Where to Eat Near Sunday River Ski Resort in Maine

If you check out any of the local search engines, you’ll see a common sentiment when it comes to where to eat near Sunday River, ME…there isn’t a big selection. And it is so true! Unlike some ski resorts that support a cottage industry of nearby restaurants and shops, the area surrounding Sunday River is pretty bare. With such slim pickings, you might be better off cooking in your condo’s kitchen, but if you are staying in a hotel or just want to get out, here are some options.

Insider Tips on Where to Eat Near Sunday River

To get started, I asked Shelley Bowen, Digital Marketing Communications Manager for Sunday River for her suggestions for families visiting Sunday River and she delivered with some great insider tips:

On Mountain

  • Peak Family Dinners — The resort’s mid-mountain Peak Lodge offers a series of special dinners throughout the season. Check the schedule for details but the Family Peak Dinner offered during February vacation week is a very cool kid-friendly event with buffet-style dining and visits from Eddy & Betty (the snow yeti). Kids will love the dinner and the ride up the Chondola in the dark. But keep in mind that it is one of the busiest nights of the year so be sure to book very early!
  • Sliders in the Jordan Hotel — Sliders offers a special “moment” that impresses all ages when the snow groomers come up the Lollapalooza trail and then one at a time back into the flats in front of the Sliders deck to groom. They beep, shine their lights into the dining room, and zip by less than 20 feet from the tables. According to Shelley, “the entire room will stop eating and watch, often with many ‘Ooh’s’ and ‘Aah’s” echoing through the room.” Sounds like something not to miss!
  • Kid’s Night Out — Offered all season long on select dates, parents can drop off their kids ages 5-12 at the River House (where the ski school eats lunch) for a night of activities, movies and pizza for $15 (when booked in advance, $20 day of bookings). Then parents can go out and enjoy some time on their own…maybe check out Camp’s specialty drinks like an adult S’mores.

Off Mountain

  • Matterhorn — the Matterhorn Ski Bar is located just down the road from Sunday River, serving wood-fired pizza, sushi, and other entrees. We’ve always been nervous to go because we weren’t sure if it was kid-friendly or more for the party crowd. However, they do offer a kid’s menu and Shelley tells me that on Cheap & Deep Night (Tuesdays except school vacation weeks), “if you go around 5pm the place is always packed with kids, especially in the video game area.” So maybe even if you aren’t there to take advantage of the deal mid-week you can still enjoy some family fun if you go early.
  • The Mill Hill Inn — Located just off the common in nearby Bethel, ME, the Mill Hill Inn is open for dinner Thursday-Saturday, it is a great place to sit in the lounge with non-mobile youngsters and enjoy a glass of wine and share their tapas-inspired menu. The couches are super cozy and make it easy to enjoy the evening while keeping an eye on the little one.

Our Dining Adventures Near Sunday River

We’ve also tried a few options including:

On Mountain

  • Foggy Goggle — located in the South Ridge Lodge (near the beginner area), the Foggy Goggle is good if you want to stop for a longer lunch or enjoy apres ski drinks and snacks. Like many dining options in the area, the Foggy Goggle offers your average pub food. The nachos are huge (good for a crowd) and the half order is probably big enough for a meal for two. Last time we went I got the lobster roll (because after all, we were in Maine), it was just ok, as were the fish tacos. The Foggy Goggle might be a good place to hang out on a Saturday evening when the are doing fireworks since you’d have a great view from the outdoor terrace.
Lobster roll at the Foggy Goggle from Where to Eat Near Sunday River, ME from We3Travel.com

Lobster roll at the Foggy Goggle

  • Cho Sun — this noodle and sushi bar located in the South Ridge Lodge is a great way to warm up on a cold day. While the seating is tight, you can take your noodle soup to go and eat at any of the tables in the lodge. For noodle soups, you choose your broth, protein and spice level. I recently had the deluxe noodle soup with chicken broth, chicken, medium spice, hard boiled eggs, vegetables, mushrooms, and cilantro. It was fabulous! Between the noodle soup and a nice big Sapporo, I quickly recovered from the chilly temps outside.
Noodle bowl at Cho Sun from Where to Eat Near Sunday River, ME via We3Travel.com

