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The Helm

Certificate of Excellence
Bar, European, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options, Pub
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22 Ulster Street, Hamilton 3200, New Zealand
07 839 2545
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
Sun 10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Mon - Sat 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Garlic with cheese pizza bread to die for! Love it love it love it! The pork belly also great. Partner had bacon wrapped prawns which were tasty.

Thank 1hdsoftail
Hamilton, New Zealand
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107 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Tuesday night had a great buzz going on but it was not so busy that the staff couldn't look after us well. We both had beef wellington which was smallish and you couldn't taste the mushroom. The bacon was nice and crispy and the meat was tender although not med rare as promised. An average meal but I would go... More 

Thank cass h
Auckland, New Zealand
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24 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nice warm restaurant on a rainy Hamilton day. $12 lunch was good value and delicious. Only slight complaint is when inbetween serving people all the staff hover around the bar talking with each other while watching over the diners in close proximity which felt a bit awkward being watched eating from about 2m away and listening to their conversations.

Thank Brooke M
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27 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

went here for lunch, all lunches were $12 each and they were beautiful. it was busy and we still had all our meals quite quickly.

Thank Kerry H
Hamilton, Waikato, New Zealand
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18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Dinner for two after the movies - great service, good food, loved the presentation of the starter plates and desserts, favorite was the chocolate brownie - very yum - just as good as mine!

Thank Brenda D
Hamilton & Waikato Region, New Zealand
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The helm is a nice place to go with good tasting food and helpful staff. But its mixed sometimes service can be slow other times it can be good. Sometimes your meal might not be cooked to the way you like it. I went in one time and asked for medium rare steak and got a blue steak. The next... More 

Thank Jade D
Hamilton, New Zealand
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17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Took my family to the Helm for a family occasion, first time there. The food was great, the seafood platter was excellent and surprised us with how much food was there. Teenage sons were very happy as were the adults. Excellent staff, friendly atmosphere, good food - made for a lovely night.

Thank JonTelamar
Moranbah, Australia
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96 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Second time to Hamilton and went again to the Helm as the last time it was excellent. The food was fast, the service extremely professional, drinks were a bit slow. The food was good though and the atmosphere of this place is great. Do yourself a favour.

Thank BlueKazandMegan
Whangarei, New Zealand
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We were staying in Hamilton for a few days and had such a good lunch here at the start of our visit, that we returned for another lunch before we left the area! The lunches were really good meals and reasonably priced, my only criticism would be that the garlic mash accompanying the beef pie is a bit overwhelming with... More 

Thank denise224
Taupo, Waikato, New Zealand
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17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2016 via mobile

The staff were very attentive without being a pain. The food was beautiful ..we ordered a seafood platter..was surprised at much food we got and it was all very tasty..none of it was overcooked or rubbery..really enjoyed it

Thank Janine T

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
Bar, European, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options, Pub
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available
Good for
Bar scene, Families with children, Large groups
Open Hours
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 22 Ulster Street, Hamilton 3200, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Waikato Region  >  Hamilton
  • Phone Number: 07 839 2545
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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?