Pause Samford

4.7
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346 reviews
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$41 to $100
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Modern Australian

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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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4.7based on recent ratings
4.8
Food
4.8
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.5
Value
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BrettC
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 21 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Been here 3 times now and it never disappoints! Hope to be back again soon.

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Yachtie
1 review
Dined on 20 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

yet another magnificent degustation. Chef Reno really excels. The 24 hour pork was melting in the mouth. We must all support our local businesses during this time. Tables were far enough apart to minimise any worries. Thanks team a most enjoyable evening.

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JolitaT
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 20 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The best restaurant around . Please don’t shut down and if the covid 19 is impacting your numbers let us know and we will be there 🥰

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Jacqui
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous little restaurant with gorgeously prepared food, served with flair by friendly staff

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PauloH
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Professional friendly service, fresh quality local produce presented creatively...vegetarian degustation enjoyed by three of us.
Highly recommend. We look forward to our next visit!

Thanks!
Paulo

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DavidB
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Fine dining perhaps not, very good dining definitely!

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Foodie
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The food was awesome!! Love the degustation where you try things you wouldn’t normally go for. Pair it with matched wines and it makes for a great night!!!

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DebraC
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our social club had their first night out this year and all thoroughly enjoyed their night out. The food, service and atmosphere was truly remarkable. Every meal that we had and all different from a steak to the degustation meal were excellent. Thankyou so much again for a great night.

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CarolG
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 4 March 2020
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience4

Considering we were the only patrons there, the meal took a very long time to arrive.
The waitress took away our bread and olives before our main was served while we still grazing
Other staff members came and the three of them sat right behind us and talked and laughed quite loudly despite all other ares being empty

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LizH
1 review
Dined on 3 March 2020
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience4

Overall it was good, I didn't personally like the Pork Collar, it had an odd taste, probably just me

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DianeK
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always an enjoyable dining experience.
Have dined here quite a few times now.

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HelenS
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We highly recommend Pause, the food was absolutely divine and the food was reasonably priced, the staff were lovely.

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EilishR
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was outstanding and the service was thoughtful and clean.

We cant wait to come back

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GrantM
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Great food and service, shame about the noise from the dog themed restaurant next door

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TanyaK
1 review
Dined on 25 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great food, great service. What more can you ask for!

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RachelleS
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A fantastic experience! Great service from the whole team, and the $49 lunch special was real value for money - perfectly balanced meals flavour wise and just the right portions. Nothing was too much trouble and the staff are obviously highly trained and knowledgable. Will be back again for sure!

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KylieAR
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

We had a magnificent degustation meal at Pause. The food was stunning, beautifully presented and truly one of the best experiences we have had in a long time. The service was prompt, staff knowledgeable, professional and friendly without being overbearing. Such a gem in our local community.

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SimoneJ
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Another great night, would highly recommend. Food is excellent.

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TilmanR
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The service, ambience and food were amazing, fully recommend Pause for a great night out.

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Lisa
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

I would as it’s a lovely setting and lovely staff. The food was not as good as I was expecting. Perhaps due to it being a busy night and set menu. The Brisket for main was quite tough and not soft/falling apart as you would expect for 48 hour slow cook and the advised high level of meat. The idea was there though and other dishes were enjoyable. The desert was a bit underwhelming with mashed banana served on a chocolate pudding (and the pudding was cold). Also one of us had the meringue and twill on top which was nice but the other missed out so not consistent plates. On the positive, the ambience was lovely and staff were helpful, didn’t have to wait long for our food.

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CherylT
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Beautiful food experience, with lovely staff. Only negative, tables were very close together

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ChrisB
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

We were made feel very welcome on arrival and it was as if we were the only ones there. Great wait staff knew how to look after us without being intrusive. Food was great!

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HeatherE
London
4 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Another top dining experience at Pause - the vegetarian options were delicious and my husband thoroughly enjoyed his steak; dessert was sublime. Service was spot on as usual - we always feel well looked after here!

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BrettC
Brisbane / QLD
2 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome will definitely be back!

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MargaretK
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is a very interesting restaurant, with great food and lovely people who both serve and advise on wine. It's bliss, in a way.

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JennyA
1 review
Dined on 30 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Always great food and service. Chef never ceases to amaze us each time we dine at Pause

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DebL
1 review
Dined on 28 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful atmosphere, genuine service, incredible food... we will be back to experience this magic again

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KathyH
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great Australia Day lunch and live music. fixed good price for delicious food.. staff helpful. Would definitely go back.

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LizJ
Brisbane / QLD
2 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Always a great experience with excellent service and wonderful, fresh food

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DianneP
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food with great service. The lunch menu was great value. Very friendly and welcoming.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall1Food1Service3Ambience5

Mum and daughter lunch

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GrantT
Brisbane / QLD
3 reviews
Dined on 15 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Pause never disappoint

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DeanneG
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 15 January 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

My two companions thought the Marinara was outstanding & my Arancini & pea entree was a delight. As usual, the wait staff were delightful & selected a beautiful Pinot noir to accompany our meal.
Thanks again Greg & staff. Deanne G

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AdelleR
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Good food, good service and friendly atmosphere in our local community

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Marno
1 review
Dined on 25 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food here is always great, staff are attentive, choice of drinks is excellent. Would thoroughly recommend.

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MichelleW
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We had the two course special which was great value. Husband had entree and main and I had main and dessert. All were generous servings and very well cooked. Service is always very good with water topped up regularly and drinks always bought out as needed and requested.

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GeoffM
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Pause Samford is a gem in a semi-rural setting. The food is exceptionally good and inspired by strong Italian traditions. The Canadian Scallops and waygu Eye Fillet were delightful this night. The staff are friendly, efficient and knowledgeable. The wine list is well priced and filled with wonderful Italian options. A must for locals and those prepared to travel a bit further for an outstanding meal

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AmandaW
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Another sensational meal at Pause. We are regulars and this lunch was one of our best experiences there yet. Extremely good value and, most importantly, the food was divine. Thank you!

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NyletaM
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful everything. Food, staff, ambience. My go to for special events.

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BruceA
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a nice lunch. The food & service was excellent. I would recommend Pause for lunch or dinner.
The prices are reasonable for the quality served.

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Pause Samford is rated 4.7 stars by 346 OpenTable diners.