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Camden Road, Rockport, ME 04856
207.236.4337
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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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 takeout seafood

I have done some work in the Rockport/Camden area in the past and during the warmer months when the Helm is open, I try, at least once, to get an order of fried clams, cole slaw and fries to go and go down by the harbor, sit on a bench and watch the birds and the boats while I eat... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 30, 2015
RHR3
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Manchester, New Hampshire
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Manchester, New Hampshire
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28 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2015

I have done some work in the Rockport/Camden area in the past and during the warmer months when the Helm is open, I try, at least once, to get an order of fried clams, cole slaw and fries to go and go down by the harbor, sit on a bench and watch the birds and the boats while I eat... More 

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Thank RHR3
Naples, Florida
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46 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015

Sometimes in mid-coast Maine you can overlook tiredness because of the local flavor. But this restaurant really needs an update and it's no longer easy to overlook tired.

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Thank McKenziesMom
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20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015 via mobile

My family and I have been coming here for decades! The staff are always friendly. The salad bar is fabulous, and they are great about always keeping it stocked. They have a pickup window if you want a lobster roll or burger to go. And...leave room for dessert. You won't be sorry

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Thank KarFox
Camden, Maine
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121 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

Typical roadside diner, fine place to take your grandparents or grab a clam basket to go. Wife and I like to get soft serve ice cream on a summers night.

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Thank Etienne P
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307 reviews
292 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015 via mobile

Very nice. Terrific food, lead by seafood naturally. Interesting down-home atmosphere ... Just what you'd expect in Maine.

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Portland, Maine
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20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

We have driven many times past this restaurant.It is located just at the entrance to Camden , somewhat outside the busy touristy area. In Maine you can't judge a shop or a restaurant from the outside ,you must go in and check it out yourself.We visited this restaurant twice now , at the end of our antique/ junk shop trips.... More 

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Thank Pavel63
Vienna, Virginia
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2015

The wife and I have eaten here several times. The management and staff are kind and considerate. The atmosphere or ambiance is excellent. Since we are vegetarians, we had the veggie burger and salad bar. We only wish that the Helm, and other eateries in Maine, would offer more vegan friendly items. The Helm is making strides in the right... More 

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Thank Kit S
Sudbury, Massachusetts
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2015

The lobster dinner we had here was very good! It came with a salad bar which offered plenty of fresh choices. The service was good, and the dinner was a very good value.

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Thank Tina B
Halifax, Canada
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2015

We travel to Camden each August and usually have lunch at the Helm. They have a great salad bar and the specials are varied and good value. Quantities are also generous and reasonably priced.

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Thank Cathy B
Augusta, Maine
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14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2015

Stopped in at the Helm with my friend; We had a great meal at reasonable prices. I/we'd go back. I think one of the good points is it is on the coast of Maine, and this time of year it's great

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

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