Noodle Bowl at Cho Sun

  • South Ridge food court — the food court is a perfectly fine option for lunch in the South Ridge Lodge. They offer a good variety of options, including some healthy ones, including chili, soup, pizza, burgers, chicken fingers, yogurt, fruit cups, sandwiches and more. Finding a seat can be more challenging so opt for a big breakfast and a late lunch. After 1pm things start to settle down.
  • Shipyard Brew Haus — located in the White Cap Lodge, Shipyard is open for lunch, apres ski, dinner and, on the weekends only, breakfast. We went to Shipyard the first year we visited Sunday River because it was just too cold one of the days to ski so instead we spent the day huddled up in the condo playing Monopoly and after a while, we all had cabin fever and needed to get out for lunch. The food is typical pub food, including a kid’s menu. We had chili and other basics. From what I recall they sounded better on the menu then they were in real life.
  • Sunday River offers plenty of other options for dining at the various lodges and hotels. Next time we’ll also check out the Cilantro burrito bar at the South Ridge Lodge. This trip I was so disappointed to find my favorite crepe place gone but it is nice to have another lunch option (but I had SOOO been craving a banana and nutella crepe that afternoon!)

Off Mountain

On our first trip to Sunday River we briefly explored the nearby town of Bethel, but since we didn’t discover many dining options there either, we mostly stick to places along the main access road. Again, these are primarily mediocre pizza and burger places, but a couple strive to be more.

  • Sunday River Brew Pub — at the foot of the access road, Sunday River Brew Pub is your typical sports bar / microbrewery. Since we’ve been up to Sunday River a couple of times during NFL playoff season, we’ve found Sunday River Brew Pub a great place to watch the game, especially if you are a Patriots fan. They offer big screen TVs, game tables, a roaring stone fireplace, flights of beer to find your poison, and pub grub like wings, nachos, chili and burgers. If you happen to be there in warmer weather, they also offer a nice big outdoor patio with firepit, but we haven’t been there when it was open.
  • The Phoenix — located closest to the South Ridge Lodge (pretty much across the street), the Phoenix is a good option for apres ski or dinner if you want to get off the mountain but not drive too far (actually, you can probably walk depending on where you are staying.) Again, the food is typical pub food but the added bonus here (outside of location) is the live music.
  • Quartino — new to the scene this year is wine and tapas bar Quartino, which is your best option if you are looking for creative, interesting food beyond what toppings you can put on a burger. Located on the access road just in front of the outdoor center, Quartino features new construction with a stone fireplace, wood ceilings and a new bar. It is set up primarily as a wine bar and the owners are clearly quite knowledgeable about their selections. They feature “quartinos” or a carafe that holds a quarter of a litre, a nice way to try different selections. You can tell they are working out the kinks but the food is this close to terrific. We tried everything on the tapas menu except the mussels and it was more than enough food for the three of us. The risotto was more of a full portion but the other selections were tapas-sized, even though they came on full size plates. Some of our favorites were the prosciutto wrapped truffled eggs (pictured above), the artichoke hearts with goat cheese and balsamic, and the “pig candy” (pork belly and brussels sprouts.) They definitely don’t offer a kid’s menu and the wine bar atmosphere makes it more of a grown-up kind of place but if you have a well-behaved child who isn’t a picky eater you will do just fine.
Quartino Tapas and Wine Bar from Where to Eat Near Sunday River via We3Travel.com

Quartino Tapas and Wine Bar

I still think one of the better options after a long day skiing is a soak in hot tub or shower and curling up in some sweats in your condo, so given the lack of food choices, consider packing some groceries or, better yet, make something you can freeze and reheat so you don’t have to cook OR go out in the cold.

If you’ve been to Sunday River, I’d love to hear your thoughts on where to eat. We’ll be back soon and are always looking for new options. Please leave your suggestions in the comments below.

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  1. My husband has been wanting a ski vacation for ages! This looks like some great food for refueling after a ski trip!

      The noodle bowl at Cho Sun is the perfect way to warm up!

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