Tinderbox Kitchen

4.4
21 reviews
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$40 and under
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Located in one of James Street's laneways, Tinderbox Kitchen is PJ McMillan's unique and vibrant addition to eating out in Brisbane's Fortitude Valley.

We are inspired by the abundance of local growers, producers and artisans in our region. Our passion stems from working with quality ingredients to create honest 'real' food that courts your spirit as well as your tastebuds.

Whether you are dropping in on the way to somewhere else, or you are settled for the evening, Tinderbox Kitchen is about providing a relaxed informal haven, a place to indulge in good music and great food and wine.
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VB
Brisbane / QLD
5 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff are amazing. We love coming here before or after a movie at Palace Centro.

j
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Overall, the restaurant was enjoyable, a bit loud, but we noted people at tables next to one another visiting and making new friends at neighboring tables, fun to see. We had at least 4-5 servers during our meal, which was confusing. They did forget one appetizer, which, when it finally came was right out of the refrigerator (pate) and was mediocre (but they did comp it after). Brussel sprout and cauliflower starter was delicious, most of the seasoning is at the bottom of the bowl, keep that in mind :), and it would have been nice to have separate plates, not just forks and for everyone to share the main bowl, especially because they were large pieces and I would have prefer to cut them smaller before eating. Entrees were all well presented and balanced, and had good, natural flavor, but were also all too salty. If you are in for wine, the house wines are quite good. One last bit, we reserved seats on Open Table, but they had no record of it, even though the app still showed the reservation, but they worked to find seats promptly.

JL
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Delicious and great service. The dishes looked as good as they tasted.

JF
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

We were a little disappointed with Tinderbox on this occasion. Usually the food is amazing but this time our pizza bases were under cooked and the pizzas didn't have as much flavour as usual. Shame as we were really looking forward to it!

LM
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Fantastic
Only hiccup was paid cash and had to ask for change

C
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jordan and Chey make the experience amazing every time we visit. It’s the only place I can take my family where we feel safe to be ourselves hahaha. Food never fails to impress (obviously). The staff are also extremely good looking too so thank you

M
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

A Very poor dinning experience.
1. Took no notice of opentable booking.. but did mange to find us a table.
2. From the moment we were seated tried to get us out the door...
3. Within a second of eating all plates were talen away, not even bother to ask if we were finished... Gone..
3. At one stage dropped off the bill, and stood waiting with a EFTPOS terminal saying need your card to pay..

The worst and most rude dinning experience in Brisbane in over 30 years, please go to MacDonalds or a fast food palce,at least they dont push you out the door.

So Very Sad..

OT
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff were friendly with service that was always there at the right time but not getting in the way. A nice ambience and great fresh food. I’ll be back.

OT
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spectacular presentations and flavor complimented by a superb staff. Thank you

JL
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pizza was absolutely delicious, probably the best I have had out of Italy. Service was friendly & prompt. Price very reasonable.

F
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Food tasted good, but the sides needed to have more vegetables options available. I would prefer hot vegetables to have with the lamb, not a salad.

XB
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A stunning atmosphere and quick, reliable service each and every visit. Not only do we love coming back every time, but we are also so excited to find out how much better it will be the next time around. My personal favourites over the years have unmistakably been the gnocchi dishes I have had, the current one on the menu has been my go-to for my last two visits. Great beers available and beautiful wines on selection for a great meal with an affordable price. There are not many restaurants that are requested as much as Tinderbox when we ask if the family wants to go out!

M
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The menu is varied and interesting although there was no fish that night. Service is generally good although some of the wait staff do not do the food description/style of cooking very well. Not difficult to train them to know how everything is cooked.
The food comes out quickly and you always feel like they are happy to have you there.

d
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was good had a nice range of options service was good the wine was of good quality.
It had a fun and relax atmosphere.

A
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We really enjoyed our delicious pizza and were impressed with the outstanding service.

MK
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an early dinner. Gavin welcomed us and did a wonderful job of looking after us. Pizzas were delicious as always. Will be back.

CB
Brisbane / QLD
5 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, great service and great location. We loved it!

VC
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tinderbox is our ‘go to’ place before or after a movie at Palace Cinemas - whether it’s a pizza, salad or pasta it’s always fresh, fast & delicious- good service - never disappoints!

MD
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Good pizza,we drive100 km from sunshine coast to have one pizza each and a few drinks fairly regularly.The last 2 times the young staff really annoyed us by constantly interupting our intimate time and swooping like strung out vultures on every temporarily unused utensil. We like the food not the ego floss.

RM
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food!

H
London
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Small but very good menu, delicious food, wine available by the glass