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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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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
Food

4.3

Service

4.3

Ambience

4.4

Value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

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·Dined 4 days ago

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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·Dined 5 days ago

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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Ambience5
Service5
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·Dined 6 days ago

New menu, porchetta inedible

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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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·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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Food5
Ambience4
Service4
Value5

 
·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
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Service5
Value3

 
·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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Food4
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Service4
Value3

 
·Dined on 9 November 2017

Very loud music not really suitable to dine by

Tags: Special Occasion
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Food4
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·Dined on 3 November 2017

Wine was wonderful, the atmosphere was great, the food tasted very good but all hot dishes were only slightly warm at best when they arrived.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Vibrant Bar Scene
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Food2
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·Dined on 3 November 2017

Way, way too much of the "favourites" taken from the old menu. Wait staff do their best to apologise and explan there's a new chef. All steaks used to come with fries.......now, nothing. What a shame. I loved Gowings B&G. Thankfully lots of other options in the CBD.

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Food4
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·Dined on 1 November 2017

Food was good but service attention marred the night. Staff busy looking at phones whilst people waving for attention.

Tags: Late-night Find
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Food3
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Service5
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·Dined on 31 October 2017

Lunch with my sister. Staff were very pleasant and gave good service. The food was nice but nothing special. PR was excellent. We happened to be seated by a table which became very noisy. We did not make any remarks about this but we were not charged for our desserts because of the noisy table - excellent PR.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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Food4
Ambience4
Service1
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·Dined on 28 October 2017

Food was great .
Service was really poor no wait staff come to refill drinks empty glasses and water. Asked for a another glass of wine to only be given a new empty glass by that time we had finished ohr meal .
Trying to get any staff tgo get the bill was a ordeal . Took about 25minutes .

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Food1
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 (New York Area)·Dined on 27 October 2017

Used to be my go to restaurant for a tractor special occasion.
I was so looking forward to taking a friend there.
We turned up for the Friday night reservation and were swiftly advised there is a new chef do the menu has changed. No Mac’n’Cheese. What!!!
Oh, and they have run out of chips and mash?? I simply don’t understudy? How do you not cater for chips and mash?? On a Friday night ?
Desert hasn’t changed but they had also run out of the main choices...
Time to find a new favourite.

Tags: Hot Spot
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Food4
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Service4
Value4

 
·Dined on 20 October 2017

Great venue for a business lunch or after work drinks

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List
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Food5
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·Dined on 9 October 2017

Have been before & it always exceeds my expectations food wise, great service & ️fab atmosphere

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Vibrant Bar Scene
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·Dined on 6 October 2017

We went before the ballet at the State Theatre. Excellent location - effectively in the same building.

Booked online and had a courtesy call from the restaurant on the day, just confirming. I like that because it confirms it for me too.

Service was friendly, prompt and not at all intrusive.

Food was well done, with good portion sizes and quickly delivered.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Vibrant Bar Scene
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Food5
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Service5
Value3

 
·Dined on 3 October 2017

The service at Gowings is second to none. The presentation of the plated meals is near perfect. The only complaint I have which I made staff aware was the coffee. Long Blacks should still have a nice even layer of crema on top yet our 2 coffees (one of which was a 3/4 full LB) was flat shiny black. They made mention that they were considering going back to All Press.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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Food4
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Service5
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·Dined on 1 October 2017

The $96 T-bone steak for 2 had a good BBQ flavour, however the sinews made it feel tough - we buy better T-bones from our local Sydney Woolworths

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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Food3
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Service2
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 (Sydney / NSW)·Dined on 30 September 2017

Third visit. Service and food have slipped. Not once were we asked if the food was good or was water topped up without asking. Ordered bottled beer and it took 2 requests to have it delivered. No excuse
Wait staff were not overly busy just inexperienced and unenthusiastic

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene
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Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on 29 September 2017

It was a perfect venue for a wonderful night to celebrate a special occasion

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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Food5
Ambience5
Service5
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·Dined on 29 September 2017

Everything was amazing. The staff were impeccable especially the waiter. I didn't catch his name but he was Italian. And the lovely girl who was making sure our glasses were filled and that everything was fine with our meal.I cannot fault anything. Our meals were cooked to perfection. My husband and I had organized a romantic dinner and this restaurant clearly exceeded our expectations. We had a wonderful night. We would love to have dinner at Gowings Bar and Grill again.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Romantic, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Vibrant Bar Scene
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Food5
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·Dined on 28 September 2017

