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Camden Road, Rockport, ME 04856
207.236.4337
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Good for:
Families with children
Large groups
Local cuisine
Dining on a budget

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Visitor rating
  • 24
    Excellent
  • 16
    Very good
  • 10
    Average
  • 9
    Poor
  • 11
    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 meal in a casual setting

The Helm provided just what we wanted on a rainy night - an informal, friendly setting for a simple dinner at a reasonable price. They offered good seafood, chicken and meat choices, and the accompanying salad bar was fine, even if many selections looked and tasted like they were from cans and... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed October 11, 2014
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Wellesley, Massachusetts
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
  • Dining on a budget
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70 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Michigan City
Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

During our vacation on the Maine Coast, we stopped for lunch at the Helm. We had delicious scallops and a great salad bar for lunch. We enjoyed wine with lunch which was reasonably priced. Are waitress was very helpful regarding the menu and gave us great service. I would definitely recommend for a affordable seafood lunch.

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Rockport, Maine
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

We have eaten at the Helm for year. Usually it is take out. All of there items are always fresh and made to order. From seafood to hot dogs and hamburgers you will always get a fresh meal. They have the best onion rings. Freshlly breaded..

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

The haddock, both the special and the fried were both beautiful. They have the option of a very good salad bar, but we had vegetables. Not too busy for a Sunday night.

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Wellesley, Massachusetts
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

The Helm provided just what we wanted on a rainy night - an informal, friendly setting for a simple dinner at a reasonable price. They offered good seafood, chicken and meat choices, and the accompanying salad bar was fine, even if many selections looked and tasted like they were from cans and plastic bags.

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Austin, Texas
Top Contributor
125 reviews 125 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

I never understand why some people will " pan " a good restaurant that has good staff obviously trying to provide good service to the general public.... that said, my husband and I enjoyed our lunch at the Helm. I just had the half sandwich and paid a little extra to have clam chowder. I thought the clam chowder was... More 

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Georgia
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44 reviews 44 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

Every time we drove by the parking lot seemed busy. We thought this might be a nice family restaurant. When we stepped into the dimly lit dining room we waited about 5 minutes for someone to come and seat us. The decor was old and tired. The carpet was old and tired. The menu was old and tired. The Salad... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
Top Contributor
167 reviews 167 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

This is a very comfortable restaurant, especially when you are tired and do not want to fuss with your appearance. It seems to be a favorite with locals. We find the seafood to be very good and they have a large menu with lots of selections. Not sure where the "French" came from but they do seem to have added... More 

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Boston
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26 reviews 26 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

After a traffic-jammed, six hour road trip to Rockport, my husband and I craved comfort food. We didn't want to eat out of take out boxes and we didn't want to dress up. Our gracious host at the Schooner Bay Motor Inn suggested The Helm restaurant and it was definitely a wonderful dinner recommendation. The Helm's atmosphere is genuine and... More 

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Berea, Ohio
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

The outside of the Helm goves the atmosphere of just another restuaurant but don't let the cover fool you. It is lacated in a highly tourist area Maine and may not be as attractive as others from the outside BUT, it is a favorite for locals. Once you step in the atmosphere becomes vey homey (my preference), service is great... More 

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Plymouth, Massachusetts
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

Great food, a real local place . Casual and comfortble. Friendly and great service. Great for families or couples.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Camden Road, Rockport, ME 04856
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  Mid Coast Maine  >  Rockport
  • Phone Number: 207.236.4337

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: French, American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?