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“Lovely Spot for Lunch!”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Helena's

Helena's
Ranked #5 of 248 Restaurants in Stellenbosch
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: European, Contemporary
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Description: 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.
Montreal, Canada
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54 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
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“Lovely Spot for Lunch!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2014

We stopped at Helena's while participating in the Bites and Sites Tour in Stellenbosch and I must say that the food and atmosphere was simply lovely. The lunch included many delectable tidbits that are typical of the area....truly a worthwhile place to stop while in this lovely town! Service was friendly and professional all at the same time!

Visited August 2014
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Thank Linnybear
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Ma-Afrika, Manager at Helena's, responded to this review, 29 August 2014
Dear Linnybear,

We are happy to learn that you enjoyed your visit to Helena's Restaurant.

We value all our guests' comments as these assist us greatly in improving our products and services.

Thank you for sharing your experience. We hope to welcome you back soon.

Kind regards,

Management
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2 reviews
“Great meal in Stellies”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2014

Everything about Coopmanshuijs is top notch and Helena's keeps up to the high standard.
Lovely setting, excellent simple menu, great wines of course, great service. Best place in the town center to eat.
Breakfast included in the Coopmanshuijs stay but provided by Helena's deserves a separate mention: really a tasty b-fast. A cold spread and then a second course of eggs and stuff seems standard in in Cape Town and surrounds, but this one beats all the others I had in the last three weeks in both courses. Fresh scones with fresh berries and whipped cream, "exotic" fruits, various fresh pastries and baked goods beautifully supplement the cereals and yoghurts and salamis and cheeses. Then the egg choices - much better done - in short, a restaurant brekkie rather than the minimum requirement of a B and B.

  • Visited August 2014
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Thank Duncan C
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Ma-Afrika, Manager at Helena's, responded to this review, 20 August 2014
Dear Duncan C,

We are happy to learn that you enjoyed your visit to Helena's Restaurant.

We value all our guests' comments as these assist us greatly in improving our products and services.

Thank you for sharing your experience. We hope to welcome you back soon.

Kind regards,

Management
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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“Catering for guests and more”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2014

My husband and I stayed at Coopmanshuis on the 5th of August which I have reviewed seperately. However, I omitted to post a review for the restaurant. We had a superb dinner there, a really fine and fabulous dining experience. Breakfast the next morning did not disappoint, infact the staff went one step futher. My daughter joined us for breakfast (a student in Stellenbosch and not a guest at the hotel). We put a little sweet on her plate and wished her happy birthday when she arrived. All very low key, but the staff picked it up and she was presented with a litlle birthday cake beautifully decorated and sung happy birthday to by a lovely gentleman with a gorgeous voice to boot! Not only is the food great but the staff are 5 star - attentive, kind and friendly, going the extra. Will be back of course!

  • Visited August 2014
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Thank Ingrid J
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Ma-Afrika, Manager at Helena's, responded to this review, 15 August 2014
Dear IngridJ,

We are happy to learn that you enjoyed your visit to Helena's Restaurant.

We value all our guests' comments as these assist us greatly in improving our products and services.

Thank you for sharing your experience. We hope to welcome you back soon.

Kind regards,

Management
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Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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“Special treat”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2014

Helena's restaurant is as classy as the hotel in which it is situated. The food is top notch and if the weather warm enough it is lovely to see on the veranda and people watch. We had exceptional meals and some delicious wine that accompanied them.

Visited March 2014
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Thank Shireen B
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Ma-Afrika, Manager at Helena's, responded to this review, 15 August 2014
Dear Shireen B,

We are happy to learn that you enjoyed your visit to Helena's Restaurant.

We value all our guests' comments as these assist us greatly in improving our products and services.

Thank you for sharing your experience. We hope to welcome you back soon.

Kind regards,

Management
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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3 reviews
“Old world wonder, New world Gem”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2014

Very few things can boast being hundreds of years old in South Africa. The Coopmanhuijs Hotel deserves bragging rights having a history dating back to the 18th Century! Lovingly restored, this little hotel in the middle of Stellenbosch has one of the best restaurants I have ever been to in the Mother City.

The menu has enough variety to pander to any taste, and the setting has a lovely ambiance. Serenaded by passing locals, I soaked up the sun whilst enjoying a lovely glass of wine awaiting our mains. The food was definitely prepared to a high standard and even though my own dish had me salivating in anticipation, equally appealing was what was presented to my friends. Suffice it to say we all wished we'd ordered each other's meals, but were equally satisfied with our own choices. Oh but for a second stomach!

The waitors were knowledgeable and friendly and seemed to appear just when you needed them without encroaching on our conversation. The table dressings were crisp and white and cutlery glistened in the rare winter sun.

All in all, it was a 6/5 experience and one would be remiss to visit Stellenbosch without booking a lunch date at Helena's well done to everyone in the value chain...

  • Visited August 2014
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Thank Raven K
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Ma-Afrika, Manager at Helena's, responded to this review, 14 August 2014
Dear Raven K,

We are happy to learn that you enjoyed your visit to Helena's Restaurant.

We value all our guests' comments as these assist us greatly in improving our products and services.

Thank you for sharing your experience. We hope to welcome you back soon.

Kind regards,

Management
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