Quay

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Overall Rating

8.3

Quay Highly Recommended based on its 322 reviews
Calculated using a Weighted average

Food
8.5
Ambience
8.9
Service
8.8
Value
6.8



Quay Details



Quay Address

Overseas Passenger Terminal
Level Upper, West Circular Quay

The Rocks NSW 2000

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Chef

Peter Gilmore


Prices

Lunch
Set Menu - 3 courses $135.00
4 courses $155.00
Dinner
Set Menu - 4 courses for $175.00
Degustation
8 courses
Tasting Menu $225.00pp
Optional accompanying wines $95.00pp
Optional accompanying premium wines $175.00pp
Prices last updated:  04/2014


Bookings

Bookings are essential


Rooms & Capacity

No of Seats 220


Hours

Lunch
Tue to Fri Noon - 2:30pm
Dinner
Mon to Sun 6pm - 10pm


Specialties

  • Crisp Pressed Duck


Classifications

Restaurants



Payment Types Accepted

Amex
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Mastercard
Diners

Notes

10% surcharge on public holidays





Quay Awards

2014

SMH Good Food Guide 2014 - Three Chef's Hats


2014

Australian Gourmet Traveller 2014 - Three Stars


2014

The World's 50 Best Restaurants 2014 - Rank No. 60


2013

The World's 50 Best Restaurants 2013 - Rank No. 48


2013

SMH Good Food Guide 2013 - Three Chef's Hats & Restaurant of the Year


2013

Australian Gourmet Traveller 2013 - Restaurant of the Year


2013

Australian Gourmet Traveller 2013 - Three Stars


2013

The Australian Hot 50 Restaurant Awards 2013 - Hottest Restaurant & Hottest Restaurant NSW


2012

SMH Good Food Guide 2012 - Three Chef's Hats & Chef Of The Year: Peter Gilmore


2012

The World's 50 Best Restaurants 2012 - Rank No. 29


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Overview of Quay

Voted as one of the World's Best Restaurants, Quay offers the most amazing views stretching from the Opera House to the Harbour Bridge. The innovative food is created by Peter Gilmore, the head chef and they are designed to take you on the journey of the best dining experience. Private functions or romantic fine dining, you will find yourself in good hands at Quay.



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    User Reviews of Quay, The Rocks

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    9 Highly Recommended

    Food  10      Ambience  9      Service  9      Value  8     


    After anticipating our reservation at Quay restaurant since late July, my partner and I ventured to one of Sydney's most acclaimed restaurants in the heart of Circular Quay. With panoramic views of the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House, Quay offered an exceptional romantic atmosphere for our date, with an amazing culinary experience to match. We chose the degustation menu with matching wines to gain the full experience at Quay, and we knew we would be in for a treat.

    Food - All courses presented to us at Quay were immaculately plated and boasted unique textures and memorable flavours. Every dish that we ate was full of flavour and we savoured every mouthful. The matching wines accompanied each dish well, and by the end of the night we left very pleased. Our favourite dish of the night was the smoked and confit pig jowl, roasted koji, shiitake, kombu, sesame, sea scallop and milk curd which was divine. The cherry Snow Egg was perhaps the best desert we have ever eaten; after seeing this dish on tv we were blown away by the complexity of flavours presented to us. All in all, the courses on the degustation menu were exceptional and left us wanting more. Although be wary about the water; we asked for still tap water and ended up being charged $14!

    Ambience - Quay is a fine establishment, and the ambience was true to match. The harbour views made for a stunning experience as we enjoyed our various courses. The decorum inside the restaurant itself wasn't overly memorable, however you most certainly pay for the view.

    Service - Upon our arrival, our waiters and sommelier maintained a professional attitude throughout the night. Clearly they were experienced, and we were highly informed of every meal and glass of wine that we had during the evening. Although, there was something they lacked, and it was soul. After dining at various other appraised restaurants, our waiters at Quay were somewhat dull in comparison which was quite disappointing.

    Value - In terms of value, even though our bill rounded just under $700 for two, the experience we shared was unforgettable. The food was simply amazing, and was certainly worth every dime. Though our portions were small we did leave full (and quite intoxicated), even though this might have been due to the amount of bread we ate in between courses. Overall, for $330pp we were treated to fine Australian cuisine and left purely delighted; though the price tag was quite hefty.

    Quay is a restaurant we will surely boast about to our friends for many years to come, however we will definitely return when the expense of this night has finally worn off - The Chubby Food Critics.

    Jan 06, 2015 

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    'Pray you don't disappoint me.'
    7


    5.5 Average

    Food  8      Ambience  2      Service  9      Value  3     


    Quay's reputation as an international 3 hatter was destroyed when I attended as a guest early this week, when a noisy toddler was allowed to dominate the ambience around the dining area as her parents completed their meal.

    I mean who admits toddlers to a fine dining restaurant anywhere around the world !!!!
    Funnily enough, I was warned by an acquaintance about the bistro standards employed by Quay management. Recently, he went to dinner there with a tie in his pocket, thinking that a restaurant such as Quay would have a fairly strict dress code. To his amazement, a man on the next table was dressed in shorts & sandals!

