Best Local Restaurants Near Lebanon Maine

Best Local Restaurants Near Lebanon Maine

As you take in the rhythmic birdsong bouncing between the trees and the gentle rippling of the Salmon Falls River on your morning walk along the Lebanon KOA campground, you start to notice a familiar sound from your daily grind: it’s your stomach telling you to grab a bite to eat.

Heading back to your RV, tent, or cabin, you start to plan out your day. Instead of whipping up a quick meal in your lodging, you decide to see what your options are near the campground. Fortunately, Lebanon KOA’s unique location along the state border offers a secluded camping experience while allowing for a myriad of food options all within a 12-minute ride away.

If you’re craving a classic breakfast, head over to The Farmer’s Kitchen in Farmington, NH. Great food plus fast and friendly service make this homestyle restaurant the perfect place to start your day. Here you can enjoy a hearty home-cooked breakfast all day long, with staples including specialty omelets, a variety of eggs Benedict options, and all your favorite breakfast sides.

After burning off those morning calories by swimming, fishing, sliding down the giant waterslide, or navigating the high ropes course at Adventure Land, you can find a variety of lunch options just a short drive from Lebanon KOA. If you’re looking for something spicier, head to the nearby town of Rochester, NH. La Corona offers Mexican entrees like quesadillas, enchiladas, and burritos.

Also in Rochester, there’s Yo’s Thai Street Food. This family-owned restaurant offers an authentic Thai experience with a great atmosphere and options to customize your spice level. They specialize in street food typically found in Northeast Thailand, such as teriyaki ramen, rad nar, and street food salmon, among others.

For comfort food breakfast and lunch options, stop by Little Miss Sophies in Rochester, NH. This quaint country-style restaurant has something for everyone. Along with nostalgic comfort meals like burgers and tuna melts, you can grab a side of coleslaw, baked apples with cinnamon or baked beans. With room to spare you might also consider strawberry shortcake or the flavor of the day whoopie pie for dessert.

After lunch, take a relaxing afternoon tubing ride down our one-mile stretch of the Salmon Falls River. As you float down the tree-lined waterway, you’ll have 45 minutes to unwind and ponder what culinary adventures await you for dinner.

When it comes to dinner selections, you are spoiled for choice. If an adult’s night out featuring comfort food, beer, and some karaoke is what you're after, check out Train’s Tavern in Lebanon. There you can kick back and listen to the local band playing that weekend or try out your vocal talents at the karaoke mic. Tuesdays and Thursdays are the busiest, but it’s worth the crowd for the wings specials. Just make sure to have a designated driver if you plan to indulge in Happy Hour between 4pm and 6pm.

If you’re craving BBQ for dinner, Mitchell Hill BBQ Grill & Brew in Rochester, NH is your destination. This no-nonsense restaurant has a range of mouthwatering appetizers, BBQ and burger options that are sure to make you plan a return trip. They even have a takeout menu so you can bring dinner back to your accommodations at Lebanon KOA. 

Revolution Taproom & Grill in Rochester, NH is the place to go if you’re looking for fun food and drink pairings. Their happy hour menu is an excellent way to sample what this restaurant has to offer and maybe even try something new! Pair your happy hour treats with a drink from their impressive cocktail menu or a glass of wine. Revolution’s extensive draft list hosts dozens of local craft beer options.

Every trip to the New England area evokes images of a wholesome seafood meal involving fish, lobster, clams, shrimp, or scallops to name a few. If that’s something you want to tick off your vacation list, then Warren’s Lobster House in Kittery, ME is the place we recommend most. Established in 1940, this waterfront restaurant offers indoor and outdoor dining, and views of the Piscataqua River. This historic restaurant is the place to go for that authentic New England lobster experience plus a robust menu of other seafood offerings and a truly impressive drink menu.

After you’ve had a hearty dinner at any one of the delicious options above, you can head back to the campground hoping to get one last relaxing activity in before the day ends. While sitting in the hot tub watching the splash of colors in the sky gradually fade, you wonder how you will possibly top your next visit to Lebanon.

No need to fret though. Whether you decide to stop for a day or reserve an extended stay there is an abundance of food and fun to be found when you stay at Lebanon KOA. Ready to book? Book a campsite today!                                         


This piece was co-written by professional freelance writer Collette O'Neal. In addition to writing for Blue Water, she's created content for non-profit organizations, small businesses, and individual clients. To view her work visit her online portfolio.

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