Off-Campus Dining

Location
Orono, ME
Undergrads
7,549
Tuition (in-state)
$26,308 ($10,588)
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: I do not eat off-campus often but I am aware of a few options in the area. Most of the dining options include fast food like McDonalds but there are a couple restaurants that are decent in price and quality. There are also many popular pizza places that deliver to campus.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are not many places close to school especially if you do not have a car. There are a couple of places that deliver to the dorm. That is how I usually get take-out.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: If you want to go to Bangor there're more options

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: I love going into Bangor to eat at all the different restaurants.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: So many great places to eat, with all price options.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 12th
    Best Off-Campus Dining Cost
  • 913rd
    Best Off-Campus Dining Variety

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Justin Wozniski
Hometown
Lancaster County, Pa.
Major
Journalism
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Orono's restaurants provide a great variety in food choices. The restaurants in the area are among the most popular. Most of the restaurants are also unique to both the local area or to Maine. Very few franchises exist in Orono outside of fast food restaurants. The Black Bear Bucks program can be utilized at several of the area restaurants, but students must be aware of usage charges that the restaurants may apply for use of the card. The MaineCard funds may also only be used for on-campus deliveries, so don't expect to pay with it when you eat in the restaurants.

Many of the restaurants also have great bars that the residents find as appealing as the students do. Margarita's has a great bar and late-night lounge that offers a quiet and relaxed atmosphere, which can be interrupted by special nights such as Full Moon Madness, which offers students an excellent opportunity to crowd in and act a little rowdy. The Bear Brew also provides a very relaxed social atmosphere with friendly service and a nice bar. The food is among the best in Orono, but don't be in a rush, service is often slower than it is at other local restaurants. The Market Café is one of the most popular restaurants in the area, yet it is often overlooked because of its family diner-style appearance and location. The Market Café has an excellent selection of Greek food and some of the best pizza around. For a quiet night out, in a dining room overlooking the Stillwater river rapids near the dam, this is the place to relax.

Facts & Statistics

24-Hour Dining
  • Denny's
  • Dysart's Truck Stop
Best Asian
  • China Garden
  • Thai Orchid
Best Breakfast
  • Denny's
  • Governor's Restaurant & Bakery
Best Coffee
  • Dunkin' Donuts
  • Tim Hortons
Best Dessert
  • Dairy Queen
  • Governor's Restaurant & Bakery
Best Healthy
Verve
Best Late-Night
  • Denny's
  • Pat's Pizza
Best Mexican
  • Margaritas Mexican Restaurant
  • Miguel's
Best Pizza
Pat's Pizza
Best Wings
  • Bear Brew Pub
  • The Roost Pub & Wingery
Best Place to Take a Date
  • Applebee's Neighborhood Grill
  • Olive Garden
Best Place to Take Your Parents
  • Applebee's Neighborhood Grill
  • Governor's Restaurant & Bakery
Other Places to Check Out
  • Bagel Central
  • Blues Café
  • Bugaboo Creek Steak House
  • Burger King
  • Cold Stone Creamery
  • Domino's Pizza
  • The Green Tea Restaurant
  • Happy China Buffet
  • Harvest Moon Deli
  • KFC
  • Lissus Pizza
  • LongHorn Steakhouse
  • Ninety-Nine Restaurant
  • Oriental Jade
  • Pepino's Mexican Restaurant
  • Sea Dog Brewing Co.
  • Taco Bell
  • Texas Roadhouse
  • Uno Chicago Grill
  • Yoshi
Did You Know?
  • Lobster rolls, a cold lobster sandwich on a hot dog or hoagie roll, are not only a favorite Mainer's lunch, but they are available at many McDonald's restaurants throughout the state.
  • Popovers, a traditional bread product with a hollow-like inside, are frequently substituted for regular breads in some coastal restaurants.
  • More wild blueberries are produced in Maine than anywhere else in the world. Try them in your muffins, pancakes, or waffles. You're sure not to be disappointed with the freshest supply available anywhere.
  • Orono has a variety of restaurants to suit even the pickiest appetite. Students will find that many restaurants and other local businesses have discounts and participate in programs to attract student business. Many of the businesses are owned by local residents who feel that UMaine students are the reason Orono businesses thrive.

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

Bell's IGA
6 Stillwater Ave., Orono
(207) 827-0354
www.shopbellsiga.com
Monday–Saturday 7 a.m.–9 p.m., Sunday 8 a.m.–8 p.m.
Hannaford Supermarket
500 Stillwater Ave., Old Town
(207) 827-2700
www.hannaford.com
Monday–Saturday 7 a.m.–9 p.m., Sunday 7 a.m.–8 p.m.

