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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Sadly, I have to agree with the last few reviews on here. Our meal just missed the mark- we had the degustation (really, because there were no mains that jumped out at us from the menu, and thought it would be a good way to...taste several dishes). On completion, we were glad we didn’t order any of the meals we had as part of the degustation as a main meal, and that isn’t a good indication of an enjoyable meal. The food was really rich, everything creamy, thick and at times overbearing, but also lacking any real flavour, or punches. A couple of the meals were just complete non-events, no memorable flavour, texture, presentation, etc. Some meals we didn’t finish. The table next to us ordered entrees and mains, and their meals were almost as small as the degustation plates. I overheard the man say he was still hungry after completing his meal. The staff were super friendly, but could do with the specials written down as trying to remember each meal and ingredient made for awkward silences at every table the speech was delivered to. I also had several moments with an empty wine or water glass over the night, needing to ask for a refill. A frightfully expensive experience, for a so-so meal that I wouldn’t like to eat again. Won’t be rushing back, sadly.More

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed 30 September 2021 via mobile

The food was average. The service ok. Thank God for the wine list. The entree was a broth but lacked liquid and was boring. The main was ok, unfortunately there was an obnoxious person on the middle table being loud that also spoilt the evening

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed 14 July 2021

We all had the degustation menu and it was very underwhelming. Only the fish stood out as a good dish. The rest was lacking finesse and refinement. We paired it with the wines which were very nice but….we received a mere drop of each wine...with each dish which for the price was to be honest quite shocking. We didn’t even stay for the desert as we had well and truly had enough after over 2 hours and $600 for 3 people. The service was good but obviously they had been directed to serve as instructed by management. We won’t be recommending this to any of of our friends. There are far more restaurants that offer a better experience and value in our opinion.More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed 20 May 2021

In January I arranged for a Reunion Dinner for 19 people (coming from all over Australia) to be held at the Brisbane Street Bistro in mid-March, all done during the vagaries of State Border closures during Covid 19. Sarah (the owner) was remarkable to work...with and flexible enough to ensure we could book with confidence in the event of Covid restrictions preventing some of the party being able to make it along. As it turned out everyone made it and we had an absolutely delightful evening. The restaurant is in an old terrace house with gracious character and we had a room to ourselves. Sarah arranged a fixed three course menu with a choice of four items from each course and the only difficulty any of our group had was choosing between all the delicious options. Service was professional, efficient and friendly from a lovely front of house team. The food was locally and responsibly sourced, of a very high standard and there was a very good choice of Tasmanian wines, among others. Great care was taken to ensure a couple of our group who had dietary restrictions were sensitively and well catered to. I had previously dined at this restaurant a few years ago and while I had a wonderful experience then I was delighted this occasion surpassed my expectations. Without exception, all of our group enjoyed every moment of the evening and the delicious food and will, no doubt, revisit the Brisbane Street Bistro when next in Launceston. Thank you so much to Sarah, the chef and the whole team!More

Date of visit: March 2021
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Reviewed 27 April 2021

My wife had flown in from Melbourne: hadn't seen her for a few months so wanted something really special. I selected Brisbane Street Bistro as that special place. I found the presentation to be absolutely immaculate, but somehow the atmosphere was contrived............. artificial, and the...staff lacked panash. They were stilted, lacking in confidence, and just going through the motions..... being timid & uncertain. The main course was delivered about 20 minutes after ordering. The food was ok , but the plates were cold. The mains pan out at 40 bucks a serve, and wine, at 10 - 15 bucks a glass . We got out with a minimum meal for two @ for $117. The venue is very nice, but management need to support staff 100% , and train them to be masterful and confident: and I want my food on hot plates thanks. Every blessing in you business.More

Date of visit: April 2021
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Reviewed 20 April 2021

Located in a former Victorian terrace house, down the northern end of Brisbane Street (towards the Tamar Street intersection). The entrance is very unobtrusive but inside the decor and ambience is elegant and warm - the staff are welcoming and attentive. I went with the...pickled east coast mussels, chorizo and caramelized onion and then the brick chicken. My partner selected the wattle seed braised wallaby shank (which was served in a dumpling style) and then the slow cooked lamb shank. We were both pleasantly surprised with all out dishes. I would have never thought of chicken paired with pickled apple. My partner loved the lamb shank, and believed it had just the right amount of labneh and pomegranate. We absolutely loved our meal and would thoroughly recommend the Brisbane Street Bistro to anyone looking for an outstanding meal in Launceston.More

Date of visit: April 2021
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Reviewed 7 April 2021

Lovely building, beautiful room, tables wells paced. Staff friendly and welcoming. Service excellent. Food was delicious, fresh and looked great on the plate. We asked for GF when we booked and was very happy with the result, no fuss just a terrific meal in great...surroundings. We loved it and will return.More

Date of visit: March 2021
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Reviewed 3 April 2021 via mobile

The manager emailed us at lunchtime on the same day as our dinner reservation to cancel our booking without any explanation (other to say that the restaurant was suddenly closed). As I wasn’t checking emails on a holiday weekend and never received a telephone or...SMS message, I didn’t read the message until just a few hours before our reservation time. No offer of assistance to find an alternative booking was made. I’m sure they didn’t plan this on a busy holiday weekend after 2020’s pandemic disruption, and we genuinely feel sorry for them to be missing a busy Easter Saturday night but the communication was poor and too late.More

Date of visit: April 2021
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Sarah W, Owner at Brisbane Street Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 4 April 2021

Good morning Sean, We do sincerely apologise for having to cancel your booking yesterday. Our restaurant had filled with paint fumes that was unbearable, therefore making it unsafe for customers and staff. I did try to call, however the number we had must have been...More

Reviewed 28 March 2021 via mobile

Very good food and pleasant efficient service. Reasonable and focussed wine list with a good sommelier to guide. Based in a atmospheric Victorian terrace . We had the mussels and chorizo and the delicious home style chicken liver parfait. Then the market fish (kingfish) and...the local sautéed mushrooms with tofu cream. All very goodMore

Date of visit: March 2021
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Reviewed 24 March 2021 via mobile

BSB is pretty much as described in most reviews and the service is certainly friendly and well done. The food is also quite nice, with a few aspects that just don’t quite live up to the standard. The slow braised lamb, as an example, wasn’t...quite there. It had hard, over-cooked edges and some tough sections - disappointing. The brick chicken was very nice but the dish lacked taste. Small wine list with mostly local wines which offered some nice choices. All in all, worth a visit but don’t expect this to be your best restaurant experience.More

Date of visit: March 2021
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Response from Harold G | Reviewed this property |
Was OK when we were there but I can see how it might heat up a bit in the late afternoon when the sun is at its peak. The dining area is surrounded by wall to ceiling glass.
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Response from TFidler | Property representative |
good afternoon. we have a limited number of meat free dishes on our menu. We always have at least one starter and one main course
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Brisbane Street Bistro is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5