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.
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.
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.
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.
First time for us and what a wonderful treat - fabulous food, service and ambience
Brilliant! As usual fantastic service, fantastic (excellent) food! Just loved it - can not recommend it more highly!
Great food. A few issues with the booking tool, but that will be sorted, I’m sure.
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
Absolutely sensational dining experience. Exceptional food, generous portions, exemplary staff - friendly and professional. We can't wait to go back. Highly recommended.
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.
THank you for making our experience amazing. The food was incredible as were the staff
Outstanding as always on every level. Had the 'leave it ti the chef lunch', which was delicious.
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!!
Great night out, good food, great friendly staff and wonderful entertainment Mark Cryle and Richard Evan- we'll be back
The staff were very friendly and knowledgeable of the menu. Food was delicious. Loved that they use local produce.
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.
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!
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
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
We had a delightful time
Oscar our waiter is a star
Thanks Greg and your team
David and Helen
Fabulous set menu for Anzac Day. Exceeded expectations with dishes given for $. Steak for Main was incredible! We are Never disappointed at Pause.
Pause is in a great location and the food and wait staff are consistently excellent.
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.
Farewell to family
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.
Excellent food, great service and so good being just a few mins from home. We will definitely be back!
The food is authentic and always perfect ! Wonderful Autumn menu with something for everyone.
Great food, great service. Lovely setting!!! Definitely recommend to our family and friends!!!
Food was lovely. Enjoyable evening. The host was very pleasant. Only disappointment, one Unisex toilet.
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.
Awesome food and service! The best we’ve had in a long time. Will be a regular for us now.
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
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.
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.
Farewell dinner for Daughter moving to Melbourne and early 36th Anniversary for us!
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!
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.
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
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!
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....
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
Very very good as usual. Aaaaaaaaàaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa
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.