The Gantry Restaurant
Both my friend and I couldn't finish our meal as we were too full and didn't want to feel uncomfortable (and I wasn't feeling too well, either). At the end on the meal, we asked the waiter for doggy bags for our leftovers, so we could take them home and eat them later (we were not staying at the hotel). I was very disappointed when the waiter told us that it was hotel policy not to do this due to "hygiene reasons". This is the only restaurant that I have ever eaten at where I had this response and I can't imagine what "hygiene reasons" there would be, unless there was some "hygiene" problem in the kitchen where this food was prepared?? As well, there has been much stated about food waste in all the media and how it contributes to all sorts of negative things, a main one of which is global warming due to discarded food rotting and giving off methane gas, a main contributor to this. My waiter apologised saying that it was hotel policy and there wasn't anything he could do. We should all be trying to do our best in a concerted effort to address the problem of global warming (in this case not contributing to food waste). As well, since we paid for the food, it meant that it was ours, so all we needed was a plastic container to put it in to transport it home. This was a very disappointing experience!
Hi Sherry, We are fully compliant with all health and hygiene standards set out and food is something that is very susceptible to environment. As a hotel policy and for the safety of our diners, we do not allow for any cooked food to be taken off premise. Risks arise as we do not know if it is stored properly, maintained at the right temperature and what time it has been consumed. Thus to avoid any food borne illnesses, we apologise but we must adhere to this policy. Kind regards, Luke
Nice, relaxing place! Great food and service! After dinner the bar was a treat!
Hi Sarah, We are glad that you had a fantastic experience with us! I'll be sure to let the team know. Kind regards, Luke
Was very disappointed in the overall service of this restaurant. The food was nice but the service did not match the quality of what this restaurant is about. Would not go back again.
The food was amazing, it was so good we went again the following day for lunch. I flew back to Perth with a full belly and a fantastic last meal before leaving Sydney. We had eaten at a lot of restaurants while in Sydney and this place was my favourite. Could not fault any of the courses, yum yum yum.
Hi Carmel, Thank you for your very kind words! I'll be sure to pass this positive feedback on to the team and hope to see you again when you're next in Sydney. Kind regards, Luke
Great food, staff really good, and the ambience superb!
Normally the Gantry has excellent service and food. We have been there many times before and never been disappointed. They cater for our vegan diet and we are spoilt whenever we go. However, last Friday was awful. Very slow service, lack of wait staff to order drinks, a very long wait for main course, which we had to chase up and we had trouble finding staff to pay our bill. We were almost left on our own.
Come on Gantry, you can do better. What happened on Friday 5th April?
Fantastic spot for a late Sunday lunch. Not busy, great views and food. Not cheap, but well worth the experience.
Hi Cameron, Thank you for the kind words, we are glad that you had a great experience! We hope to see you again soon. Kind regards, Luke
Fantastic meal, some of the best service we have ever experienced
Hi Nadine, Thank you for visiting The Gantry, we take great pride in delivering the best possible experience for all guests. I'll be sure to pass on your kind words to the team :) Kind regards, Luke
Great food, great location, great atmosphere
Would highly recommend
Hi Sophia, We are thrilled to hear about your great experience with us and we hope to see you again soon! Kind regards, Luke
Amazing good and great customer service. This is the second time coming and would be back for sure.
Anniversary dinner. The food was excellent and service very good. The only issue was the decaf long black. It was watery and weak
You don’t realize that this restaurant is in a hotel. Set out along the waterfront, great views. Excellent friendly service, creative menu, tasty food. Highly recommend it.
Hi Pat, Thank you for the kind words, we take great pride in delivering the perfect experience for our guests. We hope to see you again soon :) Kind regards, Luke
I took my partner to The Gantry for his birthday. In short, the experience was AWESOME. The service was outstanding (very attentive, witty, humorous, knowledgeable and just all around super pleasant staff), we had 3 courses and each one of those dishes were absolutely delicious - like a party in our mouth and everyone was invited! They also made sure the birthday boy felt special, and without prompting, they brought out a dessert dish with a happy birthday message on the plate... Probably the best dining experience we've had! Definitely go for the outdoor seating area, the ambiance was beautiful, we just couldn't have had a more perfect experience. Thank you to all the wonderful staff and chef! We will be back!!!
Beautiful presentation for the food, great atmosphere and incredibly polite and attentive staff. The Gantry is also located in a wonderful location, perfect for a relaxing lunch on a sunny day.
Very nice restaurant. And you pay accordingly. We had a vegan tasting menu with wine paring. Outstanding wine choices mostly local upon request. Very enthusiastic assistant sommelier. The maitre made a little faux pas when offering us oysters for starting with some champagne. All forgiven. Portions (food) were large. Somehow the idea is that vegans need more food in general. But that's alright. The ambiance was not chique. You can go in any way dressed. Unfortunately. Place was not full. But we were there on a Sunday, I don't know when Ozzies go out. All in all 8/10.
We sat outside on a lovely evening. Great setting and excellent, attentive service.
We recently went back to The Gantry for our second visit. Really love the location and service. We had the 6 course degustation... the starters were tasty, dessert was amazing, however the mains (chicken and kangaroo) were nice, but would expect a bit more depth of flavour. Would still recommend. Can also recommend speaking to the Sommelier for wine recommendations. Awesome guy and stayed within reasonable price range.
