Gambaro Seafood Restaurant

4.3
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Gambaro, a name synonymous with sensational seafood for over 60 years, is committed to its passion to deliver award winning food, personable service and an enchanting atmosphere. Guests will experience the high standard of service, personable touch and enchanting atmosphere that only a Gambaro establishment can deliver. Offering a sensational award-winning menu, excellent service, relaxing and comfortable surrounds, and a central location, you must come to Gambaro when visiting or living in Brisbane. Gambaro Restaurant BrisbaneGambaro is the oldest established restaurant in Brisbane, and a benchmark in fine dining. From its long history to its five-star ratings and reviews, multiple generations of guests, including local and international celebrities have enjoyed dining at Gambaro Restaurant and Function Centre. Gambaro is the perfect place to enjoy an intimate dinner, celebrate your special occasion or entertain business clients.

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What 166 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.4
Food
4.4
Service
4.3
Ambience
3.9
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84% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1Food4Service4Ambience1

The restaurant was far too noisy .....hosting Christmas parties. It's an expensive restaurant, oysters $6 each or $72 dozen, but it felt like we were in a noisy cafeteria with zero atmosphere.

Gambaro Seafood Restaurant
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you for dining at Gambaro and leaving your review. It greatly disappoints us that you were not satisfied with your dining experience. Please be assured we take this matter very seriously, and have passed your comments and feedback on to our restaurant manager and Head Chef to investigate and review. Please send us your contact details, as we'd love to know what we can do to improve. Sincerely, Gambaro

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S
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The seafood platter was absolutely great. The waitresses were kind and helpful. So far, the best seafood restaurant we found in Brisbane.

MM
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 3 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We made a reservation for a quiet table which we had dined at some time ago. Despite being against the general seating plans for the night Gambaro's provided the table to us. It was quiet and intimate and as usual the food and service was great!
Thank you Gambaro's.

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Phoenix
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Very busy, so it was noisy, but the staff were very attentive and the food superb. Will be back.

CC
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

All staff were absolutely amazing and professional. It was a little busier the night I was there, because there were a few Christmas parties. But couldn’t tell service wise because we received our food and drinks super quick! Can’t wait to go back again, best seafood I’ve ever had!

SC
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely love Gambaro's Seafood Restaurant, we consider this our go to restaurant for their outstanding selection of seafood and service. We have been going there for 20 years and will continue going there. Best Seafood Restaurant in Brisbane.

OT
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service and food.
We had a seafood platter that was very fresh :)
I will definitely visit there again.

KW
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great night, lovely oysters, and Moreton bay bugs.
Staff were very friendly and welcoming

DA
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Sensational venue, sensational food and sensational service! A true Brisbane institution.
Highly recommend * (Five-stars)

a
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wish I could remember the ladies name who served us all night. She definitely made the night and experience one we will always remember. Definitely put Gambaros on your bucket list.

j
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2019
Overall3Food4Service1Ambience3

Disappointed in the service wait staff bordering on rude quite disappointed

TI
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Was great as normal. Little expensive for the platter for 2. Food was great as was the staff and the ambiance is awesome

DH
Brisbane / QLD
2 reviews
Dined on 29 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Have been to Gambaros many times, the food and service are always great.

BB
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The only thing that bettered the food quality, was the service, exceptional

FD
Brisbane / QLD
4 reviews
Dined on 21 October 2019
Overall2Food2Service4Ambience4

Wine was way over priced. Entree was dry and tasteless. Side of ICE-BERG, PICKLED GREEN CHILLI, WHITE ANCHOVIES was just about the lettuce. Did not taste any chilli or anchovy. Very diappointing meal. Fish size was small and also dry.

GE
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

I think the sea food was great but I think the price was a little high. service was good and the price of drinks was ok. need to book because of being so very busy. They have a good selection of wines etc.

JT
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2019
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience4

I had previously dined at Gambaro many years ago prior to the refurbishment. My wife has always wanted to try Gambaro so I took her for her birthday dinner last Thursday. We were not disappointed, the food, ambiance and service was fantastic and we had a great night. I highly recommend Gambaro to friends, family and anyone who wants to experience fine dining. Thank you for a wonderful experience.

JH
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience3

Went with high expectations of eating some fresh well cooked seafood . The 4 of us were all disappointed. Our fish was overcooked the octopus was like leather . Service was great and quick . Very let down .

OT
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was my mother’s 86th birthday lunch. On arrival my mum was wished a happy birthday which was a pleasant surprise. We had a nice table with plenty of natural light from the front. We started with some fresh prawns which were juicy and flavoursome. We all had the grilled snapper and the food was outstanding. We had a great relaxing lunch with the restaurant management and staff ensuring it was a memorable occasion for Mum. Thanks Gambaro

JO
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience2

I'm writing this for my husband as he took me to Gambaro for my 65th birthday. I wouldn't have chosen the restaurant as I wanted to dine at a seafood place with a view of the river. However, as I like my seafood, especially my oysters unadorned, I chose the restaurant for its menu. The menu did not disappoint.
The decor - well its a restaurant with thankfully floor coverings etc to keep noise at a minimum.

Good staff - an overall good, birthday experience.

