A Touch of Salt

4.7
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613 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 613 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.8
Food
4.8
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.5
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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RM
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Awesome food and service as always. Still the best place in town to have feed

BG
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome food, great atmosphere, friendly staff, great service, awesome chefs changing their menu to suit gluten free requirements, super friendly manager!

C
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The best food ever, great selection of drinks! Good service - glasses were never empty. Will go again and would recommend.

SF
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was a Valentine's day event. Food and service was superb. Would highly recommend!

DA
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience3

Food was good, but not spectacular, I think priced correct, but service? Service was okay, we did have to remind the staff a few times with missed items we orders, once a glass of sparkling for the only lady at the table, another was reminding them about the glass of ice, just not polished service that for me who regularly entertains clientele Salt needs to lift, maybe because it is Townsville?

Went to The Brewery the next night, food not as good obviously but the service was far better!

PH
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent food. Rib eye fillet was tender and was matched with great taste sensations. Sweets were excellent. Service was outstanding. We found it to be a little too noisy as the restaurant filled up. Expensive but probably appropriate for the quality of the dishes we had. Highly recommended. We will certainly be returning.

DS
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3Food5Service5Ambience3

Very nice meal and good service but the experience was marred by the loud constant noise of a group of slightly inebriated ladies first at the bar then at an adjoining table. It was so bad we could not hear each other at the table so we passed on the dessert and coffee preferring to find a quiet venue to celebrate our anniversary. There was also a group of boys near the door being rude to customers going into the restaurant

VM
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Friendly staffs, great service, delicious food. Definetely coming back

K
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience3

Great food, great service. Sat outside and kept getting bitten by mosquitos though

NH
1 review
Dined on 29 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My favourite restaurant in Townsville never disappoints. Always great food and service.

DR
1 review
Dined on 29 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous food
The service girls do not hover just quietly move around the tables but seem to appear at the exact moment you would like to order something

VB
Calgary
1 review
Dined on 28 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Every past experience has been wonderful, and this visit was no exception! Welcoming & hospitable staff, lovely quiet atmosphere, and truly sensational food. Thank you to the whole team for another beautiful evening x

PM
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food with a lovely atmosphere, would definitely recommend to anyone looking for a fine dining experience.

OT
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
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 on 17 January 2020
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 on 16 January 2020
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 on 15 January 2020
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.