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Lower Main, Machias, ME 04654
+1 207-255-8423
06:00 - 20:00
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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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35 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

With limited choices along route one in Machias, Helen's is at least convenient. With a long history, the new restaurant is basically a fresh start...don't expect to relive past experiences. Will try again sometime to see if they are able to recreate a memorable Helen's.

1 Thank RideMaine
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The waitress was somewhat insulted when I asked if the corned beef hash was from a can. I was sort of joking, but she was offended. No. No, the corned beef hash is made fresh, daily. It tastes like it.

Thank timberdoodle99
Eastport, Maine
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28 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Helen's has been in Machias forever -- more than 60 years in various iterations. It's always been famous for its pies, which I think at this point are overrated. Rebuilt from the ground up after a fire a couple of years ago, it's now open and kind of echo-y, not the cosy atmosphere it used to have. Food is average... More 

2 Thank Nancy A
Bath, ME
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90 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

After a devastating fire 3 years ago, Helen's has been rebuilt into a very handsome place. Service was fine but the food was ordinary. My wife's burger was overcooked as was my salmon, which was chewy and dry. The haddock chowder was very good, but we've had more tasty chowder here in Maine; this chowder was bland. The prices were... More 

1 Thank martnlivy
Stonington, ME
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21 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We have been eating at Helen's since it was in it's original location on Main Street. The food has always been wonderful, and the prices affordable. The pies are what they are famous for, and rightfully so. If I don't have room to eat them after my meal, I always bring a slice home with me. I always loved the... More 

1 Thank Katherine L
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I have eaten here several times hoping it will get better. It never does and just disappoints. The restaurant is very well decorated, clean, open and nice. Servers are friendly but the food is of low quality and bland. I have had a lot better meal at a take out stand.

1 Thank Bill G
New York City, New York
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5 reviews
Reviewed 12 April 2017

For the past 7 years now, when i am in Machias, ME i eat at Helen's. The owners Julie and David are wonderful hosts and they make you feel like you are family. The food is great and plentiful. For one week i eat nothing but seafood there, although they do have items on the menu for the land lubber.... More 

Thank jillf919
Bangor, Maine
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61 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 April 2017

We have not dined at Helen's for years - just because we are rarely in this area. Very good fried scallops at a fair price. The wife had fried clams - they were tasty and fresh. Wait staff was attentive and personable and the beer was cold.

Thank Bill E
Long Island
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50 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 April 2017

Went here for dinner on two consecutive nights with 6 coworkers. Everyone ordered something different. All of the meals were excellent. The fish chowder was hot and tasty. Cap off the meal with a slab of blueberry or lemon meringue pie.

Thank bluescrewer
Moncton, Canada
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39 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 March 2017

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

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
American, Bar, Seafood, Soups, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
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
View, Child-friendly, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Business meetings, Local cuisine
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?