Tasting menu was great along with the matching wines. Had various dietary options which was fantastic. The staff were very professional and polite. Highly recommended!
May have been the busy day but the service was a little slow. Thanks
I have already recommended to friends and work colleagues
Wonderful five course veggie tasting menu. Surprising and wonderfully cooked.
Served with a wonderful variety of wines to choose from.
A lovely Valentine’s evening
Place felt like a metro station inside, random people running back and forth, service average with exception of one person. Food very good -unfortunately you don't go to a restaurant only for the good food but the entire experience where in this case it was average.
After significant dificulty in finding a Sunday lunch degustation waterside in Sydney, we could not of been more happy with The Gantry for our special romantic occassion. The service, food and ambiance were fabulous. They have outstanding vegetarian, vegan and regular degustation menus and were flexible in supporting individual taste/ requirements. A fabulous wine menu and reasonable cocktail offering. We are looking forward to dining there again.
Great atmosphere and amazing food . Ruby made our night very special and was accommodating in every way . They even came with a cake and candle knowing it was my wife’s bday .
Hi Vasko, I'm so happy to hear that we were able to make your wife's birthday special for the two of you! The whole team loves to help make special occasions that little bit more special. Restaurant General Manager
Fabulous Sunday lunch enjoying the degustation menu with matched wines. Staff could not have been more attentive to detail. Lovely food and very interesting learning about the paired wines. Thoroughly recommended.
Thank you Susan, it is so lovely to hear that you had a wonderful experience with us, I will make sure to pass on your feedback to the team! We look forward to having you with us again. Restaurant General Manager
We dined at Gantry for lunch. We asked to sit outside and had a lovely view of the harbor. The best part of the experience was the view and location. The seafood was tasty, but overcooked, but the service was subpar. We asked for tap water along with our wine and cocktail (which was nothing but ice and cucumbers), and later realized we were charged $10 for bottled water. We were overall disappointed with our visit to Gantry and would not return.
Exceptional 6 course tasting menu... compliments to the chefs.
Lovely outlook overlooking the harbour.
Let down by front of house team ... 2 courses in and had to ask for a drink and the wait staff called themselves alcoholics ... not a professional look.
The good: Vanilla shortcake dessert. Close to iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge, accommodation and other standard tourist spots. The gantry also has a reasonable wine list.
The not so good: Service was less than average, especially towards the end of our meal where it was clear we were ready to leave. Wait staff were happy to chat amongst themselves out the front rather than serve us a bill.
Most of the meals seemed to be trying too hard, style over substance.
I also hate being charged substantial amounts for sparkling water that comes out of a tap.
The Gantry Restaurant was a most memorable experience. I had the trout and my husband had the quail. They were exquisite! The sauces were just perfect with each particular meat. The one hat is well deserved! We sat outside on a perfect evening and watched water craft glide by. It was beautifully quiet. Service was very professional. It was my husband's birthday and he was very impressed. Instead of a bottle, we had a couple of glasses of wine each. Turned out to be cheaper that way. We thought the overall price was right too. We'll be back.
Really wonderful dining experience. we were in a hurry to see a show at the theatre and the staff not only took this into consideration but acted on it. Food was amazing, I had the crab then chicken and my wife had oysters and then fish. we wish we had more time to try the desserts. The service was great and the beer cold. could not have asked for more and I think the best compliment we can give is we have told anyone and everyone how good it was and we can't wait to get back there.
Amazing views and atmosphere. The tasting menu is amazing and makes for a great date night. Great value for money. The staff was amazing. They were knowledgeable about the dishes and were flexible, able to cater for allergies, preferences etc.
Great food and great service staff. It’s was delicious and will definitely be returning
The food was great however the service was below par for a one hatted restaurant. Its a shame the table service does not match the quality of food making it overall an underwhelming dining experience.
Nice food in a good atnosphere. Service was a little sloppy although polite.
Lovely and delicious dishes! Superb food!
The food was very, very good. Having said that, there was too much. In mitigation, it was a 6-course NYE dinner; however, we ultimately passed on the 5th course.
Again, perhaps because it was NYE - the service was virually non-existant. From where I was sitting, I could literally view 50 tables; often, 15 minutes would pass before anyone at any of those tables received any food. Even after passing on the 5th course, the meal took 2.5 hours to complete - much too long for my way of thinking. (To be certain, almost an hour lapsed between the 1st and 2nd courses; the delay was so long, even our "drink waitress" commented on the delay - 3 times.)
In the end, the Fireworks show made up for everything. We are planning to return to this hotel again next year; however, we will opt for the "NYE Party" instead of the "NYE Dinner."
Even though it took us 1 hr to walk to and from The Gantry, on NYE, in a rain, as visitors from U.K. the whole evening and experience was amazing. We will recommend to any friends who visit Sydney.
I spent NYE in Sydney and had a wonderful 5-course meal at the Gantry prior to the NYE Party. It was truly one of the most wonderful experiences I've ever had. The food was delish, wine selections great, staff wonderful and so professional (even when it started raining buckets midway). I had the BEST time. Highly recommend for NYE festivities!
Great dinner. We tried the tasting menu and every course was very tasty.
We came to celebrate our first wedding anniversary and were not disappointed. (We also had a visiting family member join us for the celebration!)
Our waiter was very attentive and helpful not only with explaining the menu, but also activities near the restaurant after we had finished dinner.
Each dish we chose surpassed our expectations- we would definitely come back another time for a special meal.