Malt Shovel Taphouse Sunshine Coast

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$40 and under
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Modern Australian

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Casual
Great Beer
On the menu expect free range Elgin Valley chicken in a craft beer marinade, Bileola sustainable pork belly, and rolled Sovereign lamb with a wild thyme rub, all slow cooked on a custom-built rotisserie in an open kitchen. Provenance, Sunny Coast produce and beer pairings are at the heart of the kitchen.

Featuring 16 rotating craft beers from brewers such as Malt Shovel, White Rabbit, Eumundi, Byron Bay Brewing, Furphy, Kosciuszko, Little Creatures, Brooklyn Brewery and Panhead , the Malt Shovel Taphouse Beer Guides will take customers on a journey into a brave new world of flavour.

The design of the venue has a modern industrial aesthetic with an authentic coastal feel. With bold visuals, large scale murals, fresh greenery, naked timber and aged copper, it has been designed as a modern take on the traditional craft beer venue for the local Sunshine Coast beer lover. Malt Shovel Taphouse is a casual yet sophisticated backdrop for your dining experience.
What 28 People Are Saying
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4.1based on recent ratings
4.1
Food
3.9
Service
4.2
Ambience
3.9
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LB
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very quick food service. Nice cool breeze. Lovely spot

Malt Shovel Taphouse Sunshine Coast
Responded 14 hours ago

Thanks for your 5 star review! We are so glad that you enjoyed our breezy outdoor alfresco area and open spaces! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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OT
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience3

Food good. Not busy. Hard to justify fish & chips at double week day rate.

Malt Shovel Taphouse Sunshine Coast
Responded on 20 January 2020

Thanks for your review! We are glad you enjoyed your visit. We have a $12 lunch special every weekday which includes the fish and chips. We believe in supporting the local community with great weekday lunch promotions which is why the dish is cheaper during weekday lunches. We hope to see you again soon!

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JJ
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 16 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The whole experience was amazing. Great value in price and the food was cooked to perfection. I highly recommend dining in and having a few craft beers!

Malt Shovel Taphouse Sunshine Coast
Responded on 20 January 2020

Wow! Thank you for this review! We are so glad that you enjoyed your visit and we can't wait to see you again soon!

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AC
1 review
Dined on 16 January 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Awesome food and great value. We had the share platter and there was a good selection of kids meals. Bar is a bit too pricey, but the beer paddles were a good experience. The kids were kept entertained. The outdoor area was nice and open with a good atmosphere. Overall a great night. Great place for groups.

Malt Shovel Taphouse Sunshine Coast
Responded on 20 January 2020

Thanks for your review! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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OT
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome place. Will be back!

Malt Shovel Taphouse Sunshine Coast
Responded on 20 January 2020

Thanks for your 5 star review! Can't wait to see you next time!

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A
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Good food and selection of beers. Music was way to loud in the outside tables was quieter inside next to band. Asked the staff and they said they couldn’t do anything about it.

CW
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Loved the Band Fletcher Pilon that was playing. Everything was great, but the Buns were burnt.

JD
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2020
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

I simply cannot rate it any better. The worst experience probably ever. And before blaming the poor service on the extra people who turned up for the Russell Morris concert, there were heaps of staff in the bar, in the kitchen and "waiting" staff. A decent kitchen manager and bar manager would have smashed it. We got there early to eat and then get a good seat to see the show. When the meals were still not there after an hour we cancelled and went to Hello Harry's across the way. We made the show with five minutes to spare and of course all the good seats were taken and had to sit outside. A lot of people either waited 90 minutes, 2 hours or never got their meal at all. Some got $20 vouchers as an apology. The restaurant had to shut early and customers were told go to Hello Harry's. The same with the bar where there were sometimes 5 or 6 staff and then none at times. The Taphouse also manages/operates the adjoining function room where the show was. A few tips. Don't serve meals there before or during the show. If people are going to drink in there, use plastic "glasses". If it is a standing only concert, don't put lounge chairs, meal tables, chairs, high bars and stools in there. They took up all the room. Remove the non-essential stuff from inside the room such as those machines. Also there was no identified security although there appeared to be 200 people at the event. We felt very sorry for the staff who were getting meals confused, were extremely frustrated at times and apologising profusely. It wasn't their fault but those managing the kitchen and bar. A great menu and concept by the way. We making out next plans to come for a tapas afternoon and also to come back and see Kevin Borich. Not now unfortunately. And there were plenty of others.

Malt Shovel Taphouse Sunshine Coast
Responded on 20 January 2020

Hi James, thank you for your review and feedback about your experience. We acknowledge that this night was not our usual high standard of service. We have changed our model for ticketed concerts and now offer a dinner and show package. The new package will have allocated seating for ticket holders with a seated set menu. We have learned from the experience thanks to your feedback and future events will be nights to remember for the right reasons! We hope to see you again.

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CS
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great venue, food, service, good choice of beer and food. Staff were friendly and hepfull. Russell Morris show had great sound and atmosphere, will be back soon hopefully

P
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Went there for new years dinner. Had a live band and the staff were friendly. The staff helped by recommending some food that we were asking about. Great night out.

