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Helen's

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55 Downeast Hwy, Ellsworth, ME 04605-1722
+1 207-667-2433
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6:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Sun 7:00 am - 7:30 pm
Mon - Sat 6:00 am - 8:00 pm
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Was looking for a place to eat that wasn't a big chain or fast food. Decided to give Helens a try for supper this weekend on our way to Bar Harbor. Was very satisfied. Neat little restaurant with some vintage decor. Very friendly staff and attentive. Meal was amazing. Both my wife and I thoroughly enjoyed what we ordered. Portions... More 

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Thank Dan B
Lamoine, Maine
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28 reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have dined here off and on for the past 10 or more years, during the past year or more the place seems to be going down hill. Help is probably one of their problems. The quality of the food has decreased. I had a small steak, it was so tough I could not eat it. My complaint went no... More 

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Thank jaylsutter65
Boston, Massachusetts
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37 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 30, 2016

We visited Helen's on a recommendation of a local resident. We also had a 10% off coupon from our timeshare resort. What my daughters and I found was a wonderful American diner which focused on the comfort food that Maine does so well. My family vacationed in Maine and a perennial favorite was the fried clam bellies which I tried... More 

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Thank Marie121316
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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 28, 2016 via mobile

Food was good, not as good as Helens up country, the steak was not as tender as could be but the rest of the meal was very good.

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Thank Paula J C
RIVERHEAD
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 7, 2016 via mobile

My husband and I had dinner on a weekday night. Great value and good food. There blueberry pie a la mode, of course, was the best!

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Thank donna s
Ellsworth, Maine
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 28, 2016

Good home cooked food , great staff, good pie. Definitely eat dessert first if contemplating having pie!

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Thank Aileen Y
Bangor, Maine
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80 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 13, 2016 via mobile

Although this restaurant was at one time part of the Machias Helen's, it was sold over 10 years ago. Read the About Us section on the Machias Helen's webpage. My husband had spaghetti with meatballs which had way too much filler. The loaf of bread is definitely not a homemade bread....could be Wonderbread. I had ribs, which were baked and... More 

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Thank MaggieDogME
Orpington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 12, 2016

We ate early evening, but there several groups of locals present. The staff were friendly and the food good. The ribs looked a dry and a little unappetising, but turned out to be moist and tasty - the sauce added to the taste and did not overwhelm the meat. Unfortunately, we were too full to have a desert, which had... More 

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Thank AndyPlusJan
Manchester, PA
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83 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2016

Nice place, good staff, meh dinner. The food was just okay. They are known for pies, but that was just okay too. Prices added up quickly and it was just not worth the money. But love the staff!

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Thank HELJAN
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2016

A nice little restaurant with hardwood floors and Downeast ambiance. Friendly service. Good food. Best corn chowder and fish chowder I have ever had. Great desserts!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
American, Seafood
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Highchairs Available
Good for
Special occasions, Large groups, Dining on a budget, Kids, Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
7:00 am - 7:30 pm
Monday
6:00 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesday
6:00 am - 8:00 pm
Wednesday
6:00 am - 8:00 pm
Thursday
6:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday
6:00 am - 8:00 pm
Saturday
6:00 am - 8:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 55 Downeast Hwy, Ellsworth, ME 04605-1722
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  DownEast and Acadia Maine  >  Ellsworth
  • Phone Number: +1 207-667-2433

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