La Belle Helene

4.5
231 reviews
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$30 and under
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French
What’s more French than a passion for good food and good living? At La Belle Helene, we bring this timeless philosophy to the vibrant Charlotte restaurant scene with a lively and casual take on the classic brasserie concept. Designed by renowned Parisian designer Richard Lafond, La Belle Helene is equal parts warm and inviting.
Whether you’re joining us for brunch, lunch, or dinner, you’ll want to take a seat at the pewter-topped bar that stretches on for days, grab a comfortable leather banquette, or claim an intimate outdoor table for two. Our authentic brasserie-style menu, carefully crafted and curated by Chef Michael Rouleau and the esteemed Paris-based restaurant team Ducasse Conseil, highlights delicious local ingredients and a wide selection of specialty beers, signature cocktails, and French wines by the glass — making La Belle Helene the perfect destination in Charlotte for a leisurely lunch, after-work happy hour, special occasion, or impromptu every gathering with friends.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
French
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Hours of operation
Brunch
Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm
Lunch
Mon–Fri 11:30 am–3:00 pm
Dinner
Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
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Phone number
(704) 969-2550
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Michael Rouleau
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Private party facilities
Choose from four beautiful private dining rooms, each offering seating for 10 and one-of-a-kind details like a hand-painted mural or a peekaboo window into our pastry kitchen — or create a combined space for larger-scale events. Full-facility buyouts considered upon request. Contact our Special Events Manager for details | 704.969.2550
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
3rd St.
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 231 People Are Saying
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Charlotte
9 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brunch was perfect. Ambiance—literally everything. Our server, kacey, was great and the peach Bellini was fire. I had the Florentine Benedict and it was clutch af. The assorted bread basket and my pommes frites were lit and I’m officially woke because of them. Overall, the whole experience had me literally shooketh. Will definitely be back asap rocky. Complete yas.

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JR
Miami
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant, amazing service, good food, clean bathrooms and valet service. What’s not to love?
Honestly, the best charcuterie I have had in Charlotte thus far. Food was good but not life changing; still pretty solid. Profiteroles though, were amazing!

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n
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

Food is great! We tried the pork chop and the cod, which was perfectly cooked and the sides were a perfect fit and for desert the pear dish, which was good but will try something else if I ever go back. But the service has a lot to improve and tables are too close to each other and you can barely have a conversation without hearing the the conversation on the next table.

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Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

I was looking forward to a having a French restaurant close to work. You walk in and feel like you are transported to an elegant restaurant in France. The menu however was a let down. Very little French dishes to be found. Soups a l’ognion, croque monsieur,escargot... the usual suspects. The decor is great, I wished they had a menu to match it

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WL
Charlotte
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful experience at La Belle! Our server Bruce was awesome and the food was delicious!

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our bartender, Ben, was awesome!! He made us yummy mojitos. He made it happen. Very professional and great service. This place was beautiful and the service we received was top notch. Food was delicious. We had the rib eye, lobster and scallops. The mousse was wonderful. We will definitely return!! Thank you for making our 19th wedding anniversary very memorable and special.

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RB
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My 2nd visit to La Belle Helene and I've only lived in Charlotte for 3 weeks! The ambiance is amazing and both times I had the same great server. Love the vibe, bread, and appetizers and I always find something to eat there even though as a vegetarian, they don't offer many choices.
Going back for Brunch with my family over Thanksgiving weekend.
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RK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Our server spilled the au jus sauce down the back of my husband's shirt. We will take it to be laundered, but if the stain does not come out we will ask for a replacement.

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

Dinner flow was fine and moved smoothly. We never felt rushed and spent over two hours at dinner, which we enjoyed. The only complaint would be the timing of the beverages. We had a cocktail first and then ordered wine. We didn’t get the bottle in a timely manner and our apps had already arrived long before our wine.

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CM
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our group of 5 went to La Belle Helene for a business dinner. After getting a drink at the bar, we sat at one of the 8-person tables set off to the side of the restaurant. This was the perfect setting to have our own private conversations, but we did not feel secluded from the restaurant by any means. The food and service was fantastic, especially the tuna tartare and duck breast. I look forward to coming back for other personal occasions in the future.

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

LBH continues to impress. Consistently high quality food and service

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Charlotte
10 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Reminiscing of traditional Parisian brassieres- LBH transports you to your favorite arrondissement with authentic cuisine and surroundings. Baked goods are perfect and all our party ‘s entrees were very well prepared. How the chef gets the quiche and brioche French toast so delicate is such a wonderful thing. Croque monsieur - delicious! Will definitely visit again to try the dinner menu.

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VL
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 4

Parisienne atmosphere, very authentic. Fabulous croissants. Waited 20 minutes for table with reservation. Service needs improvement. Waited too long for drinks and food.

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RE
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

This was recommended by a friend of a friend as fav new restaurant. There for brunch before Panthers game. Bloody Mary’s & crossiants delicious. Avocado toast was so so. Cold when brought to table & they brought a steak knife to cut toast & still could barely cut it. Busy Sunday before game but service was slow. Would go back for drinks but would try different food

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for brunch before the Panthers game and had an amazing experience. The service from Beth was fantastic and the food is delicious. Will definitely be back!

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C
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lindsay, our server on the evening of Saturday Nov. 3rd, was amazing. She did not rush us and gave us a thorough walk through of the menu. Cannot compliment her enough!

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Really good food and service. A little loud though. Made conversation a little difficult but not terrible. Otherwise we'll worth it. Food and ambience was beautiful.

