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The Helm

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Bar, European, Pub, New Zealand
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22 Ulster Street, Hamilton, New Zealand
+64 7-839 2545
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12:00 - 23:00
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Hours:
Sun 10:00 - 23:00
Mon - Sat 12:00 - 23:00
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We visited here for lunch, the staff were friendly and the outdoor area is quite nice with plenty of shade on a hot January day. My chicken wrap was dry and not nice, however the staff apologised and replaced it without question. The replacement wrap was much nicer than the first and quite tasty.

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Thank 594cheryla
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We all enjoyed the food and services. Recommend the pizza Helm.👍👍 Seafood pasta is also tasty. Ceasar salads needs bit more cos lettuces. ^^ Will visit again.😊

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Thank Jamie H
Ridgewood, NJ
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387 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 205 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited on Melbourne Cup day and the place was abuzz with race fans. The level of activity and noise show the high enthusiasm of the people for a chance to celebrate. We came for dinner and were given a table in the quieter section of the establishment. There are TVs spread around showing the race in replay and other... More 

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Thank NJTravellingfool
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12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Came to the Helm twice during holiday season. First with my sisters for an early christmas, service was sadly really poor. No one said hello, though we walked past at least three people on the way in, two of which were doing no mire than wiping a bar or polishing glasses. Not even a vague smile. None came to table,... More 

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Thank 524hopeb
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33 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Nine of us had a lovely meal here outside in the garden area. Their was a singer/guitarist who was doing an excellent job, we all enjoyed his performance.

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Thank Marlisa B
Hamilton, New Zealand
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98 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Had a lovely dinner and dessert, food was really good. Service was good too. Live music is always a bonus and that was playing when we dined. Atmosphere ok, some patrons did seem to have little care for other diners while letting their children use the bat as a playground. That is not The Helms fault, but does mean this... More 

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Thank Shellie M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016 via mobile

The staff are sooo friendly and the food is amazing!!! Can't recommend it more! Had the bacon wrapped prawns for a starter sooo tasty, the lamb rump was to die for. 😊 Just a great venue with the outside lights and garden bar.

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Thank Kim B
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016 via mobile

First visit and it was very busy, well set out and had a good feel to it. Service was good for food and drinks. Meals were tasty without being exceptional , had a pleasant night

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Thank Arn135
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016

The Helm styles itself as a gastropub. I would say that the meals are standard pub meals based on items purchased from catering suppliers. For example I had the sea food chowder as a starter. Plenty of seafood in the soup, but it was salty and based on something like the MAGGI professional Seafood Soup mix and then the cook... More 

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Thank Ragdad
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

Starter was garlic bread which was lovely - warm bread with butter and also gave you each butter on the side if you wished to have more. Main: Medium rare steak with mash potatoes and vegetable - Steak was beautiful with creamy mushroom sauce, potatoes were great and the vegetable were tasty and crunchy (note: vegetable were crunchy so if... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Bar, European, Pub, New Zealand
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Cheap Eats, Groups, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Business meetings
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 - 23:00
Monday
12:00 - 23:00
Tuesday
12:00 - 23:00
Wednesday
12:00 - 23:00
Thursday
12:00 - 23:00
Friday
12:00 - 23:00
Saturday
12:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 22 Ulster Street, Hamilton, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Waikato Region  >  Hamilton
  • Phone Number: +64 7-839 2545
Description
The Helm is Hamilton’s premier tavern destination offering a comprehensive range of New Zealand and International draught beers, including Heinekin on tap. Set a course for The Helm to experience one of Hamilton’s leading hospitality businesses. If you’re a rugby fan, there is simply no better place to enjoy a few drinks before and after all the games at the nearby Waikato Stadium.Browse the wide range of options on their food and beverage menus and enjoy the space and comfort of the most state of the art garden bar in the Waikato.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?