Matte Black Violet

4
317 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

Experiences

  • Tasting Menu

    A$90.00 per person

    Multiple dates available

    Sit back and let Executive Chef Mitchell White take you on a unique dining experience, created using locally sourced and seasonal produce.
  • large parrty bookings

    Multiple dates available

    For large party bookings of 7 guest and more we accept bookingsfrom 7.45pm.

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 317 People Are Saying
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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
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4.2
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4.1
Service
4.1
Ambience
3.7
Value
Noise · Moderate
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GoodFoodGoodVibes
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
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

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JulieB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
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.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

JL
JakeL
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

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

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.

EH
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.

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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.

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DaleA
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2021
Overall1Food3Service3Ambience4

we waited for over an hour to have our meals served, the chef/cook was poor, i have ate here before and it has been good, so need to improve, as i was embarred to take my friends there.
so no more.

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CraigL
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Very nicely balanced degustation menu with matched wines

KC
KylieC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

We made a reservation for breakfast and arrived on time, we seated, given menus to look at and left alone to decide. After 5 minutes the waiter returned to our table to advise there would be a 40 minute wait for all food - even the coffee!

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Ilovetiramisu
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Tasting menu was sensational. Gnocchi was a highlight.

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OpenTable Diner
2 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The entire evening was absolutely an outstanding experience, from being greeted by friendly staff and guided to our beautiful set up table, to enjoying beautiful crafted food , expertly matched by great wines; and the service certainly does absolutely warrant a mention, dedicated, friendly, knowledgeable; what a combination
We will be back

TM
TastingMenusFollowerElle
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

i love matte black violet
thankyou for
impeccable everything

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David
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2021
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience3

We had breakfast,food was a bit poor.I ordered a tea,hot water in a cup with a tea bag,was not asked if we wanted sugar.Service and food was not good at all.We will not be going back

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PetitFlower
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2021
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience3

Food was average. I ordered an avo breakfast which consisted of one slice of sourdough with some beetroot feta, half of an avocado and one poached egg. It tasted fine but thought it was overpriced for $21. My partner ordered the MBV breakfast which tasted okay but the bacon was cold so it must have been sitting on the plate for a while before the rest of the items were cooked. The restaurant was probably at half capacity so wasn’t super busy. It was nice to try as never been there before but will probably not come back for breakfast.

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Emily
3 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2021
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Attended for breakfast. We were seated, but then took over 10 minutes for water and drinks order to be taken. We ordered meals at the same time to avoid extensive wait. But it still took over 20 minutes for two iced lattes and a milkshake, and nearly 45 minutes for food. When meals arrived mine (smoked ham hock beans) was missing a full element (zucchini flower) without explanation. I queried and server had to check with kitchen who offered haloumi in place. Advised I didn’t want haloumi so took what was left of the meal. When paying, despite the missing component I was still charged $3 for a single piece of additional toast. It wasn’t until I questioned it that the offer was made to comp the toast in place of the missing element. Food was nice enough - no crap but nothing special, but the wait times and then the rest lead to a disappointing overall experience.

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BradO
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Had a lovely night and all food and drinks we were served were delicious.
The only small negative was that not everything was available which wasn’t clearly communicated until we tried to order those items.
A very small negative on an otherwise flawless evening. We will be back.

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YETTAG
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2021
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

The service was good and the menu was exciting but was a little disappointed with some of the meals. The olive entree was very good. The gnocchi was not at the standard and value for the cost - the texture was a little pasty. While I appreciate a steak has to rest it was medium rather than the requested medium-rare and only luke warm when served - the croquette was flat and had been sitting on the pass for some time before being added to the plate. The pork was very good. The desserts were fancy and looked impressive however both the mousse and brulee were runny rather than light and fluffy for the mousse and a creamy pudding like texture for the brulee. All of the meals tasted good, and were well presented and I did not point out these issues directly as I am not in the habit of complaining - it was a nice evening but did not quite live up to expectations

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KevinL
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The service was impeccable, Food was amazing hat's off to the young chef and staff. We will be back

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AlanAmos
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A very good dining experience with an amazing selection of food and drinks.

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MichaelH
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2021
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience2

The service was poor we had to ask for water then our first drinks then they got the wine wrong the first time the second time when they come back we checked and asked again what the wine was and the reply was i dont know i was just told to give it to you then at the ened of the night when we paid the bill they had charged us the wrong wine only 50% dearer.

We were not asked again if we wanted another drink all night very average.

KH
KaylahH
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious, classy food, a moody, but fancy vibe inside. Amazing cocktails!😋

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ColleenH
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Dinner was absolutely fantastic, will be back again soon

PB
PeterB
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful ambiance with quiet appropriate background music.
Great menu with timely service.
Thank you Marvin for your personal attention and the beautiful Louis Freycinet chardonnay to accompany me exquisite truffled gnocchi.

FAQs

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

Matte Black Violet is rated 4 stars by 317 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.