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Meet the Chef

Born and bred in Sydney, Peter Gilmore is the Executive Chef at two of Australia’s most dynamic restaurants; Bennelong and Quay. He started his apprenticeship at 16, then spent his twenties developing his own style working in kitchens overseas and in country New South Wales. Across both restaurants, Peter describes his cuisine as food inspired by nature and continues to work in partnership with small and artesian producers who cultivate bespoke produce exclusively for both Quay and Bennelong.
Average price $300 Special request

Scores & Reviews

Excellent
9.2/10
based on 411 reviews
Only customers who have dined at the restaurant after booking on TheFork can leave a review.
Food :9.1/10
Service :9.3/10
Setting :9.2/10
  1. Jessie Z.
    Jessie Z.
    • one review
    10/10

    We're not big drinkers, so didn't order any wine with our food. My usual experience with this is being snubbed by the sommelier and/or other wait staff, but this did not happen at Quay. We were treated with respect and kindness equal to the other guests even though we did not order as much. I really enjoyed that. The view was spectacular as well. I had very high expectations coming here, and they were all met. I would definitely recommend this restaurant to others.

  2. Paul F.
    Paul F.
    • 4 reviews
    9.5/10

    One of the best dining experiences possible. Well deserves all the accolades. Pure theatre. Amazing food and service and looking directly onto Sydney harbour opera house and bridge!

  3. Oonagh C.
    Oonagh C.
    • one review
    9/10

    A very good place for special occasion, the food portion of each course is relative small and suitable for me. Non-alcoholic drink paring is excellent. The cup for the coffee is disappointing because of the pottery, it is too hot for holding and as it has no handle, we have to wait till the coffee cooled down and became Luke warm before we can hold the cup. So if they can improve by replacing the Coffee Cup with one that at least have a small handle or to get a cotton cup cover to shield the heat from the cup, that will be great.

  4. Lauren L.
    Lauren L.
    • 2 reviews
    9.5/10

    The food was innovative and perfect for a special occasion. The views were nice and the restaurant was busy.

  5. Tim N.
    Tim N.
    • one review
    3.5/10

    the dish portion is extremely small, we spend AUD 240 per person and no one feel the belly is filled with food. The food delivered in a very slow pace. Extremely disappointed.

  6. John C.
    John C.
    • one review
    9/10

    The food is beautifully balanced and worth the experience, and the setting (between the Bridge and the Opera House) was amazing. It was let down by the rushed finish in order to make the table available for the next sitting, after a somewhat lethargic service earlier on. (‘Don’t rush’ the waiter kept saying as they placed dessert on the table at the 2 hour mark). Wine pairings were disappointing, to be honest, with only 2 of 6 wines really well matched, and definitely was not worth the extra expense.

  7. Anissa C.
    Anissa C.
    • one review
    10/10

    very nice and delicious birthday cake!

  8. A A.
    A A.
    • 267 reviews
    10/10

    The team did an outstanding job from start to finish.

  9. Sarah H.
    Sarah H.
    • 20 reviews
    10/10

    What an experience! Simply incredible food and views and impeccable yet warm service!

  10. A A.
    A A.
    • 285 reviews
    10/10

    Wonderful food , great location. Helpful staff.

  11. A A.
    A A.
    • 287 reviews
    9.25/10

    Great culinary experience matched with some lovely wines with excellent service. Perfect to celebrate a big anniversary!

  12. JP M.
    JP M.
    • one review
    10/10

    Quay was excellent and provided a great service experience as well as excellent food and wine pairing. Cannot really fault any element of it and liked the casual nature of the pairing and introduction of dishes throughout.

  13. Haehnle S.
    Haehnle S.
    • one review
    9/10

    The setting, the staff, the service and the food were all phenomenal. My partner and I had the most wonderful time. The only “minsiscule” addition of constructive criticism I could add (and only in my opinion) would be that most of the dishes were quite decadent and something light and fresh couldn’t go astray! Otherwise the food was meticulously curated and perfectly seasoned and executed at the highest level. The scallops, wagyu, pork and duck were highlights. Thank you!!!

  14. A A.
    A A.
    • 265 reviews
    9.5/10

    We were at Quay celebrating a birthday and enjoyed the 6 course dinner and matching drinks. The food, ambience, atmosphere, service was great and topped up with beautiful views of the Sydney Opera and Harbour Bridge. They gave a lovely 7 textures of chocolate birthday cake and some chocolates as gifts. I would go again to try a different menu perhaps one day.

  15. Peter B.
    Peter B.
    • 4 reviews
    8.5/10

    As good an experience as expected . My family from New York we’re impressed.

  16. Natalie J.
    Natalie J.
    • 4 reviews
    10/10

    It’s been a long time between visits to Quay but WOW!, once again I’ve been blown away. Amazing!

  17. A A.
    A A.
    • 265 reviews
    9.25/10

    Lovely evening with magnificent food/drinks, and fantastic service. Started with a ship in port, but it left relatively early giving us the perfect view as the sunset. Would most definitely dine here again.

  18. A A.
    A A.
    • 267 reviews
    9/10

    Good food and service but was a little expensive and did not provide as much value as expected for 300per person.

  19. Peter M.
    Peter M.
    • one review
    8.5/10

    if your smaller menu is 240 A$ how can anyone spend less than 250 per person?

  20. Shawn  B.
    Shawn B.
    • one review
    9.5/10

    Helpful staff Unique, interesting food well organised

More information

How to get to the restaurant

Overseas Passenger Terminal, 2000, The Rocks, Australia

About the restaurant

This Rocks institution won Gourmet Traveller’s Restaurant of the Year for 2019. It has consistently held three Good Food Guide hats for seventeen years. Is it necessary to continue? Ok, easy. At the helm is highly celebrated chef, Peter Gilmore, who is known not simply for his culinary masterpieces but also his dedication to growing his own, fresh produce.

After a recent renovation, Quay is redesigning the fine dining experience. They have swapped the white tablecloths for more natural elements, including timber tables made from spotted gum, a timber ceiling and volcanic lava stone detailing.

They now offer a six course degustation meal for dinner midweek and lunch Friday to Sunday. As well as a 10-course meal on Friday and Saturday night. If you were hoping to try the famous ‘Snow Egg’, you’ll have to settle for the new dessert “White coral”. It features a light white chocolate ganache aerated under vacuum and then frozen with liquid nitrogen.

Quay should be top of your Sydney list for that most special of special occasions.

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