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Helen's

4.8
4.8
534 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Helen's Restaurant is located in the heart of Richmond, serving brunch and dinner. We hope you enjoy Helenʼs Southern gothic history and our nouveau southern cuisine.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 10 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:30 am–2:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 5:30 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (804) 358-4370

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Chef Hostetler

  • Private party facilities

    If you have a party over 8 we may need to communicate with you to make necessary accommodations. We also frequently close for private parties. Please call us for any questions on private parties.

  • Private party contact

    Leslie: (804) 221-7092

  • Neighborhood

    Richmond

  • Cross street

    Robinson

  • Parking details

    Street parking is usually available. There is a large parking lot across the street with a Robinson entrance that guests may use.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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What 534 people are saying

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Virginia

    Contemporary American

  • Richmond

    Neighborhood gem

  • Richmond

    Lively

  • Richmond

    Contemporary American

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  1. WD

    WineandDine

    Richmond

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic from start to finish. Cocktails, appetizers and dinner were all on point, this restaurant feels like home and it is a favorite.
  2. VC

    VivianC

    Richmond

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love eating at Helen's before going to Altria. The service is great. We have a short but pleasant time. The food is outstanding. Highly recommend this restaurant.
  3. b

    bailz

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved it! Fun atmosphere, super friendly service, great food. No notes!
  4. T

    Tallboy78

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was absolutely perfect. I don't think I've ever seen a menu I liked so much.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food, solid cocktails, beautiful restaurant.
  6. R

    Rach

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall4food5service2ambience5
    Went for dinner with a friend. Food was great but our server made us feel like we needed to rush… definitely put a damper on the night. Probably won’t be back
  7. JJ

    JoJoBean

    Richmond

    118 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    118 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    We loved the funky, casual atmosphere at Helen’s, and the service was fantastic. My husband enjoyed the mushrooms on crostini and his mussels. The tomato soup was very flavorful, but my scallops were just too complicated with too much “stuff” on the plate that obscured the taste — too much sauce! The scallops and excellent vegetables would have been much better without the sauce. I’m thinking a simpler menu choice would have been better. Also, we completely understand that a restaurant needs multiple turns on a Friday night, but it’s off-putting when the hostess seats you and says, “This table is reserved again at 7:15.” We also had a reservation; there was plenty of time and a skilled server can always move things along.
  8. DM

    DavidM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was a perfect night! Helen's was still decorated for the holidays, so our evening was very festive. Dinner was beyond flavorful, and the drinks were aplenty.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved the atmosphere. We had a table at the window that looked over the street. The restaurant is on the smaller side but absolutely cozy and unique. We ordered a few small plates which were surprisingly not small. We had carrots, meatballs and salad and Brussel sprouts Our food arrived to the table hot and fresh. Our waitress was very knowledgeable about the menu. She had great drink suggestions that did not disappoint. Definitely a perfect date night restaurant. We intend to visit again.
  10. F

    Foghorn

    Richmond

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful!
  11. J

    Jess

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing per usual :) the Christmas decor was a bonus
  12. SC

    StillCelebrating

    Richmond

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous holiday decor and food with excellent service but it was deafening in there! Just be prepared to shout a lot. Best mussels my dad ever had, he said!
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Christmas pop-up post holiday. Food and service was great and decorations kept us in the holiday spirit. Reservations required! Make them early.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Staff was RUDE. We ordered drinks and truffle fries. The waitress proceeded to say “that’s it?” We said yes and she said well normally we don’t serve people who aren’t eating and to be honest you shouldn’t have been able to make a reservation… and walked away when she came back we asked her to cancel the fries and she was very snarky and said why? I already put them in laughed and said okay then walked away. Our drink was good, but blown away with the horrible service.
  15. BA

    BettyA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Wonderful evening at Helen’s! We will definitely return.
  16. r

    ribs

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Christmas decorations were fun,food and service were perfect. Great cocktails ,Shortribs and buck breast were just excellent! Really great dinner experience in a fun atmosphere
  17. J

    Jennifer

    Orlando

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent! The holiday decorations were on point, the food, service and drinks delicious! Love Helen’s!!!
  18. B

    Brandy

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Chef is amazing we always enjoy our time at Helen’s.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Superb food, amazing staff, ALWAYS a great time!
  20. DH

