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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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DownEast and Acadia Maine, Maine
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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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64 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago 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 

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193 reviews
116 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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53 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
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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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
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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54 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
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
Trenton, Maine
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33 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2016 via mobile

We have had dinner a couple times over the past month. Our server remembered our drinks even though we aren't regulars. She is a gem. Attentive but not gushing. The prime rib is very good and the price includes 2 sides plus a salad. They don't nickel and dime at all. I hope they are able to keep dinner available... More 

Thank offislandmom
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016 via mobile

Great food, good variety, good prices. Clean dining room. Fast and friendly service. Quiet and intimate corners and open, family friendly booths. Something for everyone.

Thank Joyce G
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19 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2016 via mobile

Stopped in for lunch. Waitstaff was friendly and efficient. Spouse had the bridge burger and I had the hot pastrami. My sandwich was tasty, but the burger appeared to be a frozen patti. It was grey and tasteless. Disappointed.

Thank Surfbum101NM

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