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Riverside Cafe

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151 Main St, Ellsworth, ME 04605-1903
+1 207-667-7220
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07:00 - 14:00
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Sun - Sat 07:00 - 14:00
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 20:00
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Some might see the description of "plain old food" and take that as a negative, but that's how I view most diner-ish establishments that server comfort food. The Riverside does comfort food very well, but there are some twists. The last time we were there (for breakfast) I had Eggs Benedict that was amped up as: Crab Cakes Benedict. Fantastic!... More 

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Thank MarkInLamoine
Villa Park, Il
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

Great turkey club sandwich and omelets! Light,tasty pancakes. They make you feel like home there. Quick delicious meals.

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Thank Pat L
DownEast and Acadia Maine, Maine
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Food good, noise level unacceptable, waitress condescending. The noise level was the killer for me. Noise of banging dishes even though we moved was terrible. I will not return even though the food was good.

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Thank susiehoke
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65 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

While vacationing on Mt. Desert Island, we I'd some antiquing in Ellsworth. We ate lunch at this restaurant and had an enjoyable meal. Several of us had their quiche which was delicious and their speciality smoothies were very tasty too. We did arrive close to closing, 2pm, which we felt the waitress was "quick" with us, but the good food... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016 via mobile

We've been here before for dinner, but this time we were driving through at dinnertime. Since we don't eat meat on Fridays, I ordered the Vegetarian Jambalaya with a side of sauteed kale-- it was so good! Even my husband, who is not a vegetarian, kept taking forkfuls of my dinner! The flavors, spices and texture were just right, spicy... More 

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Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Maine
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211 reviews
128 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016

This turned out to be the perfect central meeting spot for a group of us to get together and have a bite to eat. I was greeted with a smile and with more than the perfunctory hello. A table was ready within 10 minutes of our arrival and our server was great. I had a plate from the breakfast menu:... More 

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Thank NieSam
Ellsworth, Maine
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53 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016

After a three month hiatus of eating breakfast at the Riverside Café I took visitors from away from here there for two mornings in a row. We were not disappointed. The servers, Ashley and Sonya, were outstanding. The menu was simple, easy to read, and ample. The food was delicious. The value is great. And the blueberry pie is a... More 

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Thank Curtis M
downeast maine
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

We have always had good breakfast experiences here but my dinner experience was pretty bad. My husband had the burger which he said was good. He shared his fries which were excellent. They were crispy and cooked perfectly. Unfortunately my dinner was not inedible as far as I was concerned. The crab cake must have been smashed on a griddle;... More 

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Thank mystichiker
Riverside151, Owner at Riverside Cafe, responded to this review

I will immediately address your concerns! A lot of crab goes into our recipe so I can only imagine it was not mixed well and the grits..... I'll have to find out about that. I will post this review today for the kitchen to review. I only wish that at least one of the times you have you had a... More 

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54 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016

Our family stopped in for lunch/brunch en route to a more northern spot in Maine. We lucked out with this one. After a short wait, we were seated and got just the right amount of attention from our server. She was friendly and helpful without being intrusive...and was very efficient. The food was great. Eggs were prepared perfectly. I got... More 

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Thank plkme
Trenton, Maine
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34 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016 via mobile

We have had dinner a couple times over the past month. Our server remembered our drinks even though we aren't regulars. She is a gem. Attentive but not gushing. The prime rib is very good and the price includes 2 sides plus a salad. They don't nickel and dime at all. I hope they are able to keep dinner available... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
American, Cafe
Meals
Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Private Dining, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Reservations
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
Sunday
07:00 - 14:00
Monday
07:00 - 14:00
Tuesday
07:00 - 14:00
Wednesday
07:00 - 14:00
Thursday
07:00 - 14:00
Friday
07:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 20:00
Saturday
07:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 20:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 151 Main St, Ellsworth, ME 04605-1903
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  DownEast and Acadia Maine  >  Ellsworth
  • Phone Number: +1 207-667-7220

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