Helena

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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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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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RR
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing evening, great flavors and wonderful evening

JR
Montreal
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always a rewarding culinary experience and great service at Helena!

CS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and wine were amazing and our waiter, Christopher was so fun. My wife and I had a very enjoyable experience and we’ Be back soon!!

S
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service et très bon plats. Toujours à la hauteur de mes attentes.

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R
Montreal
11 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Merci toujours un excellent service !

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had made a reservation but when I arrived there was no tables. We were sat at the bar and the staff could sense I wasn't too happy so they went above and beyond by treating us like royalty. They ended up getting us a table and gave us appetizers on the house until we were seated. Food was out of this world. Servers were pleasant. I had the best old fashioned drink of my life. The pastais de natas were also unreal and super fresh (arguably the best I've had anywhere). Place was phenomenal. I would 100% recommend if visiting Montreal!

G
Montreal
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Le menu dégustation était très espacé
Lenteur de la cuisine à servir les menus services, quoique très bons
Les portions des tapas étaient avares( les 2 premiers services surtout)
Le dessert était décevant
Je ne laisserai plus le chef choisir
Leçon. Apprise
C’était une invitation
Nous aurions mieux fait de choisir nous memes

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LL
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful experience. The venue is beautiful and the food was excellent. The service was impeccable and our waiter was very personable.
It is one of the few restaurants that has tablecloths! The music was background and not blaring as in some other restaurants. Would return in a heartbeat!

MR
Montreal
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super service and the food is simply amazing! You need to try the octopus.

BC
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent table d'hote for lunch. Food was amazing, nicely presented and served promptly. Beautiful atmosphere.

J
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

First time at Helena’s and would definitely recommend it. Amazing food and good service.
Only set back was we were there late and staff got busy preparing tables for next day’s brunch. Didn’t want to disturb them for a digestif. But other then that great restaurant!

D
Montreal
3 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dining alone but with waiters attending to me in a wonderful manner!

g
Edmonton
57 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Marie Noel did an amazing job recommending amazing dishes for our dinner selection.

p
Toronto
99 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Helena est devenu pour nous un incontournable lorsque nous sommes de passage à Montréal! Le menu poissons dégustation et son accompagnement de vins parfaitement en harmonie font de chacune de nos visite une expérience exceptionnelle! Il nous tarde à chaque fois d’y revenir!

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TM
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent restaurant! Nice wine pairing suggested by our waiter Chris.

MG
Montreal
7 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Delicious food and great value!

OT
Montreal
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

The food was incredible. The pace of delivery was perfect. I was disappointed in our waitress - she never cracked a smile. The price tag for 4 was high, but the quality of food made it worth while. I would highly recommend!

R
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

La serveuse était parfaite et l’hotesse Nous a donné une place à notre goût

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SM
Montreal
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

J'avoue que 48$ pour un pavé de morue ... un peu cher par contre très bon.

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P
Montreal
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

3 ieme fois que j'essaie de donner un avis. Pietre service, presque chaque question était répondu avec " je vais vérifier avec la cuisine" . Commander fut tout un défi et compliqué. Le serveur à oublié un plat et il m'a fallu l'avertir de cet oubli. Ils nous l'ont offert gratuitement mais peu importe. Service tres indiscret, me faire demander si je voulais un autre verre à haute voix en plein milieu d'une conversation démontre le manque de professionalisme. Au portus calle ( callė dont le serveur m'a repris), tout etait parfait et l'expérience mémorable.

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GD
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a little issue with one dish, and the way it was handled by the very professional staff made us feel very good. It is rare nowdays to find such excellent service. The food was really good, the decor tasteful, not noisy--we will definitely go back!

GC
Hungary
2 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Le repas était parfait et nous sommes tres heureux avec l' ambiance et le staff.

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J
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Terrible service. We were at the bar and the staff was cleaning the glasses talking to each other all night. We orderer the menu degustation which was good and well balanced.

OT
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Oui mais avec une certaine réserve. Dans l'ensemble nous avons passé une belle soirée et avons relativement bien mangé, par contre il manquait souvent un petit qqchose au niveau des accords entre les ingrédients des différents plats afin d'être totalement séduits ou que ca passe de "très bien" à "mémorable".

La fraîcheur et la cuisson des poissons et fruits de mer étaient excellente globalement, sauf la morue qui nous été servie un peu tiède avec une peau non croustilante.

Bon service. Vins excellents. Plat de dessert agréable.

Si je reviens je compte essayer d'autres plus.

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j
New York Area
179 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice restaurant with great food and service. Wine by the glass is available but the pour is quite meager. We had the seafood grill for 2 which comes with a few vegetables but ordering s side dish is recommended. Seafood was very good.

MW
Toronto
12 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The food was fantastic but the service was not as good as we’ve had on other visits

RC
Montreal
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious menu and great service! Awesome wine list and mouthwatering desserts.
The grilled seafood for 2 was out of this world!
I will definitely be back for more!

b
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We had a great meal here. The appetizers were particularly excellent. We had the cod fritters and a shrimp- calamari dish in a Peri Peri sauce. Main courses were a very good Caldeirada (Portuguese fish stew) and a good sirloin. they have an extensive wine list with all the major regions of Portugal represented. Service was very attentive and helpful in describing both the wines and the menu items. We also did a flight of vintage Port and enjoyed it very much.

RH
Nashville
49 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second visit to Helena, brought along some friends this time for a business trip after visiting with my wife a couple months ago. Ambiance is warm and inviting, service is very good. Food is outstanding. Again, we stayed with tapas tasting menu which had a wonderful variety of seafood, meats and veggies. We had a bottle of vinho verde, (invented for summer dining) as well as a bottle of blended red wine from Däo region of Portugal. An assortment of desserts (including some wonderful pasteis de nata) finished off the evening. Total pleasure across the board, but grilled octopus was a little on the tough side this time. All is forgiven considering the whole experience. Would return in a heartbeat,and have already recommended to friends who willl be there this weekend. Keep up the good work, Dona Helena!

SA
Philadelphia
34 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great place only thing missing some menu items I was looking forward to.

JC
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely Amazing! Outstanding quality food and service!

M
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Très bon même excellent, super service, le seul point négatif, nous étions assis sur des banquettes/divan pas très confortable.

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N
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The cod fish was missing flavour, usually it’s amazing but not this time and the lobster was dry.

MD
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Qualité nourriture correct. Serveur hautain. La passion du client et du Portugal semble disparu chez Helena. Dommage! Nous irons ailleurs

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F
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

À mon avis le meilleur restaurant Portugais sur la place de Montréal. Je le conseil vivement.

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C
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Absolument délicieux! Nous y sommes allés en début de soirée avec notre enfant de 3 ans (qui a été traité au petits soins) et tout était impeccable, de l'accueil au service et que dire de la nourriture ! Rapport qualité prix à l’avantage du client, de la gastronomie à peu de frais. Chapeau, nous y retournerons sans hésitation!

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V
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is absolutely and consistently excellent and sophisticated. The staff is very attentive and ready to make us as happy as possible with our experience and they always succeed. We had some special requests and they were very happy to accommodate. Make sure you stay a little bit hungry for dessert. The churros are incredible!!

ZM
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual a fabulous meal, wonderful staff and great vibe. Have recommended to many friends and everyone was blown way by the experience.

EM
Montreal
9 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Superbe restaurant, superbe cuisine portugaise. Que du positif!!!

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OT
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Des arrêtes dans le poisson. Nourriture excelente. Bon vin.

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