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About Helen's

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.

2527 W Main St
Richmond, VA 23220-4427
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

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

Cross Street:
Robinson

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(804) 358-4370

Website:
http://helensrva.com/

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

Executive Chef:
Chef Hostetler

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

Helen's Ratings and Reviews

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4
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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.3

ambience

4.3

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

98% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (17)
Cozy (16)
Good for a Date (15)
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Creative Cuisine (13)
Fit for Foodies (11)
Casual (8)
Good for Anniversaries (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Romantic (7)
Authentic (6)
Special Occasion (6)
Bar Seating (6)
Good for Birthdays (5)
Fun (5)
People Watching (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Business Meals (3)
Comfort Food (3)
Good for Groups (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Hot Spot (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Seasonal (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Great Beer (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Worth the Drive (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Spicy (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
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 (Richmond)·Dined 4 days ago

Had to wait for a table (almost 30 minutes) although I had a reservation but the food made up for the wait. It was inclement and that might explains the delay.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Richmond)·Dined 4 days ago

Soup of the day was very good as was the beet salad. The vegetarian pasta dish was good but could have had more vegetables in it.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Special Occasion
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 6, 2017

It was my first time to Helens but I’ll be back. Enjoyed the short but very tasty menu.

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 (Pinehurst)·Dined on December 2, 2017

I doubted I walked into a wrong restaurant after glancing inside of it since it is small and not very formal, which doesn't seem to match what other people comments about this restaurant. However, I was really surprised by the quality of food. I ordered an appetizer of pork belly and duck breast for entree. Both dishes taste so good! It is amazing that this small restaurant is able to cook such a delicious food. I highly recommend this restaurant for people who love tasty food.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies
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 (Caribbean)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Amazing as always! The food, the service, the atmosphere! We loved the holiday decor. Best dinner spot in Richmond. I’ll say it over and over again. Thanks!

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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Great as always - never disappoints - good appetizers

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Austin)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Helen’s Restaurant is a Fan District classic. The food is wonderful and the ladies really liked their chocolate martinis.

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Nashville)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Always outstanding! Unique recipes. Wonderful flavors. Great drinks.

Tags: Cozy, Romantic, Hot Spot, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Been going regularly for years and they never disappoint!
Great food; great cocktails; great service!

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Happy Hour, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Richmond)·Dined on November 14, 2017

We enjoy the creativity of the chefs at Helen's. Food is definitely not boring and not something you will prepare for yourself at home. However, the burgers are very good here, too! Shrimp and Grits is always a good "go to." We recommend Helen's to visitors and locals.

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Cozy
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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 11, 2017

The food is always amazing. Never had an unfavorable experience at Helen's.

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Great place with outstanding really great food. Worth the effort to go. Wasn't sure what to expect but not disappointed in the least. Will return again and again. Enjoyed it!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, People Watching, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch, Happy Hour, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Worth the Drive
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 29, 2017

We have never had a bad experience here. Food is outstanding and service was phenomenal

Tags: Cozy, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Another great Restaurant Week dinner at Helen’s! Promptly seated by courteous hostess, great service all evening. Apps, entrees and desserts were seasonal done right, flavorful, and generously portioned. Good veg options. Fan charm of tin-paneled ceiling and candle light made a good meal even better.

Tags: Bar Seating, Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic, Cozy
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·Dined on October 25, 2017

Helen's is fantastic. The owners and staff are wonderful people, and true professionals, both front- and back-of-house. The food is uniformly excellent. The ingredients are fresh and expertly prepared. The only thing that isn't perfect about Helen's is the noise level, which they can't do much about. Being a small space with a lot of hard surfaces, it can get loud. With everything else it's got going for it, though, Helen's is worth it. Try it, you'll like it.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch, Bar Seating, Fun
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vip
 (Richmond)·Dined on October 24, 2017

We went to Helen's for restaurant week. The food was delicious, but the waitress--although very friendly--was slow on follow-through. We had to ask for a wine list three times, and our wine (ordered by the glass) was not delivered until we were finishing our entrees.

Tags: Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 24, 2017

As always, Helen's always pleases our palate with the utmost attention to delicious food! The atmosphere is lively, quaint and so fun and interesting. As a 'regular' there, I have always been extremely pleased with my adventure there.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Sunday Lunch, Casual, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Cozy, People Watching, Good for a Date, Fun, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 24, 2017

The service was some of the worst I have experienced. One drink at a time with 5 minutes in between the next drink being delivered to the others at the table. Advertisement for a beet salad and there were more radishes than the flimsy beets. Shrimp and grits were over cooked and dessert was stale.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Very nice Restaurant Week Dinner. Menu provided varied choices. Wine pour was generous. We will go back soon.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Went to Helen’s to have a casual birthday celebration with my two adult children. Everything was absolutely delicious. I had the rockfish, my daughter had the spaghetti squash and my son had hanger steak. The sautéed calamari and bread was also seasoned perfectly and cooked to perfection. Yum!

