Sydney, NSW

2016 SMH Good Food Guide Awards - Three Chef Hats
Quay's superb location, between the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House, is not all that makes this restaurant such a success with discerning diners. Its dishes will seduce you with high quality produce and impressive technique. You can't go wrong with anything on the cutting-edge menu, just be sure to leave room for Peter Gilmore's famed eight texture chocolate cake.
Opening Times
Upper Level Overseas Passenger Terminal
Circular Quay West
The Rocks
Tel: +61 2 9251 5600
Modern Australian
Price Range:
$$$$ ~ $$$$
$$$$ = Mains under $20
$$$$ = Mains $20 - $30
$$$$ = Mains $30 - $40
$$$$ = Mains over $40
Fully Licensed (no BYO)
Apart from the quintessential modern Australian cuisine, Quay is all about the breathtaking harbour setting. Floor to ceiling glass windows allow diners to take in the picturesque harbour views and lap up the pearl sails of the Opera House. A plush purple carpet cradles well spaced round white linen-draped tables and booths.
Undoubtedly the cream of the crop when it comes to dining at the Overseas Passenger Terminal, Quay is among the most iconic restaurants that Sydney proudly calls its own. Under the guidance of acclaimed chef, Peter Gilmore, Quay has been the recipient of more Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide chefs hats than you can poke a spatula at, proving that it is not just Quays superb location, sandwiched between the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House, that makes this restaurant such a success with discerning diners.

The swanky decor immediately makes you feel that dining at Quay is for a special occasion and for those who are curious, the psychedelic carpet is long gone, having been replaced by a plush royal purple installation. Gilmore has introduced a four-course degustation that easily competes with the view in terms of fabulousness. Each course offers four or five dishes to choose from, essentially allowing the diner to design their own degustation. Commence with Gilmores delicate signature dish of sea pearls before moving on to pig belly with braised green-lipped abalone, hand-made silken tofu and Japanese mushrooms. The desserts are truly spectacular.
Dates Fri 25 Dec to Fri 25 Dec
Location The Rocks, NSW
Category Christmas Dining
Description Celebrate this Christmas in style at Quay Restaurant, perched above Sydney's exquisite Harbour. Quay is a magnificent setting to celebrate this ...
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250 pax
Quay Restaurant
Quay Restaurant, with its floor to ceiling glass walls, is a spectacular setting for all modes of corporate entertainment, wedding receptions and cocktail parties. The restaurant seats up to 150 guests, or can accommodate 250 guests for a cocktail party. Exclusive use of Quay Restaurant does not require a hire fee, however there is a minimum spend of $15,000 on food and beverages for lunch. For an exclusive dinner, the minimum spend requirement starts from $25,000.
The Upper Tower
Quay’s Upper Tower is Sydney’s most spectacular dining room and a delightfully intimate setting. Floor to ceiling glass walls provide jaw-dropping views of Sydney Harbour. The space can be hired out exclusively for a sit down lunch or dinner for 32 people. A minimum spend requirement for exclusive use of the Upper Tower starts from $3,500 for lunch and $5,000 for dinner.
The Green Room
The Green Room at Quay is situated upstairs from the restaurant. Named after the famous Sydney Opera House Green Room, it offers 240 degree harbour views. The venue is suitable for press launches and media interviews, private parties, corporate functions and international business meetings. It can accommodate a sit down lunch or dinner with dance floor for 100 people or a cocktail soiree for 180. The minimum spend for an exclusive function in Quay's Green Room starts from $6,000 for cocktails, $4,000 for lunch and from $6,000 for dinner.
Accessible by water taxi
Award Winning / Hatted
Function for 50-100
Private Dining Room
Suitable for Functions
Suitable for Groups of 10
Suitable for Product launches
Suitable for Weddings
Waterfront Dining
SMH Good Food Guide Awards - 2016
Three Chef Hats
Restaurants & Catering - Awards for Excellence - 2015
Best Fine Dining Restaurant
SMH Good Food Guide Awards - 2015
Three Chef Hats
Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Awards - 2014
Three Stars
SMH Good Food Guide Awards - 2014
Three Chef Hats
Circular Quay West,
Upper Level Overseas Passenger Terminal
The Rocks NSW 2000
Gary Mehigan on 15/10/2014
I'm split on this one but maybe The Lake House, Daylesford or Brea Restaurant in Birregura if you are up for a pleasant drive or Vue de Monde for Melbourne's city skyline. Or let's be honest you can't beat Sydney for spectacular harbour views and Quay is one of this country's best restaurants
Damien Brassel on 10/10/2014
Quay - This restaurant is brilliant for the whole package. The incredible food, impeccable service and of course the view. All of this creates a very special experience.
Daniel Puskas on 7/10/2014
For something special it would have to be Quay, Marque or Sepia.
Ross Lusted on 29/09/2014
The mud crab congee at Quay is quintessentially Australian so this would be top of my list.
John McFadden on 24/09/2014
You want to impress then you can't go past Quay.
Jeremy Clarke on 11/09/2014
Quay, Sydney or Sepia, Sydney. Great food done in a cutting edge way…you read the menu and expect a dish one way and it comes in a totally different form, texture or presentation.
Lyndey Milan on 28/08/2014
For this you need great food and also a great view – Quay offers both, as well as superb service. The menu changes often but there is usually a version of Peter Gilmore's famous snow egg on there. He is a chef who stays at the top of his game
Shierly Anonymous on 28/08/2014
Special occasion restaurant would have to be Quay - the berkshire pig jowl, maltose crackling is out of this world
Alvin Quah on 25/08/2014
If you think the views are breathtaking, wait till you sample the food. Chef Peter Gilmore regularly creates new and inspiring dishes but a constant feature is the snow egg. A must-have!
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