Gowings Bar & Grill

4.1
604 reviews
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$41 to $100
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Contemporary European
Top tags:
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
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.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary European, Modern Australian, Seafood
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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
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Phone number
(02) 8262 0062
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Payment Options:
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Julien Pouteau
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Neighbourhood
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Cross street
George Street & Pitt Street
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Parking Details
$69 valet parking , the nearest self parking is at the QVB
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Public Transit
Train: Town Hall Station or St.James Station
Additional
Full Bar, Private Room, Wheelchair Access
What 604 People Are Saying
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4.2
Food
4.1
Service
4.3
Ambience
3.7
Value
Noise · Moderate
77% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined a day ago

Great dinner experience with first class service

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3.0Dined on 2 August 2018

Service staff, less engaged than previous visits and wine bill came out to just under 4 times the price of the bottle ordered.
Bill was brought to attention and rectified without a bit explanation of, why it happened and apologies.
I dare say if I paid it, no effort for refund would of been made.

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4.0Dined on 28 July 2018

Overall we had a lovely experience. However food was a bit pricey. My steak was cooked to perfection but the lamb cutlets were very fatty. Sides were amazing and the bread was fantastic. We ordered another basket of bread but did not receive then were charged on the bill, we soon told the waitress. Lovely drinks will recommend!

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3.0Dined on 27 July 2018

Been before and it was good. This time though both meals were not good - steak over cooked and nothing special. Brussel sprouts were burnt through (black).
Service was very good though and good atmosphere.

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4.0Dined on 24 July 2018

Great food, little slip up in beginning of service but otherwise brilliant, great recommendations

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4.0Dined on 14 July 2018

I felt $30 for two and a half king prawns was excessive.

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5.0Dined on 13 July 2018

Food was amazing as was the service. A lovely birthday treat and I would highly recommend a visit.

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2.0Dined on 13 July 2018

I've been there many times and this last dining experience wasn't too great. We were there with our interstate visitors. Our first bottle of wine had 4 glasses poured and then placed incorrectly at another table's ice bucket. It was discovered by another waiter late in the evening just as we were about to pay the bill. We had to go to the counter to order more wine and drinks as our waiter did not check on our table. The mash potato didn't taste right that evening and we asked for the bill twice. The rest of the food was great however, was lukewarm at best.

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3.0Dined on 13 July 2018

Fabulous food and a great venue. The only disappointment was the wine served was not cold. It was taken away to chill but returned still not cold. We were not offered a replacement and as it was opened it was a case of accept it as served. Disappointing

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5.0Dined on 12 July 2018

Great food, service and atmosphere

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4.0Dined on 5 July 2018

I really like the venue and staff are really nice. I would definitely recommend it as a venue for people to try out

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5.0Dined on 3 July 2018

food was amazing

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5.0Dined on 2 July 2018

I love this place for a breakfast catch up with friends.The gorgeous Art Deco setting is very inviting and makes the place seem quite special. I tend to have the same thing each time, as I am an absolute devotee of the truffled scrambled eggs. My friends always rave about their dishes as well, so I get the impression that all is great. So far I have only been here for breakfast but plan to branch out to another meal one of these days. It could be hard to beat the breakfasts though.

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5.0Dined on 2 July 2018

Excellent food - four different dishes - all superb.

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5.0Dined on 23 June 2018

Very tasty breakfast and friendly staff.

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5.0Dined on 23 June 2018

My partner and I visited Gowings on a Saturday night. Despite it being a weekend and the restaurant being busy, the staff all looked relaxed and the food benefited from the positive vibes in the kitchen at the bar and on the restaurant floor.
The food was delicious, well worth the price. Never tried salt n vinegar flavoured Brussel sprouts, but would order them again. The steak and lamb rack were cooked perfectly.
Thanks for a lovely night out!

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5.0Dined on 22 June 2018

Excellent in almost every way. Only one negative was some rules about splitting the bill which we weren't told or didn't know. We were a group of 7. I was staying in the hotel and paying for 2 of us and putting it on my hotel bill. The others wanted to split the bill between them with one lot paying for 2 and the other for 3. I know split bills are a pain but were told that the only split was 50/50 with 2 credit cards. The entire bill was over $1000. So watch out for this.

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2.0Dined on 21 June 2018

2nd time we have been thought we would give them the benefit of the doubt after last experience and again experience unprofessional grumpy staff and useless at taking orders. Also everytime we have been u order a drink on the list and they come back and say they don't have it I think that's disgusting. Don't go if u can't handle loud music that just thumps beats the whole time its awful. Overall experience shocking and I won't be going again

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5.0Dined on 19 June 2018

The food and service is first class in a bustling restaurant that is very classy.

