Stellenbosch, Western Cape, South Africa

Although we are located inside of the beautiful Coopmanhuijs Boutique Hotel, we welcome reservations and walk-ins from outside patrons – subject to availability. Thank you for considering Helena’s. We are open seven days a week. Please note you are welcome to bring your own wine, we charge a corkage fee of R60 per bottle.

Be Inspired

Helena’s Restaurant at Coopmanhuijs: Where the familiar is made spectacular by an ambiance of celebratory anticipation, as guests rediscover the flavours and textures of good, honest food – which lie at the heart of South African cuisine.
The Story

Enjoy sincere hospitality in our exclusive and stylishly appointed 16-room five-star boutique hotel, ideally located in the historic heart of Stellenbosch. At Coopmanhuijs, we afford you as much attention and privacy as you may require.

We cater for private functions and small groups, celebrating special events like birthday’s, private dinners, special anniversaries, baby showers, functions, book launches, canapé- and year-end functions and more. Please email us for a quotation.


Someone who receives friends and gives no personal care to the meal prepared for them, is not worthy of having friends.

Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin (1755–1826)


Great first taste of the Cape

A colleague picked us up and we drove around Stellenbosch for a bit before settling for a wonderful meal at Helena’s. Service was top notch — attentive but not overbearing. The meal itself was an amazing array of flavors in a lovely, peaceful setting. It was a great introduction to South Africa and the offerings around Cape Town.

Paula on TripAdvisor
Dropped by and loved it!

My husband and I just arrived in Stellenbosch and just popped into the Stellenbosch Kitchen for a bite to eat. How happy we were that we did! Sitting comfortably outside, we enjoyed the great food and wonderful and friendly service. Sheldon looked after us perfectly and professionally. We thoroughly enjoyed chatting with this charming young man. He suggested a delicious Sauvignon Blanc to go with our food. A heater and blankets were provided when the evening turned chilly. We would definitely recommend this lovely restaurant- the food was delicious.

Cdaly2015 on TripAdvisorApril 2019
Amazing food, excellent service

We are staying at the Stellenbosch hotel and after a short stroll in the village, we decided to stay and dine at the restaurant. That was an excellent choice. We had a warm reception by our waiter, George, and throughout the night we had the best service possible. Started with the mushroom risotto and the prawn tempura as starters, followed by the lamb shanks and the Mediterranean linguini. Food was divine. My fav was the risotto which was cooked to perfection, while my husband really enjoyed the seafood dish. Food came fast, presentation was great and taste was superb. We ended the evening with the lava cake with vanilla ice cream dessert which we found a bit too sweet for our taste but presentation was spot on. We made an excellent choice pairing the food with a bottle of Muratie Alberta red wine which we liked so much that we will visit the winery.
Overall, highly recommend the place and compliments to our great waiter George who went the extra mile in helping us with the wine and desserts and being always there for us. Thank you.

Olori on TripAdvisorApril 2019