Helm Bar & Bistro

4.3
64 reviews
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Gastro Pub
Since opening our doors in 2011, Helm Bar & Bistro has been Darling Harbour’s best spot to enjoy delicious, fresh food and mouth-watering cocktails whilst soaking up our stunning harbour views that really are second to none.
As one of the few freestanding waterfront venues in Sydney, we have an impressive capacity of 400 people meaning we can cater to groups of all sizes. We are highly experienced in organising an array of memorable events including birthdays, engagements, farewells, corporate events and many more.
Whether you choose to drink or dine alfresco in our beautiful outdoor beer garden or on our newly renovated upper deck, we have something to satisfy every taste bud with our impressive bistro menu.
Whether you’re visiting us with colleagues for a work event, having a catch up with friends, or dining with your loved ones, you’re guaranteed to have an unforgettable experience at Helm Bar & Bistro.
Minors must be accompanied by their parent or legal guardian.

Specials

Fathers Day Special

Dad receives a complimentary beer or wine and 50% off his main meal.

Terms and Conditions: Must have booking to get offer, Max 2 fathers per booking, Beer – Carlton Draught Tank, Wine – Choice between House red, white or sparkling, main meal must cost $30 or less. Sharing Stand is for 2 and cannot be used in offer, cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer.

Valid For: 2 - 20 people

Starts: September 1, 2019

Ends: September 2, 2019

Availability: Sun 11:00AM-8:00PM

What 64 People Are Saying
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LD
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

i didn't realise when booking that the football was on, so there were speakers right above our table which made it VERY hard to hear people across the table.
also it took nearly 25 minutes for the bar staff to make 2 martinis.

SW
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 3

$14 for kids meals!!! I wouldn't mind if there was enough, however we had to buy an additional 3 meals to fill the kids. Chicken and chips consisted of 2 small pieces of chicken and 7 chips ($14) and the pasta was around 5 mouthfuls of penne. That may feed a 5 year old but not an 8, 9 or 10 year old. We had a table of 3 kids - each requiring 2 kids meals became a costly $28 per kid!!! There are so many options in Darling Harbour - we wont be rushing back to Helm Bar.

DD
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Good location, convenient for catch ups. Good Drink selections and variety of meals

W
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I love Helm Bar, it is perfectly placed and the food is really good, always great service and am a regular. I would highly recommend Helm for after work drinks, long lazy weekend lunch, work lunch any reason basically.

OT
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Good food and great atmosphere, the prices are reasonable and staff were friendly

AS
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Been there before, great place, great location, central to everything I wanted.
Service was fantastic, it was a quiet night but still outstanding service.
Can't wait to go back.

CB
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My Favorite bar in Sydney. Best place to sit and people watch, water and ambiance. Great service, food was superb and reasonably priced. We will be back.

BD
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food and drinks only downside was how loud music was which is ok later in the night but we were there late afternoon

SL
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great place to bring visitors if you can get a verandah edge table. Happy hour and specials good value.

AR
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have had lunch/ dinner at the Helm Bar several times. It’s always amazing. Great food, views and the staff are very welcoming.

Angela

TD
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food
Great atmosphere
Fantastic singer down stairs
Quick service
Good sport tv choices

G
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I found the Helm Bar to be of the highest standard.. the service was excellent.. it wasn’t my first visit and I have never been disappointed yet .. neither do I ever expect to be on future visits .. thank you Helm bar staff

DF
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great menu, great location. Weekend specials are good savings. Would highly recommend.

AC
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great staff, location and food, we had a really enjoyable time at Helm as always

RS
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had an email which said as it was my birthday I could make booking and get a bottle of champers and $30 off my order. Well I must say well worth it. Ordered beetroot salad which was delicious, a tutto Carno pizza also very tasty, sweet potato fries with sour cream and chilli sauce very nice and a brownie with ice cream for dessert yum yum.

SA
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Great food. Atmosphere is relaxed, but it is noisy. Good for a get together with friends. If you are looking for a place to have a long chat...the noise would be an issue. Overall though, a great place to eat, drink and unwind.

PP
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good spot for casual lunch catch up. Good food at reasonable price

OT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We got rejected to get into the restaurant.

KP
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fabulous time on Sat night catching up with friends. Perfect location, great food and the staff were very friendly and so helpful.

TB
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I will always recommend Helm Bar and will continue to keep going. Lovely view, friendly staff and delicious food and drinks!

LB
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Yes, the location was lovely. Food and drinks were good. The only thing I would say is the level of service wasn't amazing. We weren't really greeted when we walked in and not told that we needed to order at the bar. We also ordered drinks and they were forgotten about. Maybe it was an off day, but was a little disappointed. Would go again and hope for better service.

TB
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

A good location for drinks as it has great views of darling harbour

RA
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent service with a relaxed atmosphere and good food at a reasonable price. Always enjoy eating at the Helm Bar and several times have bought friends visiting from overseas to have a meal with a few drinks. Living in Pyrmont means it's only a short stroll away for a good time.

BE
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great place - good food and nice place for a Friday catch up after work drink

CH
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Need to install more Fans as last weekend was extremely hot up stairs, Lovely down stairs.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food, fantastic service. Took full advantage of their daily specials and happy hour making for a great experience. Staff were exceptional and very knowledgeable. Great place for a cocktail. Would recommend to all my family and friends.

l
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great central location with good views. Excellent food and quick service. Overall great relaxing atmosphere.

AB
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely love this place I never have a complaint always happy friendly staff and service

JL
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

Expensive food and drinks. Poor food quality. Service was HO hum particularly as there were lots of staff on.

S
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Reserved a table for 15, you can probably guess by the numbers it was an occasion but arrived to two separate tables and somebody sat on one of them. Had no help from the manager wasn't even given menues. We rearranged ourselves so we could sit together. Last orders were called at 9pm.

Girl at bar very helpful in food recommendations but that was the only positive.

AJ
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Had a wonderful New Years Day 2019 Lunch with my cousin who was visiting Sydney from NY.

JD
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

As usual our favorite place to wine and dine. Great staff .

SS
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Had a great birthday dinner here, only issue being the heat in Sydney. Being a beautiful open space, it gets very hot and hard to eat in the heat. But beautiful balcony and environment.

M
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The Helm Bar is terrific if you want to watch the world go by while having a beer. Music was great, just loud enough to enjoy it but not so loud as to drown out conversations. We have celebrated many birthdays and get togethers at the Helm Bar. The only thing I found disappointing was that they no longer served buckets of beer. I asked the on-duty manager who stated that they don't serve buckets (he did mention he's only been there a few months) which is surprising given that's all the boys drank at my wife's 40th birthday in May. Please bring it back... see you next time.

JW
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

I have been a regular at Helm Bar for quite a number of years. The place and staff are great and that's why I keep returning with friends.

ZM
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance and service, staff were lovely and very efficient, the food was delicious and the drinks were amazing!! Thank you :)

AB
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Great location, we love it here.
The food service was very confused, they brought the wrong food a number of times to the table.

MD
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had our Christmas lunch there and it was great, quick service, nice views and food was great especially the lunch time specials.

JJ
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

It was a great afternoon/evening at the Helm Bar. The weather helped make the venue not so crowded and we had a great time. The only recommendation is not to have the music on so loud. At times I couldn't hear conversation within my group.

TH
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

we are regulars so a bit disappointing that we were on high tables not like our normal booking - understand it is Christmas season and the place was very busy but would have been nice to be advised in advance that usual seating was not available and our booking would be split across tables

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