Off-Campus Dining

Waterville, ME
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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: A few chain restaurants and fast food places

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There isn't a lot. There is very few ways to get out unless you have a car. The food options are generally limited to pizza joints, fast food, or suburban Asian food. There are some decent restaurants but they are few and far between

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are some really good restaurants in Waterville! Pad Thai is common with Colby students. If you want a nice (but expensive) dinner, go to 18 Below! Also Selah Tea and Holy Cannoli are delicious too!

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: It's even better if you have a car. Seriously though.

3 College Student

Off-Campus Dining: There're several good restaurants in Waterville.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 4th
    Best Off-Campus Dining Cost
  • 726th
    Best Off-Campus Dining Variety

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Danny Garin
Washington, DC
Government and Economics
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The food is definitely one of Waterville’s biggest attractions. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a Colby student who doesn’t have an inexplicable and undying love for Pad Thai Too—this small, often crowded, hole-in-the-wall Thai restaurant is easily the most popular in Waterville, which is quite the accomplishment in a city full of great restaurants. Students are always willing to venture into the Waterville wilds and find great food, like Big G's, which offers remarkably huge sandwiches.

You can really find anything you want here. Some say Waterville is the fast food capital of America—Applebee’s, Ruby Tuesday, and Friendly’s are close to campus if you're looking for a quick bite to eat, and McDonald's, Taco Bell, KFC, and Burger King are open late once the Spa closes. There are also pricier restaurants with amazing food to enjoy with your parents, and less-expensive restaurants with equally amazing food to enjoy with your friends. Waterville House of Pizza will deliver gourmet pizzas and hand-crafted calzones with innovative toppings to your dorm. The popular spots get crowded and continual eating out will burn holes in your wallet, but in a city that often has little to offer Colby students, the off-campus dining scene is pretty phenomenal. Although on-campus dining halls are great, they get old, and Waterville rises to the needs of bored Colby students.

Facts & Statistics

Best Asian
  • Asian Café
  • Pad Thai Too
Best Breakfast
  • Big G's
  • Early Bird Restaurant
  • Last Unicorn
  • Purple Cow House of Pancakes
Best Coffee
Jorgensen's Café
Best Dessert
North Street Dairy Cone
Best Healthy
  • Barrels Community Market
  • Riverside Farm Market & Café
Best Late-Night
Waterville House of Pizza
Best Mexican
Cancun Mexican Restaurant
Best Pizza
  • Big G's
  • Papa John's
  • Waterville House of Pizza
Best Wings
Big G's
Best Place to Take a Date
Apollo's Bistro
Best Place to Take Your Parents
  • Last Unicorn
  • Pad Thai Too
Other Places to Check Out
  • Mainely Brews
  • Papa John's
  • Ruby Tuesday
  • Waterville House of Pancakes

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

Barrels Community Market
74 Main St., Waterville
(207) 660-4844
Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Hannaford Food and Drug
19 Elm Plaza, Waterville
(207) 877-0700
Monday-Saturday 7 a.m.-11 p.m., Sunday 7 a.m.-9 p.m.
Shaw's Supermarket
251 Kennedy Memorial Dr., Waterville
(207) 873-6224
Monday-Saturday 7 a.m.-11 p.m., Sunday 7 a.m.-9 p.m.

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

Apollo Bistro
Food: American, French
91 Silver St., Waterville
(207) 872-2242
Price: $8-$23
Food: American
251 Kennedy Memorial Dr., Waterville
(207) 872-6702
Price: $8-$15
Asian Café
Food: Asian
53 Bay St., Winslow
(207) 877-6688
Price: $7-$15
Big G's
Food: Breakfast, pizza, subs, sandwiches
581 Benton Ave., Winslow
(207) 873-7808
Price: $5-$10
Cancun Mexican Restaurant
Food: Mexican
14 Silver St., Waterville
(207) 872-7400
Price: $8-$13
Early Bird Restaurant
Food: American, breakfast
37 Main St., Oakland
(207) 465-9608
Price: $5-$10
Food: American
373 Main St., Waterville
(207) 872-4598
Price: $5-$13
Gifford's Ice Cream
Food: Ice cream
170 Silver St., Waterville
(207) 872-6631
Price: $4-$6
Cool Features: The outdoor ice cream shop also has mini-golf and batting cages.
Grand Central Café
Food: Pizza, sandwiches, subs
10 Railroad Sq., Waterville
(207) 872-9135
Price: $5-$15
Jorgensen's Café
Food: Baked goods, coffee, salads, sandwiches
103 Main St., Waterville
9207) 872-8711
Price: Less than $10
Last Unicorn
Food: American
8 Silver St., Waterville
(207) 873-6378
Price: $12-$25
North Street Dairy Cone
Food: Ice cream
127 North St., Waterville
(207) 873-0877
Price: $4-$6
Cool Features: Homemade ice cream, cakes, and milkshakes.
Pad Thai Too
Food: Thai
400 Kennedy Memorial Dr., Waterville
(207) 859-8900
Price: $11-$20
Purple Cow House of Pancakes
Food: American, pancakes
6 Route 201, Fairfield
(207) 453-1371
Price: $4-$10
Riverside Farm Market & Café
Food: International, sandwiches
291 Fairfield St., Oakland
(207) 465-4439
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: All organic Food
Soup to Nuts Coffee House
Food: Coffee, locally produced food, organic
177 Maine St., Waterville
(207) 680-9999
Price: $4-$10
Cool Features: Tasty baked goods.
Waterville House of Pizza
Food: Pizza
139 Main St., Waterville
(207) 873-4300
Price: $5-$15

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 39 responses

Very poor
  • Cost
  • Convenience
  • Healthy/organic options
  • Late-night options
  • Quality
  • Student discounts
  • Variety/number of options
  • Vegetarian/vegan options

How would you rate the diversity of off-campus dining options?    Based on 51 responses

  • 4% An endless repetition of the same few places.
  • 14% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 61% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 22% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
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