Helen in The Heights

4.6
278 reviews
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$30 and under
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Greek
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
Helen in the Heights serves iconic Greek dishes alongside an all Greek wine list. A cocktail list full of Greek spirits as well as classic American liquors aims to fulfill any libational urge.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Greek, Seafood, Vegetarian
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Hours of operation
Monday-Closed
Tuesday-Thursday 11 AM-10 PM
Friday and Saturday 11 AM-11 PM
Sunday 11 AM-9 PM
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Phone number
(832) 582-7146
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
William Wright
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Catering
Yes we cater! Feel free to call the restaurant for details.
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Cross street
Studewood and 11th
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Parking details
We offer complimentary valet at dinner as well as self-parking in the adjacent lot and street parking along 11th 1/2 Street
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Up-casual Greek bistro serving homestyle Greek dishes in a space as welcoming as Yia-Yia's house. Come relax, have a drink, share some stories.

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JR
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

This was our first visit and the food was good and service great, but thought it is overpriced in every category i.e. drinks, appetizers, entrees.

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n
Houston
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had brunch on the patio and we were the only ones there for an hour and a half! Service was a bit slow for the first hour of brunch on a Sunday, but our waitress was very kind and attentive and we enjoyed it overall. EXCELLENT and EXTENSIVE Greek wine list! WOW!

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MS
Houston
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ordered five appetizers; meatballs, stuffed grape leaves, Greek salad, spanakopita, and the roasted cauliflower. Everything was delicious but the standouts were the cauliflower and the spanakopita. It was plenty of food for our table of four. The Greek Fire cocktail is particularly delicious and dangerous. I was the only one to order dessert. I ordered the phyllo with custard and it was wonderful. Light and flavorful. Definitely will return. Also, our waitress, Sydney, was great.

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y
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was great waiter wentbout if his way to recommend delicuous plates and desserts.

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NS
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 4

We all enjoyed our experience there, but each one of us (there were 4 of us) woke up with terrible stomach aches in the middle of the night!

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SD
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Impeccable Service every time we go. Friendly and service oriented. Food has great presentation and taste is what we are constantly telling others about. Sommelier is personable and wants you to love your wine. Just awesome.

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R
Houston
78 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it! Celebrated a birthday with friends; no one at Helen acknowledged the celebration, although it was noted when making our reservation. Nevertheless, a fun and special evening. The appetizers, entrees (especially the roasted cauliflower), and desserts were outstanding, as was the service. The sommelier was amazing — lots of fun, and extremely knowledgeable about the all Greek wine list. We really loved hearing about and trying 5 different wines before each of us made a selection. All wines are available by the glass, and are reasonably priced. Our waitress was also great; really energetic and fun. We will return!

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AA
Dallas
21 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Distinctively different food. Well done.

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JN
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 3

Food was OK....good salad, broken pasta was good, deserts were so-so....be careful ordering wine here...I don't drink wine, but my guest had 2 glasses per servers recommendation, guess should of ask price but thought it would be the normal $10-12.00/glass cost.....bill for 2 glasses of wine was $44.00....made the mistake once, won't make a second by going back to Helen in the Heights.

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J
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great happy hour. $25 bottle of wine is a must along with the trio of dips. Eric is the best and will take great care of you.

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RL
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was excellent. The food was excellent. No complaints whatsoever.

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OT
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent! Great place to eat dinner with friends and catch up. Serving staff was top drawer offering great recommendations on food, cocktails, and wine. Will definitely visit again!!

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F
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great staff and excellent Greek wines

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S
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely delicious, a little loud but the food made up for it. The best meatballs I've ever had, the octopus was delicious and the staff was attentive and friendly. Everything from the starters to the entrees was exceptionally good. Would definitely go again, and recommend to a friend!

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IR
Central Texas
4 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My first time at Helen's but not my last. My friends brought me here because they had been here before.

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CL
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our second visit to Helen's! We totally enjoy the food, the atmosphere and the service. It won't be long before we return!! Keep up the great work!

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MG
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, friendly service! Definitely will be back!

