Rick’s Restaurant Raves – Part 3

Pier 77 and the Ramp, Cape Porpoise

If you’d love a dining experience where the view rivals the food for "spectacular," head just a few miles east of Kennebunkport, out Route 9, to the tiny, picture-postcard village of Cape Porpoise.

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At the very end of the Pier Road, you’ll find Pier 77 Restaurant, overlooking picturesque Cape Porpoise Harbor and the working lobster boats that daily ply its waters. On occasion, you might even spy former President George Bush zipping in, in his sleek cigarette boat, to pick up lobsters for a cookout at his nearby Walker Point compound!

Three Restaurants In One

Pier 77 Restaurant, on the street level, seats 80 in a handsome, contemporary setting. Photo_lg_10_2Large windows provide stunning of the Harbor and Goat Island Light in the distance. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner daily from June 1 to September 30; Thursday to Monday the rest of the year. Reservations are advised for dinner, and the Captain Lord Mansion would be happy to make one for you.

The inventive menu includes many regional favorites such as Maine Crab Cakes, Crab Sandwich on French bread, Seafood Mixed Grill, and of curse, mouth-watering Steamed Lobster with all the fixings! Bev and I judge the quality of a restaurant by the quality of the bread it serves. Well, Pier 77 offers you two delicious, freshly-baked breads to start your meal. Their olive bread, when dipped in their pure virgin olive oil seasoned with freshly-ground pepper is scrumptious! Recently, while watching the sun set over peaceful Cape Porpoise Harbor, we both enjoyed the Pan Roasted Haddock with Ricotta Gnocchi, Portabello Mushrooms and Fried Baby Artichokes. End your satisfying meal with a Warm Blueberry Crumble (it wouldn’t be Maine without blueberries!). For a liquid dessert (which we didn’t have!), Pier 77 offers the World’s Greatest Hot Beverage – Bailey’s, Bushmill’s and coffee! For added enjoyment, a pianist tinkled the ivories throughout our dinner. He plays every evening in season; weekends in the off-season.

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The Ramp Bar and Grill, on the lower level, has a cozy, pub-like atmosphere and serves a casual bar menu all day. Their Fish and Chips and overstuffed Lobster Roll are legendary! Bev and I love their huge (and delicious) burgers, too! The Ramp is the place to rub shoulders with locals who know where to find great tasting, well-prepared food.

The Lighthouse Room, on the top floor, welcomes intimate, private parties of 10 to 25 people. Bev and I often see small wedding parties enjoying rehearsal dinners in the Lighthouse Room. The room’s name indicates the terrific view of the Goat Island Lighthouse that can be seen from the room’s expansive windows.

Bev and I enthusiastically recommend Pier 77 and The Ramp to anyone looking for a quintessential New England experience. With its superb regional food and outstanding water views, it’s one of Kennebunkport’s "must" experiences!

Rick Litchfield, Your Innkeeper

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