A Touch of Salt

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$41 to $100
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Modern Australian
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  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
Whether a casual meal, business lunch or leisurely dining event, we consider meals to be more than eating, so our restaurant and menus are designed for conversation.

Take in the waterfront views, starry night skies and cooling breezes of our alfresco balcony, or dine indoors in the air-conditioned comfort (sometimes a must in North Queensland!).

The name, A Touch of Salt, is a play on our family name, Brine. Our restaurant began as a family business more than 10 years ago and our family-style approach of genuine hospitality and meals designed to encourage conversation has remained the heart of A Touch of Salt. We have spent the past decade crafting our restaurant as one of the North’s best casual fine dining restaurants.

We are pleased to say our restaurant is appreciated not just by Townsville locals but also by travelers and diners from around Australia.
What 532 People Are Saying
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Came for my Dad's retirement dinner and everything was awesome. The duck was just amazing. Service was incredible and James was espicially great at having to deal with my fussy father. I will certainly be coming back!! Great work to all.

KW
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was excellent. Loved everything. Highly recommend.

OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful service, food and atmosphere!

OT
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Service exceptional...our waitress was lovely. Food was superb..every course..busy night for the restaurant not a spare table..and even a wedding party outside but we were thoroughly looked after..can't wait to return

M
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Service is excellent, staff are happy to have a chat. If something is not quite right the staff will fix it straight away, it’s a great place.

PW
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 2Food 4Service 2Ambience 1

The food was very good but the night for me was spoilt by the noise in the room.
It was impossible to carry on a normal conversation without raising your voice and my ears were ringing the next day. Not good. Some action needs to taken to incorporate sound absorbing materials in the room. I fear for the worker's hearing if exposed to this level of sound for too long.
The restaurant was busy so the service was very slow. It was about 45 minutes before our order was taken.
I understand excessive noise in restaurants is becoming a real problem around the country.
I did not complain but received an apology concerning the noise and service as I was leaving so others must have mentioned it.
Peter

NP
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Thanks to Zoe who made our evening lovely and memorable. We had three entrees and they were delightful. Would come again in a heartbeat.

M
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Staff were approachable, friendly and extremely efficient. Food was well presented, cooked and delicious. The only thing that was off putting was the local residents in the park near the table in which we were seated. The outside seating was very pleasant and clean, however, listening to drunk people fighting and smelly people wandering past out our seating area as we were eating really put a dampener on the night. Apart from the things that were out of the control of the restaurant, we loved the dining experience.

LB
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great service, amazing food. We ate from the Vegan/Vegetarian menu and the choices were fantastic, even so far so to offer a Vegan Cheese Board and a Vegan Dessert... Outstanding!

LJ
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved it so much and came a not so busy night which was great.

J
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I absolutely love this restaurant. From the decor to the seating options, to the presentation of the restaurant and its staff, everything is immaculate. The menu is innovative and the food is superb - i love cooking and I don’t want to order food that I cook at home when I go out. I’ve never been disappointed in over a decade of fine dining at Touch of Salt. The service is also exemplary. This time I was explaining how I had been unable to secure a booking on my mother’s birthday due to a wedding booking and the waiter surprised us by bringing a special dessert with cAndle and message for the belated birthday.
Exceptional in every sense.
Thank you Touch of Salt.

PD
3 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

As always a wonderful evening. The food amazing and the staff first class.
Can’t recommend it highly enough!!

SH
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious food, amazing service and a beautiful setting. I would highly recommend dining here if you get the chance.

RO
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent meal and service, as per usual. The desert in particular was enjoyed, being both very subtle and extremely sophisticated.

WA
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My wife and I celebrated our 25th anniversary, we had a very enjoyable night. The food was great.

LC
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food, particularly the pork collar which was outstanding. Service was friendly and helpful, and meals arrived quickly. Meals were very reasonably priced given the high quality of the food. We will be back and I highly recommend to everyone.

NT
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent food. Excellent service. Great spot. From Hobart in Tasmania. Will be back.

