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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Helena reviews from OpenTable diners
119 reviews since June 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.5
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (84)special occasion (60)romantic (43)notable wine list (39)good for groups (32)hot spot (32)great for lunch (28)neighborhood gem (23)late-night find (10)vibrant bar scene (9)great for outdoor dining (5)kid-friendly (3)scenic view (1)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Fantastic Dining Experience
    chrisdemontreal
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Had dinner with a friend here for the first time earlier this week. The restaurant had a modern yet relaxed atmosphere but it was the food that blew us away. From the hot tapas of seared scallops, foie gras, & bacon marmalade, grilled asparagus salad, to our main course of seared halibut, each dish was both delicious and visually appealing. Our waitress was both friendly and knowledgeable and helped us choose our dishes. Whether you're a foodie, fan of Portuguese food or just a casual diner I would highly recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Beautiful Meal
    MMVG
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Excellent food made with fresh ingredients and beautifully presented. The ambiance in this restaurant is amazing. What gorgeous décor. Our waiter was amazing, he recommended great wine and you could tell that he really loved what he was selling. We will definitely go back :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Birthday dinner
    Liliane
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We went to Helena with our sons for our eldest's birthday. It was a 3rd visit for my husband and I but a 1st for our sons. We had a wonderful meal and a great time! Thanks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love it
    Bniaulin
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Helena has become one of those go to restaurant when we want a nice night out. Location is great and food is delicious
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, loud
    Maggystuff
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    The food was fabulous, nice variety, something for everyone. They could use some more staff, the service was slow but once we were served the service was friendly and well informed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, poor service
    carol
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    We were three couples , I ordered three appetizers instead of a main course . He brought the appetizers in the order that he thought that I should eat them , not what I requested . Them took away the plate so I ate nothing while everyone ate . Then he brought me the appetizer that I wanted first after everyone had finished eating he was not concerned or apologetic. When taking our orders he did not ask everyone what they wanted ( drinks , deserts ) he simply walked away and we had to call him back ! All in all the food was very good as usual and the ambience is great , however for the price I expect better Service. The waiter really needed to slow down and concentrate on his table. He seemed rushed and stressed out
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Interesting tapas
    sparkyVIP
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    After several solid French bistro dinners, we found the tapas at Helena to be tasty, interesting and well executed alternatives. The scallops with foie gras was exceptionally good as was the grilled octopus.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • one of the best anywhere
    realworld
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    from the moment we walked in, everything was perfect. great service, wonderful food, unique wine list. now one of our facorites with guy savoy, bouley and others.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • LOVED IT!
    tapas4ever
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Loved every moment of my dining experience at Helena. Not very often can I say that about a restaurant. From the knowledgeable and attentive waiter (Patrick) to the delicious tapas and wine, I would go out of my way to dine once more at Helena.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service was so slow
    AMY123
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Service was so slow.. they were late for over 1hr and 15 mins with our food. We had to ask why the service was so slow, because did they even advise us there was a problem in the kitchen. All this to say that the service was Poor. They knew that we were office peopel and we were not going to stay there all day - and dont even advise as to why the food was slow.If we did not inquire on the food they would have not told us. The tablet next to us also complained the service was slow. After all this they should have given us an appetizer or a cocktail on the house... nothing of the sort.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service!!!!
    KaybeeVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Food was great but there was 1 waiter for way too many tables and people. And the busboys didn't seem to know what to do.We waited about 45 min for our bread, 30 min to order our wine, and then it sat on our table unopened while the waiter was busy with another table. When he finally poured the wine, he spilled it twice,probably because he was rushing.Food came fairly quickly, but then we were handed desert menus and we didn't see our waiter again. Finally at 10 pm, without coffee or desert we left. 3 hrs of trying to catch our waiters attention! Not his fault, he doesn't have enough help.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • You wont be dissapointed
    IsraguardVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Great restaurant with reasonable prices. Ingredients are ALWAYS fresh and you can tell. Service is sharp but not overly done... I like this place a lot and come here regularly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Super Service
    Seb218
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Staff was amazing. We followed the recomandation of the house and had a wounderfull heavening. You must try the asparagus salad. It is simply spectacular. Next me and my girl have an extra 200$ we are going back for sure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fresh and wonderful
    DCdiner
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    This was our first meal in Montreal and it was memorable. There are different menu options to choose from. We ordered off the menu itself but they do tastings as well. Everything we had was wonderful and so fresh. We ordered clams that were steamed in a wonderful tomato broth with kale and coincidentally orders the Black Sea bass and lobster that were in a very similar base. That was fine because I was sad to get through the clams but so happy to see the tomato base appear again with our entree. Service was wonderful as well. Dessert was the only disappointment. Some sort of vanilla cake topped with a very strange sauce that seemed as if it had tomato and cucumber in it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superbe soirée
    phagelle
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Excellent tapas, originaux et savoureux ! Le service était très attentionné. Le seul hic était le groupe odieusement et inutilement bruyant à la table voisine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
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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.
    Special Features:
    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
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    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
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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.
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    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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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Ambiance
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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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    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
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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.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 82 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 244 reviews are from the Helena reviews archive.
  • 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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    • Noise LevelModerate
    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?
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic