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Off-Campus Dining


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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Well the food is good, the price it bite expensive.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There's a lot of good options, but nothing like you'd find in a big city. It can get expensive, but it's close to campus and can be fun.

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5 College Student

Off-Campus Dining: Brunswick, ME has a lot to offer when it comes to cuisine! There is a great Indian restaurant, along with Mexican, Italian, many different types of Asian, gelato, bakeries, donut shops, seafood (Bowdoin is right next to the ocean), Thai, homemade pizza, sushi, etc. There are so many options that I haven't been to all of them. Many different ethnicities.

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5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Nice assortment including breakfast diners, Indian restaurants, and more.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There's a ton of cool places to choose from! They're just too expensive for me to go out much when I have meals already paid for on campus.

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There's a pretty good chance the restaurants in Brunswick will satisfy whatever you're craving. Even though Bowdoin is in a small Maine town, students can find food from around the world—Thai, Indian, Italian, German, Irish-Mexican, Chinese, Japanese, and more. Brunswick also provides a pretty good selection of healthy, organic, vegetarian, and vegan options. For more familiar fare, multiple doughnut chains, pizza parlors, and fast food restaurants are also available. Domino’s and Papa John’s run regular late-night services and offer special discounts to Bowdoin students.

Students say the quality, convenience of locations (many great restaurants are right on Maine Street), and number of options are great. Prices aren't horrible, but they aren't regarded as excellent, either. Brunswick's weakest attribute when it comes to off-campus dining is that most places close earlier than what is ideal for a college student's schedule—the wonderful options throughout Brunswick are generally not available for night owls, except for pub food and doughnuts. Students probably don't take advantage of off-campus dining as much as they would if on-campus dining wasn't so tasty, but it's nice to have it there for a change of pace and for special occasions. Overall, though, the wide selection of eateries in Brunswick, supplemented by further dining options in Portland and other surrounding towns, offers more than enough variety for a number of tastes.

Facts & Statistics

24-Hour Dining
Tim Hortons
Best Asian
Little Tokyo
Best Breakfast
  • The Big Top Deli
  • Wild Oats Bakery & Café
Best Coffee
Little Dog Coffee Shop
Best Dessert
Gelato Fiasco
Best Healthy
Wild Oats Bakery & Café
Best Late-Night
Joshua's Restaurant and Tavern
Best Mexican
Pedro O'Hara's
Best Pizza
Brunswick's House of Pizza
Best Wings
Sea Dog Brewing Co.
Best Place to Take a Date
  • Henry and Marty Restaurant
  • Scarlet Begonias
Best Place to Take Your Parents
Cook's Lobster House
Other Places to Check Out
  • Applebee's
  • Friendly's
  • Papa John's
Did You Know?
There's a farmer's market from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. every Tuesday and Friday from May through November on the Brunswick town mall. There is also a farmer's market at Crystal Spring Farm on Saturdays from May through October and a winter farmer's market at Fort Andross on Saturdays.

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

35 Elm St., Brunswick
(207) 725-8701
Monday-Saturday 7 a.m.-11 p.m., Sunday 7 a.m.-9 p.m.
Morning Glory Natural Foods
60 Maine St., Brunswick
(207) 729-0546
Shaw's Supermarket
147 Bath Rd., Brunswick
(207) 725-8751
Monday-Saturday 7 a.m.-11 p.m., Sunday 7 a.m.-9 p.m.
Tetreaults Market
40 Union St., Brunswick
(207) 725-2641