Wonderful evening as always Gowrings! Amazing food, excellent service (Andrew A best waiter ever 😘) ... love the little attentions to detail and great recommendations plus very flexible with what we ordered when. Try the sparking Rose if you fancy splashing out and like drier Rose ... think it's called Deviation. Top tip to avoid the theatre crowd if you can as gets a little busy then but not in any way to impact the evening. Just wonderful ... thank you x

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Vibrant Bar Scene
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Food4
Ambience5
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·Dined on 28 September 2017

Pre and post theatre perfect place to be.
Good light food. Well presented.
Great attitude from staff
Fun atmosphere

Tags: Bar Seating, People Watching, Pre/post Theatre, Late-night Find
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Food5
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·Dined on 27 September 2017

Excellent varied menu, freshness and presentation of food.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene
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Food3
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Service4
Value1

 
·Dined on 23 September 2017

Wanted to try this restaurant as a result of the hype and numerous reviews. We were seated quickly which was great. Table had ample space but we had to raise our voices considerably due to loud music playing. Service was great from the first waiter, but was absent for a while after his shift finished. Food quality unfortunately did not match the price tag. Poor experience in summary. Will not be going back to Gowings and will not be recommending to friends.

Tags: Good for Groups
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Food3
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Service1
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·Dined on 23 September 2017

I took my friend to Gowings for a dinner catch up. I was extremely disappointed with the service. I got over charged for my drinks at the bar. We made a table booking and we were told to wait at the bar. We waited for half an hour and no one came to get us until we received a phone call asking if I would like to keep my reservation. I would expect a better service even on a busy Saturday night.

Tags: Special Occasion
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Food5
Ambience4
Service2
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·Dined on 22 September 2017

Great food but getting way over priced now. Waitress service was ho hum and impersonal. Front desk was very efficient and friendly. Nice restaurant for a special night out but it's specialness is sadly fading.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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Food5
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Service5
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·Dined on 22 September 2017

The service was great and the food was beautifully prepared and delicious. What more can I say!!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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Food5
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·Dined on 20 September 2017

Super friendly from the moment we walked in with greeting from the Maitra-d,to the wait staff and chef's. Service was prompt and efficient. Food was wonderful. All over a fantastic experience and would definitely be going back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene
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Food4
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on 13 September 2017

I had the BBQ seafood plate and it was delicious- cooked just right. Sides were a bit underwhelming and ordinary. Menu looks good, lots on here that I would order.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem
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Food5
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Value5

 
·Dined on 9 September 2017

Great value for money! Food amazing, would definitely go back.

Tags: Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene
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Food2
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Service3
Value2

 
·Dined on 5 September 2017

New York sirloin was grissly and overcooked.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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·Dined on 3 September 2017

I just love this place, always have.
I took two friends for dinner last night, one had been with me many times before the other had not but she said she new why I rave about this place.

The food is always great, I love my wine and they always seem to have what I like.

The service is always first class, last night two of my favourite girls were there, Lada and Nola, I always worry I will spell their names wrong and they always make you feel at home, what more can you ask for.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Vibrant Bar Scene
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Food5
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Service4
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·Dined on 2 September 2017

Great vibe but a little concerned about food handling practices as was sitting next to kitchen and watched chef during the night. First tongs dropped on the floor and he picked them up (2 sets) and kept using them. Then he tasted some sauce out of a pot and promptly put the spoon back in the pot.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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Food5
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Service3
Value3

 
·Dined on 1 September 2017

After an appalling first night with an awful schnitzel, this time was much better with an oversized T-bone steak cooked to perfection My biggest issue with this place is the noise level and erratic service, but the food is excellent despite a generally limited menu and no daily specials. But for steak lovers this is excellent and their dessert selection is terrific es[pecially the pavlova.

Tags: Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene
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Food4
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·Dined on 27 August 2017

Great service, lots of awesome menu options and a good atmosphere!

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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Food5
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·Dined on 23 August 2017

I have been dining out in Sydney for 50 years and this was excellent. Far better than a lot of trendy places which get rave reviews and are often a let down. Can't wait to go back.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List
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Food5
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·Dined on 20 August 2017

Love this place. Been there quite a few times. The staff are amazing and the food is great.

Tags: Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Romantic
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Food4
Ambience3
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·Dined on 19 August 2017

Out of this world crab cakes. Excellent service. Comfortable chairs.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List
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