Helen's

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$30 and under
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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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BL
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Awesome food. Service was rather slow.

DT
Richmond
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Our overall experience was very good. The mussels were awesome! Very cool niche restaurant. The entree selections are limited relative to other restaurants. However, you all the bases are covered.

MS
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to Helen's for my girlfriend's birthday. We had never been before. Our table was in the back corner and very private, which we liked. It was romantic. We split a couple of small plates, pork belly and beets with plums, and one entree, shrimp and grits. Our meal was absolutely delicious. The pork belly is so flavorful and the beets were orange and wonderful. The shrimp came with grits made with gouda, I think, and a gravy type sauce that added flavor to a dish that is often bland. I am sincere when I say that the food is exquisite in preparation and taste. We will certainly be returning.

RT
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The chef here, Clay, understands food and how to concoct the perfect dish that hits the mark every time. If you are weary of uninteresting food and pretentious foam Helen’s will satisfy your craving for true gourmet fare. Every friend we have taken here has become a fan.

WG
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Helens is amazing everytime! Its my favorite resturant.

MK
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Helens has always been my favorite dinner service in Richmond, VA. Chef Clay is passionate about every dish he sends out, and it shows— in your tastebuds. The service is unparalleled and always fantastic. Who needs Olive Garden? Because when you’re at Helens, you’re family.

OT
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We went to Helen’s for Fall Restaurant Week and were pleased with the quality of our meal as well as the excellent service that we received.

JT
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent, from the food, to the atmosphere, and the service was amazing!

B
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Helen’s is still a hidden jewel in the Richmond restaurant scene. Went for restaurant week and left completely satisfied. Service only matched by the food. Will return

j
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent atmosphere, outstanding service, exceptional food for Richmond Restaurant week - can't wait for spring/fall to go back again.

EG
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The cauliflower and mussels small plates were delicious along with the crusty bread for dipping in the excellent butter sauce from the mussels! Will be back!

OT
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Menu selections were limited, food was only fair...disappointed.

RH
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the small plates, but they are quite ample. Cauliflower was scrumptious; calamari tender; mussels in magical broth: truffle risotto incredible.

OT
Richmond
10 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The Sumac-roasted carrots were absolutely outstanding! The entrees ( the vegetarian bucatini and the shrimp and grits) were good, just very filling. Lots of incredible flavors going on here. I will say that they definitely need to hire more front of the house staff - our waitress was also the busser, the hostess, and the bartender! Since it was a slower night I can understand that, but it did mean we had to wait about 15 minutes for our check when we were very clearly done. Will definitely be back though!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience1

The server took so long every step of the way and the wait for the food was way too long. Huge flies all over the place also made the atmosphere seem dirty and gross.

CS
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Frankie did a nice job, food was great - we tried several dishes...to include the calamari, mussels and beets...nice evening - Thank You.

TC
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Three of us ordered the halibut and we all felt it was dry

BR
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Nice ambience and food was OK but seasonings and sauces were far too complex and overdone to appreciate the unique flavours. Simple is often better. Service was slow but attentive. Price was rather on the high side for quality of the food. Overall OK but far better choices in Richmond

i
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always try to get to Helens when we go to Richmond. They have great drinks, a varied menu and everything is delicious. We had the pasta special, a cheeseburger and the duck. Everyone enjoyed their meals.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The calamari app was

K
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Helen’s was a pleasant experience. Casual dining in a neighborhood setting would be my best description. Food and service were good. Dessert menu was very limited.

RF
Richmond
26 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Always great food at a very fair price

LD
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Helen's has great food and character. Service was great!

TW
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my best friend here for dinner and it was the first time here for the both of us. We had a reservation so we were seated quickly. We each got a burger: she got the fries & I had a salad. Food was very good and we enjoyed cold cider with our meal. Atmosphere and staff were pleasant and we did not feel rushed to leave.

IV
Richmond
12 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We treated our friends from out of state to one of RVA’s best culinary experiences - Helen’s ! It’s Richmond’s oldest too. Quaint, personable and friendly. The food is fabulous. What a great treat in the Fan.

A
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

High quality food. Excellent! Will definitely go back. .

h
Richmond
16 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous entrees great service Helen's is the best

NK
Charleston
27 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Helen’s is usually our favorite, but this time was a disappointment. We did bring our children this time instead of a group of adults, so I’m wondering if that played a role. The service was fair. The appetizers were excellent, as usual. The burgers were not nearly as juicy as usual, and my daughter’s halibut was brought out over 30 min after the other entrees and we had all already finished our meals. Fortunately, they did take that off the hill, but I expected better, especially after having had so many great experiences there. .

NE
New England
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious dinner. Very attentive service. Maybe music a bit loud but not too much to be heard talking. Will definitely go back

D
Richmond
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've been coming to Helen's for years and they never disappoint.
It's where we go for special occasions or just to have a drink and enjoy one of the best burgers in town.
Amazing food and gracious service in a delightful atmosphere.

OT
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a marvelous experience at Helen’s. The food, service and atmosphere were perfect. Helen’s never disappoints. Thanks Helen!

KT
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Every time we dine at Helen’s we have a wonderful experience. The cuisine is innovative and exceptionally well prepared. The service is warm and highly professional. The atmosphere is lovely. Most cities would be happy to have one restaurant has finals this. We enjoy Helen’s as an exceptional neighborhood spot.

h
Richmond
16 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great food - varied menu - outstanding service ----

RF
Richmond
26 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Menu improved from our last visit several months ago and the food was excellent as always - recommended and will return soon

OT
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience all around and the food was unbelievably tasty! We'll be back soon!

L
Richmond
134 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Burgers were not cooked as requested and were dry. Bibb salad was good, and soft shell crab sandwich was good.

MJ
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Was told on the phone a couple of weeks before our reservation that they were handicap accessible. They are not. They didn't seem to care that we were given bad information. Service was slow on a light evening. Food was wonderful, but the disabled person in my party had a very hard time getting in and no one offered to help.

DJ
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

We waited for our appetizer for over 1 hour. No excuse. Our main course

SA
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

My family were in town, and I wanted them to experience RVA dining... I had previously heard a lot of good reviews for Helen's, and it was a restaurant I had been intended to try for myself, being a nineteen-year Richmond resident... Overall, the food was good and our service was knowledgeable and friendly. However, we found the menu rather sparse and limited, which made it difficult to please the whole party.
Perhaps I will return to try for myself again...

ML
Richmond
11 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service are consistently good. It has a neighborly feel and is a popular spot. Easy place to know you will always get a good meal.

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