Gowings Bar & Grill

4.2
643 reviews
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$41 to $100
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Contemporary European
Top tags:
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasions
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
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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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 643 People Are Saying
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4.2
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4.3
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3.7
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81% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

Good was good

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Dined on 6 December 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Great, attentive service and delicious food.
I’ll be back with other clients and would recommend to friends, colleagues etc.

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Dined on 6 December 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 5

Hopelessly overpriced for what you get, which isn't all that special. Vibrant atmosphere and nice bar.

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Dined on 5 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

For this visit we were all in favour of steak. They were perfectly cooked and superb pieces of beef. Plenty of acceptable sides to accompany. Excellent wine list from Australia and overseas. Ideal for business lunches, catch up with friends or special occasions. Great vibe.

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Dined on 26 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A fabulous venue for a business lunch in the Sydney CBD. The food was superb and the quirky atmosphere and decor made this lunch a standout.

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Dined on 25 November 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 4

Last night there was a show on next door at the theatre so got manically busy - very short on staff and had to keep waving to waitress to get served, order taken, wine poured, and she had the nerve to turn round and tell us it was busy and we would have to wait having waited over 10 minutes to give our food order.
Food was good when it came

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Dined on 17 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

We went because of the extensive wine list and all of us enjoyed excellent meals. The noise level was very conducive to easy conversation which was why we were there. The service ranged a little bit. It was mostly excellent but we had to work at catching the waitstaffs' eye as the night went on.

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Dined on 15 November 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Finding a central location between offices for a pre-work brunch is hard around Town Hall. I'm a big Gowings Bar fan, having visited previously for drinks.

Good brunch options, although the avocado, feta and mint toast was on the stingy side - not enough avocado to cover the bread, which was disappointing for the price tag ($16).

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Dined on 14 November 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

be sure to reserve at this happening, hot-spot! service is excellent, great presentation, well-prepared food and lots of people-watching opps!

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Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Trendy restaurant with a great vibe and excellent food.

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Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Overall, entrees and mains are fantastic. Great food. Went on a Saturday night, which was a little quieter than other times during the weekday.

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Dined on 9 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Awesome cuisine with a great selection and unique desserts.

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Dined on 9 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I was made to feel special and welcomed from the minute I arrived to the minute I left

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Dined on 8 November 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

A few more vegetarian options for main courses would be nice.

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Dined on 7 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Outstanding cooking, eclectic style, classic yet modern, friendly staff.

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JH
3 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 2

The music was too loud, I asked for it to be turned down a few times but that didn’t occur.Far too expensive for the type of food, alcohol too expensive as well.

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CP
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Dined on 2 November 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Great place, funky and vibrant. Steaks are amazing and good wine list, highly recommended.

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Dined on 27 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We were dining Pre-show, they were aware of this and made sure we were out on time. The atmosphere was relaxed, friendly, attentive wait staff. Modern decor, great bar in 2 locations. This was a return visit to the bar but first time in dining. Highly recommend. Hope next time to not have to rush off.

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Dined on 23 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent. A great, stylish space.

Very good food, excellent service. Nothing else needs to be said.

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Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great to be back at my favourite Sydney restaurant - wanted to show my friend from Canada an enjoyable night and Gowings Bar & Grill did not let me down - food/service was the usual high standard - I certainly will be back

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Dined on 17 October 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 1Ambience 4

Food ok, but not for price. Service was absolutely terrible.

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Dined on 11 October 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 1Ambience 4

Great atmosphere. Tasty food. The service was great until they realised we were paying with a $250 gift card. The service dropped off immediately. I had to get up to order a drink as no one would come to our table. Disappointing.

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Dined on 11 October 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

In a relaxed manner we enjoyed our opening cocktails followed by excellent meals. The slight delay in delivery of meals did not worry us, but the staff responded with regular reports and encouragement - I repeat, the delay was very minor.
When the staff learned that it was my wife's birthday, they all came by to wish her the best and delivered a cake with candle with dessert. That was much appreciated.

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Dined on 5 October 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 4Ambience 3

My steak was overdone and wasn’t let rest so all the juice was flowing around my plate the second I cut in to it. The potatoes were raw, genuinely raw and inedible. We sent them back and they were put on a pan and fried in oil and they were still raw. The service was ok but I can’t get over you are charging over $60 for a steak and it was terrible. I’ve had better for less than half the price. You’ll need to do considerably better to justify the price.

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Dined on 4 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Gowings never fails to impress. Suave, competent and a consistent commitment to excellence.

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Dined on 4 October 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Meal was good, service was generally good.

It was slightly annoying when after browsing the menu for dessert/coffee and said no, the waitstaff immediately brought the bill after even though the crowd had tapered down and no one was waiting for our seat.

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Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Very easy and good

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Dined on 27 September 2018
Overall 2Food 3Service 1Ambience 3

The lady that ushered me to my table was an idiot. I was at a business lunch and she pulled out chairs to seat them down. As one of the clients I hadn’t met before I got up. They were supposed to be seated at the next table. She was too busy trying to strut around seeing who was looking at her to focus on the one task she had to do
Poor conduct

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Dined on 18 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food great and "not in your face" service exceptional

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Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

It was lovely

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Dined on 14 September 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Great place for a business meal as it is not too noisy and the food is great.

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Dined on 11 September 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Staff personality/friendliness, satisfactory menu knowledge when asked for recommendations.
MENU: Pork cutlet marinate pork to improve flavour. Prawn entree, should fully/partially peel for diner convenience. High prices for type of dishes.

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Dined on 7 September 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely night will go back - wait staff were lovely and friendly

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Dined on 7 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

good quality food served in a vibrant atmosphere. a bit noisy but well worth the experience

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Dined on 31 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food and wine was fantastic and the fitout of the restaurant bar area and hotel reception is an array of re-purposed items making it great for photography as well.

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Dined on 25 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I love this establishment and have been here many times. The menu has changed a little over the years and this makes it always interesting but the style of cooking is the thing... wood fired and char-grilled meat and fish and vegetable selections are all divinely mouthwatering. Choosing is hard. The meals are well prepared, not pretentious; food is very fresh, simple and cooked to perfection and served hot. Staff are excellent.

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Dined on 23 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food. The fish was incredible - perfectly cooked.

Excellent wine selection and good ambience with the bar.

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Dined on 21 August 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Always a fave spot to go with out of town visitors

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Dined on 17 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

I live this place, greeted, served and sent off by lovely staff, foods excellent and atmosphere is spot on, 10/10

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Dined on 16 August 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Great dinner experience with first class service

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