Helen in The Heights

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Mediterranean
Helen in the Heights continues the exploration of contemporary Greek food. Our chef-driven menu focuses on dishes shared among the table prepared from a combination of the finest authentic Greek and local products. A rotating, all-Greek wine list showcases the premiere winemakers in Greece and their developing skill. Craft cocktails mixed from a curated list of traditional and Greek spirits, along with local Heights brews also available. A warm, cozy environment envelopes the diner in an escape from the everyday. Patio, Wine Room, and Private Dining options are available. Helen hosts Happy Hour in the bar area or patio every Tuesday-Friday from 4-7 PM (4-10 on Thursday!) and Brunch Saturdays and Sundays from 11 AM-4 PM.
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All Day Happy Hour in The Bar or on The Patio!

Join us in the bar or on the patio for $5 cocktails, $9 glasses and $27 bottles of wine, $3 local beers, $8 meze. Don't miss out!

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: October 7, 2019

Ends: October 8, 2118

Availability: Thu 4:00PM-10:00PM

What 439 People Are Saying
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Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We loved the food! Every plate we ordered was delicious. We went on a game day for brunch so it was empty. But we loved the place.

Helen in The Heights
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you Gaby!

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GM
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The Baked Feta and Roasted Red Pepper Dip was spectacular (tempted to order more as my meal). Picky eater child loved the Semolina Pancakes. I had Greek American Gyro and the meat was very tender but the herbs were a touch heavy for my particular taste. Overall very pleased and easy to get into on short notice. Will return to try other dishes and have more of the Red Pepper Dip.

Helen in The Heights
Responded on October 2, 2019

Thank you Glen, we are thrilled to see you and your lil' picky eater enjoyed things. Hope to see you again soon!

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H
Houston
18 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Sort of disappointed this time. Food quality was not as good as prior visits which was mediocre at best. Mostly likely my last visit which is a shame as we have been there many times.

Helen in The Heights
Responded on October 1, 2019

I am very disappointed to read this. We take great pride in putting our best foot forward each day, I'd love to hear more from your visit and what dishes were disappointing. If you are open to discussing we would welcome the chance to earn your business back and improve.

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PA
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The flavors of the food were unique and fresh. The best hummus I have tasted in Houston. Also great service.

Helen in The Heights
Responded on September 30, 2019

Thank you Paul!

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S
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

I’d rate 5 star if the waitress understands not to interrupt people while they are having a conversation. We were interrupted at least 5 times during our dinner, it became very annoying. Any good wait staff would know not to cut in a conversion to ask “is everything okay?”

Helen in The Heights
Responded on September 30, 2019

Thank you for visiting and your review Sunny. We agree the dining experience is of paramount importance, and knowing when to cut-in and when to stay away are a key part of that. We will share your note internally for improvements. Thank you for coming, we hope to see you again soon.

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m
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love the food, atmosphere and the staff are awesome. Go there!

Helen in The Heights
Responded on September 30, 2019

Thank you very much!

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m
Houston
41 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Hostess and wait staff were so accommodating given one out of town guest had travel delays. So rare for restaurants to not dismiss late arrivals. Food was outstanding as usual.

Helen in The Heights
Responded on September 21, 2019

Thank you!

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DG
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is fantastic! We had the most wonderful experience having brunch and we can’t wait to come back and have dinner. The food was amazing and the service was nothing short of stellar. (Zach was awesome!) This place must be one of those local secrets in the Heights for brunch, because it wasn’t packed at all. On one hand, we loved it, because the noise level was minimal and the ambiance was great, but on the other hand, I hope word gets out, because more people need to experience this place. It’s not your typical brunch, so if you appreciate excellent cuisine with outstanding flavor, then you will definitely enjoy coming here.

Helen in The Heights
Responded on September 16, 2019

Thank you Dave!!!

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FH
Houston
18 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food.

Helen in The Heights
Responded on September 16, 2019

Thanks for coming Fred!

