helm

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$30 and under
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French American
helm is a contemporary American BYOB highlighting seasonal ingredients from local urban farms. An ever-changing blackboard menu ensures the farmers' freshest bounty. In their first venture together, chefs Kevin D'Egidio and Michael Griffiths are drawing from their fine dining background with this casual, upbeat and exciting restaurant.
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RetiredPhillyTeacher
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience3

I dined at Helm in March, 2020 and enjoyed the experience. The food was good, service was fantastic, and the restaurant lovely. There was a fairly noisy group of businessmen seated next to us, but both they and staff were kind & apologetic for the noise. I would mostly recommend to those interested in local farm-to-table fare skewing to the root vegetable side of things.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The meal was stunningly good. Deep flavor in every bite across the six dishes shared by my guests and me. Will come back soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb, as always!

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DreamingItaly
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Certain menu items were delicious and executed very well others not so much. Lamb too tough to eat. When server asked at the end of the meal we nicely mentioned that the lamb was very tough, it had to be obvious as we didn’t eat even a 1/4 of the dish. She just said “oh really, it’s normally very tender”. That was it, no offer to recook or anything...just oh, not normally like that. So many choices in Philly. We still had a nice time but skipped dessert and went to another place for dessert and coffee.

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StephenC
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

All categories were great artic char was hit entree brownies with ice cream great dessert. All apps were great

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Parking was very difficult. Started the experience on a negative note after 20 minutes of circling the neighborhood for a spot.

Once in the restaurant, food and service were great, though. Very nice atmosphere. Really enjoyed the meal. All four of us thought it was great. Excellent flavors. Wonderful sauces. Decent portions. Great desserts. Loved the simple menu. BYOB was a real plus, too.

Unfortunately noise level is high. Amazingly high and at times annoying for such a small place. Common problem in Philadelphia, in our experience, though.

Would visit again. Got high praise from other friends, which is why we chose it initially. They took an Uber there so did not experience the parking issue. Wish we considered that!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Abigale was superior. Made the entire evening perfect. From the first impressions to the main course, everything including the staff was wonderful.

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vipmome
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Food was very good and inventive. We tried all of the starters and everything tasted good. The only negative was that they seemed to all taste similar to each other.

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Jack
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Without a doubt one of the best restaurants I've been to in Philadelphia. Service was fantastic, food was incredible, atmosphere was phenomenal. I will definitely be back and I'm telling everyone I know to check it out.

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vipRachelH
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Probably one of my favorite restaurants in the city! Love the cozy ambiance and the food is incredible. Also love that it’s a BYOB and the service is always great as well.

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vipJamesP
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Helm is a great neighborhood BYOB.

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LorryH
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my third time dining at Helm. Always had an amazing experience. Food well flavored and satisfying. Great ambiance and friendly staff. Will definitely be back soon! Thank you.

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vipBobV
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a marvelous dinner for 5 people. We were seated at the window which was very cozy, and the food was imaginative and delicious, and the service was graceful. Highly recommend!!!

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vipFrenchish
New England
118 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

This is a lovely find! A great ambiance. The food is imaginative and quite good--if much too salty.

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GiuliaU
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In my opinion, Helm is one of the most underrated restaurants in all of Philadelphia. The octopus appetizer was excellent, and the lamb ragu was one of the best dishes I've ever had. Service is always impeccable as well.

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MaliS
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fantastic dinner at Helm, the dishes were so interesting and delicious, with really creative combinations of local ingredients and even some foraged mushrooms. We especially enjoyed the chicken with latke, the flavors were just incredible. Smoked carrots were of course fantastic, and the octopus with balsamic and avocado was a standout. Service was attentive but not overbearing, and the atmosphere was cozy. The noise level was a bit high, perhaps something to dampen the noise slightly would be nice. But overall an absolutely wonderful meal.

