La Belle Helene

4.7
716 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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TG
Charlotte
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is fabulous. Probably one of the prettiest restaurants in Charlotte. Great cocktail and wine list. I'll definitely be back.

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MM
Charlotte
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Food is not too good, and it’s pricey, not worth the trip. Place is very nice so just go if you want to impress someone

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LM
Charlotte
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We LOVE this restaurant. The French onion soup is superb as are the eggs benedict. The music is lovely, the surroundings authentically 'Paris bistro'. Our only complaint...it was very hot in the atrium area. While beautiful...I'm sure it is difficult to manage the temp. Other than that...La Belle Helene was wonderful!

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k
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I went to brunch with our grumpy 3 year old and the staff was savvy enough to put us in a more secluded area. The server was amazing and anticipated everything we needed. The food was fantastic... We will definitely be back for dinner sans grumpy child.

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SM
Charlotte
26 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A terrific meal. The Escargot and Crudo special were great appetizers. The duck breast and fish stew special were excellent. Drinks, service and ambience was well worth the trip downtown. Will be back.

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S
Charlotte
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Michael, our server was excellent. Prices seemed a bit high for Charlotte.

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

This was a wonderful restaurant! The service and food was outstanding and the portions were much larger than I expected. My only complaint was the music was a little loud. Other than that it was fantastic!

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 4

I dined at La Belle Helene on Saturday night as a going-away dinner for a dear friend who is moving back to Kentucky to care for her recently widowed father. We were a party of five, and had a reservation. Each of us ordered a drink, as well as an appetizer for the table in addition to five dinner meals. We tipped generously. One of the ladies had driven over an hour into town for this occasion, and we were signing a book for our friend after we had eaten and paid. During this process, our server offered us "soft drinks outside" and asked us to leave the restaurant and said that they needed our table. In eleven years living and dining in Charlotte, I have never had this happen to me. We were disappointed in our service and have let others know that this happened to us.

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K
Charlotte
75 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the finest in Charlotte, both gastronomically and its mise-en-scene. Truly a remarkable dining experience!

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1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a great time. Our server was superior (Bruce) but the poor guy had a lot of real estate to cover. We will go back though and request him again.

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MS
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, the ambiance, the service was all quite impeccable. I would highly recommend this establishment to a friend.

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The waiter Micheal was great. Extremely knowledgeable about the menu, the creation of the restaurant. He was awesome!
But the guy who was pouring the water was lousy! He spilled water in front of my guest and didn’t clean it. I had to ask him. He would periodically come and fill only one persons water. He didn’t care about the how the table looked with empty plates. He really is not suited for a fine dinning place. He just didn’t care and the expression on his face almost looked like he was bitter about his position. But we prescinded went to the bar for a final drink and had a great closing to our meal.
I love the place and I will be back. I refuse to let a person with a bad attitude stop me from enjoying one of the best places in town...

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R
Charleston
74 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food. Onion gratinee soup was delicious and our steak was perfect. The waitstaff is very professional and we had an excellent experience.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Food was good, not great. Server tried to be helpful but she was just too in our face and talkative. The place is very noisy. I could not hear my colleagues sitting next to me. I won’t go back.

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b
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

excellent. great food and service. greeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeat

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CH
Charlotte
8 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Everything we had was good, but nothing was outstanding.

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M
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Wonderful brunch!

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Charlotte
6 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful brunch spot in the city, amazing food and drinks with excellent service!

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a
Charleston
19 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous breakfast!

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The entire experience was very good. Mike helped us and took great care of us. We decided to visit La Belle Helene based on the recommendation of friends and I will certainly refer others to eat here as well.

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MV
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is awesome--great meal, ambiance and value!

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M
Charlotte
7 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The service, cheese plate, dessert and wine were great. The main courses were good. We loved the location and ambiance. Very nice restaurant. Would definitely return.

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BB
Charlotte
11 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kasey was an excellent server and the operations mgr, bar manager and asst. GM all visited the table, always a nice touch. The beef tartare was nicely prepared, fresh with egg yolk as customary. The Scallop entreé was cooked perfectly in a nicely blanched spinach bed. The gateau dessert with black coffee rounded out a wonderful dining experience.

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LN
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic French restaurant. All of our dishes were yummy with solid execution. Recently went to a fine dining french experience in Vegas and it was a total disappointment. This place was much much better and better value for the money spent.

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PN
Charlotte
18 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy going to the best new addition to the Charlotte restaurant scene in quite some time . We really enjoyed the Dover Sole , which was a special on the menu. Deanna and Adrienne are really pros and provide high quality service. Looking forward to our next visit to La Belle Helene.

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U
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious. Bruce, our waiter was wonderful. His unobtrusive attentiveness, his warmth h and humor and his knowledge of food added to a perfect evening.

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Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

The restaurant is stunning. I love everything about it. It’s decorated so cute and I felt like I was in a restaurant in Paris. Our server was amazing. He was always very attentive to us and continue to make us laugh throughout our dinner. Where this restaurant was lacking was with the food ( the main part) I expected the food to be a lot better than it was. If I’m going to pay $26 for salmon I want it to be the best salmon I’ve ever tasted. And it just wasn’t. The restaurants overall looked amazing me and I loved it but the food fell a little short.

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r
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Went here for a birthday celebration and the food and drinks were great and everyone was so friendly!

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FL
Charlotte
27 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a beautiful restaurant with pleasant and well-trained servers. Perfect spot for a business lunch or a romantic dinner.

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

Beautiful restaurant with delicious food and unique cocktails! What’s not to love? Definitely a perfect spot for a date or celebration.

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Charleston
9 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were there for my daughter's 22nd birthday early on a Monday night. They treated us like royalty. The waitress was extremely knowledgeable and helpful. The restaurant was fairly quiet, given a relatively small crowd on a Monday night. We look forward to returning another time when it's more crowded. Everyone in our group loved the food and the ambiance.

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

We were upgraded to private room, exactly what our 5 people business dinner needed. I'll be back...t

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

How delightful. A feast for the senses. Food was perfect -- love portion sizes ("European"). Music was lovely. Wait staff pure professionals.

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Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brunch with family or friends.

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Greensboro
16 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful Decor, very nice and attentive wait staff, great food (we were there for brunch) and the prices we not unreasonable. The great waiter even told me where I could buy the baguettes they offered. (Copain Bakery). They make their own pastries, but have the baguettes brought in.

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KD
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Would recommend Sunday brunch for those looking for an upscale dining experience. Best croissants in town:)

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EM
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great ambiance. Waiter was friendly. Did not care for mussels. Broth tasted like water, not much seasoning or taste. Otherwise, enjoyed all other portions of the meal.

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PN
Charlotte
19 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

La Belle Helene was excellent as always and the Dover Sole special entree was delicious. Our waitress, Deanna , helped make our evening very special . Look forward to our next time there .

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MV
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is fantastic. The food is delicious. The staff are helpful and kind and knowledgeable. I will definitely be going back.

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 5

This was very disappointing. The atmosphere is amazing. However, the service and food fall completely flat. The drinks were obviously made by bartenders who don’t know what they’re doing. The servers were so terribly slow, and there were hardly any other people in the restaurant. The potatoes were literally from a box. The overall food experience was so terrible that we had to fix food when we went home. We sent at least two of our drink orders back. The waiters would disappear for over half an hour. It just goes on and on for who terrible this was. It’s so sad because this location and ambience could be an incredible experience. We will never eat here again.

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