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Helena Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.restauranthelena.com/
  • Phone: (514) 878-1555
  • Hours of Operation: LUNCH
    Monday to Friday: 11:30am to 2:30pm
    For groups of 20 or more guests, please contact us.

    Monday to Saturday: 5:30pm to 11pm
    For groups of 10 or more guests, please contact us.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Portuguese
  • Executive Chef: Helena Loureiro
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Private Room, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Saint-Maurice
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Helena
The restaurant Helena team welcomes you in a warm, colourful and modern atmosphere, where you are invited to share and enjoy a delicious meal in good company. An unforgettable experience that allows you to discover all the refinement of Portuguese cuisine and wines for a lunch or an evening out, whether with a group or family, for a couple’s night out, or to talk business.

Guests are invited to select and to share petiscos (tapas), providing an opportunity to taste all of Portugal’s flavours, from the more familiar to the unexpected, in a friendly atmosphere. More than a simple à la carte meal, restaurant Helena proposes a true feast to savour at the table !
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Diner Reviews
  • "Nous avons opté pour le menu degustation qui a ete adpaté à nos préférences (ce qui fut tres apprecié) par notre serveur. 55$ par pers pour 6 plats incluant le dessert. Vin: quinta de valdoeiro - importation privé - excellent choix! Nous y retournerons pour le service et la bouffe!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Reservations at 8:30 PM food was on our table at 10:00 pm. Service was uncouth, disorganized and immature. Food was good but far from excellent and the wine list is awful with poorly selected, overpriced, private import Portuguese wines. Lots of better options in Montreal at this price point."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "This is the second visit, the first having been with a private party about a year ago. All of our food was incredibly fresh and well-prepared. Since we were unfamiliar with Portuguese wines, we were provided with great advice. I made a meal of gazpacho and two appetizers, with no room for dessert. Don't miss the grilled sardines if you eat here!!"
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "Nous y sommes allé pour le dîner et nous avons pris le repas découverte qui consiste en une sélection de tapas. Des portions plus que généreuse, des ingrédients de première qualité, une présentation soigné et un service à la hauteur des plats. Nous y retournerons sans hésiter. Ne vous laissez pas distraire les prix qui peuvent sembler un peu élevé, c'est une excellente aubaine compte tenu de ce qui est servi."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "I have dined at Helena several times but this was my first visit in awhile. I am very glad I came back and am happy to see that the restaurant continues to turn out delicious and fresh dishes with great service including very solid wine recommendations. This place is a must eat restaurant in Montreal."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Amasing service at the bar last saturday night.very good wine suggestion You have such a beautiful night."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "The appetizers were well crafted and filling. The bread was cold and slightly stale. The seafood stew was superb and the lamb chops were okay. I would want to return before recommending the restaurant to friends; it was pricey."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "On a Friday night during our stay in Montreal, my man and I had a fabulous dinner from start to finish at Helena. Initially recommended by a driver (a local born in Portugal) on my arrival, I researched the restaurant a bit myself and it appears to be a neighborhood favorite. The decor is modern and unique. The waitstaff are attractive and stylish (love how the girls wear striped minidresses-how fun!). Most importantly, the food from the surprise butter blend served with the bread to the wine list (exclusively Portuguese) to the tapas we ordered, every morsel of food was splendidly delicious. The service was attentive, quick and very knowledgeable. A must if visiting this beautiful city!"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Lunch menu was excellent. Well priced and delicious."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "moi et mon mari sommes allés pour fêter mon anniversaire, le service courtois , la nourriture excellente(pétoncle & foie gras....ohhhh....) nous avons pris le menu degustation tapas et poisson. les accompagnements du poisson etaient très salés mais sinon texture et visuel impeccable! Somme toute une expérience a renouveller!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Asparagus salad and sea scallop with bacon marmalade and foie gras torchon were phenomenal. Don't miss this place if you're visiting Montreal."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "I travel the world and generally eat on a generous expense account so I'm lucky enough to have eaten in many stellar restaurants and Helena is one of if not the best! I also don't normally write reviews but was encouraged by family to do so this time. I ordered the tapas with fish and each course was simply amazing. There were four of us dining and we all shared all the different dishes. It was fun as we could not stop discussing the quality and great taste of all the different selections. Nothing was even average, it was all superb! I will go every time I return to Montreal and I hope it is even more ofter now! Service was great and the energy in the place was fun and fresh. If you ever go to Montreal, Helena is a MUST!"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Everything I ate there was cooked to perfection :) the aspargus salad is a must have!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Comme les fois précédentes , nous avons été ravis de la qualité de la nourriture, de l'ambiance conviviale, de la gentillesse de tout le personnel, c'était très agréable. Toutefois, nous avons été surpris que contrairement aux fois précédentes, les plats nous arrivaient sur la table et nous devions nous les servir par nous- mêmes, ce n'était pas un drame alors avons rien dit mais ,c'était un petit charme qui manquait pour les habitués.Toutefois, nous aimons beaucoup ce resto et nous y retournerons."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "The service was so inattentive, I haven't seem that in a long time: ask for water, ask for bread, flag down the waiter to order drinks and the meal, no coming around between courses except to pour wine, no coffee offered with dessert. but it did seem that bigger groups had the waiter hanging at their table constantly.BTW, we ordered the most expensive meals on the menu, so what gives?"
