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Helena

4.5
626 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Portuguese
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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 !
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Portuguese
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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.
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Phone number
(514) 878-1555
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AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Helena Loureiro
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Saint-Maurice
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Parking details
Metered Parking on street
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Private Room, Wine
What 626 People Are Saying
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food
4.5
service
4.5
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4.3
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 2 days ago

We had the Tapas menu which was excellent.
Every plate had a nice and detailed presentation.
There was not a single plate that we didn’t like.
The only caveat was the disposition of the tables which were a little cramped

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Amazing recommendation former server overall experience was excellent highly recommended

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4.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Good food, very slow kitchen

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Décor très agréable. Si vous désirez être plus tranquilles,choisissez la salle à l’arrière. C’est très chouette. Le service est très bien mais un petit peu plus d’attention de notre serveur aurait été plus apprécié. La salade d’asperges est à craquer de plaisir! Que dire de la casserole de fruits de mer servie dans un léger bouillon? Absolument divin.
Nous y reviendrons absolument!

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4.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Service très moyen. La serveuse poussait indûment le menu dégustation et elle s'est désintéressée de notre table quand nous avons commandé à la Carte. Cette attitude n'est pas acceptable. Nous n'avons même pas eu droit à un sourire à la fin. Pourtant les gens dans la cuisine font du travail formidable.

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Andreanne and Isabelle we’re fabtasic as usual. Helena makes great food

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Helena est définitivement un des meilleurs restos à Montréal, toute cuisine confondue. Très bonne bouffe, très beau décor, très bon service et des vins à découvrir!

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5.0Dined on December 14, 2016

In spite of only showing a reservation for 2 upon arrival, the restaurant experience was wonderful as usual. Thank you.

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4.0Dined on December 3, 2016

We had a wonderful meal at Helena and will return again soon! My husband and I met with friends for dinner and it was the right mix of elegant, casual, fun and romantic. We will definitely return. The wait staff was excellent and provided very good recommendations on how to navigate the menu....the tasting menus are excellent!

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5.0Dined on December 2, 2016

Excellent repas, tres bon service, rapide et courtois. Excellent rapport qualité prix.

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3.0Dined on December 1, 2016

It is not a bad restaurant but the owner or managers need to learn that people do not like being rushed. It is good to give people a few minutes between courses to relax, chat etc. Not everyone there is for business unless that is the focus of the restaurant in which case please advertise as such!

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5.0Dined on November 26, 2016

Great food, great service. My wife, who is always in restaurant with clients (business owners) says it's one of the best she's been at.
Excellente nourriture, excellent service. Ma femme qui est souvent au restaurent avec des clients (propriétaires d'entreprises) affirme que c'est un des meilleurs où elle a été.

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3.0Dined on November 25, 2016

We had an 8 pm reservation and were seated at 8:30. The food was ok but for the price we were expecting much more. The octopus appetizer was very good, fish dishes were quite bland. Pistachio with fruit dessert was very disappointing.

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5.0Dined on November 25, 2016

It was a great expérience and great good .knowledgeable staff.

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5.0Dined on November 22, 2016

En un mot Héléna est mon resto PRÉFÉRÉ. C'est mon endroit préféré pour souligner les anniversaires ou les soupers entre amis.

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4.0Dined on November 19, 2016

At first when we arrived we waited 15 minutes before anyone approached the table, I then proceeded to talk to the manager and everything s was fine afterwards...
The food was outstanding!

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5.0Dined on November 17, 2016

Visiting Montreal & Helena recommended by locals w unique Portuguese emphasis & seafood. We were not disappointed! Quality personal service, beautiful presentation, sumptuous tapas (we ordered the tapas tasting menu & fish), wonderful Portuguese wine & dessert "tapas" that you couldn't resist. Worth another trip to Montreal soon. And we met Helena on the way out! Memorable!

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3.0Dined on November 15, 2016

The restaurant is beautiful with great ambiance. The food though does not live up to this image. It was not bad by any means, yet nothing special. Lacking precision and refinement. The service could use a tune-up as well.

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5.0Dined on November 12, 2016

Amazing food and ambiance! The service was great as well!!! A great place for a date night :)

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3.0Dined on November 12, 2016

I have been there a few times this year and had always enjoyed my meals. However, this time I was a little bit disappointed. Not sure if the " Montreal a table" was a factor as the food was not as it was the other times. We were a party of 3 and for the 1st time, we didn't even finished our meals,,. service was great, but for the price, I will reconsider on coming back.

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4.0Dined on November 12, 2016

The restaurant was really friendly and ambiance is nice. The food is really great and would go back.

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4.0Dined on November 12, 2016

We had an excellent time. We went for the Montreal Open Table but decided on other dishes from the menu. The food was great and the service was very good.

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5.0Dined on November 11, 2016

Great food and great service. Explained the menu very well. Highly recommended!!!!

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4.0Dined on November 11, 2016

really good food...remenber my trip to portugal....return for shure...

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3.0Dined on November 11, 2016

Nous sommes allés pour Montréal à Table. Il y avait beaucoup de pression pour nous faire manger le plus rapidement possible. Notre serveuse était débordée. Super gentille par contre, mais on avait l'impression de la ralentir en lui posant des questions. La table était dans l'allée, c'était plutôt moche. Le reste du restaurant est joli. La nourriture était très bonne.

