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About Quay Restaurant

Sydney's Quay Restaurant crafts Peter Gilmore's inventive and contemporary cuisine with an evolving menu based on local and seasonal ingredients, served in its welcoming and elegant eatery. Meals at Quay Restaurant consist of a four-course meal, with starter options including the saltwater poached chicken with smoked eggplant cream and oscietra caviar and the raw smoked wagyu with horseradish sour cream, fermented rye chips and mushrooms. Popular main dishes, like the master stock duck with pickled turnip and XO miso sauce, the slow-cooked quail with koji grain and seed porridge and prunes and the vegetarian stone pot organic green rice with tofu, orach, cabbage and seaweed, all of which are beautifully presented and pair perfectly with Quay's extensive selection of wines.

For a superb end to your meal at Quay Restaurant, enjoy the gourmet cheese plate or the eight textured chocolate cake.

Upper Level
Overseas Passenger Terminal
Sydney, AU-NSW 2000
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Dining style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Modern Australian, Australian

Hours of operation:
Lunch: Sunday & Friday - Saturday: 12:00pm - 1:30pm

Dinner: Daily: 6:00pm - 9:30pm

Cross street:
Circular Quay Way

Dress code:
Smart Casual

Price range:
$101 and over

Payment options:
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone number:
(02) 9251 5600

Website:
http://www.quay.com.au/

Parking Details:
Wilson Parking
Overseas Passenger Terminal Car Park
130 George St, The Rocks

Public Transport:
Circular Quay Ferry Terminal (200m)
Circular Quay Train Station (200m)

Executive Chef:
Peter Gilmore

Additional:
Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, View, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
For all enquiries, please email functions@quay.com.au

Private Dining

Whether you are hosting an intimate sit down reception or an elegant cocktail party reception, we are able to provide a space capable of catering to your every need.

Quay Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.5

value

3.8

noise

Moderate

84% would recommend it to a friend

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Tasting Menu (3)
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 (Kent)·Dined on 21 July 2017

My daughter and had lunch at Quay. This was one of the top highlights of our trip to Australia. The whole experience was great. The restaurant was very calm and relaxing. We had a window table with a view of the opera house.
We opted for the four course a la carte rather than the degustation because we wanted to be sure that we would have room for the snow egg!
We had the mud crab and and Terra Preta truffle dishes to start. Both superb. The mud crab was very light and refreshing with lemon purée whilst the truffle dish looked huge but so so light and melt in the mouth ....
Next we had congee of black lip abalone and smoked confit pig jowl. I'd never had congee before but it was delicious and delicately flavoured. The pig jowl was the best pork either of has ever tasted - just wonderful.
Next roasted duck with XO stone pot rice and Arkady lamb. Both were delicious. The skin on the duck was so beautifully rendered - I never normally eat the skin but I couldn't resist! The lamb was perfectly cooked and came with crispy seaweed which was yummy.
To finish we ordered a snow egg and the eight texture chocolate cake. We shared them both. The chocolate cake was light and chocolatey- but not sickly- and was just perfect. The snow egg was just as awesome as we expected with apple and pear flavours.
I cannot fault Quay. Our waiter was lovely and attentive. He gave us a copy of the menu which was kind.
Definitely something ticked off my bucket list!!

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·Dined on 2 July 2017

My guest and I had eight course degustation including a different non-alcoholic cocktail with each course. We chose not to have alcohol for lunch. Each course was carefully thought out with a variety of complimentary tastes. The courses were a good combination of progressively richer tastes, and the cocktails had been designed to compliment each course. The excellent food had a Japanese influence. The food was served by staff who knew what they were doing and understood the food. Pricey

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on 1 July 2017

Went for dinner on 1/7/17 with the wife and we both got the $245 tasting menu. If I compare the Quay menu to other tasting menus, the Quay menu and food was below average and also one of the more expensive menus.
The first couple of courses were amazing, but the quality dramatically decreased once the mains were served, one duck course, the other beef.
It's not a place that I would likely go back to again.

Tags: Special Occasion, Scenic View
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·Dined on 24 June 2017

I dined here for lunch on Saturday 24th June 2017 with a girlfriend. We treated ourselves to the 8 course tasting menu with matching wines. Magnificent food and fantastic service. We were lucky enough to have scored the best table in the place, with spectacular views of Sydney Harbour. I would highly recommend checking out the cruise ship timetables in advance, so as not to have a ship blocking the stunning view.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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·Dined on 23 June 2017

Beautiful restaurant with amazing food, service and views. We requested the view of the opera house to celebrate a birthday and we were so well looked after. It is quite expensive but really amazing degustation and a full 4 hours of being made to feel special.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on 21 June 2017

We had always wanted to go to Quay restaurant - we are passionate about food. The table and view did not disappoint. amuse bouche - lovely.
First course - wagyu with mushroom - underwhelming
Second uni, ebi broth dish- tastiest of the three savoury plates I had.
Third course the duck with xo rice - ok but not blowing me away. Mud crab - lemon overly sour and ruined dish. For what we were expecting it was very disappointing!

