Helen in The Heights

4.5
370 reviews
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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 every Tuesday-Friday from 3:30-6:30 and Brunch Saturdays and Sundays from 11 AM-4 PM.
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Houston
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Service was good but food was not as expected - Easter Lamb Special side very salty - Fish special was very acidic

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CM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 1food 4service 2ambience 3

We went Easter Sunday and almost left because no one waited on us. Our server, once she came, was very attentive. My son had an entire tray of drinks dumped on him and we were comped a dry loaf of bread and two soft serve sundaes we did not ask for. At the minimum my sons meal should have been comped and we blame management for that.

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JG
Houston
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The Easter lamb roast was delicious. Actually everything we had was amazing, the appetizers, the octopus salad, out son’s fries and the dessert. Drinks were on point too as was our server, Tristan. The owner was so helpful with the parking situation. We will be back!!!

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AR
Houston
35 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Food was okay, but it has gone down in quality overall and is not nearly as well executed as their location in the Rice Village.

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S
Houston
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall great service and food - new menu was missing items we had loved in the past but everything we had was great.

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j
Houston
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed our first visit to this restaurant, food and service was amazing and we are sure to be back. Our new go to for date nights

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Houston
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been several times and always love it! The food is wonderful and the cocktails are outstanding.

Helen in The Heights
Responded on April 18, 2019

Thank you!

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D
Houston
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The place is nice. The food was really good. The only bad thing is that the salads are a bit salty, but I think that’s more of a personal preference than anything else. I would definitely visit this place again.0

Helen in The Heights
Responded on April 16, 2019

Thanks Dani! Sharing your feedback with the Chef

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CM
Houston
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

The food and drinks were very good, so I would be willing to go back a second time to see if the service improves from this experience. We placed our drink order, which took some time but they're fancy cocktails so I understand they can take a bit. We placed our order for small plates and entrees at the same time. My husband and I both ordered one small plate and one entree. Nothing was said at the time. The first small plate came out and sat down at our table. Again, nothing was said. 10 minutes go by and I'm starting to wonder if maybe they didn't hear the order for the other small plate (sweet pepper and feta dip). So I asked the waiter, and at that point he tells us they have a huge party of 50 and so the kitchen is backed up. Ok. So a few minutes later the dip comes out with my husband's entree. Mine is not brought. We're sharing all the food and eating. 20+ minutes goes by and my entree is still nowhere to be found. Again I had to ask. Again it's blamed on the large party.

My frustration is in the poor communication. Set the expectation up front without the customer having to ask. OR even better, ask me if I'd rather the food comes out as it's ready or if I'd rather it wait until it can come out together. It makes for a poor dining experience. We cancelled the second entree because at that point we were fairly full and I told the waiter I'd rather save room for dessert. Then the manager came by to apologize for the slow service, tried to convince us not to cancel the second entree, and I told him also I'd rather save room for dessert. People, your customer is literally telling you "hey I'm not that mad but I want dessert" - you'd think they'd bring us the dessert menu, right? No. The server brought us our check, without us asking for it. Guess we don't get dessert.

We left our table and ended up sitting at the bar with Josh, the fantastic bartender who made us another round of drinks, and who was delightful. We highly recommend Josh.

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Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved everything about this place! First time but we will be back!

Helen in The Heights
Responded on April 13, 2019

Thank you!

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TB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, as always was excellent. We had the greens and cheese pie, and the fish of the day. Nicole, our server , was charming and helpful. She answered our questions about wine knowledgeably and her recommendation was perfect. We will return again.

Helen in The Heights
Responded on April 15, 2019

Thank you Tonya!

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JP
Houston
54 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Really enjoyed to atmosphere of the place and the Heights is always a great location. The octopus was really great............ the best I've ever had , great staff too!

Helen in The Heights
Responded on April 9, 2019

We appreciate you James!

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RH
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed the brunch date with my girlfriends. Our server was prompt & courteous. He went over the menu and made recommendations. The food was delicious! Great overall experience. Thank you!

Helen in The Heights
Responded on April 9, 2019

Thank you Rayma!

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CV
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Though the service was good, the fish was rubbery and didn't leave the best aftertaste.

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JT
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service.

Helen in The Heights
Responded on April 1, 2019

Thank you Janet!

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Houston
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great staff and great service. Will come again!

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Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome ambiance and vibe. Amazing happy hour menu all day on Thursday. Service was great and attentive. Will definitely be back.

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K
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and food. Glad to have a great restaurant in walking distance! Can’t wait to come back.

Helen in The Heights
Responded on March 19, 2019

Thanks for coming Kyle!

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L
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Sat outside on a breezy night. Food was wonderful. Highly recommend the trio of dips and briam vegetables. Also had the octopus and pasta dish which were wonderful! Great date or double date dinner spot.

Helen in The Heights
Responded on March 12, 2019

Thanks Lauren!

