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Lower Main, Machias, ME 04654
+1 207-255-8423
06:00 - 20:30
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Sun 07:00 - 19:30
Mon - Thu 06:00 - 20:00
Fri - Sat 06:00 - 20:30
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Moncton, Canada
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39 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Helen's is our first choice of restaurants in the Machias area, Their seafood is very good and the service is always pleasant and prompt. We especially enjoy fried clams and theirs is better than we have had anywhere in the Northeast. It is somewhat off the beaten trail but if you are out for the coast experience, it is worth... More 

Thank Dennison T
Milbridge, Maine
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2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I haven't been to this restaurant in a long time boy have I missed out. The food I had for lunch was excellent and the fish chowder full of fish not potatoes. I would highly recommend this restaurant.

Thank robin110462
Machias, Maine, United States
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17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The food is decent but not outstanding. The new building (the old one burned down) lacks the charm and atmosphere of the old one. Plus, with uncovered cement floors and high ceilings, it's noisier than it has to be. All in all, a good place to eat.

Thank Liz S
Portland, Maine
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We arrived just after noon to eat lunch. We ordered some onion rings as an appetizer while we looked over the menu. The onion rings were great with their dipping sauce. The caesar salad was large and very fresh. The fettuccine alfredo pasta with garlic bread was awesome. However, leave room for their pies. The chocolate cream pie and blueberry... More 

Thank Stephen D
North Berwick, ME
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped here for lunch and were not disappointed! The fish chowder was really good but the homemade strawberry pie was the best part of the meal! So delicious!

Thank Mattbella1912
Portland, ME
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62 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2017

Stopped in for breakfast with a group of 6. Place was nearly empty, and service was slow for being so quiet. Our waitress was a hoot, though, and made us feel very welcomed. She was also quick to accommodate our every ask. I really enjoyed the hash breakfast. Coffee was cold but our refills were piping hot.

Thank ingridaw79
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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

The only restaurant in Machias to really capitalize on the view of the river. Pie is great, coffee is mediocre but they are generous with refills IF you get one of the good waitresses. Great breakfasts. Service is hit or miss.

Thank Pablo M
Portland, Maine
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2017

Helen's is a great restaurant in Machias. My husband has celiac disease and Helen's accommodates him easily. They have a fabulous gluten free fish stew. Their Dutch Special potato skins are so yummy!! Wait staff is friendly and helpful. And best of all, it's open year round.

Thank Rene62056
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017

Great food, beautiful restaurant. Hours are little weird but it's to be expected in a small town like Machias. If you're there during the season, get the deep fried fiddleheads! Definitely a must-go if you're staying in Machias or Machiasport for an extended period.

Thank Griz F
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017

I went to Helen's many times and I have always enjoyed eating there. The atmosphere is great as well as the staff and the food. Everything's fresh and produced locally. It offers a wide variety of meals to choose from. You will not regret coming there. Despite the restaurant being one of the pricier ones in the area, the food... More 

Thank Jan P

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Seafood, Soups, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
Good for
Cheap Eats, View, Groups, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
07:00 - 19:30
06:00 - 20:00
06:00 - 20:00
06:00 - 20:00
06:00 - 20:00
06:00 - 20:30
06:00 - 20:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Lower Main, Machias, ME 04654
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  DownEast and Acadia Maine  >  Machias
  • Phone Number: +1 207-255-8423

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