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Restaurant 1889, Townsville, AU-QLD

Restaurant 1889

3.8
3.8
74 Reviews
$40 and under
Modern Australian
Located in the former Townsville Post Office (circa 1897), this heritage landmark complete with the town's only surviving clock tower, now is the home of the Townsville Brewing Co. Modestly called The Brewery. Restaurant 1889 is located inside this building. Experience our uniquely historic Restaurant 1889. Restaurant 1889 blurs the line between traditional bistro and fine dining establishment. A bit flash, but not hoity-toity.

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2 people

7:00 pm


Experiences are available.

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Area
    Townsville CBD
  • Cross Street
    Flinders Street, Denham Street, Ogden Street
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking
  • Public Transit
    Bus
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Chef's Table - 2 Course

    $55.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Chef's choice of three entrees, mains & sides family style to share. Sample Menu Entrees Confit Tomatoes, Fior Di Latte, Black Olives, Basil Crisps San Danielle Prosciutto, Blue Vein Cheese, Nuts, Herbs & Pedro Xiamenez House Smoked Lamb Ribs With Mint, Persian Fetta & Jus Mains Seared Barramundi Slow Cooked Lamb Shoulder, Sauce Navarin Forrest Mushroom & Thyme Risotto With Mushroom Broth, Garlic Chives, Grana Padano Sides Broccolini, Blistered Tomatoes, Parmesan House Salad House Smoked Cauliflower, Horseradish dressing & Capers
    Chef's Table - 2 Course photo
  • Chef's Table - 3 Course

    $75.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Chef's choice of three entrees, mains, sides & desserts family style to share. Sample Menu Entrees Confit Tomatoes, Fior Di Latte, Black Olives, Basil Crisps San Danielle Prosciutto, Blue Vein Cheese, Nuts, Herbs & Pedro Xiamenez House Smoked Lamb Ribs With Mint, Persian Fetta & Jus Mains Seared Barramundi Slow Cooked Lamb Shoulder, Sauce Navarin Forrest Mushroom & Thyme Risotto With Mushroom Broth, Garlic Chives, Grana Padano Sides Broccolini, Blistered Tomatoes, Parmesan House Salad House Smoked Cauliflower, Horseradish dressing & Capers Desserts Sticky Date Pudding With Brandy Butterscotch & Vanilla Bean Ice-Cream Tart Au Citron, Berries & Vanilla Mascarpone Dark Chocolate Mousse, Maraschino Cherries, Chocolate Soil & Chantilly cream
    Chef's Table - 3 Course photo

What 74 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

3.8
3.8 based on recent ratings
  • 3.5Food
  • 4.1Service
  • 3.9Ambience
  • 3.5Value

NoiseModerate

74 Reviews
  1. NadineH

    Sunshine Coast

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Unfortunately, our valentines dinner was a real letdown. It was quite apparent that the previous seatings did not go well. The Maitre de was flustered. There were dirty tables, with plates scattered everywhere. We were 20 minutes delayed in being seated, and even then our table had not been set with cutlery, crockery or glassware. The food was very average, overcooked salmon, and lamb shoulder. The dessert is not even worth mentioning as most of it came out of a box and the one item that was prepared by hand “eaton mess’ with Chantilly cream that was so over whipped it tasted like butter. The servers seemed disconnected and for a lack of a better word ‘over it’ bar one who we appreciate. All in all a very disappointing meal and evening. Definitely not worth $90 per person. Unfortunately we will not be back.

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  2. TarrynB

    Tropical QLD

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Went for valentines dinner. Food was average and semi cold, dry and unseasoned. Desserts were really terrible. The “eton mess” was just split cream and a few berries. No meringue in sight. The staff were friendly.

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  3. ChrisA

    Tropical QLD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great service, nice food a little bit small. Overall really good 👍

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  4. LornaF

    Tropical QLD

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice food and ambience. Friendly wait staff, not quite 5 star quality but were very nice.

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  5. RaeleneC

    Tropical QLD

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 3 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was great, staff were very attentive. Loved the music playing in the background

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  6. MikeW

    Tropical QLD

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 January 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The service was outstanding 👌 Unfortunately let down by the poor quality of the meals. Entries and mains were under seasoned. As for the desserts, the "Lemon meringue" tart was presented without any sight of the meringue, best described as a yellow flavorless jelly on a tasteless soggy pastry. The Sticky date pudding was more like a lump of dry brown flour topped with a lite drizzle of golden syrup. Highly disappointed to then be presented with the bill being charged for the complementary round of lemon cello.

