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“Consistently good food and service”
Review of Helen's

Helen's
Ranked #1 of 20 Restaurants in Machias
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American, Bar, Seafood, Soups
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Kids, Scenic view, Business meetings, Large groups
Dining options: Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Mohnton, Pennsylvania
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
“Consistently good food and service”
Reviewed October 15, 2013

We stop at Helen's every time we visit our seasonal home near Machias, ME. We always know we can count on Helen's for great quality comfort food and courteous service. Their homemade pies are incredibly delicious and big enough to share with a friend to minimize the guilt!

  • Visited October 2013
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Thank Marie S
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North Carolina
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“Excellent food in casual atmosphere”
Reviewed October 6, 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
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Thank opinionated29
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Middlebury, Connecticut
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“always a good meal at Helens”
Reviewed October 2, 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Small town surprise”
Reviewed October 1, 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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“It smelled like a barn”
Reviewed September 29, 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
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schoppee, Owner at Helen's, responded to this review, October 2, 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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