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Dining - Helm Bar & Bistro, Sydney, AU-NSW

Helm Bar & Bistro

4.1
4.1
268 Reviews
$40 and under
Gastro Pub
Helm Bar and Bistro and the Cockle Bay Yacht Club is Darling Harbour’s best roof top and open air bars to enjoy delicious, fresh food and mouth-watering cocktails whilst soaking up our stunning harbour views that really are second to none.

We have an impressive capacity of 600 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.

You now have the choice of dining in our brand new venue Cockle Bay Yacht Club situated on the ground floor next door to Helm Bar and Bistro.
Minors must be accompanied by their parent or a legal guardian.

Our food is made fresh and each dish is sent to the table when ready, this does mean that at certain times that all dishes will arrive at the table at different times.

Make a reservation

2 people

9:00 PM


Experiences are available.
Private dining

Private dining

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Gastro Pub, Seafood, Pizzeria

  • Hours of operation

    Wed, Thu 11:00 am–6:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–12:30 am Sun 11:00 am–5:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (02) 9290 1571

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Faheem Noor

  • Catering

    Helm Bar and Bistro is a casual dining venue which offers counter and contact-less service. We are one of 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. 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. Our food is made fresh and each dish is sent to the table when ready, this does mean that at certain times that all dishes will arrive at the table at different times.

  • Private party facilities

    Helm Bar & Bistro and the Cockle Bay Yacht Club can cater for groups of all different sizes. Our experienced events team look forward to hearing from you.

  • Private party contact

    Belinda Haberley: (02) 9290 1571

  • Neighborhood

    Darling Harbour

  • Cross street

    Wheat Rd

  • Parking details

    The nearest public parking is Wilson Parking at Darling Park on Sussex Street. Book your spot ahead and receive a discounted rate. Select ‘Darling Park – right side of Sussex st.’ enter code HELM to for discount. Taking out your boat? Dock at Darling Harbour Marina in Cockle Bay and join us for a beverage or bite to eat.

  • Public transit

    Town Hall Train Station is a 7-minute walk from our door and so is Barangaroo’s new ferry wharf. Travelling via light rail? Alight at Pyrmont Bay stop behind the National Maritime Museum. Walk a short distance across the Pyrmont Bridge. If you are coming by taxi or Uber, 7 Wheat Road, Darling Harbour.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Dancing, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Helm Bar Upper Deck

    Multiple dates available
    Drink and dine upstairs with a view of the water.
  • Cockle Bay Yacht Club

    Multiple dates available
    Dine in the brand new venue on the water in Darling Harbour!
  • Cockle Bay Yacht Club

    Multiple dates available
    Experience the newest venue in Darling Harbour.

What 268 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.1
4.1 based on recent ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 4.1Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseEnergetic

Loved For

  • Sydney City

    Good for Groups

  • Sydney City

    Great for Lunch

  • Sydney City

    Scenic View

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  1. JF

    JeffF

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    I booked in advance and my table was not ready. Then when it was I was not told. The person greeting us at the door was rude.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sydney

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best experience in the Sydney CBD area. Great food drinks at excellent prices.
  3. Z

    Zoey

    New South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Such a nice view, the cocktails were pretty good, the food was yummy. A really nice spot to have some lunch and drinks on a sunny day!
  4. JK

    JandK

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    It was a quiet night so no problem with quick service and the drinks were good quality. My friend and I shared the antipasto and it was very good. Only criticism was it had obviously been in a cooler and the camebert (or was it brie?) was a bit too hard. Minor criticism as we enjoyed the food. Staff polite and professional.
  5. RA

    ReAnRo

    Gold Coast

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Noted in booking the reservation was for a birthday which Helm Bars advertisement showed they had special birthday packages and did not deliver. There was no complimentary drink or discounts. Drinks had to be followed up multiple times. We had to ask 3 different people about a tap beer we ordered as we waited for about 25 minutes.
  6. R

    Rosco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience4
    The energy and efficiency of the staff make this a great place to have a drink with friends. If they revamped the menu, then 10/10.
  7. DB

    DavidB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Good venue with great views and good ambience. Service tonight was good.
  8. NO