T
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great place. Sat outside. Ordered share plates and enjoyed the variety of menu options. Great selection of cocktails and mocktails which was nice. Some more variety in the craft beer would have been nice. Maybe more crafty local beers would be a good addition.

BH
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great casual venue. Love the leather lounges! Food is awesome, drinks were great, live music was fantastic!

JS
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2019
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience3

The service was poor. Had to ask for menus, water and how to order, (Whether it was table service or order at the bar). Size of serving was small.

SH
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Fabulous local! Great food, service and decor. So happy this is now so close and we will definitely be back! Awesome!

S
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience4

Service was disappointing. Table booked but no one to take us to our table when we arrived. Waited for approx. 10 minutes and asked a few staff for assistance.

Malt Shovel Taphouse Sunshine Coast
Responded on 16 November 2019

Hi Star, we apologise that you did not receive our usual high standard of service. We have raised this with the management team and changes have been made to ensure this does not happen again in the future. Thank you for bringing it to our attention.

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SF
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall3Food1Service4Ambience3

Chicken burger was cold and had bones in it the 2 pork rolls were cold t
Beers were good place is very nice it's a shame that the food was let down

Malt Shovel Taphouse Sunshine Coast
Responded on 7 November 2019

Hi Steven, thank you for your feedback about your experience at Malt Shovel Taphouse. We are glad that you enjoyed the beers and the venue, however apologise that your experience with the food was negative. This is not the usual positive response to our rotisserie- the hero of our kitchen. We would love to see you again soon for a second chance.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service

CF
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was absolutely perfect! The beautiful staff were awesome..very friendly and efficient service.

The decor and ambience was amazing..very nice little touches with modern touch right through to little plants in the ladies rest room. A staff member happily took our group photo which was the best photo with gorgeous background wall and room decor.

I would have no hesitation in recommending this beautiful Taphouse for functions or casual dining.

Beer and wine selection is great and the food was just amazing..large seves and perfectly cooked to perfection.

Well done to everyone..very happy friendly faces. A breeathe of fresh air! This is exactly what Sunny Coast needs..especially this perfect location.

Definitely gone straight to the top of my list!

Malt Shovel Taphouse Sunshine Coast
Responded on 29 October 2019

Wow! Thank you so much for your 5 star review Carolyn! We are so glad you enjoyed the venue and can't wait to see you again soon!

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MG
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience3

Alright. Very overpriced.
Service was pretty average. Took a long time to track someone down to order our dinner.
We called prior to our booking to see if we could add two people on to our booking. We were told no as they were fully booked. Was a big shame to then turn up to our booking to a half empty restaurant with plenty of spares chairs for the whole evening.
We even were seated at a table which had more seating than we asked for on the phone?

Malt Shovel Taphouse Sunshine Coast
Responded on 25 October 2019

Hi Maddi, thank you for your feedback and we are disappointed that we let you down. We have investigated with our team and the restaurant was fully booked that evening for the Wallabies game, however a large storm came through so we had some cancellations. We apologise that your experience was negative, we have raised your review with the team and have made changes to ensure that we improve. We hope that you will give us a second chance and that we can see you again soon.

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M
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Great live music and wonderful selection of beers. Service could improve, however will return!

JJ
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved our visit last night. Fabulous selection of craft beers, many of them local, and a great menu. The smell from the rotisserie meant I had to try the amazing pork with crackling but there are plenty of other things on the menu I want to try so will definitely be back. All the staff are really friendly and helpful too. Thank goodness we’ve finally got somewhere like this to go to in this area.

Wishing Malt Shovel Taphouse great success in this new venture!

Malt Shovel Taphouse Sunshine Coast
Responded on 25 October 2019

Hi Jane, thanks for your review. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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DO
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall3Food4Service1Ambience3

It was only Day 2 for this venue so despite the challenges with service, there is definite potential! The drinks were cold, the food was great, and the decor is really suited to the Coast climate. It was disappointing that the opening day (the day before our visit) obviously stretched their supplies, so despite being a Taphouse, there were limited beers available. The same with the food menu - several items were not available. I don't want to criticise what will be a great venue, but the service was not good - teething problems with the ordering tablets, miscommunication between the bar/kitchen and wait staff about product availability, and disjointed and what seemed an overall lack of experienced staff. This will come with time, which will definitely enhance the experience :)

Malt Shovel Taphouse Sunshine Coast
Responded on 19 October 2019

Hi DamienO, thanks for your review and for your constructive feedback. You are right, we were overwhelmed by the response on opening day with the community coming down to show us a lot of support. We apologise that your first experience was a negative one. We have worked hard since opening day to resolve issues that arose. We would love to see you back at the venue again now that these improvements have been made. Thank you for your supportive and encouraging words.

