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About

Helm Oyster Bar & Bistro is an ode to the coast and farmland offering an intimate dining room, dining counter, and seasonal outdoor patio along Portland's historic waterfront. Our raw bar offers a selection of shellfish and seafood such as oysters, clams, and crudo. Expect a full menu that changes frequently to reflect seasonal and locally-sourced availability. Our bar focuses on natural wines, season inspired cocktails, and craft beer. 

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Elizabeth Legere, Owner and Wine Director

James Rose, Partner 

Lizzie and James met in Cambridge, MA where they shared a passion for food, wine, and hospitality. Lizzie has had experience both in the kitchen and on the floor and spent most of her working life as a florist. Lizzie fell into the food and beverage industry, both as a guest, and an employee. When James moved to Boston in 2014, he found himself a job at Neptune Oyster. James spent five years at Neptune perfecting his managing, serving, and wine skills. Together, Lizzie and James moved to Portland with the dream to open their own restaurant and found their niche in the dining scene. With a focus on a locally sourced menu, natural and low-intervention wine, and an exceptional dining experience, Lizzie and James built Helm in the burgeoning East End waterfront neighborhood.

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Billy Hager, Executive Chef

A Bay Area native, Billy brings a seasonal, simple, ingredient driven approach to food. He cooked at San Francisco's Waterbar and then became the Chef and a partner at Homestead in Oakland before making the move to Maine. Billy most recently worked at Flood's and Drifter's Wife, both in Portland.

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Dana Woodward, Chef de Cuisine

Dana comes to Maine most recently from San Francisco, where she was chef de cuisine at neighborhood staple Dobbs Ferry, and before that served as sous chef to Justin Baade at Waterbar. She has a BS in Wildlife Ecology from SUNY Plattsburgh, and her passion for sustainability continually informs her cooking.

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Steven Crotzer, General Manager

Steven moved to Maine from Tennessee in 2019. He has over a decade of food and beverage experience that includes front and back of house as well as Tennessee Whiskey production. He started as a server at Helm in Spring of 2021 before accepting a management position in February of 2022. He believes in creating a personable, relaxed environment where guests feel comfortable asking questions and trying new things they didn't know they loved.

Hours & Location

View Helm Oyster Bar & Bistro at 60 Thames Street,
Portland, ME 04101 on Google Maps

Call Helm Oyster Bar & Bistro by phone at (207)-613-9918

info@helmportland.com

Get Directions to Helm Oyster Bar & Bistro via Google Maps

OPEN: WEDNESDAY-SUNDAY 

4:30-9:00 PM

HAPPY HOUR: WED + THURS + SUN 

4:30-6:00 PM

We look forward to seeing you!

Find us across the street from the Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad.

Steps away from Ocean Gateway Pier in the growing Foreside neighborhood. 

Thames street is the extension of Commercial Street.
We are on the first floor of the WEX building.

Private Dining

Helm Oyster Bar & Bistro is available for private events for up to 60 guests for special seated dinners, business meetings, rehearsal dinners, wedding receptions, birthday parties, anniversary celebrations.

Helm’s private dining room can accommodate 8-12 guests. In the private dining room we offer both an individually plated prix fixe menu, or a family style menu.

The full restaurant can seat up to 60 guests for a full buy-out. 

Our menu changes frequently with the seasons and local offerings. A raw bar selection is always available and plentiful. If there are allergens, aversions, or preferences we are more than happy to accommodate.

For more information about pricing, or to book your event 

email info@helmportland.com or call us at 207-613-9918

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