    NatashaO

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Great for a casual business lunch.. mixed reviews about the food, the boys didn’t enjoy their schnitzel however my beef burger was fantastic.
  9. CO

    ClariceO

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    I did not like the service, bad service from the entrance with the security to the staff and waiters. The menu options are also horrible.
  10. C

    Chik

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience1
    Booked for the Helm Bar. Arrived and told to head upstairs. Then told that we were actually down stairs at the Yacht Club, even though confirmation stated we were seated upstairs. Apparently the place was booked out, but there were multiple tables free inside. Taken to our table and left alone, no communication on where to get menus/drinks from etc. Food was quick, but was cold and oily when we got it. Had 2 drinks, dinner and left. Wouldn't recommend
  11. JC

    JackieC

    Sydney

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Cocktails were great.The fry’s with aioli we’re yum and the lobster spring rolls were amazing.DJ had a good mix of music.
  12. MI

    MarkI

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Understaffed and overpriced. Made reservation for the Cockle Bay Yacht Club but when I arrived I was told, rather rudely, that I was bumped to the Helms Bar upstairs. The bar was poorly staffed and the food was overpriced with at $28 schnitzel coming only with luke warm chips, no salad. Very poorly presented.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall1food3service2ambience2
    Manager was rude when we asked about the gold member birthday deal and we got told to come back next year. This is very disappointing as we where here for a friends birthday today and they had signed up prior. Not enough staff on the bar which lead to unnecessary big queues. Overall not happy with our experience in here as this is a bar we normally love to go too.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience1
    We booked through the app, when we arrived we had to wait and they just looked around for a table and put us anywhere. Was very unorganised in the booking sense of things. The music was very loud- when you think of a yacht club you think quiet music on the water but this was more like a pub/nightclub vibes. We ordered 2 drinks and food through the app and it took over 30 minutes. We had a booking for 2 hours at the venue and we left straight after our food and drink arrived.
  15. SB

    StephanieB

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience2
    Very loud music, don't come here if you want to have a conversation. Staff were friendly, my fish came out undercooked (raw) so I had the uncomfortable pleasure of sending it back - hate to be that person - but it was handled gracefully. I received a polite apology and they remade the dish. Everyone in my party was pleased with the food.
  16. JA

    JasonA

    Sydney

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience2
    We always love the upstairs helm bar. We booked upstairs and were told on arrival that upstairs was fully booked and we were offered downstairs. Disappointing. Atmosphere was ordinary. It was loud. Food good as was service. We ate and left. We are normally at the upstairs bar for hours eating and drinking and enjoying the view and watching the crowds below walk by. We’ll go back to the upstairs bar again as it’s one of our favourites but will confirm we have a table upstairs. Wouldn’t go to downstairs bar again. Many other great locations within walking distance.
  17. CA

    ChristineA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Hi the only thing was that I have several food intolerances and I ordered a burger advising what to leave off. Unfortunately it arrived with a weird dressing which I had to send back. The staff were lovely though and resolved issue without a problem .
  18. AB

    AndrewB

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Handy location & comfortable even on a very cold evening.
  19. s

    stephen

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Didn’t get ordered chips with steak Told server told they would get them but Chips never came
  20. WC

    WarrenC

    Sydney

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    On arrival we were directed upstairs (having to go outside and back in again) and then told that our table was downstairs. It wasn’t free so we had to find another table. Food was pretty average and pizzas were small for the price.
  21. JF

    JuneF

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience2
    Staff gave us drink tickets in front of Helm bar one each! But unfortunately we could not get free drinks one each because the ticket must buy with Main meal. However we orderd Meal one each(Pizza, Salad, Antipaste). It's very hard for using these tickets for us. Also downstairs was close before 9pm so our meal packed for plastic box and then went to upstairs. Upstairs is too cold because heater was not ON. I told staff Please turn ON the heater but it was never turn ON. Staff is very friendly but we felt too cold..
  22. CV

    ConV

    Sydney

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Been a few years since we’ve been to Helm Bar and it was still a great place for a few hours over lunch. Friday is pizza day for $12 which is great value. Both food and bar service was quick and good. No complaints. Still a great bar for so e food and drinks.
  23. CM

    ChrisM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good afternoon with amazing service & good food.
  24. SS