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  7. DavidL

    Tropical QLD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Amazing food. 👏 exceeded expectations. Everything was delicious 😋

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  8. MatthewB

    Tropical QLD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely amazing, food was spectacular, servise excellent. Two thumbs up

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  9. LAWRENCEP

    Tropical QLD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Service is really good. The Food and atmosphere is pleasant.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    New South Wales

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 December 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    We came to eat before watching candlelight carols. Booked a table for 1.5 hours before the concert start - which was upstairs in the same venue. Informed waitress on arrival that was what we were here for. AFTER 90 MINUTES WE STILL HADNT GOT ANY FOOD. JUST DRINKS. WHEN I CANCELLED OUR ORDER AND LEFT FOR THE UPSTAIRS CONCERT START 90 MINUTES LATER, WE WERE TOLD THE KITCHEN WAS SHORT OF CHEFS TONIGHT AND JUST A SHRUG OF “WE DONT CARE” AS APOLOGY. SO THEY KNEW THEY WOULDNT MAKE FOOD ON TIME BUT DIDNT TELL US. JUST WANTED OUR DRINKS ORDER AND LET MY KIDS GO HUNGRY. Our friends at the same concert went to pub side of same venue and didn’t get any dinner either - but at least were told they didn’t have capacity. The posh restaurant side chose to lie instead. Disgraceful dishonest service. ZERO STARS.

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  11. Amanda

    Tropical QLD

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 December 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Unfortunately, our night wasn't very good. Booked a table for 7.30pm waited at the door for over 20mins to be seated. Once inside we waited a very long time for drinks and entrees. Entrees were ok. My main meal wasn't very nice. My friend also tried some and said it wasn't good. They did give me a discount because of this. My friend was happy with her main which was good. I feel it was a busy night with not enough staff.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Tropical QLD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The staff were awesome, the service brilliant & the food was magnificent. Thanks we will be back soon.👍❤️🥂

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Tropical QLD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We had a wonderful meal at 1889 going on a Thursday night it was very quite. The cocktails were interesting and delish. My partner had the rump steak which was cooked exactly as she requested, I had the lamb pasta which was spectacular. Would highly recommend the 1889 Restaurant to anyone.

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  14. WesleyY

    Tropical QLD

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 November 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    Waited hour and half for food Waa only that the lady who originally seated us came over as it was our anniversary which they where told about asked us where we still waiting for food that we got food when we did

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  15. CraigC

    Tropical QLD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Entree, mains and wine were all very good. Staff front of house was being undertaken and I was grateful that the staff explained that our attendant was introduced to us, and we were informed of her training. A very pleasant evening.

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  16. MaryannV

    New South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The staff were so lovely Made me and my partner have a fantastic night

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  17. KM2022

    Tropical QLD

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 28 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food. Staff were so polite and knowledgeable.

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  18. Lynn

    Queensland

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 9 September 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    We were a party of four, the welcome was warm and friendly and the service was good but sadly the food was lacking. Seafood marinara was dry and tasteless there was a nice amount of seafood but the pasta and sauce didn’t complement at all. Gnocchi also tasteless. The porterhouse steak was good as was the scallops we had as our entree.

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  19. MariaMc

    Tropical QLD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our dining experience at Restaurant 1889 exceeded all our expectations, the service was outstanding and the food was amazing. We enjoyed every part of the experience and we will definitely be returning to do it all again soon!

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  20. Julie

    Deactivated - Far North Queensland

    42 reviews

    4.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on 18 August 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Nice, friendly service, but restaurant not full and the kitchen was quite slow. Excellent steak and lamb. Ambiance was disappointing....expecting more old/heritage style in this beautiful building. More like a typical bistro pub. Noisy with people, even though not full....need better acoustics/floor/louder music. Booth tables were nice....other tables and chairs looked too'clinical'.

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  21. JohanneJ

    Tropical QLD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great Lady Manager on our night. Was so Professional and Friendly. Couldn’t have asked for better service. Lovely Restaurant Interior. Just got noisy once the Big Tables filled up.

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  22. AnnaG

    Tropical QLD

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 August 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    The restaurant was really noisy, the food was ordinary and some of the guests food was undercooked and others completely oily not to mention it took close to an hour and a half to arrive and then once this bill arrived told us “No rush” to pay - clearly.

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  23. WendyS

    Tropical QLD

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 5 August 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Lost our bking, put us in the afterthought room, (2 other empty tables), ordered drinks, 10 mins later ordered food, 45 mins later said sorry, entrees might b ready soon and no idea for your mains. Went to Japanese rest, drinks, 4 plates of food and outer there in 40 mins. Only 2nd complaint and walkout we’ve had!!

