Black Bird Bar & Grill

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318 reviews
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$41 to $100
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Australian

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Black Bird Bar & Grill, on the riverside of Brisbane's CBD, is renowned for crafting modern Australian cuisine with a dose of global inspiration, served in its relaxing and charming restaurant. The spanner crab on toasted brioche bread with avocado, lime and saffron and the Japanese-style seafood pancake with teriyaki, pickled daikon and lotus root crisps make superb starters. Some of Black Bird Bar & Grill's specialties include the free-range pork roast with caramelized onion and chickpea puree, the herb crusted saddle of lamb with spicy eggplant relish and yogurt and the coal-roasted market fish of the day with seaweed butter and lemon. Vegetarian dishes, like the pan-fried potato gnocchi with fresh cheese curd and the griddled sweetcorn cake with green tomato relish and salted ricotta, are seasoned to perfection.

Black Bird Bar & Grill's white and black forest mousse cake with cherry ice cream makes the perfect dessert.

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4.2based on recent ratings
4.6
Food
4.2
Service
4.5
Ambience
3.9
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brentp
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2020
Overall3Food2Service5Ambience3

Food was only OK service was great but very noisy definitely not the best steak I’ve had in Brisbane

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VaraN
1 review
Dined on 3 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience5

Table lay-out meant we had to pass plates and food back and forth between waitress. Other than that great experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience3

Beautiful meal and ambience ruined by rushed service to get us out so another sitting could come in. Would have ordered deserts and coffee but no time. Suggested to go to the bar but they don’t serve deserts or coffee. So what could have been great was reduced to alright. Wouldn’t rush back

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 9 January 2020
Overall1Food5Service1Ambience2

In dit restaurant staat de eigen efficiency bovenaan de lijst met prioriteiten en de klantervaring en klanttevredenheid onderaan. Na reservering via OpenTable werd ons bij aankomst gemeld dat er alleen voor beperkte tijd een tafel was. Op zich vreemd als je ruim van te voren hebt gereserveerd, maar je gaat dan ook niet nog eens op zoek naar een ander restaurant. De klap op de vuurpijl kwam echter na het hoofdgerecht, toen de ober ons doodleuk meedeelde dat hij ons niet de dessertkaart zou geven omdat daar geen tijd meer voor zou zijn. Nu wilden we toch geen dessert, maar we waren wel met stomheid geslagen door een dergelijke onbeschofte mededeling en botheid. Toen we weggingen was het tafeltje naast ons, dat de hele tijd onbezet was geweest nog steeds vrij ...... Over efficiency en customer satisfaction gesproken.

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NicolaW
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Awesome romantic..loved it was our perfect anniversary

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viprswtag
Brisbane / QLD
3 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food is exceptional. Recommend the tuna and the pasta as entree. The steaks were cooked just right and extremely tender. The lamb was also amazing.

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OpenTable Diner
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall4Food5Service2Ambience5

Food as always fantastic.
However the service was less than great, very long wait for service, which continued all evening.

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ClaS
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Really enjoyed our afternoon at Blackbird. After drinks in the bar overlooking the river, we dined on the most delicious steaks accompanied by a truffled mashed potato that was to die for. My celeriac entree was also tasty and well executed. Our waiter was extremely helpful and efficient and not intrusive. Blackbird is quite expensive but I certainly felt the dining experience was worth it. Good for a special occasion.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience5

Lovely like always. Only fault is that we weren't given a wine menu when seated or asked whether or not we wanted to order drinks. Wasn't a problem tho. Still my favourite restaurant in Brisbane!

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OpenTable Diner
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The staff were very attentive and after asking what the occasion was (anniversary dinner), they beautifully decorated our dessert. Each of the three courses were outstanding and our drinks at the bar beforehand were amazing.

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vipamyrock
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall1Food2Service2Ambience2

All the items of a fancy bar and grill are "on paper" but the food and service lack heart. The menu and ambience could be brightened up. The seafood platter was underwhelming compared to real seafood platters, steaks are nothing special, sides are cafeteria cooking. Pricey cocktails, poorly made. Servers disappear before your meal is done. The only thing it had was a good wine list. For us who came for the ambience from away, and were wished a wonderful experience, they put us in a corner where the amazing view of the river and bridge were seen only on the way to the washroom; give those to the locals if you want to bring in new business! Overall a bland and disappointing experience that cost us $500.

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OpenTable Diner
Liverpool
6 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Food took a while but otherwise great quality and service

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KatrinaC
Brisbane / QLD
2 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a good night at Blackbird. The food is amazing the restaurant is lovely and the bar is great.

