The Pilot House

Reuben Menu Description

Fried Haddock Reuben ($15.99): Fresh fried haddock, Swiss cheese, house coleslaw & 1000 island dressing on grilled rye bread

Included Side Items: French fries, potato salad or potato chips and two pickle slices

Reuben Sandwich Metadata

Presentation: The sandwich was constructed with Swiss cheese lining both slices of marbled rye bread. Between the Swiss cheese was the fried haddock, topped with coleslaw and Thousand Island dressing. The sandwich was grilled, sliced down the middle and served on a plate next to the side item.

Fried Haddock Reuben at The Pilot House, Kennebunkport, ME

Delivery Time: 18 minutes

Dimensions: 975 cm³ (15 cm x 13 cm x 5 cm)

Bulk to Cost Ratio: 60 cm³/dollar

Review Date:



  • Overall: A+ (5/5)
  • Value: B+ (4/5)
  • Atmosphere: A (4.5/5)
  • Service: A+ (5/5)
  • Taste: A (4.5/5)
  • Presentation: A+ (5/5)

nice crunch into the haddock

bread was a little too hard

While we were traveling on the coast of Maine, we figured we would stop for dinner at somewhere that could combine a Reuben sandwich with something seafood or ocean-related. While driving through Kennebunkport, we stopped at a restaurant right on the harbor called The Pilot House. It was a pleasant evening, so we asked to dine in their outdoor area.

The Pilot House (interior) - Kennebunkport, ME

I ordered the Fried Haddock Reuben from their menu. The price seemed a little high for a Reuben—but I don't know the going price for haddock, so maybe I shouldn’t complain. I upgraded my side item to the sweet potato waffle fries. The sandwich arrived in just under 20 minutes and came alongside what might have been the most unnaturally-orange looking sweet potato fries I think I’d ever seen.

Fried Haddock Reuben (close-up) at The Pilot House, Kennebunkport, ME

The first thing that I noticed was that the grilled rye on the sandwich was a little hard—perhaps it had been grilled a little too long? But then on biting into the sandwich, I was very pleased with the way that the coleslaw and dressing worked well with the mild flavors of the haddock. In fact, there wasn’t a huge “coleslaw” taste to this Reuben—the coleslaw tasted much more like sauerkraut than I had expected.

I also liked how the crisp coating around the fried haddock had a nice crunch that worked well with the crunch of the rye bread. I liked that the sandwich didn’t taste “fishy” and that it was amazingly Reubenesque. I would have thought that a fish Reuben would be a poor substitute for good old corned beef, but this sandwich proved me wrong. I mean, it obviously didn’t taste just like a traditional Reuben, but it was a delicious sandwich that passed the test.

Chris Rowland Eats a Reuben at The Pilot House, Kennebunkport, ME

I highly recommend a stop to try the Fried Haddock Reuben if you are passing through Kennebunkport and looking for something delicious.