Starting Monday, May 24th, indoor dining is open with no capacity restrictions, no party restrictions, and no face covering mandate. We ask that you follow any CDC recommendations to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and are asking the same of our team members.
We also ask for your patience as we transition back to full capacity. In March 2020 our business model changed and while in door dining capacity was limited, Takeout sales increased dramatically. This lead to our kitchen seeing little or no difference to normal business levels. While takeout sales remain higher than pre-COVID, we may still limit dine in capacity so that we can deliver great food and service to all our guests. Available staff is also a factor here. So if there is a wait to dine in and you see empty tables, that is most likely the reason. Thanks again for your patience and support!
Updated March 2021
We’re open for limited capacity dine-in service. Please note that there are still capacity limits as required by the state. You will not be able to wait inside our lobby for a table as that affects our capacity.
When you arrive to DINE IN please check in with our greeter at the front door or call our wait-list line. Signs are posted outside each restaurant with that phone number. We will take your name and phone number and call you when your table is ready. We will do our best to give you an accurate wait time, but with limited capacity this can be difficult to predict.
Per state guidelines we must log a contact person and phone number from each party.
Dine in service is still first come, first serve.
All guests must wear face coverings when they are not seated at a table. If you are not wearing one we will assume you have a medical reason for not doing so.
All children must always remain at the table and be supervised.
The maximum party size as allowed currently by the state of Maine is 8 people. We can NOT seat a party larger than that at one table. We will do our best to accommodate your group at multiple socially distanced tables.
Single use condiments will be provided. Straws will be provided upon request only.
All payment will be taken at the table by your server. If you are interested in some bakery goods to go please let your server know and they will gladly get that for you.
All guest areas will be completely sanitized in between guests visiting with us, and proper social distancing will be observed in the dining room.
If you are health compromised or just don’t want to dine in with us yet, we still offer curbside takeout or delivery where available for your convenience! Visit GovernorsRestaurant.com/order to place your order.
Please be patient and understanding with us during this period of change. Safety is our number one priority and we will strive to do everything we can to safely serve you and your family!
Headed Downeast on your vacation or getaway? First, stop by our restaurant located at 253 High Street in Ellsworth for Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, or Dessert. Here’s our top places to visit when you’re in the Ellsworth/MDI area!
Acadia National Park: The crown jewel of Downeast Maine and Mound Desert Island is of course Acadia National Park. From the loop road to Cadillac Mountain there is so much to do (And more off the beaten path. One of our favorites hikes is at Beech Mountain) You can find the official park website here with information, but we’d be remiss if we didn’t suggest you check out our friends at Love Maine Adventures Acadia section.
Downeast Scenic Railroad: Ok, well we do have a thing for trains at Governor’s. Downeast Scenic is headquartered in Ellsworth and gives you an opportunity to check out a passenger train ride. Plus what you might not know is that there is a Steam Engine being restored at Washington Junction! For more information and to book tickets visit the Downeast Scenic RR website
Union River Dam (Also known as the Ellsworth Dam): Did you know one of the tallest concrete buttress dams in the country was build in 1907 in Ellsworth? It is still operating and is on the national register of historic places. The dam is located just north of downtown Ellsworth.
Sunrise Trail: The Sunrise trail is an 87 mile long multi use trail that starts at Washington Junction in Ellsworth and heads towards Machias and Calais. It’s a favorite of ATV, Side by Side, and Snowsled enthusiests, along with walkers, bikers, and cross country skiers. Check out more information about the trail here
Penobscot Narrows Bridge Observatory: Located up the road in Bucksport is the Penobscot Narrows Bridge and the observatory open most of the summer. Get some of the best views in the state of Maine at the tallest bridge observatory in the world. Plus right next door is historic Fort Knox (the one without the gold.) Both are open May through October, and there is a small entry fee. Click here for more information.
Woodlawn Museum, Gardens, and Park: Tour the historic Black house, outbuildings and the gardens & park featuring two miles of wooded trails and a tournament sized Croquet court. A hidden treasure in the area. For more information visit the Woodlawn official web site.
Birdsacre: The Stanwood Wildlife Sanctuary features over 200 acres of protected woodlands dedicated to preserving the home and vision of ornithologist-photographer Cordelia Stanwood. It’s a great opportunity for bird watching, and there is a nature center with art and animal exhibits. For more information visit the Birdsacre website.
Bring the whole family out for dinner on Thursday night and let us help make it affordable. Kids meals and drinks are 50% off for kids 13 & under with the purchase of an adult meal (must purchase an adult entrée for every 2 kids meals) from 4 to 8 PM. Available for dine in only.