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“Fine dining that has to be experienced!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Walnut Restaurant

The Walnut Restaurant
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Ranked #75 of 4,266 Restaurants in Brisbane
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: French, Australian, Seafood
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Good for: Local cuisine, Large groups, Special occasions, Families with children, Business meetings, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Validated Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: The Walnut Restaurant is found within the historical Royal on the Park Hotel overlooking the Botanical Gardens. In a lovely location opposite the Botanic Gardens both hotel and restaurant are steeped in tradition. The Walnut Restaurant Brisbane offers Brisbane's best fine dining experience that other Brisbane city restaurants simply cannot compare to. Elegance returns with shimmering Egyptian crystal chandeliers, polished Walnut wood paneling with gold trimmings and leather seating. With our exquisite a la carte menu and only the very best of service, we offer a charming and relaxed atmosphere for our diners. In addition a series of special functions are held - our chefs design a weekly degustation menu, available every Saturday with paired wines chosen by our Sommelier to provide the ultimate dining experience. At The Walnut we set out to surprise with both our quality of food and levels of service, For bookings please call us on 07 3112 1650. The Walnut Restuarant won the Bronze Medal at The Australian Culinary Federation Salon Culinaire 2011, Jimmy Sawyer Restaurant of the Year Competition and in 2016 a ‘certificate of excellence for service’ from Tripadvisor.
Australia
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Fine dining that has to be experienced!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 15, 2013

My partner surprised me with a wonderful meal in your restaurant for Valentines day. The special 3 course meal that was offered and all the lovely extras made for a wonderful romantic evening! The champagne to enjoy with our meal was lovely and the beautiful red rose and the macaroons to take away were lovely touches.
Both my partner and I really enjoyed all of our courses. I loved my entree of asparagus mousse which was so light and refreshing with perfectly balanced flavours. It melted in your mouth. My partner found the duck delicious!
I decided to try the white truffle and mushroom rotollo and I am am so glad I did!! My partner was delighted with his organic chicken breast.. But couldn't resist enjoying a few tastes of mine!!
Desserts were also a treat!! Frozen cherries and yogurt which was much fancier than the name suggests and the Orange and Almond waffle cake that was my choice was perfectly moist and delicious!!
The service was very swift and efficient, excellent considering it was one of their busy nights! Our waitress Jane gave us wonderful service with a smile!!!
The only thing that I think was missing was music!! It would have really enhanced the evening. A classical violinist serenading us with love songs would have been perfect for the romantic occasion.
We asked if it would be possible to have our coffee in the lounge bar, this was no problem and arranged promptly. Unfortunately the atmosphere was not inviting as the room did not have any background music. Not even a cd playing. We did not feel like lingering because of this. It gave us the feeling as if it was closed and we shouldnt be there! It would have been lovely to have stayed and enjoyed listening, to live music while enjoying a glass of wine. Such a shame to have the wonderful piano and no one playing!
The whole dining experience could have been enhanced by having the addition of live music entertainment, like the duo Suave Sounds.
Our experience during our special night was wonderful, this lack of music to add to the ambience was the only thing I feel was lacking. Everything else was perfect!

I will definitely be recommending The Walnut Room to all of our friends!!
Thank you for a wonderful dining experience. I will always remember our special evening enjoyed there.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank pcwhiz
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Rudy C, Manager at The Walnut Restaurant, responded to this review, March 24, 2013
Dear Guest,

We are so happy to have helped you celebrate your romantic evening on St. Valentine's Day and that our special menu met with your kind approval. We have passed on your kind compliments to Jane. Thank you for providing feedback on our music. We have rectified this and soothing sounds now flow through the Walnut Restaurant for our guests to relax and enjoy.

Our Lounge Bar is being reinvigorated with a new wine list featuring Moet & Chandon Ice Imperial by the glass. Our grand piano has been tuned and the ivories are currently being tickled on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.

We hope you will come and dine with us again soon and perhaps enjoy a pre-dinner or post-prandial drink at our Lounge Bar listening to 'live' music.
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English first
Brisbane, Australia
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Third visit, service very good”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 15, 2013

Excellent entree however the rib eye main was more rare than medium rare and a bit fattier than expected. Service excellent.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Janice D
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Rudy C, Manager at The Walnut Restaurant, responded to this review, March 24, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you for your continued patronage of the Walnut Restaurant & Lounge Bar. We always try to source the very best ingredients for our guests and our beef from the Darling Downs in Queensland is grass-fed and aged to provide that extra tenderness flavour. This is coupled with our commitment to purchasing from local producers.

