The Charming Squire Restaurant

4.3
606 reviews
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$41 to $100
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Modern Australian
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  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Special Occasions
  • Great Beer

The Charming Squire, in South Brisbane, crafts contemporary and elevated pub grub and steakhouse favorites in its relaxing and welcoming eatery. The baked camembert with amber ale, onion and peppered fig chutney and an assortment of breads make the most delectable and sharable appetizer selection. Some of The Charming Squire's larger plates include the Texas-style smoked Denver steak in a spiced barbecue sauce with corn salsa, the Rocky Creek free-range pork in jus with apple sauce James Squire beer battered cod fish and chips with tartare, perfect with a cold draft beer. Vegetarian dishes, like the homemade potato gnocchi with fresh peas and zucchini and the Haloumi salad with freekeh, pistachios and tomatoes topped with organic yogurt, are other favorites.

The banoffee pie with caramel coated bananas and a cinnamon crumble make a perfect end to your The Charming Squire experience.

Private Dining

Whether it be a Christmas party, milestone birthday, conference, wedding reception, launch party, social gathering, fundraiser or corporate event, The Charming Squire can cater for all types of events with delicious and unique food and beverage options. Our experienced functions team can help you with every detail of your event to ensure it runs smoothly and is truly memorable.

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What 606 People Are Saying
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TG
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

Great location opposite QPAC perfect for lunch before a matinee. Food is excellent but the service can be a little lax. Overall - a lovely experience.

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YM
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3Food 2Service 5Ambience 3

We ordered the kids fish and chips for my grandaughter and her great granny who love fish. It WAs greasy had a funny taste . Both left them and ate the chips. I had the chicken was just warm and didn’t have much taste. I told the waitress when she came to take the plates away but didn’t seem bothered. We’ve been there a couple of times food was lovely not sure if got new chef but won’t be back.

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PD
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3Food 5Service 1Ambience 3

The service has declined over the past year. Inexperienced wait staff results in an underwhelming dinner. When you pay top dollar, you expect top service. The menu has also been reduced in range. No chocolate option in the dessert range?
Food is still top quality.

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LS
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food with great service and good ambiance.

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JH
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was amazing and the service was brilliant. Thank you for a lovely dinner.

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RR
1 review
Dined on 10 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The Charming Squire Restaurant is a fabulous place to entertain friends or celebrate a special event.

This was my fourth visit to the restaurant and my family and I will return again soon!

Thanks CSR team!

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OT
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 3

The food was good and the staff were friendly. Apart from the waitstaff getting our drinks order wrong three times, they were lovely, helpful and very friendly. It’s a regular for us when we see a show at QPAC.

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LB
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

I enjoyed a lovely pre-theatre meal with my husband. It was a good start to a great evening.

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RH
2 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

The food at The Charming Squire is always good and the service is very good. we had an enjoyable pre-theatre dinner. My steak was cooked perfectly and the mashed potato was lovely.

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RH
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We advised our waiter that we were attending a show at QPAC which commenced at 7.30 pm. With that he took our orders and the meals came out in plenty of time to comfortably enjoy our meal and make it to QPAC with time to spare.
Our requested steaks for the group of five ranged from blue to medium , and all were delivered perfectly cooked. Vegetables were also tasty, a perfect accompaniment.
A great range of beers at the right temperature was very much appreciated.
Will attend again when not attending a show as the entertainer provided great background music.

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WR
1 review
Dined on 23 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely oustanding service, great ambience and food. We will be back.

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NM
1 review
Dined on 14 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely gorgeous. Food was incredible, service almost even better.

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FM
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

This is my third trip to the Charming Squire and I must say we nearly didn't go back after number 2 trip as it was a shambles, but memories of the first trip and those Arancini balls made us give it another go. To say it was back to the first trip standard is praise in itself. The staff from start to finish were excellent, the food was very nice( again you must try the Arancini balls), and the beer was as you would expect from an ale house. To quote the music guru Molly Meldrum," do yourself a favour", and go and have a meal, I know I will again.

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KH
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Awesome food and great location to QPac, the staff ensure you get out on time to see your show which is awesome customer service. Highly recommend.

