The Matriarch

4.2
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54 reviews
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$41 to $100
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Inside The Matriarch's majestic iron gates, a swanky garden patio laden with 25 year old olive trees and crystal chandeliers. You are immediately transported to a different place as the interior features are inspired by nineteenth century Parisian countryside. The white marble table tops, the mixtures of soft velvet topped with burning kerosene lanterns and fresh flowers adding a unique ambiance that only The Matriarch has to offer.

The decor of this establishment consists of many architectural elements, that indicate the intense labour of love that went into creating a unique space that offers both a urban sanctuary and romantic industrial feel where guests can relax in a sexy garden oasis.

Allow our host to find you a cosy table and settle in with the extensive cocktail list, packed with a plethora of delicious options. "Call me a Sex Object" is highly recommended.

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4.2based on recent ratings
4.2
Food
4.0
Service
4.4
Ambience
4.1
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LauraD
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Value for money, high tea was great, beautiful venue.

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BrookeHeideman86
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service, food and drinks. Would definitely go back and recommend

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Anonymous1
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience4

We attended the venue for high tea and were sadly quite disappointed with our experience. One guest had called the day before requesting GF food, only to be told that there had nothing noted on the booking, and then having to scramble to get her some savoury, and sweet stuff. She was also told that they had no GF scones available for her - no apology provided. Jimmy and our waitress were full of attitude towards our whole group, almost to the point of being rude. The high tea items were nothing to brag about, the sweets were average. Definitely not worth the $55 you pay - there are WAY better high tea's in Brisbane for that money. Safe to say we won't be back for a 2nd visit.

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Veronica
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Omg what a gem we loved it, mini cocktails where delicious and super cute. The food was amazing. The staff where exceptional will be making this place a regular.

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Megan
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall2Food4Service2Ambience2

Not quite the experience we had expected and read about! Even though we confirmed our booking twice, there was no record when we turned up. The food was very good, but the service sloppy and slow. The venue has potential, but it just doesn't have the right vibe to pull off the classy bar it was hoping to be.

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AaronF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 4 March 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Absolutely beautiful restaurant with fantastic service. Food was plentiful and very filling. Cocktails were delicious - can't wait to go back and try them all.

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DaniellaF
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A fantastic High Tea, looked after very well by Pip and Sophie. Will be back again for sure!

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LouiseS
Brisbane / QLD
2 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food reasonably priced, delightful service and decor that is super cute. Will definitely be back for more

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SylviaP
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience4

The restaurant was lovely. Great decor, service & food just a shame that the air conditioning was very poor. It was a very muggy & hot day.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing! Can’t stop raving to everyone about how great our first experience was- attentive staff, excellent food, amazing staff.

JG
JosieG
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall5Food3Service5Ambience5

Beautiful place with amazing decorations and ambience

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Katie
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Stunning venue, beautiful food and fabulous cocktails!

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Shiks
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

Drinks and food order wasn’t available after 10pm. Disappointed

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RebeccaM
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service2Ambience5

Lovely space and ambience. Cocktails and food was perfect for a girls catch up. Service was unfortunately really slow. Waited 45 mins before they took our drink order, then another 20 mins to get drinks. Staff were good but not enough on.

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ScottL
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Excellent drink menu with wide variety of specialty cocktails.
Innovative food items on menu.

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Anon
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful experience, will definitely come again, the food was delicious and our waitress was excellent!!
One suggestion - the air conditioning wasn't able to cope with the hot day and it was very warm. Maybe a few more fans around the room would help.
Thank you.

AY
AshY
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience2

Quite honestly my worst night out.

Our large group didn't receive out food order even though we asked three different staff members to check on our order during a period of 2 hours.

There were cockroaches flying at us. I killed one myself and pointed it out to a staff member who seemed apologetic but not phased.

We did not receive any sort of compensation for our food order being forgotten just that they will "take the food off our bill"

I would never attempt to eat at The Matriarch again.

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tHEFLUFF2018
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

I had booked the restaurant 2 weeks prior to Valentine’s Day
I had booked for 7.15pm, we arrived at 7.10pm
We were taken to our table with both the food and drink menu
The customers on the left of us had finished their meals and had left their tables to pay their bills
A waitress the came and cleared both of these two tables at this stage it is now 7.20pm and we still haven’t been asked if we would like a drink
The same waitress then returned and proceeded to take a drink order for the table to the right of us (even though this couple had been there a while and both were extremely drunk)
It was now 7.45pm and we haven’t seen a waiter or waitress to even offer to take a drink order off us
So now my romantic valentines dinner with my wife is totally ruined by the lack of service at this restaurant, we both got up and left and went to another place which at least not the best substitute but at least we got better service

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KieranW
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service2Ambience5

Understaffed for Valentines day but after a 2 hour wait, the food was amazing. Wait staff offered drinks on the house while we waited and we're very apologetic. Much appreciated.

