Helen's

4.4
237 reviews
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American
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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
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Phone number
(804) 358-4370
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Chef Hostetler
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Robinson
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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
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
What 237 People Are Saying
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Richmond
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Our waitress was great. The bartender was great- made a special drink for me based off of what I typically like in a drink. My boyfriend liked his meal- burger. I, however, was disappointed with the steak. It was cold, under cooked & the sauce on top was not good. I probably would not go back.

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CS
Charleston
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 3

Always reliable food, a little more noisy than usual but it was a Friday evening.

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NK
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always an amazing meal! Despite our reservation being in the middle of a hurricane we were still doted on and served amazing food. Love love LOVE Helens!

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H
Wilmington
6 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 4

Disappointing night. Menu has changed.
Helen burger not as good as normal-overcooked. The fries were a disaster. Was told no longer have a fryer for fries.

This was one of our regular hangouts- not sure anymore.

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OT
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 4

Helen’s has been a restaurant we’ve enjoyed going to for years, but we will not be going back there until we hear that the service has improved. This is disappointing as the food is truly outstanding.

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L
Richmond
116 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We enjoyed a burger and Char for our entrees at Helen's. Both were prepared well and were tasty. I particularly enjoyed the salad with green goddess dressing, service was good, and we always look forward to dining here. We live the brunch meals also, and we look forward to our next meal at Helen's within the next month or so. This is a great neighborhood spot with street parking.

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ST
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

The Pinot Noir was very warm and not good at all.

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NM
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

It was ok. I was expecting a little mire upscale. The staff is friendly but I didn't like the food enough to return.

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RV
Richmond
28 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Helen's never disappoints. We love cuddling in the booths and watching Chef cook our meal, enjoying the view of the restaurant and knowing that it is one of our favorite things--not just favorite restaurant--but favorite thing--about Richmond.

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LC
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always enjoy coming here for food! The chef is amazing, and they are very vegan friendly.

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CC
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Warmly greeted, moved my table to where I could watch the chefs, server let me sample the wine, chefs prepared a tomato/corn gazpacho followed by a steak over gouda grits followed by a lemon&poppy seed churro ... all were "get again good"!

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RV
Richmond
29 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Summer nights with dinner at Helen's and then walking around the Fan are part of the fabric of Richmond. Clay is one of our favorite chefs and he never disappoints. Thank you for letting us cuddle in the booths and feel relaxed and at-home.

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MF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Very good food. But our server was weak. Seemed like an eternity to have our order taken. No follow up on our food.

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JO
Richmond
12 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We have heard so much about Helen's that we went there Friday night, to me it did not live up to all the hype the food was just ok, the server was just ok, the drinks were ok. Nothing there was special! Sorry

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OT
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as always!!

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NB
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food with even better service! All the staff were extremely nice and welcoming. Our waitress was awesome and made fantastic recommendations. Highly recommend!

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LA
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Most amazing gazpacho I've ever had...avocado, cucumber, and crab...beautifully presented as well as a perfect harmony of flavors!

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G
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is always excellent at Helen’s and this was no exception. I had the artichoke pasta dish and the flavoring was transcendent. My son had the scallops and was equally pleased. Our waitress suggested a very good pinot that topped it off. The atmosphere is casual but also special. Thanks for another great meal.

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CK
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I hadn't been to Helen's before, but heard they had a great brunch. I had a Groupon that didn't include brunch, so we went for some appetizers. Usually when we go new places, we get a few small plates to share for more variety. The Caprese Salad was phenomenal! The tomato jam was delicious and I could have honestly ordered another. The short rib was very good too. The corn had great flavor, but it was on the cob. Have you tried to awkwardly cut corn off the cob at a nicer restaurant? There isn't a dainty way to do it. Haha!

The service was friendly, the space was perfect for a date, and the kitchen was open, which I love. We will definitely come back to try their brunch sometime.

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KT
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Another fine meal at Helen’s! Creative, new American/Southern cuisine executed flawlessly. A nice wine list also. Service was very professional and amicable. All in all, a very lovely experience.

