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Seasonal restaurant specializing in fresh seafood, served on the banks of the historic Union River in Downtown Ellsworth. We pride ourselves on our traditional Downeast fare crafted with care and served with a smile.
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American, Seafood
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place has enjoyed a great reputation for years but its beginning to lose its luster. The host offered no greeting and more or less looked at me with a "State your business" stare, pulling menus and expecting me to fall in behind them. If...it is your desire to eat the same food that has been on the menu since 1995, with few exceptions, then this place is for you. I do not understand how the rampant mediocrity of this place continues to attract diners. Over cooked vegetables, flavorless rice that is obviously a Uncle Ben's boxed brand. Miserly salads with one grape tomato. Price paid for value received left me feeling like I had the wind knocked out of me. Server tried to bring the check before the dessert ever came. Upon leaving there was no "thank you" no "good night". This place needs competition.More

Date of visit: August 2020
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Ate here in August. Ordered mussels, a chicken sandwich and some chicken fingers. Being a seafood specialist, I expected a bowl of mussels swimming in a flavorful broth with some nice crusty bread to sop the juices up with. Boy, was I wrong. The mussels...were disgusting, flavorless and sans broth. When I realized there was no crusty bread I asked if they had anything out back that would fill the bill....uh...no. Really? Chicken sandwich was gross and the chicken fingers/nuggets were just okay. Asked for Ranch dipping sauce and ended up with tartar sauce. Boo. Not going back.More

Date of visit: August 2020
Reviewed December 6, 2020

Aside from 2020 being an odd year, this restaurant, which used to be a favorite, has slowly declined. There are new menu items this season but they seem to be forced by a need to adapt to pandemic restrictions. The regular fare that this restaurant...typically has featured had been consistently good but has become tired. Its like dining on the culinary delights of 1992 when you go to this place. They have zero competition in town so perhaps they feel confident to rest on their laurels. The food has become overpriced and the service lacks too. Its too rush them in and get them out in order to bring in the next round.More

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed November 29, 2020

We have come here at least once every time we come to Maine for vacation. For a number of years it was top notch. Over the past several years it has dropped down in quality and has become not a very good value in terms...of money spent for what you receive. The menu is somewhat tired. There have been changes but they seem to follow trends that are already about three years old. Maybe we have just come here so many times that it doesn't seem that great to us anymore. On our recent visit my wife go the lobster salad plate. And yes, her opinion of what she got mirrors the opinions of others who thought it was a "total waste of money". My meal of steamers was fine but the portion was very small in relation to what I was charged for them. This place seems to be riding on its reputation of years past and in my opinion is not trying very hard anymore. They have no competition and it shows as they have let their game slacken up a lot.More

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed October 14, 2020 via mobile

Seems like everybody loves this place and I thought we would too. Not at all. Lobster was so so. Delivered to our tsble in a styrofoam tray. Yes, I understand it was coded but they could have done a much better job and made it...so much more appealing. Bill was totally ridiculous for what we got. My Belgian white ale was a same price as a cocktail. So regret is going in there with all the wonderful restaurants in the area.More

Date of visit: August 2020
Reviewed September 21, 2020

Take out on Sept 17. Chowder was great, fries very good but soggy as you might expect. Lobster salad was a few wilted greens, one small tomato, and a table spoon or two of tasteless lobster. Not clear how they have the highest rating. For...$50 total there is probably a better valueMore

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed September 19, 2020 via mobile

We found this place the first night we were in the area. They set the bar high! We shared a lobster and had fun learning how to crack the lobster for the meat. The lobster was good. The sides good as well. Blueberry pie to...go- well that was a treat later! Would highly recommend this restaurant.More

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed September 12, 2020 via mobile

We had dinner at Union river lobster pot on Thursday during our trip to Acadia. The food is great, and we really enjoyed eating out on the lawn by the water. I had the lobster dinner, perfectly prepared, fresh and tasty, and my wife had...the crab roll, also very good. We shared fried clams, good, but perhaps it was too much for two. Only thing which wasn’t great was the wine in a can. One word of advice : stick with a soda or a beer.More

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed September 8, 2020

We have dined at the Pot several times over the years and have always been more or less satisfied with the food and service. My biggest complaint has always been that the place is overpriced and the food and service not overwhelmingly good. But with...the COVID restrictions in place, there was zero service and ordering was done at a cash register. Place your order with a clerk and they give you a number. After a while, someone brings your order in a big paper bag. You have the option of opening your bag and eating inside (with spacing enforced) and zero wait staff, or eating outside with spacing enforced and zero wait staff. We ate outside on a picnic table although all the best riverside tables were either off limits or already taken. I ordered a Allagash White on draft, but was informed they only served their beer and ale in cans! So I paid for a bottled water instead. Now to the food. I asked for broiled haddock dinner, but was informed that they only deep fried haddock. For a more-or-less upscale lobster shack to only have deep fried fish seems like a step down to me. And when it did arrive, the portion was small and the fish very dry. Eating haddock from a cardboard box was an experience I hope to never have again. The fries were excellent, as always, and the cole slaw very nice. The wife ordered an expensive 1.5 pound lobster in stead of the less expensive 1 pound or 1 - 1/4 pound lobster, but when it arrived it was actually smaller than a 1 - 1/4 pound lobster. I know the difference having consumed literally hundreds of Maine lobsters over my 76 years. We didn't complain, but we were disappointed to say the least. I suppose we could have gone back inside to the clerk at cash register and lodged a complaint, but we were with another couple and decided against it. Our guests had never been to the Pot but had read the gushing reviews - but they were disappointed. The gentleman ordered a fourteen dollar hamburger and said it was OK, but he's certainly had better elsewhere. His wife ordered steamed clams and steamed muscles as part of the featured $30 seafood meal. There must be a shortage of both because the portions were meager, to say the least. The place itself is on the waterfront and is quite lovely. The bill came to well over $150, which is pretty much what we expected, but it certainly was not worth that. I'm sure we'll be back simply because it's the only Ellsworth restaurant on the water and we're always hopeful that things will improve somehow.More

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed August 29, 2020 via mobile

Another awesome find... lots of outdoor sitting. They have live music some days. Great lobster/seafood/crab rolls/fish tacos.

Date of visit: August 2020
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October 11, 2018|
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Response from Jane K | Reviewed this property |
They will re-open come spring just as Bar Harbor will!!
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September 1, 2018|
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Response from 557yanam | Reviewed this property |
O don't believe so as it's not a real patio, more like a porch
October 13, 2017|
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Response from Kleefrog57 | Reviewed this property |
They closed for the season Oct. 6. Check their website in the Spring for their opening date.
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