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Helen's

4.3
206 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
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 206 People Are Saying
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4.1
service
4.2
ambience
4.0
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3.0Dined 3 days ago

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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5.0Dined 7 days ago

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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4.0Dined on May 25, 2018

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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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

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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4.0Dined on May 16, 2018

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

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1.0Dined on May 12, 2018

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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3.0Dined on May 12, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on May 12, 2018

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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5.0Dined on May 3, 2018

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

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3.0Dined on April 26, 2018

Slightly underwhelmed. I guess with Richmond Restaurant Week you kind of get what you get sometimes but the dishes and service were just okay. The weather was perfect so we sat on the patio and the table next to us kept pulling up chairs for passerbys creeping further into our space and getting really loud. That’s certainly not Helen’s fault but it definitely didn’t help the experience.

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5.0Dined on April 25, 2018

This is my favorite place for brunch but it had been awhile since I had dinner here. We took advantage of restaurant week and enjoyed the prix fixe dinner just this week- it was absolutely delish! A perfect spring menu- all four at our table were extremely satisfied with our choices, the service & presentation!

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3.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Where do I start...the positives. The food was top-notch. We got the calamari and the Spiced lamb meatballs to start and everyone in our party enjoyed the appetizers. For entree I got the bacon -stuffed chicken.....so good. I highly recommend that dish. Highly!!! The customs cocktails they served were very good and had a good amount of alcohol in them. Definitely not watered down. Now to the service definitely over shadowed the good food and drinks. It started off promising but after almost an hour of waiting for appetizers, watching tables that came after us get their dinner meals it became a little frustrating. Our drinks were empty for quite awhile and get the waitresses attention without causing a scene was difficult. When we asked about appetizers she had no answer. Some how, less then 15 minutes later we had appetizers, but still had to ask about getting more drinks. The dinner came out shortly after. For us the service did put a damper on the evening.

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

The food was excellent. We found the restaurant on Open Table. Great find. We would definitely go back.

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5.0Dined on April 17, 2018

Absolutely delicious food options, great wine selection; the entire part was impressed!

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Wonderful food!
We’ll be back!
Saw some friends.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

We loved it! Food was great and service was great. We will be back!

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Great small plates

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1.0Dined on April 7, 2018

I love the food at Helen’s, but after this experience I will never go back unless the owner addresses the horrible waitstaff and therefore unwelcoming and unfriendly environment. Our waitress was short and unfriendly from the second she approached us. She was rushing us the entire night even though our reservation was at 815. She came across as irritated by everything we asked or did. When we were finished with entrees she didn’t even offer us dessert and said we had to close out by 10. As far as I am concerned, it doesn’t matter how good your food is. If the environment and service isn’t 100% focused on making it a special night for the customer then you will never be successful! I hope to hear about improvements so I can support Helen’s as a local business.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Always a great menu - good variety and excellent selections

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

We really enjoyed our meal: food was very good, service was fine, it was a nice way place for an intimate conversation.

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

This was my first time dining at Helen's- great experience. It is a tiny spot with a romantic feel to it; great for a date night! The drink menu was great, we all ordered a round or two of beers. We started with the beet salad. It was ok. I ordered the scallops dish as my entree... amazing! I would order it again. Others in my group ordered the shrimp and grits and the pizza special. The shrimp and grits were apparently also phenomenal. I would love to come back to try the gnocchi.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Great place for dinner and brunch Vibrant atmosphere and cool staff

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4.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Excellent food as always but waitress was slow and inattentive- she had more important things to do rather than serve us

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3.0Dined on March 11, 2018

We waited for a half hour beyond our reservation time to be seated at an empty table that was not occupied by diners. While the food is outstanding, the wait for it is very long.

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4.0Dined on March 2, 2018

Excellent food but very pricey. Cooking heavy on oils and sauces.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Helens is a real treasure! Our food was delicious and the staff friendly. Truly a great neighborhood treasure

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Food was great. Perfect little setting on Main st. for a date. A bit pricey however and a limited menu.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

I was very impressed with the food, presentation and great service
Coming back next month to celebrate my birthday

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4.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Great food at Helens as always

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Food was tasty. Service was great. Always enjoyable.

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4.0Dined on February 9, 2018

Great atmosphere and food. Had to wait 15 minutes past our reservation to be seated, but sitting at the bar for a few minutes wasn’t a big deal.

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5.0Dined on February 9, 2018

Better than expected

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5.0Dined on February 9, 2018

Much better than our last visit!

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5.0Dined on February 4, 2018

I've been waiting to go back to Helen's for quite a while. Finally, made it back for a casual Sat. evening after a movie. It's a delightful neighborhood location with great character, which makes for a ...."one of the regular places."
I opted out of the mussels, even though it was the primary reason I wanted to go. My wife was in the veg mood and ordered most of the veggies on the menu. (These don't seem to show up on-line but they are dishes.)
Unfortunately, after my perfect martini, I've lost track - brussels, cauliflower, roasted, maybe some manchego - hmm, missing the others. In the meantime I savored the gnocchi's, which qualifies for a signature dish.
Despite my rating, Helen's is not perfect. Personally, I don't feel comfortable if it's perfect.

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5.0Dined on January 30, 2018

Helen's makes our everyday dining Romantic. Thank you for keeping me married. Thank you for the wonderful 2-3 times per months of being able to cuddle in the back booths. Thank you for healthy and fresh food. Behind the behind Fire and EMS Protection (#1 favorite thing about our city), you are the star of my #2 favorite thing (great dining scene). Thank you for, well: everything.

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5.0Dined on January 30, 2018

I went to Helen's with a friend to take advantage of an expiring Groupon. A few other friends had recommended the place and I wasn't sure what to expect after looking at their menu online because it looked like a smaller menu. When we got there, I was very pleased to see a few more options than what was published online. I got the pork shank with gouda grits and Brussel sprouts and it was amazing!!! My friend got the burger and said it was delicious, she rarely eats an entire burger in one sitting but her plate was clear by the time we finished! I definitely recommend Helen's - food was amazing, staff friendly and atmosphere had the Richmond Fan feel :)

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5.0Dined on January 26, 2018

We used to frequent Helen's in the 90's every Friday night. It was one of the best restaurants in town. I feel like it went through a time of transition and we stopped going. It is great now and I am so delighted we tried it again recently. It is one of our favorites. We took friends and they loved it.

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3.0Dined on January 26, 2018

The place was small and cozy. I loved the decor and our window seats.

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4.0Dined on January 13, 2018

Our dinner at Helen’s was just fabulous. The food was delicious and service was very attentive. Was beyond my expectations. We’ll be back soon.

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4.0Dined on January 12, 2018

Food is excellent. Did not like sitting in the back room. Very stuffy.

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