Public Restaurant and Bar

2.5
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16 reviews
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$40 and under
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Global, International
Recently relaunched, Public Restaurant and Bar blends quality, sophistication, and excitement. Located on the first floor of the 400 George Building opposite the court, and under new ownership and management, Public brings together its well known chic interior design with a new twist on a great night out.

A perfect spot to escape the hustle day and night, the restaurant is split between its happening bar and lounge area which features its own lounge menu, and the more secluded dining area, serving imaginative full meals in a relaxed atmosphere.

The menu in both areas feature great gastronomy, including both favourites from the restaurant’s past, and brand new dishes with exquisite flavours, including some influenced and inspired by Peruvian cuisine. Our balance between flavours and a flair for in-house curing and cooking techniques will enliven your taste buds. Our unique cocktail menu and our extensive wine and drinks list are available throughout the restaurant and lounge.
What 16 People Are Saying
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2.5based on recent ratings
2.5
Food
2.4
Service
2.6
Ambience
2.2
Value
Noise · Moderate
28% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

Food was a bit disappointing on this visit.
I enjoy spicy food greatly but there were too many overwhelming spices added to foods that really didn’t need them and so their delicious natural flavour was completely overpowered. Eg: the cauliflower & prawns to name just 2
Also pork belly could have been more tender and done without the smoke.

C
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

The place has a lot of potential.
The waiter was new and unfortunately wasn’t trained very well. He was a lovely young guy but his customer service was 0/10.

They didn’t have 2 bottle of wine we ordered so gave us another that was $40 more without telling us. Then opening it and sitting in the cooler without asking if we would like a taste.
The duck wasn’t cooked properly, couldn’t cut through it. Was very tough.

The chicken wings were nice, although the sauce was awful. The sweet potato fries was literally a whole sweet potato cut into 4 big chucks just steamed.
The cucumber salad was just awful.

The staff were poorly presented and you could barley talk as everyone would hear everything you’re saying!
The menus are just printed on paper with the ink basically run out so can hardly read them.

So disappointed with this experience. This restaurant has so much potential!!

A
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience1

Inconsistent food quality and amount, raw fish not fresh, scallops entree contained 2 scallops, missing cohesiveness across each dish with regard to paired sauces and textures. Rowdy. Not up to standard.

OT
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Food was average, service was terrible and atmosphere was poor. Was so disappointed as had heard great stories previously about this restaurant. Won’t be dining here again.

D
1 review
Dined on 19 February 2020
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience3

This was a first visit to The Public and it will be my last. The service was slow and extraordinarily inattentive. As the organiser for my group of 7 I had to get up several times to ask for wine, to take our orders, for coffee etc.,
The food when it came was meagre and while aiming for the exotic lacked the magic which distinguishes the flavoursome and inspirational from the over ambitious and flavourless. The best components were the sweet potato and cauliflower dishes that had some flair.
My group of regular and discriminating diners will not be repeat diners st the Public.

CM
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience2

Very disappointed. We weren't aware it was a set menu and we don't eat oysters and we were unable to swap them for something. We then waited over an hour and still no food in site and it was after 9pm so we just left. Ruined our Valentine's day.

RK
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall1Food3Service1Ambience3

Horrid service on Valentine’s Day, absolute shambles. Waited 30 mins for drinks and 90 mins for oysters. Also not toldy it was a set menu when booking with direct contact via email. Just generally average.

A
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience2

It was Valentine’s Day and they only offer the 4 course set menu. We waited for over 30 minutes between each course and spent 2:15 hrs at the restaurant. The food was below expectation. Why would I wanted to cut a quail in front of my valentine? The beef was not juicy at all and the green sauce just made it worse. Ice cream was melted beside the chocolate mouse when its finally served. Worst V day dining experience ever.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Food was bland, service was terrible and the restaurant lacks atmosphere.

b
1 review
Dined on 11 February 2020
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience3

I chose this venue as i wanted a BYO restaraunt. I viewed the menu the week before i booked and then the menu changed 2 days before we dined and there was a lot of food my pescatrain friend could not eat. there was no market fish available and the menu selection was quiet peculiar like pork belly with picked red onion ( raw) on mashed sweet potato.. food was "ok" but odd pairings.
the most unpleasent part was the table itself which was varnished wood, but had been cleaned with something that left the top so sticky and tacky that the champagne glasses stuck to the surface and you had to support the glass before tilting it slowly to unstick it from the table so it didnt spill.
the staff were very good, and appologied for not being as on top of the menu, lots of new names for things that they were accross the meaning of. but they were very attentive.

M
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Excellent place and amazing food ! Totally recommended

L
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience5

Excellent food. Very well organised peruvian event, the kids enjoyed it as well. We had to wait a bit for the food but it was worth it. Looking forward to the next event. Cheers

TN
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

This restaurant used to be 5 Star with fantastic service and food. Dined there 2 nights ago and the food was almost inedible and was incredibly expensive. We had to pour our own wine and I would not recommend this restaurant to anyone.

W
Brisbane / QLD
8 reviews
Dined on 21 November 2019
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience2

Not a very good evening the food order was stuffed up twice, nearly delivered someone else’s food, the food was average the menu was dirty, cutlery is always a nice touch when serving food, waited ages as a result of the order stuff up, the food was average to say the least and not worth the price at all, wait staff were trying but they were struggling with some of the basics and when paying so much for the meal this is not acceptable, we didn’t say anything at the time preferring to just never come back again , we were really disappointed

JM
London
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2019
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience2

They only have four options as the main meal and one of them was not available (didn't even offer a replacement) and the restaurant was half empty. I'm ok with limited menus but slack that they can't even supply that.

RW
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 12 November 2019
Overall2Food2Service4Ambience2

Went for early dinner 5pm shortage on cocktails food order was bought out together 5 dishes this Resturant has gone down hill as we have been here before many times but not for a while disappointing.