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The Walnut Restaurant
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Ranked #75 of 4,313 Restaurants in Brisbane
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: French, Australian, Seafood
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Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Buffet, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Valet Parking, 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.
Brisbane, QLD
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75 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Good to be back - will return soon!”
Reviewed August 24, 2013

Not having been back to the Walnut for 2-3 years, I had made a booking a month ago that I had totally forgotten about. The lady who rang to remind me took my apology very well, and I was determined to visit soon. Yesterday I took my parents there for lunch. In the past we used to go for the buffet, which they don't have anymore. My mum ordered the Blue-eye cod, and dad and I shared the seafood tower for two. Mum found the fish nicely cooked, but the cheese a bit strong - but hey, anything stronger than cheddar she thinks it's strong, so that wasn't the fault of the dish. The seafood tower had a generous serving of fresh and plump Coffin Bay oysters, Mooloolaba prawns, mussels, lightly battered tender calamari, perfectly cooked Barramundi, and 2 grilled Moreton Bay bug halves (2-3 more would have been even better because they were tasty). It also came with a good helping of tartare and seafood sauces, and more than enough fries and a garden salad. The service by the Maitre D' was exceptional. I will definitely be coming back!

  • Visited August 2013
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1 Thank chana2
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Rudy C, Manager at The Walnut Restaurant, responded to this review, September 5, 2013
Dear Guest,

Your kind words have put a big smile on our team's faces! We are so glad you enjoyed our selection of seafood. Our kitchen brigade led by Executive Chef, Rhian Rodrigues, are strongly encouraged to experiment and their creations are often offered as our Daily Specials.

We have received such positive feedback about our Blue Eye Cod that it has made a big splash into our new Spring menu accompanied by Cloudy Bay clam chowder, celery and fennel salad with lobster oil. We eagerly anticipate your next visit to the Walnut Restaurant very soon!
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“The best out of Melbourne”
Reviewed August 16, 2013 via mobile

I chose this place from the reviews on trip advisor and we were not dissappointed
All our meals were fantastic in flavour and presentation. My eye fillet was almost Wagyu in tenderness and cooked rare just like I ordered:) Jenny's Gurnard was amazing as was the quail and spatchcock.
My side of potatoes gratin got lost and even the chef came out to apologise I passed on these and received a complimentary desert that did not fail to impress.
The service was very efficient and pleasant and we recived membership to the Royal Rewards program giving us 25% off the account.
The Walnut is up the top in Brisbane dining and gives Melbourne a bit of a nudge.
We will return and will always recommend.

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank Johncurtis181
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Rudy C, Manager at The Walnut Restaurant, responded to this review, September 5, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you for your gracious forgiveness of our oversight during your recent visit to the Walnut Restaurant. Our Sous Chef, Frederick Marechal, has just launched his new Spring season a la carte menu which features a 220g Black Angus Tenderloin Bourguigonne with walnut mash potao and beef bouillon and has already won over our diners in just two days!

We hope you will be able to return to Brisbane soon and let us warmly welcome you back to the Royal on the Park Hotel!
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“Beautiful breakfast”
Reviewed August 8, 2013 via mobile

I dined here for breakfast with the family as we stayed the night at the hotel before driving back to Sydney.
Has to be one of the best breakfast buffets ive had in brisbane, fresh fruits, crispy sweet pastries and a great selection of hot foods.
My daughter has some dietary requirements, and the staff (very friendly also!) were all but too happy to help providing alternatives.

We'll make sure to dine here again when we're next in Brisbane.

Visited July 2013
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Thank joanne w
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Rudy C, Manager at The Walnut Restaurant, responded to this review, September 5, 2013
Dear Guest,

It makes us proud that you and your family enjoyed your stay with us at the Royal on the Park Hotel recently. We are equally thrilled that our breakfast buffet meets with your approval. We are continuously striving to improve our product and hope that on your next visit to the Walnut Restaurant, we will be able to tempt you with our brand new a la carte menu for lunch or dinner.

Our Royal Rewards Card programme is free to join so do take advantage of the many great deals on offer when you are next in Brisbane.
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“Delicious food and divine atmosphere”
Reviewed August 7, 2013

My mother and I visited this restaurant while she was staying in the hotel. We were just planning to come down for a quiet dinner, however it became quickly apparent that nothing was too much trouble, and that the Walnut was the ideal environment for creating a beautiful evening and experience. Our host, Allen, made us feel very welcome, matching wines for individual courses and even laughing at my jokes. I highly recommend the cinnamon-smoked quail, and the spatchock was full of depth and flavour. I can't remember the last time a restaurant was equally as welcoming as it is was replete with successful creativity in the menu.

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank tabathamcfadyen
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Rudy C, Manager at The Walnut Restaurant, responded to this review, August 12, 2013
Dear Guest,

The interaction between the guest and host is what can make a dining experience Excellent. Allen is so thrilled to have been a part of the joy and laughter emanating from your table. We are so grateful that our food and service met with your approval.

The Walnut Restaurant is going to be launching its new Spring Menu very soon and we are bringing back the classic Crepes Suzette, served tableside. Be sure to sign up for our complimentary Royal Rewards Card on our website before your next visit and we will endeavour to have Allen host you again!
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“Don't bother”
Reviewed August 4, 2013 via mobile

This was our second visit. The first was very quiet and passable hence our return. The second was lamentable for it's service. The food was quite passable on both occassions although the desserts which we had tried on the first visit barely pass muster. The pretentious front of house was all promise and the service after our greeting was simply hopeless. It is reasonably pricey and cannot be justified for what you receive. Give it a miss. We left and had dessert elsewhere.

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank 1300shane
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Rudy C, Manager at The Walnut Restaurant, responded to this review, August 12, 2013
Dear Guest,

Whilst we note your recent dining experience at the Walnut Restaurant was disappointing, we are curious as to which aspects of our food, and particularly our service, were below your expectations.

We pride ourselves on providing warm, friendly and efficient service to our guests, and would appreciate any specific incidents which caused your dinner to be unpleasant. With regards to the food, our award-winning chefs are highly regarded in the industry and we find it unusual that on both occassions, our food was not to your liking. Our prices are comparable to other Brisbane establishments and we always aim to provide quality food and value for money. We always welcome honest feedback from our guests and invite you to contact the Restaurant Manager directly on (07) 3112 1650 to address any concerns about both occasions.
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