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Lower Main, Machias, ME 04654
+1 207-255-8423
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  • Excellent56%
  • Very good29%
  • Average10%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“fish chowder” (54 reviews)
“pie” (137 reviews)
“pot roast” (13 reviews)
Open Now
6:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. Hours
American, Seafood, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
Lower Main, Machias, ME 04654
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Food was ok. Service was a little on the slow side. We were surprised that there wasn't more seafood on the menu. More homestyle food. Didn't have dessert.More

Thank LJS1967
Julie B, Owner at Helen's, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Dear LJS1986, Thank you for taking the time to write a review. Home style food is what we serve at Helen’s with fresh local ingredients including scallops, haddock, clams, crabmeat, lobster, smelts, and shrimp. Buying directly from local fishermen is something we feel privileged to...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had a table where we could watch the river. The menu was extensive. We tried a special appetizer of New Brunswick shrimp with lime and Thai chili sauce that was very good. The hostess and the server were very knowledgeable.

Thank n756tk
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went to Helen's for family dinner. Atmosphere was welcoming. The price for amount and quality of food is ridiculously insane. A bowl of fish chowder was mainly potatoes... I think the fish swam off... Then dessert was even better 1 slice of "fresh blueberry pie"...More

Thank keepingitreal04654
Julie B, Owner at Helen's, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear Keeping it Real 04654, It is important that we are able to learn from our guests reviews as well as set the record straight when necessary. A slice of baked blueberry pie with ice cream and tax comes to $8.08. Our bakers make the...More

Reviewed 13 March 2018 via mobile

Fast and friendly service. Good food and great daily specials. Nice family run restaurant. Good place for local seafood.

Thank Wolf207
Julie B, Owner at Helen's, responded to this reviewResponded 15 March 2018

Thank you for your review. We are pleased you enjoyed your visit with us and noticed our local and homemade offerings which we take great care in providing for our visitor. Come again soon!

Reviewed 19 January 2018 via mobile

Great food!!! Great prices! Very friendly people. I ordered a Cobb salad and there was enough food for two meals. The homemade whoopie pies are great also!

Thank Donna H
Julie B, Owner at Helen's, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for coming Donna! We are so happy you enjoyed your meal with us. Please come again soon.

Reviewed 29 December 2017

There is not much in Machias, however this restaurant is worth the trip! Ordered the fish dinner, everything was good. I did not have room for the pie that is the reason everyone goes there, that will be my next trip. Good service!

Thank Brenda V
Julie B, Owner at Helen's, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Brenda V, Thank you for dining with us during your recent visit to Machias. Please come again

Reviewed 4 December 2017

Met at the door with a smile. Good selection on the menu and moderately priced.. The food that arrives is fresh and very nicely prepared. An attention to detail and quality is taken with the meals here. I was here for breakfast and dinner for...More

Thank davemE6955TJ
Reviewed 3 December 2017

Went for dinner had the best pot roast ever. Real farm to table experience. It was so good we came back the next day for the best ever breakfast of ham and corned beef hash and eggs over easy were perfect!,,,,

Thank Cathy W
Reviewed 10 November 2017

The food was wonderful, not greasy but light and oh so tender. The service was perfect: friendly and prompt. The establishment is clean and neat with a lovely fireplace. It does have unusual acoustics but lovely view of the river as it is situated beside...More

1  Thank wanderingstar2017
Reviewed 6 November 2017

Went to Hannah's on recommendation of innkeeper. New waitress took our order, brought first course and never came back. After 45 minutes, we stopped another waitress who said Karen was new and offered to look into our missing dinners. Karen finally came with the food,...More

1  Thank dnalfil
Julie B, Owner at Helen's, responded to this reviewResponded 8 November 2017

Dear Dnalfil, I am very sorry you were not happy your service while visiting with us. As you can see by our reviews service is a top priority and not something we take lightly. Thank you for taking the time to review so we are...More

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Questions & Answers
Frank L
12 September 2016|
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Response from Freddie121853 | Reviewed this property |
They have some great local Maine beers on tap as well as a full line of liquor. They even have a great blueberry sangria made with fantastic local Maine blueberries. Yummy.
18 May 2015|
Response from Julie B | Property representative |
Yes we have reopened and welcome you to come anytime!
18 May 2015|
Response from Julie B | Property representative |
I'm sorry I resopnded to this two weeks ago but if didn't go through. We opened May 19th.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Child-friendly, View, Kids
Open Hours
7:00 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
6:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
6:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
6:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
6:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
6:00 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
6:00 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
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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