Helen's

4.8
400 reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Helen's Restaurant is located in the heart of Richmond, serving brunch and dinner. We hope you enjoy Helenʼs Southern gothic history and our nouveau southern cuisine.
What 400 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
Food
4.7
Service
4.7
Ambience
4.7
Value
Noise · Moderate
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vipJessie
Richmond
41 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely the best food in Richmond, Va. Never disappoints!!!!! We both had the beet salad, pork shank and creme brulee pie (homemade). Will return again and again.

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victoriam
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great food, good ambience. Menu did not match online menu, which was a disappointment for one item.

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vipJballson
Richmond
29 reviews
Dined on 19 November 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Great neighborhood gem, with a historic charm that is so Richmond Virginia.

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JohnC
Richmond
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always excellent…chef Clay is amazing. Had the pork shank and it was prepared to perfection. Helens is our fav place to go!❤️

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, atmosphere and service, have lived here over 15 years and somehow never had dinner at Helen’s!

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StephenF
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Ggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggood

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vipElleinRVA
Richmond
14 reviews
Dined on 12 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very nice in all aspects!

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vipStephen
Richmond
23 reviews
Dined on 12 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding from start to finish....but....get there early

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ErinW
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on 5 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing! Great food, incredible ambiance, good service. Really lovely spot.

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TinTin
Richmond
15 reviews
Dined on 5 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Always a favorite!

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As always, everything was delicious. We love Helen's!

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Ginnie42
Richmond
15 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

I loved everything but the lump crab mac and cheese was to die for!

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maggiel
Richmond
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Helens was great! The food drinks and service were wonderful

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vipCarl
Richmond
13 reviews
Dined on 29 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

As always, Helen's extraordinary chefs prepare outstanding, memorable meals. The service is attentive. The noise level is high, but this is a high energy place. Definitely will return often.

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vipDaveT
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As always everything was great! We go often and are never disappointed.

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vipBradleyH
Richmond
14 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Enjoyed Helen’s as usual. Good atmosphere and good food.

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Maggie
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 22 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I don't know what to say other than HOT DAMN, that was a good meal. We got the butternut squash soup and the beet salad for apps and the scallops and yam ravioli and omg it was so good we just kept eating. I had dreams about that meal for a week after eating it. I didn't want to brush my teeth in hopes of holding on to those flavors for just a minute longer.

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vipVManTravel
Richmond
16 reviews
Dined on 21 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great venue. Lots of history!

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JonathanI
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

We enjoyed our meal and look forward to returning!

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BeChEte
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2021
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience5

Reservation availability was a factor. Great atmosphere and location in the 'Fan' of downtown Richmond.

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KimO
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As always the food and service were terrific! I will def. go back to Helens!

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vipTinaR
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outside patio is beautiful. Perfect for fall dining. Server was attentive. Food was creative and very tasty.

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Happy
Wilmington
8 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

One of the best times at Helen's for us.
Zsa Zsa was back -so good to see her!
We will be back soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always lovely at Helen's.

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DavidS
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent food our waiter was very polite and efficient knew the answers to our questions the food was Excellent My only issue was for the size of the building the music was just a little loud definitely would come back again

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vipMicheleC
Richmond
9 reviews
Dined on 4 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had the roasted broccoli and cauliflower appetizer (mostly cauliflower), chicken entree and cannoli for dessert! Everything was delicious

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Anna
Richmond
19 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I have a bunch of food allergies and they accommodated me. The food was amazing! Everything was well prepared and thoughtful. There were so many flavor surprises in the dishes. I love all the fresh herbs and spices they used. I wish I had gone there sooner. Definitely worth going to!!

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vipHarley
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Entree's were great but stay away from the dessert.

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SaraC
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had an amazing relaxing dinner. No rush, delicious food an amazing ambience

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Chris
Richmond
41 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Best duck breast ever. Food is truly top drawer. Wait staff distracted and food a little slow. Still finished in time for our event

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JimVN
Charleston
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It had been a number of years since my wife and I had been to Helen’s. Took her there for Valentines Day. Food was excellent, service was top notch, and we won’t wait so long to go back!

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Kristy
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Loved the quaint setting and long history of restaurant. The food was delicious, and we both enjoyed the things we ordered. With all the new, trendy restaurants in Richmond it's good to know that the old favorites are still holding their own.

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CynthiaT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Helen's is our favorite restaurant for many years.

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vipRalphFoodNotes
Richmond
35 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great food at a fair price - Helens has long been a standout in the Fan! One of the best Hanger Steaks in Richmond

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chacha
Richmond
9 reviews
Dined on 30 January 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience2

Service was good. Took quite a while to get the food and it wasn't crowded. It was very dark and some of the music was distracting.

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Vegasdiner
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

Make a reservation. We had a reservation and a few minutes early arriving, no problem we sat at the bar and enjoyed a drink. 30 min after a reservation time, we questioned the hostess and then promptly seated. They took our dinner order immediately and we waited, waited and waited. More than an hour later, we again questioned the staff about 20 min later we received our dinner. The food was very good. Not sure what happened but they did try to make it right by comping our bar tab and dessert.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Great food, good service, good location. There's a reason Helen's has been around since the depression. The menu and staff seem strangely relevant and new age, juxtaposing the history that follows the restaurant.

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GalwayGirl
1 review
Dined on 16 January 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Really nice spot - friendly staff - good service - fantastic food. Cute old school booths at the back. Nice selection of small plates, entrees and specials, staff happy to recommend. Best pork belly I’ve ever tasted!

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vipBethS
Richmond
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Helen's is always our "go to" for a great dinner out with friends. The menu is so manageable, with limited, but impressive choices. Our server was just terrific in her recommendations - the Hanger steak and roasted cauliflower is a must. Wine selection was very nice.

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NancyW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Absolutely a great place, food is so good and a really nice atmosphere. Parking can be tricky, but well worth the effort. Great experience and good!

FAQs

Helen's offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (804) 358-4370.

Helen's is rated 4.8 stars by 400 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.

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