Helm Oyster Bar + Bistro
Another AMAZING meal! Thank you Helm for a great date night experience☺️
We visited Helm on our honeymoon in Portland. Every dish ordered was excellent—we had oysters, the asparagus and Johnny cakes (!!) small plates, the duck main dish, and panna cotta for dessert. Excellent cocktails as well. All service staff were phenomenal, friendly and very helpful. I could see where it might get a little loud on a busy night (we visited on Sunday evening), but it was a nice spot.
Beautiful modern interior. Friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful staff. The food was beautiful, fresh, and exciting. We had oysters, the scallop, a rhubarb salad, Jonah crab toast, and Johnny cakes as well as the panna cotta. Everything was delicious and seasonal. A modern twist on Maine cuisine informed by European techniques. The wine list and bar program is also excellent, seasonal, and delish. Probably more of a special occasion spot for us as the price point is on the higher end but good value for the quality and thoughtfulness of everything they are presenting here.
Overall, in comparison to what Portland has to offer, it was slightly above average. The oysters were fantastic.
Another great night at Helm.
Friends who love food and drink were visiting and Helm was the perfect spot to take them.
Delicious and innovative dishes complimented by wonderful cocktails and wine.
Service is always impeccable.
Very very good seafood - impeccably fresh, for the most part, simply prepared. The boudin was a little salty for my taste, but my companions' halibut was excellent. Oysters to start were outstanding, as was a special of crab "toast." The ice cream sandwich for dessert is not to be missed, and the cheese plate was lovely if a trifle expensive. Nice space, quiet, very helpful and knowledgeable staff with respect to wine choices.
The food was fantastic! The mussels were unlike anything I had ever tasted and the quail was cooked to perfection! I will definitely dine here again if we are in Portland.
Delicious food, wine and cocktails served by a great staff.
A wonderful addition to Portland.
Thoughtful wine selections - many natural wines available and the staff kindly helped us navigate the bottle list. Out of this world oysters (of course). Inventive well-edited menu. Don’t miss the scrummy Johnny cakes!
This places snuck up on me. As the meal went on, the experience got better and better. Portland is known for high quality food, but I did not expect the ingenuity, diversity and precision that this restaurant delivers.
The oysters were local and fresh. The wine and cocktail list is highly curated.
The mackerel crudo and asparagus were some of the best dishes I have had in town. The cocktails are inventive and well balanced. Service was very attentive. Nice to be able to take a walk along the water at the end. The private room in the center of the restaurant is a great idea.
Our first time at Helm, we had no idea that they had just opened about a week prior. We’ve been going back ever since and each time there are more and more tables full. Word must be getting around! It truly is a food experience. We’ve never ordered something that wasn’t amazing. Our server Hannah is always a joy to talk to and always takes such care in making sure we are happy with everything. Great food, great cocktails, great staff.
Service and food are excellent, great atmosphere, one of our favorites in Portland
Got a chance to stop in for a second time this trip and the experience was as great as the first time. We chose bar seating this time which was a great twist. Our bartender was very knowledgeable as a server and steered us to great choices. The daily menu here makes good counseling imperative. My wife had Johnny cakes with trout roe crème fresh and cultured butter with a romaine salad, all fresh and well prepared. I went with the halibut which, as before, was prepared perfectly. We also had started with a dozen oysters, which were local and very fresh. We were met by one of the owners on arrival, it clearly ensures quality when an owner is in the house. If you want to upgrade your Maine seafood experience, this is the place to do it.
Impeccable service and spectacular food - we had a wonderful dinner!
Another incredible meal! Thank you Helm
Outstanding new restaurant. We ate small plates of very imaginative food. the wines by the glass were also interesting and reasonable for the quality.
Best wine list in Portland!
Absolutely delicious and creative dishes. Highly recommend. Just get one of everything!
Another Amazing Meal!!!
Everything was delicious, fresh, and full of flavor. Service was highly prompt and attentive. A keeper!
Absolutely amazing! The place is beautiful (modern but cozy) and Hannah was super friendly and the food is delicious (flavors exploded with every bite). It was hard to choose what to have so we ordered oysters, four starters and dessert. Definitely going back.
What a find. The chef was so creative and the food was delicious. Always hated sun chokes but they way they were prepared was fabulous....was my favorite dish. Can’t wait to go back.
This place was so good. Drinks were impeccable. Food was stunning. Staff was professional and kind. Highly recommend.
Great waiter and great food. We got a private dining room for a party of six which was awesome.
Another great Portland restaurant. Terrific oysters, including some unusual ones, a small but beautifully curated menu, and great staff. The bartender is a wizard, and the champagne list has several real gems.
Decided to try the spot on a whim, as our "regulars" were booked. I'm so glad I did! Menu very small but enough for most to find something as an entree. I had the seafood sausage (sounds weird...but delicious). The duck terrine and oysters were amazing as well. Service was delightful and informative. I'll be back for sure!! The only consideration would be to improve signage on Thames street, as the entrance may be a bit hard to find for some. I suspect they will be very busy this summer with the patio open!
Lovely new restaurant in the Old Port! Oysters were as good as Eventide’s and no wait!
Amazing place with outstanding service and food!
Great time! Amazing food and well curated wine list. Portland’s next hot spot!
loved helm! The cocktails, food, service and atmosphere.
Delicious food. Wine selection was great. Service was outstanding. Exactly what I wanted to celebrate my anniversary.
Really wonderful experience! A little on the pricey side and not many choices on the menu. Food was excellent! Will be a “special occasion” place to dine.
We were pleasantly surprised to be seated in a separate room due to COVID and the size of our group. Our server was fantastic! Very attentive with a great sense of humor. The food was pricey but for the occasion appropriate. Definitely a special occasion kind of place. The drinks were creative and delicious.
Our first trip to Helm Oyster Bar, what a treat. Helm is relatively new to the waterfront although the owners are not. We decided to try it based on reviews and are very glad we did. It's a modern, clean environment, very tastefully decorated. Hannah, our server was very knowledgeable regarding all aspects of the menu and extremely helpful and attentive. We ended up with a couple of appetizers each and shared oysters. My wife had the beet salad and duck terrine, both of which were done well and very tasty. I did the scallop crudo and halibut croquets. I am a big scallop fan and have to admit I have never had them prepared in this fashion, and they were exceptional, to the point I pestered Hannah for tips from the chef on preparation. Finally, the wine list is clearly the product of a sommelier with a sophisticated palate. The owner assisted us in choosing a Sebastian Riffault Sancerre that made all of the seafood dishes even better. Did I mention that the oysters were spectacular? South Bristol sourced, they were extremely fresh and bursting with flavor without being briny. If you haven't already figured it out, we will be back to Helm Oyster Bar and Bistro on our next trip. Congratulations to the owners for braving a new venture during the pandemic, I we wish them much success
Great new addition to the Portland foodie scene. Room is great, hostess owner in the house, knowledgeable and talented mixologist behind the bar, snd the food was exceptional!!!
We have been patiently awaiting the opening of Helm in Portland.
The food did not disappoint! The local oysters, beet salad and duck terrine where outstanding...the Halibut entree was probably the BEST fish I have had in a long time - I would run back for everything. The service was fantastic as well as the wine selection, we will be coming back again and again.
Great new spot on Portland’s waterfront. We sat at the bar and had an appetizer and cocktails - everything was fantastic! There’s a private dining room which looked perfect for birthdays, family gatherings, etc. which I’d love to experience. We will definitely be coming back!
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OpenTable ダイナー44名によるHelm Oyster Bar + Bistroの評価は4.8☆です。