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Cicada

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Bar, Cafe, Bistro, Australian
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275 George Street, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
+61 7 3211 2161
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6:30 am - 5:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Tue 6:30 am - 5:00 pm
Wed - Thu 6:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fri 6:30 am - 12:00 am
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations
Description: Cicada is a casual yet sophisticated bistro and bar in the heart of the...
Cicada is a casual yet sophisticated bistro and bar in the heart of the Brisbane CBD. Our menu offers something for everyone, with everything from hearty and healthy breakfasts, seafood and steak for lunch, takeaway options including roasts, salads and pasta, and a diverse range of dinner options, including share plates. And of course delicious coffee, by Toby's Estate. As dusk falls at Cicada we turn into a buzzing afterworks bar with everything from top shelf spirits, craft beer, wine and cocktail jugs.
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    Very good
  • 9
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  • 6
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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Average Service

Went today with a friend. Was very unimpressed with the male waiter that clearly did not want to be there. There was no greeting just what was the name and took us to the table. Food was good and quick but I have to say I would not return purely based on the lack of service. There is one bill... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 13, 2015
Michelle O
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Brisbane, Australia
via mobile
Good for:
  • Bar scene
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW via mobile

We were a group of 6 and the waiter asked inside or outside and when he saw I had a pram he made excuses for not allowing us an inside table when the restaurant was half empty! So we sat outside in direct sunlight. After our meal the waiter was upset because we used the wrong napkins? I honestly didn't... More 

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

My wife and I are visitors from Hawaii, and just chanced upon the Cicada Restaurant on our way to the post office. We are so glad we stopped there! Eliza greeted us immediately, and all the staff were friendly and helpful. We had beet salad, a pulled pork sandwich on ciabatta bread, and two glasses of wine. The food came... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015 via mobile

Went today with a friend. Was very unimpressed with the male waiter that clearly did not want to be there. There was no greeting just what was the name and took us to the table. Food was good and quick but I have to say I would not return purely based on the lack of service. There is one bill... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

Cicada was not staffed for a city breakfast service. One barista, and one floor staff was insufficient to take timely orders and deliver quick turnaround service for city workers. Try having more staff on Cicada to make the experience what we expect and be more generous with the meal portions. $19 for a palm size breakfast serving is outrageous.

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

Informal, but not bad. Always something different to eat in the morning. Coffee good and staff on the whole effective

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014

Cicada has been at this location at the top end of Adelaide Street (building goes around into George Street) for as long as I can remember. It has always had a business vibe to it, especially if you walk past it after work, it is filled with business people having drinks after work (therefore it is closed Sat and Sun).... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

During September I was doing some work related activities in the Brisbane CBD with a fellow work colleague. We walked past a restaurant and he asked me if I have ever heard of the famous Reubens Sandwich. Of course I had having watched Man v Food on Foxtel. A few days later I was seated there for lunch having one... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

Cicada is one of a good selection of cafes and bars situated down the George Street end of Adelaide Street. Diverse menu selection for breakfast and lunch with fresh quality food and very good coffee. More up market than many cafes but reasonably priced. Indoor and out-door seating.Lots of business people.

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Charlestown, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

I visited Cicada while doing business with Telstra - It seems that's fairly standard with Telstra taking up a number of floors in the building above. That aside, if you're looking for a relaxed place to get a decent lunch I'd highly recommend Cicada. The service was friendly with drinks coming out super fast and meals following fairly soon after... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Had a quick breakfast here. Service was inconsistent, ranging from the friendly but clearly overworked male waiter who did everything right once he got to it, to the waitress who came across as rude but was probably just really, really indifferent. Coffee was good, no, great. I ordered the avocado and poached eggs on cornbread. I probably misunderstood what corn... More 

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Additional Information about Cicada

Address: 275 George Street, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Phone Number: +61 7 3211 2161
Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Queensland  >  Brisbane
Open Hours:
Monday 6:30 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 6:30 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 6:30 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday 6:30 am - 9:00 pm
Friday 6:30 am - 12:00 am
Average Prices: USD 6 - 24
Cuisine: Bar, Cafe, Bistro, Australian

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 275 George Street, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Queensland  >  Brisbane
  • Phone Number: +61 7 3211 2161

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 6 - 24
  • Cuisine: Bar, Cafe, Bistro, Australian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene

Description

Cicada is a casual yet sophisticated bistro and bar in the heart of the Brisbane CBD. Our menu offers something for everyone, with everything from hearty and healthy breakfasts, seafood and steak for lunch, takeaway options including roasts, salads and pasta, and a diverse range of dinner options, including share plates. And of course delicious coffee, by Toby's Estate. As dusk falls at Cicada we turn into a buzzing afterworks bar with everything from top shelf spirits, craft beer, wine and cocktail jugs.
Open Hours
Monday
6:30 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday
6:30 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday
6:30 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
6:30 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
6:30 am - 12:00 am

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?