March 17, 2020 – COVID-19 Update
Due to the COVID-19 Virus, Otto’s on the River will be open Monday – Friday from 11 am to 7 pm and Saturdays from 5 pm to 7 pm. We will be closed on Sundays.
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. 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.
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 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 By 2013 the building had become condemned by the city as uninhabitable with its leaking roof and outdated systems.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.