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S
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was amazing. Started w baked feta. Yum! Then shared the lemon roasted potatoes and Pastitsio. Then doughnuts for dessert. My daughter just traveled to Athens and enjoyed getting to relive a part of her trip. Service was great until the restaurant got busy and then it was slow altho we didn’t really mind. Would go again to try more dishes.

Helen in The Heights
Responded on March 12, 2019

Thank you Sali! We are in the process of staffing up now. Hope to see you again soon!

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B
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

Good food can never overcome poor slow service

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JG
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first time there. Everything was delicious. Our waitress was spectacular! It was a bit loud but not a mood killer. Planning on going back. My favorite, the meatballs and spinach pie appetizers. Yum!

Helen in The Heights
Responded on March 5, 2019

Thank you Jennifer!

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K
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Food in the village is just cooked perfectly- would go back to village next time

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CB
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Restuarant was cozy and stylish. The food was very tasty and our service was excellent. There were very few people there, which was difficult to understand based on our dining experience. I would say that this is an ‘undiscovered gem’ for lunch.

Helen in The Heights
Responded on March 5, 2019

Thanks Cindy! Were trying to spread the word!

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Houston
378 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Wonderful place with decently sized dishes and quite flavorful

Helen in The Heights
Responded on March 2, 2019

Thank you!

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SD
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 5

Food was delicious but service was HORRIBLE! Two drinks came out and then our other three friends drink came 15 to 20 minutes later -our entrées came out all but one and that one came out 10 to 15 minutes after the rest of us had finished. Bar was chaos. Our server had forgotten to put in one entree. Disorganized!

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MR
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

My first time here, I arranged to meet with relatives visiting from out of town. They were as pleased as I was with the service, food and ambiance. A bit noisy at first because there was a Birthday celebration but once the doors to the party room were closed we were able to dine and chat and have an overall pleasant dining experience. Highly recommended for a great dining gathering

Helen in The Heights
Responded on February 19, 2019

Thank you for visiting and your kind words. Hope to see you again soon!

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Houston
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Unfortunately, the Valentine’s Day experience was disappointing. The service, food quality, and value were less then impressive! The white fish was bland, and the lamb dumplings were burnt. With a predetermined menu the excuse that it “was busy” makes no sense when explaining the poor level of service. This all was cloaked in a $200 check for 3 which was way other priced. We will not be returning considering the level and options for fining dining in Houston.

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E
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food and such a cute restaurant. Servers could be a little more attentive. Overall great experience

Helen in The Heights
Responded on February 19, 2019

Thank you Ellis, I will share your response with our service managers. Hope to see you again soon!

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Houston
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Walked in and it was a little slow, but I think that’s because of the time we went. I was ok with not many people being in there. Staff was very friendly and the food was amazing! Loved where it is too. It’s very close to where we live. The happy hour menu is seriously an amazing deal for your money! We got 3 appetizers, a bottle of wine, and dessert with less than $60! It’s a bi e restaurant so I thought that was pretty good!

Helen in The Heights
Responded on February 15, 2019

Thanks for coming! Great brunch on the weekends too

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T
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

The food was VERY underwhelming. The dip trio was pretty good--fish was bland.

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BC
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

When you first walk in you feel very comfortable. Greeted with a smiling hostess. Immediately received water at the table. Waitress, Sid, was friendly and very informative about everything on the menu including wine.
This was an excellent dining experience from the appetizers to dessert!
Read about Helen in The Leader (local weekly paper)
We will definitely return!!!

Helen in The Heights
Responded on February 15, 2019

Thanks Brian!

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r
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The menu changed significantly and lot of previous options were gone. Hopefully it comes back.

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BM
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Helen's in the Heights was a perfect place for our date night! The food was delicious and the over all experience was great. The staff was informed and friendly.

Helen in The Heights
Responded on February 12, 2019

Thank you!

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AE
Houston
13 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had not been in awhile. It was DELICIOUS.

Helen in The Heights
Responded on February 11, 2019

Thank you Anna!

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m
Houston
29 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Everything was really nice. My clients were all happy.

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HF
Houston
72 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

We decided to try again...sadly it's still just MEH.
WE REALLY WANT TO LOVE THIS PLACE because we live so close...but it doesn't hold a candle to the Village location

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LT
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was great. Very noisy.

Helen in The Heights
Responded on February 5, 2019

Thank you, we are working on some ideas to combat the noise on busy nights. Thank you for dining with us!

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DB
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the valet service through the end of the meal this experience was great! The social atmosphere was energizing. Lots of seen and be seen Houstonians out for dinner on this night. Overall great experience.

Helen in The Heights
Responded on February 5, 2019

!!!!! Thank you!

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M
Houston
35 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious food. Service was impeccable. It was super quiet on a Thursday night which was odd for us and the staff. Hopefully it was just a fluke because this restaurant should be full. We devoured every dish: the whole fish, vegetables, the citrus fennel salad and the soft icecream. I’d go again in a heartbeat.

Helen in The Heights
Responded on February 5, 2019

Thank you, we appreciate you and love what we do!

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