    SallyS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Helm Bar is so underrated. I was entertaining friends from overseas and they were really impressed. 5 stars!!
  25. SM

    SusanM

    Sydney

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience3
    I booked this for Sunday lunch. We arrived and as the waitress was taking us to our table she said "oh that was your reserved table but someone else is sitting at it, you can sit here." so the nice comfy booth we were mean to sit at was taken and we got to swing our legs at the bar table. The food was good but service was pathetic. Many times we called for some assistance with serviettes, cutlery, sauce but were ignored. 2 of our drinks came out but the other 2 that were ordered at the same time, came out well after the food and when we asked about them we were told the bar staff were busy, only to look across to the bar and see the 2 guys have a conversation with no patrons. Overall I would recommend it for the food, maybe takeaway would have been better.
  26. MB

    MazB

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    The Helm like many other places seems to be struggling with staffing. Service used to be great but was mediocre. The venue and location are great
  27. KB

    KatherineB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A beautiful location, relaxed, a good feed and great cocktails.
  28. u

    user123

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience3
    the staff and service was terrible! for the location and price i was very disappointed. however the food was delicious.
  29. R

    Richard

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall2food4service3ambience2
    Switched off beacons so tab ordering was not up to usual standard. Split table so unable to talk to everyone
  30. DS

    DaveS

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Highly recommend to anyone looking for a quite drink on the water.
  31. CC

    CarlC

    Newcastle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    Very good overall however the lobster was slightly over cooked other than all else was satisfied
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sydney

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Overall it was a good place to have drinks and food with friends on a Friday evening with a wonderful view of darling harbour. Drinks and foods were fairly priced. Must try place.
  33. AD

    AmandaD

    Sydney

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, very quick too.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Victoria

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience2
    Not for families. Food was very average and overpriced. Drinks at the bar were not charged as happy hour rates despite being in the time window. Won’t go back.
  35. s

    stephen

    Sydney

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    seating at terrace bar table along edge for view and
  36. RM

    RhiannaM

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall2food5service1ambience3
    Service was horrible and wait times for food were over an hour
  37. MD

    MichelleD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely food and great service. Good prices for members. Fantastic to be back in the city
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sydney

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This venue absolutely rocks on weekends. ANZAC Day is likely to be sensational with two-up and a commemoration of service personnel, including an Australian/ NZ themed DJ.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sydney

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The most outstanding venue in Darling Harbour, simply the best
  40. JS

    JackieS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 23, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Perfect space for a large group. Table service was great

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

Helm Bar & Bistro offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (02) 9290 1571.

Helm Bar & Bistro is rated 4.1 stars by 268 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

9:00 PM


Experiences are available.
Google Map for Helm Bar & Bistro

7 Wheat Rd, Sydney, AU-NSW 2000

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Wheat Rd

  • Neighborhood

    Darling Harbour

  • Hours of operation

    Wed, Thu 11:00 am–6:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–12:30 am Sun 11:00 am–5:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Gastro Pub, Seafood, Pizzeria

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    The nearest public parking is Wilson Parking at Darling Park on Sussex Street. Book your spot ahead and receive a discounted rate. Select ‘Darling Park – right side of Sussex st.’ enter code HELM to for discount. Taking out your boat? Dock at Darling Harbour Marina in Cockle Bay and join us for a beverage or bite to eat.

  • Public transit

    Town Hall Train Station is a 7-minute walk from our door and so is Barangaroo’s new ferry wharf. Travelling via light rail? Alight at Pyrmont Bay stop behind the National Maritime Museum. Walk a short distance across the Pyrmont Bridge. If you are coming by taxi or Uber, 7 Wheat Road, Darling Harbour.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Faheem Noor

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Dancing, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (02) 9290 1571

  • Catering

    Helm Bar and Bistro is a casual dining venue which offers counter and contact-less service. We are one of 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. 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. Our food is made fresh and each dish is sent to the table when ready, this does mean that at certain times that all dishes will arrive at the table at different times.

  • Private party facilities

    Helm Bar & Bistro and the Cockle Bay Yacht Club can cater for groups of all different sizes. Our experienced events team look forward to hearing from you.

  • Private party contact

    Belinda Haberley: (02) 9290 1571

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