Helen’s Restaurant

Review by: Michael Stern

You can get Helen’s legendary blueberry pie year around, but the best time to have it is late summer, when fresh-picked lowbush blues are abundant. The tiny wild Maine blues are piled onto a flakey crust and heaped with whipped cream. If If blueberries aren’t your cup of tea, strawberry pie — any berry pie made here! — is sure to please.

Grand as the pies are — not to mention muffins, cakes, and turnovers — be aware that is more than an excellent bakery. It is a friendly town cafe that serves lunches of fried clams or fried haddock, hot turkey with mashed potatoes, and a full-bore boiled lobster dinner.

Directions & Hours

10:30am - 8pm
  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: 10:30 AM – 8:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 10:30 AM – 8:00 PM
  • Thursday: 10:30 AM – 8:00 PM
  • Friday: 10:30 AM – 8:00 PM
  • Saturday: 10:30 AM – 8:00 PM
  • Sunday: Closed

What To Eat

Blueberry pie

Strawberry pie

Fish and chips

Picked lobster

Seafood Platter


Fish Chowder


Helen’s Restaurant Recipes


What do you think of Helen’s Restaurant?

2 Responses to “Helen’s Restaurant”

Kay Stone

May 29th, 2015

Helen’s claim their fish chowder is world famous and it certainly deserves to be so. It was one of the very best bowls of soup I have ever eaten. The soup was about 50% huge chunks of fluffy white haddock with cubes of potato, cream and a float of butter – not thick and goopy but fresh and almost brothy with the taste of the sea. Even though I was on a road trip and would have no place to store it, I wanted to take a gallon of the chowder with me, just to have it nearby. I also indulged in a lobster roll – full of chunks of sweet, tasty lobster, and a piece of rhubarb pie. I left smiling.


Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle

August 22nd, 2008

Helen’s has been around a long time. We recall our first visit, many years ago, when it seemed like a nice little out-of-the-way cafe serving some decent food. Since then, Helen sold the place, and the new owners opened a second location in Ellsworth. Surprisingly enough, we think Helen’s food is better than ever.

The popular restaurant is large and heavily advertised. The service couldn’t be sweeter. The food we tried was, without fail, extraordinary. Fish and chips is made with the freshest, sweetest haddock imaginable. The crust had a wicked crunch, yet the meat was juicy as could be. The fries were serviceable, but this was about fish, not potatoes.

They serve a bowl of picked lobster that is like a deconstructed hot lobster roll on toast, sitting in a pool of melted butter. The lobster is fresh and tender, and eating that butter-and-lobster-juice-soaked slice of toast at the bottom of the dish is as sybaritic an eating experience as you can imagine.

Do not under any circumstances miss dessert. We were there in late summer blueberry season, and the fresh blueberry pie is something to behold: a mix of fresh and cooked blueberries (mostly fresh)on a good crust, piled with whipped cream. Mercy! These local buckshot-sized wild blueberries have only a passing resemblance to the pea-sized berries sold around the country. They seem to capture that essence of blueberry that seems so elusive outside of Maine. Virtually all of these berries are sold for processing; they’re nearly impossible to find fresh outside of Maine and, in fact, are quite rare even in the state. It’s worth the effort to search for places that use them, like Helen’s. By the way, Helen’s serves a fresh strawberry pie prepared in a similar manner, and darned if it wasn’t almost as good as the blueberry pie, even if the berries may have rolled in from Florida or California.


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