Tags: Scenic View
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 (Sydney / NSW)·Dined on 20 June 2017

Quay is as lovely as ever to visit, but I feel the cooking is resting on its laurels. It was good, but not stunning.

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·Dined on 19 June 2017

We did the Tasting Menu which was fantastic and a great way to try lots of different foods that we would not normally order.

The staff were amazing, so helpful and very professional.

The food was theatre for our senses and we enjoyed every course.

The "house special" Snow Egg was the show stealer and worth the cost on its own.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on 17 June 2017

All the food was absolutely amazing. I was eating things that I don't normally eat and it was fantastic. Although meal portion sizes looked small, by 4th course was definitely feeling full. The only disappointment about the meal was the lamb dish, the seaweed just did not go with this dish at all however you could simply remove the seaweed and the dish was back up to high standards. This was definitely one of the best food experiences I have had and my partner is a chef, so I have had a few.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on 16 June 2017

Overall, the experience was enjoyable, but Quay does not live up to the hype. The food was good, but not outstanding. The service was inconsistent. Staff seemed confused and a number of times we saw staff start walking across the floor, only to realise that they had forgotten something and turn back. Staff asked guests at other tables if they were celebrating birthdays and brought small cakes - we weren't asked (although it was my partner's birthday) so he missed out.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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·Dined on 16 June 2017

The views are always breathtaking, the food is very special, an experience to be had and the service and ambience very relaxing.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Late-night Find, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on 15 June 2017

Good ambience with beautiful view of opera house. Once in a lifetime experience.

Tags: Special Occasion, Scenic View
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·Dined on 15 June 2017

The worst experience I ever have in "top" restaurants. The food is really normal, never could worth how much it cost. The beef dish make me and all my friends feel sick. You can get anything better than here at restaurants in surry hills.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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·Dined on 14 June 2017

Excellent romantic feel.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Notable Wine List, Vibrant Bar Scene
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·Dined on 14 June 2017

We had the Tasting menu. The Snow egg, appetizer and rice dish were very impressive. The chocolate cake was a bit rich for me, but my partner enjoyed it. It is expensive at $225 each, but the view is world class. I was not that impressed by the taste the pig jowl, wagyu, and mud crab.

If i was to go again, i would get the 4 course and ensure i got the rice dish and snow egg.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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·Dined on 30 May 2017

From the moment we arrived we were looked after by the amazing staff. It was so nice not to be rushed & were given the opportunity to delay dessert so our first 3 courses could settle!

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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·Dined on 27 May 2017

We went to Quay expecting a memorable dining experience, but left feeling a bit disappointed. The food was good, but not incredible. The service was okay, but we've certainly had better. The speed of the first few courses felt quite rushed, and we were disappointed with the manager's response to finding something foreign in one of our courses. 3% off a $900 spend did not cut it. The standout was the wine - all of it delicious and explained to us really attentively - and the view.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on 20 May 2017

Great service and location. I couldn't fault either of these two attributes. My husband and I did feel the food was quite average and ridiculously expensive.

Tags: Special Occasion, Scenic View
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·Dined on 19 May 2017

We celebrated a number of birthdays at the Quay Restaurant. It was perfect. The food was exceptional ... especially the Snow Egg. The view was awesome and the service was exceptional. When we arrived the P&O liner was just pulling back and departing, leaving us with a great view of the opera house. What a memorable night. The staff looked after us, and knew when to come up and when not to disturb. Thank you Quay Restaurant.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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·Dined on 10 May 2017

Every dish a star with warm service that didn't feel snobbish. Worth every cent.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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·Dined on 9 May 2017

The venue is perfectly positioned to capture views of the Harbour Bridge, Opera House, Circular Quay and city lights. We were lucky to have clear skies and no passenger ships at port, otherwise the view would have been compromised. We had an 8:30pm sitting but weren't seated at the table until 9pm,thus limiting our options and eliminating the degustation menu. The dishes we selected were exquisitely presented and very tasty, except the duck which was raw and tough. Overall, a pleasant experience

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on 9 May 2017

The service has got to be one of the worst I have ever received.

