Pause Samford

4.7
249 reviews
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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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SR
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Pause always thrives with fresh seasonal menu offerings executed to the highest caliber. The service is professional and comforting. I would recommend Pause to anyone looking for a culinary experience, also wanting to impress friends or family visiting Brisbane.

G
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaasaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaalways pleasant

NW
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We’ve been to Pause a number of times and have always been very happy with our experience. This time I was blown away by their new menu, extended wine list and continued friendly but not instrusive service. Thanks for making our birthday celebration even more special.

KS
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had the degustation dinner 9 courses. Beautiful food, great matching wines, great atmosphere and fabulous service.

m
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Pause is one of the best places to eat on the Brisbane north side. Amazing atmosphere, staff and good presentation.

DG
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

With three friends, I ordered the Millen Farm 1st Friday Feast. We loved everything about this restaurant. The steak was sublime & my vegetarian friend was extremely happy with her food. My shellfish allergy was recognised & catered for.
This restaurant is a real find. My congratulations to the kitchen & wait staff.

SL
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Very enjoyable evening. Great service. Perhaps more vegetarian options would balance the main means section as this extends the choice for vegetarians and those looking after their health while enjoying delicious food.

GS
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 3

The food was very poor 1 meal had to be sent back ,they refunded our money

A
Brisbane / QLD
2 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

such a beautiful night to celebrate my birthday. With the 'leave it to the chef' menu, everything so delicious!

SW
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Best fine dining in Brisbane. Did the degustation with wine pairings and the experience was fantastic. Would highly recommend

AB
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The best eye fillet, cooked perfectly. Great service .

KR
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Me and my family has the most amazing night!! The food was amazing the wind was awesome. You staff are absolutely amazing there is nothing I can fault we will definitely be back.

AB
Brisbane / QLD
2 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Wonderful sparkling from Italy. An all round exceptional experience yet again

KT
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Once again Pause did not disappoint. The food was fabulous. Chef was very accommodating to my dietary requirements and the service was excellent. Highly recommend this wee gem of a restaurant!

DR
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food and service they were great at helping with meal selection and the fish and steak were absolutely superb
What an enjoyable afternoon
Thank you

BI
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Possibly the best restaurant we've dined at for may years

MO
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was great, fresh, interesting, local. Nothing too sauced, all crisp, tasty.

SS
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Hi the service was amazing, we let the chef choice our 5 courses with wine to match each course.
I was a great experience. Not good I would normally eat. But glad we did.

b
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great service and food. Defiantly a cut above most.

AL
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Fabulous service food was very very nice, the atmosphere was perfect, we enjoyed the live music. We'll b back again.

JG
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

We decided to go with the Chef's choice and were impressed with the quality, variety and freshness of all the courses. There was sufficient time between courses for conversation and to appreciate the local produce that was next on the menu. We loved that the chef used local Millen farm produce and explained each of the courses. We would definitely recommend the upstairs deck dining experience.

NL
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
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.

L
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 18 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food, great ambiance.
Lucas served us & had outstanding knowledge of each course. We were placed next to enclosed fireplace hence even though we were outside we were kept warm& comfortable at all times.
Cocktails a must.

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

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!

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.

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.

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

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.

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!!

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

TC
Brisbane / QLD
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.

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.

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

L
Brisbane / QLD
2 reviews
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

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

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

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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