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The Helm

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Camden Road, Rockport, ME 04856
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Pollock Pines
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48 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited with my grammy here, with our little ones in tow. The food was delicious with extremely reasonable prices. The specials menu had quite a few options on it and the regular menu was full of temptations. We all ordered a variety of food from fish to chicken and everything was prepared perfectly. The salad bar had a nice... More 

Thank Nese G
Rugby, United Kingdom
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322 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 177 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I do love salad & the Helm has the most extensive salad bar I can ever remember seeing anywhere in the world! There must be around 30 different things to choose from - lettuces, tomatoes, carrots, pasta salad, potato salad, cottage cheese, cheese, olives, hard boiled egg, etc etc etc, plus a great selection of dressings, including plain olive oil.... More 

Thank Christine W
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238 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 877 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This restaurant looks like a little takeout shack. It is worn. You can see a hole or two in the siding. The signs in the window indicated that they were closing for the season on October 16. We made it with a week to spare. The interior is straight out of the sixties, including the music. Not very fancy, but... More 

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Camden, Maine
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67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2016 via mobile

A visit to the Helm is a bit of a throwback. A large salad bar with a good variety is featured. The menu has a French influence. Fresh seafood is also available. After your meal, a dessert cart is offered. There is a bit if a dated feel. The meals are served hot. The staff may have had a busy... More 

Thank raptor86
New Hope, PA
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016

6pm on a Saturday night in mid September and the parking lot is almost full must mean something! This place goes back for years and probably many changes in ownership and chefs. In this current phase, it fills the bill (so to speak) if you are looking for a place that is not a tourist trap, has an ample menu... More 

Thank chip37
Islamorada, Florida
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016

Salad bar is offered with many entrees - wide selection of ingredients & dressing, Fried clams were particularly good - large helping (could only manage half). The steaks, particularly the rib eye, always tender. Many seafood dishes are market price, so ask if you need to know how much. The fish is always well done and the specials are very... More 

Thank pdfan11946
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4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2016

First the positives: the burgers and hot dog were excellent, breading on fish and chips very tasty. The rest: The fries were bland and disappointing, although finished by our hungry group. The ice cream was abysmal. They've changed their amazing and unique yellow french vanilla to a run of the mill white mix. Heartbreaking. And the man does NOT know... More 

Thank danLaVa
Raleigh, North Carolina
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85 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2016

The food was adequate. The service was adequate. I won't be back. Not a bad place, but not impressive enough to warrant a re-visit. Plenty of off street parking. Quick service. Friendly.

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Piscataway, New Jersey
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19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2016

My family has come to this region of Maine for generations. The Helm has always been part of it. Myself, I have never been all that overboard about it. Yes, if you want a lot to eat, many of their dishes have plenty to offer. It's rather bland food. I've never gotten the great attraction to this place and only... More 

Thank BrienSz
Charleston, South Carolina
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2016

My wife and I had been in the Camden area for two days and we were in need of a salad with vegetables and greens. Jo at High Tide Inn suggested The Helm . We went and was pleasantly surprised. My wife got the salad bar and the French Onion soup and I got the salad bar and the French... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Seafood, Soups
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Parking Available
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children, Large groups, Kids, Local cuisine
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Camden Road, Rockport, ME 04856
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  Mid Coast Maine  >  Rockport
  • Phone Number: 207.236.4337

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