For a 3 hat restaurant it was absolutely appalling. I had to ask to see a menu as waiters walked past and ignored our table. We then requested bread and waited for over 20 minutes for the bread to arrive.

I was freezing cold in the restaurant so asked our waiter for my jacket back and he forgot so had to ask another staff member.

The food and view were amazing and would recommend to anyone! Shame about the service!

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on 8 May 2017

We had the tasting menu. Nine brilliant dishes, each one had its own character. Not a smear or dot in sight, just amazing food.

Friendly, but not overbearing service.

An amazing experience

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on 6 May 2017

The view was out of this world. The service was excellent. The dessert was the best I've ever had, especially the Snow Egg. However, the entree and main were not up to standard and really not good at all. I won't go back purely because of the main dish which was a very small portion of undercooked cold and chewy lamb served with a side of green leaves - nothing special. The dessert surely made up for it! Unfortunately I won't go back due to the standard of food overall.

Tags: Romantic, Scenic View, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on 6 May 2017

My expectations for Quay were very high and I was scared I would be disappointed, however this was far from reality. It was probably the best dining experience I have had in Sydney. The meal experience was just at another level than anything I have had before.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on 28 April 2017

Meal was more amazing, snow egg must have!

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·Dined on 28 April 2017

This is a most appropriate restaurant for a 'Celebration'. We had the 4-course menu and enjoyed every course immensely. The selections from each of the pages of the menu teamed extremely well.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on 24 April 2017

I booked our reversation 4 months ago for my partners birthday as it's been somewhere both of us have been wanting to visit for 5+ years. Everything was amazing from the moment we walked in and my partner was wished happy birthday to the signature Snow Egg (AMAZING!!!!!!). our waiters did not disapoint and they made sure our special night was extra special. I can't thank the staff enough for making our night so special and the food, I dont even know where to start, just beautiful. Thank you

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on 23 April 2017

Excellent view and ambiance. Great wine list. Found the food bland and choices quite limited.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on 21 April 2017

To be quite honest we were a little disappointed. This was an anniversary lunch. We had a nice table but the view was obscured by a cruise ship. This is the second time we have eaten att Quay in the last 3 months and on both occasions a ship has been berthed in front of the restaurant. The food on this occasion was not as good as the previous experience. We also found the service on this occasion to be average and u fortunately another guest in the restaurant was extremely loud and lessened the

Tags: Special Occasion, Scenic View
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·Dined on 19 April 2017

Service was fantastic, gave u the feeling that we were the only ones there. Meal was an amazing taste experience. I loved the way that each meal was explained when delivered. The cob loaf and egg at the start were so good.
Would have been great to have been given a copy of the nights menu as part of the experience.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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·Dined on 18 April 2017

Definitely the view and service is outstanding.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on 14 April 2017

Despite the raving critic reviews over the last 10 years have had no desire to visit as people who have do not recommend it. However, as I was looking for a restaurant for the husband's birthday, read a recent writeup in the paper which said it was good and still is so decided to give it a go. food - ok. Well executed and technical as one would expect from the reputed 3 chef hat establishment but nothing outstanding. Starter before the courses was mediocre - almost sad. Service - disinterested

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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·Dined on 13 April 2017

Great view and atmosphere. Food was not as special as expected. Dishes were on the salty end. Dessert was amazing.

Tags: Scenic View
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·Dined on 7 April 2017

A very special meal, in beautiful surroundings with friendly and attentive staff. What more could you ask for?

We ate off the four course menu and the food was a delight from amuse bouche to dessert. Stand out dishes were the slow cooked carrots, an absolute triumph; the Uni with umami broth, the Arkady lamb and the Snow Egg.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion
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·Dined on 29 March 2017

Food was absolutely awful one of the worst experiences I've had at a fine dining restaurant, we spent $576 and felt like we were robbed and only paid for the view and drinks

Tags: Notable Wine List
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·Dined on 29 March 2017

Very nice service and food, but too much expensive in my opinion.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on 25 March 2017

everything is perfect, food & service 10/10

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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·Dined on 24 March 2017

The food and wine pairings were a match made in heaven, definitely recommend the tasting menu.

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·Dined on 23 March 2017

We went to dine at Quay for our anniversary. The ambience was lovely and the waiters were friendly and helpful (as I was pregnant they told the chef to cook my meat a bit more).
We had the tasting menu. The food was exquisite. We loved the balance of the flavours and textures of each dish. The Snow Egg was definitely our favourite and a must-try!

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