The Charming Squire Restaurant

4
856 reviews
$41 to $100
Modern Australian
The Charming Squire is ideally located in Brisbane’s thriving cultural South Bank precinct (next to South Brisbane train station), and is the perfect place for a fun night out, a special function or a casual catch up over lunch or dinner.

It’s also a working James Squire brewery where you can get acquainted with the brewing process as you explore the James Squire craft beer range, all the while enjoying delicious dishes designed to complement the flavours of the beers. Visit our website to see what’s on tap.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 856 People Are Saying
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4.0based on recent ratings
3.9
Food
4.1
Service
4.0
Ambience
3.7
Value
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77% of people would recommend it to a friend
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WendyB
Brisbane
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience4

We enjoyed the venue. Proximity to QPAC excellent. Service was excellent but one guest did not enjoy his meal. Too spicy for an old bloke! I feel there could be a little more diversity in the menu for us oldies. This is my fourth visit to The Charming Squire and I will certainly be returning. Thank you for a great spot for a light lunch after the orchestral treat.

The Charming Squire Restaurant
Responded 14 hours ago

Hi Wendy, We're thrilled you enjoyed the service during your visit, thank you for your wonderful recommendation. We look forward to seeing you all again soon!

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Smuv2016
Brisbane
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2Food2Service4Ambience3

my swordfish came out bloody in the middle, but I accepted it as the way it was cooked , but my wife's smoked chicken came out cold . She could only eat 4 bites and had to leave it. I tasted it and it was overflavoured with smoke and it wasn't warm.
The food is usually very good at Charming Squire , but not this time

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CarolineK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience3

Disappointing change to the menu in the Charming Squire restaurant. 5 main meals to choose from, steak, lamb, chicken, fish or cauliflower.
I’ve dined several times over the last couple of years, it’s a good location prior to a show at QPAC and the menu had plenty to choose from. I will not be returning with the current limited options at fine dining prices in a pub atmosphere.
The explanation of the reduced menu was that the restaurant was trying to be fancier than the pub menu to separate the two areas.
The waiter was very friendly and attentive.

The Charming Squire Restaurant
Responded 2 days ago

Hi Caroline, Thank you for taking the time to provide us with your feedback. We are sorry that the experience did not meet your expectations. Stay tuned, as we will have some exciting changes to our restaurant coming up that you will love. We look forward to seeing you again.

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Disappointed
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience2

The service was slow and the food took ages to be served however I think they needed more staff. There wasn’t much to choose from on the restaurant menu. I had the swordfish and was disappointed. I’ve had much better swordfish elsewhere. Two other people at the table one had chicken and one had lamb. They did enjoy their meals.

The Charming Squire Restaurant
Responded 2 days ago

Hi, thanks for taking the time to provide us with your feedback. We are disappointed that your experience with us did not meet expectations. We’d like the opportunity to rectify the situation. Could you please contact us directly on bookings@thecharmingsquire.cm.au to discuss this further?

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MyExperience
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Very nice decor, but does get quite noisy and our table was too small for 5 people - it was a banquette table with an odd triangle shape and the chairs did not fit around the table properly. Food was fair. Menu was a little limited. Need a lighter fish option as the swordfish is very heavy for people who would usually choose fish. Waiter was lovely, but perhaps not trained, e.g. used his own hand to clear food from plates whilst in front of customers.

The Charming Squire Restaurant
Responded 2 days ago

Hi, thanks for your feedback. Our apologies that your dining experience did not meet your expectations. We will pass on your feedback to the team to make improvements in future.

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AmyP
Brisbane
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall2Food1Service1Ambience1

We were seated quickly as we had a booking, once seated we were put into a corner booth designed for 5 people, segregated from everyone else in the restaurant when there was more appropriate seating for parties of 3.

When served we had asked several times for additional water for the table, alas we are still waiting for said water.

The meal took sometime and we followed up with the waiter as to when the meals were coming out.

The meal themselves were nice but the pork belly ordered did not live up to the description from the menu, and for the price being charged felt a bit sub-par. The chips sadly were quite stodgy to eat.

Overall we will potentially come back and give it another shot, the bar menu has far greater selection and value for money.
Thanks

The Charming Squire Restaurant
Responded 2 days ago

Hi Amy, Thanks for taking the time to provide us with your feedback. We appreciate these details and will use this to further improve our restaurant offer in future. We hope to see you again soon!

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JonathanP
1 review
Dined on 18 February 2021
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience3

Our experience was tainted somewhat by having an inexperienced waitress who wasn't familiar with the drink and food options. The floor manager on the night also did not seem to be entirely up to date with the beers on tap, and he got into a bit of a heated argument with one member of our group. The air conditioning was also running quite strongly in the restaurant, which made it a bit cold. Having said all of this, we enjoyed the food and drinks (even if the food was slightly overpriced and pizzas were not available to order in the restaurant).

