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WHERE LAND MEETS SEA. Taking inspiration from our idyllic location between the Royal Botanic Gardens & Sydney Harbour, the concept for Q Dining is ‘where land meets sea’. An Australian sanctuary with foliage accents, we pride ourselves on working closely with local Australian suppliers to source the freshest ingredients. Q Dining is located on Gadigal Land; on this land for thousands of years the Gadigal people spent their days fishing and gathering food in and around Sydney’s beautiful harbour. Our kitchen team works closely with Indigenous communities to source rare artisan ingredients that are native to Australia. Our modern Australian menu strives to acknowledge the traditional custodians
PRICE RANGE
USD 12 - USD 101
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
CUISINES
Australian
FEATURES
Reservations, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Table Service
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Reviewed 26 December 2020 via mobile

An exceptional Christmas dining experience at Q Dining. The atmosphere was contemporary and modern, menu and cuisine was broad and diverse and the team were warm, friendly, engaging and professional. A wonderful experience in a spectacular location on the harbour.

Date of visit: December 2020
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Reviewed 29 September 2020 via mobile

Friendly staff and great customer service & food. Had a great night - will definitely come back. Highly recommend.

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed 27 September 2020

We had just finished dinner & decided to go have cocktails here, it was about 10pm & the bar up stairs from it was busy but they said we could have drinks in the Q Dinning & we found it to be very nice overlooking...the Harbour at night whilst have a peaceful drink. The staff were very nice service was quick. Great job guysMore

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed 18 September 2020

We could not believe the amazing meal we had with our guests who were equally impressed with the service and high standard of the food.

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed 3 September 2020 via mobile

We have visited Q dining a few times now and find it to be one of the most relaxing spots to have a quality meal by the harbour for extremely reasonable prices. Whilst the restaurant closed for a while during all the Covid lockdowns, we...are pleased to announce that it is back in operation on Friday and Saturday nights. We chose to book in early as we like to enjoy the sunset by the harbour whilst dining. By the time we left it was getting super busy so clearly people have got the memo it’s reopened, which is a great thing. The views here are incredible, your table gets a prime view of Sydney Harbour and the Ferries coming in, as well as views of the iconic Sydney Harbour bridge. The floor to ceiling glass windows provides natural light into the space. The restaurant feels luxurious and we feel that the colour palette, with its green and peach tones oozes modern sophistication. Green leather couches, marble tables and wooden chairs all blends nicely. We also love the contrast with the sparkly and enormous pendant lights, such a stunning stylistic feature. Q dining offers ala carte menus (which we’ve had before), but on this occasion we visited with 2 other diners and opted for the shared menu. If you’re in a party of 4 or more, then the shared menu is a great option. For $69 per person, it is super reasonable considering the sheer quantity of food that is also high quality on presentation and taste. The focus of the dining menu is the use of sustainable, ethical and seasonal ingredients, something we strongly align with. In addition, the inspiration of their menu items are native ingredients, a very on trend perspective is also something we love. Each dish is carefully considered in its development and arrangement, and as such you’re in for a treat for the senses. For $69 a person, there are a range of entrees and mains as well as bread for the table. If you would also like dessert, it’s a $10 add on but we were too full and highly satisfied by this stage. The shared entrees included a charcuterie platter, which comes with a range of quality cold cuts including air died and cured meats (prosciutto, sopressa, salami), served with some nicely flavoured crackers. This was presented with a few other lovely dishes including one of our favourites; the Tasmanian salmon crudo. The diced salmon was served with chargrilled sweetcorn, black olives had a zesty lemon chilli dressing through the seafood mix. In addition, a refreshing heirloom beetroot salad came with Woodside goats curd, grapefruit and beetroot leaves. We also loved their take on a beef tartar. Served in a crispy cracker with sour cream and a jalapeno in top, this bite size morsel was a delight for the senses. The pièce de résistance was the stunning piece of slow-cooked lamb shoulder from Cowra NSW. The huge piece of lamb saw us delight in its appearance before tucking in with the tongs. The meat felt off the bone and was melt in your mouth perfection. The flavour was perfect and well matched with a herb pesto which was smothering the top of the meat. Served with fresh herbs and toasted seeds, we just kept going back for more. Such a generous serve, we struggled to finish it, but we did as it was too good not to. The light pan-roasted Con Bay barramundi fillet was beautifully cooked in a spicy ginger fish broth and plated with sauté shitake mushroom, snake beans and cashews. The barramundi was a great option to serve alongside the meat for the shared dining menu . The sides included a super tasty oven-baked pumpkin, topped with greens, as well as a seasonal garden lettuce and fresh herb salad with yoghurt dressing and some shoestring fries with flaky sea salt. The food was perfect for sharing, we shared between four, but it would be a great option for a birthday dinner or celebration. The amount of food was extremely generous and of a high quality. The entrees all came out together and similarly for the mains, showing skill of the chefs with a time management and execution. Location wise you’ll find the restaurant on the second floor of the Pullman Quay Grand Sydney Harbour. Situated on the level below the Pullman’s stunning Hacienda bar Note - it’s a Covid19 safe venue with safety of our patrons and staff being of extreme importance. Precautions are taken in accordance with Government regulations with socially distanced tables, hand sanitiser stations, venue clean in between seatings, and fully sanitised glass and tableware. You also check in on arrival with the QR reader and view the menu in the same manner.More

