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.
- 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
Featured special offers
Late Night Pizza Menu
Our full menu finishes at 9pm, our lare night pizza menu is a limited menu of a selection of pizzas.
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.
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.
Helm Bar & Bistro is rated 4.3 stars by 116 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 bookings at the moment.