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A Touch of Salt

4.8
4.8
1547 Reviews
$41 to $100
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.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Modern Australian, Asian, Mediterranean

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch Fri 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (07) 4724 4441

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive Chef

    Michael Brine

  • Private party facilities

    With a great location – CBD and waterfront – top quality food and an extensive selection of beverages, our restaurant is a popular function venue.

  • Private party contact

    Matthew Wilkie (matt@saltrestaurants.com.au): (07) 4724 4441

  • Area

    Townsville CBD

  • Cross Street

    Stokes Street

  • Parking Details

    On Street Parking, Secure Parking

  • Public Transit

    Bus Terminal (Sturt Street) within 100 meters;Taxi Rank 100m on Stokes Street.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Kosher, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeaway, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Menu

Starter

  • Damper$10.00

    saltbush honey + lemon butter

    • Coral Trout Wontons$13.00

      roasted chilli + lime sambal

      • Duck Dumplings$17.00

        sichuan vinegar + spring onion oil

        Entree

        • Harissa Roasted Octopus$22.00

          sweet corn succatash, corander oil + lime

          • Honeyed Pork$22.00

            apple, quince, fennel + yuzu

            • Goats Cheese + Ricotta Gnocchi$20.00

              mushrooms, pumpkin, lemon oil + pinenut crumb

              • Torched Salmon$21.00

                cauliflower okonomiyaki, daikon kimchi + green onion aioli

                Main

                • Slow Cooked Lamb$42.00

                  mejadra, sweet potato, makhani sauce, curry leaf yoghurt + greens

                  • Oregano Roasted Chicken$38.00

                    butter beans, muhummara, zucchini, walnuts + sherry dressing

                    • Reef Fish$40.00

                      tandoori, pickled onion, tomato, cucumber + green chutney

                      • Roasted Duck$41.00

                        sunchokes, fioretti, smoked beets, kale + cherry vincotto

                        • Ribeye of Beef$47.00

                          horseradish potato, charred broccoli, chimmichurri + lemon

                          • Spanner Crab$39.00

                            black spaghetti, garlic, chilli, tobikko, dill + lemon butter

                            Plant Based

                            • Shiitake Mushroom + Tofu Dumplings$17.00

                              sichuan vinegar + spring onion oil

                              • Lemon Roasted Mushrooms$17.00

                                butter beans, muhummara, zucchini + sherry dressing

                                • Cauliflower Okonomiyaki$17.00

                                  daikon + kale kimchi + green onion aioli

                                  • Sautéed Sweet Potato$15.00

                                    mejadra, greens, makhani sauce, sauteed + burnt onions

                                    Side

                                    • Sauteed Broccolini$9.00

                                      chilli, garlic + toasted tahini

                                      • Baby Cos Lettuce$9.00

                                        parmesan, capers, dill + lemon

                                        • Hand Cut Chips + Jalapeño Aioli$9.00

                                          Dessert

                                          • Vanilla + Elderflower Panna Cotta$15.00

                                            strawberry + limoncello jelly + crisp meringue

                                            • Chocolate + Miso Brownie$15.00

                                              caramelised popcorn, chocolate mousse, macadamia + spiced pear sauce

                                              • Apple Crumble Cheesecake$15.00

                                                dulce de leche, marshmallow + smoked marsala cream

                                                • Sticky Date Pudding$15.00

                                                  buttermilk ice cream, walnut crumble + whisky butterscotch

                                                  • Affogato$16.00

                                                    espresso, vanilla ice-cream + liquer

                                                    Last updated: 20 May 2022

                                                    What 1,547 people are saying

                                                    Overall ratings and reviews

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                                                    4.8
                                                    4.8 based on recent ratings
                                                    • 4.8Food
                                                    • 4.8Service
                                                    • 4.6Ambience
                                                    • 4.5Value

                                                    NoiseModerate

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                                                      TraceyT

                                                      Tropical North Queensland

                                                      2 reviews

                                                      5.0

                                                      2 reviews

                                                      Dined 1 day ago

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      Fabulous food and service. Really appreciated the very personalised service, and everything came at the right time. Quantity of food was perfect.