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed 25 August 2020 via mobile

I had not been here for a few years and I am not sure if it was being shut in from Covid but I was blown away by Q Dining. The staff were just amazing, helpful, friendly and sensitive. The food was a sensory delight....Visually enticing , taste tantalising and innovative. Obviously affected by the botanical gardens across the road, the use of florals in the food was beautiful. The view out across Circular Quay and the Sydney Harour Bridge is iconic and sets an atmosphere of expectation of good things. We had booked and did the Share Menu for 4. Starting with the cocktails - it was wow from there to the end! Interesting ideas that visually and tastefully grabbed you. Like the abundance of fairy floss (candy floss) in abundance on top of the cocktail, a good wine list, excellent champagne and quick service. The small plates were anything but small in quantity or quality. Multicoloured beetroot salad, beautiful smoked and cured meats, beef tartare to die for with just the right amount of chilli and a delectable smoked salmon salad to name a couple of the 5 dishes. The large plates were equally stunning. A slow roasted lamb shoulder that fell off the bone and melted in the mouth, pumpkin roasted with toasted pumpkin seeds is one of the best I have tried in the world. Crispy skin barramundi with greens on a miso influenced broth and a refreshing lettuce salad gave balance and crunch with a little more than just subtle acidity. And the other 3 dishes were equally stimulating, inviting and creative. And then there was deserts! Rarely have I seen such a cacophony of succulent, balanced and textured deserts that were visually each pieces of art. From mini donuts with ice cream to dark chocolate mouse, rose water infused Desert with nuts cream and ice cream to name a couple. They have just reopened go, go! It was just a delight!More

Date of visit: August 2020
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Reviewed 23 February 2020 via mobile

Very good food, definitely will go again. Service needs improvement, tables are not at the same height and the round tables are hard to manage for group booking. I learned how to request square tables next time.

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed 10 February 2020

We visited on a week night for dinner, lovely nice atmosphere but only 2 wait staff for the whole floor, they were friendly but clearly too busy and we felt bad to even ask for water! Food was ok but the buttermilk panna cotta was...a let down. The texture was not right (it was like hard jelly type of texture) and when we asked, staff said that's how the kitchen prepare them. She offered to bring a new one but reminded us the texture will be the same. We asked for the item to be taken away as we would not be eating it, normally they'd offer something else but they didn't.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed 2 January 2020 via mobile

We visited on 2 Jan, and was told quite late in the process of ordering that the restaurant had run out of seafood, this was after I had already asked if all menu items were available. The waitress appeared very inexperienced and started making up...excuses for why seafood was not available, but they still wanted to charge $30 for pasta without any seafood (normal price $35 with seafood). After that they told me Oysters had run out (after I explicitly asked and was told that all other menu items were available). Had to speak with the Manager after a 30 minute process of trying to order items that had not yet run out. Miraculously, they found some scallops after we escalated to the manager.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed 2 January 2020

Overall, our experience at Q Dining was positive. We had a friend visiting from NY during VIVID Light Festival and we wanted her to try the emu as an Australian novelty. The menu was wonderful, perfect flavours and the venue has amazing atmosphere. The restaurant...politely explained that despite our request, a window seat could not be afforded to us due to many that booked in advance for VIVID, and we were understanding. The only minor thing that dampened our experience was the waitress who emphasised on multiple occasions that the restaurant was "5-Star" when it wasn't really relevant to our questions e.g. regarding portion size. It was quite awkward and a bit distasteful in front of our guest - we came for the emu after all, not the extravagance! Obviously quite a small thing and we would return just for the food but in future we hope the staff will let the amazing food and experience speak for itself!More

Date of visit: July 2019
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