Helena’s Restaurant: A Hidden Gem of Old-World Fine Dining in Stellenbosch

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Helena’s Restaurant

Helena’s Restaurant in Stellenbosch is a hidden gem in the historic Coopmanhuijs Hotel on Church Street. The restaurant epitomizes old-world fine dining, offering excellent food and wine, impeccable service, and beautiful surroundings.

A Local Focus

The restaurant has a solid South African flavor, focusing on locally sourced ingredients. The menu offers heritage food with a contemporary twist, with options such as the rack of Karoo lamb, Chalmar beef fillet, seafood dishes like pan-seared Norwegian salmon and saffron tagliatelle with pan-fried prawns, and vegetarian-friendly options like spinach and ricotta tagliatelle and risotto with wild mushrooms. Save room for the restaurant’s delightful dessert dishes, such as the malva pudding with homemade vanilla ice cream and the chocolate fondant.

A Wine List to Match

The excellent wine list complements the menu and showcases some of the best wines in the area. Guests are welcome to bring their wine, although there is a corkage fee.

A Beautiful Setting

The restaurant offers an elegant charm to the busy Church Street, lined with cafes, art galleries, and ancient oak trees. Choose a table on the verandah, below the oaks, or in the splendor of the restaurant under the high, yellowwood ceiling. The outdoor patio is comfortable and romantically lit, providing the perfect vantage point to observe the passers-by and immerse yourself in the old-town atmosphere. You can also sit inside, where an overhanging chandelier and decorative French wallpaper maintain the sophisticated atmosphere.

Impeccable Service

The service is professional and knowledgeable, and the staff happily guides you through the various dishes and wines. The reviews show that guests are happy with the team who make them feel special. As one reviewer said, “We had the best meal ever. We didn’t book, and you accommodated us. Muzi, thank you for your hospitality.” Another said, “James, Tutu, and crew were the best! They had great recommendations and service. Everything was delicious, and the staff felt like family.”

The Perfect Place for Fine Dining

Helena’s restaurant will leave you feeling your money has been well spent on a meal you will remember. It’s an excellent place for a special occasion or to treat yourself to fine dining.


  • Phone: +27 21 883 8207
  • Address: 33 Church St, Stellenbosch Central, Stellenbosch, 7600, South Africa
  • Area: Stellenbosch
  • Opening Hours: Daily, 7.30am – 10.30am (11.30am on Saturdays, Sundays & Public Holidays); 12pm – 3.30pm; 6pm – 10.30pm
  • Website: Helena’s Restaurant
  • Category: Restaurant, Bistro, Breakfast restaurant, Fine dining restaurant, Lunch restaurant, South African restaurant

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