Helena

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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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JD
Montreal
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food are excellent as always! I would definitely go back!

CP
Montreal
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Meilleur poisson mangė å vie! Carte des vins sublime. Grande cuisine !

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OT
Montreal
3 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience3

The service was uncoordinated at times and we received hot plates which had time to cool before we got the food that was supposed to go with it. We had the tasting menu with the wine and the food and wine pairings were perfect. As wait time for food was a bit long, our wine glasses had to be topped up now and then but we sometimes had finished the wine before the food arrived.

N
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent rapport qualité-prix pour la table d'hôte du midi. Fraîcheur du poisson irréprochable !

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AL
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Piri-piri white wine sauce is amazing!!! Great food, great service

GP
Montreal
9 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely evening with friends to celebrate birthday

OT
Montreal
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Je vais chez Helena 2 ou 3 fois par année. Hier midi j'y suis allée et j'ai trouvé que le saumon manquait un peu de cuisson.

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D
Montreal
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service et évidemment le tout était parfaitement cuit, gouteux, délicieux …. Etc…

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A
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent! Juste un lunch parfait, la salle est calme et lumineuse, la serveuse était au top, et la nourriture délicieuse. Un nouveau favori, pour sûr!

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PB
Montreal
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience1

Beaucoup trop bruyant. On ne s’entend pas parler. Très désagréable.

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B
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellente soirée! Menu et un service de classe et du plaisir!

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T
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Belle ambiance, personnel très courtois et accueillants.

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P
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Service hors pair. La table était iun peu serrée pour 5 personnes et le poissoon un peut trop cuit. L'ambiance était tranquille (il était 13:00)

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RA
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

I left a little bit hungry and there was too much cilantro in the main dish. But the place is beautiful, my starter plate was great and dessert also! It was a good experience

OT
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Fêter la grosesse de ma conjointe

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OT
Montreal
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Nous avons aimé notre expérience mais en contre partie moi je suis une personne qui a une petite appétit et j ai trouvé que nous avions une petite portion pour vous dire que les autres personnes qui était avec moi avait encore fin dans l ensemble se fût une belle expérience .Mer i Chantal Rochefort

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L
Montreal
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Un service hors-pair et chaleureux, repas d’une grande qualité dans un atmosphère chaleureuse. Définitivement à refaire et partager!

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JR
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Une bonne place pour un lunch d'affaires. Très bonne cuisine!

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LB
Montreal
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent Le saumon était parfait La courge divine

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OT
Montreal
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pour se payer un excellent repas, c’est la place! Note assez élevée mais ça vaut le coup!

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

MTL à table
Anniversaire de couple

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AZ
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience5

Fish was not deboned properly. Server did nothing about it. What a joke! I won’t risk a second try at Helena. There are many other better Portuguese in Montreal.

c
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Nous avons passé une soirée très agréable! LA NOURRITURE ÉTAIT EXCELLANTE ET L'AMBIANCE PARFAITE!

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An excellent, eclectic menu. The asparagus salad is perhaps the best salad I have ever had. Everything was perfect and fairly busy for a Monday night. Montreal never fails to impress and add this place to the list!

A
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Pour le prix qu'on paie, on s'attend à quelque chose de raffiner et de très haute qualité. Ce que nous avions eu au lieu était des portions beaucoup trop petit (on comprend que la gastronomie souvent = plus petites portions, cependant on devrait quitté le resto comblé et pu encore faim. Il n'est aucunement acceptable de payer une facture de $150 pour 2 personnes et par la suite avoir à ce prendre un snack ailleurs pour combler notre faim). De plus, on a reçu des plats qui étaient bon mais manquait le 'wow' et une soupe 'caldo verde' qui goutaient de l'air (aucune assaisonnement, fad, etc.) ce qui n'est aucunement acceptable encore pour le prix et les attentes très hautes qu'on avait pour le resto.

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VC
Montreal
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience4

les portions étaient malheureusement trop petites

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OT
Montreal
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Merci pour cette belle experience culinaire. Service très professionnel et et courtois.

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A
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience2

It was our 4th consecutive year going to Helena for the mtlatable event. Unfortunately, it is probably our last. When we ordered our food, my pregnant friend had some concerns about the octopus and squid ink. She asked for the fish to be cooked well and she didn’t want any squid ink as she wasn’t sure it was ok for the pregnancy. The waiter wasn’t sure either. She ordered the soup as the appetizer and I ordered the Portuguese Caesar. The soup was cold and my salad was the equivalent of 4 small bites. When The main dishes arrived, the squid ink was on her plate. I got a tiny piece of cod that was cold. Then the waiter returned to take our dessert orders. My friend once again inquired about the pasteis de nata, as she was uncertain if the egg custard is fully cooked inside or not. Our waiter did not know, either.

There is definitely something off with the restaurant’s management and execution of their dishes. There is something wrong with the quality and the kitchen. This restaurant is supposed to be a higher tier restaurant in the city and we wished we had gone for pizza instead. This experience and menu was definitely not worth the 43$ each price tag.

Furthermore, I am a restaurant blogger on Instagram with 16k followers and I could not even take any photos of the food because nothing was photographable. Everything looked so poor and just mediocre.

In conclusion, we left very disappointed and feeling like we threw our money away when we had so many other options in Montreal.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience5

The food was absolutely delicious and the setting is a beautiful and cosy vibe. However the service could have been better.

k
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Seulement deux sur les 6 plats mangés étaient remarquables. La soupe était très quelconque, le plat de veau ordinaire. Quand nous avons une spécification sur la sauce accompagnant le plat de fruits de mer grillés le serveur n'a pas pu nous répondre et revenu de la cuisine sa réponse ''des herbes'' était très ordinaire également. Nous avions consulté le menu général et y ont trouvé la sauce (encre de sèche..) et l'avons communiqué au serveur qui ne l'a pas très bien reçu.. Nous présentant avec des allergies alimentaires (gluten et lait) , nous avons été déçu du peu d'accomodation proposée.

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HB
Montreal
4 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Très bruyant. Notre table était tout au fond et nos voisins (groupe) bruyants. Pourtant nous avions réservé depuis plus d'un mois. Nous allons surement donner une autre chance à ce resto, car la nourriture (malgré un menu restreint) était succulente.

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NS
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Nourriture sublime. Les meilleurs fruits de mer jamais mangés!

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W
Montreal
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall2food3service4ambience4

I’ve been to Helena before for Mtl a table and the food was much better and more food. This time the cod was overdone and underseasoned, and the portions were much too small. Good Resto if you don’t go to Mtl a table. This should be a way to try good restos. If I just came here for mtla table, I wouldn’t come again.

E
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

C`etait ma premiere visite a votre restaurant et j`ai ete ravie.
Le seul Bmol c`est que mon entrée a ete servi beaucoup trop rapidement.
Pas eu le temps de prendre 2 gorgees de mon apero que l`entree est arrivee.

Ceci dit, la serveuse a fait un tres bon travail .

Merci

Louise Bastien

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R
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Sommes allés dans le cadre du festival Mntréal à table. De façon générale et par rapport à des expériences passés chez Helena , la qualité des plats n'était pas à la hauteur. Fruits de mer et poisson trop cuit et peu goûteux. Considérant le prix payé pour deux personne (200$), nous avons été déçus .

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OT
Ottawa
7 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food and an interesting wine list. Excellent to share as a group

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Overall good food. OK service.

OT
Montreal
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Ambiance très bruyante, excellent service et très bonne nourriture

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Exceptional black cod. Discovered new Portuguese wine (great quality)

l
Montreal
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Merci à Laurier pour une soirée mémorable. Et aux chefs bien sûrs.

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