Dining Suggestions

restaurant-1455958-1279x1124There are many excellent dining options in and around Orono for PDC clients who are visiting us at our facility on the UMaine campus.

Orono Area

The Family Dog

The Family Dog serves up lunch and dinner in a family-friendly atmosphere. This eatery has something for everyone from gourmet hot dogs and burgers to Mexican cuisine to mac and cheese. For more information, visit their website.

Thai Kitchen

If you’re looking for delicious and convenient delivery, Thai Kitchen is a great choice. They deliver for free anywhere in the Orono area and their large menu includes curry, noodles, stir fry dishes and a wide selection of soups and salads. For more information, visit their website.

The Memorial Union

Located on the University of Maine campus, the Memorial Union houses the the Bear’s Den, which serves salads, burgers, stir-fries, pizza and pastries. The Union is also home to a cafe, which offers soup, sandwiches and Starbucks coffee. Find more UMaine dining information here.

Pat’s Pizza

Since its opening in 1953, Pat’s Pizza has been a favorite of UMaine students and Orono residents. 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. Pat’s Pizza delivers anywhere on the UMaine campus after 5 PM. For more information, 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, visit their website.

Woodman’s Bar and Grill

Woodman’s Bar and Grill offers both high-end dining and an authentic pub experience. The Woodman’s chefs serve up entrees like filet mignon and scallop risotto alongside pub fare such as fish tacos. Woodman’s is well-known for its gourmet half-pound burgers, as well as for having the best selection of wine and beer in Orono. For more information, visit their website.


Opened in 2009 by a pair of UMaine alums, Verve is Orono’s trendiest eatery. Located inside a renovated brick building in downtown Orono, Verve serves up delicious West Coast style burritos, quesadillas, bagels, smoothies, coffee and cookies. Their comfortable lounge offers books and free wifi. Verve also has a second location in downtown Bangor. For more information, visit their website.

Margaritas Mexican Restaurant

Margaritas is a full-service Mexican restaurant and lounge located in 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, visit their website.

Thai Orchid

Offering unique and authentic Thai food, Thai Orchid is one of the most acclaimed 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, 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. Harvest Moon Deli has been voted the best sandwich shop in greater Bangor for more than ten years running by Bangor Metro Magazine. Harvest Moon also has five other locations, including stores in nearby Bangor and Brewer. For more information, visit their website.

Bangor Area


Offering an array of gourmet wood-fired dishes, a number of signature cocktails, and over forty craft beers on tap, Blaze is Bangor’s premier gastropub. Located in downtown Bangor, Blaze is an intimate and upscale dining experience. Blaze’s menu includes brick-oven pizzas, tacos, paninis and oak fired burgers. Highly recommended. For more information, visit their website.

Dysart’s Restaurant

A Bangor institution for many years, Dysart’s is a diner, bakery, gift shop, truck stop, bar and homestyle restaurant all in one. Famed throughout Maine for its large portions and reasonable prices, Dysart’s serves comfort food like corned beef hash, chicken pot pie, meatloaf and mac ‘n cheese. Dysart’s bakery also makes fresh pies, pastries and desserts. For more information, visit their website.

Las Palapas

Las Palapas serves the tastiest, freshest and most authentic Mexican cuisine in the Bangor area. Their menu includes enchiladas, steak, burritos, fajitas and chimichangas. Las Palapas also has a well-stocked bar with a large selection of premium Mexican beers and margaritas. For more information, visit their website.

Paddy Murphy’s

This cozy, upbeat and atmospheric Irish pub serves soups, burgers, sandwiches and fish and chips, as well as traditional bar snacks like onion rings and Irish nachos. Paddy Murphy’s often hosts karaoke, trivia contests and live music. The pub has an upstairs dining area that is available to rent for special occasions. For more information, visit their website.

Sea Dog Brewing Company

Located directly on the scenic Penobscot River, the Sea Dog Brewing Company is a restaurant and a brewpub, serving classic American cuisine and award-winning gourmet beers. Menu items include seafood, burgers, salads and sandwiches. The Sea Dog Brewing Company also has locations in Topsham and South Portland, as well as in New Hampshire and Florida. For more information, visit their website.

Kobe Ninja House

Kobe Ninja House is a Japanese grill and sushi bar, which offers both table-service and hibachi dining. The hibachi experience is highly recommended, especially if you’re part of a large party. Kobe’s menu includes many kinds of sushi, pad thai, tempura and coconut shrimp. For more information, visit their website.

Taste of India

An easily overlooked gem, Taste of India is an authentic northern Indian restaurant tucked away in downtown Bangor. Taste of India serves rich and delicious Indian food, including curry, vindaloo, tikka massala, madras and biryani. Taste of India offers a lunch buffet Wednesday through Sunday. For more information, visit their website.

Timber Kitchen and Bar

One of the hottest restaurants in town, Timber Kitchen and Bar boasts delicious cuisine, stylish decor and an atmosphere that’s both comfortable and elegant. Timber’s menu offers a wide range of gourmet fare, including appetizers, handmade pasta, wood-fired pizza, artisan burgers and cakes, cheesecakes and pies for dessert. For more information, visit their website.

11 Central

Downtown Bangor’s hippest restaurant, 11 Central is a casual and charming eatery that serves fresh, delicious, locally-sourced food. The restaurant also showcases original art from local Maine artists. 11 Central’s menu includes steamed mussels, grilled swordfish, filet mignon and gourmet pizza. For more information, visit their website.