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55 Downeast Hwy, Ellsworth, ME 04605
(207) 667-2433
Today
6:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 7:00 am - 7:30 pm
Mon - Sat 6:00 am - 8:00 pm
Dining options: Reservations

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  • 39
    Excellent
  • 37
    Very good
  • 28
    Average
  • 16
    Poor
  • 14
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Relaxing lunch

My wife wanted some fried clams so she went on-line and the place she wanted to go - Jordan's - was not open yet, and while on the telephone with them they gave us the name of a place they thought we would like, and they were right. She thought that Helen's in Ellsworth had some of the best... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 3, 2015
wrpupkis
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Bangor, Maine
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Bangor, Maine
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109 reviews 109 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

My wife wanted some fried clams so she went on-line and the place she wanted to go - Jordan's - was not open yet, and while on the telephone with them they gave us the name of a place they thought we would like, and they were right. She thought that Helen's in Ellsworth had some of the best fried... More 

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Ellsworth, Maine
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28 reviews 28 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

Everything on the menu seemed good. Like ordering from moms old cookbook. Went with a meatloaf and mashed taters.... Service was friendly and the food was OK. Overall good experience. No wow factor, just good food at a reasonable price...

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Key West, Florida
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101 reviews 101 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
958 helpful votes 958 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

Helen's has been around for a long time and they've been serving good home cooking from the beginning. The food is good but most of it is heavy on calories and there's a lot of fried food. They're known for their pies for desert and have several to choose from daily. The clientele is a little older here so you're... More 

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Sullivan, Maine
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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

Deserts are great but the rest, well, not sure it's worth eating. The waitress admitted they buy their crab cakes frozen. IN MAINE? And they tasted like it; kind of a cross between cardboard and, well, I'm not sure what. Get the Strawberry Pie; It's legendary.

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Bangor, Maine
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19 reviews 19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

Helens has been a mainstay in Maine for many years. I have eaten once at the Machias (original) restaurant and today at the Ellsworth restaurant. The food is okay, diner type food, but nothing to right home about. To be fair, the onion rings were excellent and seem to be hand cut very thin. The fried clams were okay but... More 

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North Berwick, Maine
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94 reviews 94 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

All the food is home cooking and everything I have had was very good. The staff is friendly and professional. The prices all well in line for the area. The portions are all good size so you won't be hungry when you leave.

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Southington, Connecticut
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86 reviews 86 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014 via mobile

Great slice of Americana here. Family dining with pies to suit everyones taste. Every trip to Maine includes a stop at Helens. Yours should too!

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Bath, Maine, United States
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24 reviews 24 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

After the first long leg of our road trip the hotel clerk suggested Helens for dinner. We are so glad she did! The food was wonderful. Large portions at a great price. But I would have been happy with half the portion at twice the price.... it was that good. The ribs just melted off the bone and the salmon... More 

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Kosciusko
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127 reviews 127 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

with room key from eagleslodge you get a 10% discount. Food was good and service was very good. A little disappointed in their seafood, shrimp was very small. It was a good place to try some of their homebaked cakes, very good.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

After a great day in Acadia ntl park, we had dinner @ helens. Lazy lobsters very tasty with nice Chardonnay! Good service & reasonable pricing. Worth a visit!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 55 Downeast Hwy, Ellsworth, ME 04605
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  DownEast and Acadia Maine  >  Ellsworth
  • Phone Number: (207) 667-2433
Open Hours
Sunday
7:00 am - 7:30 pm
Monday
6:00 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesday
6:00 am - 8:00 pm
Wednesday
6:00 am - 8:00 pm
Thursday
6:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday
6:00 am - 8:00 pm
Saturday
6:00 am - 8:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?