La Belle Helene

4.7
776 reviews
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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 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.
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Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined 4 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful lunch here. Simplicity is the word to describe this menu, and the atmosphere. Waitstaff is attentive, anticipating your needs without unecessary interruptions. Cocktails are clever, and well made with fresh flavors. Every dish I had (soup, oysters, salad) was well balanced in terms of seasoning and flavors, and had me satisfied, not stuffed. Can't wait to come back for dinner.

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

Thank y’all so much!! Loved the room and such a great evening. What a gorgeous place- thank you!

OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best meals we have had in a long time

MP
Miami
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lindsey is the best server in Charlotte. Ask to sit in her section but a truly amazing experience .

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

Bruce our server was awesome we would love to have him every time

TC
Charlotte
14 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fabulous experience at this restaurant. My wife had Dover sole and I had beef bourginon. Both dishes were delicious, hot, and served promptly. The service was impeccable and the atmosphere was delightful. We celebrated our 49th anniversary and the staff could not have been more attentive.

E
Charlotte
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

The restaurant is bright and airy and beautiful. Nice and quiet. The food was just ok. The wine was superb! I’ll be back to grab wine at the bar but not likely for dinner.

AS
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

I’m sad to write this because I’ve been here when it was better. This is not the first time I’ve had poor service.
We waited for our server, waited for drinks, waited to order, waited for apps, and waited for food. Food quality is down. The bar area/ restaurant is so cramped that many servers bumped into our table. We saw a patron accidentally trip a server who screamed out in pain. The servers looked miserable, as did the managers. They were completely overwhelmed and the restaurant was not at capacity. Really disappointing.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Usually the experience has been a lot better. Table not clean, bread came late, dressing on the side did not happen (we were offered to remake it), steak was very rare instead of medium rare. We will go back as every other visit was great, but this evening we were quite surprised.

WD
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice restaurant, a little expensive, but nice for a special occasion!

OT
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place and cannot wait to return! Beautiful bar and dining area was very comfortable. Food was outstanding and service impeccable. It was a bit loud because of high exposed ceiling, but everything else was excellent!

OT
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friend and I came here before a show at the Knight Theater. I made reservations for 5pm on. Tuesday and was seated right away.

The complimentary cheese puffs were an amazing start to a phenomenal meal. We ordered:

Glass of Malbec ‘Cot’, Chateau du Cedre, Heritage, Cahors, FR
Bon Voyage cocktail
Escargots
Tuna Tartare
Braised short rib (currently only available one day per week)
Creme Brûlée
Gâteau Basque

Everything was heavenly! Portions are large enough to share, although I recommend getting your own. The food melts out your mouth and you don’t want to miss a morsel! I’m not usually a fan of tartare but their tuna was so fresh and paired perfectly with the confit lemon and citrus that I would definitely order it again. I was just there yesterday and would like some again this week! The short rib is seasoned perfectly and so tender you don’t need a knife.

The ambiance is superb and perfect for a casual meetup or a special occasion. You don’t need an excuse to go.

It just became my new favorite restaurant!

It does fill up quickly after 5:20pm. I would expect a wait if you haven’t made reservations.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my son’s 21st birthday. They provided fresh from the oven a chocolate soufflé with happy birthday written on the plate with chocolate. Absolutely unexpected and delicious

CG
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

The quiche portion was to small for a brunch. The service was OK

OT
Greensboro
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was outstanding. The filet au poivre was delicious and my wife’s rotisserie chicken salad was the best she had ever had. All in all, this is a fantastic restaurant and made our anniversary one to remember

CL
Charlotte
6 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

The atmosphere was great. The service was excellent. The food was good, but nothing to truly remember. The price point was not outrageous, but I would have expected something a bit more memorable.

CG
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the staff to paying the bill, everything was top notch and the food delicious. I’ll definitely be back.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Date night with my wife. Food was magnificent, service was attentive and the managers made sure we were delighted. We will definitely be back and recommend to our friends

DS
Charleston
12 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a delicious dinner before theatre on Saturday evening. Our server was incredible- he was so knowledgeable in answering our many questions about the menu. Everything we ordered was delicious. Can’t wait to return to try new dishes!

SH
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

everything was delicious and the staff was very friendly and attentive to everything- always checking on us making sure we had everything we needed.

MJ
Charleston
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic all around. Food was amazing. Service by Lindsay was outstanding. Atmosphere was lovely. Can't wait to go back!

MJ
Charlotte
38 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Being very experienced with French restaurant in France, the menu offerings are very authentic and plates remind me of Paris.

KF
Charleston
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food! We would definitely go back! Service was also top notch!

C
Charlotte
58 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great pre-show meal before seeing The Band's Visit at Knight Theater. Mom had the scallops, I had the pork chop. We had the chocolate mousse for dessert. Didn't love how close our table was to the group next to us but overall had a very good experience. This is the 2nd time dining at La Belle Helene and I will say I'd prefer the rotisserie over the pork chop but my meal was still delicious! As always the cocktails were divine.

TP
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Everything was very under seasoned. Service a bit slow at times.

A
Charlotte
9 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and awesome service. Our waiter was amazing and very patient with all our questions. We will definitely be back!

S
Charlotte
6 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

La Belle Helene is a fave! I love coming back to eat there. It's like a little mini escape to Paris. ;)

P
Charlotte
9 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Not sure how we never came across LBH when looking for Uptown Charlotte dining. A lovely upscale French bistro with wonderful ambience. Noticed a few private rooms for large group which assures small tables can still have a conversation. Greeted warmly and provided towels to dry off after being caught in a rainstorm. Timely, knowledgeable, efficient service. Duck confit was crispy (pleasantly surprised) and tasty. Pork chop, while not a large double cut variety, was very moist and prepared perfectly. Somewhat limited menu but if you find something on the on-line menu give it a try. Extensive wine list, predominately French (but others as well). Valet parking a plus in uptown.

RW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service, beautiful space and excellent dishes.

M
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

Took almost three hours to finish dinner without dessert. Think the waiter had some bigger tables.

OT
Dallas
58 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Onion soup was good, but not outstanding, as the flavor was a bit thin, IMHO. Overpriced at $10.00, particularly since the cheese topping and usual crouton was minimal. Branzino entree was better, richly sauced. However, my plate needed to be sent back because it was originally served as barely warm.

TE
Richmond
20 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow! Just a spectacular experience; everything was wonderful here: the setting, the food, little extras, the service don’t miss coming here; our new favorite in Charlotte.

RB
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food & outstanding service!

MI
Charlotte
24 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my second visit to the restaurant. I had the rotisserie chicken the first time and the salmon the second. Both sides we amazing and flavorful. I highly recommend this place.

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

I had the La Belle house salad, and it was delicious. I would order it again!

GA
Charlotte
10 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent!

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L
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing, and service was impecable. Will definitely return.

CJ
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food outstanding; sauces were exceptional. Staff great, when they’re at your table.

RW
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Could not love this place more! The food is always great, but mostly the service is on point. Always the most sincere, thoughtful, polite people making it such a wonderful experience.

EY
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful atmosphere and good food. Prices were reasonable for the quality. Cool bathroom set up.

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