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Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Drinks
CUISINES
American, Cafe
FEATURES
Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Street Parking, Free off-street parking, Wine and Beer, Table Service, Family style, Non-smoking restaurants, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed April 2, 2024

Fabulous Sunday breakfast! Eggs Benedict and homemade cinnamon roll with great coffee! A sure thing winner every time!

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed March 19, 2024

My wife and i haven’t been to the Riverside Cafe in a couple of years. We live in nearby Gouldsboro and always loved the breakfasts here. We were greeted and seated within a minute. There were 6 other people eating breakfast besides us. I ordered...the #5 with a short stack of blueberry pancakes and my wife ordered the #1. Our meals were delivered within a few minutes, which surprised me. The entire meal was warm, not hot. The country fries were cold and over cooked. The hash was warm to cool. The homemade biscuits weren’t even warm enough to melt the pats of butter. My wife said the only thing about her meal that was good was her toast. Even the pancakes were undercooked, and barely browned. The coffee, was great, but our waitress never asked if we’d like a refill. Great coffee, terrible food and only fair service. We were both shocked and very, very disappointed. I don’t know what has happened to this restaurant, but it was a shock. We won’t be back.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed February 16, 2024

Met some friends here for breakfast, I had an omelette which was delicious, everyone was impressed with how good their meals were. The service was excellent

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed February 15, 2024 via mobile

Very busy restaurant all year around. The staff is great. Large menu and very reasonable prices. The building is charming. Must stop!

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed February 15, 2024

We always have a great meal whenever we stop into riverside. Staff is prompt and the place is always busy. The food is great. My favorite are the eggs Benedict’s. Must visit for the best breakfast and lunch in ellsworth.

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed February 4, 2024 via mobile

They charged for using a card instead of cash. This is not legal under Maine law. The waitress insisted that it was not the restaurant that charged this fee. It was the credit card companies. That isn’t even possible. I have reported them to the...attorney generals office in Maine. They can find other ways to recoup the fees that credit card companies charge or give a discount for cash but what they are doing is totally illegal.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed January 6, 2024

We've eaten here many times and it's so hit or miss. Today was a total miss. This is now the second time recently I've ordered an omelette where I've been unable to finish it. Please sauté the vegetables. Uncooked raw onions are not tasty -...honest. Mushrooms and basil not cooked I suppose I can handle, but not raw onions. The home fries were also not completely cooked. And the toast? We'll it must have passed under a heat source for one second - it was warm bread not toast. After getting served our coffee and food the waitress never came around to ask how it was or to ask if we wanted coffee refills. My husband had to ask for his. I wasn't ready for one at that point, but since we never saw the waitress again, I couldn't ask for more. The waitress was unfriendly - but I did see her talking up regulars. We've finally given up and aren't coming any more. Marthas is so much better, with very nice staff, lovely ambience and omlettes done the way they should be.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed January 2, 2024 via mobile

Had a 1 night stay in Ellsworth recently and was looking got a quick lunch but not fast food. Based on reviews we stopped in here while exploring the town. Old time charm in an old town, cozy and rustic kinda what we were looking...for. We shared a turkey club and a side of fries, the meal was delicious and hit the spot. Our server was quick and friendly and we were on our wayMore

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed November 12, 2023

This place was packed with customers, and the food was the reason! Lots of locals as well as tourists. Great service !!!

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed November 6, 2023

The place was packed, so a wait is very possible, especially on weekends. Staff was harried, but efficient. Some good menu items on the chalkboard. Not the place for you if you are in a hurry.

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed November 1, 2023 via mobile

Delicious food (breakfast all day? yes please!), and fast, friendly service. It is located on the Ellsworth "downtown" main street, so afterward you can look around some cute, locally owned shops.

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed October 6, 2023

Stopped by for breakfast before heading over to the Downeast Scenic train ride. Walked in to the typical cafe looking building. Stood and waited for several minutes while a couple of the staff stood off to the side talking. Finally a lady came from behind...the bar to seat us. Greeted us gruffly and basically tossed the menus on the table. A waitress eventually made her way to us after quite a few minutes and took our drink orders. Once she returned she took our order, returned with our food, breezed by once more to quickly ask if we needed anything. After bringing the tab, we paid and left. The cafe was not packed or super busy so I was left to believe this must be their normal atmosphere. Cute cafe, food was good and decent price. Alot of staff with many standing around talking.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed September 25, 2023

Made an unplanned trip to Ellsworth and stumbled onto the Riverside Cafe. What a discovery! Great food, very nice wait staff, reasonable prices. Blueberry pancakes were delicious, likewise the Irish Benedict. Only quibble is that you have specify - and pay extra for - real...maple syrup. Come on, this is Maine!More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed September 17, 2023

We stopped in Ellsworth for lunch and had seen some good reviews for this restaurant, so we gave it a try. I had the grilled chicken sandwich, and my wife had the Big Sister bagel. The food was not tasty. The chicken was gritty and...likely processed. Service was ok, decor was nice, prices were ok. Another couple from our group ate here and they also were disappointed with their food.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed September 3, 2023 via mobile

Excellent service, nice atmosphere, and the food is average to good. Vast menu. A must try at least once for breakfast in the Ellsworth area!

Date of visit: September 2023
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Yes, Riverside Cafe offers takeaway services.

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Riverside Cafe is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4