    Also, he was shocked to find fellow diners shuffling around Quay in between tables, taking holiday snaps. The food & service were impeccable. However, I won't be recommending Quay to anyone as a fine dining experience... it's more an incredibly expensive bistro experience.

    Dec 06, 2014 

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    9.5 Highly Recommended

    Food  10      Ambience  9      Service  10      Value  9     


    Came here for a lunch on a beautifully sunny Sydney day. Service impeccable, the break of the cacophony of French accents with Aussie now and again welcome. Sheets crisp and white, expansive views over the Harbour stunning while dining. Was informed on booking, of a cruise ship which happened to be docked on the day we dined. Fortunately had a good view of the bridge on the other side, and we were made to feel as comfortable as possible - although the glare from the white sides of the cruiseliner unavoidable. Bathrooms have a ship-board feeling, with clean, spicy scents matching the ambiance.

    Perusing the extensive drinks list, we went with cocktails, tasty and fresh. As there were 3 of us, we decided to order the 4 course meal each. First courses were a tartare of wagu with truffles and horseradish, woody and earthy, the tartare fresh and smooth. A dish of marinated silky chicken with abalone luxurious and bright, and finally a congee of creamy, sticky rice, egg yolk emulsion and mud crab simple and comforting.

    Next courses of pig jowl with scallop, seafood with house-made XO sauce and succulent lobster with sea urchin equally as tasty, a play on textures and flavours. The XO sauce a bright re-working of the usual bottled found in Asian supermarkets.

    Main of lamb simple and "from the land", although missing the flavour kick of the previous dishes. Main of duck exquisite, bits of crispy barley and rice popping with each bite, the duck cooked just. Main of cod simple and juicy, poached in stock that you feel like mopping up completely.

    Desserts complex and delicious (which are often a hit-and-miss in fine dining restaurants). Chocolate etheral and snow egg a hit to the senses, and prunes, muscovado and more a complex and soothing finish to the meal.

    Finally finished with Campos coffee, rich and buttery, with a nice mix of petit fours to match. An extremely pleasurable dining experience, excited to be back again!

    Dec 01, 2014 

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    8 Recommended

    Food  9      Ambience  9      Service  9      Value  5     


    Bring cash with you on the day! While the food, service and views are quite spectacular it comes with a premium. When we got our bill they will charge you a credit card fee which is around $7 for a tasting menu for two people. That is a fee that is substantial and not necessary.

    Nov 18, 2014 

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    8 Recommended

    Service  10      Value  6     


    Great food, great wine, great service 10/10 until you leave your table. Until they sort out their penchant for booking upstairs out to weddings full of yuppie bogans from the eastern suburbs snorting copious amounts of cocaine in the toilets they will remain an ordinary venue. Clean up your act Quay!

    Nov 09, 2014 

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    8.3 Highly Recommended

    Food  9      Ambience  9      Service  8      Value  7     


    We were seated in the upstairs room with a fantastic view in all directions. The service was excellent: friendly, informative and unobtrusive. We had the eight course tasting menu with matching wines. Every dish and wine was very good, and some of them were spectacular. It's not cheap, at about $350 per person, but it is worth it for a special occasion.

    Oct 12, 2014 

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    8.5 Highly Recommended

    Food  8      Ambience  10      Service  10      Value  6     


    When you have a great meal coupled with a fantastic view of the bridge and Opera House, there's really not much to complain about! Even though the congee and XO sea was not very innovative, it was done very well. In terms of value for money, patrons are definitely paying a premium for the magnificent views.

    Congee with crab XO Sea Duck


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    7.3 Recommended

    Food  6      Ambience  10      Service  10      Value  3     


    Went here for our anniversary in April and, while the setting is magnificent and the staff thoroughly attentive and highly knowledgeable, the food (and the cost for what you get) was a let down. I lucked out with my last course (the cheese plate) which was substantial, otherwise would have gone home hungry. They use a wide range of ingredients and the presentation of the food is beautiful but we both felt we had had better meals elsewhere for much less money. That said, they were close to full on a Thursday night, so what do I know.

    May 07, 2014 

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    10 Highly Recommended

    Food  10      Ambience  10      Service  10      Value  10     


    I had a great experience at Quay. The staff were on the ball and very attentive. The view was amazing of course. Our annoying dietary requirements were met and we didn't feel like we were a burden at all. We had the degustation where every dish is carefully thought out and guaranteed to blow you away! The desserts were beyond incredible, including the famous snow egg. My only complaint is my Angus beef was a bit tough and chewy compared to my partners piece, which was delicate and melting in your mouth. I unfortunately didn't eat mine. I highly recommend the pineapple, coconut and feijoa dessert!

    Mobile Review May 03, 2014 

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    9 Highly Recommended

    Food  9      Ambience  9      Service  9      Value  9     


    What a fantastic experience for a special occasion! I had high expectations and it most certainly didn't disappoint. My partner and I had the tasting menu and was worth every cent! The matching wines are also very impressive. As someone has said below, the service was faultless which contributes to the overall experience. I will definitely be back!

    May 02, 2014 

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