In addition to our 600g Rib on the Bone carved tableside on our Blake's Silver Gueridon trolley, our current menu also features a 200g Black Angus Eye Filet Steak Tartare which is ground to order and prepared directly at your table. This French classic has melted many hearts while melting in the mouth.

We hope you will join us at the Royal On The Park Hotel Brisbane again soon to sample Executive Chef Rhian Rodrigues' culinary delights.
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Jakarta, Indonesia
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903 reviews
470 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 722 helpful votes
“Very good dinner, excellent service”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 9, 2013

We reserved a table for dinner at The Walnut at Royal on the Park hotel during the Christmas-New Year holidays. The Hotel had good Christmas decorations, and the restaurant was open and friendly with windows facing the front of the hotel. We had a prawn salad with two slender prawns with both the head and the tail attached but the skin peeled off. The prawns seemed thin but they were tasty. We shared pan-fried Tasmanian salmon. It was cooked with the skin on, which we prefer. It was delicious, but it was smaller than other salmon dishes that we had eaten in comparable restaurants in Brisbane, and the amount of mashed potato was much less than we expected. They had a very good selection of wine by the glass. We had a glass of late harvest Riesling that was very good and went well with the salmon. Service was very professional and attentive, and the dining room was quite full when we left. We felt that the dining room atmosphere and service was excellent. Overall, the dinner was a very good, quite memorable experience.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Staidthere
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Rudy C, Manager at The Walnut Restaurant, responded to this review, March 24, 2013
Dear Guest,

We are glad you took the opportunity to sample our fabulous cuisine by Sous Chef Frederick Marechal whilst in Brisbane. We have launched our new a la carte menu which features an authentic Filet Steak Tartare, assembled and presented right at your table.

Do join up as our Royal Rewards Card member on our website to enjoy fantastic deals and we hope you will think of us again on your next visit to Brisbane.
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Arvika, Sweden
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34 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Starter”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 31, 2012 via mobile

We waited 45 min until we got our starter. They did not made any compensation until later on. The waitress worked than very hard to keep up. Our meat was perfect but we miss a good sauce as the one we got not nearly was visible.

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Thank lospedro
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ROTP_FB, Manager at The Walnut Restaurant, responded to this review, January 2, 2013
Dear Guest,

We would like to apologise for the delay in serving your food on New Year's Eve. The Walnut Restaurant & Lounge Bar experienced a huge influx of guests, a lot of whom we had to turn away without a reservation.

We would like to assure you that this is not our usual standard of service and it was a one-off situation. Please contact us via our website should you wish to discuss any issue further. We would dearly love to invite you back on your next visit to Brisbane to showcase our professional and caring service we pride ourselves on.
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51 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Had my Doubts”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 30, 2012

I`m always suspect of a place that suddenly has a raft of 5 star reviews from one time reviewers.
We went for a birthday dinner. The setting is nice but the wait staff were a little overbearing. They should never touch their guests which happened to a couple of us.
The wine we ordered was not available but a more expensive bottle was bought out, opened and poured before I really knew what was happening. We were charged the higher price.
The food was ok but not of the standards the other reviewers seem to think. There are far better options within walking distance.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Helpful?
Thank roz5
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ROTP_FB, Manager at The Walnut Restaurant, responded to this review, January 2, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you for taking the time to provide us with invaluable feedback.

Our aim is to provide warm, efficient and professional service to our customers and we apologise if it was overbearing to you and your guests. Touching a guest is certainly not part of our service standard unless help is specifically requested by the guest.

We do apologise the wine you chose on the day was not available. We did experience an unusual surge in customers post-Christmas and our suppliers had closed for the festive period. Our staff have been reminded to communicate effectively with our patrons.

We understand your skepticism from one-off reviews. However, most of our TripAdvisor reviews come from guests based all around the world with multiple reviews such as yourself. This allows a platform for our guests to provide feedback and comments, good and otherwise, which we use as a barometer of our current service standards and as a springboard for improvement.

Our new menu launch is in February and we would like to invite you back the Walnut Restaurant to sample this. Should you wish to take up this offer, please do not hesitate to contact me directly on (07) 3112 1650 or via e-mail.
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