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. (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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- 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
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waiting staff wear masks
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Always good food service 1st class great view good prices
Whole team had a great time for our Christmas party
Great location, easy to get to via public transport, fun vibe and service was great. Great spot for a group gathering.
Good place to enjoy a beer.
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.
It was a great venue for a Christmas party. Reasonably priced with a relaxed atmosphere.
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!!
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.
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.
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.
Very friendly staff and service, covid safety maintained well
Great place for a quiet lunch at the moment. Great outlook, good basic bar food, helpful staff and reasonable prices.
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?)
Awesome venue, never disappoints on quality and value
Delicious cocktails overlooking the beautiful harbor; what more could you want!?
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.
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.
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
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
Best place for a cruisey couple of beers and a feed by the harbour.
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!
Great service friendly staff always location is very good food taste good reasonable prices always like going there
Always love the Helm Bar for a Sunday lunch. Gorgeous staff, thanks as always Amy!
Can’t wait to see the new outdoor area💕
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!
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.
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.
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.
Nice place meals were small . Prices on the app were not the same as the price at the bar
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.
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.