    DanielH

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our first time here and our server Claire set us up in the window spot right up front on the street! My husband and I were celebrating my birthday, and we had a blast! The food was fabulous, we are definitely planning on coming back soon!
  21. WF

    1WahooFoodie

    Richmond

    34 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Another great meal. Short rib and pesto pasta dishes were very flavorful, well balanced and well executed. The staff is friendly and attentive. Chocolate mousse parfait dessert was airy and the cookie bits added good texture contrast. Poached peach dessert was sold out, but remains my favorite at the restaurant.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful experience. The ambiance was so lovely with the vintage holiday decorations. And the food and cocktails were delicious. We'll be back!
  23. AC

    ArthurC

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Great menu an the food was fabulous. Moroccan sword fish was five stars plus. Incredible flavors. eclectic setting, tables were somewhat crowded into a tight space in front of the bar but ok. The service staff was very friendly and knowledgeable but let the menu speak for itself. Overall great place and will go again.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great drinks, food was delicious (crispy brussel sprouts), and the Christmas vibe was so fun! Be sure to make reservations!
  25. AL

    AnnaL

    Seattle

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    If you haven't been to Helen's, stop reading & book! This place is an institution for a reason. Historic neighborhood vibe, effortlessly cool and welcoming staff and amazing food & cocktails. And during the holidays, next level vintage decorations!
  26. W

    Whiskywolf

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Service staff was excellent; very friendly and helpful. Food was excellent, maybe the best shrimp and grits I've had. My drink, Voice of the Moon, was outstanding and that is coming from a whiskey drinker.
  27. L

    Laurie

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service! I loved the shrimp and grits and my husband said that the duck special was delicious. The Christmas decorations were fun. Our server was great!
  28. LK

    LynnK

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a great place!! The Christmas decorations made our evening extra festive. The staff were wonderful and the food was terrific.Hope to be back soon.
  29. NS

    NorthShoreGal

    Chicago

    57 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    57 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great dinner at Helen’s! We loved the food, vibe and service.
  30. CM

    CMiller

    Richmond

    48 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    They have a very limited menu so I had difficulty finding something I wanted. The food was good, service was good but nothing exceptional. The dessert was really disappointing.
  31. TK

    TammyK

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Food was good but overpriced. Music was too loud for conversation.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday dinner
  33. WF

    1WahooFoodie

    Richmond

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Another delicious meal!
  34. NK

    NadineK

    Palm Springs

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great evening and the food was excellent and pipping hot when it came out. The atmosphere was cozy & warm and the staff was very attentive. Great place to dine but I would recommend making reservations for sure!
  35. j

    jessicah

    Richmond

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A Richmond classic Consistently good food in a fun, unpretentious atmosphere.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Very good overall. Be mindful of allergies on a busy night if you have them. Had a small mishap but the service team and cooks did a great job to accommodate and be considerate. Can’t beat the wind bottle prices!
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was awesome. The food was great, service was great. i appreciate that they have NAs and really solid tonics / mocktails available. Honestly probably those tonics are the best mocktails i’ve had in town.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My favorite neighborhood place for celebrating special occasions. Stellar, as always! ❤️
  39. M

    Michespieces

    Richmond

    28 reviews

    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on November 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great OG RVA restaurant in the fan. The food was incredible! Ask for the back room for privacy for a small group.
  40. DM

    DavidM

    Richmond

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It's not until I've dined here again that I remember how good Helen's STILL is. Always inventive and tasty, a meal here never disappoints. The roasted cauliflower rocked my world.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Physical distancing

    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

Helen's is rated 4.8 stars by 534 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 10 times today
Google Map for Helen's

2527 W Main St, Richmond, VA 23220-4427

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Robinson

  • Neighborhood

    Richmond

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:30 am–2:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 5:30 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street parking is usually available. There is a large parking lot across the street with a Robinson entrance that guests may use.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Chef Hostetler

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wine

  • Phone number

    (804) 358-4370

  • Private party facilities

    If you have a party over 8 we may need to communicate with you to make necessary accommodations. We also frequently close for private parties. Please call us for any questions on private parties.

  • Private party contact

    Leslie: (804) 221-7092

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