A Touch of Salt

4.7
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600 reviews
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$41 to $100
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Modern Australian
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 600 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
Food
4.8
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.5
Value
Noise · Moderate
98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3Food2Service2Ambience3

There was a mix up with the ticket pei ter and my husband waited an hour for over baked scallops. Having said that they were very apologetic and offered us a free drink and mains and dessert came out and were consumed within an hour. My oxtail was delicious but considering my husband paid $34 for his meal and got a similar size serve to my $19 meal he was really dissappointed.

PM
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

From the onset, service was very warm and welcoming and couldn't do enough to make our time there enjoyable. The food was served quickly and was absolutely devine. I had the reef fish and my partner had the steak and both were beautifully flavoured and tender. Would highly rate our time there.

LB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2Food1Service4Ambience4

The prawn dumplings couldn’t taste any prawns, the duck has cartridge or bone in it and 14.00 for the tiniest piece of cheesecake ever

OT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent customer service great food options every cooked to our liking and everyone was very friendly I would highly recommend this restaurant

OT
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Really brilliant, delicious food, great scenery and great service

TM
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous food served by wonderful staff that made us feel so welcome from entry at the door. Our 7 yo son really enjoyed the experience and we look forward to returning for another special occasion. An exceptional venue which prides itself on providing outstanding service to all patrons.

MR
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic food, loved the scallops. Great service. Always good. 😁😁

MM
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A little pricey and not a whole not of options but my goodness it is definitely worth it! The food was very quick to come out and absolutely mouth watering! Am definitely going back

AA
1 review
Dined on 7 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great place for a nice date night! Food was incredible and was able to focus on just our conversation. Wasn't too loud in there!

MA
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My favourite restaurant in Townsville. My friend asked me what was good on the menu. I couldn't choose a favourite as every time I try something I haven't tried before, it becomes my new favourite. The service is excellent as always. wine list has some great choices and the restaurant is in a great location. Inside is always good, but on a nice summer evening with a breeze from the river, dinner outside is perfect.

RB
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food is exquisite,.
The service is attentive, but not intrusive and very friendly.
Ambience and décor is very nice and aesthetically appealing.
Highly recommended.

AW
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

It’s a reasonable restaurant to go on a date or special occasion. The staff were friendly and it has a nice vibe. Our mains were tasty but our entrees and starters were not great. To many tastes trying to be incorporated that the seafood was lost. There was so much batter on the crab you could not tell it even was crab. The wine list is dreadful.

BC
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a beautiful evening, thank you Mark, “Daryl” and crew.

CO
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience2

Great food and service was prompt and attentive. Sharing our entry was no problem, we were even given extra plates and cutlery.

RD
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience4

Prompt service and drink ordering; nice ambience on a table outside. Entrée of goat's cheese gnocchi was a texture reminiscent of haloumi, however was lacking the anticipated flavour of goat's cheese. Oxtail entrée was a standout - well balanced, fresh and full of flavour. Mains - rib eye steak and fish with pineapple curry. Steak was well cooked and was paired well with accompaniments, however was not memorable. Fish was far overcooked, chewy and not well integrated with the remainder of the dish. The term 'curry' was a bit loose - the disk was pan-fried fish with a very mildly flavoured curry sauce with thin slices of pineapple and fresh greens/salad on top. Will likely await for a new menu to return.

J
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

Was not what we expected. It was very loud and the meal - the rib eye steak - seemed like it was bought from woolworths and was not a good cut..

WS
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2020
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience4

Dined here on several occasions. Every visit to this establishment has been nothing short of amazing. Excellent front of house service and organisation. Food beyond very high expectation. Fresh, superbly cooked and presented. No dragged out intervals between courses due to front of house being totally on top of their game. A very pleasant, tasty experience that never fails to impress me. I will certainly go back.

AM
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Despite it being busy as it was New Years Eve the service was fantastic and the food was amazing.

GS
Tasmania
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a memorable night out at A Touch of Salt. Welcoming, unobtrusive staff, exquisite food in a relaxing setting. Can't speak highly enough of this place

JD
Brisbane / QLD
2 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Great food, great staff and very dedicated and welcoming owners. One of the very few extra special restaurants left in Townsville, but clearly the best in our opinion.

LF
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I love eating at a Touch Of Salt. I have never ever had a bad experience. The owner's are very approachable and a lovely family. Arianna's service was faultless. But I was also impressed by all the other waiters and waitresses who also checked on us regularly. The food is exceptional. I love the fact that there isn't anything on the menu that I can cook for myself. Looking forward to returning again soon.
Loretta

MM
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This restaurant is a must visit if you are in Townsville. Food, service, ambience were simply flawless. The sheer elegance of the whole experience was wonderful. Can't wait to dine here again!

BS
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, busy but not too busy. Service was prompt, servers were excellent.

JM
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

No other place that we would rather celebrate our special occasions. This restaurant NEVER disappoints.

LM
Brisbane / QLD
4 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

As usual food was lovely and service was excellent. Staff are friendly and wait times were good considering they were busy.
Always an enjoyable experience

AS
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Outstanding service , food and atmosphere.
The only complaint would be some unsightly characters hanging around the restaurant .

p
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food as was the service. First time we have been but will definitely not be the last.

TW
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

Beautiful setting and comfortable sears. excellent service, the staff were amazing. Food was delicious and wonderfully presented. Very reasonable prices. The only thing that lowered my score from a 5 was the noise level. It wasnt particularly crowded but we still had to yell at each other to be heard. In need of an accoustic treatment and then it would be perfect!

AM
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best restaurant in Townsville by a million miles! The service is always perfect. The food is just brilliant and a perfect amount.

SL
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

We really enjoyed our meals and the service provided.

S
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Simply amazing, service was fantastic as always, food was wonderful.

MB
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Definitely enjoyed our evening - great wait staff - fantastic food and can't wait to visit again.

SH
Brisbane / QLD
2 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Stunning food, ambience and service. Highly recommended and worth the money. A marvellous venue

CA
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The high standard of food flavour, presentation, service, atmosphere - always perfection. Never a disappointment from A Touch of Salt. Wonderful.

FF
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best food, great ingredients, and worth the money.

AC
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The menu was exquisite and the dishes were to die for!

WM
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Innovative menu and cooked superbly !
Especially loved the scallop starter and the pork belly
Attentive staff and a lovely setting

SA
1 review
Dined on 3 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

Food was lovely.Only disappointment was getting our various wines per course after we had finished each course.

E
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience3

It was a little noisy during our meal due to a works Christmas party taking place in the indoor seating area.
This spoilt the ambience a little and also slowed the service a little bit, but we still enjoyed our meal.

GT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Havnt been to Townsville for many years and never visited Touch of Salt. A terrific outcome, we had a great meal with excellent staff. Would recommend to all Townsville visitors.