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Charlotte
24 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and wine choices were very good. Atmosphere was chic and service was attentive without being overbearing. Will definitely return and recommend to friends!

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J
Western NC
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant. Perfect for when you want an experience with your food. Really appreciated our table immediately being available to sit (we did have a red) Service was excellent. Bathroom situation is awkward, ladies you’ll see what I mean. You’ll have to touch up your lipstick next to a dude and no where to place your purse. But not a huge deal. The Royal Helene spritz, was a disappointment. Very syrup heavy. The pork belly special was cooked perfectly but only came with a small portion butternut squash purée and the dish didn’t look appetizing. Like an entire platter of meat-it really needed some kind of greenery to balance. Complementary pastry at the end is such a nice touch. The clientele is a little varied. Lots of the uppity white people that Charlotte is known for. I’m a foodie but I’m not wearing a prom dress to check your food out. Would definitely go back to check out brunch.

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Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere, service and French food. A great addition to Uptown, Charlotte.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I chose to surprise my wife for our wedding anniversary with dinner here. Every bit of the experience made us feel welcome, special, and as if we were the only guests in the entire restaurant. The food was tremendously good and our server knew the menu backwards and forwards when we had questions. We will certainly return and recommend this new Jewel of a restaurant in the Queen City's crown.

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PN
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our fourth time and it was great as usual. My only complaint was that my Salmon entree was smaller than last time but was prepared perfect!

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Charlotte
15 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We went with our parents and they were put off immediately by the noise level. Without a thought the hostess sat us in a quiet private room and the crisis was quickly averted!

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CL
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Roast chicken over cooked/dry. Salmon unremarkable & over cooked. Sauce helped. As I cook a lot myself, I expect more. Much too loud. Difficult to hear across the table.

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CM
Charleston
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorites in Charlotte especially: escargot, onion soup, tuna tartare, croque monsieur, etc!

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and had our date night here. We will definitely be going back. Food was excellent and service was impeccable. Thank you

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LT
Charlotte
6 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We had reservations for lunch and were one of the first guest seated. To our dismay, a couple was seated right next to us when there was an entire restaurant open. The onion soup was good, though a little sweet, and the salmon tasty. The chocolate mousse was more of a chocolate lava cake than mousse but still delicious. The staff was pleasant and attentive.

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DM
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

My Steak was under done and so was my wife’s Duck. I have eaten and many wonderful restaurants with a top end menu but I still feel this place was over priced. The pastry chef was amazing though.

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Charlotte
26 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food and atmosphere but a bit pricey. We will go back but probably not on a regular basis.

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Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful new restaurant in Uptown Charlotte transported us to Paris! Everyone greeted us with anniversary wishes and the service provided by Dustin was top notch. The onion soup was delicious and our beef cooked to perfection! We’ll be back!

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DM
New England
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love a restaurant with great food where the waitstaff serves the food and then leaves you alone instead of coming back 100 times to interrupt your dining experience. Though when our waiter did come by he was friendly and courteous. This is a new favorite restaurant in Uptown.

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Charlotte
12 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating belated birthdays, and La Belle Helene always looked good when we walked by including their menu.

The interior is very nicely done, and the overall ambiance is good. We were there on a Tuesday night, and they were quite busy.

We are very familiar with Italian cuisine, so we depend upon our server to guide us with French cuisine. Our server was spot on in her timing and suggestions including a French wine to pair with our meal when given what we would pick in an Italian wine.

We started with the Charcuterie and Fromages board followed by the Coq au Vin. For dessert we split the Seasonal Berry Meringue. The food was delicious, and service was excellent. We will definitely return.

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CH
Charleston
17 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Great apps, service and decor. Entrees were good not great.

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HE
Greensboro
4 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

The space is beautiful, and we had very good service. The food varied in quality. We went on Tuesday when they serve coq au vin. The flavor was excellent, but the chicken was grizzly and bony. So it was disappointing. My wife's scallops were very good.
I also thought the red wine glasses were small, and deducted from enjoying the wine.
We'll probably give them another chance. (We sent a review to the General Manager who answered appropriately).

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Charlotte
52 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Open about 3 months
Great atmosphere. Very tasty food. Service was excellent . Bar area very conducive to after work get togethers. Can't wait for outside tables. Like most new restaurants noise level can be a problem. Glad I tried, going back shortly

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Easily one of the best meals I’ve had in my 10+ years in Charlotte.

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Charlotte
10 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 2

Despite great recommendations our group found the cocktails to be undrinkable, the food uninspired, and the noice level pretty high.
Our waiter was superb, and we were fitted immediately upon arrival.

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MW
Charlotte
12 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

This is my second lunch visit . The food is good overall. The tuna in the salade niçoise was supposed to be "confit"... but was nothing special, however the fresh anchovies were a nice touch. The quiche was barely warm. The salad and the lemon vinaigrette was very good. The service is excellent and so are the decor and the ambiance.

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SF
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The Sunday Brunch was very good. The restaurant was fairly empty since a Panthers game had just started. Overall the food was excellent although the salad dressing was way too salty. The Croque Monsieur was very good & the bartender was not holding back on the Moscow Mules which were strong enough so one was plenty. Server was cordial without being obtrusive. It was a family birthday with out of town guests, but although it was noted on the reservation no one apparently told the server. We will definitely be back and we have already told our friends to try it!

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We had brunch and it was a good experience overall. The atmosphere and service are exceptional. The menu is very good for brunch and everything was prepared and presented very well.

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