Originally an English trading post on the Kennebec River, Augusta has since grown to be the capital of Maine, and is focused on preserving and celebrating the state’s history. Visit the magnificent Maine State House or Old Fort Western, the oldest surviving wooden fort in the United States. The city is also the home of the Pine Tree State Arboretum, a 224-acre park and botanic garden, with six miles of hiking, biking and cross-country skiing trails, open for free, all year round.
Things to do in Augusta
4.5 based on 708 reviews
The Red Barn has been a mainstay of our community since 1977, when the Benedicts opened the original restaurant and started serving chicken and seafood to local citizens and curious tourists. Some of its employees have served as many as four generations of central Maine families who have come to count on the Red Barn for quality and value. Over the past thirty five years, all ten of Bill and Florence Benedict’s children have worked here at one time or another. The family’s work ethic has been engrained in all of them. It is the essence of Maine’s economic mentality—you work hard, show commitment to what you do, and eventually reap the benefits. In 1986, Laura Benedict took ownership of the Red Barn, which was then struggling to stay afloat amid an influx of national chain restaurants. The journey certainly hasn’t been an easy one, especially during this current time of economic uncertainty, but she has managed to remain tenacious, despite mistakes and obstacles. Thanks to that tenacity, and the patronage of countless loyal customers who keep coming back year after year, the Red Barn can proudly claim its status as one of the very last and busiest family owned and operated restaurants in the area.
The Red Barn is an old fashioned family restaurant where you order at the counter, grab a table (they go fast!), and when your name is called go pick up your food and enjoy. Everything is freshly prepared to order, so it comes out piping hot. The chicken basket is some of the most tender chicken you'll find, and the scallops taste fresh off the boat. Even the fries are fresh and hot. You won't be disappointed.
4.5 based on 333 reviews
The Liberal Cup Public House & Brewery in Hallowell, ME, is our take on the traditional English pub. Our mission is to provide a gathering place for our local friends and seasonal visitors to enjoy good food and drink. Like the pubs that dot the English countryside, The Liberal Cup is an inviting and cozy spot to bring family and friends. And while the draughts will conjure that familiar flavor of jolly ol’ England (ales and bitters being our specialty), we’re happy to brag that the food will not. Our award-winning chef has taken classic pub fare and elevated it with fresh, local ingredients. His daily specials highlight Maine's seasonal offerings and on the weekends he likes to turn The Cup into a gastropub with his haute and nouvelle cuisine creations.
A friend and I came for lunch on a not busy, snowy Monday afternoon. Comfortable, easy atmosphere, good drinks, friendly and attentive service and THE BEST garlic parmesan chicken tenders ($9.00) that will ever cross your lips! It is served with a parmesan dressing, greens and celery sticks. Out of this world! We split a delicious Turkey Club ($9.75) with REAL Turkey and the added bonus of not only the bacon, tomato and lettuce, but avocado, too! Fries included. It was wonderful!
4.5 based on 489 reviews
Took my cousins out to eat here for breakfast and I couldn't be happier!!
We all ordered Mocha Rocca's for drinks- Delicious! Our waitress served them with warm carrot muffins,which were gone quickly.
My cousins both got pancakes (one peach pecan , the other chocolate chunk) and they couldn't stop raving about how good they were...my eggs benedict was by far the best I had ever had, hollandaise was perfect and home fries were cooked/seasoned perfectly.
All in all a really great breakfast experience and just what I was looking for.
4.5 based on 253 reviews
The blueberry muffin, chocolate chip cookie, and molasses and oat bread were delicious. We'll have to try the other sweets next time we go there.
4.5 based on 145 reviews
A versatile dining experience! Great for families, groups or even a romantic dinner for two. We also just made it into the top 3 out of 15 restaurants that could "blow the tastebuds out of your mouth" according to Motovo Blog.
Keep in mind, we're talking about Augusta. Most nights, just finding a place that's open is a big win. But Sweet Chili is a dependable good meal, reasonably priced, at a clean restaurant with basic decor, good service, and a really weird location. Yes, it's at the "airport" - perhaps the smallest terminal in any state capital. But location aside, it is a good choice.
I have been with my wife several times, my mother likes it, and we even do take out back to my father (Mr. "I can't eat pepper!"). So yes, they can make it low in spice. I just found out they also have sushi, although I haven't tried it.
Want a tasty meal in an out of the way place, go to Sweet Chili!
