We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.


₹₹ - ₹₹₹
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
55 Downeast Hwy, Ellsworth, ME 04605-1722
+1 207-667-2433
06:00 - 20:00
Open now
See all hours
Sun 07:00 - 19:30
Mon - Sat 06:00 - 20:00
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review
Turn Your Opinions into Points!
Turn your opinions into JPMiles
Turn your opinions into PAYBACK Points
*You can enroll in only one programme at a time to earn rewards for reviews.
JPMiles / Payback Arrow

254 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More
Showing 249: English reviews
Level Contributor
12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 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!

Thank Joyce G
Flushing, Michigan
Level Contributor
20 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

A down home friendly place. Very friendly staff. Menu is everywhere from breakfast all day to sandwiches to lobster dinners. Big well done variety menu. Very popular and busy. Also sells bakery things on display. Modest prices. Well worth the trip.

Thank Faye M
Eau Claire, Wisconsin
Level Contributor
38 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

There were many menu choices, so all would be happy with this choice for a meal. The food was good as was the service. Cozy family atmosphere. Reasonable prices with lots of sea food choices. Go for dessert first, as their pies are delish.

Thank hannahandclaire
Bellbrook, Ohio, United States
Level Contributor
52 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

We visited Helen's for dinner and both ordered the fresh whole lobster dinner with baked potato and salads. The salads were very fresh and the baked potatoes nice an hot and delicious. The lobsters were perfectly cooked and wonderful. The desserts looked delicious, but we did not have any because we were full. Service was excellent.

Thank Randy_Debbie_Ohio
Gloucester, Massachusetts
Level Contributor
25 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

This was our first time dining at Helen's in Ellsworth, though I had eaten in their Machias location in the past. Lovely, homey atmosphere, friendly, fast service, reasonable prices and nice portion sizes. We both got the fish and chips and it was perfect! We topped it off with a piece of their famous pie ala mode!

Thank ArtHounds01930
Level Contributor
33 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016 via mobile

Our tour group stopped for dinner and were impressed with the service and the staff. The selections on the menu were numerous and varied. I thoroughly enjoyed a Grilled Cheese with Bacon Sandwich. The Wild Maine Blueberry Pie was the best we had eaten during our time in Maine. A tip...order your pie first to ensure they won't run out... More 

Thank Marilyn B
Burnsville, North Carolina
Level Contributor
144 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

We had a pleasant meal at this restaurant. My husband had the lobster, which he loved, my dad had clam chowder which he thought was delicious and I had the roast beef. It was very good! We all shared some blueberry pie a al mode and thought it was very good. Not overly sweet. We liked that. This is a... More 

Thank Mootheart
Miramichi, Canada
Level Contributor
31 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

We stopped in here for lunch on a Tuesday. Definitely popular amongst the senior demographic! We had the onion rings for an appetizer. Very good, enough for two to share. One of the specials was a hot chicken sandwich, which came with choice of potato, coleslaw, scoop of dressing (good) and cranberries. Plenty of chicken in the sandwich, not a... More 

Thank James F
Acton, Massachusetts
Level Contributor
16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

My husband and I were exhausted from a busy day of traveling. Before we retired to our motel, we stopped for dinner at Helen's. Helen's was clean, friendly and had great food. It reminded me of one of our favorite restaurants back home. The homemade pies were awesome also!

Thank Carrie1342
Stockholm, Sweden
Level Contributor
63 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

We had lobster at Helen's and it was very good and quite inexpensive. The interior is OK but not on par with the food. Staff very friendly and attentive, so all in all, it is a good alternative while in Ellsworth.

Thank PeGe_sthlm

Travellers who viewed Helen's also viewed

Ellsworth, DownEast and Acadia Maine
Ellsworth, DownEast and Acadia Maine
Ellsworth, DownEast and Acadia Maine
Ellsworth, DownEast and Acadia Maine
Ellsworth, DownEast and Acadia Maine
Ellsworth, DownEast and Acadia Maine

Been to Helen's? Share your experiences!

Turn Your Opinions into Points!
Turn your opinions into JPMiles
Turn your opinions into PAYBACK Points
*You can enroll in only one programme at a time to earn rewards for reviews.
JPMiles / Payback Arrow
Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

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
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Highchairs Available
Good for
Groups, Cheap Eats, Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
07:00 - 19:30
06:00 - 20:00
06:00 - 20:00
06:00 - 20:00
06:00 - 20:00
06:00 - 20:00
06:00 - 20:00
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

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Helen's and other visitors
1 question
Ask a question

See all questions (1)

Questions? Get answers from Helen's staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?