Lyrebird

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748 reviews
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$41 to $100
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With a contemporary menu and impeccable service, the Lyrebird is the perfect place to start your evening at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre. Inspired by the best of Queensland and Australian fare, Lyrebird food reflects our passion for local ingredients, creativity on the plate and artistic expression. Set alongside the lively Cascade Court, savour the anticipation of the show ahead while you relax and enjoy the surrounds. For matinee goers, you can enjoy a delicious touch of elegance before your show with a Lyrebird High Tea. $25 per person or $30 per person including a glass of bubbles. Available only for select matinee shows.
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4.2
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PeterK
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

A consistently enjoyable experience - an efficient restaurant catering mostly for pre-theatre diners with quality food at reasonable prices.

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JanM
1 review
Dined on 3 March 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

Ambience is sparse and the environment is quite noisy caused by poor acoustic attenuation of the sounds coming from the kitchen. Service was attentive and the quality of the steak was brilliant. It was very pleasing to see that local wines from the Granite Belt were on offer as we consider some of these wines superior to a lot of the wines from the southern states. Regardless, it is always a very convenient treat to have dinner at the Lyrebird prior to attending a concert.

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VickyC
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had s lovely evening with excellent food and good service.

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lara
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

I thought you price based on a captive market. Main meals are not worth $40. It is quite noisy as well. Service was good and food was good but not great. I ate there with my 11 year old daughter and I had one drink and it was $150. That is definitely overpriced

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Janni
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A very nice experience . Thank you to the team and the chef

JB
JeremyBlackburn
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

4th visit to Lyrebird and we love it! Great service, exquisite food, prompt to ensure we make it to the theatre. Will remain a favourite of ours.

JM
JustinM
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

Great food, attentive service and great for a pre performance meal to get to the show on time!

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JanE
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

My meal especially the pork entree was excellent however my daughter had a duck main which was tough. Her dessert was redeemed as it was very good

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HannieG
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Amylou was servicing our table and she was an absolute treasure. She looked after us very well and the food was fantastic, and well timed for our show. 5 gold stars :)

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BelenC
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

The service was nice and quick as we were going to the ballet, the good was food but too expensive.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

We dined before the ballet due to commence at 7.30pm. We were seated at 6pm, promptly brought water & food/wine menus. All staff were attentive, polite & helpful. I had Black Angus fillet medium/rare. It was beautiful, cooked just to my liking, very tender & juicy. The vegetables perfectly complimentary to the dish. My partner had the Barramundi [fish of the day] Again another beautiful dish, excellent flavours & the fish was deliciously moist. We were very relaxed, enjoyed some wine with our meal & were ready to head upstairs in very comfortable and adequate time to attend the ballet. It was a 'treat' for a nice dinner and evening out - very much enjoyed - Thankyou

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OpenTable Diner
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was smooth and efficient making it a great beginning today our night at the theatre,

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ACHBradley
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2020
Overall2Food3Service2Ambience1

"Lyrebird" becomes Liarbird when staff lie to customers.
Like many a disappointed diner, I was tempted to vent my displeasure in a detailed and scathing review of the unnecessarily incivil and misleading "welcome" to our dining experience on the evening of 20/02/2020... but instead, I think it more meaningful to heap praise on the one staff-member who generously provided such sincerity, warmth and skilled service that she almost wiped away the deep dissatisfaction we both felt. Her name is "Izzy" and I hope that the management of "Lyrebird" know what a valuable asset they have in her services (though I must question the capabilities of any restaurant manager who cannot see the fundamental issues plaguing this place). Nevertheless, the food was unremarkable but competently cooked, there is no ambience (but of course diners come there for the amenity to QPAC), the prices are more than reasonable. The service... (all I can say is that Izzy saved the day and was the sole reason for choosing to add $30 as a grateful gratuity when paying our bill). The lessons learned...? I would suggest not lying to customers about nonexistent restrictions to their ability to dine (apparently for your own convenience), particularly when they took the time to pre-book their table and just drove over two hours in heavy traffic to visit your venue. But if you do, don't have an open kitchen allowing them to see how little activity is taking place to supply a restaurant that is half-full and well into clean-up and pack-up by 7:05pm. When you make your guests feel they are an imposition upon you, an irritant to you, an unfair burden to your chefs and an interruption to the smoothe running of your restaurant AND you achieve all this within the very first few moments of their arrival (and prior to them being seated) you need to offer something quite exceptional and exciting to get away with it. You didn't. Izzy rescued you all from a far more enbarrassing review than this one - you owe her!

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MasterDiner
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

It was a busy night on a Friday, also Valentine’s Day.
Food has always been good, but this time it’s very different from all previous visits:
- bread rolls were not warm
-duck in the main course was extremely tough. Thought it’s the knife not sharp enough, but it’s like a steak knife, should be sharp enough. Raspberries were strewn around with sauce, not visually pleasant.

