Matte Black Violet

3.9
334 reviews
$41 to $100
Australian
Matte Black Violet.

Matte Black Violet is Townsville‘s newest upmarket restaurant with a top shelve cocktail and wine bar (Violet Bar), located in the heart of the City on Flinders Street.
The restaurant has be awarded with the ‘Australian Good Food Guide’ (AGFG) 'Chefs Hat' within the first year. We offer:
‘tasting menus’ (including veg/vegan options),
'a la carte’ menu
tapas/ bar food.
functions (Please email or call us)

We also cater for any dietary requirements. Please leave us a note with your booking.

We strive to be different and take you on a culinary international journey using mostly local sourced ingredients.

Through the purple doors and enjoy yourself in a relaxed but classy establishment.
|We are so excited to take you on a journey and show you what we can do.

For 10 and more guest parties we require:
* pre-order menus/ meals ( we will contact you upon booking)
* 40% deposit

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 334 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
3.9based on recent ratings
4.2
Food
4.0
Service
4.1
Ambience
3.7
Value
Noise · Moderate
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AnnabelG
1 review
Dined on 14 January 2022
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

had the tasting plate with the wine pairing ,all was fantasticly done ,the service was polite and friendly ,definitely one of Townsvilles greatest spots to dine

OT
OpenTable Diner
Tasmania
2 reviews
Dined on 7 January 2022
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience2

Our waiter was very friendly but after our meal and drinks were served we didn’t see him again, too bad if we wanted something else. Actually had to get up to pay. My meal was very tasty, steak cooked as requested. My partner had the gnocchi which was also delicious. Ambience was ok but very quiet (this is Townsville in general, no fault of the restaurant)

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AC1933
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

The food was outstanding. It was quick, there was little to no wait. Perfect evening.

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Kate
London
4 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic food, great service, great atmosphere. Loved it!

MW
MaddieW
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The tasting menu with pairings is a delight! Everything was super flavoursome and fresh while the wines provided complimented each meal nicely. The staff were very knowledgeable and friendly. Would definitely recommend the experience to others.

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AnnaP
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Really enjoyed our first dining experience at Matte Black Violet. Food was a fine dining affair - enjoyed every course. Cocktails over happy hours were a perfect accompaniment!

OT
OpenTable Diner
4 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2021
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience4

Christmas party

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2021
Overall2Food4Service2Ambience2

Wine list was not detailed properly.
Had places an order when sat down at the table for a Riesling out of the White Wine section and was handed a Dessert Wine?
Nowhere did it say that it was a Botrytis.
The waitress should have said something when the Wine order was placed.
We were also given dessert menus, when we finally found someone to take our ordernwe were told that the kitchen was now closed!
Being there for a birthday this is probably the most important part of the dinner.
This was also noted in the booking that it was for a birthday!
Poor effort.

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Peter
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2021
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience3

Staff were very friendly but didn’t seem to know what they were doing. Hot food was served on cold plates, so was cold by the time it got to us. Serving sizes of the same dish were markedly different for each diner at our table.

JP
JadeP
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A date night success! The food and service was amazing! Their knowledge on the red wines was fantastic 👌

LM
LaurenM
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2021
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience2

Had the tasting menu with paired wine. Only one course had meat, no seafood or red meat. All wine was white. Wine and food didn't come out at same time and 10 minute wait for a drink. Tried to order a bottle of wine off the wine list and it was unavailable. For the price the food and service was not worth it. I was looking forward to going but ended up disappointed.

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Tom94
1 review
Dined on 10 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Delicious, just a bit slow with drinks service at times but on a busy night.

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KellyG
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had the most perfect dinner here, everything had a very unique bust extremely delicious taste. The music was beautiful and the service was amazing, it felt very personal. Will definitely be back as often as possible!

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Tigue
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2021
Overall1Food1Service2Ambience2

Very poor food. First course bland, Spence burnt, third soaked in grocery store quality sauce. Actually walked out and got take away else where

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BrianM
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2021
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience2

The Gnocchi was tough and dripping with oil, the Douceur au chocolat was a disappointment however the Goat's cheese and smoked salmon rolls were delicious and so was the duck.

Service was very poor, drinks were slow and we were asked to place our order before we received a menu to look at. When I asked for tap water I was told they didn't serve it and I had to pay for the water. Other tables had bottles of tap water.

Our pre-dinner drink turned into our 'drink with our entree' given how long it took to come out. They had run out of 2 wines we asked for off the menu.

A very disappointing night as the prices indicate this should be a very nice restaurant.

SP
ShaneP
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2021
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience4

Last night was below par compared to our previous dining experiences. There was a lot of new staff on so hopefully the service levels will improve once they gain more experience.

The wine pairings listed wasn’t available so that contributed to the below par experience.

We will still go back next year

GF
GoodFoodGoodVibes
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Our dining experiance was exceptional and the staff were very friendly. A little slow to get the first drink order, if I had to pick on something

JB
JulieB
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Some staff inexperienced but majority excellent.
Only one dish of tasting menu (gnocchi) not quite up to wonderful standard of all others. Dessert exceptional also wines. Great value overall.
Will definitely be back.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was perfect and will definitely be back

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AbigailB
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall1Food3Service2Ambience2

Disappointed beyond words. Out of a small menu for the mains there were 2 unavailable (no duck and no steak). We’re not told that when ordering, waiter came back to tell us after putting the order in at the kitchen. Unsure how you can be out of food on a Saturday night?
No wine (petit Blanc) in the fridge! Could only off room temperature bottle or one that was open and had a glass already taken out of it.

