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Helena's Restaurant at Coopmanhuijs aims to serve heritage food with finesse, often with subtle twists in the detail, thereby turning the familiar into the spectacular. The menu is designed to reflect the bounty of the Boland, with specific emphasis on freshness and food provenance - the "from where" and "by whom" of locally sourced (often artisanal) ingredients.
PRICE RANGE
US$14 - US$20
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
CUISINES
African, International
FEATURES
Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Wine and Beer
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Dinner at Helenas was a highlight in my Stellenbosch trip. I had the risotto as a starter and rack of lamb as a main . It is some of the best food I’ve ever eaten . The dessert was incredible, I had baked cheesecake. Another...thing I really noticed was their fantastic wine list , if you enjoy a good wine you will find it here . The waiters were so professional and always there when you need . I can’t wait to go back .More

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed 4 days ago

The Lamb Shank special, R175 and a glass of Shiraz included! Say no more! Why second guess dinner here? it is such a lovely place!

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed 6 days ago

My fiancé and I had dinner at Helena's restaurant, I had a delicious risotto starter and followed that up with the most tender deboned lamb neck I have ever had. They have an incredible wine list as they are situated in the middle of South...Africas biggest wine region. I went with one of the local favourites whereafter I finished my meal with one of South Africas best known deserts, the Malva pudding. It's safe to say that I would recommend Helena's restaurant to anyone looking for an unforgettable dining experience.More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed 1 week ago

My 1st experience at Helena's will definitely not be my last! Tutu my waiter was warm, friendly, Ultra Hospitable & shared the history of the establishment, which for someone in Tourism, was really very interesting. I was lured to the restaurant via a Facebook ad...as to the "Shank & Shiraz" special, well it was delightful, flavorsome, optimally prepared with the right accompaniments of long stemmed baby broccoli & silky smooth mash with just enough gravy to round things off. The Shiraz was Neil Ellis & pared brilliantly with the Shank. Moses the MOD was also very friendly & came to check up on me. Very Impressive Wine List of local Stellenbosch wines. I can highly recommend this dining experience.More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We decided to eat at Helena's as we were staying at the Coopmanshuis Hotel. Was really temted to have theur winter special of a lamb Shank and A glass of Red wine at R179, which is amazing value if you consider that a glass of...the Shiraz is R95!!!!. Also looked at their winter set course options which looked great . We decided on a fresh green salad as a starter which was delightfully fresh and crunchy and the salad dressing perfectly complemented. Asked for some extra feta.., no problem! In the end closed the menu and asked the waiter (who has been working there for years) for his recomendation of the meal which his patrons are most satisfied with. He recomended the rack of lamb cooked "medium". The meal did not dissapoint the meal was cooked to erfection and once again the sauce enhanced the dish. tried to eat as slowly as possible together with some delightful Neil Ellis 2018 Shiraz (also recomended by server) My wife had the mushroom rissotto which was also perfectly cooked and flavoured. We shared a Malva Pudding which came with a delightful Creme Anglaise and what appeared to be home made ice Cream. We will definitely be back to Helena's!!!More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We initially chose to have dinner at Helena's simply because we were staying at the hotel but I must say the food was excellent and the staff were fantastic. Due to the pandemic the restaurant was pretty empty with only one other large table in...the other section of the dinning area but the staff interactions turned what could have been a deserted experience into a wonderful warm and caring experience. Their homemade bread was delicious. We had a salad to start which they custom made for us as I didn't want the chefs salad of the day. I had mushroom risotto and my husband had the rack of lamb which he said was really excellent. We really enjoyed our experience thank you very much to the team. Service excellence and true hospitalityMore

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It was lovely to return again. The venue was perfect. We as a family enjoyed ourselves. Thank you to the waiters, Helena's Restaurant serves the best cuppaccino in town.

Date of visit: May 2021
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General Manager, General Manager at Helena's Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear CharmaineP, Many thanks for the visit to Helena's Restaurant and kind words, we are delighted to hear that you are taking away such fond memories of your time with us and hope that you will visit again.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Thank you to the Helena's Restaurant staff for their exceptional service. The venue was the perfect place for an intimate yet cozy environment for our Bridal shower.

Date of visit: May 2021
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General Manager, General Manager at Helena's Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear Tarrynn96, Many thanks for the visit to Helena's Restaurant and kind words, we are delighted to hear that you are taking away such fond memories of your time with us and hope that you will visit again.

Reviewed 12 May 2021

We had an amazing sunny day in Stellenbosch, enjoying a delicious Helena’s lunch. Thank you to all the staff members, always going out of their way to make you feel at home.

Date of visit: May 2021
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General Manager, General Manager at Helena's Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 12 May 2021

Dear SWLWessels, Thank you for the great review and we hope that you will return really soon for some more good food and great wine

Reviewed 4 May 2021

It is no surprise that the staff at Helena's recently won a tv cooking competition. The food is on another level of delicious! The lamb shank is a melt in your mouth culinary experience! I had it more than once. I also cannot recommend the...lamb wrap on the lunch menu highly enough! As far as breakfast goes, both the continental buffet, cold breakfast and the warm a la carte breakfast are exceptional! The patries, hot out the oven are a particular treat. Served by the warm and effusive staff, who are always at the ready to attend to any request, big or small...More

Date of visit: April 2021
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General Manager, General Manager at Helena's Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 12 May 2021

Dear Quanita_Adams, Thank you for the great review and we hope that you will return really soon for some more good food and great wine!

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  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5