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Restaurant & Bar Guide

Pearl Kennebunk Beach

Pearl Kennebunk Beach information

// Location27 Western Ave.
Kennebunk, ME 04043

// Hours5 to approximately 9 p.m. Thursday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday

// Contact207-204-0860

// Price Range$$$

// Cuisine Type American, Seafood,

// Features Outdoor Dining, Take Out,

// Reviews

⇢ French cuisine meets Maine seafood shack at Pearl Kennebunk Beach

After floods inside and out kept Pearl Kennebunk Beach from opening for much of 2017, its first full year in business, things looked dire for chef/owner Rebecca Charles, one of New York’s best-known seafood restaurateurs. “We got the place open in September of 2016, then had to close. We missed both summer seasons!” she said. For a business in a coastal town like Kennebunk, that’s a problem. But Charles sold her New York home and hunkered down for the long haul in Maine. “I intend to retire here,” she said. Judging by the quality of the food at her spacious, 120-seat restaurant, she has every chance of making that happen. Some dishes, like golden shoestring fries, an overstuffed bouillabaisse and a meaty, lightly dressed lobster roll ($24) are twins of dishes she serves at Pearl Oyster Bar in Manhattan. Others, like a warm-spiced apple crisp and a crunchy, schnitzel-like pan-fried chicken breast served with creamy celery remoulade, demonstrate that Charles – who, unlike many famous chefs, frequently cooks on the line in her own kitchen – knows a whole lot more than oysters. You won’t be able to score a table here once the tourists arrive, so take advantage of the off-season and get here while you can.