RC
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding. Each of our meals were Absolutely incredible!

LR
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We were there for a birthday dinner. There was four of us, and we ordered two seafood platters. They were outstanding right down to the salmon sashimi salad on the top. No need for entrees, there was so much food we couldn’t finish it as it was. Excellent wine list, impeccable service. You can understand why this restaurant has lasted the distance. We would go back for sure next time we visit Brisbane.

KR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

The seafood was fantastic as well as the sides to compliment each dish. The quality of seafood was great, but the quantity for price was a bit disappointing. You pay for the ambiance and service.

GS
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2019
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience3

Food is grossly over-priced. My $56.00 plate of BBQ mixed seafood comprised:
ONE prawn
TWO scallops
ONE very very small bit of fish
ONE very small bit of calamari

My son had a nice piece of salmon but for $45.00 I could have bought 4 fillets from Woolworths.
Cost of whole meal I could have bought enough fresh seafood for 10 people.

a
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2019
Overall2Food1Service4Ambience2

I though this place was meant to be a seafood restaurant, I must say this restaurant has seriously fallen behind in quality of food and offering. I started off with some Oysters Kilpatrick, they were pretty much cold when I got them and had no sauce (basically just some bacon on top and little to no heating), suffice to say no worth getting them for the $30. For the main I ordered the Red Emperor for $42 and got what appeared to be a fish fillet from coles frozen food section. It was crumbed in basic packet breadcrumbs (not fresh in house made ones like you would expect in a 5 star restaurant, an really it should have been grilled), was a tiny portion (would of said under 100 grams) and came with 1/10th of a leaf of purple cabbage and some tartare sauce (sauce clearly a commercial buy-in). This should have been a nice bit of grilled fish at around a 300 gram serving with a nice butter and some greens to go with it. This $42 meal on its own would not fill a small child let alone provide enough food for an adult for a main meal. Unfortunately desert was not better, the cake I have was clearly a few days old and had that stale taste and texture to it. I was there to take my parents out for a nice dinner for Father’s day and their birthdays as they are generally in the middle of Australia, suffice to say it was a real big let down considering the $320 cost. Won’t be going back and certainly won’t be recommending them to anyone, should of gone to Jellyfish or the Port Office instead.

CH
Brisbane / QLD
2 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Good food the waiter brought out the wrong meal that would be the only issue i had grrat night great place.

OT
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience2

Special birthday.

JC
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely dinner we will be back! The staff were Friendly & polite. The food was fresh and flavorful.

DD
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall3Food4Service1Ambience2

Food is good, service was deplorable
Had to wait excessive amounts of time for initial service, drinks and to settle the bill

D
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

The decor could have been from any pub anywhere , basic tables pretty average and underwhelming really. Service was great , food was excellent which is really the reason you go. Some things were a bit pricey.

JD
Brisbane / QLD
16 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

We had a wonderful lunch, made more memorable by the extensive wine selection and the freshest of seafood.

BF
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Simply an awesome experience. Everything about this restaurant is 5 stars, the service, the quality food, the ambiance, everything. Without doubt my favorite restaurant in Brisbane.

HD
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

Gambaro’s is an elegant corporate venue with quick service and fresh seafood.

S
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Service was average, food generous but not spectacular. For example, we felt the Moreton Bay Bugs didn't need a chili sauce--they're a stand-alone dish that needs little empelishment. Loved the fennel mash with it, tho. The ambiance in the restaurant is too formal for our taste. I'm sure it suits many diners, but not us.

JF
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

The food was lovely
The Scollops were spectacular ..................

GC
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience4

Communication between waiting staff was confused, several drinks were ordered and not delivered, and who ordered what meal was confused.

EL
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

We had booked the set menu for the Wallabies match. At $175 pp including wine we enjoyed the excellent fresh seafood , however were disappointed in the very restricted house wine selection and the efficient but toooooo quick service of the food . We arrived at 4.30pm and the food had been served within the hour.
We would recommend the restaurant but not the set menu ( not good value)

BP
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great seafood , the absolute most fresh, well presented seafood we have experienced, wonderful service and a great atmosphere ..would highly recommend to everyone thank you Gambaros seafood :)

SN
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

From the service to the food, Gambaro's delivered on all of it! We were celebrating our wedding anniversary and have decided that Gambaro's will be our choice for many more celebrations. <3

Gambaro Seafood Restaurant
Responded on 9 August 2019

Dear ShanNAd4lyf, Thank you for dining with us and thank you for taking the time to give us such a kind review. We hope to see you again soon. Sincerely, Gambaro.

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AM
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2019
Overall3Food2Service5Ambience3

Oysters were lovely, wine wasn't cold enough, Salmon order (was advised would be medium to rare) arrived overcooked, Linguini Marinara was mainly fish pieces. There was half of one very large prawn on top, with a very small 10cent size piece of bug (perhaps not sure) but the rest was fish pieces and it tasted a bit fishy. I don't like fishy tastes. We would have had another glass of wine but that wasn't cold enough the first time. The dessert was nice but needed more nuts as we couldn't have a part of it being GF and DF converted. Didn't think it was worth the cost. Glad we had an entertainment book voucher.