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4.0Dined on November 11, 2016

Un seul hic: le service est trop rapide. On se penserait dans un fast food
Je m attends a un peu de calme avec une adfitionnqui frole les 200$ pas voir le staff presque courir c est etourdissant

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4.0Dined on November 11, 2016

Nous avons beaucoup aimé le Helene par contre comme cétait lévénement Mtl à table la bouffe au niveau de la cuisson netait pas au top !

Merci
Bonne journée

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4.0Dined on November 11, 2016

I went as part of Montreal's food week and was really impressed with the food. The shrimps were the best that I have had and the pork was cooked perfectly. My only regret was that we were seated across from the open kitchen in what felt like a hall connecting the front seating area of the restaurant to the rear. I think I would have enjoyed the experience much more if we had better seats. The portions were not large but definitely sufficient and larger than many fine dining restaurants.

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5.0Dined on November 11, 2016

Excellent food, great friendly and efficient service.

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4.0Dined on November 10, 2016

It was wonderful, we were 6 ladies and we had a lot of fun the ambiance, value and the meal was outstanding.

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4.0Dined on November 9, 2016

Nice meal here during MTLàTable festival. Everything was nicely prepared and offered a great value. Service was attentive and food was good. Atmosphere was busy and young.

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2.0Dined on November 8, 2016

j'avais entendu parlé de ce restaurant comme étant assez haut de gamme et quelle déception...
La nourriture est correcte, je m'attendais cependant a beaucoup mieux, aucun surprise culinaire.
De plus le pain est décongelé. Il est apporté dans un petit sac en tissu donc on s'attend a manger du bon pain frais alors que ce n'est pas le cas.
Les pasteis de nata en dessert est ce que j'ai préféré de tout le repas.
Addition très salée alors que nous avons pris le menu Montréal à table, ca dépasse sans doute les 120$ par personne d'ordinaire.
Beaucoup d'autres restaurants proposent de bien meilleures prestation pour un prix équivalent.
Je n'y reviendrai pas.

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2.0Dined on November 5, 2016

The quality and tastefulness of the food at Helena has tanked since it first opened. I was one of the first customers through Helena's doors when it first opened years ago. At that time it did not disappoint as a follow up to Portus Calle.

To call Helena a Portuguese restaurant now is a bad joke where the PUNCHline is the check!
The Caldo Verde, my favorite, did not taste anything remotely like a Caldo Verde...more of a thick potato soup instead of the slightly cloudy broth it is supposed to have, the kale obviously not cooked long enough in the broth to infuse its distinct flavor. Try it at Casa Minhota and compare!
The cod croquettes are a horrible, tasteless mush filled with potatoes and little cod...and what little cod there was, was ground up with its spines! They do not compare to those from Patisserie Notre-Maison that always remind me of my grandmother.
The main cod dish was well cooked but horribly salty. All sides were uninspired and mediocre.
The service was rushed and inattentive and we felt obliged to chug our wine down.

All told, I left feeling very embarrassed for inviting my guests to sample Portuguese food for the first time and subjecting them to this.

Luckily I was the one picking up the check, I left them with a sincere apology for the evening, promising to bring them to a more authentic Portuguese restaurant in the near future. I can only hope they accept. I have since retracted my recommendation to Helena to everyone within my sphere of influence so that they may be spared the above.
P.S.Every single Portuguese is an ambassador...to serve up such tripe and label it as Portuguese is a great disservice to our culture.

Sincerely,

Jorge

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3.0Dined on November 5, 2016

Having been to Helena a couple times before, so the bar was set pretty high as for my expectations. I hadn't thought that since it was MTL à table, that the regular menu wouldn't be available to us, but I completely understand for the logistics.

As a first experience, my girlfriend really enjoyed it, but it wasn't as satisfying for me as I have been so impressed with the food during my previous visits.

I would still recommend to anyone.

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3.0Dined on November 5, 2016

Le restaurant était bon, sans aucun doute, sans être vraiment spécial. Pour le prix, c'était un peu décevant.

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3.0Dined on November 5, 2016

Avait demandé table tranquille, avons eu table à côté de la table à vaiselle..

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4.0Dined on November 5, 2016

Pros: Nice ambiance, wine list and staff.

Cons: It's a good restaurant, but pricey for what it offers. Montreal is famous for having bad and pretentious restaurants that charge you a lot, and this was a good example of it. Very simple Portuguese food, for the price of gold. I went there for MTL'a table and the menu was a disappointing. I thought the idea of the event was to bring more clients to the restaurants, but apparently, the restaurants are just serving you cheap food. This one did not get a new client from my group. Sorry!

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4.0Dined on November 4, 2016

Unfortunately food was under expectations! For 41$, we all felt that we got ripped off. Wine selection is amazing though, waiters are very good and knowledgeable. Food tasted nothing, fish with bread as a sider? Really? Dessert was fantastic though! Chocolate cake!
I would not tecommend this restaurant to anyone who wants to try it with Montréal a table, not worth it:(!

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5.0Dined on November 4, 2016

One off the best restaurant in Montreal. A must. Quality and originality of the food. Costly but it worth it.

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4.0Dined on November 4, 2016

Food was great, service wasn't. service was really too fast. 1st service arrived before the wine bottle we orded and we felt rushed during the entier evening..desapointing! We assumed this was due to the OpenTable event. We would recommand this restaurant but not during OpenTable event.

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