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Bemar
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience5

Delicious, every course was excellent. Very enjoyable experience. Highly recommended.

IG
IremG
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

amazing night, delicious food with full of flavors... Cocktails are served very professional and friendly! Loved it!

MO
MicheleO
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2021
Overall1Food1Service3Ambience2

So disappointed. I had the tasting menu. The first course was quite good. None of it was fine dining, so average, maybe setting high standards and not getting there. It was mediocre at best. My main of pork belly was very hot, like it had been in the reheat oven for too long. It was tough and dry. The waiter said I should have been told about the pork belly. I said why, is it normal for it to be bad? I said I had a perfectly cooked one the night before. The waiter did try to mend bridges by giving me a drink free. This restaurant won't amount to anything if they don't improve the quality of their food.

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CrystalC
1 review
Dined on 12 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing dining experience. We highly recommend. Customer service was excellent. Food and incredible cocktails. We will be back. Thank you to Mason, Loretta and MJ for making it a memorable night.

JD
JimD
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2021
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience4

Had the tasting plate. Food was nice, but the time between serves was too long.

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LisaY
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic service , wait staff were brilliant!
Food was outstanding.
Would definitely go back.

SM
SamuelM
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2021
Overall1Food3Service2Ambience2

The food was lovely, however not worth the expense. Staff were doing their best but seemed unorganized and slightly chaotic. We waited 50 minutes between the first and second course which is far too long for a tasting menu. Really disappointed as we'd been recommended to try this place by several people.

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JakeL
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Meals were good. Table service was good. Steak could have been better for the price.

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DeborahD
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a wonderful night out at this restaurant.The food was delicious .We ordered the vegan "banana fish" and gnocchi. Our son had the pork .The creme brulee was heavenly.Would highly recommend this place.

FJ
FrJeM
1 review
Dined on 22 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Top service, great food and a awesome atmosphere. Definitely will be back.

CG
CarlaG
1 review
Dined on 22 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The whole table ordered the tasting menu (one of it was the plant base tasting menu) and everyone loved it. The salmon, spinach and cream cheese role (my favourite) was incredible, the gnocchi amazingly tasty, the croc was the best one I ever tried, I loved the pork belly and I am still dreaming with the cream brule. We also tried the cocktails, really nice. When we will be back to Townsville in 2 weeks we definitely gonna come back. Hats off for the new chef

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Ilam
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2021
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

food was ordinary. poached eggs were very runny which made it difficult to enjoy the rest of the food.

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Marni
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2021
Overall1Food1Service2Ambience1

Over rated! I was so disappointed. Nothing met my expectations.

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ErinH
6 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2021
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience2

Service was chaotic at best and so bad at times it comedic. Staff were friendly but systems really bad and whole service experience quite poor. Food was tasty but both eye fillets, although tender, were cold. Entrees were ok
And pre-dinner drinks didn’t arrive. Lots of potential but disappointing to say the least.

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Lady
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2021
Overall2Food3Service2Ambience2

Entrees - Crocodile was nice. Disappointed with the ‘carpaccio’. It was just tomato, cheese and basil.
Mains - steak and duck were both enjoyable. We also ordered truffle chips which was standard chips and came with tomato sauce. Fine by us but unexpected as it didn’t seem to match the menu and restaurant style.
Dessert - Raw brownie. I was so disappointed with this. Partly my fault as I misread the menu but it was dry and bland. I didn’t finish it.
Drinks - we tried a few cocktails, they were all nice. $9 for table water though, this was a shock as we weren’t told (no we don’t get out much).
Service - service was overall quite good but the drinks were very slow with Only half the venue full. The last drink I ordered before dessert didn’t make it out before we paid the bill.

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StacyB
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2021
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience2

I tried the tasting menu and opted out of wine pairings as they were a range of mostly sweeter whites. The first two dishes were my favorite and the other two were mediocre. The dishes and drinks presentation all looked immaculate however. While I was in for a dining experience the whole meal took over 3 hours and it took time to get drinks. Servers were very friendly but the space is packed in and made the background noise concentration difficult to hear. I had an enjoyable experience but it definitely didn't exceed expectations and I am not sure if I will return any time soon. Would recommend to the right person.

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BurdekinFoodie
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2021
Overall3Food2Service5Ambience3

Cocktails were beautiful.
Service was excellent by the young waitress on the night.

Entrees we’re amazing but mains were very disappointing which was a shame.

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Scott
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Met all expectations. Food service and overall experience were just as we had hoped for.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As soon as we entered the staff were absolutely amazing, so friendly and knowledgeable, the food was outstanding and the cocktails were delicious. Unfortunately we had to leave unexpectedly early at no fault of the restaurant but the manager offered a free cocktail on our next visit anyway. This is the type of service that makes you want to come back again and again. Thank you for such a wonderful experience!

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AmandaA
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Interesting and beautifully presented menu. Excellent service.

FAQs

Matte Black Violet offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at 0467 341 997.

Matte Black Violet is rated 3.9 stars by 334 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.