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“Highly overrated”
Review of Quay Restaurant

Quay Restaurant
Ranked #64 of 5,843 Restaurants in Sydney
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $25 - $100
Cuisines: International, Australian, Contemporary, Fusion
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Restaurant details
Good for: Scenic view, Special occasions, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Large groups, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Full Bar, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Neighborhood: The Rocks
Sydney, Australia
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29 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Highly overrated”
Reviewed March 13, 2014

A restaurant of this calibre simply has no reason to have such snobby, unfriendly waiters.
Our groups introduction to Quay was a fellow walking past us to the front desk (it was unattended), looking up at us without a smile or any degree of happiness and simply saying the word "Name." Once we gave it he simply walked us to our table without another word said. Nice to meet you to.

Once seated the food was great (don't come here expecting anything other than high cuisine, it's not that sort of restaurant). The food is very creative and extremely pretty. The attention to detail in presentation is probably the best I've had in sydney, and with lots of strong and tasty (and some unfamiliar) flavours. There were lots of hit dishes, although there were a few misses too (obviously opinions differ between people but a few of the dishes the whole table of 8 of us basically just agreed it didn't taste that good).

Once again the service let the meal down. For a restaurant like this they were fairly inattentive. One thing in particular that stood out for me was that they were very quiet when explaining dishes to our table. This is not an issue at all, except for the way they reacted when asked to repeat what they said for the ones that didn't hear, which ranged from happy to repeat, to mild surprise to flat out ignore us.

All in all if the food was taken out of this context then it would be brilliant. But restaurants like this are an experience, and the overall experience left me with a bitter taste in my mouth that the food couldn't overpower.

  • Visited April 2013
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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“super place”
Reviewed March 12, 2014

We had a wonderful time at Quay- the service was excellent and the food amazing. Rich and decadent. We were there on a business dinner and had a stunning view over the opera-house.

  • Visited April 2013
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Sydney, Australia
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“Wedding Anniversary”
Reviewed March 12, 2014

Celebrated our wedding anniversary here last year. Food & Service best ever, Views = best in the world.

  • Visited November 2013
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Sydney, Australia
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46 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“World class”
Reviewed March 12, 2014

It's some time ago since I last went to Quay but I was prompted to review the restaurant and thought I'd submit it even though I last went there a little over 12 months ago..
The total dining experience my partner and I had was superb. The only way it could have been better would have been by getting a table right by a harbourside window.

  • Visited April 2013
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Sydney, Australia
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“A wonderful evening”
Reviewed March 11, 2014

This was the venue for a family wedding. It was a first class site and meal to match. I have eaten here on a number of occasions and always had an excellent meal in an excellent environment. Not sure one can say more.

  • Visited September 2013
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