Pause Samford

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227 Reviews
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$41 to $100
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Modern Australian
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  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasions
  • Worth the Drive
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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NL
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A thoroughly enjoyable experience. The food was presented beautifully and my tastebuds were not disappointed. The staff were so helpful and lovely. It was a pleasure to dine here and will be returning. Thank you to the staff and compliments to the chef.

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DN
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Good food - two of us had the barramundi and two had the aged rib steak; both meals cooked perfectly and were tasty. Friendly service and pretty good except that wine was never refilled from the bottles we had purchased. The chairs were quite uncomfortable though. It was difficult to lean against the back rest without feeling too far back. We ended up with a sore neck/back by the end of the night because we couldn't relax into the chair. We were sitting at the high tables. Maybe the low tables would have been better as the chairs are different.

Pause Samford
Responded on 12 June 2019

Appreciate the feedback David. When booking, please let us know if you would prefer to be at the lower tables. Many guests prefer the higher chairs as the tables are a bit smaller, and they can "crowd in"...a bit more intimate. Next time you are here, simply let us know if you are uncomfortable, we'd be happy to accomodate you at another table. Look forward to seeing you again soon.

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KM
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

First time for us and what a wonderful treat - fabulous food, service and ambience

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MB
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Brilliant! As usual fantastic service, fantastic (excellent) food! Just loved it - can not recommend it more highly!

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GG
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Great food. A few issues with the booking tool, but that will be sorted, I’m sure.

Pause Samford
Responded on 12 June 2019

Hi Genevieve, Glad you enjoyed your experience here Genevieve...just so you know, the booking tool is not under our control. As the world's leading booking platform it claims great reliability, but I would be happy to pass on your experience if it failed you. The 3 star review, given it is beyond our control, is disappointing though... Please feel free to call me personally on 0402 832064. Kind Regards Greg

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TS
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely sensational dining experience. Exceptional food, generous portions, exemplary staff - friendly and professional. We can't wait to go back. Highly recommended.

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FW
1 review
Dined on 4 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

An incredible, creative menu, and outstanding wine list. We "left it to the chef" and were not disappointed - we were delighted. Wonderful, warm service. Ambience was only let down because we were celebrating our anniversary which fell on a Tuesday so other than ourselves the place was empty. Will definitely be back on a busy night as I am sure this place will be warm and inviting with the buzz of many diners.

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CF
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

THank you for making our experience amazing. The food was incredible as were the staff

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AS
Brisbane / QLD
2 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Outstanding as always on every level. Had the 'leave it ti the chef lunch', which was delicious.

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LC
1 review
Dined on 28 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We loved the 5 star degustation dinner we had the other night. The food was amazing and extremely large serves, fantastic wine suggestions, we had a wonderful waiter and even though it's outdoors, we were kept comfortably warm with heaters and blankets. We will definitely go back again!!

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JM
1 review
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Great night out, good food, great friendly staff and wonderful entertainment Mark Cryle and Richard Evan- we'll be back

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TC
1 review
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The staff were very friendly and knowledgeable of the menu. Food was delicious. Loved that they use local produce.

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SM
1 review
Dined on 23 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Pause is a wonderful culinary experience. You feel as though you have visited another culture without leaving Australia. I believe because the owners invest time and engage with their guests, that this filters down to the staff who are also perform his or her role with excellence.
What can you say about the tastes that melt in your mouth. The presentation alone invites you to eat in what turns out to be a unbelievable; as you indulge in food you would not be able to prepare yourself without the knowledge that obviously goes into the preparation of each dish.
Experience Pause once and I guarantee you will return just as we do.

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PC
1 review
Dined on 23 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Thanks Guys,

Second time there to celebrate my birthday-did not disappoint, everyone walked away new customers.

My Wife does not necessarily eat steak-she is now converted, and asking when can we go back!

