A Touch of Salt

4.8
504 reviews
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Modern Australian
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  • Special Occasions
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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.
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KD
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
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.

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BP
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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.

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 .

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

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

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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.

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

Glad to have a fine dining restaurant in Townsville

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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.

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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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RB
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

All waitstaff were very accomodating and friendly. A beautiful place to dine.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Service was excellent - attentive without being overwhelming.
Very good menu - sufficient variety to suit all tastes.
The meals were great but not very hot when they arrived, which was disappointing.

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A
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always the best service you will get in town.
And it comes with great food!
Thank you.

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A
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Outstanding as always. Best place to eat if you’re celiac. They have a great understanding of dietary requirements and the food still tastes amazing!! Highly recommend people to look at the vegetation menu. I’m not vegetarian but I personally believe the menu options are outstanding and on par if not better than the regular menu items.

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EW
1 review
Dined on 13 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was fantastic, great choices. Service was friendly, the cocktails were magnificent. Can’t wait to go back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Your chef de partie Emma is amazing!!!

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Z
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food as always was amazing. The staff at a Touch of Salt are always available, very aware of the ingredients in the meals and they have great taste in their food recommendations. This was our fourth time to Touch of Salt and we were impressed as usual. The squid was amazing and highly recommended. I could have eaten that as a main. Thank you.

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KE
Brisbane / QLD
2 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Delicious food and ambiance. Service good. Awesome wine list and drink selection.

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EJ
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We sat outside, as the noise levels indoor make conversation a bit difficult at times. The service was outstanding by James and made the night relaxed and memorable. The food was devine and portion sizes just right. So many difficult flavours in the food and but mixed so well and tasted delicious.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 4 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

All the staff are friendly and enthusiastic, our waitress was awesome.
We were wowed by the food and service and I can highly recommended A Touch of Salt for a fantastic dining experience.

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C
1 review
Dined on 4 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food and service.

Our international visitors were impressed.

Thank you

Christina Liepouris

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TS
1 review
Dined on 4 June 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 5Ambience 5

This was our first visit to Touch if Salt. I was extremely excited to have a whole vegetarian/vegan menu to choose from. Unfortunately the quality of the food just didn’t match everything else about the restaurant.
It’s in a great location. The service is too notch as is the decor.
We chose two entrees to share. The cheesy scrolls were delicious but the sweet corn fritter had absolutely no flavour, aside from the chilli sauce that was on top. It was a disappointment.
For the main I chose the Roti which was unfortunately not edible. It had absolutely no flavour was extremely glittery and oily, and the mango and cucumber on top just plain bland. My partner chose the pork belly, which unfortunately had absolutely no crispness, and the meat was just lost in an over abundance of sauce. Our daughter had the heritage chicken and really enjoyed it.
Unfortunately for us this visit was underwhelming and expensive.
Whilst I cannot fault the service at all, the food just fell well short of our expectations.
We will give this place one more try in the hopes it was just a one off.

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Kent
3 reviews
Dined on 3 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is the best restaurant in Townsville.

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JH
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved the Yakatori Pork entree and Duck Wellington on the Autumn 2019 menu. Looking forward to next visit for the winter fare.

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JK
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

First time customers, the place was beautiful, the service was exceptional, the food was outstanding (scallops and garfish, my favourite). Very happy!

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DF
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a lovely night, great service, yummy food and fabulous company

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j
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent from the greeting at the door to all the staff! Not one of the staff but all of them were very professional, food was amazing, one dish was not what we expected but that was fine as so many other dishes to chose from! Thanks for a great first time experience & we will b back

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H
1 review
Dined on 21 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

The food is always fantastic and so is the service.

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PN
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful experience every time. The food is amazing and the service is prompt. Vegetarian options are great. We will continue to go back.

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GH
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always amazing! Thank you to Mark Brine that made sure my Mother daughter dinner was a delight. Really appreciate it

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KP
1 review
Dined on 16 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

My husband and I were very impressed with the quality of the food and service as were family visiting from New Zealand who love fine dining and do so frequently. We could not afford to dine on a regular bases but would dine here again for a special celebration and recommend it to others.

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JG
1 review
Dined on 15 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Touch of Salt never fails to deliver. Perfect everytime. The service is second to none, have not been there since February and our lovely waitress remembered which wine we drank. It is those small things that separates A Touch of Salt to the rest.

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RM
1 review
Dined on 14 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Choose to go early 6pm beat the rush, Great food and service really nice experience good views of river.

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P
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Consistently excellent, the best restaurant in Townsville. Exceptional menu, with numerous gluten-free options. Reasonably-priced.

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JR
Brisbane / QLD
4 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Food was amazing, service was excellent for both food and drink.

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NG
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was a wonderful evening. Beautiful food, great food and faultless service from the staff.

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AG
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Food and value we couldn’t fault. Only thing that spoiled it for us was the light rain that started halfway through our main meals. Means we had to rush a bit at the end. An awning of some kind would have been perfect. Even an umbrella would have would have great.

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CT
1 review
Dined on 7 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

The food was excellent it was a very relaxing night. This restaurant is a little more sophisticated than most restaurants and clearly they work hard at it. I had the Mignon Steak which was superb. The food here is hard to fault.

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