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About Gowings Bar & Grill

With concept created by acclaimed Sydney restaurateur Robert Marchetti, Creative Food Director of QT Sydney, Gowings Bar & Grill presents the style of a European brasserie, with edgy contemporary design. Offering the freshest produce from Australia’s best artisan providores, prepared with cooking techniques featuring wood fired rotisseries and ovens. A specially curated wine program featuring exciting young winemakers from all around the world compliments the food selection.

49 Market Street
Sydney, AU-NSW 2000
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Dining style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary European, Modern Australian, Seafood

Hours of operation:
Breakfast: Monday- Friday: 6:30am - 10:30am Weekends: 6:30am-11:00am

Lunch: Monday - Friday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm

Dinner: Daily: 6:00pm - 10:00pm

Cross street:
George Street & Pitt Street

Dress code:
Smart Casual

Price range:
$41 to $100

Payment options:
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

Phone number:
(02) 8262 0062

Website:
http://www.qtsydney.com.au/food-drink/gowings-bar-grill/

Parking Details:
$69 valet parking , the nearest self parking is at the QVB

Public Transport:
Train: Town Hall Station or St.James Station

Executive Chef:
Julien Pouteau

Additional:
Full Bar, Private Room, Wheelchair Access

Gowings Bar & Grill Ratings and Reviews

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4.2

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
Food

4.3

Service

4.2

Ambience

4.3

Value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

82% would recommend it to a friend

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Value5

 
·Dined 4 days ago

Not as regular as I used to be due to being retired now but it was great to be back at Gowings Bar & Grill - was entertaining a good friend visiting Sydney and he was certainly impressed with the whole exercise - staff go out of their way to ensure an enjoyable occasion and the "buzz" of the venue adds to the experience - I will be back!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Vibrant Bar Scene
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·Dined on 11 February 2018

Great spot for brekkie in the city as you can book and food reasonably priced.
Excellent service.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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Food5
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·Dined on 3 February 2018

Service, food, timing, cocktails and ambience were all on point at Gowings. They went above and beyond to help us celebrate a special night and I am say I’ve never experienced such amazing service. The walk through the hotel lobby to get to this restaurant is an experience in itself. Perfect for a date or a night out with friends.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Romantic, Special Occasion
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·Dined on 3 February 2018

Celebrating daughters 18th. Food was exceptional and the staff were knowledgeable and attentive. AAA

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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Food3
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Service2
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 (New York Area)·Dined on 2 February 2018

Overall just an average experience.... doesn’t say much when the French fries were the best part of the meal...as the hangar steak was nothing special. Easily could have been an excellent experience as the location and ambiance were spot on. We

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·Dined on 2 February 2018

We didn't enjoy our meals. Overrated and underwhelming!

Tags: Late-night Find, Notable Wine List, Vibrant Bar Scene
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Food5
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 (Sydney / NSW)·Dined on 30 January 2018

Great place and I love it every time. Bar is great too.

Tags: Business Meals
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·Dined on 28 January 2018

Very disappointed with service. Ordered 1 entree and 2 main course and they forgot entree (not even a large order to write down) too busy trying to sell sides and wines etc. Offered entree with main course when we pointed out mistake - the idea of an entree is before main meal.

Tags: Notable Wine List
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Food5
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·Dined on 20 January 2018

Definitely the best meal we’ve had in a long time. Stunning restaurant, very wonderful service and seriously yummy food. Not cheap but you get what you pay for and it was a meal to celebrate my husbands birthday so happy to pay for quality. Highly recommend.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Romantic, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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Food5
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·Dined on 20 January 2018

Had a great meal of pink snapper with slipper lobster,was probably the best fish we had tasted. We also had a bowl of sugar snap peas and puréed potato, delicious! Great presentation and wonderful service.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch
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Food5
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on 19 January 2018

Wonderful service friendly staff

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 (Sydney / NSW)·Dined on 18 January 2018

Thanks, a great night, staff were really friendly and efficient

Tags: Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene
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Food5
Ambience1
Service5
Value4

 
·Dined on 17 January 2018

Great venue but TOO LOUD!!

Tags: Great for Lunch
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·Dined on 10 January 2018

We loved it. Food great, staff friendly and helpful.
A tad noisy. And please only 3 lavatories for such a big bar & restaurant.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Late-night Find, Special Occasion
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Food4
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 (Sydney / NSW)·Dined on 9 January 2018

Food was good. Service was terrible and the food took over an hour. By the time the food got to us, we had less than half an hour to enjoy it before our booking was up. Very limited options for food. If seafood and steak aren’t your thing, don’t dine here.

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Food3
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Value3

 
·Dined on 5 January 2018

Went here on recommendation for a date night, service was attentive and atmosphere was nice. Food wasn't mind-blowing though. Steak was nice, although triple cooked chips were soggy. Porchetta was a little on the dry side and crackling was on the chewy side.

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·Dined on 5 January 2018

Very disappointing. Food terrible. Almost inedible.

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Food5
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·Dined on 30 December 2017

Always a good experience ! A combination of good people and good food ! Doesn’t get any better than this !

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Sydney / NSW)·Dined on 24 December 2017

Food was mostly excellent but our meat was very over cooked. Other than that it was excellent.

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Food3
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Service2
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·Dined on 23 December 2017

Service and attention to guests was lacking as they all stood behind he stations lookin down. Took a while for staff to notice guests need their assistance.

