Motion Dining - Marriott Brisbane

3.8
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Brisbane River views and tasty menus combine for an exceptional a la carte and buffet dining experience at Motion Bar & Grill. The restaurant's Queensland prime steaks, fresh seafood, fine wines and high tea menu make it a vibrant destination any time of the day.
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3.8based on recent ratings
3.6
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4.2
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3.8
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3.6
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FH
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The whole evening was lovely. We were celebrating my wife's birthday with family. We had the seafood buffet was really good. Some may say not as good as the Surfers Paradise Marriott but for the much smaller number of patrons you can't expect to have the same variety. The food was top rate. We had four grandchildren experiencing their first seafood buffet and now want to celebrate their birthdays there. The staff couldn't have been more friendly, especially our main waiter. We are Club Marriott members using one of our vouchers so that made the price very reasonable.The only downside was the clearing away of the used plates but that didn't detract from a great night out.

JG
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience2

Seafood Buffet was disappointing. Fresh seafood was ok, but everything else was poor quality. Breaded calamari tasted like it was from Coles, desserts cakes were dry and cheap, roast beef was dry, flavoured 'naked' calamari was tasteless, Kilpatrick oyster sauce was basically tomato paste from a jar. When I was at the Gold Coast Marriott, the seafood buffet was 5 star. This was more like Sizzlers, and for $89 I expected more.

SM
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall3Food4Service5Ambience3

Overall, the food itself wasn't too bad, though for a buffet i think there could've been more choice in hot food section, more for kids (the ice cream flavours were only coconut and rum and raisin!), better prepared fruit options such as pre-cut fruit not just unprepared fruit, and more choice for desserts.
A positive was that due to being a birthday, we got a free glass a of sparkling wine which was nice.

K
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I had a great experience at Motion Dining and experienced a high level of service from the team.

OT
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience2

The food was okay considering that this is a Marriott. We have had the seafood buffet at the Marriott on the Gold Coast and it is much better. Also, service was slow - 20 minutes for two mojitos and two beers.

CM
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2019
Overall2Food1Service4Ambience3

very overpriced for what you get.... menu is misleading and portions are really small...

AT
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

It was a lovely dinner for family gathering. We would definitely going back again.

CC
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

We have dined here many times and the food was very nice. Wait staff were extremely friendly and explained a few things on the menu . Would recommend eating here 👍

P
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The staff, service, food and experience were all excellent.

KB
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience1

Serving staff were the (only) highlight of our visit. they were pleasant, efficient and helpful.
We had to wait an hour for a very mediocre, near cold, meal even though there were only 3 tables occupied when we arrived, and less than 20% occupied when we left. The cooks seemed to just amble around, no hurry. We expected much better from a restaurant (cafe would be a more appropriate word) at Marriott. We haven't stayed at the Marriott since 2010, and this was a very disappointing stay mostly because of Motion Dining (not much motion or emotion from the cooks). We definitely will never again knowingly go to a Motion or Open Table cafe again. And we weren't the only ones disappointed in the meal & service. At least one other party were complaining. I wouldn't waste my time complaining on site, as the manager would certainly not pass on the complaints to whoever is the person responsible for management, if there is such a person.

SS
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall2Food1Service3Ambience2

I am sorry to say but the brunch deql is not worth $49 per person. We were a party of 4 and every one of us were disappointed with the variety of food, or should I say lack of. The were about 8/10 warm dishes. Mainly meat, hardly any vegetarian options. The spice curry was Inedible. The cheese in the cold section must of been a wax figure because I couldn't cut it. The dessert looked like it had been brought from Coles. I literally left hungry. Not worth the money.

ND
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

I regularly take friends to eat off the menu but this is first time we had been for brunch. It was hectic and appeared understaffed. Two last minute additions to our table were accommodated but I have never been so disappointed in the food or service. Choice of food was very limited and slow to come out though was cold when it did. Hollandaise eggs were so cold it appeared they had come from refrigeration. Bacon was slow to arrive but went quickly. Server is badly set up so there is poor access for staff who fight their way through waiting customers in the line for food, with fresh food or later with dirty plates. Plates were not cleared. Water was filled once and initial drinks but no offer was made after that. Coffee was not included nor offered. It was not value for money. Had I not been using a discount voucher I would be fuming. I have changed my next booking to avoid brunch, and hopefully more disappointment.

DE
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Seafood was very fresh, good selection of hot and cold. Staff gave great service.

