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Helena

4.7
4.7
1476 Reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Portuguese
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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 35 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Portuguese

  • 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.

  • Phone number

    (514) 878-1555

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Helena Loureiro

  • Neighborhood

    Old Montreal

  • Cross street

    Saint-Maurice

  • Parking details

    Metered Parking on street

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Private Room, Wine

What 1,476 people are saying

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Montreal / Quebec

    Romantic

  • Montreal

    Romantic

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall3food2service5ambience4
    Staff was very nice but the food was not my favorite.
  2. DD

    DubucD

    Montreal

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Très belle expérience, c’était excellent et très bon service.
  3. LC

    LindaC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    A friendly greet by the hosted and she lets us pick our seating. The ambiance was lovely and lighting was perfect. Our server was just great and chatty. Meal delicious thank you so much.
  4. RS

    RyanS

    Montreal

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Chef's tasting menu as always! Great service and cocktail parings with courses.
  5. FF

    FionaF

    Montreal

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Always great service and delicious food at Helena. One of my favorite restaurant in Montreal.
  6. PS

    PaulaSF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time for some of us. Enjoyed it all. Loved the explanation of each dish.
  7. A

    Antoine

    Montreal

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ambiance très agréable qui permet des discussions privées. La qualité des plats, notamment les poissons est vraiment extra!
  8. LF

    LianeF

    Montreal

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A lovely evening from the moment we we seated. Thanks!
  9. NM

    NadineM

    Montreal

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Repas santé gastronomique avec un service chaleureux et personalisé! Bravo
  10. FN

    FabienN

    Montreal

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent dans tous les domaines, cuisine, qualité et rapidité de service...
  11. Y

    Yves

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a delight! Helena’s had a pleasant atmosphere, courteous and timely service (go Arthur!), and the dishes were well presented in a timely fashion, and absolutely delicious!
  12. LM

    LeilaMontreal

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and good service. I will be going back!
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Montreal

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Un merveilleux souper entre amis !!! Bravo à toute l’équipe du resto.
  14. GM

    GeorgesMarie

    Montreal

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellente soirée avec de la bonne compagnie et une nourriture hors-pair!
  15. SC

    StephaneC

    Montreal

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Nous avons pris le menu dégustation avec vin. C’était parfait.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Montreal

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Super de bon resto, tout était parfait
  17. AL

    AleksandraL

    Montreal

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    It was our first time at Helena, and we had some expectations set based on reviews we read. On top of that it was a New Year's dinner and we were really expecting to have an exceptional dinner with amazing service and the very good food (st\ least according to the regular menu. The disappointment came right after we were sited, first of all the restaurant was not crowded, but it took a good 20 minutes for servant to come to our table. The expected regular dinner menu was not available, and we had to agree to pre-set option for the night with a fixed price of $175 per person, which was annoying, since did not have much choices according to our dietary preferences. It occurred that it doesn't have any option for people who do not eat meat, forget about the vegans.. The portions was pity fully small like in the worst case of fine french cuisine "Europea" style, just a joke, plus the stuff was definitely missing on the training, pouring the wine with the elbow pointed into my face, multiple times, definitely not accidentally. The food was random and overall nothing to do with the Portuguese cuisine. Most of all it reminded of a low end catering at the low end cocktail party. Music was too loud and it did not go with the place ambiance. There was a ceiling lamp in the middle of the room decorated with some kind of green tree branches, that had perished and had to be replaced over a week ago, nobody bothered. Overall, I think the owners of this place completely dropped the ball, and do not care of how it is doing. I prefer to stay silent about the main dish they served to me instead of the meat one I do not eat. LOL never again! Good luck dear Helena ;))
  18. TM

    TonyM

    Montreal

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall2food4service4ambience4
    Decided to do New Year’s Eve at Helena. Had no choice but to have a set menu, which I thought there was a $125 option and a $175 option. Surprised at invoice time that we were charged the $175. Wine was $80 for a very average bottle of white. One of our dishes arrived late because it was given to the couple next to us, mistakenly, then removed and taken to somewhere, don’t know where, and then I think it was the same dish returned to us and was now lukewarm at best when it should have been hot. Quite disappointing. Service staff were good, and friendly. Overall with taxes and tip, the bill was almost $580+. Summary: good food but way overpriced for our taste.
  19. R

