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Maria's Donkey

8 River St, Mackay, Queensland 4740, Australia
+61 7 4953 0029
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  • Excellent27%
  • Very good32%
  • Average12%
  • Poor14%
  • Terrible15%
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“nachos” (5 reviews)
“chorizo” (3 reviews)
“prawns” (6 reviews)
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
8 River St, Mackay, Queensland 4740, Australia
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Reviewed 22 December 2017

We turned up at 5.30pm not expecting a table as we didn't have a booking and quite prepared to go down to the harbour as we hadn't really decided. We were pleasantly surprised to be told that there was availability as long as we left...More

1  Thank gypsyrocket333
Reviewed 14 December 2017 via mobile

Beautiful location right on the blue water of the Pioneer River. Had an enjoyable night with friends, just wish the service had been faster and the singer softer. Hope to see more comfortable seating than wooden planks next time we dine there. Food platters were...More

Thank Michele J
Reviewed 27 November 2017 via mobile

Sadly the venue has slipped backwards. Finding mops and unattractive gear laying around the entrance is a indication of the downward spiral. Staff member looking very bored and playing with a mobile phone at the 'wait to be seated' desk, then being sat next to...More

1  Thank Craig I
Reviewed 3 October 2017 via mobile

If you come to Maria’s donkey you are almost guaranteed a good time. Sometimes the food isn’t that great but the atmosphere is very chilled and being on the beautiful blue river is so worth the sometimes bad food. The cocktails are always amazing and...More

Thank dedemiller
Reviewed 3 October 2017 via mobile

We popped in for a pre-dinner plate or two (about 4.30pm) and were quickly informed that the deck area was booked for a private function from 5.30. At no time were we made to feel like we were not welcome or that it was inconvenient...More

Thank FuudTrip
Reviewed 17 August 2017 via mobile

Been for dinner a couple of times, nice tapas & great Sangria, relaxing music. Dropped in for a drink on Saturday, gorgeous day awesome spot overlooking the river. Love Maria's, perfect atmosphere 👍

Thank Jane G
Reviewed 11 August 2017

We enjoyed a great family dinner at Maria's Donkey. The food was tasty, came quickly and we kept wanting more. The location was great, cool and peaceful. Even the wildlife kept us entertained. For a fun night out this is a great place to go....More

Thank Roxy L
Reviewed 23 July 2017 via mobile

It's the second time I had been at Maria's Donkey Tapas Bar and it was as good as the first time :). Food was great, the cocktails were yummy and the service friendly. Live music was nice but a bit loud and distracting for conversation...More

Thank CaptainNic
Reviewed 19 July 2017 via mobile

Maria's is such a fun, energetic place to sit and have a few drinks or a light bite to eat. Their prices are very reasonable, there are couches to sit and relax or tables and chairs for more formal settings. Would recommend booking for large...More

Thank Imogend93
Reviewed 15 July 2017 via mobile

Nice, rustic bar with a good selection of drinks and food at the right prices. Plenty of parking nearby. Location is spot on overlooking the river ... you are sitting over the water. Friendly and helpful. Go there.

Thank Jock RG A
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 4 - USD 43
Dinner, Lunch, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wine and Beer, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Groups, Romantic, Bar Scene, View, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
4:30 pm - 12:00 am
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 8 River St, Mackay, Queensland 4740, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Queensland  >  Mackay
  • Phone Number: +61 7 4953 0029
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We are a fully licenced (18+ ONLY) restautant set on the edge of the spectacular Pioneer river. Come and enjoy the tasty treats and a nice cold drink. With a friendly atmosphere and some mellow sounds we bring some thing new to Mackay. We have Live music Friday & Saturday Night as well as Sunday Afternoons. Stop by sometime and say hi to The Donkey. Bookings essential Friday and Saturday nights
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