Bangor is a relatively small town with a population of around 30,000 people, but don’t let that stop you from visiting. In fact, foodies love all the restaurants Bangor Maine has.
This fantastic variety of eateries will fill your belly and warm your heart. Whether you enjoy comfort food, international cuisine, or pub fare, there’s a Bangor Maine restaurant for you. You could try one, but all of them offer worthwhile culinary adventures!
Experience Refined Dining at Timber Kitchen & Bar
22 Bass Park Blvd, Bangor, ME 04401
The ambiance of Timber Kitchen & Bar is inspired by Bangor’s logging history. The town was one of the most prominent lumber producers for much of the 1800s.
This restaurant has harnessed Bangor’s history to create a unique, sophisticated dining atmosphere with rustic modern decorative elements and upscale wood fixtures. It has a cozy, yet refined, lumberjack vibe with a fireplace in the dining area.
As for food, expect great quality artisan dishes, small plates, and charcuterie boards. Try the “Up to Camp” Mac & Cheese, a decadent twist on the comfort classic with gruyere and aged smoked cheddar cheeses, crisped garlic, black truffles, and chili flakes — and you can add Maine lobster to the dish!
This Bangor Maine restaurant also offers wine by the bottle.
Eat Local at The Fiddlehead Restaurant
84 Hammond St, Bangor, ME 04401
The Fiddlehead Restaurant is one of the newest additions to downtown Bangor’s food scene. Its goals are enticing — “Eat local, eat inexpensively, eat well.”
This fine dining venue uses high-quality, locally sourced ingredients from its own Fiddlehead Farm and other nearby growers and producers. When certain items are not in season, the restaurant sources them from other Maine and New England-based storage farms and farmer’s markets.
The Fiddlehead is well known for its outstanding and unique craft cocktails and wine options, which will impress even the most traveled connoisseur. Try its “dan d. lion cocktail,” — a blend of citron vodka, silver tequila, and peach schnapps topped with rose’s lime and a sugar cube.
Indulge in All-You-Can-Eat Haddock at Eagles Nest
1016 N Main St, Brewer, ME 04412
Just minutes across the bridge in Brewer Maine is Eagles Nest Restaurant, which is famous for its delicious Maine lobster rolls and fresh seafood. It’s also known for its haddock fish fry — available seven days a week to eat as much as you can for a fixed price.
The generous seafood platter is also fantastic and comes with haddock, clams, scallops, and shrimp.
Once you’ve filled your belly with great seafood options, you can enjoy some fantastic rotating desserts, which may include lemon meringue pie, Boston cream pie, grape-nut custard, strawberry shortcake, strawberry cheesecake, and more.
Enjoy Mediterranean Cuisine at Utopia
96 Hammond St, Bangor, ME 04401
Utopia Restaurant & Bar has a blend of modern and traditional coastal Mediterranean-inspired dishes. It also has a full bar that includes local craft beer, specialty wines, and craft cocktails.
This Downtown Bangor Maine eatery has a great selection of appetizers as well as main courses. And, it can cater to guests with various dietary restrictions, too, with gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan and vegetarian options.
For appetizers, you must try the grilled halloumi cheese (an indulgent, rich staple in quite a few Mediterranean dishes) and the mezze plate, which includes house-made labneh cheese. Of the main courses, duck tagine is one of our favorites.
Delight in Wood-Fired Flavors at Blaze Bangor
18 Broad St, Bangor, ME 04401
Blaze Bangor is an upscale eatery that offers a variety of wood-fired dishes — pizza, gourmet burgers, and more — all of which pair well with a beer from its large selection of over 50 taps!
The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner, but on Sunday mornings from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., it opens for Sunday brunch specials like breakfast pizza and tacos, a fried cinnamon sugar cone filled with fresh fruit and topped with whipped cream, and Cajun buttermilk fried chicken “Hangover Cure.”
During the warm months, sip on a beer, boutique wine, signature cocktail, spirit, or craft mead while relaxing at the outdoor bar.
Cheers With Friends at 2 Feet Brewing
80 Columbia St, Bangor, ME 04401
In the heart of downtown Bangor Maine, 2 Feet Brewing is a popular, family-operated brewpub. A couple and their son run the establishment — craft beers are created by Cory Ricker, wife Nit-Noi cooks up the fare and desserts, and son Zak manages.