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Covenant
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Helm quickly became one of my favorite places when I moved down the street 2 years ago. My husband and I literally made this “our spot” and recommended it to our closest friends. This past visit was very disappointing. This food wasn’t right, the service was poor, the restroom was disgusting. I had the acorn squash where they kept the skin on so it was like chewing bark. My husband got the pork which was extra chewy and under seasoned. The polenta saved the day! It was so rich and yummy I should have only got that. We may give this spot another try but not anytime soon.

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vipMicahB
Philadelphia
434 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Consistently creative menu and dishes. Friendly service. Dined here repeatedly since it opened nearly 5 years ago now.

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AlsacienCrustacean
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Among the best meals I've ever had. The staff is so knowledgeable and it's clear that everyone wears many hats. The food is beautifully presented, perfectly executed, and such a joy to eat. We will be returning at our first opportunity!

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vipKatieW
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Abigail and team were wonderful! Unique flavors and perfect portion sizes. Dessert and coffee (reanimator) were delicious!

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CherylM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience2

We have never experienced such a disgusting meal.
Over cooked, undercooked, and just a mush of flavours.
We heard this was a good restaurant.
They’ve opened another.. apparently the great chefs are there.
I wanted to put on an apron and step into the kitchen.
To the owner..
Get it back together.
I wasn’t the only one who hated the raw ‘hickory smoked grilled’ carrots !

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vipLeonardU
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Not as great as it once was the service staff are very accommodating and knowledgeable and I believe proud to represent the restaurant. The portions for the entrees are small the just lacked the panache it once had

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vipBenD
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Creative culinary combinations!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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LindseyW
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Helm's pasta is delicious, and their gateau basque is one of my favorite Philly desserts - if not my favorite.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience3

Too loud and service average

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Helm is an awesome restaurant! Their super knowledgeable about their ingredients and their food taste amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was for my boyfriends birthday and we had an amazing time! The waitress was so personable.

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vipTank16
Philadelphia
59 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love and more love working my way down their entire menu

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ErnestR
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife an I drive to Philadelphia from Delaware just for Helm. The menu changes frequently so make sure that you get there quick to experience the turnips with bacon and horseradish. They were outstanding. The servers are always knowledgeable about the menu and super approachable.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Fresh, flavorful food. Probably the best pork chop I've ever eaten in my life! A neighborhood gem.

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OpenTable Diner
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Helm was amazing! I had only been once before since their reopening and this time was a lot like the last time, amazing. We started with the oysters that had a frozen

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vipdreyfus44
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time, but certainly, not our last. The friendly greeting and banter on arrival, made us relaxed and ready for a fun evening. And we were not disappointed. We had a very comfortable, non rushed dinner experience. The food was beyond delicious and very original. We will return soon and tell our friends.

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JenniferC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing. We really enjoyed the octopus appetizer and the lamb was to die for.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Nice hearty meal and cozy byob

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Helm was the perfect place for a special , yet low key and quiet date. The service was impeccable and our server was extremely knowledgeable. The food was impressive, unique and original. It’s a very seasonal restaurant with a farm to dinner table vibe. We can’t wait to return ! Also byo status makes it very affordable.

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vipgourmette
Charleston
15 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved everything about helm. The food was creative and delicious, the service warm, and the ambience fun and festive.

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vipLC39
Philadelphia
32 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This is hands down my favorite restaurant in Philadelphia. So imaginative, fresh and delicious!

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vipstaceyg
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always , do the chef tasting so you can try everything

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vipFrankyPhilly
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

My last dinner at Helm was slightly disappointing compared to my previous experiences. The oyster dish was a letdown, and so was the dessert (an ice cream sandwich that was nothing to write home about). This being said, everything else we had was delicious, and the escargot dish was simply fabulous.

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vipRachelH
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We LOVED this restaurant. The menu was so unique, fresh, and delicious and the atmosphere was so cozy and romantic. Huge plus that it was also BYOB.

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helm is rated 4.7 stars by 780 OpenTable diners.

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