Helm Bar & Bistro

4.3
48 reviews
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$40 and under
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Gastro Pub
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  • Waterfront
  • Casual
  • Scenic View
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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LOOKING FOR THE PERFECT VENUE FOR YOUR NEXT EVENT? Think world class service, an extensive drinks menu and delicious food options, teamed with million dollar water views. Helm Bar & Bistro is the hottest venue in Sydney's water front.

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What 48 People Are Saying
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PP
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

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

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OT
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Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

We got rejected to get into the restaurant.

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KP
1 review
Dined on 9 March 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.

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TB
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Dined on 9 March 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!

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LB
1 review
Dined on 18 February 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.

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TB
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 3

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

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RA
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Dined on 14 February 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.

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BE
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

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

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CH
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Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

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OT
1 review
Dined on 21 January 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.

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l
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Dined on 11 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

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AB
1 review
Dined on 6 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

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JL
1 review
Dined on 4 January 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.

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S
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Dined on 2 January 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.

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AJ
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Dined on 1 January 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

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

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JD
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Dined on 30 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

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

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SS
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Dined on 28 December 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.

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M
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Dined on 27 December 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.

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JW
2 reviews
Dined on 22 December 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.

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ZM
1 review
Dined on 20 December 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 :)

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AB
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Dined on 20 December 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.

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MD
1 review
Dined on 17 December 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.

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JJ
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Dined on 14 December 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.

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TH
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Dined on 5 December 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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B
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Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing venue with the most amazing staff. Had a work function with 16 people and it was a great atmosphere and the food was amazing. I felt bad only leaving a $50 tip as the staff deserved much more.

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PC
1 review
Dined on 26 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

have had a few work social events here,everyone enjoys & we keep returning

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s
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Dined on 13 November 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

A great spot for a casual catch up with friends. Really good value for money

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OT
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We farewelled a workmate and it was excellent in every way - especially the all of the staff - bar table service, everyone was cheery and had a smile which made for a pleasant evening
The ladies present were most impressed by the Ask for Angela sign on the back of the doors in the Ladies toilets. Not that we needed that, but we were impressed it was available if needed
Food was great too

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LB
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

This is my go to place for a few cold beers casual dining and great view. It never disappoints and I highly recommend especially if you are a tourist to sydney.

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JT
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great venue for an afternoon get together. Had no problems booking a space and was great to see that we were allocated a nice seating area overlooking Darling Harbour.
Staff was responsive and courteous. Very quick inputting down the shade when it started raining heavily.
Well done to all!

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JW
3 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Staff great, food great - what more could you ask for!!

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D
5 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great place, highly recommended. The food quality is always good. We will be back.

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AM
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Food was super yummy. Vegetarian pizza and pumpkin salad was sooo good. Ambience wasn't too bad although we left just in time before some rugby fans got rowdy about the game. Overall good experience just need to wipe the tables down more (very sticky) and provide more cutlery on the table for everyone.

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LD
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Dined on 22 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Celebrated my birthday here with some friends. We had 2 tables on the upper deck overlooking the water. The food and drinks were great as you can choose when to eat and drink when you want. It’s a nice bistro with a relaxed atmosphere and the staff were very attentive. We all loved this place and had a great night!

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DC
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Dined on 22 September 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

A great place to sit & watch people at Darling Harbour. Food is good & service is friendly & efficient. The only downside was the punters group yelling at the TV - made it hard to have a conversation at times.

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JS
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Had a great day with friends, service very good food well priced drinks a bit pricey but in keeping with city bar.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My birthday.

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PK
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 1Ambience 5

The space they reserved for my birthday party was Amazing!! Loved that, so I could have my friends in different tables but in the same area! Like VIP guests!
*just an additional comment about their staff: few them were in not a good mood on cloudy Saturday night, ok, understandable, but they weren’t friendly or pleasant when we ordered some food... Also, the house closed too early for Saturday night - before midnight.

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GH
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

The Helm Bar and Bistro is our favorite spot in Sydney to enjoy a great lunch together or with family or friends. Everytime we have visitors from overseas we take them to the Helm bar to enjoy the fantastic view, great staff, good menu, & fun times.

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JW
3 reviews
Dined on 2 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

There were two of us. Booking seamless. Staff always make you feel welcome.

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