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“nice pub, poor restaurant” 2 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Helm

The Helm
Ranked #15 of 354 Restaurants in Hamilton
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Bar, European, Pub, New Zealand
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene, Dining on a budget, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Business meetings, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Brunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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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30 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“nice pub, poor restaurant”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2013 via mobile

We went for a Sunday lunch and ordered the thai green chicken curry at $17. The portions were very small with just a handful of chicken pieces, however it tasted good. We sat in the undercovered outdoor area, which is a nice spot but it had a stale cigarette smell even though there was no one smoking there at the time. Service and waiting staff was good. What let's the helm down is the food is just over priced pub food. The helm is a nice place if you just want to have a beer but at a restaurant price. We won't bother coming back, there are many better places to enjoy a meal in Hamilton.

Visited September 2013
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English first
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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6 reviews
“Excellent food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 24, 2013

Good food, good service and the atmosphere is really relaxing, big screen tv at every angle so you can sit anywhere and catch the action

Visited July 2013
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Thank Don M
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Hamilton, New Zealand
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7 reviews
“The Helm for a business lunch”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 11, 2013

A colleague and I had a two hour business lunch at The Helm. Great service and the meals were yum and filling. I had the seafood chowder, great for a chilly Hamilton day. The restaurant was very warm and comfortable.
The staff are very friendly and they know how to 'work the room' without being invasive, well done staff.

  • Visited July 2013
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Hamilton
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2 reviews
“Sunday $12 Lunch Menu”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 9, 2013

We were all looking forward to enjoying lunch at The Helm on Sunday. We were surprised to see they had a $12 lunch special. Three of us in the group ordered the Lasange and we were very disappointed as it was a very small portion and the mince was dry and difficult to eat. The Chilli Con Carne looked presentable and was apparently very nice. I wouldn't bother going back.

  • Visited July 2013
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Brisbane, Australia
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28 reviews
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“Disappointing”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 24, 2013

Food very average, staff really couldn't be bothered, wouldn't return. Food wasn't presented well, so didnt look appealing. Disliked the lacadaisical attitude.

Visited November 2012
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Thank Carolynn778
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