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A Touch of Salt

4.8
4.8
1534 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

        • Charred Octopus$22.00

          green tomato, salsa verde, feta, almonds & lime

          • Coconut Baked Pork Belly$22.00

            braised leeks, red curry dressing + macadamia

            • 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$40.00

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

                  • Oregano Roasted Chicken$38.00

                    butter beans, muhummara, zucchini, walnuts + sherry dressing

                    • Coral Trout$39.00

                      tandoori, pickled onion, tomato, cucumber + green chutney

                      • Roasted Duck$41.00

                        sunchokes, fioretti, smoked beets, kale + cherry vincotto

                        • Ribeye of Beef$45.00

                          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

                                              • Lemon Ricotta Baked Cheesecake$15.00

                                                basil cremeux, strawberry, myrtle curd + black pepper crumb

                                                • Sticky Date Pudding$15.00

                                                  buttermilk ice cream, walnut crumble + whisky butterscotch

                                                  • Affogato$16.00

                                                    espresso, vanilla ice-cream + liquer

                                                    Last updated: 27 April 2022

                                                    What 1,534 people are saying

                                                    Overall ratings and reviews

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

                                                    NoiseModerate

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                                                      IvanaS

                                                      Tropical North Queensland

                                                      1 review

                                                      5.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined 2 days ago

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                                    2. A

                                                      Anonymous

                                                      1 review

                                                      5.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined 2 days ago

                                                      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!

                                                    3. M

                                                      Miriam

                                                      1 review

                                                      5.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined 2 days ago

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      Great restaurant with beautiful food and excellent service!

                                                    4. RB

                                                      RobynB

                                                      1 review

                                                      5.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined 5 days ago

                                                      overall5food5service4ambience4

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

                                                    5. T

                                                      Taylah

                                                      1 review

                                                      5.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined 6 days ago

                                                      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.

                                                    6. S

                                                      Stormin

                                                      1 review

                                                      4.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined 7 days ago

                                                      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.

                                                    7. 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!

                                                    8. 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.

                                                    9. 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.

                                                    10. 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.

                                                    11. VS

                                                      VasantS

                                                      1 review

                                                      5.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on 7 May 2022

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      As always a great place for outstanding dining experience

                                                    12. 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.

                                                    13. 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.

                                                    14. 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.

                                                    15. 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.

                                                    16. 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.

                                                    17. 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.

                                                    18. 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 :)

                                                    19. RC

                                                      RobynC

                                                      1 review

                                                      5.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on 1 May 2022

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      A great dinner venue for all occasions. Love this restaurant

                                                    20. 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.

                                                    21. 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

                                                    22. 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!

                                                    23. VT

                                                      VooT

                                                      1 review

                                                      5.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on 30 April 2022

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      Fantastic service, good atmosphere and food was great.

                                                    24. TS

                                                      TeganS

                                                      1 review

                                                      5.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on 29 April 2022

                                                      overall5food4service4ambience4

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

                                                    25. 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.

                                                    26. 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.

                                                    27. 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

                                                    28. EB

                                                      EliseB

                                                      1 review

                                                      5.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on 24 April 2022

                                                      overall5food5service4ambience5

                                                      Ah-may-zing food! Attentive staff and quick service of meals. 1000/10

                                                    29. RA

                                                      RodneyA

                                                      Tropical North Queensland

                                                      2 reviews

                                                      5.0

                                                      2 reviews

                                                      Dined on 23 April 2022

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      Never any negatives when we dine here. The food was divine, service impeccable and the overall experience was fabulous. Our favourite place to dine in Townsville.

                                                    30. H

                                                      Helenm

                                                      Tropical North Queensland

                                                      3 reviews

                                                      5.0

                                                      3 reviews

                                                      Dined on 23 April 2022

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                      Amazing food and great service, highly recommend!

                                                    31. k

                                                      keightem

                                                      Tropical North Queensland

                                                      1 review

                                                      5.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on 23 April 2022

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      The most delicious food and accompanying wines. Thank you for a great night

                                                    32. N

                                                      Nathan

                                                      1 review

                                                      5.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on 23 April 2022

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      Great food and the Mains are a complete meal, unlike some other fancier restaurants where you must add sides or your portion is too small.

                                                    33. g

                                                      gregh

                                                      1 review

                                                      5.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on 23 April 2022

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      great restaurant, great service and great food. will be a regular customer.

                                                    34. S

                                                      Shannon

                                                      1 review

                                                      4.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on 22 April 2022

                                                      overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                      Received a e voucher via email. Got to the restaurant ordered meals to the value + more of the voucher even telling the waiter we are using a voucher tonight. We enjoyed a great meal the food was delicious but after our meal we get to the counter to fix the bill only to be told that there had been a mistake and my voucher was not valid that when swapping to the new system the vouchers for all the used gift vouchers had been sent out as well. I did not receive any follow up email to outline this and we were asked to Pay the full amount for our meal as the voucher had already been used. For the inconvenience nothing was offered not even a discount to the meal. Very disappointing !!

                                                    35. AW

                                                      AnitaW

                                                      Deactivated - Far North Queensland

                                                      4 reviews

                                                      5.0

                                                      4 reviews

                                                      Dined on 22 April 2022

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      Always provides interesting food options. Every time we dine here we have to google some of the food options. The staff are friendly helpful and knowledgeable!

                                                    36. NA

                                                      NoraA

                                                      1 review

                                                      5.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on 21 April 2022

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      Absolutely my favorite place to dine! We will be back again.

                                                    37. SS

                                                      SallyS

                                                      Tropical North Queensland

                                                      8 reviews

                                                      vip
                                                      5.0

                                                      8 reviews

                                                      Dined on 21 April 2022

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      Amazing and always

                                                    38. A

                                                      Amanda

                                                      1 review

                                                      5.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on 19 April 2022

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      Our experience was fantastic. Excellent food, drink and lovely service. We will definitely be back!

                                                    39. MC

                                                      MacmillanC

                                                      Tropical North Queensland

                                                      1 review

                                                      5.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on 19 April 2022

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      Fantastic service and great atmosphere. The food was great at reasonable price too.

                                                    40. JW

                                                      JenW

                                                      Brisbane

                                                      1 review

                                                      5.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on 19 April 2022

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      Classy without snobbery. Beautiful thoughtful dishes that enhance the produce and compliment the flavours. Staff were helpful, warm and engaging. Service was immaculate. Sadly I am not a local otherwise I would go back in a heartbeat!

                                                    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 1534 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 4 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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