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“The view is great and the food is splendid as well. ”

The Restaurant at the Art Gallery of NSW
Cuisines: Australian
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Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Neighbourhood: Central Business District
Flagstaff, Arizona
Level 5 Contributor
53 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“The view is great and the food is splendid as well. ”
Reviewed 7 August 2014 via mobile

Having been away for a few years when a friend and I were getting together on a recent visit I was delighted when they chose this restaurant, it is hard to beat the view. But the food is always a reliable standard and also adventurous enough to keep you interested. We both had main and dessert. They had the duck confit, which pleased us both (huge duck lovers) and I chose the Barramundi, so beautifully cooked, crisp skin and moist flesh cooked to perfection. We also ordered the hand cut chips and aioli which were scrumptious, crisp and golden on the outside and fluffy potato on the inside. The aioli, also good as it was not overwhelming in the garlic front like most seem to be these days. The desserts were hard to pass up so we did not, I had the mandarin pavlova (meringue with a little cream, mandarin jelly, mandarins and a beautifully light mandarin sorbet - delicious. My friend had the chocolate delice which did not disappoint this chocolate lover. Come time for coffee, the machine had broken down but it was dealt with swiftly and professionally by acquiring them from the gallery cafe, it did take a little longer, but we were forewarned. A lovely lunch. Not cheap, but with the view, worth it.

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Dallas, Texas, United States
Level 6 Contributor
913 reviews
366 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 183 helpful votes
“Upper floor has a great view, nice place to rest after viewing lots of Art”
Reviewed 26 July 2014

The upper floor part of the restaurant has a wonderful view. Its very pleasant to rest after walking through the gallery viewing art and take some tea and wine.

  • Visited July 2014
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Sydney, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
240 reviews
125 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 247 helpful votes
“A cafe obviously run according to a cookie cutter business model - could try harder”
Reviewed 23 June 2014

We stopped at the cafe for a late lunch before visiting the Afghanistan exhibition. You line up, give your order, take a number, organise your cutlery and water and sit and wait. We went outside, but got driven away to the far cold and gloomy end of the outside area by the shrieking contents of a tour bus. The food arrived. It was ok, cheap versions of 'grain and grease' kind of cafe food. They had tried to 'theme' it to match the Afghanistan exhibition, so one of us the kind of mixed plate of various dips accompanied by flat bread. All very dull and not tasty at all. Everything tasted kind of 'fridged out'. The soup was good, but there wasn't much of it and the accompanying bread was also dull and a bit tasteless. The food was quite expensive for what it was.

Not really good enough for such a showcase venue. The food could be a lot fresher, tastier and served with a bit more hospitality. We won't return.

  • Visited May 2014
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Grafton, NSW
Level 4 Contributor
27 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Not good enough for a window seat”
Reviewed 16 June 2014

We visited on Saturday 7 June - three middle aged ladies from the country. We were nicely dressed and well presented and asked the waiter for a window seat. We were told they were all reserved (we could see no reserved signs) and there were about 7 tables spare. Over an extended lunch only one young couple were given a table near the window. Snobby waiters should not be able to decide who gets tables. The restaurant was only 1/4 full in the 2 hour period that we were there. Poor form. Meals were nice enough but disappointed about not being able to take in the view when we only visit the city once a year.

  • Visited June 2014
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Sydney, Australia
Level 5 Contributor
54 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
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“A really pleasant place to eat”
Reviewed 6 June 2014

The Art Gallery restaurant is located at one end of the Art Gallery of NSW overlooking the surrounding botanical gardens and a part of old Sydney where many thousands of hopfull emigrants disembarked in years past. The restaurant has a light and airy ambiance.

We had spent the morning in the art gallery, so it was an easy choice to stroll into the restaurant (best to book ) for lunch.

We chose the special of the day,scollop salad. It was a delightful meal,delicate flavours with just a hint of chilli,followed by a flavoursome desert.
Overall a very pleasant lunch with friendly efficient staff.

  • Visited June 2014
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