Helena
Helena

Helena

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.restauranthelena.com/
  • Phone: 5148781555
  • Hours of Operation:
    LUNCH
    Monday to Friday: 11:30am to 2:30pm
    For groups of 20 or more guests, please contact us.

    DINNER
    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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Helena reviews from OpenTable diners
113 reviews since May 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.5
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (73)special occasion (64)romantic (39)notable wine list (38)great for lunch (35)hot spot (28)good for groups (27)neighborhood gem (19)late-night find (17)great for outdoor dining (9)vibrant bar scene (5)kid-friendly (3)scenic view (1)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Wonderful meal as always!
    Lulu
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I think it took way too much time to get some advice on wine and then to order it. Other than that, the meal was great, as usual and the service wonderful. Probably not good for the waitstaff to stop and chat for long periods of time on a Saturday night when others are waiting for service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great dining experience.
    KLH1
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Excellent presentation and very favourable food. Always look forward to going there.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing zing zing
    Alex
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Best meal I've had in a long time. With 7 courses and a bottle of wine the price was worth all of it.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Simply Excellent
    BBM2014VIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    This beats place beats the rest of the portuguese restaurants in myl.
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    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mediocre with poor service
    Delish
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Tempted by a very delicious looking online menu, our experience at Helena was such a resounding disappointment. Our waiter was too intent on selling us more menu items than taking down our actual order: consequentially a dish was brought to our table that we hadn't ordered but he had pressed us to order - and the main dish was the wrong one. Neither time did anyone come to apologize, nor did our waiter stop by to ask how we were doing and if everything was okay. A glass of red wine was spilled over my table cloth and no substitute brought, and when my partner ordered another beer, that was forgotten too. The food itself was very mediocre - little taste or substance in the scallops nor the stuffed calamari. Go elsewhere.
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  • romantic26
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    great service, good food , we appreciate the degustation menu and the dessert included was fantastic and good portion
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    romantic, special occasion, late-night find
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    MaryseGth
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    The food is always amazing . It's one of the best restaurant in montreal
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good bet!
    Luvgudfud
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Had an excellent meal after visiting the Faberge' exhibit at the museum. Sardines and gazpacho for starters and we shared the mixed seafood grill for two - all excellent in every way. For dessert we had the cream stuffed beignet (OK but pretty bland) and the custard tarts (worth killing for!). The suggested white wine was a good match for the meal, and pretty reasonable in price for downtown Montreal. Service was friendly and quite good, although they became very busy at the end - we started early at 5:30pm. Worth the excruciating experience of driving downtown.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding meal
    Tank
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    We had the tasting menu and all dishes were presented with care and all were wonderful. Everyone at our table of three found the giant shrimp tapas our favorite disg. Service was very good. Patrick our waiter switched to English as soon as he realized we were more comfortable in that language. He switch the menus to English right awat. He was knowledgable about the FOOS & wine and read the table well and got the right balance for us between formal and friendly. Noise was OK BUt THE RESTAIRANT WAS NOT FULL. I expect on a busy night it would be louder than moderate.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very good experience overall
    TheSteveLazenby
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    The appetizers/tapas were fantastic. I found the Mahi Mahi was a bit salty for my taste but everyone at the table seemed to like it. Service was good overall except for some 'splashing' of one of the tapas as they were being served.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sotrele
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AVOID
    MitchellWVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    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.
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  • Helena is a new find in Montreal!
    Lulu
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    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!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Belle découverte
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always great
    HammerCdn
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Amasing service at the bar last saturday night.very good wine suggestion You have such a beautiful night.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Haut Portuguese
    BBR2VIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very memorable dining experience
    panga26
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch
    FromaFoodieVIP
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    Lunch menu was excellent. Well priced and delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lealord
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic!
    jhorsley
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Asparagus salad and sea scallop with bacon marmalade and foie gras torchon were phenomenal. Don't miss this place if you're visiting Montreal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of the best meals ever!
    JimmyTNVIP
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I just LOVE this place!!!!
    CBBBVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Everything I ate there was cooked to perfection :) the aspargus salad is a must have!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Très plaisant
    Frank
    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.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bad Service
    Rosie
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    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?
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great
    Lilco
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • tapas
    isa1390VIP
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous Portuguese food!
    luvrestos
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Menu dégustation midi - WOW!
    Helene
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    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 !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Helena
    Fullstomach
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Foody's delight
    Nicole66VIP
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lively, fun, great food and service
    msd101
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    We enjoyed the tapas menu and attentive but casual service from informed staff. Everything Portuguese including a terrific white wine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • perfect lunch menu
    poutineman
    Dined on 5/26/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good restaurant in Old Montreal
    PrincessPiggy
    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.
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    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing Seafood
    TheUppityNewYorker
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loulou
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Service was efficient and very friendly. Food was great. We enjoyed it very much
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    special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love the food and presenation
    Spriter
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, hot spot
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  • Great food but too noisy for us
    goodbutVIP
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome
    IsraguardVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MilosVIP
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    great portuguese wine list and sommelier that can talk about it Service was friendly and attentive
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic