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Jul 1, 2012 03:40 PM

Augusta in July

Looking for good dinner spots in Augusta or Waterville as many of us traveling there for golf tournament. Seafood and steak, good wine list, whatever the price.

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  1. How large is your group? Would you need/prefer a private room?

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    1. re: HDinCentralME

      No private room needed. Small groups of ladies get together and go out.

    2. If you want something a bit more casual, I'd head to the Liberal Cup in neighboring Hallowell. Really good pub food, and they brew their own beer.

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      1. re: MidCoastMaineiac

        But Liberal Cup may not be able to accomodate his group, depending on its size. Hence my question above.

        1. re: HDinCentralME

          I'm being pre-emptive. How many would be too big for the Liberal Cup? Now, what establishment could handle that number you answered?

          1. re: MidCoastMaineiac

            I guess it's a moot point. I guess I misinterpreted the OP to mean that the entire golf tourney roster was going out together. That would mean taking over an entire resto (which the Cup certainly could do w/ proper notice arrangement).

      2. Upscale steak/seafood:
        Augusta: Cloud Nine at The Senator Hotel
        Waterville:Cacciatore's (Italian steakhouse).

        In Belgrade Lakes, Village Inn

        As MCM mentioned, just south of Augusta is the resto/live music mecca of Hallowell. Liberal Cup and Slates are especially noteworthy.

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        1. re: HDinCentralME

          Sounds to me that Slates would be a particularly good choice.

          1. re: HDinCentralME

            HD, how is the Village Inn (AKA "The duck place") these days? My brother Orson W. is staying there during his v-day trip and we will likely have a family meal there. The menu looks pretty good -- tuna carpaccio being one noteworthy appetizer.

            We'll be having breakfast at Slates as well. (Along with the Early Bird in Oakland!)

            Still need 1-2 dinner spots in Waterville. My brother will do some recon but your thoughts are always most appreciated.

            1. re: Bob W

              The "duck place" is a summer tradition that continues to satisfy our regular visitors.

              I like Riverside Market (Oakland) a lot. I haven't tried a relatively new place, 18 Below (downtown W'ville) that's gotten some good notices.

              1. re: HDinCentralME

                I'm glad they have a fairly big menu because Mrs. W and little W are not going to eat duck. Willie W, the family canine, would approve, but he won't be coming on this trip.I will ask my brother to check out 18 Below.

                Where is Riverside Mkt? We usually hit the produce stand on 137 just before the on-ramp to 95, I think it's called the Green Thumb? Definitely caters to the summer crowd 8<D

                1. re: Bob W


                  On Fairfield St (Rte23) off KMD on the Oakland side of I-95 (Exit 127)

                  1. re: HDinCentralME

                    Thanks -- that looks nice for Oakland!

          2. Not the greatest area of the state to find "good wine lists", but Cloud Nine/The Senator is usually a good bet in Augusta. The 99 Pub, if you're familiar with the chain, is also pretty solid. Otherwise you've got a 20 min or so drive to Hallowell or Gardiner.

            Cacciatores, a very casual family-style steakhouse, is in Fairfield, not Waterville.

            The Lobster Trap in Winslow, across the bridge from Waterville, is another idea....and there is also the Weathervane Seafood Chain which is very convenient to the Waterville Golf Course.

            In addition to The Village Inn in Belgrade, there is also fine dining at the Wing's Hill Inn. Serving Thursday through Sunday by reservation only, it is BYOB with no corkage fees. Menu and information is at