K
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall1Food1Service3Ambience1

Disappointed with the quality of food. Prawns and crab were tasteless. Hotdishes were cold. The environment was too noisy. Definitely overpriced and overated on the seafood buffet

PB
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall2Food3Service2Ambience3

The food was ok & presented well, but it lacked imagination and ‘wow’ factor. We were hoping for something special and it certainly wasn’t that. It was ok. Not bad. But just meeting expectations and not much beyond that.

Z
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

Biggest issue I had was it was overpriced and I couldn't get a valet park when told it would be no problem. Car park was full. Food good if it was breakfast. Eggs benedict needed to have hot eggs and more variety of salads. Seafood curry was quite good along with roast beef.

N
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience3

Very disappointed!!
I took my kids and husband here to celebrate our anniversary and my birthday and was a let down from the start . We went to the early seating at 5pm , no huge variety of food in buffet from breads only being white bread rolls or slice your own sourdough, yes seafood basic crab prawns and oysters and very basic salads hot food beef , veggies , salmon or chicken and fried chips and calamari was kids option
Desserts basic slices and banana ice cream too bad if you don’t like bananas!

for the money totally not worth it!!!
I can go to the local club and have the same buffet!
Can not Compare to surfers Marriott
A huge diss appointment

Motion Dining - Marriott Brisbane
Responded on 21 August 2019

Dear Nikki, Thank you for taking the time to review your experience at Motion Dining. We are so sorry to read that your experience was not to the high standard we are known for and aim to achieve. We take feedback very seriously and have passed on your review to our kitchen and wait staff to ensure our guest experience is continually improving. We do hope that we can welcome you back to Motion Dining in the near future. Kind regards, Kelvin Ramm, General Manager

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S
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We enjoyed our night out during the first sitting of the evening buffet.

Motion Dining - Marriott Brisbane
Responded on 21 August 2019

Dear guest, Thank you for taking the time to review your experience at Motion Dining. We are delighted to read that you had an enjoyable evening buffet with us and look forward to welcoming you back in the near future. Kind regards, Kelvin Ramm, General Manager

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RC
1 review
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

We booked for a 6pm sitting not knowing it was a buffet with 2 sittings. Coming in at that time which as we now know was in the middle of the first sitting and most of the hot food was cold. I also had a piece of roast chicken that was not cooked through. We were not that impressed with the food at all.

Motion Dining - Marriott Brisbane
Responded on 21 August 2019

Dear Roslyn, Thank you for taking the time to review your experience at Motion Dining. We are so sorry to read that the food from the buffet was not to our usual high standard we aim to achieve. We do hope you will give us a second chance and we look forward to welcoming you back in the near future. Kind regards, Kelvin Ramm, General Manager

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JR
1 review
Dined on 14 April 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food and great service! Good place to catch up with friends!

Motion Dining - Marriott Brisbane
Responded on 21 August 2019

Dear John, Thank you for taking the time to review your experience at Motion Dining. We are delighted to read that you had an enjoyable experience and appreciated the great service we are known for. We look forward to welcoming you back in the near future. Kind regards, Kelvin Ramm, General Manager

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CK
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

very delicious, good variety & would go back again

Motion Dining - Marriott Brisbane
Responded on 21 August 2019

Dear Chelsea, Thank you for taking the time to review your experience at Motion Dining. We are delighted to read that you had an enjoyable experience with us and look forward to welcoming you back in the near future. Kind regards, Kelvin Ramm, General Manager

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l
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2019
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience4

the menu was a little light on choice, lots of meals with bread,coffe cappachino cup to small only a mouthful, ill try again and hope for improvement

DH
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Overall a good dining experience! The only criticism we have is both soups were very watery, both needed some substance.

MW
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall4Food2Service5Ambience5

Seafood buffet but seafood options and buffet choices were limited.
Crayfish was unavailable within first hour and one of us haven't tried any.
Oysters were fresh and prawns great. Would have preferred more seafood choices.

EI
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience4

The staff were so attentive and very helpful, and even more so as I cut my finger on a crab, the quality of the seafood was very fresh and of high standards, you may want to tell people when your seating them that there's food in the back fridges behind the seafood, as we didn't notice it until we were half way through our meal and then we were not interested in eating any of it, also I found there was not enough choices of hot foods that interested me, I did like that the staff came out singing happy birthday to me and bought me out a cake, that was very kind and thoughtful, even for the other 2 people who were celebrating their birthdays there. My overall experience was good, a bit pricey for what we ate and I would tell friends to go there for the seafood.