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NF
Brisbane / QLD
3 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall2Food1Service1Ambience5

This restaurant is obviously having some teething problems. We ordered drinks that never arrived. We ordered 3 share plates which we believe 2 were over priced for what we received. The caramel dipping sauce with salt and pepper calamari tasted like caramel topping. Way too sweet to be paired with a savoury dish. We will give them another go, so hope they will improve.

Malt Shovel Taphouse Sunshine Coast
Responded on 19 October 2019

Hi NaomieF, thank you for your review and for coming down to support us on our opening day. We have taken your feedback into serious consideration and have worked hard since opening day to resolve all teething issues. We appreciate your understanding and we hope to see you again soon.

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JW
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience5

Great venue it was the opening day so they will improve but was a great evening

Malt Shovel Taphouse Sunshine Coast
Responded on 19 October 2019

Hi JamesW, thank you for your review. We are glad that you enjoyed the venue and for your patience on our opening day. We hope to see you again soon!

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JD
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall2Food1Service2Ambience2

We came on the opening day as I have received and invitation and I understand that first days can be very hectic and it was. Took us 15 min to get seated even thought we had reservation but they had no table for us and when we got to the table we had no chairs but table was there at least. Order has been taken fairly promptly including drinks that never showed up. Food took more then an hour and I was glad that I asked a staff member to check on it. Kids were screaming their head off as they were hungry and the kids meal came in last and very salty. Most of the meals were either salty as hell or not seasoned at all.
Drinks prices varied for the same item as the staff was not sure what to charge at the bar.
When it came to payment, we had extra food on the bill + the drinks that never arrived. It was taken off without a problem + we got further little discount for the wait so I credit you that.
Anyway, like I said it was a first day so please take it as a constructive criticism. We will probably come and try it again at some point to give it another go but will give it few months so you guys can settle down a bit.
Thank you

Malt Shovel Taphouse Sunshine Coast
Responded on 29 October 2019

Hi Juraj, thank you for your feedback and we are disappointed that we let you down. We were overwhelmed with support on our opening day and it is not a reflection of the business moving forward. We apologise that your first experience was negative. In the weeks since opening, we have worked hard to improve and are now very proud of our team and customer service experience. We appreciate your understanding about it being the first day of operation and hope to see you again soon.

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J
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall2Food3Service2Ambience3

I hope that it was all down to not prepared for the opening and numbers. I was very disappointed to get there and find out my table I booked had been given to someone else, so myself and 9 others had to find our own place and were not once checked on or followed up with by a staff member to get a table. Also wasn’t told that there was an hour wait on food. Seemed that even the manager had no idea how to use the tills, and running out of so many beers

Malt Shovel Taphouse Sunshine Coast
Responded on 19 October 2019

Hi Jessica, thank you for your feedback and for your support in coming down on our opening day. We were overwhelmed with support from the community with hundreds of people coming down to check out the venue. We apologise for your experience. This is not what we stand for as a venue. Since opening day, we have worked hard to iron out all the kinks. We would love to see you again at Malt Shovel Taphouse now that the opening day teething issues have been resolved.

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f
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall3Food2Service2Ambience3

Beer slightly higher prices - and we are big craft beer drinkers. Eumundi larger is not $9.
Food was expensive. Don't order prawns from the "share platter" unless you think $19 for four medium prawns is share worthy.
The calamari was so salty it was almost inedible. We ate it because it was expensive. It was cooked perfectly tho. Best texture I've ever had.
Don't order the cheese/meat platter. At $29 we had high expectations but don't worry the chef couldn't provide it anyway.
Waitress took half the tables order and left. Had to chase her down 20 mins later.
We were probably one of the first people to book. Table for four. We lined up and were told to sit near the bar. After being seated a different staff member came over and told us we might have to move as these tables were pre-booked.
It wasnt good guys.
Went go pay. Still charged for the cheese platter. Took an age to have it removed from bill. Many managers required to delete it.

No screens!! Brilliant. Music at the perfect level. Great stuff.
You're our local. Please do better.

Malt Shovel Taphouse Sunshine Coast
Responded on 19 October 2019

Hi fastjane, thank you for your feedback and for being supportive despite a negative first impression. We have taken your words onboard and worked hard to resolve all issues referenced in your review. It was our opening day and there were some teething issues. We would love to see you again at the venue soon for the experience that you were hoping for!

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P
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall1Food3Service1Ambience3

Serious opening day problems, tills too slow, we couldn't get dessert, meals taking an hour and chasing it around the restaurant, tried to buy 4 different drinks to be told 3 were not available! No wine as per menu, no malt shovel beer, and couldn't use the free drink on arrival as the chosen drink was more value and they wouldn't let us use the card and pay extra.....need to rethink operating model with reservations and table service that is non existent. Hopefully they'll iron out the issues and get better

Malt Shovel Taphouse Sunshine Coast
Responded on 19 October 2019

Hi Poney, thank for your support on our opening day. We are disappointed that your experience is not what either of us had hoped. We are disappointed that your first impression was a negative one and that we let you down. We were overwhelmed with the support of the local community on our opening day with hundreds coming to check out the venue. Since the opening day we have worked hard to iron out all teething issues. We hope to see you again soon.

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