The Charming Squire Restaurant
Responded 2 days ago

Hi Jonathan, Thank you for taking the time to provide us with your feedback. We are sorry that your experience did not meet your standards, though we appreciate that you enjoyed the food and drinks! Thank you for your feedback and we hope to see you again.

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PaulM
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Service was outstanding, well above normal Brisbane levels. Food was some of the best I've eaten.

The Charming Squire Restaurant
Responded 2 days ago

Cheers Paul! We're glad you enjoyed your experience with us. Looking forward to having you in again soon.

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Factory
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience3

Service was outstanding very well looked after. Food was great although price was very expensive for the portion size.

The Charming Squire Restaurant
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you for taking the time to provide us with your feedback, we're glad you appreciated the service. Hopefully we exceed your expectations next time you choose to dine with us.

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NothappyDan
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2021
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience3

We went on Saturday night and it was busy. However, we ordered a number of share plates plus dessert. The dessert came out first with the share plates coming out about half an hour after. Also ordered a cocktail and it was served in plain glass rather than cocktail. Our waiter was great but he also knew that it was pretty poor and kept apologising for everything.

The Charming Squire Restaurant
Responded 14 hours ago

Hi, We're sorry that your experience did not meet expectations for the evening. We would like to discuss this with your further if you could please contact us directly at bookings@thecharmingsquire.cm.au

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MJDNL
1 review
Dined on 12 February 2021
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

Food was great but selection very reduced.
When asked about allergic ingredients we were given a menu that showed if the meal had those ingredients. Very well handled.
Service as good as always

The Charming Squire Restaurant
Responded 14 hours ago

Thank you for the review, we're glad that we could accommodate! Look forward to seeing you again.

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JanF
Brisbane
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2021
Overall2Food1Service1Ambience1

The wait staff were pleasant enough. The food was awful. It was meant to be flank and I got cold meat basically and the sauce was too strong and rancid. Quite a long wait then they brought the wrong side dish so we had to wait to get it. Very expensive for what it was. I wont be going back.

The Charming Squire Restaurant
Responded 14 hours ago

Hi Jan, We pride ourselves on the quality of our food and customer service. This is disappointing that your experience with us did not meet expectations. We’d like the opportunity to rectify the situation. Could you please contact us directly at bookings@thecharmingsquire.cm.au to discuss this further?

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KatyS
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Perfect for a preshow brunch. Efficient and professional service, great food and drinks.
The pizzas are awesome with plenty of toppings and crunchy crust.

The Charming Squire Restaurant
Responded 14 hours ago

Cheers Katy, we're glad to hear you had a great time!

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LaurieM
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

great place for a catchup with friends and family over some lovely food and drinks.

The Charming Squire Restaurant
Responded 14 hours ago

Thanks Laurie, we appreciate the recommendation and look forward to seeing you again soon!

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Siouxcat
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2021
Overall3Food2Service2Ambience2

I was disappointed with the menu choice. I chose this as the web menu had a gfo, but that was not on the menu. My husband needed gfo but it was accommodated which was good. My chicken burger was over cooked and dry, however the kids loved their beef burgers. It’s a shame as I was looking forward to this and it was my husband’s birthday.

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JenniferM
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2021
Overall4Food2Service4Ambience4

Beer great as always, burger was a bit cold in the middle, and fries were a bit soggy. That said, every other time I have been there the food was amazing.

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RachelC
1 review
Dined on 20 January 2021
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience2

Food was very tasty and prompt however service was a little non committal and aloof. Flat white ordered at the end of the meal tasted and looked like an instant coffee and ended the experience on a disappointing note.

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KateW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 15 January 2021
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience2

The meals a very expensive for what you get. Don’t mind paying if it’s an outstanding taste experience but $52 for a steak and salad??? $33 for tuna with salad and the fish was cooked too long. Need to be careful bbqing any fish.

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DanielP
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2021
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience3

The blonde English girl who serves at the bar is rude and disrespectful. My way or the highway attitude and a short brown headed male with some facial hair encourages her to act in such way is a joke.

She belongs in a sales call centre not in hospitality.

I work in the hospitality industry myself as a business developer. My job is to evaluate establishments and save them money in their software and kitchen equipment. I support many business in the Brisbane region I might add.

She needs to have some training on how to talk to customers.

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SusanG
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2020
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience2

I had booked a table for 9pm. By the time I finally got my table and ordered I had to cancel my meal and leave as I would not make it in time for my show at QPAC. I told the staff that I needed the food quickly. Very hungry and very disappointed.

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OpenTable Diner
Perth
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2020
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience4

Staff were friendly but food was very ordinary - it definitely didn’t look like the pics online. My partner had swordfish which was a particularly small serve probably 150grams at the most. Lamb rump was a better portioned meal for sure.

