Academe is a distinctive Maine, Brasserie-style restaurant featuring fabulous food and friendly, informal service. Chef ~ Owners, Brian O’Hea and Shanna Katherine Horner O’Hea, draw on their varied culinary backgrounds to create innovative, palate-tempting offerings appealing to a broad range of tastes and dining budgets.
Academe takes its name from the rich educational heritage of New England as well as the educational focus of The Inn’s owners and programs (e.g. The Inn offers apprenticeships and internships to students and young professionals from Asia and Europe). All our menu items — from soups to chowders to salads to sandwiches to entrees — utilize the freshest local ingredients (including herbs, vegetables and grapes from The Inn’s private garden) and are perfectly complemented by our diverse wine list, seasonal beers and signature, award-winning cocktails — Sage Against the Machine, Maine Lemonade, Shanna’s “Life-Saving” Negroni.
For private functions from birthday and anniversary celebrations to office parties and wedding rehearsal dinners, a variety of dining options and seating configurations can accommodate groups from twelve to 120. The Baitler Board Room (named for George Baitler, who in 1928 converted the private residence into “The Tavern” which eventually became The Kennebunk Inn in the late 1930s) is attached to the bar, overlooks The Inn’s patio and can accommodate private functions with seating up to 18.
Take a seat at the bar, at a front table overlooking Main Street, or in the summer months on the brick patio (see below) and enjoy the inviting ambiance offered to patrons from next door and around the world. You are sure to discover why Academe is consistently listed on OpenTable’s “Neighborhood Gems” and Chef ~ Owners, Brian and Shanna O’Hea, are popular guest chefs at food and wine festivals in Florida, South Carolina, Texas and other culinary destinations around the U.S.
The Inn’s enclosed brick patio provides a secluded and tranquil environment for outdoor dining in summer and early fall. The patio is also available for special occasions such as small weddings and corporate events.