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Annie
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4Food5Service2Ambience5

Great food, great atmosphere just need to concentrate on the service a little more but still a fantastic place. We will be back

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DavidW
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall3Food2Service2Ambience5

My wife and I had been following their socials for a few months, so I decided to book a valentines dinner to make our first meal their a special one.

I booked an early table, so the crowd was very sparse when we had arrived.
It did get quite busy by the time we had left an hour and a half later.

The menu was well priced and the food sounded amazing.
The porterhouse steak had no sauce options for the steak, which to us was quite odd because it’s a staple when ordering a steak.
The salmon was great, but the avocado mouse was mushed into the plate under the salad. I had to move half the meal across the plate to get to the good bits.

The service started great but ended kind of poorly.
I’m not sure if they were understaffed, or if they didn’t expect it to be so busy that night, but the service was few and far between and still rather poor when we did get served.
Waited almost 30 minuets for a couple of cocktails, which when we realised the order wasn’t forwarded to the bar, I wanted to cancel it so we could leave but the waitress walked off and ordered them for us.

The decor was amazing and the atmosphere was excellent. I would like to see an improvement on the service and some basic restaurant improvements before recommending it to friends and family.

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OpenTable Diner
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This venue is beautiful, the service and food was excellent. Definitely going back.

KF
KimberleyF
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

What a gem. Will definitely be back. Such a lovely atmosphere, great food and loved the mini cocktails.

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SamanthaS
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely wonderful experience, both the food and staff were equally amazing. Will definitely be back to try the high tea!

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PaulaA
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Thank you for having us! It was such a very pleasant night!

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Chucky
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Value for money. A bit noisey at times from larger groups

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KarenH
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely place to spend the afternoon with friends.
We will go again.

HG
HelenG
Perth / WA
2 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Good food and service; really fantastic- it is really unfortunate that their liquor license is only until 10pm - their cocktails were enjoyable. Staff were friendly.

TK
TessaK
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

We had a lovely lunch on Sunday. Service was great and drinks and meals arrived very quickly. We each chose a different meal and everything was delicious. Four empty plates were returned to the kitchen!

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BarbT
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The Matriarch from the moment you entered the restaurant was absolutely inviting. The friendly staff greeted you warmly. The service was wonderful and did not rush you to make decisions. The food was delicious. The 8 ladies at the table were very impressed with everything so I think we will return.

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Michelle
Brisbane / QLD
2 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We were all impressed with the food and service, and the exceptional attention to detail given to the presentation of both the food and drinks. The menu had something for everyone, the drinks were fantastic and the decor is beautiful making our overall experience much more than just ''going out for dinner''. We hope support for The Matriarch continues to grow.

TD
TheDauphine
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience1

The food and service were ok, but the venue it’s self wasn’t adequately air conditioned which made it very uncomfortable on a hot day. The venue also appeared unfinished and had a weird mix of decor going on.

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Michelle
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My mother and I enjoyed a fantastic High Tea which included a beautiful selection of savoury and sweet food which could be topped up as often as needed over the two hours. We didn't need to take up this offer as the amount of food for two people was unbelievable. We each received a complimentary glass of champagne and also had a couple of coffees which were lovely. All in all this was a lovely way to spend a mother/daughter afternoon in beautiful surroundings. Well worth a visit.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great atmosphere, super attentive service.
Great location for a girls night!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I went to high tea with a couple of friends. It’s a lovely space inside, and the service was excellent - friendly and reasonably quick. The food was delicious and we were allowed to request more of the savouries and we got to take home the remainder of our food home. I would definitely go back again.

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Andrew
Brisbane / QLD
4 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience3

Food was great. Inexperienced staff although nice were quite slow and did not know their menu.
There were at least two items we wanted from the drinks menu that were not available

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SaraM
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall3Food3Service1Ambience3

Seems like a nice place, food was good, but service was not great at all. Took ages to get a menu, then after 20 mins we had to go up to the bar to ask for our drinks, then it took a while to come to the table and we still hadn’t been given a food menu. Not acceptable! We were not informed that last orders were called so didn’t get a chance to order another drink. So the restaurant missed out on extra revenue with slow service. We could of easily ordered more drink!

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RachaelB
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great funky brekkie setting. Food was delicious and definitely a big meal. Well worth the visit even for the design of the area.

JL
JuneL
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The venue was beautiful! Staff were so friendly and attentive! Food was priced well and generous portion! Definitely coming back!

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Anon
Central Coast
9 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

It’s a venue restaurant- you get lost in a small group but will be divine as party venue

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The Matriarch is rated 4.2 stars by 54 OpenTable diners.