E
Tasmania
11 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

I had looked forward to visiting this restaurant and it did not disappoint. On a hot winter's day it was lovely to sit outside for lunch. We began our meal with scallops on their shells with a bacon and jalapeno topping, and sandcrab and scallop dumplimgs with a ginger and chilli sauce with coriander topping. Both of these were delicious. Mains were roast veal with vegetables and a duck leg in black bean sauce with raisins and pecans with parsnip cream. Both these were well presented and tasty. I felt the duck was a bit rich and needed more crunch and fresh elements. The handcut fries that had crunchy edges were good the others rather soft and disappointing. Desserts were wattleseed custard tart with parsip icecream and macadamia honey which didn't quite hit the mark for me, I did like the ice cream though. The white chocolate and lemon parfait was well received. Service was good and servers knowledgeable.

DS
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Dining at A Touch of Salt is always an absolute pleasure. The menu is interesting and the food amazing. Above all we love the service and attention to detail, always feels like home.

c
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great staff made us feel welcome. The food was great and the venue was wonderful with all the lights in the courtyard and along the water

H
1 review
Dined on 6 August 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

We live in the building and use to come often. However after a few poor experiences mainly with staff having too much attitude and not enough skills we stopped.
However the week before last we came with some out of town visitors and we were all impressed. So we came again as a couple this week and will return . Thank heavens as it is so convenient for us and you have delightful staff well those that waited on us.

s
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

The food was good and done well. The meal portions were quite small. Didn't have everything from the culinary menu.

JH
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Service was top notch. Food was excellent. The spot we were sitting in outside was a little draughty, but otherwise the ambience was lovely. The staff made the night however, as the service was unobtrusive yet attentive, and very helpful.

MH
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Reliable fine dining with great wine list and wonderful food

JP
1 review
Dined on 30 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely staff members, great food, and fair price, been looking for a nice restaurant for a while since moving to Townsville glad I found one

MR
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great night out. Staff could not do enough for us to make it a very enjoyable night. Food was fantastic.

LR
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Noise increased after 6.30 to very loud. Just love the place though. Steak was very fatty. Everything else is super.

MB
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our favourite Townsville restaurant! It never fails to please. The food is outstanding and the service is impeccable. Whether it is for just dinner or a special occasion they always impress. We highly recommend A Touch of Salt for anyone wanting to experience fine dining.

KD
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Noise level inside made conversation difficult, dampening our groups mood, helpful staff moving us to an outside table solved this. Our guests from the Perth restaraunt scene felt it eas overall "nearly" as good as eny of theirs.

BP
2 reviews
Dined on 16 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A Touch of Salt never disappoints. My main problem is always trying to narrow down what I want from the menu, because it is consistently diverse and everything sounds tempting. Service was always professional and attentive, without feeling intrusive in anyway. Easily my favourite restaurant in Townsville.

DK
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Outstanding service and food. Great ambience and wine selection too.

L
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Mark and the staff are always lovely and accommodating. We found this visit very loud being a table of two the doors were closed for a function which may of increased the noise level, we were seated near kids and IPADS, this is no reflection on the restaurant. The menu was new so the staff found it difficult to make recommendations but our found was great as was the wine and whisky sour.

PO
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent service and cuisine. We loved it and look forward to going back.

HJ
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was fantastic and the serving staff were polite and diligent. The kitchen took a very long time to prepare entrees and a longer again wait for mains. When the food arrived it was beautiful and well worth the wait but we ordered shortly after arriving and waited 45mins for an entree. We will be back because the food is fantastic but the timing this time was quite off and left us waiting longer than you would expect in a high quality restaurant.

FH
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Sensational scallops for entre , I could have eaten a dozen of them . Great service from our waiter , not in your face , but there whenever you needed him .

DE
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Most enjoyable evening, excellent service and food. I recommend this restaurant.

RM
Brisbane / QLD
2 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always a thoroughly enjoyable evening with great food, great wine and great service.

OT
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Glad to have a fine dining restaurant in Townsville

CA
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The atmosphere was pleasant, service made us feel safe and welcome. The food was absolutely flawless and quality of food was priced well. Would 100% recommend and go again.

AK
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent service. Food was perfect. Atmosphere was amazing. Just a bit expensive. Would go back.

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