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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 402 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. 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.

  2. A A.
    • 267 reviews
    10/10

    The team did an outstanding job from start to finish.

  3. Sarah H.
    • 19 reviews
    10/10

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

  4. A A.
    • 280 reviews
    10/10

    Wonderful food , great location. Helpful staff.

  5. A A.
    • 284 reviews
    9.25/10

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

  6. 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.

  7. 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!!!

  8. Peter B.
    • 3 reviews
    8.5/10

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

  9. 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!

  10. A A.
    • 266 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.

  11. A A.
    • 265 reviews
    9/10

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

  12. Peter M.
    • one review
    8.5/10

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

  13. Shawn B.
    • one review
    9.5/10

    Helpful staff Unique, interesting food well organised

  14. Anthony M.
    • one review
    9/10

    Great dining experience Perfect service

  15. A A.
    • 260 reviews
    9.25/10

    enjoyed the 10 course lunch with great view of harbour bridge and opera house

  16. A A.
    • 264 reviews
    9/10

    great service and delicate food for each course! Booked a table early and had spectacular views with the harbour bridge and opera house in front of your eyes

  17. A A.
    • 249 reviews
    9.75/10

    Fabulous food, wine and service. Food waiter was great, sommelier was rushed in explaining the wine with too much information, otherwise stunning!

  18. A A.
    • 272 reviews
    10/10

    Definitely loved the Duck dish and the White Coral Dessert.

  19. DANDAN L.
    • one review
    10/10

    we celebrate our 7th anniversary there, the feeling of the restaurant just exceeds our expectation, we enjoy the romantic lights, the nice music, the comfortable seating, the delicious food, the killing view and lovely people over there, it was fantastic~~~

  20. A A.
    • 258 reviews
    10/10

    Setting is truly beautiful , The staff were incredibly knowledgeable and engaging , A perfect dining experience

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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