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Anthony Donaldson

Anthony Donaldson started his career as an apprentice in Bundaberg, Queensland before heading for the UK. Over the ten years he was in London, Anthony worked with some of the world’s top chefs including Philip Howard at The Square (2 Michelin Star), and Brett Graham at The Ledbury (2 Michelin Star) which ranks number 14 in the world’s best restaurants. It was at The Ledbury that he built a strong friendship with our Executive Chef Jake Nicolson and how he came to head up the Blackbird kitchen.

599 Verified Diner Reviews

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Total Score

8.9
599 reviews
Recommended
(9.2)
Food
(9.0)
Service
(9.1)
Value for money
(8.1)
Atmosphere
(8.8)
Jacqueline Bonner

dined on Sun, 29 Sep 2019

(6)
Very noisy Smokey atmosphere due to open kitchen, it tainted the taste of the first glass of red wine. However I wonder if it was the glass itself? The steak ,for me, was far too "smoked"in flavour and I was unable to eat it. I would not order again. The restaurant I suppose was just not what I expected for the price
Hi Jacqueline, thank you for taking the time to provide your feedback, we are sorry that your dining experience was not up to the standard we strive to achieve. We will pass you feedback onto our general manager to ensure we can learn from this experience.
Restaurant Blackbird Bar & Grill responded on Tue, 1 Oct 2019
Graham Parker

dined on Sun, 22 Sep 2019

(9)
Steaks were perfectly cooked but could have been a little warmer. Could have been a little more sauce but provided sauce was adequate. Salads were perfection and choice and range was very good. Vews from the table we had were wonderful, although those tables are limited and we ate early lunchtime on a Sunday, so I suspect during the week and evenings this would need pre-booking some way ahead and it would get quite noisy. All up a wonderful lunch
Thank you Graham for providing you feedback, we will be sure to pass this onto the staff to ensure we can learn from your experience.
Restaurant Blackbird Bar & Grill responded on Tue, 24 Sep 2019
Renzo Demartini

dined on Fri, 6 Sep 2019

(10)
Absolutely loved it
Hi Renzo, Thank-you for leaving a review- we are so pleased that you had a wonderful time with us. We are excited to see you again for your next visit!
Restaurant Blackbird Bar & Grill responded on Mon, 9 Sep 2019

dined on Sun, 25 Aug 2019

(7)
Usual ‘bar and grill’ fare, but with a $ premium for the view. Some lovely wines by the glass (10 Minutes By Tractor pinot noir $16) and a good list by the bottle. Reliable more than special.
Thank-you for leaving a review, John. We are glad you enjoyed the food and view. We hope that you visit us again soon.
Restaurant Blackbird Bar & Grill responded on Mon, 26 Aug 2019

dined on Fri, 23 Aug 2019

(10)
Simply amazing food, location and service. Can’t wait to go back when I’m next in Brisbane!
Hi Arianne, thank-you for such a great review. We are so pleased that you had such a great meal, and we can't wait to see you again when you're in Brisbane next.
Restaurant Blackbird Bar & Grill responded on Wed, 28 Aug 2019

dined on Fri, 19 Jul 2019

(9)
Service was great both from the waiter and the sommelier! Food lived up to the standard of the service and it all went well with great views on a sunny afternoon! I had a great time and wouldn't hesitate to go back
Hi Ian, thank-you for your glowing review. We are so pleased that your experience met your expectations. We look forward to seeing you again soon.
Restaurant Blackbird Bar & Grill responded on Mon, 22 Jul 2019

dined on Sun, 7 Jul 2019

(9)
Outstandingly excellent steak and service
Hi Peter, thank-you for your review. We are well known for serving delicious steaks. We can't wait to see you again.
Restaurant Blackbird Bar & Grill responded on Mon, 15 Jul 2019

dined on Sat, 29 Jun 2019

(10)
The food was great and so was the wine selection. Thankyou!
No thank you Tracey, we hope to see you again soon.
Restaurant Blackbird Bar & Grill responded on Fri, 5 Jul 2019

dined on Mon, 24 Jun 2019

(10)
Best Steaks in brisbane. The sides are amazing the truffle mash and roast pumpkin are the best.
Thanks Luke, we hope to see you again soon.
Restaurant Blackbird Bar & Grill responded on Wed, 26 Jun 2019
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About Blackbird Bar & Grill

Blackbird Bar & Grill opened its doors in February 2014. It is owned by the Ghanem Group, and it has quickly grown to become Brisbane’s finest restaurant and bar. Blackbird restaurant features river views and two intimate private dining rooms. Our bar is situated on the Brisbane riverfront and boasts 180-degree views of the Brisbane River, from the iconic Story Bridge to the Kangaroo Point Cliffs. From our restaurant to our bar, we can cater to any event. We have a celebrated team of professionals who are the best in their field to ensure the best service, fair and libation for every occasion.

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