Helm Bar & Bistro

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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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What 72 People Are Saying
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AR
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

Ange

JW
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

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

MO
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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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MM
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

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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JH
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

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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GH
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

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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SP
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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 2 September 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 23 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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 28 August 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 17 August 2019
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.

Helm Bar & Bistro
Responded on 28 August 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 11 August 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 26 July 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 16 June 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 29 May 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

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

AS
1 review
Dined on 26 May 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 26 May 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 25 May 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 23 May 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
3 reviews
Dined on 11 May 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 10 May 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 5 May 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 7 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

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

AC
1 review
Dined on 29 March 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 23 March 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.

Helm Bar & Bistro
Responded on 28 August 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 22 March 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 15 March 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 9 March 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

We got rejected to get into the restaurant.

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.

TB
1 review
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!

LB
Sydney / NSW
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.

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

RA
1 review
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.

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

CH
1 review
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.

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.

l
1 review
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.

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

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.

S
1 review
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.

AJ
1 review
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.

JD
Sydney / NSW
1 review
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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