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Cicada

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Australian, Bar, Café, Bistro
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275 George Street, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
+61 7 3211 2161
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Today
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: 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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Good for:
Bar scene

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  • 4
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  • 14
    Very good
  • 8
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 0
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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
Most recent review
Poor service and very small meals for the price

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... read more

2 of 5 starsReviewed February 25, 2015
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Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Lunch
  • Reservations
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

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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80 restaurant reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
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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Australia
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221 restaurant reviews
593 helpful votes 593 helpful votes
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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32 reviews 32 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
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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193 restaurant reviews
144 helpful votes 144 helpful votes
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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161 reviews 161 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
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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Australia
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79 reviews 79 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
170 helpful votes 170 helpful votes
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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Gold Coast
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Have been here a number of times for breakfast. The service is always friendly and efficient and the food is generally pretty decent. Good location

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Australia
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55 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 via mobile

great food - had a variety of the small plates and they were all very good - very friendly staff - was a bit noisy but would recommend

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58 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

Great food, great location! We had breakfast here. It was served a little arty for me, but the food was delicious! The place is centrally located, so ideal for all meals. Sitting outside is also great in winter. The staff are fairly friendly. The price was pretty reasonable. I would definitely recommend this place.

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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 - 25
  • Cuisine: Australian, Bar, Café, Bistro

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

Questions & Answers

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