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  24. Ramon

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    1.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 4 August 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Broccolini and chips were the best. Service was poor but they acknowledged. Steaks overcooked.

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  25. DodiY

    Tropical QLD

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 July 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    So expensive for small meals, but very nice atmosphere and service very good

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Tropical QLD

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 13 July 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of the best, if not the best in Townsville. Always surprised it's not full. Every meal I've had there has been great.

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  27. dianneh

    Tropical QLD

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 December 2022

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Had some large tables in, could not have any conversations without shouting, very noisy. While the food was good, the wine was hot. Would not recommend for a nice quite dinner. Sorry

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  28. Piebald

    Tropical QLD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 December 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely food in a friendly environment. Thank you.

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  29. MARBO

    Tropical QLD

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 December 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    WE FOUND IT WAS A BIT NOISY FOR US & WE COULDN'T HEAR WHAT PEOPLE AT ONE END OF THE TABLE WERE SAYING. BUT THAT COULD BE DUE TO IT BEING THE FESTIVE SEASON.

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  30. AdamB

    Tropical QLD

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 December 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Food wasn't great and table service for drinks during dinner was very sporadic

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  31. RacheleF

    Tropical QLD

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 1 December 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Even though the menu seems small, we had no trouble choosing our meal. The food was absolutely delicious. We both had an entree and main meal and couldn’t fit dessert in and were very happy with our food. Beautiful restaurant with great atmosphere. Will definitely go back again

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  32. Townsvillian

    Tropical QLD

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 26 November 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food. Friendly service. Attractive and inviting restaurant. Almost fully booked and so a bit noisy. The restaurant closed just after 10 and so we were asked to leave. We thought 11 pm on a Saturday night would have been more reasonable. We would definitely go back.

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  33. CarynF

    Tropical QLD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 November 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Absolutely delicious food. I had the duck and my partner had seafood linguini. Both dishes cooked perfectly. The only downside to the restaurant was the accoustics... It was quite noisy but we would still definitely return.

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  34. Annette

    Tropical QLD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 November 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was amazing. Drinks service a bit slow we sat for quite awhile with empty glasses.

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Tropical QLD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 November 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful friendly service and delicious food served quickly.

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  36. DannielleS

    Tropical QLD

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 November 2022

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    This was our second visit to 1889, we absolutely loved it so much the first time we decided to go back months later with our friends only to be highly disappointed on so many levels. We barely sat down to a 7.30pm dinner service and the waiters were hassling us for our order so we ordered quickly, 6 of us, 4 ordered the rump steak, 1 the stuffed chicken and 1 the gnocchi dish. The waiter then comes out to tell us about 10 mins after we ordered that they have run out of the rump and wanted to serve us cheap sirloin steak which we did not want so we’re forced to re-order only to be told they had run out of the chicken also…2 then ordered the duck which was a pathetic serve (5 small slithers) and 2 stayed with the steak as they did not like the other options and the last one changed form the chicken he ordered to the linguine pasta. Entrees we’re served no issue, we had to ask for water as none was offered but when dinner was served they forgot the gnocchi dish completely so we had to wait for that. It was all round quite a bad experience. I mean, who runs out of food in a fancy restaurant at 7.30pm on a Saturday night, pretty pathetic, especially when you are charging decent prices for things. I would not recommend this restaurant to anyone again.

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  37. KenMac

    Tropical QLD

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 5 November 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food excellent we had 2 mains and 2 entres and we both agreed some of the best food we have eaten in townsville. So good booked again for birthday in few weeks.

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  38. MichelleK

    Tropical QLD

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 4 November 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This restaurant seems to be a well-kept secret. Great food and excellent service. We were surprised there weren't more diners in the main restaurant (1889). The drinks came out quickly and we had great table service. Special shout out to Carly who welcomed us back and helped give us great recommendations on the drinks available. We will definitely be back again.

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  39. DebL

    Tropical QLD

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 November 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Food selection was limited Meal was too oily for eating

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Tropical QLD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 October 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really great food, and a lovely ambient atmosphere.

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FAQs

Restaurant 1889 is rated 3.8 stars by 74 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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2 people

7:00 pm


Experiences are available.
Google Map for Restaurant 1889

252 Flinders St, Townsville, AU-QLD 4810

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    Flinders Street, Denham Street, Ogden Street
  • Area
    Townsville CBD
  • Hours of Operation
    Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $40 and under
  • Cuisines
    Modern Australian
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking
  • Public Transit
    Bus
  • Payment Options
    Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Adam Fitzgerald
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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