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About 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 !

438, McGill
Montreal, QC H2Y2G1
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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.

Cross Street:
Saint-Maurice

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
CAN$31 to CAN$50

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(514) 878-1555

Website:
http://www.restauranthelena.com/

Executive Chef:
Helena Loureiro

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

Helena Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

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food

4.4

service

4.2

ambience

4.1

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (1047)
Special Occasion (761)
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Great for Lunch (472)
Hot Spot (463)
Notable Wine List (448)
Good for Groups (398)
Neighborhood Gem (320)
Late-night Find (123)
Great for Outdoor Dining (67)
Vibrant Bar Scene (57)
Good for a Date (37)
Tasting Menu (31)
Creative Cuisine (31)
Business Meals (30)
Tapas (27)
Authentic (25)
Worth the Drive (23)
Great for Brunch (21)
Kid-friendly (18)
Cozy (15)
Good for Anniversaries (13)
Outstanding Value (13)
Scenic View (11)
Good for Birthdays (9)
Casual (8)
Local Ingredients (8)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Fun (7)
Comfort Food (6)
Happy Hour (6)
Healthy (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Bar Seating (4)
People Watching (3)
Seasonal (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Organic (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Live Music (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Spicy (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 14, 2016

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

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients
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food5
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value5

 
 (Montreal)·Dined 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!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Romantic
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food4
ambience5
service4
value4

 
 (Montreal)·Dined on December 2, 2016

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

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Authentic, Happy Hour
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food5
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service5
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 (Montreal)·Dined 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!

Tags: People Watching
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food3
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service3
value2

 
 (Montreal)·Dined 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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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food5
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 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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food3
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service3
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 (Montreal)·Dined on November 25, 2016

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

Tags: Fun, Tapas
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food5
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service5
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 (Montreal)·Dined 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.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Fit for Foodies
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food5
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service5
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 (Toronto)·Dined 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!

Tags: Tapas, Authentic
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food5
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service3
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 (New England)·Dined 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!

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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food4
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Montreal)·Dined 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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food3
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service2
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 (Montreal)·Dined 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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food5
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service5
value5

 
 (Montreal)·Dined 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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Tasting Menu
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food3
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service4
value2

 
 (Montreal)·Dined on November 12, 2016

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

Tags: Comfort Food
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food4
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service4
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 (Montreal)·Dined 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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Cozy, Romantic
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food5
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service4
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 (Montreal)·Dined on November 11, 2016

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

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Tapas, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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food5
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 (Montreal)·Dined on November 11, 2016

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

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Cozy
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food5
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service4
value4

 
 (Montreal)·Dined 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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food4
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 (Montreal)·Dined 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

Tags: Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Romantic
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food3
ambience5
service5
value4

 
 (Montreal)·Dined 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

Tags: Romantic
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food4
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service2
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2016

Excellent food, great friendly and efficient service.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Romantic, Tapas, Good for Groups, Fun, Business Meals
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food5
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 (Montreal)·Dined 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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients
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food5
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vip
 (Montreal)·Dined 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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Romantic, People Watching, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries
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food4
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vip
 (Caribbean)·Dined 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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 (Montreal)·Dined 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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 (Montreal)·Dined 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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 (Montreal)·Dined 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.

Tags: Tapas, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (Montreal)·Dined on November 5, 2016

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

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Healthy
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 (Montreal)·Dined on November 5, 2016

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

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 (Montreal)·Dined 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!

Tags: Notable Wine List
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 (Montreal)·Dined 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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 (Montreal)·Dined on November 4, 2016

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

Tags: Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Worth the Drive
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 (Montreal)·Dined 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.

Tags: Seasonal, Romantic
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 (Montreal)·Dined on November 3, 2016

Tout dans le repas était excellent, de l'entrée au dessert. Un immense coup de cœur pour les desserts; gateau au chocolat et pasteis. Les plats étaient savoureux et bien cuisinés.
Le vin portugais que nous avons bu s'agençait très bien avec nos différents plats.

Le serveur était attentionné. Il était sympathique et poli.

Ce fut une très belle découverte et nous comptons revenir assurément pour découvrir d'autres mets portugais .

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Romantic
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 (Montreal)·Dined on October 28, 2016

Super service, goûteux, belle ambiance, beau décor. De belles assiettes. Prix un peu cher dans l'ensemble, (Les vins en particulier, beaucoup d'importations que l'on ne connait pas donc difficile de choisir).

L'assiète de desserts variés, pas cher mais ordinaire. Comparé aux autres plats, les desserts sont très simples et pas très rafinés.

Nous avons pris en entrée les asperges, Wow un délice. La pieuvre en entrée ok mais on s'attendait à plus. Le porc en tapas très bon, la morue noire en plat principal excellent, très savoureux, cuisson et présentation excellente mais un peu cher.

Une bouteill de blanc à $60 un des moins cher de la carte et ok mais aurait pu être $40 et serait très raisonnable.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Cozy
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 (Montreal)·Dined on October 28, 2016

Très bon resto il me donne le goût d'aller au Portugal

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 28, 2016

All was excellent except for the Roast beef which was sent back as being very hard and the waiter came back with another piece mentioning that the first piece was in fact all nerves. However, the 2nd piece was just as hard. Very disappoining. Roast beef cooked in this manner should not be on the menu. The fish was excellent.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Tapas
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 (Montreal)·Dined on October 27, 2016

Excellent as usual. Had a nice surprise this time with a new plate that was created on-the-fly which was absolutely exceptional. Helena's is always top of my list when bringing family, friends, colleagues or clients out for dinner. Service is professional top-notch and keeps me coming back.

Tags: Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Ottawa)·Dined on October 27, 2016

A very pleasant evening. Good recommendations from the waiter, food arrived at reasonable intervals (important for tapas0. Octopus was outstanding, everything else was very good. Bill came promptly which left us with plenty of time to get to the theatre.

Tags: Tapas, Creative Cuisine
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 (Montreal)·Dined on October 22, 2016

Lovely decor and excellent food. Vast array of Portuguese wines.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem
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