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Off-Campus Dining


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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are tons of great places nearby - they just don't always deliver and can be a little expensive for the average college student.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Some restore ts the in the town of Lewiston and auburn but again there is no need to go there with all the good food that commons+den provide.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Lots of great restaurants to choose from- the most popular include Mother India, Orchid, Forage, and Pure Thai. Costs are generally reasonable and most of these places have deals for Batesies. It would be perfect if, like the center of Lewiston, these places were closer to campus.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Not much to eat unless you have a car. Even then, not too many places to go.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: It is surprisingly good. Fuel and Fishbones are great for dinners with parents. Forage has the best breakfast sandwiches and bagels in the whole world. Davinci's has some killer Italian food. And in Auburn you have more chains, like Starbucks and Panera to fill that niche.

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Restaurants in the Lewiston-Auburn area run the gamut from awful to really good. The favorite is definitely DaVinci’s, which has a great atmosphere, delicious food, and more than reasonable prices. During Parents’ Weekend, the wait for a table at DaVinci’s can get up to two hours long. Chopsticks Chinese restaurant has a very classy dining room and decent food. Margaritas is also often frequented by Bates students. Students who are under 21 go for the food, and students who are of age go for the food and the moderately priced mixed drinks. Another very popular restaurant among Batesies is Russell Street Variety, which is about a two-minute walk from Adams Hall. Students can phone in orders and walk over 15 minutes later to get cheap and delicious pizzas, calzones, or subs. Domino’s and Papa John’s, the two pizza delivery places in the area, are popular, especially late at night.

Lewiston’s restaurants are decent enough, but for real options in dining, most students go to Portland, which boasts a number of ethnic restaurants that Lewiston lacks. Japanese restaurants, in particular, are frequent destinations for Batesies in Portland. In Lewiston itself, there are a couple of 24-hour places: Dunkin’ Donuts and Denny’s. These two restaurants, especially Dunkin’ Donuts, which is a 10-minute walk from campus, are frequently filled with semi-drunk Batesies, wolfing down breakfast food at 2 in the morning. Some caffeine addicts are on first-name terms with the staff at Dunkin’ Donuts or Tim Hortons, a similar chain. Often, students eat at off-campus restaurants as a break from the dining hall, and there are enough restaurants in Lewiston to suit most tastes and wallets.

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Student Favorites
  • Chopsticks
  • DaVinci's
  • Gritty's
  • Margaritas Mexican Restaurant
  • Nezinscot Farm
  • Pat's Pizza of Auburn
  • Pepper and Spice
  • She Doesn't Like Guthrie's
  • Thai Dish
24-Hour Dining
  • Denny's
  • Dunkin' Donuts
Best Asian
Golden City
Best Breakfast
  • Nezinscot Farm
  • Pop Shoppe
Best Healthy
Nezinscot Farm
Best Pizza
  • Lewiston House of Pizza
  • Luigi's
  • Papa John's
  • Pat's Pizza of Auburn
Best Wings
  • Gritty's
  • New Commons
  • Pub 33
Best Place to Take Your Parents
  • Anywhere in Portland or Freeport
  • DaVinci's
  • Espo's
  • Nezinscot Farm
  • Pepper and Spice
  • The Pop Shoppe
  • Thai Dish
Other Places to Check Out
  • Amato's Sandwich Shop
  • Applebee's
  • Austin's
  • Espo's
  • Fuel
  • The Jar Earn Express
  • Luigi's
  • The Pop Shoppe
  • Sam's Italian Foods
  • She Doesn't Like Guthrie's
  • The Slamma Restaurant
  • Tim Hortons
  • Wen & Shirl's
Did You Know?
Nearby Lisbon Falls is home to Moxie soda.

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

Auburn Mall Farmer's Market
Turner St., Auburn
(207) 336-2411
Axis Natural Foods
250 Center St., Auburn
(207) 783-3348
College Street Variety
145 College St., Lewiston
(207) 786-5500
Hannaford Brothers
95 Spring St., Auburn
(207) 784-6497
Hannaford Brothers
692 Sabattus St., Lewiston
(207) 784-0721
Russell Street Variety
88 Russell St., Lewiston
(207) 786-5586
27 East Ave., Lewiston
(207) 784-6900
600 Center St., Auburn
(207) 784-6971

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

Bagels & Things
Food: Breakfast and sandwiches
213 Center St., Auburn
(207) 782-4426
Price: $6-$10
Cool Features: Breakfast served all day.
The Black Watch
Food: Upscale dining
82 Court St., Auburn
(207) 777-7443
Price: $18-$25
Cool Features: Large portions, good atmosphere.
Food: Chinese
37 Park St., Lewiston
(207) 783-6300
Price: $6-$12
Cool Features: Excellent mixed drinks, all-you-can-eat buffet lunch.
Dairy Joy
Food: Ice cream
109 Campus Ave., Lewiston
(207) 782-8168
Price: $2-$5
Cool Features: Close to campus.
Food: Italian
150 Mill Ln., Lewiston
(207) 782-2088
Price: $8-$13
Cool Features: Expanded lounge, WiFi available throughout restaurant.
Food: Breakfast, burgers, and sandwiches
211 Court St., Auburn
(207) 782-8338
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: 24-hour breakfast menu.
Domino's Pizza
Food: Subs and pizza
62 School St., Auburn
(207) 783-2200
Price: $4-$9
Cool Features: Delivers until 1 a.m. weekdays, 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday.
Dunkin' Donuts
Food: Coffee, bagels, donuts
319 Main St., Lewiston
(207) 782-6233
Price: $2-$6
Gipper's Sports Bar & Grill
Food: Burgers and sandwiches
120 Center St., Auburn
(207) 786-0715
Price: $8-$12
Cool Features: TVs, sports memorabilia.
Food: Pub food
68 Main St., Auburn
(207) 376-BREW
Price: $5-$12
Margarita's Mexican Restaurant
Food: Mexican
838 Lisbon St., Lewiston
(207) 782-6036
Price: $7-$12
Cool Features: Cinco de Mayo party each year.
Nezinscot Farm
Food: Breakfast, lunch, and organic/healthy
Rt. 117, Turner
(207) 225-3231
Price: $7-$13
Cool Features: Tea house, organic groceries, farm-produced goods.
Pat's Pizza of Auburn
Food: Italian
84 Center St., Auburn
(207) 784-8221
Price: $5-$9
Cool Features: Orders come up from the kitchen on an old dumbwaiter.
Pepper & Spice
Food: Thai
825 Lisbon St., Lewiston
(207) 782-7526
Price: $6-$11
Russell Street Variety
Food: Pizza, burgers, and subs
88 Russell St., Lewiston
(207) 786-5586
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Less than a five-minute walk from campus.
She Doesn't Like Guthrie's
Food: American, healthy
115 Middle St., Lewiston
(207) 376-3344
Price: $5-$10
Thai Dish
Food: Thai
229 Court St., Auburn
(207) 777-3499
Price: $15-$20
Cool Features: Singing waiters.
The Village Inn
Food: Seafood and steak
165 High St., Auburn
(207) 782-7796
Price: $10-$15
Cool Features: Good atmosphere.

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 20 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 22 responses

  • 41% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
  • 36% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 9% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 14% An endless repetition of the same few places.
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