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

Angelo's Pizzeria
Food: Pizza
484 Stillwater Ave., Old Town
(207) 827-3222
Price: $8–$15
Applebee's Neighborhood Grill
Food: American
718 Hogan Road, Bangor
(207) 990-5945
www.applebees.com
Price: $8–$15
Bear Brew Pub
Food: American
36 Maine St., Orono
(207) 866-4111
mainesbestpub.com
Price: $10–$15
Cool Features: Bear Brew Pub has two-for-one pizza on Tuesday night with MaineCard, and two-for-one burger special on Monday night with MaineCard.
Burger King
Food: Fast food
12 Stillwater Ave., Orono
(207) 827-7248
www.bk.com
Price: $3–$8
China Garden
Food: Chinese
6 Stillwater Ave., Orono
(207) 827-8228
www.bangorchinesefood.com
Price: $8–$15
Chopsticks
Food: Chinese
167 Center St., Old Town
(207) 262-2170
www.bangorchinesefood.com
Price: $8–$15
Dairy Queen
Food: Ice cream
613 Stillwater Ave., Old Town
(207) 827-9446
www.dairyqueen.com
Price: $3–$8
Denny's
Food: American
120 Haskell Road, Bangor
(207) 262-5516
www.dennys.com
Price: $8–$15
Dunkin' Donuts
Food: Coffee/tea, doughnuts
4 Stillwater Ave.
(207) 827-0400
www.dunkindonuts.com
Price: $3–$8
Dysart's Truck Stop
Food: American
530 Cold Brook Road, Bangor
(207) 942-4878
www.dysarts.com
Price: $8–$15
Governor's Restaurant & Bakery
Food: American
963 Stillwater Ave., Old Town
(207) 827-7630
governorsrestaurant.com
Price: $10–$20
Johnny's Restaurant
Food: American, pizza
151 Main St., Old Town
(207) 827-3848
Price: $8–$15
KFC/Taco Bell
Food: Fast food
1002 Stillwater Ave., Old Town
(207) 827-0082
www.kfc.com
Price: $3–$8
Lissus
Food: Pizza
6 Mill St., Orono
(207) 866-7800
Price: $8–$15
Margaritas Mexican Restaurant
Food: Mexican
15 Mill St., Orono
(207) 866-4863
www.margs.com
Price: $10–$20
Cool Features: Margarita's has a two-for-one dinner special on Wednesday night with MaineCard. Don't forget to ask for a sombrero on your birthday.
Market Café
Food: Greek
4 Free St., Old Town
(207) 827-3663
Price: $5–$10
McDonald's
Food: Fast food
993 Stillwater Ave., Old Town
(207) 827-7593
www.mcdonalds.com
Price: $3–$8
Miguel's Mexican Restaurant
Food: Mexican
697 Hogan Road, Bangor
(207) 942-3002
www.miguelsbangor.com
Price: $10–$20
Olive Garden
Food: Italian
741 Hogan Road, Bangor
(207) 942-6209
www.olivegarden.com
Price: $10–$20
Orono House of Pizza
Food: Pizza
154 Park St., Orono
(207) 866-5505
Price: $8–$15
Pat's Pizza
Food: Pizza
11 Mill St., Orono
(207) 866-2111
www.patsyarmouth.com
Price: $10–$20
The Roost Pub & Wingery
Food: American
19 Mill St.
(207) 866-8620
Price: $8–$15
Subway
Food: Sandwiches
53 Main St.
(207) 866-3550
www.subway.com
Price: $3–$8
Thai Orchid
Food: Thai
28 Mill St., Orono
(207) 866-4200
Price: $10–$15
Tim Hortons
Food: Coffee/tea, sandwiches, sweets
975 Stillwater Ave., Old Town
(207) 827-6646
www.timhortons.com
Price: $5–$10
Verve
Food: Mexcian
2 Mill St.
(207) 866-4004
www.verveburritos.com
Price: $5–$10
Wendy's
Food: Fast food
1049 Union St., Bangor
(207) 947-7101
www.wendys.com
Price: $3–$8
Woodman's Bar & Grill
Food: American
31 Main St.
(207) 866-4040
www.woodmansbarandgrill.com
Price: $10–$20
Cool Features: Woodman's Grill offers daily featured drafts on special; select martinis are on sale daily.

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 90 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • 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 98 responses

  • 9% An endless repetition of the same few places.
  • 14% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 61% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 15% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
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