                                                    2. MA

                                                      MARIEM

                                                      Deactivated - Far North Queensland

                                                      3 reviews

                                                      5.0

                                                      3 reviews

                                                      Dined 2 days ago

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      Food as always was amazing. Uncomplicated menu, great service, very attentive.

                                                    3. MS

                                                      MaxS

                                                      1 review

                                                      3.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined 4 days ago

                                                      overall3food3service4ambience5

                                                      Flavours were very light. Mains were disproportionate in size (ie duck was much larger than fish, resulting in one person finishing well before the other at same pace). Cheesecake dessert was the only saviour.

                                                    4. W

                                                      barbaraW

                                                      1 review

                                                      5.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined 4 days ago

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      Food choices interesting. All our choices were beautifully presented and service excellent. Will always take my interstate visitors to Touch of Salt.

                                                    5. OT

                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                      Deactivated - Far North Queensland

                                                      1 review

                                                      5.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined 4 days ago

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                      Staff awesome very pleasant, food delicious lovely location. Another great meal

                                                    6. JK

                                                      JohnK

                                                      1 review

                                                      5.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined 5 days ago

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      The food was cooked to perfection but the star was definitely the sticky date pudding!

                                                    7. D

                                                      Dezzo

                                                      Melbourne

                                                      110 reviews

                                                      vip
                                                      5.0

                                                      110 reviews

                                                      Dined 5 days ago

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      Busy Saturday night but hosted well, seated quickly and served promptly. What more can you ask?

                                                    8. SM

                                                      ShannonM

                                                      1 review

                                                      5.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined 5 days ago

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      Food fantastic, staff were great. 30 minutes late because of taxi going missing and staff were very accommodating.

                                                    9. KH

                                                      KarinaH

                                                      Tropical North Queensland

                                                      2 reviews

                                                      5.0

                                                      2 reviews

                                                      Dined 6 days ago

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      Amazing service and food! Fantastic selection of plant base dishes. It’s perfect for any type of event! Highly recommend

                                                    10. CF

                                                      ChrisF

                                                      1 review

                                                      5.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined 7 days ago

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      Always a favourite to visit when in Townsville. Mark and the amazing team offer such great service and hospitality. Love the menu - Roast duck was exceptional. Can’t wait to return

                                                    11. S

                                                      Simon

                                                      Tropical North Queensland

                                                      1 review

                                                      5.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on 18 May 2022

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      Amazing dining. Best in the city. Highly recommend to people wanting a memorable night out

                                                    12. W

                                                      Walanne

                                                      Sydney

                                                      1 review

                                                      5.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on 16 May 2022

                                                      overall5food5service3ambience4

                                                      It was a quiet pleasant atmosphere under the full moon. The whole meal as judged by both of us was superb quality with deliciuosly enticing and well seasoned flavours and suitable accompaniments presented with flair. The duck dumplings with sichuan vinegar and spring onion oil were outstanding as was the roasted duck, sunchokes, fioretti, smoked beets, kale andcherry vincotto. The meal was finished off with a beautifully presented and tasty vanilla, elderflower panna cotta.

                                                    13. IS

                                                      IvanaS

                                                      Tropical North Queensland

                                                      1 review

                                                      5.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on 14 May 2022

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      Loved the food. It was tasty and just devine. Service was on point too.

                                                    14. A

                                                      Anonymous

                                                      1 review

                                                      5.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on 14 May 2022

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      First time having dinner at a touch of salt and was not disappointed. Service was excellent from start to finish. Food was delicious. Will definitely be back!

                                                    15. M

                                                      Miriam

                                                      1 review

                                                      5.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on 14 May 2022

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      Great restaurant with beautiful food and excellent service!

                                                    16. SA

                                                      StylingAlong

                                                      Tropical North Queensland

                                                      2 reviews

                                                      5.0

                                                      2 reviews

                                                      Dined on 13 May 2022

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      If you're looking for that perfect venue for a business lunch then look no further... A Touch of Salt ticks all the boxes. Thank you ,once again for another enjoyable and memorable dining experience.