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RobertM
London
4 reviews
Dined on 20 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great evening! Thank you to the Blackbird Bar and Grill.
Everyone was so friendly and helpful and the food superb.
Will definitely go again and would strongly recommend to others

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AntoineS
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Very nice bar to have drink while the table is being set up. Very good cocktails.
Once in the restaurent, you have an amazing view.. and the food is very good.
Only issue was the amount of time we waited between snacks/starters/and main

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TamekaW
Brisbane / QLD
2 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely. Food, atmosphere and location just devine. Loved the outing and made the afternoon with my friends that much better. Thank You

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KerriT
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Service was excellent and the food was outstanding

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Gilzy
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 29 January 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Very pleased overall.
I travel extensively internationally and would have no hesitation with recommending Black Bird as an eating establishment.
If there is any negative it would be that the wine selection is vast. Required viewing time when endeavouring to select a wine and peruse the variety is over 10 min. As a suggestion a smaller selection on one wine menu, that applies to your core menu and then a greater selection when you have a sophisticated diner. Hard to work out who is sophisticated - you can only try.

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OpenTable Diner
Brisbane / QLD
2 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic service and delicious meals. Steak was cooked to perfection, full of flavor and tender.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and service. One of our favourite restaurants in Brisbane

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SamV
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience2

Quite an interesting layout and ambience with high quality service. The entrees were superb but the main (T-Bone) with the sides (green veggies and potato) were average - nothing out of the ordinary.

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NigelGeoffreyThompson
London
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

If you're looking for great service with a decent steak then look no further. The solid quality on offer obviously appeals to the more onservative clientele: Try the kiln smoked trout - it was yummy😉

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Honeymoon!

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DebE
Brisbane / QLD
2 reviews
Dined on 27 November 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great location, food fabulous and service outstanding.
Wonderful night

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 25 November 2018
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience4

Overpriced for an underwhelming experience

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norm
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on 25 November 2018
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

The lamb shoulder was excellent. The menu is a little unimaginative.

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vipMatthewD
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 12 November 2018
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience1

Made the booking on OpenTable -- showed up and they said they couldn't find booking because "their OpenTable person leaves at 5pm....? Chose restaurant because they said "good for groups" and they had availability -- but PRIMARY reason was that it had Riverview seating. Instead we were stuck in a stuffy library with a grumpy server. Made it feel like we had made a really poor choice -- at a really expensive restaurant. The starters were amazing....the steak, not so great.

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NancyG
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2018
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous food. Enjoyed the feasting options. A special ambience for special events.

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vipLIndsayS
Brisbane / QLD
9 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a fantastic dining experience with excellent quality food and service. Have dined there many times and will continue to do so.

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jasrajs
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It’s my first time there , I’m super happy with food and service 👍

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GregP
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great food and even better service. The view was magnificent

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Forthekill
1 review
Dined on 8 May 2018
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Blackbird used to be my favourite dining place in Brissy, as it presents great food and stunning view. The chewy steak and juicy clair de lune oysters as well as the attending service used to impress me a lot. The attendant at the door has a bubbly outlook and she is gorgeous and welcoming.The goose&duck pate is still delicious. But this time, apparently the attendant at the door does not know how to smile. Plate presentation of steak is disappointing. The meat just laid on a white plain plate, which is boring.

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DonnaW
1 review
Dined on 2 May 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food is absolutely amazing, wine menu is superb ... great location with magnificent views ... service is 10/10 ...

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AdrianP
1 review
Dined on 11 April 2018
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience3

Great food! Service was really good too. Was annoying we had to pay for water, especially since they fill up your water non stop. A heads up on the price and we wouldn't have drunk so much! But overall was a really good evening :)

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OpenTable Diner
2 reviews
Dined on 27 March 2018
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

The restaurant is beautiful and the service is glorious the food is lovely but could be improved the view is amazing overall I would recommend this restaurant but prewarned it’s very noisy.

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JimG
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 5 March 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had dinner with a friend. We both had and very much enjoyed the kangaroo. Nice wine selection to accompany the menu choices. The staff were warm and friendly and contributed to an overall very nice dining experience. Many other great choices on the menu. Check them out if you are in town.

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OpenTable Diner
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 28 January 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We have been to Blackbird on several occasions. We loved the food on each occasion. The staff are professional; the atmosphere great. But the food...just wonderful! Thanks!

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OpenTable Diner
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2017
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Outstanding, exceptional food and service with extensive wine and beverage list with expertise to support choices.

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OpenTable Diner
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 22 October 2017
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We love Black Bird. My girlfriends and enjoy this place because of location, great service atmosphere, delicious meals.

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OpenTable Diner
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2017
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was all perfect and I was thrilled at how willing the Chef was to accommodate my dietary requirements! It's now a favourite and I'll definitely be back.

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Black Bird Bar & Grill is rated 4.2 stars by 318 OpenTable diners.