The White Barn Inn Restaurant, Kennebunkport
Kennebunkport , Maine
Tel: 207 967 2321
Concierge.com's insider take:
Dining at the White Barn should be on those life-lists that crop up everywhere these days. British-born Jonathan Cartwright, the chef since 1994, oversees a 25-person kitchen staff to create such in-season fancies as English pea soup with a Maine shrimp fritter, or seared local halibut filet on a spring morel. The lobster spring roll is a dazzling surprise; the intermezzo includes Kennebunkport seafood bisque and lemon-thyme sorbet. And dessert means a milk chocolate mille-feuille with caramelized bananas or orange-infused rhubarb crêpes. Should you take your eyes off the menu, the food, or your dining companion (the romance is undeniable), you'll notice that each table is graced with an animal fashioned from sterling silver. Meanwhile, the scene out of the enormous picture window is of perennials, pumpkins, or Christmas lights, depending on the time of year. The four-course tasting menu is $91 per person; the sommelier will pair wines from the 7,000-bottle cellar for an additional $50.
Dinner nightly (Closed Monday and Tuesday in off-season: January through April).