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4.0Dined on 16 June 2018

Hard to book directly on line or to change bookings .
Music too loud down stairs
Great for couples
For $22 cocktails I love a bit of extra work in garnish , egg white or something ..
The waitresses looked great in black ,
And I like the fact they get their hair done .

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3.0Dined on 14 June 2018

the waiter was non engaging and disinterested which was totally different to our previous dining experiences there

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4.0Dined on 10 June 2018

Service seemed to be affected by being a long weekend perhaps and breakfast menu sadly wasn't that inspiring.

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3.0Dined on 9 June 2018

Nice salad disappointed over cooked steak

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3.0Dined on 6 June 2018

The place is a nice one. Music is a little too high;
the food was average and the price really too hign for that quality (no vegies with the food, we have to order for it, and it is no free. the sauce was greasy.

The dessert (a cheesecke) was awful.

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3.0Dined on 31 May 2018

We weren't served or our table attended to (besides water poured) for 15 minutes. I was with clients which i found to be quite embarrassing given we are all time poor- -and for how much you pay.
A side of food was also left off our order.
Food itself was great. Place is beautifully furnished. Had much better experiences here before.

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4.0Dined on 26 May 2018

The food was very good and loved the fit out. Most of the staff were excellent however the one waiter who served us was incredibly rude.

My partner and I were staying in the QT hotel and had booked dinner there because we didn’t want to go far to eat and wanted an early night. We had had a big lunch that day and so when we went to order we informed the waiter that we just wanted to order a couple of entrees and sides and share everything. He then condescendingly said to us “this is a restaurant so we don’t really do that here...It’s a restaurant”. After we sat there staring at him, completely baffled that we couldn’t just order what we wanted, he said he would check with the manager.

He came back and said “well there’s nothing we can do to stop you” and begrudgingly took our orders.

For the life of me I don’t understand why it’s impossible to order 2 entrees, 3 sides and 4 glasses of wine. Nowhere on their website or menu does it say “you must order a main course”. I don’t understand as a paying customer why I can’t just order what I want. I’ve never experienced such rudeness from a server before.

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5.0Dined on 25 May 2018

Feel so at home!

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5.0Dined on 20 May 2018

The perfect steak... and the best sourdough bread I've ever tasted. Good service too.

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4.0Dined on 19 May 2018

We were quite late in the evening 8.45 booking and it felt like they were packing up and we didn’t get outstanding service but overall it was good and the food was fabulous

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5.0Dined on 12 May 2018

Gorgeous fit out and attentive staff . Perfect for pre theatre or just an evening in the city .
The staff were really lovely as was a lot of people all seated with the same intention of getting to their show on time . I would look at this for a winter lunch option also .

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4.0Dined on 6 May 2018

My husband and I celebrated our 2nd wedding anniversary with Gowings and it was lovely.
The service was warm and the food tasty!

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4.0Dined on 5 May 2018

Nostalgic if slightly noisy atmosphere.Interesting food especially salads /extras .Wines are expensive
Very attentive staff

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2.0Dined on 5 May 2018

Food was average. Service was poor - we were seated for over 45 minutes before anyone took our order. Then we were presented with the bill of another table.
Gorgeous looking place, But try your luck elsewhere where staff are a bit more switched on.

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4.0Dined on 28 April 2018

Great service, however, I hate how the waiters dupe you into sparkling or still water, it was too late for me to catch the waiter and say tap. Our still was then topped up with tap water in which I got frustrated by too.

Our hot chocolate served with desert was too weak and milk was burnt to a crisp.

Other than that our meal was delightful

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5.0Dined on 26 April 2018

As always I love this place and so does whoever I take there.

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5.0Dined on 19 April 2018

Vibrant atmosphere, good foods and nice staff. Had a great time.

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4.0Dined on 19 April 2018

Can't wait to go back. Cocktails were delicious, the food was also delicious. The portion sizes were good. The staff were lovely and service was good.

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5.0Dined on 16 April 2018

Always love dining at Gowings, food is great, staff are fantastic

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3.0Dined on 14 April 2018

Quality of the food was good, drinks and bar were awesome. Staff a little slow at times, plenty of them but seem to be a little disorganised. Slightly pricey which we knew but didn't feel it was value for money.

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5.0Dined on 14 April 2018

Great food selection loved the comfortable seating staff all friendly and very efficient.

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