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AD
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a ladies lunch there and had a very nice time. Service was great. Parking was easy because there is allocated parking next-door.

Helen in The Heights
Responded on September 20, 2019

Thank you Andrea!

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AC
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall a great place. we attended for sunday lunch so it was not a lot of patrons. Which was fine for us. Service was also great.

Helen in The Heights
Responded on September 12, 2019

Thank you Aaron!

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CH
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cannot say enough about this restaurant. The service was impeccable, the decor welcoming and warm, food delicious and the sound level allowed for meaningful discussion 👏🏼- what a nice change it was from most restaurants.

Look forward to our next dining experience with Helen in The Heights!

Helen in The Heights
Responded on September 10, 2019

Thank you Cynthia!

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AA
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I asked for a quieter table and we got the deluxe treatment! We were seated in the wine room which was perfect for my family. The food was delicious and the service exemplary. Thank you for a wonderful evening.

Helen in The Heights
Responded on September 10, 2019

You are very welcome, thank you for coming!

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d
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a very pleasant brunch here. Upmarket Greek can be delicious. You can tell the difference between basic preparation and one where you can taste the dill or mint or the garlic chips that go with the meatballs. With a nice Greek coffee it's a nice way to start a Sunday

Helen in The Heights
Responded on September 3, 2019

Thank you!

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NH
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the decor the service the food. For our first time here we had the Houston Restaurant Week. Very good portion. We will come back!

Helen in The Heights
Responded on September 3, 2019

Thank you Nathalie!

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R
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Loved the food and happy hour cocktails. Only thing I didn't like was the baklava but only because it had anise which I'm personally not fond of.

Helen in The Heights
Responded on August 29, 2019

Thank you!

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New England
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 4

Service was extremely slow and courses for the group were brought out of order (one main course arrived 20 minutes after all other main courses had arrived).

Helen in The Heights
Responded on August 27, 2019

Thank you for dining and your review. We operate an "as-ready" or tapas-style kitchen where dishes are sold from the kitchen as soon as ready. Thank you for your feedback, I will share with the Culinary team for improvements.

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R
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

We dined at Helen in the Heights on 08/24. Great place and great food. However, the service is very very poor. We spent most of the night waiting on our hostess. She forgot about the special, and we had to remind her. I had to ask one of the other waiters to find our hostess multiple times in the evening. And the food took ages to show up, and showed up out of order and not all together.

The kicker - they charged us a 20% service charge. If the restaurant thinks they ought to charge people a 20% service charge, they ought to provide way better service than what we got. Very disappointed!

Helen in The Heights
Responded on September 3, 2019

This is very disappointing to hear. We do operate an as-ready kitchen where dishes are brought to the table as ready from the kitchen, however this should have been clearly explained from the beginning to avoid confusion. Thank you for your feedback. I am happy the food was tasty but very letdown to hear of the service issues. I will share with mngmt. for revision & improvement. If there is anything further you'd like to share please contact the restaurant,thank you again for dining with us.

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TC
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, interactive, congenial server. Interesting menu and specials of the day. Good vibe for dressy/ casual. Felt current and trendy without overhype. Will definitely go back!

Helen in The Heights
Responded on September 12, 2019

Thank you Tracie!

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OT
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and atmosphere. Fantastic family-style dining mixing the HRW menu and several of the small plates made for an exceptional meal with more than enough food for a party of four.

Helen in The Heights
Responded on August 27, 2019

Than you!

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DK
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Cozy, trendy atmosphere. Great waitstaff. Delicious, fresh food. FUN time!!

Helen in The Heights
Responded on August 27, 2019

Thanks for coming Diane!

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London
3 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious! Great service.

Helen in The Heights
Responded on August 23, 2019

Thank you!

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LA
Houston
16 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had great service & excellent food. I’m still thinking about it and can’t wait to go back. I think all 3 of us felt the same !!!!👍

Helen in The Heights
Responded on August 24, 2019

Thank you!!