    Rusty

    Montreal

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    nos papilles gustatives se sont régalées dans une ambiance idéale pour commencer la nouvelles année.Meilleur souper de réveillon du nouvel an à vie!!!
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Montreal

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Jour de l’an Toute les repas étaient très bons sauf le veau 4 ieme service , nerf tout au long de la piece , très tendre cependant dure à couper alors déçu de du 4 ieme service pour le prix Total
  21. PM

    PantelisM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing! From the food to the wine to the desserts! Being a big guy the portions were adequate for my wife and myself. The wine list was great for a novice to find something amazing with the help of the staff at a decent price. The staple of every restaurant is dessert. Have a good dessert and it highlights the experience and Helenas did just that. Their desserts were amazing!!! Looking forward to once again visiting them sooner than later!
  22. RD

    ReneD

    West Palm Beach

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nous avons pris le menu dégustation poissons avec accompagnements des vins. Ce fut un délice du début à la fin. Nous étions au Portugal. Un service souriant impeccable.
  23. NS

    NormandS

    Montreal

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Et cette sauce accompagnant les fruits de mer...À se fendrela tête sur un mur!
  24. EV

    EuropeanVisitor

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Excellent menu de dégustation and wine pairing. Both true to Portuguese inspiration AND world-class taste and sophistication. A delightful and delicious evening.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience4
    Généralement bien! Service correct, sans plus. Très bonne nourriture!
  26. LB

    LoulouB

    Montreal

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    De loin la meilleure table à Montréal! Tout est parfait: accueil, service, suggestions, sommelier, repas, sourires, énergie! Un must!
  27. WA

    WillA

    Montreal

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food, attentive and kind service from all staff. Will definitely come back!
  28. FV

    FranceV

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very lovely evening . The food and service were amazing. I need To go back soon!
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Good food!
  30. LT

    LanT

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience5
    First of all, we have loved Helena and have been going there for special occasions when we visited Montreal. This time, the restaurant was packed. We were a party of 7. We waited a long time for our main course to arrive. They eventually arrived at different time. My cod fish was cold and I had to send it back for reheating. The lead waiter was great and attentive, but the person who brought our food was rude and argumentative when we questioned about our appetizer. We were disappointed with our experience this time and probably won’t go back for a while.
  31. RM

    RejeanM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great food. A bit loud if there are groups in the front
  32. CL

    ClaudineL

    Montreal

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Très agréable restaurant, tout était parfait, bel accueil, service courtois et bouffe excellente!
  33. LL

    LucL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    La dorade cuisson excellente et un bel assortiment de légumes
  34. T

    Twisteen

    New York Area

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our last night in Montreal we chose Helena for the food and ambiance. We were so thrilled with the menu, the cod fish was perfectly prepared and the Pastei de Belem was a good as the original one in we had in Lisbon Portugal.
  35. J

    Joellerl

    Montreal

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    excellent restaurant. Menu dégustation très bon et complet.
  36. DC

    DanieleC

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Wonderful as usual always top notch . Service was not as good as previous times but not bad by any means. As usual I will return next time I'm in Montreal. Been 10 years and counting, never miss it
  37. L

    Lama

    Montreal

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Très bon service, nourriture excellente. Nous avons essayé le menu dégustation et tout était délicieux. On n'avait vraiment plus faim après. L'ambiance est sympathique, pas trop bruyante.
  38. XA

    XtinaAvila

    Montreal

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went to celebrate my mothers birthday. We had amazing service! The food was incredible and can’t wait to go back!
  39. FL

    FranceL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Helena, this restaurant is a culinary experience in the best way possible. I highly recommend this restaurant. The staff beyond excellent.
  40. GB

    GwenB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Expérience incroyable. Service impeccable, saveurs délicates et recherchées. Le coeur se réchauffe immédiatement chez Helena grâce à la cuisine et aux petites attentions du personnel!

FAQs

Helena is rated 4.7 stars by 1476 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 35 times today
Google Map for Helena

438, McGill, Montreal, QC H2Y2G1

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Saint-Maurice

  • Neighborhood

    Old Montreal

  • 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.

  • Cuisines

    Portuguese

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Metered Parking on street

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Helena Loureiro

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Private Room, Wine

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