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17 Main St, Concord, MA 01742-2514
978-369-9885
Today
7:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 7:00 am - 8:00 pm
Mon - Sat 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
Description: This is a popular local spot perfect for tourists, too (Concord is a big...
This is a popular local spot perfect for tourists, too (Concord is a big tourist town). Looks and feels like a hip diner, but the food, esp breakfast, is anything but.
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  • 33
    Excellent
  • 70
    Very good
  • 24
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 6
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Where locals gather....

Helen's is a must when browsing around downtown Concord. We've been there for lunch several times when visiting. Gets crowded during lunch, but worth it.

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 9, 2015
Don C
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Tiverton, Rhode Island
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  • Breakfast/Brunch
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136 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Tiverton, Rhode Island
Top Contributor
89 reviews 89 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

Helen's is a must when browsing around downtown Concord. We've been there for lunch several times when visiting. Gets crowded during lunch, but worth it.

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Leverett, Massachusetts
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

Three generations for Sunday brunch. Waitress was so pleasant, patient and accommodating. Despite heavy demand, graciously agreed to seat our incomplete party, brought coffee and bagels while we waited for others to arrive.Crayons, grilled cheese, fresh fruit-- our toddler totally happy! Corned beef combo sandwiches, large Cobb salad, Thai wrap, chocolate frappes and ice cream sundae. All good. Cash only.

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Concord, Massachusetts
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

Great place to stop for breakfast and lunch in Concord. The menu is great and the food delicious. The waitstaff is always friendly. The only drawback is that it's cash only. However, it's one of the best kid-friendly restaurants in Concord.

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Concord, Massachusetts, United States
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Concord, MA receives over 1 million visitors each year. If you are one of them and you have just done a lot of walking to the North Bridge or out to Walden Pond, you could do worse then stopping at Helen's for lunch. It used to be called Brigham's...and they still carry Brigham's ice cream, although it is now named... More 

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Concord, Massachusetts
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

This place has been in Concord forever. It is a great place for a good sandwich or salad and the waitresses are great. It's especially great for kids. It does get crowded at lunchtime so beware of a small wait but it does move quickly.

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Providence, Rhode Island
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166 reviews 166 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

Located in the heart of Concord village, Helen's can be hectic on a busy Sunday for lunch so be prepared to wait. That aside, the food was very good and the service pleasant. Great value, by the way. Oh, and the frappes looked like they came right out of a 1950s soda fountain. One final note: they take cash only.... More 

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Moorpark, California
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450 reviews 450 reviews
142 restaurant reviews
237 helpful votes 237 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

We visited in mid afternoon, so the restaurant wasn't at all busy. The meat loaf and a huge pile of mashed potatoes were swimming in thick, rich gravy, sitting beside a large portion of string beans. Every bite was delicious! Just like Grandma used to make. Hubby enjoyed his sandwich, but when he tasted my food he said, "I should... More 

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Maine
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

A great gem of a family restaurant but cash only! Good staff, fast service. It's like a diner, noisy but good food. Noontime is crowded. If the weather is nice, get a to go and eat in the park picnic style (bring a blanket).

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Concord, Massachusetts
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

Helen's is located in Historic Concord Center and has a bit of a diner feel to it. It is casual with good food and generous portions. We live in Concord and particularly enjoy breakfast there, but the other meals are good as well. Bring cash or a check - because they do not accept credit cards.

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BostonFamilyof5
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23 reviews 23 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

We love Helen's. The staff are friendly and the food is always good. The kids love the smoothies. Not just your average sandwich place, although it looks like it from the storefront. They do get very busy and they don't take reservations, so you need to go early and wait if there's a line.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 17 Main St, Concord, MA 01742-2514
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Concord
  • Phone Number: 978-369-9885

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American

Description

This is a popular local spot perfect for tourists, too (Concord is a big tourist town). Looks and feels like a hip diner, but the food, esp breakfast, is anything but.
Open Hours
Sunday
7:00 am - 8:00 pm
Monday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm

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