Tags: Special Occasion
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Food5
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·Dined on 22 December 2017

Really fantastic dinner and great service: the staff have been upgraded and much easier on the eye! The food was very good as normal

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch
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Service1
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·Dined on 19 December 2017

Service at arrival terrific. Attentive staff and order taken efficiently.
After about 30 minutes we received an apology for the slowness of the meal. We waited another 20 to get our meal and it arrived without the salad we had ordered.
My steak was cooked just how I ordered.
Because of the delay we had no time to peruse dessert menu.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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Food4
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·Dined on 17 December 2017

WE had to wait 40 minutes for cup of coffee, after asking 3 members of staff to follow up on it. Coffee just arrived before the food, which took over 40 minutes to arrive after ordering. Restaurant was not that busy and staff not interest. Very poor.

Tags: Late-night Find
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Food5
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·Dined on 16 December 2017

Very nice layout, tables not to close together, very friendly staff, food was the best I have had in Sydney, cooked perfectly.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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Food4
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on 16 December 2017

Very disappointed with our visit - we have been several times previously as we love the venue and the food but this time the service really fell flat. Only half the drinks orders arrived, when we followed up the first time we were told that the remainder were coming only to then notice 10 minutes later that the table next to us received their coffee order despite arriving after our order was placed. Also the food was half cold (toast and eggs) even after waiting a considerable amount of time for the order to arrive - we will definitely think twice before going again.

Tags: Casual, Good for Birthdays
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Food4
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Service4
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·Dined on 14 December 2017

We all enjoyed our breakfast meeting - the food was good and the staff were pleasant. The only suggestion is the front desk not always being manned and having to wait and not know if your guests are already seated.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Afternoon Tea, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List
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Food5
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Service5
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·Dined on 12 December 2017

Kelly (or it could be Keli?)!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List, Vibrant Bar Scene
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Food4
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 (Sydney / NSW)·Dined on 11 December 2017

Staff were terrific. waygu could have been a little more tender. but perhaps that is nature of striploin. overall v good. first time eating at Gowings for a couple of years

Tags: Business Meals
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Food5
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 (Sydney / NSW)·Dined on 11 December 2017

What a wonderful location for lunch - amazing service , food and atmosphere. Loved it!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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Food3
Ambience4
Service3
Value1

 
·Dined on 8 December 2017

New management and chef has killed this once fabulous restaurant. Was a favourite - now a disappointment.

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Food5
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·Dined on 1 December 2017

Amazing service and great food.

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Food5
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·Dined on 30 November 2017

Amazing food. Great service although sometimes hard to get their attention.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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Food5
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·Dined on 24 November 2017

The food was divine! Staff were on point, a great dining experience

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Vibrant Bar Scene
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Food4
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·Dined on 19 November 2017

This is the third time I’ve been to Gowlings and the first time I’ve been disappointed there. Pre dinner drinks service was nonexistent despite there being three people behind the bar. Ambiance has taken a turn for the worse, it’s no longer somewhere to be considered classy. Other service staff (with one or two exceptions) are pretentious without having the service skills to warrant it. The scotch fillet steak was delicious however, my girlfriend’s chicken dish was oily.

We won’t be returning.

Tags: Late-night Find
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Food2
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Value1

 
·Dined on 18 November 2017

Generally very disappointed with the experience. We had a 2 hour time slot for the meal, but were rushed through the first 45 minutes, so had eaten the meal by the 1 hour mark. Presentation was average, with a slice of cheesecake on a plate with no sauce or garnish being less than you get at most cafes. Waited an eternity to get the bill and eventually had to go up and pay. Overall value was very poor, 4 prawns for $48 main course drowning in butter.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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·Dined on 17 November 2017

New menu, porchetta inedible

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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Food4
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·Dined on 15 November 2017

Had a very enjoyable lunch at Gowings Bar & Grill. We shared our mains, which made it possible to experience more than one plate. The food was delicious and well presented.

My two disappointments were the lack of accompaniments with the main meals. I don't like being forced to order extras to a meal, these should be "nice to haves".

Like a lot of venues, they have a view that everyone likes loud music. I'd be curious to know if they did a survey of their customers if they actually do.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Romantic, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem
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Food1
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 (Sydney / NSW)·Dined on 12 November 2017

Avoid at all costs... I have never been more disappointed in a restaurant experience. Having dined at Gowings Bar and Grill at least 10 times over the years, entertaining family, friends and overseas guests, we were looking forward to a special night out anniversary dinner.
What we experienced was such a dramatic decline in food quality, service and overall enjoyment we will never visit (or refer to friends) this restaurant again.
Upon arrival we were advised of the change in chef, menu and overall approach to the dining philosophy with influences from NY, Japan and Paris. Having dined in all three of these cities there was absolutely nothing reflective of these dining's cultures. There was however a blinding lack of self awareness around what constitutes a memorable dining experience. There was no celebration of the food, it's origins, appreciation of ingredients, attention to detail, creative inspiration. It was a soul-less, taste-less, joy-less experience that left me $400 worse of for the privilege. I can only summise that profit and pretense are the driving motivations behind the restaurant today. Sydney has so much more to offer with outstanding chefs, international influences resulting in great food, it's such a shame when an old favourite completely loses the plot.

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·Dined on 10 November 2017

tables for 2 too close to one another and tables themselves in rectangular orientation if turned 90 degrees then you are closer to your dining guest, so can hear them more easily and also more intimate and also less likely to hear convo of person next to you thanks

Tags: Notable Wine List, Vibrant Bar Scene
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Food5
Ambience3
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 (Sydney / NSW)·Dined on 10 November 2017

Very good menu - excellent service - god wine list. A little noisy but a lot of fun !

Tags: Tapas, Bar Seating, Casual, Good for Groups
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