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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Helen's Rocks. We don't get there enough and we get there at least twice a month. The Chef is amazing and we like the little booths at the back across from the table. Reasonably priced wine. Reasonably priced entrees. We've had a string of bad meals with snooty servers recently in Richmond and I wanted to take a moment to say that in the 20 years I have been taking ladies to Helen's that I have never had a bad meal, been rushed or been treated badly. Helen's is one of the 10 things I love most about Richmond.

Tags: People Watching, Late-night Find, Casual, Romantic, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on October 20, 2017

This was our second time at Helen's over the past month or so, this time with good friends. Delicious apps and entrées. The pork shank was oh so yummy with dark rich flavors. Good wine and beer selection. Fun and friendly service. Thanks for a great experience. Definitely recommend!

Tags: Good for a Date
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·Dined on September 9, 2017

We noticed the quiet atmosphere and that was especially appealing. We had the calamari to start and it was excellent - probably one of the best calamari dishes I have tasted. However, both my husband and I commented almost at the same time how salty our entrees were. He had the shrimp and grits and I had the rockfish. Our server asked how we were doing WAY too much. I felt a little rushed because as soon as we were done she immediately handed us our check.

Tags: Cozy
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 (Richmond)·Dined on August 31, 2017

Helen's is an old favorite. One of my first favorites when I moved to Richmond 20 years ago and still outstanding quality and service.

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·Dined on August 19, 2017

Great food, service and value. Uncomfortably hot due to poor air conditioning. With the front door being left open, for ventilation, there were a lot of flies around our table and food.

Tags: Casual, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on August 9, 2017

What a terrific discovery to experience Helens. We live a few blocks from there, walked by it numerous times, and always considered it a 'lunch' place. When exploring new places to have dinner w our children who live in Richmond, they also thought it was more of a lunch place so had never tried it for dinner. Helens kept popping up in my search for restaurants so we decided to support our neighborhood eatery.
Cozy, unpretentious, and amazing copper finishes as part of its decor (esp the copper ceiling) made for a relaxing place to chat and catch up w our children.
We each had different entrees & main courses- verde burger, hanger steak, rockfish, and a unique pasta dish as the night's special.
All superb! While it does have lines at lunchtime, we enjoyed the less frenetic dinner time. Outdoor & indoor dining abailable!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 5, 2017

This is a really fun little spot! The food is unique but very yummy. Great service and atmosphere.

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·Dined on July 30, 2017

Food was outstanding! We go once a year and always enjoy ourselves!

Tags: Casual, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Richmond)·Dined on July 21, 2017

The fresh tomato and goat cheese salad with blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, pickled onion and mint with balsamic reduction was pretty nice and unique. The pork chop was a cheap cut of pork, however, and not a center cut pork chop. Really?

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients
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 (Richmond)·Dined on July 1, 2017

Helen's is a great neighborhood spot with excellent food, a delightful list of cocktails and a very friendly staff. This last visit was to introduce out-of-town visitors to Helen's. We had the rock fish and the shrimp and grits. Both were great choices. I would highly recommend this fun, local restaurant!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food
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 (Richmond)·Dined on June 30, 2017

Have eaten here previously. It never disappoints. I had the Portobello pasta. Excellent. My friend had the pork chop. Generous portions. Fried green tomato appetizer a must.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (Richmond)·Dined on June 24, 2017

A Fan neighborhood establishment that never disappoints. Had dinner with my millennial son last weekend and we both really enjoyed it. Good drinks, good food, and like the atmosphere. The pork chop special was perfectly cooked and seasoned well. The burger 🍔 had quite a kick (as desired) and was delicious. I always know I'll get a good meal and good service here at Helen's.

Tags: Casual, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (Richmond)·Dined on June 17, 2017

We love everything about this restaurant. The food and the atmosphere are amazing ! We have become regulars here and are always recommending the restaurant to new people ! The chefs are always coming up with creative culinary ideas and the menu changes quite often . The mac and cheese is to die for!!

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 (Richmond)·Dined on June 3, 2017

Great casual dining in a friendly neighborhood setting. Small and intimate restaurant. The food is surprisingly good for such a small unassuming location and building. Worth a try for sure. This was our second visit and we will be back again. Most definitely order the chicken breast wrapped in bacon.

Tags: Late-night Find, Comfort Food, Romantic, People Watching
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 (Richmond)·Dined on June 3, 2017

Nice staff, food is solid. I had forgotten that Helen's had always been a tad 'smokey' due to smallness and proximity of the open kitchen to the dining area.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on June 3, 2017

Small, funky and excellent food. Helens is about the food.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (Richmond)·Dined on June 2, 2017

We frequent Helen's as our date night restaurant of choice. Always good food and the Chef that creates the various food combinations is second to none. I highly recommend Helen's.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Gluten Free Options, Casual, Notable Wine List, Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date
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 (Western NC)·Dined on May 12, 2017

We were refused sitting upfront but when we left the tables were empty . We were seated in the back almost near the ladies restroom
Server was very nice

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 5, 2017

Excellent food and service. Our second time here and we were not disappointed.

Tags: Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Fun
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 (Richmond)·Dined on May 3, 2017

Awesomeness.....😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, Notable Wine List, Sunday Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Tasting Menu, Great for Lunch, Afternoon Tea
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