If you’re brave enough, you must try the signature beer, Barn Burner, which is a dark Saison with hints of ghost pepper and roasted jalapenos.
Savory signature dishes include Maine lobster pot pie, Siamese devils (curry deviled eggs), and deconstructed Maine lobster Rangoon. To satisfy your sweet tooth, the restaurant has a rotating dessert selection that includes a Cake of the Day.
Toast at High-End Beer Bar Nocturnem Draft Haus
56 Main St, Bangor, ME 04401
Nocturnem Draft Haus serves some of the best beers from throughout Maine, America, and abroad, along with superior spirits, classic cocktails, a small handpicked selection of wine and mead, and indulgent artisan eats from local sources.
Toast friends and family with a beer from a selection of 20 ever-changing taps. The food offerings rotate but generally include German and French-inspired pub fare and decadent “Haus-made” desserts.
While you’re here, the restaurant may be hosting a special event because more than 100 bands perform live here each year! It also hosts vinyl music nights and daily specials, like Taco Tuesday and Wing Wednesday.
Try Authentic Vietnamese Cuisine at Pho Hoa Grill
213 Ohio St, Bangor, ME 04401
Pho Hoa Grill offers tasty, authentic Vietnamese dishes, such as the ever-popular pho, as well as dishes that fuse Chinese and Thai recipes.
First, start your meal right with a couple of small plates — sizzling quail eggs, coconut shrimp, pork dumplings, fresh spring rolls, or sliced beef salad.
For your main dish, you have a choice of pho (a savory and comforting Vietnamese soup), wonton noodle soup, wok stir fry items, rice plates, and a vermicelli noodle salad.
Have a sweet tooth? This Asian restaurant Bangor Maine has plenty of bubble tea flavors, including taro, mango, Thai tea, red bean, papaya, coffee, kiwi, and more.
Enjoy a Meal With a View at Kimberly’s at the Marina
108A Marina Rd, Hampden, ME 04444
Just an eight-minute drive south from the heart of Bangor Maine is Kimberly’s at the Marina where you can enjoy a fantastic meal with scenic views overlooking the Penobscot River.
It has a great selection of comfort food — lobster stew, New England-style seafood and clam chowder, a variety of flavorsome quiches, baked stuffed haddock, crab cakes, and the list goes on.
Satisfy your dessert cravings here with New York-style cheesecake and a selection of local gelato pints with flavors that include rum raisin, butter pecan, peanut butter banana swirl, dark chocolate cherries, and pistachio almond.
Warm Up With Ramen at Umami Noodle Bar
1 Main St, Bangor, ME 04401
Umami Noodle Bar is a specialty Japanese ramen noodle shop. It’s a bit different than other local restaurants because there is no waitstaff — you simply order at the counter. Just because you get your food quickly doesn’t mean that the quality suffers, though.
The food is divine comfort food with mouthwatering signature dishes, such as the Woodland Forager (egg noodles, pork tenderloin, shiitake mushrooms, and onions in beef broth) and The Thailander (chicken breast, rice noodles, bok choy, and bamboo shoots in a flavorful tom yum broth).
Eat at Family-Owned Restaurant Pepper’s Landing
170 Main St, Old Town, ME 04468
Just a short 20-minute drive from Bangor Maine is Pepper’s Landing, a restaurant known for its very fresh, locally sourced seafood.
The business is named after the owners’ grandfather, Pepper Martin, a local legend who exemplified classic Maine tradition — he was a hunter, fisherman, crafter, brewer, water skier, and more. His pride in his Maine roots is in the restaurant today, including his crisp, home-brewed beer recipe for Pepper’s Champ Lager.
Some must-try menu items include the crab quesadilla, clam roll, Maine stuffed haddock, Pepper’s backed scallops, and various scrumptious lobster rolls. This Bangor Maine restaurant offers a rotating catch-of-the-day selection of daily fresh fish too!
Experience More While Dining at Restaurants Bangor Maine Has
There are so many fantastic restaurants Bangor Maine has that you’ll have to stay long enough to try them all. Fortunately, there are plenty of Bangor hotels and other lodging options to keep you comfortable. Plus, it will give you time to explore more things to do in Maine.