Pause Samford

4.7
189 reviews
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Modern Australian
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  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
Pause is a surprising find on the green Northern edge of Brisbane in Samford Village. Just 25 mins from the CBD finds you comfortably entertained in our al fresco dining area, or inside our air-conditioned rooms, with a menu in hand that is sure to excite.

Our Italian Chefs craft their dishes from scratch, with emphasis on locally grown produce, much of which is grown in Samford. Fresh, simple, quality ingredients are masterfully plated with European flair, complemented by a generous wine list with both Australian and International offerings.

We love entertaining groups (especially Birthdays!), and have a large Deck overlooking the Valley that can accomodate groups up to 24. We can cater for up to 90 guests dining, or 125 "cocktail" service with small plates and canapés.

We are perhaps best known for our 7-8 course "Leave it to Chef" degustation, which parades 5 courses of food from our current menu across your table. It's a special experience, and highly recommended.
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RB
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Very very good as usual. Aaaaaaaaàaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

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PS
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 1Ambience 2

The chatter from the waiter about how much guests have raved about their food could be better redirected at some indication as to appropriate side dishes if any that could add to the dining experience.

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AM
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The people who run this restaurant clearly know what they are doing.
I took my fiance to lunch for her 50th birthday and we both totally enjoyed the whole experience. We love to eat out but we often say that "it was good, but not great" when we try somewhere we haven't been before and often say that so many restaurants and cafes only seem to reach a certain "standard" and never rise above it.
Finally, in our local little town of Samford we have found a true treasure of a restaurant.
Everything about this restaurant is way above that "standard".
We had Christmas lunch 2018 at "Noosa Beach House" Peter Kuravita. A four course lunch that cost over $200 per person. Yes it was good, but the lunch we had at "Pause" for a fraction of that cost was streets ahead in every way. Congratulations. We will be back, and often and with our friends and family.

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KG
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We always feel pampered when dining at Pause Samford with exceptional food and service. We were delighted with the suggested dishes especially the lobster for mains. Great atmosphere with a mix of larger groups and couples enjoying the sunny afternoon.

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AN
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Pause is definitely my favourite restaurant on the Northside of Brisbane. The service from Rory is amazing as it is from all of the staff. The food is exciting and delicious. Looking forward to our next visit. THANKS Pause!!!

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RK
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great service, delicious food , excellent presentation of food - nothing was too much trouble. My friends were equally impressed. Will return.

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HE
3 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was so very good and courses (we had the 'Leave it to Chef' degustation) were perfectly paced.
Thr service was friendly & attentive - will definitely be back!

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P
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Been here a few times now. at first the menu seems a bit limited but don't be put off. i reckon I've tried everything on the menu now, nothing negative for any of it. some dishes may not have necessarily been something i would have ordered again, but everything well presented and cooked beautifully. the seafood is worth a mention, it really is top draw, not sure where they get the oysters but best I've eaten outside of Sydney. wine list is good, if a little expensive. service is always excellent. i like the degustation menu, it showcases what the are good at, subtle tastes with good produce. has become bit of a regular for our date nights.

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RS
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It's the third time I return to this place and this time I've made a special trip from Sydney to take my girlfriend there. The place it's absolutely fabulous. Everything is to the point without the fanciness of waterfront inner city. The food it's what distinguishes this place to anything out of the CBD precinct. 1000times worth the trip to Samford for the best food and fresh air without the Air-con and the noises. Do yourself a favour and Leave it to the Chef.

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MH
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Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

great to find a "fine dining" experience in the suburbs. food was good quality and entertainment card saved us some $$. will be back

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PJ
4 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We've been to Pause on numerous occasions and never been disappointed by the food, the wine or the service.

It's a very relaxed place to enjoy your meal as well. undercover areas and heaters if the weather's cool. Outdoor tables when the weather is nice.

I can't say enough nice things about this place... Thank you, all the guys and girls at Pause.

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TM
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent Dining experience. Exceptional food, service and value.

Tony & Kym Mifsud.

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A
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We love this place, though as far as the food is concerned, we can only comment on the "Chef's choice degustation" as this is all we've ever had there. Absolutely delicious, and a great range.

Staff are wonderful, knowledgable and friendly. If they can't answer a question about the food right away, they are more than happy to go find the answer.

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AK
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Pause was a wonderful experience. Fantastic food, friendly staff and lovely setting.

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JW
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 3

The food was pretty good, but for the money the service and standards didn’t stand up. We book the deluxe chefs choice with matching wines which was very nice but a 7pm seating meant that staff were tidying up and packing away before we’d even started our meat course. We felt the need to rush.
In addition we were served a sweet course by accident before our meat course.
Overall it was a good meal but for $300 + bill for the two of us it didn’t meet expectations

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SD
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Was a great space for a lovely celebration. Food was very good and the service was fantastic. A little Pause was exactly what we needed. Thank you Pause :)

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ST
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

I think the service was lovely and the food was up to it's usual high standard. It was my daughter's first visit to the restaurant and she was very impressed.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We love Pause. It’s local and very good. The service is spot on and the food always perfect. I have a severe allergy to certain shell fish. They manage it very well and always manage to serve me an alternative that is similar to the rest of my friends. Went there again last night for my birthday and it was perfect.

