Customs House, Brisbane

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Heritage-listed Customs House, originally built in 1889, underwent a full restoration in the 1990s, which included a complete reconstruction of the central staircase from locally sourced timbers. Expert craftsmen worked from original plans and designs, found in the State Library’s archives, to replicate the original construction as precisely as possible. This landmark building is known for its distinctive copper dome, black and white marble interior features, and an iron balustrade with the initials VR (for Victoria Regina) wrought on it in honor of Queen Victoria. No longer used as originally intended (for the collection of customs duties), the building hosts regular concerts, lectures, and special dinners, and includes a restaurant, function center, and an art gallery, located on the bottom floor. To visit Customs House and get the most from your holiday in Brisbane, create itinerary details personal to you using our Brisbane vacation planner.
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  • July 26, 2017
    Situated in Brisbane’s CBD right on the river, our table overlooked the stunning Story Bridge. We were seated on the terrace with the heaters running and were quite cosy on a chilly day. The staff wer...  more »
  • April 4, 2017
    Great lunch special , well worth the money, and great views , a little hidden gem , right on the river  more »
  • March 14, 2017
    wonderful location we were able to sit outside and enjoy the very nice view across the river. The meal was very Masterchef but well worth it attentive and friendly staff  more »
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  • August 24, 2017
    First time lunch at this venue. First class in every respect. A few interesting items in the menu, but even the old standards like Creme Brulee are executed with precision and excellence. Table service is superior. Not too fast or too slow, attentive and communicative. Highly recommended.
  • September 15, 2017
    The food and wait staff where both exceptional. My wife and I, and our b friends dined at customs house this evening. It was speacular to say the least.!!! The desert was absolutely fantastic... thanks heaps guys, we will be back
  • May 24, 2017
    Went here for my first high tea experience on the weekend. Apart from the view, it was very disappointing. Firstly, all the pots of tea served were not hot, they were obviously made with lukewarm water. We informed the waitress who promptly replaced our pots. Not a great start considering we were there for high tea. The raw sugar cubes were dished up in a bowl that had chips around the rim - surely whomever filled the bowl would have seen the chips and thrown it out? I was the last person to pay in our group of 11 and was almost hunted down for payment, even though we were all still sitting at the table. I rang to voice my concerns 2 days ago and was assured the restaurant manager would ring me yesterday - still no call. I called again this afternoon - still waiting.... Hmmm, not a great experience.
  • July 27, 2017
    Loved the lunch menu! The Calamari was the best I've ever had! Did choose to have a NZ wine with it to get the best result ☺️. Dining outside like this is just what you need on a busy day.
  • September 1, 2017
    Can't fault this place. Stunning views. Private yet in the middle of the city. Delicious food and the best service I've ever received.

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