A Touch of Salt

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554 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 554 People Are Saying
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4.8
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4.6
Ambience
4.5
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ST
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4Food5Service2Ambience3

The staff were very friendly, but got the wine order wrong , the mocktails were cocktails , our bottled water was taken away and not returned, the food was excellent , but wait staff need more training.

KG
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We thoroughly enjoyed our meal and the recommendations were also outstanding!

CB
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

From when we walked in the restaurant we were greeted by very friendly and professional staff. We ordered drinks, starters and mains, the meals came out in good time the staff were paying attention to us as a customer and insured we were always satisfied. The taste of the food was outstanding. The whole experience at this restaurant was amazing and we definitely recommend it to anyone.

RD
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is the most consistently excellent restaurant in Townsville. After close to fifteen years as regular diners at A Touch of Salt, there has NEVER been a disappointing meal served to us. It is our ‘go to’ place to celebrate all special occasions even though we now live some distance from Townsville.
We appreciate that the menu is regularly updated and we are introduced to new, often unknown ingredients. Peter, Michael and Mark know their business well.
All staff are well trained and attentive. We simply love this place.

PJ
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Best food you have prepared since I have been coming to the restaurant since you opened great flavour good size portions and very tasty food

LL
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

We had a very enjoyable evening. The service was on point and the food was an adequate serving and delicious.

S
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of the best restaurant we have had the pleasure to dine out! The food was sensational and would strongly recommend anyone in Townsville to enjoy the food as much as we did.

JR
Brisbane / QLD
4 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Couldn't fault a single thing. Food was amazing, wine was as expected, service was impeccable.

SJ
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing staff and food. Would definitely recommend and eat here again.

KM
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always exciting to dine here, friendly staff, welcoming atmosphere! We were especially to experience the new menu, which was outstanding! Well done to the ToS team

JD
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We sat outside which was quieter than inside and it was delightful, the food was delicious, the service attentive and the ambience outside was lovely. Perfect evening with friends.

JB
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous service. Incredible meals. A wonderful night out. Adults and children all extremely happy with their meals and overall dining experience.

TB
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I have never failed to have a beautiful meal with great service at this restaurant

JK
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a wonderful dinner from the new menu...delicious.The staff were most attentive and charming.

HW
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A Touch of Salt is honestly the best fine dining in Townsville. The food is outstanding and the staff are attentive and welcoming. We surprised our mother with a lunch here for her 60th birthday and it couldn’t have been more perfect. The staff accommodated for some large balloons we asked to set up at the table and helped us to pack them away afterwards. This restaurant is second to none.

LK
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

The food was absolutely incredible, the perfect combinations of flavours and textures, creative and clever, great wine pairings. Service was a little vacant at first, but attentive once meals had arrived. Will definitely dine here again.

SB
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Very accommodating after we were late arriving due to our quests' flight, from Melbourne, being delayed by 1 hour. Very grateful to the staff for their patience.

KP
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A fantastic restaurant for a nice dinner out. Great food and staff.

JM
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was great. Couldn’t have enjoyed a more perfect night with my partner with exceptional food. No doubt that we will return again.

MS
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food and service, we celebrated our anniversary at A Touch of Salt and thoroughly enjoyed.
I'd highly recommend this restaurant.

PF
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Again this restaurant exceeds with its quality service and food. We were there for our 25th Wedding Anniversary and was treated well from the time we got there until the time we left. Service was outstanding always asking at the right time and knowing when the customer needs something. Food was amazing and again Brine's keep on lifting the bar for dinning in Townsvillle and that's why this restruant is still going strong.

SD
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

What a great experience - from the moment we arrived to the time we left this restaurant ticked all the boxes. Great front of house staff, creative & imaginative dishes & a smallish but well put together wine list all made for a memorable experience. Do yourself a favour & go to A Touch of Salt when next in Townsville

DB
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Came for my Dad's retirement dinner and everything was awesome. The duck was just amazing. Service was incredible and James was espicially great at having to deal with my fussy father. I will certainly be coming back!! Great work to all.