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JoffM
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great atmosphere, staff were knowledgeable, attentive and friendly. I have dined in Lyrebird on many occasions and My expectations were of the usual high standard. I was, therefore, pleasantly surprised by the excellent quality of the food. It seems to get better with every visit.

JB
JohnB
1 review
Dined on 12 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

my creamy oyster were perfect fillet a shade over but acceptable ---did not have room for dessert!

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RobynW
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

I would recommend the Lyrebird for a special occasion . The food was excellent, it was QUIET and I was particularly impressed with the wait staff. Our waiter Ned knew how to serve dishes and drinks and was friendly and positive. I congratulate the management on the training of the staff. Only problem was the wait between courses but as we had allowed for the time we did get to the concert on time.
A lovely meal, both of us very happy with our choices.

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NeilW
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Great proximity to the concert venue - great service.

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DCSK
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

The palm heart and duck were delicious - glad to see a menu change !

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SusanD
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely lovely menu - great staff - very very good value for money as the food quality was superb

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ShaneR
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We have eaten here on most occasions that we attend a QPAC show. It is yet to disappoint. The food is fabulous, the staff are attentive and friendly and the whole experience is fantastic. I asked for my eye fillet to be cooked bleu and it was done to perfection. Unlike so many restaurants, the chef here knows how to cook a bleu steak and isn't afraid that its underdone. We will be back.

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PeterE
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

The food in this restaurant is excellent but it must be noted that it is becoming very expensive. Charging nearly $40 for a main course is fine except when the quantity of food presented is quite small. It is very fresh and beautifully presented but maybe more than two small pieces of duck breast would be reasonable especially when there are no extras so you need to order sides if you want anything other than the small amount of meat. Charging $21 for a cheese platter is fine when there is a significant quantity of cheese but that, too, was lacking and the staff should be aware that cheese should be brought to room temperature before serving to the customer. Despite these apparent deficiencies, a very pleasant meal before a wonderful show.

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DaleC
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Amazing experience. Great food, great service, great night.

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PeterW
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A perfect pre show restaurant - food, service, ambience, timeliness cannot be faulted

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NicholasT
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

Very good service and a helpful maitre d'.
The evening was spoilt because of one diner's very tough beef which had little taste and another's too tough to eat meat dish. All the meat had to be left. Two out of 3 dishes left with only a third eaten and there was no query about our satisfaction with the dishes. So we had to raise our dissatisfaction except for he duck dish which was very good.
The salad side dish was unattractively arranged, just a jumble of small salad items on a very small plate.
I do think in this day and age just to bring wine by the glass already poured and without showing the bottle from which it was poured is a pretty poor approach in a restaurant that reputes to be a fine dining one.
Unfortunately as regular QPAC attendees, we will be back to finding somewhere else to eat before a show.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience3

Very average food - outdated and lacking imagination. For the price and location, we expected more. Apparently “slow cooked crispy pork belly” equals a square, deep fried, crumbed croquet...

Disappointed by the “signature” experience. Won’t be back.

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CarlaD
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 30 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Dinner with a dear friend before a show.

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EvieT
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 30 January 2020
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

The salmon entree was superb, but the pasta main was quite poor. I would not order that again, nor recommend it to anyone. It was gluggy, had an odd flavour and the cheese, (if it was cheese) grated on top, flavourless. The dish also needed extra seasoning. Always use the fine grater in a fine dining restaurant. The service and ambience was excellent.

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heidif
Brisbane / QLD
3 reviews
Dined on 29 January 2020
Overall2Food2Service4Ambience3

Only really has the location and convenience to the theater going for it. Food looks appealing and moderately fancy but no real substance for the price. portion sizes were ok, taste mediocre.

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BronwynR
1 review
Dined on 29 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent service, spacious seating, and loved the care, professionalism and detail of food - great wines too.

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KristyS
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was amazing. Service excellent. Only problem I had was the meals came out too close. I was still eating dinner when dessert came out.

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CarolP
1 review
Dined on 23 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Food was lovely. Fresh, creative and tasty. We we’re given a nice quiet table and we’re able to easily carry on a conversation.

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Ralphy
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 22 January 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Food was excellent and really enjoyed being served bread as we sat down. So European and a rare occurrence in Brisbane. Did not have a starter but mains and desert top quality.

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BradC
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always love going to this restaurant. Food and service is superb and great value. Also very efficient without being officious, which means we always get to the show in time without stress.

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TinaM
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food and great and knowledgeable staff. We have been there three times. Always wounderful!

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AndrewB
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Overall very enjoyable. Would recommend and come again

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Vino
London
4 reviews
Dined on 15 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Nice restaurant and very convenient for pre theatre dining . We went as a couple and both enjoyed the menu of the day and all courses were cooked and presented superbly .
The service was prompt and attentive and all staff were friendly but very professional .

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JaneH
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food good portion sizes and the service was impeccable

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SuzyA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

We go to this restaurant every time we go to QPAC but I would like to see more variety on the menu.

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LindaP
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was amazing and served quickly so we weren’t on tender hooks thinking we would not make the show. My sister and I really enjoyed the meal.

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