                                                    17. RB

                                                      RobynB

                                                      1 review

                                                      5.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on 11 May 2022

                                                      overall5food5service4ambience4

                                                      Always great food and service. Best fine dining in townsville.

                                                    18. T

                                                      Taylah

                                                      1 review

                                                      5.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on 10 May 2022

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      A Touch of Salt is mine and my husband’s go-to for a special occasion and we are yet to be disappointed by both the quality of food and the service. The range of plant based options is also a key reason for our return.

                                                    19. S

                                                      Stormin

                                                      1 review

                                                      4.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on 9 May 2022

                                                      overall4food5service5ambience4

                                                      Every morsel was superb. Service was attentive and of the standard expected for the price tag. For example, the staff remembered who ordered what, didn't reach across people and cleared the table professionally and unobtrusively. Maître D was accommodating and flexible around drink choice (willing to go outside the menu). A very enjoyable experience.

                                                    20. AP

                                                      AllysonP

                                                      Tropical North Queensland

                                                      1 review

                                                      5.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on 8 May 2022

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      i'd never been before but had heard amazing reviews. completely lived up to the hype. see you soon!

                                                    21. K

                                                      Kell

                                                      Tropical North Queensland

                                                      2 reviews

                                                      5.0

                                                      2 reviews

                                                      Dined on 8 May 2022

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      We attended for Mother’s Day lunch, the menu was fantastic, food was top quality and the service was excellent as always.

                                                    22. NC

                                                      NatalieC

                                                      Tropical North Queensland

                                                      8 reviews

                                                      vip
                                                      5.0

                                                      8 reviews

                                                      Dined on 8 May 2022

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      Mother’s Day luncheon was fabulous. We always feel right at home when we dine at a Touch of Salt.

                                                    23. S

                                                      Stef

                                                      Tropical North Queensland

                                                      4 reviews

                                                      5.0

                                                      4 reviews

                                                      Dined on 8 May 2022

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                      We had a beautiful and delicious Mothers Day lunch. Thank you for making that day memorable.

                                                    24. VS

                                                      VasantS

                                                      1 review

                                                      5.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on 7 May 2022

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      As always a great place for outstanding dining experience

                                                    25. J

                                                      Jess

                                                      1 review

                                                      5.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on 7 May 2022

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      Excellent food and service. Staff recommendations of what to order were spot on. Will go back soon.

                                                    26. AD

                                                      AmandaD

                                                      Deactivated - Far North Queensland

                                                      7 reviews

                                                      5.0

                                                      7 reviews

                                                      Dined on 6 May 2022

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      Perfectly placed on the river, a spectacular view if sitting outside. Bright decor and lovely local artwork on the walls inside. Service was attentive, drinks list with a great range and you can see why the chefs win awards! Always a perfect evening to celebrate a special occasion, lunch with colleagues or treat the family.

                                                    27. RS

                                                      RossS

                                                      1 review

                                                      5.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on 5 May 2022

                                                      overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                      The "charred octopus" and "torched salmon" entrees were fabulous as was the "ribeye of beef" main. The ambiance of outside dining next to the river was beautiful. A perfect date venue.

                                                    28. JB

                                                      JillianB

                                                      1 review

                                                      5.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on 5 May 2022

                                                      overall5food5service4ambience5

                                                      Favourite restaurant to eat in Townsville. Superb meals. Younger female staff member unsure & made errors with which food went to which guest. More training for continuous improvement could attend to this.

                                                    29. AB

                                                      AlisonB

                                                      1 review

                                                      5.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on 4 May 2022

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      This is a must do for dinner when I’m Townsville… the food and service was outstanding.. we wished we had some more time on our holiday because we would have eaten there again before we left.

                                                    30. SS

                                                      SallyS

                                                      Tropical North Queensland

                                                      8 reviews

                                                      vip
                                                      5.0

                                                      8 reviews

                                                      Dined on 3 May 2022

                                                      overall5food5service4ambience5

                                                      Took friends for first time and they loved it. Food was amazing as always and wait staff attentive and friendly. A lovely night.

