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“Very New York...”

Gowings Bar & Grill
Ranked #37 of 5,900 Restaurants in Sydney
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $26 - $157
Cuisines: Seafood, Steakhouse
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Private Dining, Reservations
Neighborhood: Central Business District
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
Sydney
Level 6 Contributor
119 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
“Very New York...”
Reviewed October 5, 2013

I enjoyed our dinner at Gowings - the location is excellent and close to just about everything (opposite the QVB building). Reservations were prompt and flexible when we needed to push our arrival time back - even following up to check we were on our way (it was a Saturday night). The layout is similar to Rockpool Bar & Grill but felt more modern (rather than art deco) and reminded me of a New York restaurant. When walking in, the room had a great vibe and plenty of atmosphere but also a bit loud (with bar patrons upstairs overlooking the restaurant). The noise towards the end of the night was a bit of a nuisance, particularly if you wanted to have a decent conversation. The wait staff were excellent, knowledgable (particularly on wines and pairing with meal choices) without being too intrusive. Menu is broad and covers a good range of options (I enjoyed plenty of seafood & my husband had duck). Again, a good wine list.
Probably not quite on par with an Aria, Rockpool, Quay - but offered a trendy and flexible menu in an ultra cool environment.

  • Visited July 2013
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Thank busymumsydney
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sasrowlandsQT, Director of Social Media at Gowings Bar & Grill, responded to this review, August 10, 2014
Dear guest,

Thanks so much for a brilliant shout out! We love that you loved us and look forward to seeing you again soonest.

Sas
QT
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Sydney, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
180 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 140 helpful votes
“No Wow! factor”
Reviewed September 27, 2013

The space is very interesting and engaging. The kitrchen is totally open down one side (quite similar to Rockpool Bar & Grill) and you can watch the chefs work, which is fascinating. The room is warm and light, with eclectic art and nice timber floors. The staff were very good, attentive and well informed without being overbearing or pretentious. The hostess who greeted us at the door and took us to our table was dazzling and gracious.

The wine list was interesting and included a few really well priced bottles, but then it also had a few wines I would suggest are somewhat overpriced. There is certainly a reasonable selection at reasonable prices, plus some exotics.

So, the food? Well, it was good. Not great and definitely not amazing. There was no WOW factor. The celebrated duck was good, but slighly dry and flavourless. The steaks were served just on a plate with nothing else and you really need to order a few sides, which pushes the price up. The mussels were tasty, but many of the shells were empty and there was no bread (or even a spoon) provided to deal with the delicious sauce they come in. The crab cakes were bland, we agreed they tasted like pomme noisettes. Overall, the food was disappointing because it didn't match the hype, or the surroundings or the price.

Gowings is a good restaurant, but here are quite a few better fine-dining options in Sydney.

  • Visited September 2013
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1 Thank Vanmerino
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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
QT
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Baltimore, Maryland
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60 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Loud but good”
Reviewed September 25, 2013

The food was good. There were 8 of us and we had the snails and tuna for appetizers. The majority of us had the beef for dinner which was good. I would definately try the place out, but not good if you quiet atmosphere. The wait staff did an excellent job

  • Visited September 2013
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Thank Happy140
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sasrowlandsQT, Director of Social Media at Gowings Bar & Grill, responded to this review, August 10, 2014
Dear guest,

Thanks so much for a brilliant shout out! We love that you loved us and look forward to seeing you again soonest.

Sas
QT
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Sydney, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
1,283 reviews
592 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 604 helpful votes
“Quality place”
Reviewed September 23, 2013

A classy, professionally run restaurant with a great buzz to it. Excellent menu choice, good wine list by glass or bottle, great service. Love the atmosphere, great for business lunches or dinners. Seafood and steaks cooked perfectly. Also nice adjacent bar area to meet at before dining. Will be back.

  • Visited September 2013
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1 Thank Emanpee
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sasrowlandsQT, Director of Social Media at Gowings Bar & Grill, responded to this review, August 10, 2014
Dear guest,

Thanks so much for a brilliant shout out! We love that you loved us and look forward to seeing you again soonest.

Sas
QT
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Sydney, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
135 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“A fun night with friends”
Reviewed September 22, 2013

The restaurant was hard to find, but was worth searching for. The staff were very friendly and made a number of welcome suggestions. The wine list was diverse with plenty of reasonably priced offerings and smaller labels. The French-influenced menu contained a number of excellent dishes including the steaks and Blue Eye sashimi. The pricing was reasonable for what we ate and drank.

Visited September 2013
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Thank RoadzLessTraveled
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sasrowlandsQT, Director of Social Media at Gowings Bar & Grill, responded to this review, August 10, 2014
Dear guest,

Thanks so much for a brilliant shout out! We love that you loved us and look forward to seeing you again soonest.

Sas
QT
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