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R
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Overall a good experience with no bad points. The banquette alcove suited our party of 6 and was quiet enough we could all enjoy the conversation.

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AT
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food and service by all. Looking forward to dining here again.

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ND
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

We had a lovely Dinner before a show at QPAC. It was very convenient , good food and easy before the show. The food was good and served in a timely manner. Would probably suggest the more casual dining experience through the bar or pantry as we were with our son and the food was a bit fancy for us.

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CP
25 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Enjoyed the food and atmosphere before walking to QPAC to see a performance. The restaurant takes reservations.

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BH
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Thoroughly loved our dining experience on New Years Eve!

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J
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food is always great and the atmosphere was fantastic, we thoroughly enjoyed our dinning experience.

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MH
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

The food was nice. We were served by Alex. He was excellent.

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R
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious food, refreshing drinks and outstanding service. Highly recommend!

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KA
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Lovely lunch for nye. Good cocktails and nice food. Service was good. Have eaten here before and would eat here again.

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CG
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Great food with excellent service. Knowledgeable and honest staff with food recommendations

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BB
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Beautiful food and atmosphere. Expensive for food, sides should be complimentary when paying $40 for a meal.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 26 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, flavour combinations were amazing. Recommend the calamari and arancini balls as a starter. The calamari was one of the most tender squids I’ve ever had!

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k
3 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Server was not very knowledgeable, service was very delayed and portions were very small for price value. Drinks were to par.

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JS
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Food was amazing. Service was initially a little slow but soon picked up and was appropriately attentive. All of us thoroughly enjoyed all of our meals and the service.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2018
Overall 3Food 5Service 1Ambience 3

A very rushed experience. Food was tasty but when we requested dessert we were told that it would take 25 minutes to serve as it is made from scratch! Each dessert is made upon order. I think the Charming Squire might be a Charming liar.

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AE
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 3

A bit overpriced for fairly standard food and ambitious craft beer. It’s not craft beer by ant stretch. It’s just mainstream ordinary beer well marketed with clever names.

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TA
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We attended the charming squire after a graduation event and were running late, we called ahead and they were happy to keep our booking for us. Our waiter Brett was a lovely young man who took the time to answer all our questions and explain the specials for the day. The food came out within a good amount of time and everything was delicious especially the lamb and also the ribs.
Thankyou for a lovely late dinner.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 4

Service was very slow

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TM
4 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 5

Atmosphere was great. food and service were just good

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DJ
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 2Ambience 3

Having been to and enjoyed the restaurant many times before this visit was a disappointment. We were seated for 10-15 mins when our waiter became available; as we had picked our meals we ordered drinks and food at once, only to be told that several items of meat were unavailable, leaving only beef or fish. We felt that the lady who seated us and provided menu's could have told us of any menu changes. The meals were sizable however the fish dish (barramundi special) was incredibly salty. Our waiter was polite and it was a busy night, but overall really disappointing given past experiences. Not sure how on a Saturday night at Christmas the kitchen can have run out of both chicken and pork.

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S
2 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2018
Overall 2Food 4Service 1Ambience 3

not very good service we ordered an entrée then fish and roast pork as our mains with some sides . we ended up with fish and a steak , which after confusion and investigation by 3 wait staff turned out to be the next tables meals . As it was getting late we didn't get the entrée or the sides we ordered

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LH
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 2Ambience 4

I have had dinner here many times, I love the arinchini balls so I ordered them again, they came out cold in the middle which was disappointing. We asked for water and that came out halfway through the meal as the waitress forgot.
When we went to pay and asked if we could pay separately the cashier was quite rude in her reply. I understand that the restaurant does not split bills however she could have been more polite when explaining this to us.
Overall it was still a nice evening, it just wasn't the usual standard of this restaurant

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DH
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was exceptional , selection of drinks was good , great table allotment , we must say a big thanks to our waiter Alex - great work mate. Highly recommend the restaurant to anybody

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T
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food! The menu had a huge range of choices and everyone at the table enjoyed their meal. Our waiter was very helpful and lovely

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MT
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Steak was amazing
Steak was amazing
Steak was amazing
Steak was amazing

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GS
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

we had a booth for 6 family members including Grandparents. The service was good and with a good variety meals and wine to choose from on the menu.

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