Helm Bar & Bistro

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$40 and under
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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.
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OT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food2service2ambience5

Great venue but SOME of the bar staff are not customer focus at all.

Helm Bar & Bistro
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you for your review. We are sorry that you felt some of the staff did not meet your expectations. We are continually working with our team with on going training so will most certainly take this into consideration. We hope to see you at Helm Bar again soon.

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N
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

The food itself was delicious, and the greeters and waiters were pleasant enough. Unfortunately it was very loud and crowded, and we sat there for near 45 minutes before having to ask about our meals - which we were then told the order "did not come through from the computer" so they will start making our meals then - not great for a lunch break at work. We were given a free round of drinks for the inconvenience, and they do have some nice non-alcoholic options. Suggest go on a quiet day, and as early as possible to avoid the chaotic atmosphere.

Helm Bar & Bistro
Responded on November 13, 2019

Hi Nilannawen, Thank you for your review and your patronage of Helm Bar. We do apologies for the delay in your food when you dined. With everything being connected to the internet and the cloud, sometimes, although rarely, there can be a glitch and an order can not go through to the kitchen. When ever there is a technical glitch, we do make every effort to rectify these asap and can only apologies that this resulted in you waiting for your food. We hope to see you at Helm again soon.

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VE
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

He’ll bar was conveniently situated right on the harbour, with good views and yummy food.

Helm Bar & Bistro
Responded on November 13, 2019

Thanks for the 5 stars. So pleased you enjoyed your time at Helm and we look forward to hosting you and your guests again soon.

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JB
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great venue, awesome location, highly recommended to locals and tourists alike

Helm Bar & Bistro
Responded on November 13, 2019

Thank you for the 5 stars. We are so pleased you enjoyed your time at Helm and look forward to seeing you and your guests again soon.

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EW
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Stunning view and nice staff. Would definitely recommend!

Helm Bar & Bistro
Responded on November 13, 2019

So pleased you enjoyed your recent visit to Helm. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

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AR
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have arranged catch ups at the Helm Bar in numerous occasions. This is an excellent venue in a prime location.

Ange

Helm Bar & Bistro
Responded on October 21, 2019

Hi Angela, So pleased everything went well at your last catch up and we look forward to hosting more for you in the future. See you soon.

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JW
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was fabulous, staff are always great and the location wonderful!

Helm Bar & Bistro
Responded on October 21, 2019

Thank you for the kind review. We are so pleased you had a wonderful time and we look forward to seeing you again soon.

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MO
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great atmosphere and staff are always fantastic

Helm Bar & Bistro
Responded on October 8, 2019

Thank you for the lovely feedback Michelle. We look forward to seeing you at helm again soon.

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MM
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Upon arrival the queue to order food was 6 meters, there were no staff to direct us to our table we reserved so we waited at the bar for 10 mins, then by the time we lined up to order food it was going to be upwards of 45 mins, time which we did not have. Unfortunately we cancelled our booking and had lunch at another venue.

Helm Bar & Bistro
Responded on October 8, 2019

Hi Michelle, Thank you for your feedback. We do apologise that you were not seated on arrival and had to wait. We do have a manager meeting and greeting guests at the main door so you must have been missed buy the team member. We do make everything to order and at times when people all come at once, this can cause a wait on food. We really do appreciate your feedback and we are always looking at ways to increase our level of service and our speed in getting food to your table.

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JH
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great location, great ambience. We had a very nice catch up with friends over a lovely lunch.

Helm Bar & Bistro
Responded on October 8, 2019

Thanks for the great feedback Judith.

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GH
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The Helm Bar in Darling Harbour is one of the best locations to enjoy good value food, drinks, and spectacular views

Helm Bar & Bistro
Responded on September 3, 2019

Hi GerardH, We are so pleased you enjoyed your time at Helm and we thank you for your repeat business. We look forward to seeing you and your wife here again soon!

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SP
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have frequented the Helm Bar on many occasions, but this visit was with family visiting from overseas. Our booking was for 12 and we were delighted to have the corner area with the cushioned high seats all to ourselves! The perfect spot to sit or stand around catching up and not being in any other patrons way. we will definitely be back and hoping to get the same area on another occasion. Love this place to sit and watch the world go by in a perfect spot.

Helm Bar & Bistro
Responded on September 2, 2019

Hi Steve P, Thank you so much for your lovely review. We are so pleased you and your guests had a wonderful time at Helm. Please let us know next time you are booking that you would like this space and we will do our best to allocate it to your group again. We look forward to seeing you at Helm again soon.

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LP
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Helm, it's a great place to meet friends for lunch and a drink. It has lovely views and the staff are so friendly and helpful.

Helm Bar & Bistro
Responded on August 28, 2019

Hi LucyP, Thank you so much for the lovely feedback. We are so pleased you enjoyed yourself and we look forward to seeing you back at Helm Bar again soon.

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LD
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience3

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.

Helm Bar & Bistro
Responded on August 28, 2019

Hi LoDo, Thank you for your feedback. When you next make a booking at Helm Bar, please do let us know that you want a table with no live sport as we do show major games with sound. Alternatively, if you are ever unhappy with a table, please see a manager and we will endeavor to relocate you to any available tables in the venue that are most suitable for you and your guests needs. We apologize that there was a wait with your Martini's. We will be further training all our staff on cocktails.

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SW
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall3food1service3ambience3

$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
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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

W
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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
Overall5food4service4ambience5

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

AS
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall4food5service4ambience5

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
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

AR
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

G
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

AC
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

Helm Bar & Bistro
Responded on August 28, 2019

So pleased you were able to celebrate your Birthday with us at Helm. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

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SA
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

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
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

OT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We got rejected to get into the restaurant.

KP
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall3food4service3ambience3

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
Overall2food2service2ambience3

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

RA
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

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
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

CH
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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