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Helm Bar & Bistro
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.
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- Surfaces sanitised between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
- Contactless payment available
- Sealed or wrapped utensils used
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
- Waiting staff wear masks
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
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.
Great for a drink after work but don't eat there the food is not that great...maybe stick to pizza it looked ok
We have become members and use the venue often. It's a great meeting point for family and friends.
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.
Nice views and amazing service. Great happy hour deal as we went on Friday afternoon. Definitely would recommend to anyone
Great place with great food at reasonable prices. Table service would have been good to have, but overall very good. Would go back again
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.
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 !!
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.
false advertising, will not be back. Will be warning my friends and family.
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.
Great location - booking a table is very easy
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
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.
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
As usual, my friends and I had a great time, the staff are great, the food wonderful and it has atmosphere
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
So pleased you liked the location! We hope to see you at Helm Bar again soon. Cheers, Team Helm
We had a great Work function , food was good and prices very reasonable for 8 people
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
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.
The music was way too loud and made it very difficult to have a conversation
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.
Great venue but SOME of the bar staff are not customer focus at all.
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.
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.
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.
He’ll bar was conveniently situated right on the harbour, with good views and yummy food.
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.
Great venue, awesome location, highly recommended to locals and tourists alike
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.
Stunning view and nice staff. Would definitely recommend!
So pleased you enjoyed your recent visit to Helm. We look forward to seeing you again soon.
I have arranged catch ups at the Helm Bar in numerous occasions. This is an excellent venue in a prime location.
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.
The food was fabulous, staff are always great and the location wonderful!
Thank you for the kind review. We are so pleased you had a wonderful time and we look forward to seeing you again soon.
Always a great atmosphere and staff are always fantastic
Thank you for the lovely feedback Michelle. We look forward to seeing you at helm again soon.
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.
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.
Great location, great ambience. We had a very nice catch up with friends over a lovely lunch.
Thanks for the great feedback Judith.
The Helm Bar in Darling Harbour is one of the best locations to enjoy good value food, drinks, and spectacular views
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
$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.
Good location, convenient for catch ups. Good Drink selections and variety of meals
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.
Good food and great atmosphere, the prices are reasonable and staff were friendly
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.
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.
Great food and drinks only downside was how loud music was which is ok later in the night but we were there late afternoon
Helm Bar & Bistro is rated 4.1 stars by 96 OpenTable diners.
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