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“Let's Do Lunch” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Customs House Restaurant

Customs House Restaurant
399 Queen Street, Brisbane, Queensland 4000, Australia
07-3365 8921
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Ranked #48 of 3,101 Restaurants in Brisbane
Price range: $25 - $80
Cuisines: Australian
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Description: Customs House has a licensed restaurant which provides inside dining in heritage surroundings as well as outside dining overlooking the river and the Story Bridge. The relaxed dining ambience is popular with tourists, business clients and local customers. Guests can be assured of excellent food, fantastic river views and friendly professional service. The cuisine is modern Australian with an emphasis on fresh seasonal produce including seafood. The wine list has quality wines at competitive prices.Head Chef: Didier Pollaert Chef de Cusine: John OffenhauserLunch: Monday - Sunday 12 noon until 2.30pm Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday from 6.00pm Sunday Breakfast from 9am Cake and Coffee: Every day from 9am
Brisbane, Australia
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47 restaurant reviews
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“Let's Do Lunch”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Good Food Month in Brisbane is still in full swing and today we visited Customs House as part of the "Let's do lunch" event. Customs House is one of Brisbane's heritage icons owned and operated by the University of Queensland, located on the river in the CBD.

The restaurant is a spectacular venue with seating inside beautiful heritage surroundings or outside the terrace overlooking the river and Story Bridge. For $38pp "Let's do lunch" offers entree, main, & a choice between a glass of Yalumba Eden Valley Viogner or Coopers 62 Pilsner.

Entree is an exquisite pork croquette, cinnamon apple sauce & fried kale. So flavoursome, with great crunchy textures & the sweet sauce was a nice finish. What a start!

Main dish is a roasted barramundi with smoked white bean puree, crispy artichoke, wilted spinach, & black olive tapenade. Another standout, well balanced dish. Perfectly cooked barra, crunchy textures of the artichoke being balanced by the soft spinach. The tapenade gave a salty flavour and the puree provides a smooth finish. Amazing!

Though i prefer Rieslings, the glass of viognier was a nice match to our meal. Slightly fruity & smooth, a little like a chardonnay. Service was top notch throughout, & overall, a very enjoyable, great value, outstanding lunch. As dessert was not part of the $38 deal, we paid $17 and decided to share a Customs House classic creme brulee with biscotti. It was one of the biggest creme brulees i've ever had so i'm glad we shared one. Absolutely perfect, and a brilliant way to finish lunch.

Afterwards take in some amazing views, stroll along the boardwalk by the river, & fall in love with Brisbane <3

  • Visited July 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Pretoria, South Africa
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96 reviews 96 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 36 cities Reviews in 36 cities
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
“Nice but not extraordinary”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

The waiters were very professional and the service prompt. The food nice and the wine good. The menu had two options for each of the three courses and they were placed alternatively in front of us. Enjoyed the evening.

Visited July 2014
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Brisbane, Australia
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Birthday Lunch”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

I recently hosted a birthday lunch for 13 people at Customs House. Everything from the booking, food, service and setting was excellent. It was my 2nd visit and I would not hesitate to return and to highly recommend it to my friends and anyone contemplating dining by the river.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Beautifully setting”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

This restaurant is in a beautiful setting overlooking the storey bridge , when lit up at night is spectacular , the food is delicious the service was also excellent. I would definitely recommend this restaurant

  • Visited June 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food

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“Service, food, wine and views”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Whether with friends, family or just the two of us, this is our favourite place in Brisbane for great food, excellent wines and old-fashioned good and friendly service. The setting is a delight and the river views are a delight both at lunch time and at night. Not cheap, true - but great value for money.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food

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