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Reviewed 30 October 2021

We were just in the area & dropped into Helen's Bar for lunch & it was a lucky stop for us as we were really impressed. Everything we had was fabulous, so fresh, very tasty & beautifully presented. We had mussels to share, my husband...then had fish & I had an open sandwich. Then we just couldn't resist the lovely homemade desserts so we were fed for the day that's for sure! The staff were so welcoming, efficient & friendly & we were served on the day by a lovely young guy. The place was spotless & there were no delays whatsoever. There's a choice of indoor seating or outdoors on the pier, which is surrounded by stunning views, so a great location & really a peaceful spot. Covid restrictions were adhered to fully. It's a very popular place which is not surprising, so we'd definitely return again when in the area.More

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed 5 October 2021

We came across Helen's Bar by chance on our last trip to Ireland and I am so glad I kept the details - it's a hidden gem in a lovely setting, We saw the kingfisher (resident under the bridge) before sitting in the sun with...a drink. Seafood to die for and perfect crispy, fluffy chips too. Good service and great Guinness. If I lived nearby I would be a regular visitor but as it is, I will visit whenever I'm in the west of Ireland! Thanks to everyone for a lovely lunch and all good reviews are well deserved!More

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed 28 September 2021

I hope Helen and her staff read these reviews as they deserve every compliment coming to them. I visited here after a trip to Dursey Island a few weeks ago. On arrival I ordered a pint and a glass of Guinness for my wife and...I and was pleasantly surprised by the price. I would have stayed for the day if I could have!! The porter was perfection. We then ordered a seafood platter to share, a bowl of soup for our young daughter and a bowl of chips. Our daughter unfortunately got upset when she was told the chips weren't for her; Helen had seen all this sort of thing before I'm sure and came out with lollipops for her. Apologies Helen for the scene caused and thanks for dimming the fires for us. As stated by other reviewers, the food is magnificent; beautiful fresh fish that hopefully I get back to sample soon (along with the Guinness). The setting and food make this wonderful place extra special, with the Caha Mountains and the inlet of Kenmare Bay provide a stunning backdrop. It is a throwback to an old Ireland which resonates with me. however. A rural pub on the crossroads which were ten a penny not too long ago. Despite the success that has came it's way, Helen's Bar maintains all the delightful character of a rural Irish pub. Sláinte go Helen agus a foireann.More

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed 17 September 2021 via mobile

Fabulous as always best food and hospitality. Couldn't believe how busy it still is. Book a table. Sun sitting the rocks. Not a tablecto be had along the pier

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed 6 September 2021

A real gem. Stunning scenery, delicious seafood, lovely people. Arriving by RIB from Parknasilla is a great way to get to Helen’s bar. Hope to return soon.

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed 6 September 2021

I visit Helen's Bar recently with my Mum and I can only say this was the best first class experience of our staycation. We had travelled all over Kerry and dined in many places but when it comes to value for money, quality etc, go...no further than Helen's. The Fish and Chips was without the best I have ever had anywhere and for Mum who had the homemade soup.....she said there was eating and drinking in it. Helen herself came to our table a few times to chat and see if we needed anything and all the staff were so helpful. But it was the price......€10 for the most beautifully cooked and presented Fish and Chips.....I cannot recommend Helen's Bar enough.....More

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed 3 September 2021

The staff are very welcoming and accommodating, even for a group of 12. The food was gorgeous and the fish was so fresh. We enjoyed Helen's so much, we went back twice on our trip.

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed 1 September 2021

We happened by this venue on our holidays. What a setting/view on a sunny evening to eat outdoors. We had excellent fresh juicy Hake caught earlier that day as well as scallops and the Guinness was great. Helen is a pleasure to chat with and...the atmosphere was super with small boats pulling in for food all evening . We also had a helicopter land on a grassy knoll - it's passengers stopping off for food/drink. Super spot well worth a visit and I'll be returning.More

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed 18 August 2021 via mobile

What a drive ! It is off the beaten track but the view is beautiful . Staff lovely and service excellent. We had the Seafood platter . Helen is dedicated to supplying the freshest fish sourced locally. The salmon crab and smoked salmon were exceptional....My mother had the scallops in batter - outstanding . The teen had the fresh cod ( she said) a huge portion and she devoured it . Also beautiful side salads . Attention to detail . You can eat inside or outside overlooking the pier .More

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed 16 August 2021 via mobile

Stopped by today, usual great food and warm welcome, excellent service by Helen and team, enjoyed with beutiful views👏👏

Date of visit: August 2021
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31 March 2022|
Response from Shirley M | Reviewed this property |
I really don’t know. Google should know! It’s a hidden gem
Deirdre D
29 November 2021|
Response from C_and_H_11 | Reviewed this property |
Hi Deirdre, you would need to contact Helen's Bar directly...
Marie L
13 March 2018|
Response from Madeit2Ireland | Reviewed this property |
Not sure why tripadvisor sent this question to me as I wouldn't have any idea. Suggest since you are in Ireland that you phone Helen's and ask. Good luck.
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  • Food: 5
  • Service: 5
  • Value: 5