Can’t wait to go back.

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AS
1 review
Dined on 23 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Just had an amazing 3-course dinner at Pause. The food was delicious, service fantastic and I would highly recommend it to anyone. Thanks to Greg, Trung & co at Pause. I can’t wait to come back & try the degustation!

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A
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

We came after hearing rave reviews, and the Top 50 sign out the front. We left scratching our heads as to what all the fuss was about. We all had the Luxury Degustation. I’m not a picky eater or a food snob, but I must say the food wasn’t as inventive or as tasty as I might expect a Degustation styled meal to be. The matched wines were lovely though. Our waiter seemed to be either high or drunk...or both. He bumbled his way through repetitive and long-winded explanations further amping up how amazing these dishes were...only to then find they were “nice” at best.
3 of our 4 suffered very queasy stomachs after going home and through the night. The common denominator we surmised was the Beef and Scallop Tartare....

Nice and quiet eating space and a lovely cool summers evening.

I would like to go back to try the alternate menu to give it a second chance.

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JW
1 review
Dined on 16 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had the ‘Leave it to Chef’ degustation menu. Everything was absolutely delicious, highlights were the oysters (best we’d ever had) and Italian doughnut. Will definitely be back

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FD
1 review
Dined on 25 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our Christmas lunch was amazing. A big thank you to Greg and all his staff for making our day very special. Chef Rino out did himself, just when I thought the food could not get any better it does. We’ll be booking in next year for sure.

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MH
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Highly recommend Pause Samford. Very pleasant, efficient staff who looked happy to be working there. Outstanding food which was well presented. Well worth a return visit. Thank you for a very nice evening.

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KT
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I can genuinely say this is one of the best restaurants I have ever been to, the food was complete
ly amazing, we had the leave it to chef, and every course was beautiful! The service was amazing, I cannot recommend this restaurant enough, a must go to.

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MP
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Our meal was absolutely divine, equalled by the service. We chose the degustation lunch for two - and believe me, it was superb. Highly recommend, for a long unhurried lunch or dinner. Superb.

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ST
2 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a lovely time at Pause. Beautiful, mouth watering food, attentive service and live music. A very good wine list too. We have been a few times now and cannot fault it.

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NW
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent as always. Great service and loved the new menu

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C
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Overall very happy with the experience this was the second night in a row we attended. Service very good,food on both nights very good, however the duck served on Friday was very tough -hard to cut and not much flavour.

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DD
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was fantastic to have dinner and the service was excellent because they served the food according to when we were ready and did not rush us.They made sure by asking us if everything was okay and we said yes it is okay.

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t
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food, great atmosphere, friendly and knowledgeable staff. Great night. 😁

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LS
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

I was offered no explanation as to why my request for 2nd floor verandah table was not available & we were seated downstairs. As we were hosting out of town friends didn’t want to make an issue. Matre de was a bit swarmy for our liking at initial greeting & never came near us all night after that. First drinks order for friend was delivered as wrong drink & another one told that his choice of beer on menu not available. Poor form on both counts. Waitresses were attentive although clearly inexperienced but trying their best. Food was excellent as usual. We eat at Pause approx every 2 months & this visit would have been our least enjoyable experience.

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c
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This place is a unique journey into a parallel world of food fantasy, as different as a dream but delivering the satisfaction of reality. Overall, it is a work of creative genius uninhibited by the constraints of orthodoxy.

Be prepared to be shocked by the daring, delighted by the success. Be prepared to be unable to finish the last of countless courses unless you have been stranded in the Simpson for a week.

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EM
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I just love Pause - the hosts, food and drinks were fantastic and the live music was amazing. We will be back again.

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JD
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

Great place for a quiet dinner with the partner (book a table upstairs), beautiful food at reasonable prices in a wonderful location. Excellent service by people you could tell take pride in their work.

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PJ
5 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Fourth time at Pause and, every time, the food is excellent.
We had the "Leave it to Chef" degustation ...again! :-), with matching wines. Every dish/course was delicious.

Service is also really good. Explanation of each dish when it is brought and staff are friendly and professional.

Another good evening at Pause. I'm sure we'll be back again, before too long.

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KH
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

The food took a long time coming and although it was a Saturday night I thought the period between entrees and mains was too long. My steak was nice and tasty but at least one third was cut off as it was far more fatty than should be expected.

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G
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Went to Pause Samford for a belated birthday dinner, and we had a wonderful night. Always worth the drive and once you get there, you indeed would wish to pause the time. Exceptional service, lovely atmosphere, delicious food and great wines. Look forward for the next visit.

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DB
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

The service and food were excellent. We especially like the "chef's choice" which allowed us to be surprised with a variety of lovely dishes.

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D
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Dined on 2 November 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic place to enjoy great food with special someone, family and/or friends. The staff are very attentive to your requests and the chefs are exceptional in their delicious specialties.

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JB
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Thanks again for another amazing dinner at Pause Samford.
Prosecco battered King prawn cutlet, 100% grass fed Eye Fillet and the Italian style donuts were all sensational.

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