacent food truck. Think Maine seafood all the way.
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4. Billy’s Chowder House
Speaking of Maine seafood, if it’s a casual seafood shack-style setting that you want, you can visit Billy’s Chowder House in Wells. Expect all your favorites, from Billy’s award-winning clam chowder to lobster to fried fish. For a little bit of it all, order the platter, which comes with a full pound of favorite fried seafood items, such as clams, shrimp, scallops and haddock.
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5. Old Vines Wine Bar
If your idea of a good meal comes with a side of wine, head to this converted barn-turned-bistro. The menu is tapas-style and features locally sourced ingredients. Grab a few drinks, gather around and share bites with your fellow travelers, from mussels to scallops, charcuterie to authentic Dutch bitterballen.
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This brew pub boasts Maine eats, Maine beers and Maine views. Grab a brew (or two) and sit down for some rib-sticking goodness, whether you go with an oversized burger, a seafood platter or one of the specialty sandwiches. If you have someone in your traveling party who isn’t terribly keen on Maine’s robust seafood scene, they’ll be glad to find lots of non-seafood options on this particular menu.
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7. Squaretoes Restaurant
Looking for a good breakfast spot? Look no further. Squaretoes has you covered with an all-day breakfast menu that boasts all the classics, like breakfast platters, pancakes, French toast and scrambles, plus a selection of benedicts and omelets. Not in the mood for breakfast? The lunch menu offers light bites like salads and sandwiches.
Looking for more spots to dine and drink in Kennebunk or Wells, Maine? You can find suggestions for even more restaurants and watering holes, plus things to do, places to shop and places to stay, in the Discovery Map Kennebunk & Wells, Maine guide.