The Top Restaurants In Lewiston, Maine

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Zoe McIntyre

Lying on the banks of Androscoggin River in the American state of Maine, the historic mill town of Lewiston boasts a generous sprinkling of bakeries, restaurants and brasseries. Whether you are hankering after traditional American food, prefer family-run Italian, or fancy more exotic Asian cuisine, we’ve sought out the top places in town to tuck in.

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Fish Bones American Grill

Restaurant, Seafood, $$

The canal-side restaurant Fish Bones is housed in an old brick mill. It is the ideal spot for digging into some superb dishes, straight from the sea. The menu is made up of all manner of seafood, from garlicky mussels to crispy calamari, and all are served in an appealing lounge-style restaurant. The place is always full with a healthy mix of hungry customers, ranging from lunching professionals to laid-back students.

Fuel Restaurant

Bar, Bistro, Market, Restaurant, French, $$

Head to the historic Lyceum Hall to find the contemporary bistro and bar Fuel that specializes in French country cuisine. Sourcing quality ingredients from local producers, the restaurant serves such popular Gallic classics as onion soup, steak frites,and gruyère fondue. Add to the sumptuous cuisine and buzzing atmosphere a wonderful wine list, with a collection of more than 200 vintages, and you’ve got the recipe for a winning evening out.

Forage Market

Cafe, Deli, Market, Vegan, Vegetarian, $

For a casual locale focused around deli specials and healthy eating, try Forage Market, where a grocery shop, takeaway and dining area cater to all sorts of dietary requirements, from vegan and vegetarian to gluten-free. The daily changing menu features seasonal produce provided by local farmers and foragers – there are fresh sandwiches and hearty soups, salads, wood-fired bagels, and freshly baked breads.

Mother India

It’s hard not to be tempted by Mother India, as delectable aromatic spices waft from the kitchen down the street. Take a seat in the dining room and you’ll be spoilt for choice by the authentic Indian dishes on offer, with favorites including tender tandoori chicken and creamy navrattan korma. Be sure to work up an appetite before visiting the all-you-can-eat buffe, available selected weekdays and Sundays at lunchtime.

Marché Kitchen and Wine Bar

Bar, Wine Bar, American, $$
Dining out doesn’t get much better than at Marché Kitchen on lively Lisbon Street, where hungry diners enjoy scrumptious food in a convivial setting. The decor has a quirky charm about it – think mismatched wooden tables and vintage posters. The menu counts on both crowd-pleasing classics and healthy vegetarian options with sandwiches, salads, crêpes and pastas. Both early-risers and night-owls will find their fill here, as the kitchen offers a delectable brunch menu and a seductive cocktail list for evenings out.

DaVinci’s Eatery

One of Lewiston’s favorite Italian restaurants, DaVinci’s, is housed in a rustic red-brick former mill and has that warm neighborhood vibe that’s essential for any good Italian restaurant to thrive. Eclectic decor, sprinkled with a collection of vintage vespas and antique bikes, a wrap-around bar, and exposed brick walls, give the interior its flare, while the menu provides many tasty home-style specialties that include brick-oven pizzas, herby bolognese and irresistible tiramisú.


Restaurant, Sushi, Seafood, $
Sushi lovers shouldn’t miss Orchid in downtown Lewiston; a restaurant that specializes in Asian fusion cuisine, particularly sushi, Vietnamese and Thai dishes. Vigorous flavor features across its menu, which features melt-in-your-mouth sashimi, fresh seafood salad, and fragrant massaman curry with jasmine rice. The affable service and selection of artisan beers makes Orchid a perennial favorite – and with a first come, first served policy, it’s wise to arrive early to ensure you get a table.


Restaurant, Gastropub, Pub Grub, $$

The golden age of train travel is the inspiration behind Rails, set in the historic Grand Trunk station. The station was built in the 1870s, when it was a bustling hub for workers and travelers coming to Lewiston. Today, the same can be said for Rails, thanks to its convivial atmosphere and eclectic dishes selected to reflect the cultural melting pot of the area. Here, you can take your taste-buds on a world tour with a Greek chicken wrap, Cajun catfish, or zingy Spanish gazpacho, safe in the knowledge that locally sourced quality ingredients are at the heart of the restaurant’s philosophy.


Prepare to truly surf and turf at Sea40 – an authentic steak and sushi locale specializing in Japanese cuisine. Expect fabulously fresh sushi, and sizzling cuts of high quality meat, all served in a smooth and sultry space brought to life with exotic Japanese ornaments, flashes of flames from the kitchen grill, and regular hibachi shows that will provide entertainment for the whole family.

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