Lyrebird

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$41 to $100
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With a contemporary menu and impeccable service, the Lyrebird is the perfect place to start your evening at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre. Inspired by the best of Queensland and Australian fare, Lyrebird food reflects our passion for local ingredients, creativity on the plate and artistic expression. Set alongside the lively Cascade Court, savour the anticipation of the show ahead while you relax and enjoy the surrounds. For matinee goers, you can enjoy a delicious touch of elegance before your show with a Lyrebird High Tea. $25 per person or $30 per person including a glass of bubbles. Available only for select matinee shows.
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WS
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

This restaurant targets theatre goers and is good at getting meals out quickly to ensure guests are not late for their show. It strives to be top end - and certainly has a top end price tag but it fails at so many levels.

The menu is very limited (only 4 choices) and when we ordered the fish minus the scallop which comes on top, we were told that this was too hard and to order something else.

we both then ordered the steak - one medium and the other medium rare. It was very obvious that the meals were mixed up and we both received the incorrect one.

the final insult was having to line up at a cash register in the middle of the restaurant to pay the bill - apparently paying at the table is not acceptable. I am happy to do this at the local bowls club or at Macca's - but at a top end restaurant I would expect a higher level of service.

Food was OK and we did get to the theatre on time

MH
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 1

Great service and food, no ambiance unfortunately!! The decor needs some attention!!

DC
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

After wanting to go here for years we finally made it. We weren't let down. The meal and service was sensational!! We'll be back when we next attend QPAC.

MJ
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Brilliant food and service for pre show meal - will be back

KD
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff were incredibly accommodating. The food was excellent!

EK
Brisbane / QLD
3 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

This is great location for a show however I think it’s slightly overpriced for what you get.

B
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Lyrebird is a hidden gem. We are regular QPAC atendees but have not tried Lyrebird previously. Highly recommended! An excellent meal with drinks and service wonderful. We will be going again.

TR
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

The al la carte menu is limiting and unfortunately the air conditioning was not working properly as where we were seated it was very warm. Would not sit along the back wall again for this very reason. The service was poor as we had to continually keep trying to attract waiters/waitresses to top up our beverages.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dining with service and exceptional value. Perfect prelude to the musical.

AP
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service and food to die for. Our experience could not be faulted and we will definitely be back!

B
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I have dined at Lyrebird on several occasions now for a pre- theatre dinner. It cannot be beaten for convenience but more importantly I have found the food to be faultless. Combined with very attentive service and a nice wine list, it is always a memorable experience. I would thoroughly recommend this restaurant for any occasion and I look forward to my next visit.

GC
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely food served quickly with a smile and wine selection was fine

AF
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is fantastic, great service and a quite atmosphere.

NK
Brisbane / QLD
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Dinner before seeing a show at Qpac

DB
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 4

Nice food, but for the price, no. I'm sure its a great place to go to pre-show, but if you're NOT going to a show, why do you have to be out the door at 7.30?
I cant see why it cannot stay open for other diners to enjoy, and linger a bit longer.

MB
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always a beautiful meal and great service! If seeing a show, you must have pre dinner here. Set menu is genius. Staff are happy, helpful and make sure your meal is served well before the show!

JF
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Thank you all as my husband and I had a very enjoyable time at your restaurant. Once we ordered our meal ( which was awhile before we were served) that was our only issue having to wait more than we had anticipated.

MT
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Leave time for the show - we arrived @6:15 for a 7:30 show and could only get 1 course. The kitchen was flat out with prior orders, so we will know next time and will definitely try again

SM
Bristol
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

Service was great and very aware we were off to a show. Ambience and setting lovely. Food was like a 1990’s alternate drop wedding. Come on guys time to step it up. Wasn’t bad, could be so much better.

EK
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

The evening was quite enjoyable... though it took a while to gain the attention of wait staff when we were ready to order.
The ambience could be greatly improved by the addition of music (live musician would be great)... and the addition of soft furnishings to reduce the noise level.
An additional thought to increase hours to allow for the opportunity to have tea & dessert after the performance would be great also.

JB
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

4th trip to lyrebird, love it before the theatre. Friendly, prompt service, they make sure you get to your performance on time. Delicious and innovative food.

PC
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Understand that’s it’s pre show but the selection of dishes was limited for someone counting calories, vegan, vegetarian, etc.

Thought the overall cost was high!

PS
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Although we'd made a booking for 6pm for a 7.30 show (leaving plenty of time to eat) our main course was overlooked and we didn't receive it until after 7, meaning we had to rush. Staff didn't seem to notice that we hadn't received the main course until after I asked about it. Other than that the meal was very good when it finally came, but we could have done without the stress of not knowing if we'd be finished in time.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We had a lovely experience, except our waitress was a bit forgetful!

JF
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Have dined here several times, and this time was not as good as before. Service was slow, meal was so long coming we had to ask where it was ( we were going to a show which was advised to the restaurant on booking ), and then there was a queue to pay, with one person on the register for quite a while.

DS
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The pre-show high tea was good value for $30 with glass of bubbles or $25 without. Service was very good. We we had one item missing on our plate which we had to ask for. The petit fours were two different flavours of macarons. This was enough food for light lunch.

BW
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Food was excellent, service quite quick given we were on our way to a show and champagne excellent. Would definitely do again.

AM
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really good. Was surprised how good it was. Hope to be back soon.

SH
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved visiting Lyrebird again after many years. The high tea before the ballet on Saturday is excellent value and adds to the whole ballet experience

R
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An absolute beautiful place to go for food and wine!

SB
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were going to the Ballet with our granddaughter as she loves ballet and the dinner was excellent and we thoroughly enjoyed our selves thank you

P
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

service was exceptional. Atmosphere was relaxing and welcoming. Food was very good - however my barramundi, although tasty, seemed to be "swimming" in too much juice.

CS
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

All pretty good, but the service was a little erratic and most of the lamb dish was only just warm, with another part hot!

CM
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic meals ...amazing desserts and waitress who was able to help with wine choice etc ...yes would recommend to friends

CW
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed a beautiful meal with great choices,excellent service and lovely atmosphere.I had not been for many years and had forgotten what a top venue it is.

JM
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Lyre Bird has always been great for a pre-theatre meal....the food is good and always efficient.

I would never not go there, just so easy and good value for money when you want a nice meal and a glas of wine before a show.

SC
Brisbane / QLD
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As always great staff and beautiful food. Never rushed, but always efficient and a perfect pre-theatre venue.

KL
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Thoroughly enjoyable experience, food was superb, service exceptional. A great way to start an evening at the theater! Would highly recommend this restuarant.

SB
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love the relaxed feel of this place – like a comfortable dining room in a friends home.
Our meals were scrumptious and not large but enough. The desserts were to die for; very delicate and delicious.
Our waitress Sally was very attentive but not interrupting. We enjoyed our time at the Lyrebird and left there feeling very happy.

DR
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding in all respects. This is our third time for dinner and again the Maitre D' and the waitress offered outstanding service. The food was delicious and perfectly prepared. We will be returning - frequently.

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