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JM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

The food was not that great, hence my rating of 3. Two of us did the Houston Restaurant week menu and they were out of the best dessert listed! ( this was at 6:30 on a Sun.) The mousakka was mediocre, more of a chili than a mousakka. My friend ordered the pasta and it was extremely salty. The ambiance is nice and the server was pleasant, but for the value and quality of the food, we would not come back.

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CC
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Food was very good. Best gyros I’ve ever had. Interesting Greek wine selection.
But it is VERY noisy.

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l
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always lovely

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LT
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently friendly staff. Food is delicious. Great customer service! Thank you for bringing back the roasted cailiflower!

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MJ
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The service here was outstanding. We originally sat in the back of the restaurant and it was extremely loud. Once a table was available we moved. This is one of my favorite places in the Heights, it's absolutely delicious, there is a good energy, and the prices are not outrageous. This place provides true value for your money and the whole experience is wonderful. We can't wait to go back!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

IT WAS INCREDIBLE LOVED LOVED LOVED LOVED LOVED IT

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S
Houston
16 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The octopus was delicious. Waitress was knowledgeable as as adorable!

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M
Houston
23 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

So disappointed. The American gyro I ordered was mushy. I pointed it out to my waiter, who told me it was probably the moisture from the tomatoes. I should have been more assertive and asked for a new plate with the gyro deconstructed. I failed to ask and the waiter failed to offer.

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MK
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

We went expecting authentic Greek cuisine and we were very disappointed. Baked feta? Moussaka with potatoes and no spinach? Chocolate Baklava? There were no alternatives to the feta (just fresh with no heating would’ve been fine) or the Baklava (who puts chocolate in Baklava?) . Even the olives were not up to par. We won’t be back.

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F
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our first time to visit and we thoroughly enjoyed it! The new cheese course was fantastic! The service was tremendous!

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LT
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Please bring back the roasted cauliflower!!!!
Our server was great. She’s short with shoulder length black hair great smile. Wonderful waitress. She’s waited on me on numerous occasions.

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RP
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Excellent food. Waiter helped us decide on an excellent Greek wine. A little crowded, but fun if you can take the non-privacy...so not very romantic. We had a great time and will definitely come back.

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BJ
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 5

We went to Helen in the Heights a couple of months ago and it was outstanding, we went last Saturday night and the food was mediocre at best, we ordered the catch of the day and what we got was a soggy piece of fish, the sides were just okay, and they were definitely trying to turn the tables. The manager did stop by to ask about our food and we told him it was disappointing and he gave us his card and told us to ask for him next time, not sure if there will be a next time... so bummed.

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KL
Houston
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Helen's for their service, food and ambiance - a friendly, delicious peaceful experience where I take my houseguests.

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S
Houston
54 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Our first visit to Helen. Our food was very delicious. We loved the baked feta, chilled pea soup and Cos Salad. The soup was surprisingly a little spicy but still good.

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OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Ordered drinks at the bar since we showed up early for our reservation. Drinks were on point and pretty tasty. Sat for a few minutes and our table was ready. Service was good. We had a bartender as our waiter. He was pretty busy and said the specials pretty fast. Didn’t quite hear him. He must have been moving a lot because he was sweating quite a bit. Requested our apps to come out as they were made. I also got the lamb shank which was one of the best I’ve ever had. One app came out about 40 minutes into our meal when we were just finishing up. Not a big deal. Had a cup of espresso as well and it was good. Prices were very reasonable and ambiance was awesome. Would definitely recommend and will definitely be back.

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e
Houston
65 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first visit to this location in The Heights, but we've been to other location in the Rice Village area several times and in each case really enjoy the food selection, knowledge of the waitstaff and the wine selections.

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OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Good food, wine service not great

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OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic service. Sommelier made it lots of fun!

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were there at a very quiet time - Sunday afternoon. The service was just right for our small birthday party.

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LT
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This has become our favorite place to go. Staff are friendly, food is fabulous - miss the roasted cauliflower! -- cozy, neighborly.

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E
Houston
25 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I thought the food was terrific but pretty highly priced. If we had realized how generous the portions were we would have shared more items. The service was great!

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JT
Houston
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Helen did not disappoint. The ambiance and decor was great, service was personal, and everything we tasted was delicious. From appetizers, to main course, to dessert....all were full of flavor and amazing. We will be back!

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