Helm Bar & Bistro

4.2
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96 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 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.
What 96 People Are Saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
3.9
Food
4.1
Service
4.2
Ambience
3.9
Value
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JB
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

DS
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.

T
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

MI
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.

EF
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.

TB
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

SH
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

GF
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.

S
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 !!

LM
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.

BD
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

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

BS
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.

DA
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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WO
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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JW
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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OT
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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RT
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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RO
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.

MJ
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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OT
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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N
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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VE
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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JB
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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EW
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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AR
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.

Ange

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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JW
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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MO
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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MM
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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JH
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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GH
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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SP
1 review
Dined on 25 August 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 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
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 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
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 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
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 26 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

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

W
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 16 June 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 29 May 2019
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

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

AS
1 review
Dined on 26 May 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 26 May 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 25 May 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