Thanks Lads,

Phil Chapman

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L
1 review
Dined on 21 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing Degustation Menu. The food melted in our mouth. My partner tried seafood he thought he had no liking for.
Cocktails went down a treat.
Great ambiance & good customer service
Highly recommended for a date night or wanting to impress someone.
There is a crystal Shop & spa in the same area. Excellent food

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F
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The ambiance is lovely, the service is excellent but most of all the food is delicious. I have been to the best in Brisbane and this is right up there as one of the best. Well done Pause

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DE
1 review
Dined on 2 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a delightful time
Oscar our waiter is a star
Thanks Greg and your team
David and Helen

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CG
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 25 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Fabulous set menu for Anzac Day. Exceeded expectations with dishes given for $. Steak for Main was incredible! We are Never disappointed at Pause.

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AM
1 review
Dined on 18 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Pause is in a great location and the food and wait staff are consistently excellent.

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BA
1 review
Dined on 18 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Service, food, wine list, ambience all very good. We enjoyed our evening and would recommend Pause as a pleasant venue to dine. We will return.

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M
Brisbane / QLD
2 reviews
Dined on 18 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Farewell to family

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YD
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Pause was amazing! We had the classic degustation and it was the best meal we have had in a long time! The service was brilliant and it was a lovely atmosphere.

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AE
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 2

Excellent food, great service and so good being just a few mins from home. We will definitely be back!

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LT
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 10 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food is authentic and always perfect ! Wonderful Autumn menu with something for everyone.

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MK
1 review
Dined on 9 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, great service. Lovely setting!!! Definitely recommend to our family and friends!!!

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D
1 review
Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was lovely. Enjoyable evening. The host was very pleasant. Only disappointment, one Unisex toilet.

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DA
1 review
Dined on 4 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We partook in another of Pause's "Italy comes to Samford" nights. This time the region was Taranto in Puglia on the heel of the boot of Italy.
A fabulous five course meal with accompanying wines, live entertainment and informative descriptions of the wines by the new sommelier, Luca, combined for a very enjoyable evening out.

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JP
1 review
Dined on 3 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Awesome food and service! The best we’ve had in a long time. Will be a regular for us now.

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HD
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The people at Pause really want you to enjoy you time with them and they go out of their way to provide good service and food, but don't intrude

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SR
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

We always enjoy coming to Pause, the food is always very good with a very friendly atmosphere. Saturday's service was a bit slower than usual there must of been a lot going on in the kitchen. Otherwise a great evening.

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MG
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

This was the first time we had been to Pause and we enjoyed it. The food, wine and service were great and would recommend to friends. We are looking forward to our next booking.

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OT
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Farewell dinner for Daughter moving to Melbourne and early 36th Anniversary for us!

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LT
1 review
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A wonderful date night, amazingly delicious food and happy friendly staff who excelled in their food service skills. We will be coming back for a third time!

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CG
1 review
Dined on 27 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our first luncheon here to celebrate my birthday,with the Leave it to Chef degustation.
The presentation and flavours were amazing.

Friendliness and efficiency of the staff added to an already great experience.

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MC
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Perfect for romantic - food is incredible, highly recommend the chef and the degustation menu wow. Such memories we have for our 5th anniversary, we definitely will return and shout out to all that ask. Amazing place

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J
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My wife and I had the lunch degustation. Simply an amazing meal, the staff were friendly and we even had a small group of musicians to entertain us!

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MC
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

This is a regular restaurant for me and my wife. The service is excellent from Rory and Truong, but with a young person looking after us this time. The so-called rating of 3.8 for this restaurant through Zomato is a joke: this is a quality place to eat. This night we ordered some new dishes as we work our way through the current menu. The rice balls entree was below the normal high quality but you’ve got to forgive such a rare omission. The main courses of lobster and an intriguing tuna-crusted lamb rump were both very good. The wine list here is largely composed of second-line or boutique choices, which generally don’t leave me with much of an impression in the main, and perhaps a front line choice in each major category would be useful, something that is present in the bubbles with a Piper Heidsieck on offer. This is the best restaurant in the area by a country mile: creative (successfully), quality, welcoming and most of all, excellent value for money. Well done....

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KC
1 review
Dined on 20 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Beautiful atmosphere. Excellent service. We had a degustation of chefs choice. It was amazing, loved every dish and they were so generous. We love visiting Pause. It’s our special place we go when we want to enjoy some supurb food. As always we are never disappointed. Thank you Chef and staff you guys are the best

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RB
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2019
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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