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“Worth the trip” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Gowings Bar & Grill

Gowings Bar & Grill
49 | Market Street, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
+61 2 8262 0062
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Ranked #174 of 5,306 Restaurants in Sydney
Price range: $26 - $157
Cuisines: Seafood, Steakhouse
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night, Private Dining
Description: 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.Open Breakfast 6.30am – 10.30am | Lunch from 12 noon | Dinner from 6pm | Bar 12 noon – 12 midnight
Columbia, Maryland
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Worth the trip”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

We at at Goings our first night in Sydney- what a treat! Excellent service, fine food and wonderful ambiance. We highly recommend a visit. Hard to find, and the entrance is a bit like a speakeasy. The interior is very appealing, staff friendly and knowledgeable. We were amused to learn that the "little black dresses" worn by the wait staff are provided by the restaurant's "designer," engaged for that purpose.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Sydney
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26 reviews 26 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“Most enjoyable...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2013

We were shown to our reserved table located adjacent to the grill. The location provided us all with light entertainment as to the antics of the chefs and cooks while under the relentless pressure of diners orders. It was very busy.
The service was of note (we had a French waiter) and the maitre d' came to suggest wine on several occasions when advice was sought. The entrées were delicious if not slightly meagre in size, however the steak (which were ordered by all) were cooked to perfection. Overall a fantastic night owing to the food, wine, service and company.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Sydney, Australia
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77 reviews 77 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
“great vibe, good food and excellent service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2013

This is a great venue for lunches and dinners. The decor is perfect for bistro style casual lunch and coupled with the excellent service and wine list, it deserves the busy vibe of customers. Whether you want a full course meal or to share, the food never fails to please.
The bar food is also popular

  • Visited January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Stockholm, Sweden
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Yummmmy”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2013

Excellent service, fantastic food (had a deliscious gravlax tartar and minute steak), great decor, good location... Flawless!

Visited January 2013
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“All style and no substance”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2013 via mobile

Went with high expectations and greatly disappointed. Food OK, nice funky room however the service was dreadful! The restaurant was overstuffed with elegantly dressed staffed who seemed to wander about aimlessly oblivious to the needs of the diners. It looked as though they had spent hours doing their hair, but had no training from management as to customer service. A good example was that our wine arrived over 20 minutes after our entrees. Restaurant needs to focus on ambience, food, wine and service, not the staff trying to look like they are guests at Elton John's Christmas party. The whole model is incongruous with the image of the old Gowings, with its barbers shop smelling of brylcream. The manager should go down the road to Hemmes to see how it should be done

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sasrowlandsQT, Director of Social Media at Gowings Bar & Grill, responded to this review, August 10, 2014
Dear guest,

We appreciate your feedback and will take time to run through it with our team.

With warmest regards,

Sas
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