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Helm Bar & Bistro

4.2
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106 reviews
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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 roof top bar 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. (COVID restrictions apply)
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 a legal guardian.
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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks

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Toast to ten with a Magnum of Veuve Cliquot $199

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A$199.00 per order

Oct 1, 2020-Dec 1, 2020·Sun 12:00-21:00, Thu-Sat 12:00-21:00

Help us to celebrate our re-opening by booking a table of ten and toasting with a $199 Magnum of Veuve Cliquot (usually $250). Offer only valid if selected at the time of booking.

What 106 People Are Saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
3.9
Food
4.1
Service
4.3
Ambience
3.9
Value
Noise · Moderate
88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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CharlesL
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Friendly staff, great space, great service & really nice food. We had such a pleaseant evening and hve already strted thinking about doing it again before hrissy

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JohnS
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best place for a cruisey couple of beers and a feed by the harbour.

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Barbs
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2020
Overall4Food2Service3Ambience4

Had the fisherman's basket. Fish wasn't great but the squid and prawns were lovely. Wine by the bottle was well priced (Ha Ha SB) and enjoyable. Would definitely recommend this venue!

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robertp
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service friendly staff always location is very good food taste good reasonable prices always like going there

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JeanetteK
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always love the Helm Bar for a Sunday lunch. Gorgeous staff, thanks as always Amy!
Can’t wait to see the new outdoor area💕

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OliviaC
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was an absolutely beautiful restaurant. The view was beautiful, drinks are fantastic, food was nice and service was lovely. Can’t wait to come back!

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JasonA
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience4

Helm bar is a fantastic location for lunch with friends. I have previously been to helm bar on many occasions as it’s one of my favourite lunch venues. Since it’s reopening however, the food was a let down. The quality and preparation was below helms usual standard. Hope it’s only a reopening hiccup. Plus their special of bucket of prawns was missing from menu. ( our favourite) other than that I’d recommend helm for lunch.

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RachaelM
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Lovely outlook over Darling Harbour; bright and open inside. Staff were friendly and service was good and moderately priced. The food was tasty and fresh. We had a lovely time. Entry was by a flight of stairs, so might not suit everyone - didn't notice an elevator.

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GabC
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Such a beautiful venue dor afternoon drinks! Really enjoyed ourselves and felt comfortable and safe. Thank you for a positive experience and looking forward to returning soon.

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MichelleC
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2020
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience4

Nice place meals were small . Prices on the app were not the same as the price at the bar

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JoeB
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 21 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

In difficult circumstances due to COVID-19 restrictions the team at Helm Bar were exceptional in ensuring we were still able to have an enjoyable and entertaining afternoon and evening

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DarinS
1 review
Dined on 3 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great location with waterviews. Food is high quality and there are great value daily meal offers. It's also worth becoming a member (free) for drink offers, too.

Highly recommended venue.

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Turtle
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall2Food1Service3Ambience3

Great for a drink after work but don't eat there the food is not that great...maybe stick to pizza it looked ok

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MILT
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

We have become members and use the venue often. It's a great meeting point for family and friends.

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EllieF
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

would highly recommend! incredible atmosphere, the best food i've had in a while, well made drinks and cocktails also welcoming and friendly staff and security.

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TaraB
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Nice views and amazing service. Great happy hour deal as we went on Friday afternoon. Definitely would recommend to anyone

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SherryH
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Great place with great food at reasonable prices. Table service would have been good to have, but overall very good. Would go back again

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GavinF
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2020
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

Overall a very good experience. Everyone was very happy with their food except me. At first they said they didn't have what I wanted and then they said they did. So maybe it was a bit rushed together. In general though there were 11 of us and we were all very happy with the feed and lunch experience.

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Shaz
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was delicious and value for money. Service was excellent. One drawback was that even though there’s air conditioner on the top level, it was very hot and we felt uncomfortable. We would still come to helms bar during the colder months not during summer as it’s too hot inside. Otherwise I recommend helms bar and bistro to everyone as food was delicious and value for money and there is a band as well which is good entertainment. I received a free $30 worth of food and French champagne as it was my birthday 😁😁 thank u helms bar and bistro. We will come back again !!