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A
Houston
103 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Good food, very slow service. Overall good place, good enough to return

Helen in The Heights
Responded on August 20, 2019

Thank you for visiting and your understanding. We are always seeking to improve the experience we provide to our guests and shorten wait times. We appreciate your feedback.

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CB
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Great ambiance and service was good. We had their brunch menu in restaurant week and the meatballs were tasty

Helen in The Heights
Responded on August 21, 2019

Thank you!

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m
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing as ever!! So happy w every single dish we ordered. Ashley was our waitress and she was awesome!! Super knowledgeable and so so good at her job!

Helen in The Heights
Responded on August 20, 2019

Thanks for coming Marika!

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d
Houston
25 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Unfortunate. The food was very good, but the service was incredibly slow. Twice we asked the server to check on our food and we only had three courses. While waiting for dessert, the server told us that he asked the kitchen to re-do our desserts because "they didn't look up to standard". We had ordered baklava with ice cream. I'm certain it didn't look right because it had sat in the kitchen so long that the ice cream had melted!

Helen in The Heights
Responded on August 20, 2019

Thank you for dining with us and your review. We had some issues Sunday that slowed things down more than we would have liked and are aware of longer than normal wait times. We appreciate your patience and are glad to see the food was enjoyed once delivered.

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OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely great food and great service. My wife and I highly recommend.

Helen in The Heights
Responded on August 17, 2019

Thank you!

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AT
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

Restaurant was half full on a Tuesday night and we still waited 40 minutes for a dip with bread to show up.

Helen in The Heights
Responded on August 15, 2019

Amanda-the dip is baked and has a standard cook time of ~16 mins. It arrived at your table ~22 mins from ordering. We do as much by hand here as possible, including making our own pita and tzatziki. We know this carries a longer wait but hope it is worth it in quality of taste. Thank you for dining with us.

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j
Houston
47 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was a bit too oily, but as usual the best octopus in the city.

Helen in The Heights
Responded on August 14, 2019

We appreciate your feedback and kind words. I will share with the Chef, thank you!

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DM
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great place. waitress was great too. miranda is her name. ask for her.

Helen in The Heights
Responded on August 7, 2019

Thank you Dino!

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OT
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

VERY salty food!

Helen in The Heights
Responded on August 5, 2019

I'm disappointed to see this. Most dishes have salty components, wilted greens or feta cheese for example, but not typically a great deal of salt added to them. We appreciate your feedback and will share with the Chef.

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CM
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food - we did share plates, everything was delicious. We enjoyed the wine, and were impressed with the bartenders knowledge of Greek wines.

Helen in The Heights
Responded on August 5, 2019

Thank you Catherine! Happy Hour all night on Thursday's!

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was great! You could easily make a meal out of the appetizers!

Helen in The Heights
Responded on August 5, 2019

Thank you!

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L
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Bougatsa is out of this world good. Order with the fruit topping on the side as it is good to taste on its on.

Helen in The Heights
Responded on July 22, 2019

Thanks Lynn!

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S
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great attentive service
Great flavor

Helen in The Heights
Responded on July 16, 2019

Thank you Silvia!

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

My guests loved the food, it was a little spicy for me,but I am older and have some digestive issues.
I wear hearing aids and requested a corner table (which they were able to make happen). We were there Saturday at noon and I had no problem hearing what was said around our table.
I am sure if my friends can visit from out of town again, they will ask to eat at Helen's

Helen in The Heights
Responded on July 16, 2019

LOVE to see this, thank you for coming and glad you enjoyed!!

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LB
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience!

DS
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Helen's has long been a favorite of mine. It is good to see that the Heights location lives up to the standards of the original.

Helen in The Heights
Responded on July 2, 2019

Thanks David!

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SD
Houston
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We did small plates and it was great food and wine! Good service attentive with out trying to join your meal.

Helen in The Heights
Responded on July 2, 2019

Thanks Shari!

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