Where to Eat in Machias: The Best Restaurants and Bars

April 14, 2018 Toi Mattera

Machias /məˈtʃaɪ.əs/ is a town in and the county seat of Washington County in downeast Maine, United States. As of the 2010 census, the town population was 2,221. It is home to the University of Maine at Machias and Machias Valley Airport, a small public airport owned by the town. The word Machias roughly translates in Passamaquoddy as "bad little falls", a reference to the Machias River. Machias is best known as the site of the first naval battle of the American Revolution.
Things to do in Machias

1. Helen's

Lower Main, Machias, ME 04654 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi American, Seafood, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +1 207-255-8423
Excellent
56%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
2%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 560 reviews

Helen's

Reviewed By rnmteach - Massachusetts

First time visitor this far north in Maine. On our way back from Lubec we stopped at Helen’s for breakfast. It is a lovely large space, newly built after a fire destroyed the original. We found the noise level to be OK, even though it is a large space with lots of hard surfaces. Our waitress told us our assessment wasn’t shared by the locals who preferred the old restaurant. Breast was pancakes with a side of very good hash. My wife had an omelet that was just the right size. She finds the normal 3 egg omelet to be a bit overwhelming. On the morning we were there, a bonus was a farmer’s market/flea market that set up shop on Route 1 opposite the restaurant. Nice place, good food, worth a visit.

2. Whole Life Natural Market and Cafe

4 Colonial Way, Machias, ME 04654-2015 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards Mexican, American, Cafe, Delicatessen, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Breakfast SGD 3 - SGD 9 +1 207-255-8855
Excellent
57%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
0%
Terrible
7%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 27 reviews

Whole Life Natural Market and Cafe

Local established cafe serving only the freshest and natural organic ingredients. Wraps, salads, daily specials, specialty foods, panini sandwiches, desserts, and espresso. Seating available for 25+. Catering and take out available.

Reviewed By Monicamn_46 - Small Town Minnesota

The daily lunch options were very tasty and not the regular lunch menu options. The gluten free muffins were light and tasty. The daily soups were very good. I definitely would stop here again if I was in the area.Thank you for stopping in an visiting our café. We have improved our gluten free choices over the past year due to our customer requests. We are continually adding new G/F choices. We appreciate your feedback and look forward to your next visit.

3. Riverside Inn & Restaurant

U.S. Route #1, East Machias, ME 04630 Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations Seafood Dinner +1 207-255-4134
Excellent
85%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 13 reviews

Riverside Inn & Restaurant

Reviewed By HMac_2013 - Santa Fe, New Mexico

There were celebrations in the Machias area last summer when the Riverside reopened for dinner. Rocky and Ellen are great hosts, and the food this August seemed to me to be better than ever. The sea scallops special was spectacular. Unfortunately they were understaffed (good seasonal wait staff are hard to come by in far Downeast Maine), so service was slow, but the food more than made up for it.

4. The Blue Bird Ranch Restaurant

78 Main St, Machias, ME 04654-1150 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi American, Seafood, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +1 207-255-3351
Excellent
39%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
7%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 334 reviews

The Blue Bird Ranch Restaurant

Reviewed By jtljcox - Maine

We gave this place another shot after a couple year hiatus following a very mediocre meal. This time the service was poor (waitress cackling with several other staff at the counter and not tending to the patrons). My drink never got refilled, we were surprised to find an adder charge on our bill for sliced Turkey breast instead of deli sliced Turkey on my club. This wouldn't have mattered but should have been mentioned. Took fifteen minutes to get our order taken after we arrived. My wife liked her pot roast and my enhanced Turkey club was pretty good but it should have been for twelve bucks.

5. Dunkin' Donuts

300 Main St, Machias, ME 04654-3604 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Fast Food, American Breakfast +1 207-255-6218
Excellent
55%
Good
8%
Satisfactory
25%
Poor
0%
Terrible
12%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 24 reviews

Reviewed By Bob S - Carbondale, Pennsylvania

This is a great DD! Friendly, fast service with all the great muffin, donut and sandwich selections. But this one stands out due to the fast and extra friendly service. And they have a drive-thru as well. :-)

6. The White House Restaurant

U. S. Route 1, Jonesboro, ME 04648 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol American, Seafood Breakfast, Lunch +1 207-434-2792
Excellent
35%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
11%
Terrible
7%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 27 reviews

The White House Restaurant

Reviewed By Gayle B - Sutton, New Hampshire

Relaxing atmosphere. The Captains Platter was superb. Very fresh seafood. Very good french fries. Friendly service.

7. Riverside Take Out

Rural Route 1, Machias, ME Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible American, Seafood, Fast Food Lunch, Dinner 2637676
Excellent
75%
Good
13%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 61 reviews

Riverside Take Out

Reviewed By Martin B

You just gotta love Riverside Takeout. The seafood is fresh and local, breaded and made to order, and served hot with any condiment your little heart may desire. It's a perennial fav, and locals know it as some of the best food around.

8. Pat's Pizza Machias

168 Main St, Machias, ME 04654-1120 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Italian, Pizza, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +1 207-255-8111
Excellent
45%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
9%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 75 reviews

Pat's Pizza Machias

Reviewed By dave d - Bradford, Massachusetts

I walked in and ordered a pie for take-out. It took nearly 5 minutes to place the order as the workers walked past and one even took a phone call before even noting that she saw me. Pizza was good, although a bit small for the price. I was told it would take 15 minutes, I returned in 20 and was told they were putting it in the oven. Luckily I was not in a rush...

9. Tom's Mini Mart

21 Dublin St, Machias, ME 04654-1405 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible American Breakfast, Lunch +1 207-255-4003
Excellent
69%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
0%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 31 reviews

Tom's Mini Mart

Reviewed By Liz S - Machias, Maine, United States

It's a surprise to walk into a "convenience store" and get such good food. Not fancy but hearty. Love 'em.

10. Jo's World Famous Schnitzel Wagon

125 Dublin St, Machias, ME 04654-1338 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible German Lunch, Dinner +1 207-200-3001
Excellent
55%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
6%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 15 reviews

Jo's World Famous Schnitzel Wagon

Reviewed By mabel55 - Foster, Rhode Island

Yum - is the word that comes to mind. If you want some real homemade German style eats - well look no further.
We spotted this place while passing through to Canada. So very glad we did.
The food was excellent and reasonable in price. Best of all its all freshly made and a great meal to boot!
We will be going back next time we are up that way for sure!

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