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LarriM
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience5

Great location for any occasion. Food was good with a big selection, woulda liked more chips with the burgers for the price, but everything else was tasty. Staff were friendly, but some floor staff were obviously inexperienced and need to be trained on full hands in full hands out. We had soo many empty glasses and plates on our table we had to move it ourselves.

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BenD
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

false advertising, will not be back. Will be warning my friends and family.

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BarryS
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Seating was fine and with a view. Service good and food very good. Staff met our every need and were accommodating. Worth a return visit.

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DavidA
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience5

Great location - booking a table is very easy
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Helm Bar & Bistro
Responded on 3 January 2020

Thanks for the 4 stars David. Glad the process of booking was easy for you and enjoyed your time at Helm. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Cheers, Team Helm

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WesO
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall3Food1Service4Ambience4

Regulars at Helm usually good however today's steaks were awfull full of grizzle terrible. Left most of it on the plate tried see manager but they had all gone into the office. Left after 1 drink usually there for hours enjoying the view.

Helm Bar & Bistro
Responded on 3 January 2020

Hi Wes, Sorry to hear you were not happy with your steak and the manager was not available. If you could please give us a call or email us so we can better handle the complaint for you. We hope to see you at Helm Bar again soon with a better experience. Cheers, Team Helm

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JoW1
Sydney / NSW
4 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

As usual, my friends and I had a great time, the staff are great, the food wonderful and it has atmosphere

Helm Bar & Bistro
Responded on 3 January 2020

Hi Jo, So pleased you had a great time at Helm with your friends. We look forward to seeing you all again soon. Cheers, Team Helm

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2019
Overall4Food3Service2Ambience4

Good location

Helm Bar & Bistro
Responded on 3 January 2020

So pleased you liked the location! We hope to see you at Helm Bar again soon. Cheers, Team Helm

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RafT
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

We had a great Work function , food was good and prices very reasonable for 8 people

Helm Bar & Bistro
Responded on 3 January 2020

Hi Raf, Thanks for the great feedback. We are so happy to hear you had a great work function at Helm. We have loads of daily specials which are great for midweek lunches and daily happy hours. You can find all the info on our website. We look forward to seeing you and your colleagues in 2020. Cheers, Team Helm

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ROYA
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Excellent venue. 2nd time we have met at the Helm Bar and very happy. A friendly and helpful staff provided a great service which was much appreciated by all. Good food at reasonable prices.

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MJVR
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience2

The music was way too loud and made it very difficult to have a conversation

Helm Bar & Bistro
Responded on 25 November 2019

Hi There, We are sorry you felt the music was too loud for you on your recent visit. Thank you for the feedback. If you can let a manager know next time you visit so we can try and adjust it to your liking or move you to a table that is not to close to a speaker. We are always more than happy to assist where we can. We hope to see you again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall3Food2Service2Ambience5

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

Helm Bar & Bistro
Responded on 18 November 2019

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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Nilannawen
1 review
Dined on 8 November 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 13 November 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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VeronicaE
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

Helm Bar & Bistro
Responded on 13 November 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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JoeB
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

Helm Bar & Bistro
Responded on 13 November 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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EliseW
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2019
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience4

Stunning view and nice staff. Would definitely recommend!

Helm Bar & Bistro
Responded on 13 November 2019

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

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AngelaR
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

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Helm Bar & Bistro
Responded on 21 October 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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JoW1
Sydney / NSW
5 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

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

Helm Bar & Bistro
Responded on 21 October 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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MichelleO
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a great atmosphere and staff are always fantastic

Helm Bar & Bistro
Responded on 8 October 2019

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

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MichelleM
1 review
Dined on 26 September 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 8 October 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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JudithH
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

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

Helm Bar & Bistro
Responded on 8 October 2019

Thanks for the great feedback Judith.

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GerardH
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 1 September 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 3 September 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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Helm Bar & Bistro is rated 4.2 stars by 106 OpenTable diners.

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