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“Yet another fabulous Kennebunk restaurant”
Review of The Village Tavern

The Village Tavern
Certificate of Excellence
Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Reservations
Montreal, Canada
Level 4 Contributor
24 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Yet another fabulous Kennebunk restaurant”
Reviewed 18 November 2013

A friend recommended this already popular, upscale, yet very relaxed restaurant. Chef Rich Lemoine, formerly of Cape Arundel Inn and the White Barn Inn, opened this pub in early 2013. It’s already a busy place. If you’re seated facing back, you can watch your dishes being prepared, through a large window that opens on the chef’s work table. We started with a grilled romaine salad with blueberry vinaigrette, and a hearty Cesar salad. Both were excellent. And we both ordered the “pan seared shrimp, sea scallops and lobster stew with truffle oil drizzle”, which comes in an unctuous and rich lobster bisque. This generous “stew” was prepared to order; it hadn’t been simmering away, ready to be ladled into bowls. Everything it contained was fresh and delicious. For desert, we shared a baked Alaska cake which was a real triumph: the meringue was just right, while the ice cream was still firm and tasty. The place does not take reservations. Even so, it’s still well worth a visit, no matter how long the wait. We will definitely return!

  • Visited October 2013
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English first
Ogunquit, Maine, United States
Level 4 Contributor
40 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Delightful”
Reviewed 18 November 2013

We just went there this past week for the 1st time. We absolutely loved it and cannot wait to go back again. They are open all year. The meals were absolutely delicious....I had Beef Tenderloin tips with Spinach and with Maple Mashed Sweet Potatoes, and my husband had a Haddock dinner which he said was the best Haddock he has ever had and for him to say that it had to be the best!!! Then I had their Apple pie with their own vanilla ice cream...I usually avoid desserts but the dinner was so delicious I just had to try one of their desserts and it was awesome!!.. Looking forward to going back their again soon.

  • Visited November 2013
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Stetson, Maine
Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“anniversary celebration”
Reviewed 8 November 2013

We dined at the Village Tavern to celebrate our 41st wedding anniversary. House, a repurposed former market, is nicely laid out, with tables arranged in a way that feel quite private. Wine by the glass was reasonably priced and generously poured. A very tasty sourdough bread was provided, which we followed with a grilled romaine salad. One of us had the scallop, shrimp and lobster stew, the other the short ribs. Both were excellent. Diverse range of sides to choose from, which complemented the mains well. The staff generously comped our dessert, a very good tiramisu. It was a delightful anniversary celebration.

  • Visited November 2013
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Park City, Utah, United States
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Hidden diamond”
Reviewed 24 October 2013

This local restaurant opened less than a year ago and is one of the most populate with locals. Fresh local ingredients, friendly servers, cozy atmosphere, and a menu that reflects the season. Prices are very reasonable for the quality of the food. Better get there early...on weekends often fills up by 5pm for dinner,

Visited October 2013
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1 Thank Pam N
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Lyman, Maine
Level 5 Contributor
67 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
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“A lopsided market transformed!”
Reviewed 16 October 2013

It is hard to believe that not too many years ago, I stopped at Cummings Market, navigated the ancient sloping floors, grabbed a slice of pizza and a coke and drove away. It has now been transformed into a place to linger, to savor and to enjoy. Since reservations are not taken, you have three choices: come at 4:45 and eat early, come between 5:15 and 7:45 and stand at the bar for a while or eat later. Each choice has a downside but there is no downside to the food or the service.

We chose to eat early and were seated on arrival. Normally I am not wild about eating near the kitchen but you should beg for the table for 4 next to the serving station. The concept is open so there are no noisy swinging doors. Instead you get to see the food prepared and plated and you know what each dish will look like and smell like (if you are adventuresome and willing to lean a little) before you order.

Our party of 4 shared the crab cakes with Asian slaw. One of us said that she hated crabs cakes and only participated because I had ordered and she was being polite. After eating her share she was begging to order another round. I had the scallop, shrimp and lobster stew. It was wonderful as were the fish dishes. The rare beef eater pronounced the steak tips perfect. We finished with a wonderful caramel sea salt ice cream which was the perfect marriage of tastes.

A drink special was the Twine Mill Kitty. Our server understood that a grown man couldn't actually order something named that and allowed me to just point.

  • Visited October 2013
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