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l
Richmond
22 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal. Nice staff. Quality food.

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C
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

The burrata caprese was amazing. The scallops were also delish. My husband and friend had their burgers switched (well vs med rare)and the kitchen did not hold bacon as requested. Otherwise it would have been 5 stars

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service!

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OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My roommate and I went to dinner for her birthday. It was the summer menu, everything looked amazing but we ended up deciding on the scallops and a burger that had whipped feta. Both dishes were delicious!! We can’t wait to go back and try their next seasonal menu!

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G
Richmond
9 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Everything we ordered was beautifully presented and delicious. The burrata salad was to die for! The place could benefit from some soundproofing, but that is a relatively minor complaint.

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l
Charleston
185 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We hadn't been to Helen's in a few years and it's as good as ever. Creative cuisine, interesting wines, great service, and a typical Richmond, Virginia Fan vibe! Recommended!

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M
Richmond
30 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

This was our first visit to Helen's. Each of the four of us ordered a different entree--scallops, cobie, shrimp and grits, and flank steak. Everyone said their meal was outstanding. The wait staff was friendly. The music was too loud for us though. We would return when in the area.

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WB
Richmond
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Well worth the money had a nice time nice dinner we'll go back for dinner and love their Sunday brunch one at 5:30 was nice and quiet and not that many people

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Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Pleasantly surprised by Helen's. Stopped in for a late dinner. Thought it would be more of a casual burger/pub food type of place, but no, it is a "real" restaurant with a variety of small and large plates that were "fancier" than we had anticipated. I'm not complaining though! It was really good. Our salads were made with fresh local ingredients and had some originality that made them special. Our entrees were delicious and nicely plated. Nice wait staff. Only complaint was we got stuck in the little back room near the restrooms. While a bit quieter than the main dining area, we felt a little forgotten at times and like we'd been sent away from the fun. So, next time we will wait for a table in the big room! Plus, we were watched by everyone waiting for the bathrooms. We were too full for dessert, but I'm pretty sure it would be good! Hope to come back soon for Sunday brunch which we hear is killer!

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T
Palm Springs
5 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Most of the dishes, esp the app's were great. Two of us had the cobia and it is really quite fishy and oily. Worst part was the lack of AC; it was so warm in there our family had to shower afterwards. Not good.

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OT
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food! All 4 of us got different entrees, and we all loved them. The cocktails and appetizers were also quite good and dessert was a good choice. The ambience (laidback, conversational) completed the meal.

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RV
Richmond
29 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Helen's is a favorite place. Clay is an amazing chef. The specials are always wonderful, the ambiance is perfect, not over- or under-stated. We are lucky to have Helen's in RVA.

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K
Richmond
21 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This was our first visit to Helen's. The menu offers a nice mix of indulgent and healthy options. Everything we had was well prepared with perfectly balanced flavor.

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VK
Richmond
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This used to be a favorite but I had not been in years. We used a living social coupon to go for a regular date night. It was incredible. Still as delicious as I remember from years and years ago.

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TR
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Easily one of the best meals we've ever had. The flavors were complex and layered. Also, you wouldn't think this is the place to get the best burger ever, but it is. Incredible!

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L
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Special is the best way to describe Helen's - fabulous staff, fresh, creative food. Can't wait to go back!

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OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Bland food, slow service. The waitress obviously forgot to put our order in and then ignored us. We had to flag her down to ask what was going on. It took an hour to get our dinner which turned out to be very bland. We all had different items and none of us enjoyed our meals. I will definitely not be returning. It was also extremely hot in the restaurant which was very uncomfortable. I do not recommend.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Food and service great. Room extremely hot even though they said the air conditioning was on.

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N
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Helen's was decent, although it had been a little overstated as far as the food goes. Enjoyed the decor and friendly service but food left something to be desired.

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T
Richmond
25 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The wait staff were very attentive but not overbearing. The quality of the beet salad and cobia entree was exceptional.

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