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "A friend and I were in Montreal for a conference and heard good things about Helena. There was absolutely no disappointment. The staff and food were great and we really enjoyed our time. I would suggest one of the prix fixe options and letting the staff choose your meal for you."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "je ne suis pas une fan de Tapas mais ce restaurant est vraiment tres bon et le service est incroyable !! nous avons prit le menu dégustation et c'était tellement bon"
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "We were cerebrating my nephew's grad and we're so happy we chose Helena as the restaurant!!! The food was delicious and so was the white wine selected! We had the rice & seafood casserole, halibut & cod fish as our main entrees and all were superb!!!Service was also very good!"
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Le menu dégustation du midi est extraordinaire ! La salade d'aperge, fromage et jambon serrano est succulente, la pétoncle au foie gras également... tout était excellent !"
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "Everything from the food to service to ambience was outstanding. We had the tapas option and each chef choice was delicious and beautifully presented. I have eaten Portuguese food many times but this fusion experience was delectable. The service by our waiters Laurent and James was both professional and warm which I find a very commendable combination. My while group was simply bowled over."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Helena is a fantastic restaurant. We had the tapas menu which the waiter chose for us. It was outstanding. Each dish as great as the last. The service was the best I have ever had. We were well taken care of and he was really attentive. The decor and ambiance were great. I loved it! We went for my daughter's graduation dinner and everyone enjoyed themselves."
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "We enjoyed the tapas menu and attentive but casual service from informed staff. Everything Portuguese including a terrific white wine."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "This is a perfect place for a weekday lunch. I have gone on numerous occasions and have never been disappointed. The lunch menu is affordable, the vine list can accommodate all budget and tastes. The only weak spot is the dessert, but the food is so excellent that I always recommend Helena to all my friends. "
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "It's a fancy fusion Portuguese restaurant. It's a great deal for the lunch special: 22$ table d'hote 3 course meal. The service was ok. The waiter never came to check on us after we got our meal. The food was quite good but the only bad thing is we got lamb and it taste delicious but WAY too salty. I wish they'd put less salt in the meat. Overall, I find it's quite good compare to other restaurants in the area."
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "Fantastic seafood with amazing and very unique flavors, complex dishes without being too much. The service was very lacking for such a high-class and high-price establishment. The waiter did his best and was very knowledgeable, but there was no help with water/clearing etc. When I'm paying $100/person for dinner I shouldn't have to ask repeatedly for water and should get fresh plates with each course. I also very explicitly asked for a no meat—no pork/bacon, beef etc.—just a seafood tasting menu and received bacon/pork on three dishes. The waiter was apologetic, but offered nothing in return. After three mistakes like this, my wine should have been comped at least—bad form, bad service."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Service was efficient and very friendly. Food was great. We enjoyed it very much"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "This is a great place. This is quite different from usual North American restaurant. In fact, after the meal, you don't feel bad (too full) even though nothing is left in the plate. Presentation is very nice and the food is exquisite. Looking for something different? Helena hast it."
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "Excellent food (chicken was moist, fish casserole was tasty, pork and clams was great, apple dessert was a highlight for one guest). The service was also very good. The room was very noisy and we were struggling to have a converstation. When the music started (c. 8pm on a week day) it was even worse and after shouting at each other for a while, two of the guests just switched off and enjoyed the food. Come here for the food. It is good. Very difficult to have a converstation though."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "Had a nother great lunch a few days ago. Ingredients are always top notch and service came with a genuine smile. Genuinely a superb restaurant that I enjoy visiting as often as I can. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "great portuguese wine list and sommelier that can talk about it Service was friendly and attentive"
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "We had menu degustation with 3 services and it took almost 3h to eat everything. Food was good but the wait in between plates was way too long. "
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "Watch out for the hot waiteress that upsell. She was responsible for jacking our bill by 25%"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Excellent restaurant sur McGill. Nourriture de qualité - les prix sont élevés (par exemple, 17$ pour deux pétoncles de grosseur standard) et très bon service. Un peu bruyant toutefois."
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "We were looking for a convenient Portuguese restaurant in Old Montreal and this one fit the bill. While it is mostly a Tapas style establishment, there were quite a few dinner items available. My wife had an excellent black cod from Alaska and I had a tasty (if slightly salty) suckling pork dish. An excellent vinho verde and a table with an outstanding view of the food prep in action afforded us great entertainment. Portions, however, are smallish and a bit pricey. Good for a special occasion although I'm told they are always busy. We visited on a Weds. Night and it was hopping."
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "The menu is not extensive, but the four of us each had different Selections and all were above average. Unfortunately the service was below par. Also, the noise level is very high."
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "The owner told on Guide Resto Voir show that it is a place for good portugaise cuisine and families are welcomed... well it is the worst place I've seen for other than snobbish youngsters. Food was very ordinary with a fancy high price. I had high expectations but was very disappointed. Never going back again."
    Dined on 4/29/2014
  • "wonderful tapas The most tender and flavourful octopus that I have ever eaten. Dover sole was simply delicious. presentations were beautiful"
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "Excellente nourriture et très bon service dans une belle ambiance. Que demander de plus. Les Tapas et les poissons sont savoureux. "
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "Tout était parfait. Le service était impeccable et les serveurs attentifs et sympathiques. Les plats étaient excellents et c'était de bonnes portions. Il y avait aussi une belle ambiance dans le restaurant. Tous les employés avaient l'air d'avoir du plaisir, autant dans les cuisine qu'en salle, et ça se ressent dans l'expérience générale. Je recommande pleinement!"
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Presentation, taste, service .... WOW My first experience was two year ago but didn't have a good one. This time our server, mister Rubben made the differences. He suggested good wine and our meal was fantastic. Helena keep up the good work your team is doing a great job."
    Dined on 4/11/2014