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

111 Maine Café
Food: Salads, sandwiches
111 Maine St., Brunswick
(207) 729-9111
Price: $5-$10
Food: Italian, pasta, pizza, sandwiches
148 Pleasant St., Brunswick
(207) 729-5514
Price: $2-$10
Cool Features: There's a liquor area and you can either take out or eat in.
Bangkok Garden Restaurant
Food: Thai
14 Maine St., Brunswick
(207) 725-9708
Price: $10-$15
Cool Features: You can choose your heatness level for each dish from coward to native Thai.
Beale Street Barbecue and Grill
Food: BBQ
215 Water St., Bath
(207) 442-9514
Price: $2-$10
Cool Features: Carhop service.
The Big Top Deli
Food: Deli
70 Maine St., Brunswick
(207) 721-8900
Price: $2-$10
Bohemian Coffee House
Food: Beverages, gelato, pastries, soups
4 Railroad Ave., Brunswick
(207) 725-9095
Price: $2-$10
Cool Features: Winner of best coffee in mid-coast Maine since 1997.
Bombay Mahal
Food: Indian
99 Maine St., Brunswick
(207) 729-5260
Price: $5-$15
Cool Features: A full-course buffet is served Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; takeout and catering is available.
Brunswick Diner
Food: Breakfast, diner food
101 Pleasant St., Brunswick
(207) 721-1134
Price: $2-$10
Cool Features: Located in an old Air Stream; breakfast is served all day.
Brunswick's House of Pizza
Food: Pizza
85 Pleasant St., Brunswick
(207) 729-0085
Price: $2-$10
China Rose Restaurant
Food: Chinese
42 Bath Rd., Brunswick
(207) 725-8813
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: There are many seafood, landlubber, and vegetarian entrees and a lunch buffet from 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. daily.
Cook's Lobster House
Food: Seafood
68 Garrison Cove Rd., Bailey Island
(207) 833-2818
Price: $10-$25
Cool Features: Peninsula setting overlooks the world's only cribstone bridge. Voted No. 1 seafood restaurant in mid-coast Maine since 1995.
Domino's Pizza
Food: Pizza
208 Maine St., Brunswick
(207) 729-5561
Price: $10-$15
Fat Boy Drive In
Food: American
111 Bath Rd., Brunswick
(207) 729-9431
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Carhop service.
Frontier Café
Food: Sandwiches, salads
Fort Andross, Brunswick
(207) 725-5222
Price: $8-$15
Gelato Fiasco
Food: Gelato
74 Maine St., Brunswick
(207) 607-4002
Price: $3-$6
Gurnet Trading Company
Food: Seafood
602 Gurnet Rd., Brunswick
(207) 729-7300
Price: $6-$15
Cool Features: Unique seafood market and "Maine-style" takeout with live, steamed lobsters and clams, fried clams, fried Maine shrimp, famous fried diver scallops, homemade pies and cakes, packed lobster rolls, bacon wrapped scallops, and fresh crab cakes.
Henry and Marty Restaurant
Food: Seafood
61 Maine St., Brunswick
(207) 721-9141
Price: $14-$26
Cool Features: Chef Paul Verhoeven offers the best of fresh regional seafood, natural meats and produce, pasta specials, fancy green salads, thin crust pizzas, homemade soups, elegant appetizers, and house-made desserts.
Joshua's Restaurant and Tavern
Food: American
123 Maine St., Brunswick
(207) 725-7981 (restaurant), (207) 729-8607 (tavern)
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: The tavern offers a wide variety of appetizers, juicy burgers, and an array of sandwiches. There are 21 draft selections and a full bar. There's usually live entertainment on weekends.
Little Dog Coffee Shop
Food: Baked goods, café food, coffee
87 Maine St., Brunswick
(207) 721-9500
Price: $3-$7
Little Tokyo
Food: Japanese, sushi
72 Maine St., Brunswick
(207) 798-6888
Price: $12-$20
Pedro O'Hara's
Food: Mexican
1 Center St., Brunswick
(207) 373-1300
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Great margaritas.
Richard's Restaurant
Food: American, German
115 Maine St., Brunswick
(207) 729-9673
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: A variety of German dishes include the favorite wienerschnitzel and sauerbraten. If you prefer American food, there is certified Black Angus beef, charbroiled halibut steak, and a variety of salads.
Scarlet Begonias
Food: Bistro, Italian
16 Station Ave., Brunswick
(207) 721-0403
Price: $10-$15
Cool Features: Four words: Bring your own alcohol!
Sea Dog Brewing Co.
Food: American
1 Bowdoin Mill Island, Topsham
(207) 725-0162
Price: $10-$20
Shere Punjab
Food: Indian
46 Maine St., Brunswick
(207) 373-0422
Price: $2-$15
Cool Features: 10 percent student discount.
Solo Bistro
Food: American
128 Front St., Bath
(207) 443-3373
Price: $15-$25
Thai Paradise
Food: Thai
136 Pleasant St., Brunswick
(207) 373-1133
Price: $10-$20
Thai Villa
Food: Thai
207 Pleasant St., Brunswick
(207) 725-5777
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Great Pad Thai.
Tim Hortons
Food: Baked goods, coffee, sandwiches, soup
145 Pleasant St., Brunswick
(207) 725-7813
Price: $2-$7
Wild Oats Bakery & Café
Food: Healthy baked goods, sandwiches, salads
149 Maine St., Brunswick
(207) 725-6287
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Good healthy food!

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 54 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 65 responses

  • 63% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
  • 31% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 3% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 3% An endless repetition of the same few places.
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