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.


Ratings and reviews


Location and contact

Lunch, Dinner
American, Seafood
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Reviews (343)
Filter reviews
338 results
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
More languages
Show reviews that mention
All reviews pie pot roast lemon meringue seafood scallops liver and onions onion rings turkey dinner bread haddock sandwich sandwiches ribs clam chowder home cooking save room award winning comfort food
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 338 reviews
Reviewed 2 December 2018 via mobile

My bride and I usually visit Ellsworth for a week a year and Helen's restaurant is almost always a must stop for home cooked meals. This particular visit, my wife had the seafood combination platter that was well rounded with clams and scallops. I had...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank 786jimk
Reviewed 27 November 2018

Traveling through Maine in mid to late October, we quickly learned how many places to eat CLOSE because it is the end of tourist season ! Helen's was visited twice for dinner and both times, meals were tasty, service was good, and no one made...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Viki W
Reviewed 21 November 2018

We had eaten at Helens many times over the years, but it had been 8 or so years since our last visit. This visit was long overdue. We were late as far as dining goes. A few other parties were in there, service was very...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Teresapeabody A
MelanieF2186, Owner at Helen's, responded to this reviewResponded 23 November 2018

Well 8 years is far toooooo long, Thank you so much for dining with us we are glad everything was cooked to your liking. We do pride our self on good fast friendly service, I hope you will return much sooner for another great meal...More

Reviewed 2 November 2018

What a cozy, well decorated place - sort of old fashioned quaintness, lots of antiques. The bathrooms were sorta clean, sorta not, which in my book makes them...not. We all got burgers. Maybe being from the midwest, we are used to good beef, but these...More

Date of visit: October 2018
1  Thank MNClean
MelanieF2186, Owner at Helen's, responded to this reviewResponded 23 November 2018

Thank you for enjoying our nostalgic decor to represent the longevity of Helen's 60+ year history. I am sorry you didn't find our restrooms to suit your standard, however if you had brought it to someones attention they would have rectified that problem. Our staff...More

Reviewed 24 October 2018 via mobile

Several cars in parking lot so we stopped in. First of all they seated us right by the kitchen & my chair was even with the door frame. There was no door. There were plenty of empty tables so we asked to b moved. The...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank karenbtaylor
MelanieF2186, Owner at Helen's, responded to this reviewResponded 25 October 2018

Karen So sorry to hear you did not enjoy your chicken caesar salad, I am guessing that is what you had. We typically have very good reviews on our fresh deep fried wings , freshly hand-dipped deep fried mushrooms and broccoli cheese bites. I am...More

Reviewed 24 October 2018

Helen's in Ellsworth was once a fairly descent spot halfway up the hill leaving Ellsworth on Route 1, but it is clearly drifting away from being a good restaurant. The place is starting to look rundown and the dining area is almost uninviting with things...More

Date of visit: September 2018
1  Thank LoneStarDad
MelanieF2186, Owner at Helen's, responded to this reviewResponded 25 October 2018

I want to address you as Sir but somehow I can't, So mr. Lonestar dad, this has to be the most ignorant review I have ever seen as a business owner in my 25 years in this industry. First of all if you want to...More

Reviewed 20 October 2018 via mobile

Food was spectacular. Service even better. Cute place with friendly hostess. Not much of a wait on a busy Fri night. Will return!! Haddock - yummy!

Date of visit: October 2018
1  Thank Katrina6172
Reviewed 20 October 2018 via mobile

We came here after a very poor experience at a different place, so we weren't expecting a whole lot, just something better than the crap we'd been dealing with. Helen's blew us away. Our server Reba was very prompt and super friendly, she answered all...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Corrynne K
Reviewed 19 October 2018 via mobile

Consulting Trip Advisor for a place to eat on the way to Acadia National Park and decided upon Helen’s. It took us a bit to find through the car navigation system, but we were glad we did. I had a wonderful crabmeat quiche and my...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Ttreats
Reviewed 9 October 2018

The service was very fast and friendly and the food was very good. The portions were large so be sure to get that to-go box. :)

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Brandi M
View more reviews
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
Dan P
10 March 2016|
AnswerShow all 4 answers
Response from BancyN | Reviewed this property |
Well, you are right. I have not eaten these before but wanted to try one during my trip to Maine. The roll I got was a regular, cheap hot dog bun, nothing special and no grilled top cut roll. Based on this experience, I... More
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