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

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  • 38
    Very good
  • 29
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  • 17
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  • 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
Good food. Great variety.

We were looking for a dinner option that would satisfy a varied group of six. Helen's ht the mark. The menu is diverse, and everything we had was good. Helen's is a good place for a family meal.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 31, 2015
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Dahlonega, Georgia
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138 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
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5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

Our big family was on a quick vacation to the area, and we needed a nice lunch spot before getting on the road. With many different tastes among the 7 of us, it's not easy to find a spot where we all have a nice meal. This fit the bill, and I even got a yummy Maine lobster roll without... More 

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Milton, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

My husband and I are camping at a local National Park. We drove in to Ellsworth to do some shopping. Even though we had an unacceptable meal at Helen's last year, we decided to give it another chance. So we asked the waitress, "what is your most requested meal?" She said her favorite dish was stuffed Haddock. So we decided... More 

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Dahlonega, Georgia
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18 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

We were looking for a dinner option that would satisfy a varied group of six. Helen's ht the mark. The menu is diverse, and everything we had was good. Helen's is a good place for a family meal.

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Bangor, Maine
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3 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

Food was average nothing special, prices were good staff was friendly food selection was average. I would not go out of my way to eat at this establishment but would eat there as convenience. The food arrived quickly and the selection was not bad.

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Bangor, Maine
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115 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

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 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

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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111 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 967 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 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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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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Additional Information about Helen's

Address: 55 Downeast Hwy, Ellsworth, ME 04605
Phone Number: (207) 667-2433
Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  DownEast and Acadia Maine  >  Ellsworth
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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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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