The Family Dog
The latest addition to Orono’s wide selection 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 mac and cheese. For more information, visit their website.
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 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. Pat’s will deliver 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 offers both high-end dining and an authentic pub experience. Chef Mark Horton serves up Italian-inspired entrees such as seafood pesto linguine, vegetable risotto and pecan-crusted chicken. 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 (in 2013, a second location opened in Bangor). Verve’s eclectic menu features burritos, quesadillas, bagels, smoothies, coffee and baked goods. Open for breakfast and lunch, Verve is located inside a renovated brick building in downtown Orono. Verve’s comfortable lounge offers books and free wifi. For more information, 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, visit their website.
Bear Brew Pub
The favorite hangout of many UMaine students, the Bear Brew Pub is known 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. The Brew often offers live music and dancing upstairs in Club Soma36. For more information, visit their website.
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 seven years running by Bangor Metro Magazine. Harvest Moon Deli also has locations in nearby Bangor and Brewer. For more information, visit their website.
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 the heart of 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.
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 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.
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 Facebook page.
Sea Dog Brewing Company
Located directly on the scenic Penobscot River, the Sea Dog Brewing Company is a restaurant and a brewpub, serving both classic American cuisine and award-winning gourmet beers. Menu items include seafood, burgers, salads and sandwiches. The Sea Dog Brewing Company has other 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 located in the heart of Bangor. Kobe offers both table-service and hibachi dining. The hibachi experience is highly recommended, especially if you’re part of a large party. Kobe’s large 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 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 buffet on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. 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 industrial chic 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.
Downtown Bangor’s hippest new restaurant, 11 Central is a trendy 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.