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Sponsored by: Union River Lobster Pot

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1. Excellent food and service!
1. Excellent food and service!
"Down home Maine blueberries and lobstah!"
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2. First visit to Ellsworth
2. First visit to Ellsworth
"And don't forget the blueberry pie."
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3. Great Find!
3. Great Find!
"I had been hearing about this restaurant for two years on the radio"
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About
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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Gluten Free Options
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Dinner
CUISINES
American, Seafood
FEATURES
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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We arrived at 6:30 p.m. on a Wednesday and requested a table for two. They don’t take reservations and the estimated wait time was 45 minutes. They texted me at approximately 45 minutes later that my table was ready. I had the Lazy Lobster, but...was a little confused with what I received. I got the meat from three claws and a bunch of bite sized pieces, but no intact or spilt tail. I thought the deal was that I would receive the meat from a single smaller lobster, but what I received was probably a measured amount of lobster assembled from a group of lobsters. The lobster meat was tasty enough in the drawn butter and sherry, but a little tough as if it was slight overcooked or had sat a while after having been cooked. My partner ordered the fried shrimp: “Succulent baby shrimp, lightly breaded and deep-fried golden brown. Served with cocktail sauce.” Her serving was quite generous and I had to help her finish it. It was tasty, but shrimp really aren’t a specialty in Maine, but she won’t eat seafood other than shrimp. The star of the show was the raspberry pie we ordered ala mode. The raspberry filling was likely local and fresh because it was wonderful. The crust was thicker and harder than most, but it was SO tasty. We split the single order of raspberry pie and kicked ourselves for not ordering a second piece when we had tasted how good it was. All in all we had a good dinner, but next time I’m going to order my lobster whole so that I can make sure I get all the meat I’m entitled to and I can order a bigger lobster for the same price. It will be more trouble and messier, but more satisfying.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed September 13, 2021 via mobile

Best meal I have had since I got to Maine. Cook the lobsters in big pots right out side. Freshest seafood I have tasted in a long time. Came highly recommend by a dock master in town. Don't waist your time or money eating in...Bar Harbor, you will go broke and be so disappointed. We both split the appetizer of shrimp scallops wrapped in bacon. $8. The flavor was out of this world. Then we got both got poor man lobster with 2 sides..soooo good. $32.00. They threw in the dessert because they forgot our salads. I cannot say enough about this place, the food, the service is fantastic. They are hopping, doesn't open till 5:30 and there was a line around the building. We wated almost 1 hr. to get in and it was a Monday after Labor day. They do run out of smaller lobsters fast so get there early. Ask for Kerry..she was Fantastic.More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed 5 days ago

We had heard of this restaurant, just never visited there before. We found their menu offerings were quite agreeable to us. Their price points were very favorable. There wait staff was friendly and prompt. We would return here the next time we're in Ellsworth.

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Lovely meal at Union River. Although we had a one hour wait (no reservations accepted) to eat outside, they had a nice waiting area outside by the river. We had steamed mussel appetizers and a 3 pound lobster to split for 2. Berry cobbler and...Chocolate cake for dessert. Everything was delicious. Our server was friendly and efficient. One warning- if you are outside after sunset have insect repellent handy- the mosquitos come out.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We are Mainers who eat here once or twice a summer. We arrived just before 5, they open at 4, and they were packed. We expected this. We put our names in and went outside to have a drink from the tiki bar and to...sit and enjoy the view. It’s a beautiful outdoor grassy area with chairs and tables overlooking the River. We barely had our drinks when I received the text that our table was ready. It’s campy inside. Mostly wood paneled and screened. I ordered the herb crusted baked salmon. It was so delicious and a very generous filet. My husband enjoyed the baked stuffed haddock which he thought was delicious as well. It was nice to see that their lobster prices were not outrageous as most are during summer in Maine. This is an established business with staff who return every summer. We hope to be back before they close in the fall.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Was there on a Wednesday night, a party of 8 people, a bit disappointed with the inconsistency with our meals. My clam chowder was not hot whereas others were hot. It did not have the 'clam sweetness' taste to it. My fries were fresh and...hot whereas 3 of the party got the bottom of the basket, brown and cold. One lobster was over cooked whereas the rest of the lobsters were fine. Blueberry sangria were ok. My lobster roll was ok. There are other lobster shacks that serve better ones. Also had their traditional blueberry pie and their cold, no top crust blueberry pie, they were ok.; need some work on the crust. However, our waitress Sam was very friendly and efficient.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The atmosphere was great, the staff was friendly and attentive and the food was delicious and fairly priced. This place is a gem and we will go back before we depart for home.

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We had a great lobster experience! Our server helped us order and then guided us through the whole lobster eating process. It was delicious! They cook them in big pots right out front. Great cocktails while we waited sitting on the lawn overlooking the river.

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed July 1, 2022 via mobile

Hubby, two kids and I had dinner here in early July. Everything we ordered was great, from the soups, to the haddock to the lobster with corn, to the raspberry pie dessert. Great atmosphere and service. A lovely perk of this restaurant is the ability...to sit outdoors. Owner even came by to say hello. Please note that they do not accept reservations so there may be a wait, but it's worth it.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed June 17, 2022 via mobile

Everything we expected and more. If we had eaten here our first night we would have been back here every night, best meal we had in the bar harbor area. The hostess was so nice she said a 35 minute wait which I expected, they...seated us in less then 30. The waitress was just as friendly and the service was fast. The lobster dinners were quite reasonable for the area and delicious! The toll house dessert exceptional. A perfect way to finish our trip.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed December 10, 2021

They have very good lobster dinners and you can order all sizes. They opened at 5:00 and you need to be in line before then or you have to wait about an hour to get in.

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed September 26, 2021

Love this place. It's a must go place in Ellsworth if you want lobster or great seafood. Customers start showing up about half an hour before they open, so get there early if you want a seat!

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed September 24, 2021

Our family dined here 3 times during our stay in the area. The quality of the service and food varied with each visit although the whole lobsters dinners were always a hit. I don't eat lobster and so found the other fish offerings to be...a bit hit or miss, especially the halibut. People do start lining up outside before 5:00 for dinner so if you're not in line by 5, you're going to wait at least an hour to be seated. We ate on the screened-in porch which was a great way to enjoy the view of the river and the mild weather we had. If you love lobster, this is definitely the best place to go in the area.More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed September 17, 2021 via mobile

Outstanding food. A local recommended this restaurant. Not disappointed. Terrific food and staff. Opens at 5. Be in line then because it fills up.

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed September 14, 2021 via mobile

Got to the restaurant an hour early, didn't notice the opening hours on the web...oops but glad we got there early, we were 2nd inline. They opened on time (5) and we were showed to our table. Great waitress, not pushy . Ordered the 1lb...3/4 lobster with the mussels and clams and the wife had Crab cakes. Best food and service during our whole vacation. 10/10 the waitress even taught me how to dig into the lobster, well we all have to learn somewhen. Colin & marMore

Date of visit: September 2021
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Teacupjunkie3
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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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Response from 557yanam | Reviewed this property |
O don't believe so as it's not a real patio, more like a porch
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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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Yes, Union River Lobster Pot offers takeout services.

Union River Lobster Pot is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4