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Dutch Courage Officers' Mess

51 Alfred St, 4006 Fortitude Valley (QLD)See map

Average price $55

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Chef Shaun Langdon
  • Average price $55
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  • American express Welcome
Baked cauliflower
Lamb cigars
Berbere chicken wings
Honey & chilli sauce/ za`atar yoghurt/ radish & orange salad

Dietary options

Gluten free,
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Ratings & Reviews


based on 251 reviews
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Quality of food :8.7/10
Service :8.4/10
Setting :9/10
  1. Elizabeth M.
    Elizabeth M.
    • one review

    Fantastic. Never been there before and booked solely on the reviews. So glad I did. We had one of the banquets which was perfect. The gin cocktails were define!

  2. Gabby B.
    Gabby B.
    • 2 reviews

    Food and ambience was okay. Service was disappointing - was told our group was cut off the liquor however no explanation was provided. It was not a situation where the group was highly intoxicated or irresponsible. We were simply excited to catch up with each other and followed all instructions provided. Not once were we asked quieten down and implied there was an issue. Honestly, will not be suggesting this place to friends.

  3. Philip L.
    Philip L.
    • one review

    Its a great little bar with fantastic atmosphere, good selection of wine, sprits and beers and super service. Parking is easy with a large car park straight across the road. Will definitely go back

  4. Jody B.
    Jody B.
    • 41 reviews

    A change of menu and continuing delicious food and a great range of gin. It was quite busy and service was a bit slow.

  5. Sue C.
    Sue C.
    • 2 reviews

    Overall a bit disappointing. Drinks took ages to come. Service was mediocre. Didn’t get offered water and when we asked they forgot anyway. Food was good value for money.

  6. Llewellyn L.
    Llewellyn L.
    • 4 reviews

    Food was very good.

  7. Linda K.
    Linda K.
    • one review

    Best exciting food I’ve tried in ages everything was amazing, cooked perfectly had a banquet and was very pleased and filled to the brim. Tasty drinks with a huge selection

  8. Leanne H.
    Leanne H.
    • 3 reviews

    Great spot for good gin and great service ????

  9. Jessica P.
    Jessica P.
    • 4 reviews

    The food is always amazing! Roasted cauliflower is simply delicious! Great selection of Gin. Very nice cozy restaurant - perfect for couples.

  10. Sophie P.
    Sophie P.
    • one review

    I love this restaurant/bar - great atmosphere, very cozy, delicious food! The service was rather slow which is my only complaint - had to chase our drinks order a number of times - but I'll still definitely be going back!

  11. Matt D.
    Matt D.
    • 5 reviews

    Excellent service and ambience. We chose one large plate (duck tagine) and two small share plates (roast cauliflower and lamb ribs). Very tasty, and we both agreed it would be fun to return and sample other dishes.

  12. Jody B.
    Jody B.
    • 41 reviews

    This place doesn't disappoint on the selection of gins available and the helpful staff if you just can't decide. There's a new menu as well which compliments and is good value for money.

  13. Maya G.
    Maya G.
    • 3 reviews

    Very cute place with great vibe. Food was surprisingly good as I assumed the place to be heavily cocktail focused. Impressed by bartender. Waitstaff could have been a tad more attentive.

  14. Lisa B.
    Lisa B.
    • 2 reviews

    We have been here a few times and have never been disappointed. The atmosphere is intimate and the service is excellent, while the food is always amazing. Love the share plate concept.

  15. Róisín T.
    Róisín T.
    • one review

    This place is absolutely amazing. My boyfriend and I came for a banquet dinner and drinks- we were beyond impressed with the standard of food and drinks. The staff were also super lovely and helpful! Very friendly staff which aided to such a lovely night!

  16. Alice E.
    Alice E.
    • 16 reviews

    Excellent gin options as always. Portion size of the Admiral Banquet a little on the small side sadly. I have been before and been given larger portions. Worth the discount to bring the price down - perhaps the reason for smaller size? Will definitely return as I love the venue - good work Matt and the team.

  17. Irene Y.
    Irene Y.
    • 43 reviews

    Nice atmosphere and decor, lighting is a bit too dim. Almost half the tables have high wooden stools (no back support) which I found too uncomfortable to sit at for dinner so requested to move to proper chairs which luckily they did for me. The lamb tagine and artichokes were absolutely beautiful, but prices are too high for what you get (by about 30%) for me to return.

  18. Jody B.
    Jody B.
    • 41 reviews

    This is the fourth time I've eaten at this restaurant and the food is consistently good, and the prices are very reasonably, particularly on a 30% off food fork deal. I applaud the lovely woman who manages both the food orders and the drinks.

  19. Rajeev S.
    Rajeev S.
    • 19 reviews

    Both the Gin and food spread is really good and tasty. Enjoyed a quiet weekday night for dinner and drinks. Recommend for a catch up with friends and family.

  20. Ali v.
    Ali v.
    • one review

    Dutch Courage was lovely and the service was fabulous. The only negative was the extreme noise that filtered upstairs from downstairs patrons. Next time I would have liked to sit away from the balcony and more in the intimate cool space at the far corner.

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More information

Opening time

Wed-Thu 4pm - late

Fri 12pm - midnight

Sat 3pm - midnight

Sun 3pm - late

How to get to the restaurant

51 Alfred St, 4006, Fortitude Valley (QLD), Australia

Directions to get there

Bowen Hills, Brisbane City, Fortitude Valley, Newstead

About the restaurant

The perfect party spot!

Hold on to your pith helmets mates, and be transported back to a period of adventure and discovery! Welcome to Dutch Courage Officers’ Mess, a place where good food, good drinks and good times combine! Set over two stories, DC’s lower level is kitted out with vintage campaign furniture, hessian curtains and authentic safari touches.

The main bar is perfect for a drink with friends, and the large eatery has a gorgeous upmarket menu with everything from crispy fried duck & lamb shoulder tagine to share, to grilled meats such as 18 hour ras el hanout beef rib & Darling Downs goat shank. They’ve also got a smashing passionfruit crème brulee for dessert!

Savour your DC dining experience upstairs in the colonial inspired mezzanine which overlooks the main bar.

Best dish: spice-crusted salmon w/ red pepper puree, yoghurt, eggplant & tomato relish.


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