                                                    31. AN

                                                      AnnieN

                                                      1 review

                                                      5.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on 1 May 2022

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      Thank you for a lovely evening…. The food and service was awesome :)

                                                    32. RC

                                                      RobynC

                                                      1 review

                                                      5.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on 1 May 2022

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      A great dinner venue for all occasions. Love this restaurant

                                                    33. K

                                                      Kats

                                                      Brisbane

                                                      2 reviews

                                                      5.0

                                                      2 reviews

                                                      Dined on 1 May 2022

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      A Touch of Salt is a fine dining experience, the food is always amazing and the service is attentive but un intrusive.

                                                    34. KR

                                                      KarinaR

                                                      1 review

                                                      3.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on 30 April 2022

                                                      overall3food3service2ambience3

                                                      Service was far too slow. Wait times between dishes was ridiculously long. Reservation was 7pm, didn’t get our meals until 8.50pm

                                                    35. D

                                                      Danae

                                                      1 review

                                                      5.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on 30 April 2022

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      Great service from the moment we arrived, food didn't take long at all to come out. We had three courses and all were outstanding. Great experience!

                                                    36. VT

                                                      VooT

                                                      1 review

                                                      5.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on 30 April 2022

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      Fantastic service, good atmosphere and food was great.

                                                    37. TS

                                                      TeganS

                                                      1 review

                                                      5.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on 29 April 2022

                                                      overall5food4service4ambience4

                                                      Highly recommended! Food was amazing, perfect place for date night.

                                                    38. G

                                                      Glen

                                                      1 review

                                                      3.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on 27 April 2022

                                                      overall3food3service4ambience3

                                                      Pleasant surroundings with inside and outside options. Not a large number of food options. Good wine list. Devine sticky date pudding for dessert.

                                                    39. JS

                                                      JudyS

                                                      1 review

                                                      5.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on 26 April 2022

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      Poppy the girl who served us was bright & cheerful. She introduced herself & was very efficient. The gentleman at the front desk showed us to a table straight away even though we were early. The meals were lovely both visually & taste wise. We had a lovely time. Thank you.

                                                    40. AM

                                                      AmyM

                                                      1 review

                                                      5.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on 24 April 2022

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      Absolutely wonderful dinner. All food was amazing. Service was exceptional and a great night out

                                                    Safety precautions

                                                    • Cleaning & sanitising

                                                      • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
                                                      • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
                                                      • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
                                                      • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
                                                      • Contactless payment available
                                                    • Physical distancing

                                                      • Limited number of seated diners
                                                      • Distancing maintained in common areas
                                                      • Extra space between tables
                                                    • Screening

                                                      • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
                                                      • Staff is vaccinated

                                                    FAQs

                                                    You can order delivery directly from A Touch of Salt using the Order Online button. A Touch of Salt also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (07) 4724 4441.

                                                    A Touch of Salt is rated 4.8 stars by 1547 OpenTable diners.

                                                    A Touch of Salt does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

                                                    Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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                                                    Booked 24 times today
                                                    Google Map for A Touch of Salt

                                                    86 Ogden Street Townsville, AU-QLD 4810

                                                    Additional information

                                                    • Cross Street

                                                      Stokes Street

                                                    • Area

                                                      Townsville CBD

                                                    • Hours of Operation

                                                      Lunch Fri 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

                                                    • Cuisines

                                                      Modern Australian, Asian, Mediterranean

                                                    • Dining style

                                                      Casual Elegant

                                                    • Dress Code

                                                      Smart Casual

                                                    • Parking Details

                                                      On Street Parking, Secure Parking

                                                    • Public Transit

                                                      Bus Terminal (Sturt Street) within 100 meters;Taxi Rank 100m on Stokes Street.

                                                    • Payment Options

                                                      AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

                                                    • Executive Chef

                                                      Michael Brine

                                                    • Additional

                                                      Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Kosher, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeaway, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

                                                    • Phone number

                                                      (07) 4724 4441

                                                    • Private party facilities

                                                      With a great location – CBD and waterfront – top quality food and an extensive selection of beverages, our restaurant is a popular function venue.

                                                    • Private party contact

                                                      Matthew Wilkie (matt@saltrestaurants.com.au): (07) 4724 4441

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