Enoteca Athena

Bowdoin College | Dining Guide

Open kitchen and wine bar, w/ a fresh spin on traditional American dishes & lesser known foods found in Italy & Greece.

97 Maine St, Brunswick, ME 0401

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  • Price: $$
  • Serves: Afternoon fare, Dinner
  • Reservations: Yes
  • Cash/credit cards
  • Mon: 5pm - 9pm
    Tues - Thur: 3:30pm - 9pm
    Fri - Sat: 3:30pm - 9pm
    Sun: CLOSED

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What's the vibe at Enoteca Athena?

Enoteca Athena has two different vibes to choose from so-to-say. There is a main dining area and large bar that create a lively, yet sophisticated feel. Lots of movement and positive energy. Low hanging string lights create a romantic, European underlay to the evening. 

The other side of the restaurant has a quaint, rustic, Tuscan-style design that features lots of reclaimed wood, Italian pottery, and wine bottles galore. This is a more "formal" dining room. It features a pasta-making table that we use to make pasta throughout the day and during dinner service - guests get to see how the pasta is made. 

What's a must-order on the menu?

Our menu is seasonal and changes accordingly using local products, but we have been able to maintain a decent amount of our menu year 'round. Many guests simply come in and only look at our specials, but that changes daily. As for regular items: "Nostro Amatriciana" is unbelievable and features guanciale produced by a 5th generation Tuscan butcher (friend of a friend of mine) and house-made pasta. As for an appetizer, I guess one could say that we have been known for our "Carciofini Fritti" for about a decade now (lightly battered and fried artichoke hearts) with a lemon-garlic aioli. And for a Bowdoin College student-favorite item, the "Esspio" is a hit (it's a house-made, pressed Italian sausage sandwich wrapped in a pita). 

Why is Enoteca Athena the perfect pit-spot during a visit to Bowdoin?

We are located centrally and have a large parking lot right out back of the restaurant. We are a fairly large restaurant and have the capabilities of seating large parties which is key for families visiting their Bowdoin student.