4.5 based on 110 reviews
Was formerly the Bond Brook Pancake House, Mt Vernon Ave, Augusta, ME. Owners had an opportunity to move into a restored, historic building in the heart of the downtown business district. Even managed to preserve a stained-glass storefront-wide window advertising a shoe store which occupied the site in the original building. Specializes in breakfast and lunch, opening at 5:30 or 6:00 most mornings and closing at 2:00. Numerous breakfast combination plates available whenever they're open. Soup-and-sandwich specials daily featuring their home-made soups and chowders. Simple, straight-forward seating, reasonablle prices, and a staff that can be as fun or formal as you like. Real favorite with "the locals", the local electric and telephone line crews, and downtown office workers. Would suggest Trip Advisor discontinue Bond Brook Pancake House listing -- business no longer exists and rental property where they used to be is now vacant.
Located on Water Street in Maine's capital city...Augusta. Stopped in here with a friend for a quick breakfas, before conducting our business in Augusta. We actually had to wait about 5 minutes, as the Downtown Diner was full. We learned it is a very popular dining spot with locals and travelers alike and it has been there for many years...owned and operated by the same family. One server has been with them for practically the entire time. They serve breakfast and lunch...a very nice menu. My friend had and egg, cheese, and bacon sandwich on gluten free bread. I had an egg sandwich with bacon and onion on an English muffin. Both were really delicious and served delightfully hot! All the usual diner breakfast and luncheon items on the menu here...something for everyone, for sure. Clean restroom and parking either on Water Street or around back, with a convenient entry. Will definitely dine here again as we are in Augusta routinely for business.
4 based on 103 reviews
30 Beers on Tap rotating all the time so always something new to try. Excellent food selection and unique choices. Come try our Crane Burger, handmade mozza wedges, duck fat fries or our amazing Quarry Salad. We have something for everyone. Monday January 18th we kick off the Voice at 6pm. Anyone over the age of 16 is welcome to register. Tuesday is Open Mic night all are welcome to come play music and sing. Use our instruments or bring your own! Live Music on Friday and Saturday check our Facebook page for Schedules. Games always on and we have the BIGGEST screen in town!! Hope to see you.
The Main Street of Hallowell is a fun place with cute shops and restaurants. The Quarry has a very large selection of local craft beers. Food is good, too. Live music on the patio...perhaps every night? They had live music on both Tuesday and Wednesday nights the week we went both evenings for cocktails. Great place to kick back with friends.
4 based on 300 reviews
Texas Roadhouse is a steak restaurant providing legendary food with legendary service. Texas Roadhouse specializes in hand-cut steaks, fresh-baked bread, fall-off-the-bone-ribs, and made-from-scratch sides. We also serve ice cold beer and legendary margaritas. Treat your family and friends to a night at Texas Roadhouse.
Went to the Texas Roadhouse, been there before and didn't expect a miracle. We were celebrating year end for a business dinner and went on a strong endorsement of their huge Porterhouse steak. They were out!!! How is a steakhouse out of one of their own menu staples? Cut some more! Two of three followed the servers recommendation for a T-Bone, both ordered medium but got dead rare. I got Prime Rib which clearly wasn't cooked that day. I give credit that is was truly rare even though the server said in advance that rare wouldn't be possible. Rind was leathery tough and inedible. I am a salt LOVER, ask my wife but the rind was salty beyond even my super-powers. Service was adequate and she stuck to the script ad naseum until it was actually silly. For God's sake stop trying to sell extras. We can read the menu and after you offer the add-on to the previous guest go off script a bit on the others. It's a chain and we didn't die but totally wasn't special in any way.
4.5 based on 100 reviews
We provide a neighborhood feeling, offering a sunroom with a gas stove in the winter, jazz on Sundays, and outdoor deck seating in the summer. We love seeing our returning neighbors and friends, and are delighted to introduce Bagel Mainea to new folks as well. We are known for made-from-scratch soups, made-to-order sandwiches, as well as providing business breakfast and lunch deliveries in the area.
This is a nice place where Augusta locals buy their bagels. The bagels are pretty good.
I went in for a breakfast sandwich; egg whites on a bagel with lettuce and tomatoes. At under $5, including coffee it was a good deal and OK.
You order at the counter and then they bring your order to you if you're dining in.
The layout is pretty nice. To the left of the counter is a seating area under curved glass. On the Sunday morning I was here they were setting up a couple instruments at one end of this area; presumably to provide entertainment for regulars later on.
If you're nearby, Bagel Mainea is a good place to visit. You'll get a decent breakfast and/or some very good bagels.
4 based on 179 reviews
we stopped for lunch in this eatery, and were immediately struck by the friendliness of our Server, a girl called Asia (lovely name). She gave very good service, and even got my wifi going!!
The food was wonderful, but again we love southern food!! The cornbread was like lemon cake, which was delicious. I could have eaten the whole loaf!!
We would definitely visit it again.
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