Helm Bar & Bistro

4.3
124 reviews
$40 and under
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
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 124 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.1
Food
4.3
Service
4.4
Ambience
4.2
Value
Noise · Moderate
95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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robertp
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always good food service 1st class great view good prices

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ChantelleY
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Whole team had a great time for our Christmas party

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NatalieW
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Great location, easy to get to via public transport, fun vibe and service was great. Great spot for a group gathering.

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PHILLIP
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience3

Good place to enjoy a beer.

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SHAZB
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

QT code & scanner on tables to order table service was quick & efficient. Staff were very helpful, especially during these Covid times. We started upstairs & then moved downstairs when time allocation was finished. Would’ve been nice if there was some music & a little better ambiance downstairs. Still had a great time.

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Sally
1 review
Dined on 10 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was a great venue for a Christmas party. Reasonably priced with a relaxed atmosphere.

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JaneP
1 review
Dined on 9 December 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Our lunch was very good. This was my first experience of the full Covid safe dining with no touch menus or money. Ordering is all done via smart phone and QR reader on the table. Orders were brought promptly and staff were very friendly and helpful. Of course there is an assumption that everyone has a smart phone....I would definitely recommend Helm Bar to others and i wouldn't hesitate to return. We had a great afternoon! It always helps when Sydney turns on spectacular weather too!!

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AnnieD
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2020
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience3

I have now left two voice messages &two emails, as I left my credit card behind the bar for a lunch tab & forgot to pick it up on the way out.
I urgently need to retrieve my card & receive the final Invoice for approval.
Please attend to this matter urgently or I will contact the police for further assistance.

Kind Regards
Annie Dallimer
Annie.DallimerJP@ dementia.org.au
0438 649334

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience2

After dinner drinks. No food eaten. It was a little too Sportsbar for what we expected, sports on TV. Not much ambiance. Otherwise pleasant evening.

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LindaB
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

We have been coming to this venue for a long time. I found the prices not as good as they use to be and found the size of the meals offered small for the price. I had a hamburger and chips and for $22 was a small hamburger bun used and a little bowl of chips. Husband had chips and aioli and again for the price ridiculously small bowl. Pizza that was ordered was good but not fantastic. My beer on tap was not really that cold so next drink I brought a bottle that was not icy cold..they need to make sure their supplies are icy cold! I like their new seating and their covid safe practices are good.

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JoshK
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2020
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience4

Very friendly staff and service, covid safety maintained well

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LeeJ
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 18 November 2020
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience5

Great place for a quiet lunch at the moment. Great outlook, good basic bar food, helpful staff and reasonable prices.

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Kitt
1 review
Dined on 5 November 2020
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience3

Great and quick service -ordering via the app on the table took longer and was quite confusing so ended up order at the bar which was quicker. Surprised that it closed really early on a Thursday night, with last round of drinks called at 7:30pm and was advised they would close at around 8:30pm (but this may be due to COVID?)

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JoeB
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome venue, never disappoints on quality and value

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Emma
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2020
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

Delicious cocktails overlooking the beautiful harbor; what more could you want!?

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lauren
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was great, the staff have gone to great lengths to keep everyone safe and enjoying themselves.
Food is good and reasonable portions.
Drinks are fairly priced.

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BerniceP
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love this place. Signed up as a member and got my birthday dinner plus a bottle of wine for free. Party of 16 and everyone had a great night.

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RebekahR
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

It was great to catch-up with family and the Helm Bar was terrific, they were really Covid safe which made me feel Happy and safe

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CharlesL
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2020
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 on 15 October 2020
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
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
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
3 reviews
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.

FAQs

Helm Bar & Bistro is rated 4.3 stars by 124 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.