There are many excellent restaraunts in and around Orono that can be used by visitors coming to the PDC from a distance. Here are a few of our favorites.
The Family Dog
The newest addition to Orono’s wide array of dining options, The Family Dog serves up lunch and dinner in a family friendly atmosphere. This restaurant has something for everyone from gourmet hot dogs and burgers to Mexican cuisine to create your own mac ‘n’ cheese. Come in on Sundays from nine to two for their special Sunday brunch, featuring stuffed french toast and their signature breakfast burger. For more information, please visit their website.
If you’re looking for delicious delivery, Thai Kitchen is a great choice. For your convenience, they deliver for free anywhere in the Orono area. Their huge menu offers curry, noodles, rice and stir fry dishes and also a wide selection of soups and salads. For more information, please visit their website.
The Memorial Union
Located on the University of Maine campus, the Memorial Union houses the Maine Marketplace and the Bear’s Den. The Maine Marketplace serves salads, burgers, seafood, pizza and baked goods, as well as Chinese and Mexican cuisine. The Bear’s Den offers gourmet soup, sandwiches and traditional pub fare. Click here for menu information.
Long a favorite of UMaine students, Pat’s Pizza has reached near-iconic status in Orono. Friendly, casual and affordable, Pat’s continues to serve the most famous pizza in town, along with breadsticks, sandwiches, ice cream and desserts. Pat’s also has full bar service. For more information, please visit their website.
A well-loved Maine institution, Governor’s offers homestyle cooking and comfort food, such as burgers, meatloaf, pasta, fried seafood and hot sandwiches. Governor’s is famous for its homemade desserts, particularly its pies and cakes, which are baked daily and available whole or by the slice. Located in Old Town, Governor’s is only a few minutes from the UMaine campus. For more information, please visit their website.
Woodman’s Bar and Grill
Woodman’s offers both high-end dining and an authentic pub experience. Chef Mark Horton serves up Italian-inspired entrees such as shrimp napoli, haddock pomodoro, chicken picatta and fish and chips. Woodman’s is well-known for its gourmet half-pound burgers, as well as having the best selection of wine and beer in Orono. For more information, please visit their website.
Opened in 2009 by a pair of UMaine alums, Verve is Orono’s trendiest new eatery. Verve’s eclectic menu features burritos, quesadillas, bagels, smoothies, coffee and baked goods. Open for breakfast and lunch, Verve is located inside a newly renovated brick building in downtown Orono. Verve’s comfortable lounge offers books and free wifi. For more information, please visit their website.
Margaritas Mexican Restaurant
Bringing authentic and delicious Mexican cuisine to Maine, Margaritas is a full-service restaurant and lounge located in the heart of downtown Orono. Boasting handcrafted Mexican decor and furnishings, Margaritas serves tacos, fajitas, enchiladas, quesadillas, salads and some truly unique desserts. Happy Hour at the lounge is four to six every weekday. For more information, please visit their website.
Bear Brew Pub
The favorite hangout of many UMaine students, the Bear Brew Pub is renowned for its comfortable atmosphere, brick oven pizza and large selection of beer and alcoholic beverages. The Bear Brew’s large menu also includes appetizers, chicken wings, salads, sandwiches and burgers. Pool tables are available for use, and the Brew often offers live music and dancing. For more information, please visit their website.
Offering unique and authentic Thai food, Thai Orchid is one of the most celebrated Asian restaurants in the area. With more than a hundred homemade Thai dishes on the menu, it’s possible to have a different meal every time you visit. The menu features soups, curry, pad thai, drunken noodles and tempura. Thai Orchid also has a fully-stocked bar. Delivery is available. For more information, please visit their website.
Conveniently located on Main Street in Orono, Sushi Now offers friendly service, low prices and fresh, healthy sushi and Japanese cuisine. One of the few sushi bars in the region, Sushi Now promises to serve customers within fifteen minutes of ordering. Diners can either eat in or order takeout. For more information, please visit their website.
Harvest Moon Deli
A great place for a lunch break, Harvest Moon Deli offers a wide selection of sandwiches, hot paninis and soups. Vegetarian options, such as fresh veggie wraps and salads with homemade dressings, are also available. All sandwiches and soups are made from the freshest ingredients. Harvest Moon Deli has been voted the best sandwich shop in greater Bangor three years running by Bangor Metro Magazine. For more information, please visit their website.