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“Best food, best prices, best atmosphere in all Arcadia.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Finn's Irish Pub

Finn's Irish Pub
156 Main St, Ellsworth, ME 04605-1919
207-667-2808
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Ranked #5 of 56 Restaurants in Ellsworth
Cuisines: Irish
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Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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97 reviews 97 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 84 cities Reviews in 84 cities
591 helpful votes 591 helpful votes
“Best food, best prices, best atmosphere in all Arcadia.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2013

I don't understand how this didn't get all 5 star reviews.
Unless it's because this restaurant didn't follow "the herd" and devote all it's outside space and menu to extolling the Maine lobster.
After spending several weeks in an RV traveling north through New England I am sick to death of eating tasteless lobster and seafood. Imagine this statement comes from a couple who rarely if ever eats beef or pork. We love eating fish, but we are so disappointed in the dozens of expensive and tasteless lobster and fish dishes we have been served. Lobster rolls, where restaurants place 4-6 ounces of tasteless lobster meat on a hot dog bun and charge up to $19.99. The customer has to be imaginative by adding some taste in the form of a a dressing out of a plastic packet or bottle.
So we were so pleased to find this fantastic pub/restaurant where every item on the menu was SOOO different and imaginative. I don't remember seeing lobster mentioned, HOORAY!!!
Our group of four had steak and mushroom pie, corned beef with cabbage, carrots, potato and onions, bangers and mash, chicken and mashed potatoes. All big portions, cooked to perfection. Their corned beef is made themselves, delicious.
We watched customers around us who had ordered mussels, another had the 12 ounce steak, they both looked big and very tempting.
Lots of beers on draught, I had draught cider, generous hand pours on liquor.
Desserts were so big you have to share between four or take some home.
Live folk music was playing after 7.
We went on Saturday night and when we left at 8 PM the restaurant and bar were packed, with an equal mix of tourists and locals.
Service was great, servers knew their stuff, and were happy as well.
We all left stuffed, happy, and raving about this find!
A little piece of authentic Ireland at far more reasonable prices than all of the tasteless lobster alternatives.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Ellsworth, Maine
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Great bar!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2013

Nice place for a drink, super live venture, and great food! The bar is a converted train car...and the staff are very friendly and engaging!

Visited June 2013
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38 reviews 38 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“Great food, drinks, music ...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2013

Good selection of beer & wine and food was great. We had scottish eggs for starters, then entrees rosemary pork tenderloin and crab & avocado salad. Each item was delicious! The bonus was the jazz trio playing in the back where we were seated. Talented musicians and just the style we love. Soon after paying our bill, we were asked if we would move, so someone else could come in and sit there. So we left, leaving a sour taste to an otherwise excellent experience.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Always a good time!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2013 via mobile

We go a couple times a month and are always happy with the food and friendly staff! We were disappointed that they stopped selling their fried chicken dinner, but other entrees are delicious! Fish and chips and their pub steak are always great! Don't forget a side of Mac and cheese or the dense chocolate cake for dessert!

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Really Hit The Spot”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2013

Looking to try a new restaurant in Ellsworth and was told to try Finn's. I think we got the last available table (small two person one up front) and the place was rocking with a band playing in the back. We shared an order of the mussels to start and they were delicious - nice size and we went through a bowl of bread dipping it in the tasty broth. Next, I had a bowl of the clam chowder and my wife had the steak and mushroom pie. My chowder was not what I would call typical as it had more of an herbal taste to it but it was a huge bowl and very enjoyable. My wife had a few spoonfuls and she liked it too. Both of us really enjoyed the steak and mushroom pie. We will go back when we next visit Ellsworth.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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