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Taraw83
Brisbane
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2020
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

An overall disappointing experience. Our waiter was unfriendly from start to finish. As we were sitting down at our table, the waiter informed us that our table is reserved for later reservations and our table needs to be unoccupied in 1.5 hrs, (we felt we were merely seat warmers until the more important clients arrived later in the evening). We were also seated smack bang in the middle of the pathway for other customers to find their way to their table. Which resulted in walkbys from other drunken customer's and waiters throughout our entire meal.There were limited options on the menu, so we opted to share 2 entrees and 2 sides. The meat entrees arrived cold, fortunately the vegetables were still warm. As we went up to the register to pay, the same waiter who greeted us did not give us an itemised bill, just simply charged us an overall amount, but did offer after I did make my payment. I have no desire to return as the quality of service and food was very average.

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JamesH
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2020
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience3

The Meal we had the salad was covered in to much dressing which made it unpleasant

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Beatle
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2020
Overall1Food3Service2Ambience3

Couldn’t order half of the menu for some reason. Ordered a table for two had to sit at a six person table. Overall very dissatisfied.

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TonyS
Brisbane
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Thanks for making my night a pleasure great service and extremely tasty food thanks all

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qwertyuio
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Good atmosphere and good food.
Easy parking at Brisbane convention centre

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MalW
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2020
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience2

Lunch on NYE was quiet and relatively empty however food took a long time to arrive and other customers verbally complained.

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PaulineS
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2020
Overall3Food1Service1Ambience4

Beer & chicken salad were good. Our water was either high, stupid or drunk. He delivered calamari & said it was chicken wings. He presented some skewers & said "these are a vegan trial complimentary from the chef". Vegan diner ate one & we later found that they were lamb and were ordered by another member of our party.
HOW BAD IS THAT.
Not a good selection on the menu for a vegan who is lactose intolerant.
I was very embassed that I took my guests to your establishment.

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CarolG
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Things have changed considerably since the onset of Covid.
There is a greatly reduced menu in the restaurant and apart from the starters we could only order off the restaurant menu and not the overall venue menu.
Starters were great. Sadly the mains were not. Cold food (only about 10 people in the restaurant!) lamb was pretty dry and clattered with "gravy". The Steak was quite chewy which at $50 is unacceptable.
Dessert was good - but again only a choice of two as one item of the 3 was not available.
We used to visit regularly as the quality of the food was always good, sadly don't think we will be rushing back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome place. Will be back for sure. Top pizza and food in the brewhouse. Staff are friendly and chill.

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GurtejC
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2020
Overall2Food1Service3Ambience4

Most of the food we tried to order was out of stock. All we got were apologies for not serving food what we wanted.

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GEMMAD
Melbourne
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2020
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience3

Food and location is good. Friends and family have raved about this place, but we were disappointed with the service behind the bar. The bar tender clearly didnt want to be there and was rude to everyone we saw him interact with. Everyone else was lovely.

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BecJ
Brisbane
2 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food and drinks were absolutely fantastic. The blonde bartender (unfortunately didn’t grab her name) was so friendly and fun. She also made me one of the best old fashioneds I’ve ever had.

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GarethO
1 review
Dined on 10 December 2020
Overall1Food1Service2Ambience4

Not up to the standard or expectation of previous visits.
Overall opinion of the food was pretty negative which was a surprise given that we have previously been delighted with the food. Beers and drinks were fab - as would be expected
Difficult to prove but sadly four people from our party did have upset stomachs later that evening and the following day
Bar staff were great - no issues there but the waiter allocated to our table appeared to be very off hand with us - the restaurant wasn't that busy. Most of our table did comment on the issue - OK so maybe he was having a bad day but sadly the industry he is working in means he has to interested in the customers.

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DanaG
Brisbane
2 reviews
Dined on 4 December 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

vibrant, good food and beer - what else do you want for a night with friends? Dana

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Jenko
Brisbane
2 reviews
Dined on 4 December 2020
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience3

The food was fairly good but a bit expensive for what you got. Service was close to the poorest we’ve ever experienced at a restaurant in Brisbane. Past it’s heyday unfortunately.

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ChrisM
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2020
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience4

Food was ok but Venue was way understaffed for a Friday night, only 4 or 5 staff for a couple hundred customers. I had to go into the kitchen to find someone just to let me pay the bill

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DanielW
Brisbane
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Brilliant venue for a Saturday night dinner, staff were incredibly friendly and helpful, the service was brilliant. Drinks selection was fantastic and the food was delicious. Wasn't what one would call cheap but it was worth every cent. Highly recommend if you're looking for a slightly classier night out but also don't wanna break the bank

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Elliotj
Brisbane
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2020
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience4

Sat night so we expected it to be busy but had reservation for 7:30. Table wasn’t ready until 7:45. Waited over an hour for food and then chicken burgers came out pink in the middle. Pretty disappointed.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Really great food and awesome service.
The atmosphere in the restaurant definitely different to the bar area, which was appreciated. Our waitress was very attentive, and very friendly, which helped make our experience. Food was really delicious and presented very well. Pricing was reasonable for the quality, venue and service, and great drinks selection too.
Overall a quality experience.

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The Charming Squire Restaurant is rated 4 stars by 856 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.