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Camden Road, Rockport, ME 04856
207.236.4337
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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
The lunch was over-the-top

This is one of those plain little restaurants one finds along the road just to try. Inside it is more of the same. The menu should be a clue that there is more to the Helm than meets your eyes. It features many local favorites like mac cheese and lobster, a nice sandwich menu, seafood, and French... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 17, 2015
Donald H
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San Antonio, Texas, United States
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Families with children
  • Large groups
  • Dining on a budget
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Presque Isle, Maine
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

I thought it was a very nice place. since I have been back home I have been telling people about this. Our waitress was very nice. Always coming around with water and making sure everything was ok. The food was excellent and I would most definitely go there again.

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Epping, New Hampshire
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

The Helm continues to disappoint us. I wrote a review a while back about their pitiful lobster roll and sadly it has not gotten any better. We vacation in Rockport every year (myself, husband, and 3 kids) and stop in the Helm simply because we like the salad bar. This really is the only thing the Helm has going for... More 

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San Antonio, Texas, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

This is one of those plain little restaurants one finds along the road just to try. Inside it is more of the same. The menu should be a clue that there is more to the Helm than meets your eyes. It features many local favorites like mac cheese and lobster, a nice sandwich menu, seafood, and French cuisine. And a... More 

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Camillus, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

This was a real find. Heavily used by the locals . Part of the attraction was the friendly and down to earth wait staff. One has been there 15 years, and one 33 years. Prices reasonable. Food excellent . You can't go wrong with the helm.

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MEDINA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

We recently ate twice at The Helm on our trip to Maine. The service was great, the salad bar wonderful and fresh. They have several specials every day and a nice selection of traditional fare and also some French dishes.

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Arundel, Maine
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

While waiti for our room to be ready we went to lunch at teh recommendation of the desk person at the Island View Inn and she was right on the money. The restaurant is decorated in nautical style of most Maine eating places along the coast. The menu was quite varied and I opted for one of their specials, Chi-ken... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

Food was great, dessert was great. My brothers 4 cups of coffee were great. Our waitress Kim was awesome. Friendly atmosphere, even though they were waiting for us to leave so they could close up. Great experience.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

A previous reviewer was correct. It seems they slice their sea scallops across the middle to make thinner, half-dollar shaped pieces out of them. Strange! Despite that, the scallops were well prepared and tasty. The Seafood chowder was watery and mostly fish - very dry fish. Salad bar is large and s o-so. My wife's haddock was tasty. Good service.... More 

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Austin, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

My wife and I visited the Helm twice for lunch during our summer vacation in Maine. We went there the first time on the recommendation of a local in a line at a supermarket, who told us that it was both "good" and not "touristy." Both were right on the mark. The restaurant looks a bit confused about what it... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

We were a bit disappointed after our daughter and son-in-law raved about this restaurant when they went to it about 1 year ago. The service was good. Parking was insanely busy. The food was good and basic . Our waitress is what saved the evening for us.

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

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?