Pause Samford

4.7
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289 reviews
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$41 to $100
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Modern Australian
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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RC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Great atmosphere was first impression, quickly backed up by excellent table service and some great food. We had a wonderful evening thank you

DC
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Absolutely. Great venue food and staff. We had a great afternoon, listening to great Jazz and wonderful food. Excellent

D
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The staff are friendly, the place looks nice and relaxed. My partner and i had a great conversation with no interruptions. People sat close by but it didn't feel like they were close and I could not over hear their conversations.
Amazing place to celebrate or unwind.

FW
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Faultless - incredible food, warm atmosphere, friendly service, everything you want for a wonderful night out

SM
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 5 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had the steak special and an entree of scallops. The whole meal was delicious and we really enjoyed our night out.

CR
1 review
Dined on 5 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The steak I had at Pause was literally “melt in your mouth” tasty and delicious! The root Vegas on the side were great albeit a little light on! Great service as always 😊

D
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 5 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food is outstanding and delicious. The service was great.

t
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing authentic Italian food, with local and imported ingredients... professional, knowledgeable and friendly staff, in a cosy and elegant ambience. We will be back for sure!

LW
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic food and wine! Service was a tad slow, but for a packed Wednesday night, we cannot complain about anything.

LS
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Highly recommended! Couldn't fault the service and the food & wine was glorious! Great location and cocktails!

TB
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As usually the steak was delicious and cooked to perfection! Perfect pairing of wine and a great selection of cheese to finish off. Friendly staff and very knowledgeable; without be 'snobby' about it! Love it!

LG
Brisbane / QLD
2 reviews
Dined on 29 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The best little restaurant in Samford. Scrumptious food, the best wines and fantastic service.

C
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great restuarant, very good staff, once I saw the deal and the food, i had to get on it. Steak was cooked perfectly, the truffle butter and Jus took the dish to the next level, smokieness of the 07 Grenache complemented the truffle flavours nicely. A return trip is in order, outstanding value for money

LK
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience2

Compared to visiting over a year ago, our meals were not as nice. I found a hair in my small amount of vegetable mash & then a small spider on my steak. As I don’t eat steak much, the waitress wasn’t able to describe the cuts of meat very well & all 3 of us were disappointed with our steak.

MB
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and friendly staff. Steak was amazing and tasty starters

OT
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2019
Overall3Food5Service4Ambience3

As ever the food was good but I was a bit disappointed as I made a special request in my booking for a specific table. Understand entirely if you were busy and the table was unavailable but felt it rude that the request, and lack of ability to fulfil it, was not even acknowledged.

GC
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent as always. Great fresh food and quick attentive service.

SR
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience3

Our second time there. The whipper-snipering next door, was very inconsiderate for the whole time we were there. Waiter a bit slow refilling water glasses. Apart from that, all was swell!

OT
1 review
Dined on 22 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Pause is an amazing restaurant, that has it all on the North side of Brisbane.
I have never had anything but an outstanding dining experience every time we have been to Pause.

From the outstanding food , wine to the amazing service this restaurant would feel at home in amongst New York’s finest dining restaurants.

If you want a guaranteed outstanding lunch or dinner withe service to match I would recommend this restaurant without hesitation.

L
Brisbane / QLD
2 reviews
Dined on 22 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always love the food at Pause
Tasty , outstanding & of very high quality
Great ambiance

P
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 22 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Wonderful to be able to access a quality restaurant , with food and service of this calibre. Excellent all round

BB
Brisbane / QLD
3 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of the best in Brisbane for a Dining experience ! Definitely worth the 45 minute drive. Highly recommended for curious palettes .

JM
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent meal! There were 7 of us celebrating an 18th birthday!
We chose the chefs choice and it was perfect!
Great food and plenty of it!
Would highly recommend Pause at Samford!

OT
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food and fantastically knowledgeable wine waiter (great to get the insight into the region). Always a great night st Pause.

LC
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We celebrated our 30th Wedding Anniversary in style. Pause reminded me of my youth. We used to dress up and take our girl friends to beautiful restaurants like Pause. The menu is a wonderful range of flavours cooked and blended to perfection. My wife loves cocktails and her pallet was very impressed. Nothing is to much trouble and Luca makes your experience at Pause second to none.

OT
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was so fantastic! 2thumbs up!

KD
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

A very pleasant experience. My teenagers and I went to Pause for dinner and were so impressed at the service, food and atmosphere. You must visit to understand the experience. The food absolutely amazing!

AE
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

Great food, exceptional service, knowledgeable staff and a first class sommelier. One of our favourite places to enjoy a special meal.

CC
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Incredible food, wonderful friendly service and ambience. We had the degustation menu and the chef is an absolute genius. Will definitely be back!

OT
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a delicious degustation menu which included 9 dishes over 5 courses for a very reasonable price. It was our first time at Pause so having the degustation option gave us a taste of a lot of things that were on the menu. Everything was delicious and beautifully presented. I would have to say the desert was my least favourite part of the whole experience. It was nice, but not as amazing as the rest of the dishes. The steak was amazing, and we also loved the salmon and pasta dish. I would highly recommend this place as they really aim to please, and nothing seemed to much of a problem for them.

LG
Brisbane / QLD
3 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

I love this small and inimate resturant. The quality of food is outstanding and so is the service. The wine list and recommendation by staff was fantastic and complimented our food choices. I would recommend Pause and will definitely be returning,

BC
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

An awesome meal with great service. I would highly recommend Pause.

TR
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2019
Overall2Food1Service3Ambience2

Plate servings minimal - couldn't supply my order on the menu so it was suggested I try a recommendation which was undercooked, overpriced and the "served vegetables" were half a parsnip and 2 slices of zucchini.
Unfortunately trying to be a 5-star restaurant was only of 2-star cafe. Waited for a long time to get meals, maybe 4 tables were booked and we waited 45 minutes to have our food received.

A
Brisbane / QLD
4 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

leave it to the chef.........so delicious and beautiful!

BB
Brisbane / QLD
3 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

These people know what they are doing ! I would compare with some of Brisbane's best restaurants.

JS
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had the 4 course degustation showcasing Millen Farms produce for an exceptional price of $39 a head. Could not fault a thing. Food was delicious & loved every course. Fantastic value, friendly & attentive service & would not hesitate to go back

T
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

The food and the staff were outstanding. Staff were very professional and friendly. The food was sensational and the chefs made good use of the local produce. Highly recommended!

A
Brisbane / QLD
5 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Such a lovely place to go to for lunch or dinner! Delicious food and a feast for the eyes as well!

CA
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Exquisite food and stunning service. I can’t fault the experience. It was a coolish night but the heating was subtle yet perfect

WA
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful restaurant where we enjoy the food, never disappoints