Helen's

4.3
223 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
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 223 People Are Saying
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4.2
service
4.2
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4.1
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3.0Dined on August 3, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Amazing as always!!

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 26, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 21, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 18, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

Excellent meal. Nice staff. Quality food.

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3.0Dined on July 7, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 6, 2018

Great food and great service!

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5.0Dined on July 3, 2018

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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4.0Dined on June 29, 2018

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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4.0Dined on June 29, 2018

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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4.0Dined on June 23, 2018

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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5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

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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5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

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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3.0Dined on June 19, 2018

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 on June 15, 2018

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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5.0Dined on June 12, 2018

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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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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