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2527 W. Main St. (Robinson St.) Send to Phone
804-358-4370 | Menu
Located in The Fan, Helen's is a destination restaurant with charm and American fare.
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Dinner Tues.-Sat., Brunch Sat.-Sun.

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Helen's Restaurant Review

: Every town has its institution, and Helen's is surely one of Richmond's. An old-time landmark in The Fan --- it's been on the scene for many decades and was once a bar (which it still is exclusively on Sunday and Monday nights) --- Helen's is one of those neighborhood places that welcomes casual patrons (and, per the owners, an occasional ghost). But it also has a kitchen that prides itself on inventive dishes that change every so often. The chef may offer a starter of pork belly and sweet potato croquettes or salad with delicate young springtime asparagus paired with prosciutto and artichoke and topped with a Parmesan crisp. Hearty entrées have included cider-braised pork shank with three-cheese grits, roasted Brussels sprouts, hazelnuts, cider jus and julienne apple salad. Even the namesake burger is distinguished by sharp cheddar, bacon and green tomato relish sided by herb butter fries. As times have changed, more vegetarian options have become available, and there’s even been orecchiette with vegan sausage, tricked out with broccoli rabe, artichoke hearts, roma tomatoes and pangritata (breadcrumbs toasted in garlic and oil to simulate Parmesan). Desserts might range from chocolate mousse or a pineapple upside-down cake with pineapple-rum caramel to a s’mores parfait.

User Ratings & Reviews for Helen's
Average rating    5
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Great neighborhood gem!
by kannlake on Thu Aug 11, 2011 2:41 pm
Our first time at Helen's and it was great - from the service to the wonderful food! We can't wait to go back again and I can't believe that I lived in the area for 17 years and never visited before.
best meal in years!
by rvaboy4u on Sat May 30, 2009 11:40 am
Helen's is one of those small intimate joints full of character and charming atmosphere. The menu is quite adventurous and is not the average pub grub and grill food you see around the fan. We had a grilled caesar salad with a parmesean crisp that was divine, but the tuna tartar appetiser with a white truffle viniagrette with some sort of chef made citrus caviar was the best appetizer ive eaten in richmond. For an entree my date had jumbo scallops that were perfectly seared to medium and came with beat carpaccio and some horseradish spiked mashed potatoes with a small bacon and microgreen salad on top-great flavor combination. My coqauvin stuffed pheasant was awesome with savory winter flavors- an artichoke puree and a mushroom potato gratin. It was topped with a port wine honey-like sauce and some sage aoli and was awesome. Service was great. Our waiter had charm and finesse and new his stuff. his wine suggestions and sense of humor made our experience. In addition, our chocolate dessert was a great finish to our meal and was more than enough for the two of us to share. Make it a destination on your dining map.
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