Pier 77 shines again

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Had dinner at Pier 77, overlooking Cape Porpoise harbor the other night, and once again it shined. If you’re looking for a place to escape Kennebunkport’s Christmas Prelude crowds, noodle your way over to this restaurant.

Last time here, I ate in The Ramp, the cozy downstairs pub. This time, I dined upstairs, with a pianist providing nice background music. Although we had a window table, it was hard to see much at night except for a ripple here and there and the moonlight on a row of dinghies. Still, the gentleman at the table next to ours managed to spy a Great Blue Heron wading in the waters, and pointed it out to us. By daylight–the restaurant serves both lunch and dinner everyday–the views are spectacular.

Dinner began with a selection of Borealis breads accompanied by a nice, peppery olive oil. We ordered a Caesar and a field greens salad ($8.50 each). The latter came with falafel, a nice touch–for light eaters, this salad with another appetizer or soup could make a meal.

For entrees, we had the seafood stew (clams, mussels, shrimp, haddock in a saffron broth with aioi-topped bread; $23), abundant and alway a winner, and the duck three ways (confit, marinated breast, and sausage with brandied cherries, garlic kale, and wild rice; $25), an autumn addition. As with the stew, the portion was huge, and I couldn’t quite finish it, not that I didn’t try. Too full, we skipped dessert. Maybe next time.

Pier 77 is a bit off the beaten path, but it’s only about five, max 10, minutes from downtown K’port via Route 9, and well worth the drive. Of course, if you really want the views, go for lunch. But do go, prices are reasonable, service is excellent, and the food superb.