RH
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall1Food1Service3Ambience3

Very overpriced for the poor selection of food.
This is the first time I was ever disappointed at a buffet in my whole life.
The only 'seafood' I can recall were the oysters, cooked prawns and crab which weren't so fresh.
There were only about 10 choices of hot food, and only about 2 of them were sea food, rest were potatoes, veges, and noodles. Seafood chowder was a joke, it was rather a cream soup with a 'hint' of seafood.
Again, poor range of deserts which were in the fridge that I had to open with one had holding the plate.
Never again going back..

DT
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall2Food1Service3Ambience2

The seafood buffet was not good or good value would not go again

t
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

My first time to eat at the marriot buffet on the 5 th january 2019
The food was excellent and the restaurant had a good vibe .
Most impressive waa the service the staff were very polite and anything we requested was fast with a friendly manor.
I will definitely go back and recommend to family and friends.
Best buffet for price and service and good quality of food ..
my wife ordered pina colada best she has ever had ...
Cheers

NM
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Beautiful fresh food at Motion Dining, I had the market fish special which was grilled barramundi with pea sauce and pineapple salsa with kipfler potatoes. Very delicious, my barramundi was cooked to perfection. Kids had their meals earlier which was a bonus. With my son being restless, the waitress helped us by providing both my children with a passport activity pack which entertained the kids. Top service, all the waiters very helpful and friendly. Definitely recommend this place for anyone who wants a nice meal, child friendly but there were also nice spots within the restaurant just for couples. We will be back again, maybe for a birthday next time.

TM
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service and great food. The staff were very accommodating to our late changes in numbers.

B
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2018
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Wide range of choices
Replenished often
Comfortable atmosphere
Good service

PS
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2018
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

I booked this restaurant for a nice dinner with my wife. We have stayed at the Marriott in different countries as well as Brisbane and the Gold Coast and I figured we couldn’t go wrong based on experience. I couldn’t have been more wrong. It was abysmal. The service was woeful. The drink waiter brought me a beer but didn’t bring a drink for my wife as we had reminded them 3 times. The food (what little there was) looked like it had been sitting there for a week. Most of the dishes were empty and messy in appearance. We were there for the seafood buffet and they had run out of Bugs at 7pm on Saturday night. The prawns were small and soft and tasteless. Need I go on? I have been in restaurants before when a patron gets fired up and creates a scene and I have never wanted to be ‘that guy’ but this was incredibly disappointing. We left and went to a different restaurant and will not be back. My advice to anyone considering going to Motion? Don’t!

DT
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I was impressed with the whole service from start to finish. Staff where awesome and have no hesitation what so ever of refering any of my friends or colleges to dine there. 5+

RH
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2018
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience1

The tables are far too close together and we did not appreciate the couple next to us joing in our conservation.
The desserts were very poor.
You need to spread the tables out to make it more intimate and to provide a personal barrier.

N
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food. Love this restaurant. We come here once a year to celebrate our wedding anniversary.

CL
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2018
Overall3Food2Service5Ambience5

We decided to give Motion Bar and Grill a go on this occassion for the Seafood Buffet. Overall there was a limited selection of seafood consisting of prawns, oysters natural and Kilpatrick in the hot section, spanner crab, seafood salad, calamari salad, other salads such as potato x 2, beetroot and standard greens. Limited hot food selection and limited desserts compared to some other options in town. Loved the fresh little bread rolls! Glad to have tried but don't believe the value was there. The service however was outstanding, we felt comfortable and welcome from the moment we arrived and we well looked after during our night. Recommend going during happy hour for some great cocktails!

DT
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2018
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

We hadn't been for a couple of years so decided to treat ourselves. Was a little disappointed that there were no longer pancakes available. The only proper downside was that coffee was not included in the buffet and that was not told to us when we sat down. BUT ... the eggs benny were works of art as always.

LO
Brisbane / QLD
2 reviews
Dined on 3 June 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful Sunday Brunch with the family . Staff polite and helpful. Variety of hot & cold food - so much to choose from . Lots of fresh fruit and vegetables too ! We thoroughly enjoyed our experience.

HC
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 2 June 2018
Overall1Food1Service2Ambience2

Worst value seafood buffet in Asia Pacific. Staff unhappy and chef unhappy made clients unhappy as well. Food selection and quality extremely poor. Destroyer of the Marriott brand. Avoid this restaurant seriously.

S
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2018
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience4

We normally avoid buffets...this was a reminder of why. The food was OK, but the fresh crab was frozen, which meant all we could eat was prawns and oysters (ok, nothing huge to complain about, but you can get bored of these too). I prefer their Champagne and oyster deal as a reason to pop in. I also quite like the bar and the staff. I often stop by for a drink if walking home because they make you feel a little special.