KW
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was excellent. Loved everything. Highly recommend.

OT
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful service, food and atmosphere!

OT
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Service exceptional...our waitress was lovely. Food was superb..every course..busy night for the restaurant not a spare table..and even a wedding party outside but we were thoroughly looked after..can't wait to return

M
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Service is excellent, staff are happy to have a chat. If something is not quite right the staff will fix it straight away, it’s a great place.

PW
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall2Food4Service2Ambience1

The food was very good but the night for me was spoilt by the noise in the room.
It was impossible to carry on a normal conversation without raising your voice and my ears were ringing the next day. Not good. Some action needs to taken to incorporate sound absorbing materials in the room. I fear for the worker's hearing if exposed to this level of sound for too long.
The restaurant was busy so the service was very slow. It was about 45 minutes before our order was taken.
I understand excessive noise in restaurants is becoming a real problem around the country.
I did not complain but received an apology concerning the noise and service as I was leaving so others must have mentioned it.
Peter

NP
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Thanks to Zoe who made our evening lovely and memorable. We had three entrees and they were delightful. Would come again in a heartbeat.

M
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Staff were approachable, friendly and extremely efficient. Food was well presented, cooked and delicious. The only thing that was off putting was the local residents in the park near the table in which we were seated. The outside seating was very pleasant and clean, however, listening to drunk people fighting and smelly people wandering past out our seating area as we were eating really put a dampener on the night. Apart from the things that were out of the control of the restaurant, we loved the dining experience.

LB
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service, amazing food. We ate from the Vegan/Vegetarian menu and the choices were fantastic, even so far so to offer a Vegan Cheese Board and a Vegan Dessert... Outstanding!

LJ
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved it so much and came a not so busy night which was great.

J
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I absolutely love this restaurant. From the decor to the seating options, to the presentation of the restaurant and its staff, everything is immaculate. The menu is innovative and the food is superb - i love cooking and I don’t want to order food that I cook at home when I go out. I’ve never been disappointed in over a decade of fine dining at Touch of Salt. The service is also exemplary. This time I was explaining how I had been unable to secure a booking on my mother’s birthday due to a wedding booking and the waiter surprised us by bringing a special dessert with cAndle and message for the belated birthday.
Exceptional in every sense.
Thank you Touch of Salt.

PD
3 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As always a wonderful evening. The food amazing and the staff first class.
Can’t recommend it highly enough!!

SH
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food, amazing service and a beautiful setting. I would highly recommend dining here if you get the chance.

RO
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent meal and service, as per usual. The desert in particular was enjoyed, being both very subtle and extremely sophisticated.

WA
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My wife and I celebrated our 25th anniversary, we had a very enjoyable night. The food was great.

LC
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food, particularly the pork collar which was outstanding. Service was friendly and helpful, and meals arrived quickly. Meals were very reasonably priced given the high quality of the food. We will be back and I highly recommend to everyone.

NT
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Excellent food. Excellent service. Great spot. From Hobart in Tasmania. Will be back.

E
Tasmania
11 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

I had looked forward to visiting this restaurant and it did not disappoint. On a hot winter's day it was lovely to sit outside for lunch. We began our meal with scallops on their shells with a bacon and jalapeno topping, and sandcrab and scallop dumplimgs with a ginger and chilli sauce with coriander topping. Both of these were delicious. Mains were roast veal with vegetables and a duck leg in black bean sauce with raisins and pecans with parsnip cream. Both these were well presented and tasty. I felt the duck was a bit rich and needed more crunch and fresh elements. The handcut fries that had crunchy edges were good the others rather soft and disappointing. Desserts were wattleseed custard tart with parsip icecream and macadamia honey which didn't quite hit the mark for me, I did like the ice cream though. The white chocolate and lemon parfait was well received. Service was good and servers knowledgeable.