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Our main dining room and dining counter - Helm Oyster Bar + Bistro, Portland, ME

Helm Oyster Bar + Bistro

4.7
4.7
467 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
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Helm Oyster Bar & Bistro is an ode to the coast and farmland offering an intimate dining room, bar, and seasonal outdoor patio across the street from Portland's Ocean Gateway. Our raw bar offers a selection of shellfish and seafood such as oysters, clams, and crudo. Expect a small bistro-style menu from our Executive Chef, Billy Hager, that changes frequently to reflect seasonal and locally-sourced availability. Our bar focuses on natural wines, rotating New England beers, and unique cocktails. Our dining room is open with dark wood and cozy corners.

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, Oyster Bar, Bistro
  • Hours of Operation
    Dinner Wed–Sat 4:30 pm–9:00 pm Sun 4:30 pm–8:00 pm Happy Hour Wed–Fri 4:30 pm–6:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (207) 613-9918
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Owned/operated by
    Women
  • Executive Chef
    Billy Hager
  • Private party facilities
    The private dining room is available for intimate events like birthday parties, anniversaries, or a business lunch. The main dining room is available for full buy-outs for larger parties. Please call 207-613-9918 or email info@helmportland.com for more information.
  • Neighbourhood
    Portland
  • Cross Street
    WEX Building Commercial Street Extension
  • Parking Details
    There is ample street parking on Thames Street after 6pm. Parking is free along our patio's curb. Paid parking in city-owned lot.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 467 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.7
4.7 based on all time ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

467 Reviews
  1. AnnaB

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Consistently delicious. Very attentive service. Welcoming ambiance and beautiful space. Highly recommend! If you only have time for one seafood-forward restaurant while staying in Portland, this is the one to go to!

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  2. BrianG

    Tahoe

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service and delicious food and cocktails. We had a wonderful time dining at the bar and appreciate the friendly and helpful staff and excellent prepared by the kitchen staff. Thank you.

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  3. dla911

    Greater Boston

    188 reviews

    4.0

    188 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The menu has become too weird from a taste perspective. The new chicory 'caesar' salad is full of tough stems that are difficult to chew and add nothing to the dish. The collard greens with the short ribs is way too sour for my taste. Great oysters and wine list, however...

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  4. JosephA

    Greater Boston

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We always enjoy our meals here. The menu is relatively small but there is something for everyone. The hen-of-the-woods and the delicata squash appetizers were both particularly excellent. The pannacotta and the olive oil cake desserts were also excellent, as were our entrees The wine list is quite a bit pricier than our last visit, and I still cannot understand not having any decaf options for after dinner coffee.

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  5. lehighparent

    New York City

    29 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The menu is very limited and service needs upgrading. The ribs and fish dish were good but not exceptional.

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  6. CathyT

    New York City

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was perfect from being greeted, coats collected, seated, and service. The wine list is extensive and excellent. Our server was helpful, personable, knowledgeable, and attentive. The oyster selection was good and we tried three types -- all fresh and delicious. We all had different appetizers and small plates and shared. The food was amazing and beautifully presented. There simply are not enough superlatives to describe our experience. We will be back, bring more friends, and enjoy more fine wine, great food, and impeccable service.

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  7. AlexanderJ

    Maine

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a very nice dinner at Helm, with various starters, including Hen in the Woods mushrooms, Jonny cakes with caviar, tuna crudo, and entrees of Bangs Island mussels and Short Rib. All delicious!

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  8. JasonS

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Our server knew we were there and did the minimum with recommendations / checking in with us. Our food was fair but we have been more impressed at other restaurants that we have paid less at.

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  9. TerrA

    San Diego

    22 reviews

    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The oysters were sublime. The Hen of the Woods, Prawn Cocktail, all amazing. Wine was perfectly paired and then there were the Johnny Cakes…they lacked flavor (salt) and were very greasy. The service was impeccable, all but our server Justin. He had the personality of a wet noodle. He seemed bored with his job. The rest of the staff was wonderful. Plenty of parking, in the dark but safe neighborhood. Also a little hard to find. If they lit their sign it would be easier. All and all a wonderful meal.

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  10. Lise

    San Francisco

    32 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    This was a nice restaurant with good ambience although it could have had a bit more light. Service was prompt and friendly. Menu was somewhat confusing and I needed a few clarifications of menu items. My husband settled on mussels and I had the pollock. Both dishes were a good portion and delicious. Appetizers (oysters, tuna and a salad)also delicious. Only criticism was that it was super expensive. I realize we were in a city, but it seemed on the higher end by the time we’re were finished.

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FAQs

Helm Oyster Bar + Bistro offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (207) 613-9918.

Helm Oyster Bar + Bistro is rated 4.7 stars by 467 OpenTable diners.

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Google Map for Helm Oyster Bar + Bistro

60 Thames St., Portland, ME 04101-5074

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    WEX Building Commercial Street Extension
  • Neighbourhood
    Portland
  • Hours of Operation
    Dinner Wed–Sat 4:30 pm–9:00 pm Sun 4:30 pm–8:00 pm Happy Hour Wed–Fri 4:30 pm–6:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, Oyster Bar, Bistro
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    There is ample street parking on Thames Street after 6pm. Parking is free along our patio's curb. Paid parking in city-owned lot.
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Owned/operated by
    Women
  • Executive Chef
    Billy Hager
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (207) 613-9918
  • Private party facilities
    The private dining room is available for intimate events like birthday parties, anniversaries, or a business lunch. The main dining room is available for full buy-outs for larger parties. Please call 207-613-9918 or email info@helmportland.com for more information.
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