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A Touch of Salt

4.8
4.8
1593 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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2 people

7:00 pm


Booked 20 times today

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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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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

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    Group Bookings

  • Tropical North Queensland

    Healthy

  • Tropical North Queensland

    Lunch

  • Tropical North Queensland

    Outdoor Eating

  • Tropical North Queensland

    Romance

  • Tropical North Queensland

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  • Tropical North Queensland

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  • Townsville

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  1. EM

    EMurphy

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    From the service to the food, everything was wonderful!
  2. AT

    AinsleyT

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall2food2service3ambience4
    Waited over an hour and a half for food, while we watched many couple come and get food before us. Then my rice was cold. Not thrilled at 47 dollars for a meal...
  3. SK

    SaraK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food, staff and setting was absolutely fantastic, definitely won't wait 7 years between visits again.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A Touch of Salt is always a wonderful experience. It is relaxed, quiet with great food and staff. It is a Townsville institution
  5. CL

    CarolL

    Tropical North Queensland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    I had the duck wontons for starter which were delicious, followed by entree of pork medallions, again very nice, skipped mains and went for the apple crumble cheesecake for dessert. Dessert was probably the least appealing of my courses but still very nice. Overall, everyone at the table was impressed with their choices and as usual, Touch of Salt is my go to for special occasions because I believe they are the best restaurant in Townsville.
  6. LD

    LisaD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    An excellent night out for the family. Incredible mix of intriguing and well paired flavours. Exceptional, engaging staff. We will be back!
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent. Wish we had a quality restaurant like A Touch of Salt at home
  8. JK

    JoanneK

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Owner, Mark, was very attentive and friendly when we arrived and paid. Meals were delicious, cocktails were great and the wine selection was a great mix. Our server took a little bit of prompting, but otherwise it was a perfect night
  9. JB

    JanB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was wonderful. Great service, food and ambience
  10. j

    jarthurw

    Des Moines

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 23 June 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    We had our anniversary dinner here on 23 June. A busy, buzzing restaurant. We ordered and had to wait for our drinks. The food was tantalisingly close to perfect. The service was a bit erratic, including the bar service. Overall very good.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tropical North Queensland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The whole experience was absolutely amazing. The service and food was outstanding. Will definitely be back.
  12. TM

    TimM

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    A rather lack lustre experience. Food was bland, service a bit lacking in polished and wine list very underwhelming.
  13. A

    Amy77

    Sydney

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I can’t recommend this restaurant enough. We have been a few times now and every time it’s been 10/10. We dined here last Saturday night and it was the best meal I’ve ever had. Try the octopus entree and the lamb main.. so good
  14. MP

    MarkP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A Touch of Salt never ever disappoints. From the moment you arrive, you are made to feel special, nothing is too much trouble. The staff are delightful, food is so tasty and beautifully presented, cocktail, beer and wine list outstanding, ambience first class. The whole experience is worth every cent. With 17 years of cementing themselves as one of Townsville’s best dining experiences, this restaurant just continues to deliver quality on so many, many levels.
  15. B

    Ballsey

    Tropical North Queensland

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 17 June 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Really “can do” staff in a nice location. Food was okay-good.
  16. BM

    BernardM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 June 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Excellent spot for a business lunch. Exceptional food. A little slow with our first drinks order but overall good service.
  17. KG

    KayaG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best food ive had out of every restaurant ive been too. Service was amazing. Outstanding atmosphere.
  18. MA

    MichaelA

    Deactivated - Far North Queensland

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 15 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Townsville's premier restaurant that never disappoints. Great options for non seafood dinners and 1st class service and staff.
  19. D

    Daniel

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was great and the quality of the food was amazing
  20. J

    Julie

    Deactivated - Far North Queensland

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Always a joy to visit on our holidays in Townsville. Service excellent and lovely riverside setting.
  21. DS

    DianeS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a pleasure eating at Touch of Salt. Love the changing menu, wonderful selection and hardest part is deciding what to eat this visit.
  22. B

    Brian

    Tropical North Queensland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent as usual. Tip, Heat plates on cold night to avoid meal getting cold.
  23. SK

    SummerK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Great food, my partner and I always like experimenting with flavours and touch of salt doesn't disappoint! Furnishings and decor could use an update
  24. SW

    SuzanneW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely atmosphere and the most delicious food - I will remember this meal for a long time to come!
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sunshine Coast

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 June 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience2
    Food not up to scratch
  26. AW

    AnnW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, AMAZING food of clever combinations, great location. Will definitely revisit!
  27. AA

    AmandaA

    Tropical North Queensland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and service as always. Really busy for Monday night in Townsville- which speaks to the success of this fine dining restaurant. Seafood always super fresh- never a fishy smell coming from the kitchen. Everything else cooked to perfection and brought out hot and quick. Our table tried almost everything on the menu (even though there was only 3 of us) and although we had our favourites- we thoroughly recommend all of it. Cheers
  28. AJ

    AaronJ

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 6 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Been dining here over many years and never disappoints, it’s a credit to the owners, chef and staff that keep it at such a high standard. Always exceptional food and service.
  29. GG

    GirlGordon

    Tropical North Queensland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Never disappoints! Excellent food, Excellent service all of our special occasions are celebrated at Touch of Salt! Outstanding! Do yourself a favour!
  30. RG

    RalphG

    Tropical North Queensland

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 June 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    The new menu is not as good as the previous menu. Sides did not come with the mains. They were left on the pass.
  31. G

    Galaxy

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 June 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Coral Trout was tasty though its broth was a little spicy . Mains were similar in size to entrees. Otherwise meals were of a very good standard and the service was excellent.
  32. KC

    KennethC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 June 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    I found the restaurant to be excellent and great quality of service.
  33. M

    Matt

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and friendly staff.
  34. JK

    JessK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went for the plant-based menu and were able to try everything as we were able to order all the dishes in either an entree or main size and alternate them. The food was divine - I was blown away at the flavours! Every single dish was delicious but the mushroom dish with the side of greens was my favourite. It was a beautiful setting, amazing service (so friendly!) and our jaws dropped when we got the bill - Incredibly budget friendly considering how much we ordered! I will be coming back everytime we visit Townsville, for sure.
  35. KH

    KerryH

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing as expected. Fabulous food as always. Did not disappoint.
  36. N

    Neri

    Tropical North Queensland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 4 June 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We loved a touch of Salt! The food, service & experience was just awesome! Highly recommend.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food and service
  38. RD

    RobertD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 June 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Fabulous food with innovative tweaks, attentive service without being obsequious. Recommend to anyone wanting a gastronomic experience.
  39. MK

    MichaelK

    Deactivated - Far North Queensland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious and beautifully presented. Serving size was quite filling for fine dining. No Maccas needed on way home. Most meals were gf which gave me a lot of options that I’m not use to. The staff were very nice and the atmosphere with all the lights in the trees was lovely. We’ll be back.
  40. JR

    JosephR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I went to a touch of salt for my partners 32nd birthday. We both ordered a starter, main and desert. All 3 meals were amazing, the service was always with a smile and friendly and the atmosphere was nice and relaxed.

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 1593 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.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 pm


Booked 20 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
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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