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Riverside Cafe

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151 Main St, Ellsworth, ME 04605-1903
+1 207-667-7220
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 2:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a wonderful dinner last evening. Everything from the salad to our prime rib and steak. The service was wonderful. Well done!!!

Thank lorinda J
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2016

Some might see the description of "plain old food" and take that as a negative, but that's how I view most diner-ish establishments that server comfort food. The Riverside does comfort food very well, but there are some twists. The last time we were there (for breakfast) I had Eggs Benedict that was amped up as: Crab Cakes Benedict. Fantastic!... More 

Thank MarkInLamoine
Villa Park, Il
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2016

Great turkey club sandwich and omelets! Light,tasty pancakes. They make you feel like home there. Quick delicious meals.

Thank Pat L
DownEast and Acadia Maine, Maine
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8 reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016

Food good, noise level unacceptable, waitress condescending. The noise level was the killer for me. Noise of banging dishes even though we moved was terrible. I will not return even though the food was good.

Thank susiehoke
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65 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 4, 2016

While vacationing on Mt. Desert Island, we I'd some antiquing in Ellsworth. We ate lunch at this restaurant and had an enjoyable meal. Several of us had their quiche which was delicious and their speciality smoothies were very tasty too. We did arrive close to closing, 2pm, which we felt the waitress was "quick" with us, but the good food... More 

Thank Jan B
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 30, 2016 via mobile

We've been here before for dinner, but this time we were driving through at dinnertime. Since we don't eat meat on Fridays, I ordered the Vegetarian Jambalaya with a side of sauteed kale-- it was so good! Even my husband, who is not a vegetarian, kept taking forkfuls of my dinner! The flavors, spices and texture were just right, spicy... More 

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2016

This turned out to be the perfect central meeting spot for a group of us to get together and have a bite to eat. I was greeted with a smile and with more than the perfunctory hello. A table was ready within 10 minutes of our arrival and our server was great. I had a plate from the breakfast menu:... More 

Thank NieSam
Ellsworth, Maine
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2016

After a three month hiatus of eating breakfast at the Riverside Café I took visitors from away from here there for two mornings in a row. We were not disappointed. The servers, Ashley and Sonya, were outstanding. The menu was simple, easy to read, and ample. The food was delicious. The value is great. And the blueberry pie is a... More 

Thank Curtis M
downeast maine
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016 via mobile

We have always had good breakfast experiences here but my dinner experience was pretty bad. My husband had the burger which he said was good. He shared his fries which were excellent. They were crispy and cooked perfectly. Unfortunately my dinner was not inedible as far as I was concerned. The crab cake must have been smashed on a griddle;... More 

Thank mystichiker
Riverside151, Owner at Riverside Cafe, responded to this review

I will immediately address your concerns! A lot of crab goes into our recipe so I can only imagine it was not mixed well and the grits..... I'll have to find out about that. I will post this review today for the kitchen to review. I only wish that at least one of the times you have you had a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2016

Our family stopped in for lunch/brunch en route to a more northern spot in Maine. We lucked out with this one. After a short wait, we were seated and got just the right amount of attention from our server. She was friendly and helpful without being intrusive...and was very efficient. The food was great. Eggs were prepared perfectly. I got... More 

Thank plkme

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Cafe
Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Private Dining, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Reservations
Good for
Large groups, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget, Families with children, Kids
Open Hours
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 151 Main St, Ellsworth, ME 04605-1903
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  DownEast and Acadia Maine  >  Ellsworth
  • Phone Number: +1 207-667-7220

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?