About Us

At Otto’s on the River, we provide our guests with attentive service and outstanding food in an opulent & creative atmosphere. We have AMAZING views of the Kennebec River from our Dining Room & Outdoor Patio! We specialize in Seafood, Pasta & Vegan Specialties. Live Music every Thursday & Saturday from 5:30pm-8:30pm. Our Lounge is perfect for sipping our Signature Cocktails while conversing with your friends on our sofas. Book your next Business Meeting, Grad Party, Anniversary & Wedding Rehersal Dinner here at Otto’s. Daily Specials & Events are featured on our Instagram @ottosontheriver. We look forward to hosting you.

Lunch Menu

11 – 3

    • Lunch

    • Grilled Ham & Tomato


      w/ Pesto & Provolone

    • Chicken Guacomole


      w/ Red Onion, Bacon, Romaine, Tomato

    • Excellent Egg Salad


      w/ Guacomole & Watercress

    • The Happy Haddock


      Baked w/ Lemon Juice w/ House Tartar, Lettuce, Tomato

    • Augusta Cheesesteak


      w/ Provolone, Onion, Peppers

    • Kennebec Steak


      w/ Blue Cheese, Dijon Mustard, Onion

    • Steve's Reuben


      w/ House Corned Beef, Sauerkraut, Swiss, House 1000 Island Dressing

    • Veggie Wrap


      w/ Hummus, Spinach, Red Onions, Tomato, Guacamole, Mushrooms, Artichoke Hearts

    • Otto's Burger


      Top Quality Ground Beef w/ Lettuce, Tomato, Onion

    • Otto's Veggie Burger


      House Black Bean Veggie Burger w/ Lettuce, Tomato, Provolone

    • Cobb Salad Wrap


      Chicken, Lettuce, Tomato, Bacon, Red Onion, Blue Cheese Crumbles

    • Lunch Salads

    • Blueberry Walnut


      Spring Greens, Tomato, Feta, Blueberries, Walnuts, Red Onion, Cucumber

    • Classic Caesar


      Fresh Romaine, House Croutons, Shaved Parmesan, House Dressing

    • House Garden


      Spring Greens, Tomato, Cucumber, Red Onion, House Croutons, Shaved Parmesan

    • Spinach Salad


      Fresh Spinach, Hard Boiled Egg, Bacon, House Croutons

    • Add to Any Salad or Stir Fry

      Beef Filet Medallion $4
      Chicken $3
      Scallops $5
      Shrimp $5
      Grilled Haddock $4

    • Lunch Meals

    • Pasta Bake Du Jour


      Ask Your Server

    • Quiche Du Jour


      Ask Your Server w/ Side Salad

    • Veggie Stir Fry


      or Add Meats From Above

    • Soup of the Day

      Served with Grilled Baguette

All sandwiches served on bulkie roll, hoagie roll, sliced multi-grain, marble rye or wrap. 
All sandwiches are served with daily side and fresh pickle.

Dinner Menu

    • Appetizers

    • Classic French Escargot


      Butter, Garlic, Parsley w/ a Splash of Brandy
      Served w/Crostini (GF without Crostini)
      * Pairs well with White Oak Chardonnay *

    • Steak Tartare


      Egg Yolk, Shallot, Truffle Oil, Crostini
      (GF without Crostini)
      * Pairs well with Chianti Classico *

    • Tuna Otto


      Asian Inspired Sushi Grade Rare Ahi Tuna dressed with Wasabi Aoli, Ginger Sauce, & Pickled Ginger -GF

    • Bacon Wrapped Scallops


      Hard Cider Apple Butter, Lemon Zest, Chive-GF
      * Pairs best with Kono Sauvignon Blanc *

    • Shrimp & Lobster Cocktail


      Maine Lobster + 3 Large Gulf Shrimp -GF

    • Duck Wings


      Served with maple blueberry glaze

    • Salads

    • Blueberry Walnut Salad

      8/16 (Side/Entree)

      Spring Greens, Tomato, Feta, Blueberries, Walnuts, Red Onion, Cucumber
      (Add chicken, beef, shrimp or scallops to the above)

    • Classic Caesar Salad

      7/14 (Side/Entree)

      Fresh Romaine, Foccacia Croutons, House Caesar Dressing, Shaved Parmesan, Lemon
      (Add chicken, beef, shrimp or scallops to the above)

    • Entrees

    • Chicken Marsala


      Served with porchini mushroom beggars' purse ravioli, roasted portabello mushrooms
      * Pairs well with Puiatti Fruilano *

    • Fruitti De Mare


      Lobster, Mussels, Fresh Tomatoes, Basil, Fettucini w/Red Wine & Tomato Seafood Stock
      * Pairs best with Sixto Chardonnay *

    • Double Bone-In Pork Chop


      Grilled asparagus, charred carrot puree, hard cider apple butter-GF
      * Pairs best with Sixto Chardonnay *

    • Beef Filet Mignon


      Grilled Asparagus, Boiled Fingerlings, Black Garlic Butter-GF
      * Pairs best with Clos Cantanec Bourdeaux *

    • Seafood Stuffed Haddock


      Roast Garlic Creamed Spinach, Carrot Puree, Roasted Black Garlic Butter, Lemon Zest, with Lobster Cream Sherry Sauce

    • Seared Duck Breast


      Prosecco Poached Pear, Roast Garlic Cream Spinach, Pureed Carrot w/Maple Shallot Herb Butter-GF
      * Pairs best with Chateau Souverain Merlot  *

    • Seared Scallops


      Grilled Polenta, Grilled Asparagus w/ Saffron Cream Sauce
      * Pairs well with Sancerre Blanc *

    • Vegan Marabella


      Roasted Cauliflower Steak on Sundried Tomato & Herb Polenta w/ Sweet & Sour Plum Sauce, Topped w/Fresh Herbs, Accompanied with Kamut Salad

    • Pasta Of The Day


      Vegetarian or With Meat
      Ask your server for today's selections

GF-Gluten Free

History of our Building

This building was constructed in the late 19th century as a publishing headquarters for the E.C. Allen Co. Mr. Allen quickly outgrew this building as Augusta became a publishing capital of the east. The Post Office next door was built and then expanded several times to handle

The history of Otto's on the River includes a publishing headquarters and clothing stores.the large amount of mailings from this and other printers in the city. Mr. Allen then built a larger building directly across the street from this one and connected them with a tunnel under Water Street that was found when renovating the space for this restaurant. It has, of course, now been dead-ended as the skyline across the street had changed.

After the decline of publishing, the building became retail and office space for the next many decades. The most recent retail store to occupy the building was J.B. Farrell, a men’s clothing store and the Village Shop (women’s clothing). They both closed in the late 1980s and the building became a series of smaller shops and restaurants.  By 2013 the building had become condemned by the city as uninhabitable with its leaking roof and outdated systems.

The building was then sold to its current owner who completely gutted all upper floors and then rebuilt them into fine, upscale market-rate apartments.

We took over the first floor space in the spring of 2016 and began renovating it to become “Otto’s on the River”, a casual fine dining restaurant and lounge.

Thank you for joining us.  We greatly appreciate it & hope you have a wonderful dining experience.