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“Excellent food in casual atmosphere” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Helen's

Helen's
Ranked #1 of 20 Restaurants in Machias
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American, Seafood, Soups
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Restaurant details
Good for: Cheap Eats, View, Child-friendly, Groups, Kids, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Dining options: Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner, Lunch, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
North Carolina
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39 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Excellent food in casual atmosphere”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2013

This restaurant had been recommended by a friend, but after reading a negative review on TripAdvisor, I did not have high expectations. I was very pleasantly surprised by the wonderful food, fast and courteous service, and simple, pleasant and clean atmosphere.

We were seated immediately and were told about the daily specials. The waitress answered all our questions and gave recommendations on her favorites on the menu. It was a tough decision, but I decided on the fish chowder and the spinach and berry salad. Both were superb. Best fish chowder I have ever had. It had huge pieces of fish and a nice broth. The salad was very fresh and the vinagrette dressing made in-house was excellent.

If you are anywhere near Machias, Maine, don't miss this gem of a restaurant.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank opinionated29
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English first
Middlebury, Connecticut
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“always a good meal at Helens”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2013

we went for the blueberry cream pie but it wasnt in season so we got the reg blueberry pie which was very good but not what we were looking for - nice place to eat for breakfast lunch or dinner and the staff are friendy and sooo nice

Visited July 2013
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Thank Catherine8875
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24 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Small town surprise”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2013 via mobile

We were staying one night in this little town traveling between Bar Harbor, ME and New Brunswick, Canada. I checked all over the internet before hand and could only find this and a Chinese restaurant serving dinner. We had lunch at a very busy McDonalds in town because we didn't want to eat at Helens for both lunch and dinner. Well we had great dinner at Helens and plan on returning for breakfast tomorrow.
Recommend the blueberry pie.

Visited October 2013
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Thank Carol M
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Halifax, Canada
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40 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“It smelled like a barn”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2013

When we walked in, the restaurant smelled like a horse barn. The service was very slow. The blueberry pie filling was good, the pastry was not good at all (tasted store bought). The carpet near the 'bar' was filthy

  • Visited September 2013
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Gary L
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schoppee, Owner at Helen's, responded to this review, 2 October 2013
Thank you for your recent review on Trip Advisor. It is vital to our business that we have feedback from our guests whether good or bad. Being a restaurant that specializes in homemade real food as opposed to fast food requires hand preparation that does take time. As stated in a previous Trip Advisor response there is an occasional river odor from an issue the town has with overflow that is beyond our control. We have no carpets near either of our bars? Our award winning blueberry pie is made from scratch in house everyday, we regret it was not something enjoyed and would have gladly given you a refund should you have mentioned it. It is always our goal to ensure all of our guests have a pleasurable dining experience at Helen's.
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Lake Texoma
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92 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Nothing to rave about”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2013

It was at our hotel and we were tired. Should've driven a couple of blocks to TA's most recommended in Machias.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Mary Gail U
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