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Review of Icon Bar & Bistro

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Icon Bar & Bistro
Ranked #66 of 88 Restaurants in Cleveland
Cuisines: Australian
Dining options: Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Brisbane, Australia
Level 4 Contributor
33 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Not a fan”
Reviewed January 16, 2013

Food seems cheap and not nice. Always empty with droning live music. Staff are slow and waste time talking to other staff members. Nice bar, seems a waste of a good lease.

Visited November 2012
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  • English first
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English first
Cleveland, Australia
Level 3 Contributor
20 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Missing it's potential.”
Reviewed January 14, 2013

Beautiful location and great potential, so what is going wrong? Why is the restaurant nearly always empty? Why are beers advertised and often sold out or not available? The bar menu is not even as interesting as the local chip shop menu, unbelievably poor, uninspiring, unimaginative, and downright boring.
With so much choice and variety, why would you choose to eat there? Huge staff turnover and no one seems very interested. Some really nice young people working there but no leadership. Such a shame, could be fantastic, needs a new direction, leadership, skill, experience and imagination to do something different and exciting.

  • Visited January 2013
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Brisbane, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
120 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
“Overpriced and over cooked”
Reviewed December 8, 2012

Second visit to this restaurant. Fixed lunch buffet now $25 when only $20 six months ago...a 25% increase in a country with inflation less than 3%. More importantly, the menu has shrunk. Starter was minimal piece of bread and dip, and main course was Barramundi which was dry and over cooked. No desert included, just one drink. Definitely off our list of local restaurants now.

  • Visited December 2012
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Thank AWBrisbane
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Cleveland, Australia
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
“Don't waste your money - go somewhere else!”
Reviewed September 29, 2012

My husband and I had dinner there last night and it was not a good experience. The service was average but the food was pretty terrible. We both had pasta - one dish being the spaghetti marinara which was the "signature" dish of the chef. I think the chef needs a new signature because it was like nothing else we've tasted. Both dishes should be simple to make with fresh ingredients and good pasta but were highly unsatifactory - even down to the pasta which tasted like it had been cooked before and re-heated. The crab linguini was missing crab and totally overpowered by a heavy tasteless cream sauce and big shavings of parma cheese. We did politely mention our dissatisfaction but paid for the meals which were very expensive given the quality and fact that we ate little.

  • Visited September 2012
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Brisbane, Australia
Level 5 Contributor
81 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Always friendly”
Reviewed September 22, 2012

We go in a big group (23 people) for lunch and service is very good, the staff are friendly and always go that little bit extra to make us comfortable. Really good value especially if you have the lunch special and even gave us a free dessert each last time we went. Air-con could be a bit better.

Visited September 2012
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