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The Courthouse, Cleveland, AU-QLD

The Courthouse

4.5
4.5
1053 reviews
$A41 to $A100
Steak

The Courthouse has elegant white cloth dining with stunning views of Moreton Bay, Our heritage listed property is set on manicured waterfront gardens and boasts areas for intimate dining, private functions, lavish gatherings and fairy-lit outdoor spaces for the warmer months, with three crackling open fires for the colder month. The Courthouse's Restaurant is a multi-awarded venue for both cuisine & service, the waterfront property is truly a complete dining experience.

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Booked 12 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Elegant Dining

  • Cuisines

    Steak, Seafood, International

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch Fri–Sun 11:30 am–2:00 pm Dinner Tue–Sat 5:30 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (07) 3286 1386

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Business Casual

  • Private party contact

    Carol Balfour: (07) 3286 1386

  • Area

    Cleveland

  • Cross Street

    Shore Street North

  • Parking Details

    Street Parking

  • Entertainment

    On most evenings we have a live Pianist playing our beautiful Baby Grand Piano. Enjoy the view of Moreton Bay from our Outdoor tables and listen to the waves lapping against our waterside wall at high tide.

  • Additional

    Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining

Popular dishes

Menu

Three Course - $80pp; Choose an entree, main and dessert. Vegetarian: ask your server for daily vegetarian & vegan options

Entrées

  • Roast Pumpkin & Sweet Potato Soup

    w a freshly baked dinner roll

    • Moreton Bay Bug & Prawn Salad

      avocado & tomato salsa, crispy lavosh bread

      • Wild Mushroom Arancini

        w a roast garlic aioli

        • Crumbed Deep Fried Camembert Wedges

          baby salad & cranberry jam

          • Warm Terriyaki Chicken

            w glass noodle salad & satay dressing

            • Entree Platter for Two

              crispy battered prawns, panko crumbed whiting fillets, Moreton Bay bugs & Grilled Qld scallops mornay

              Main Meals

              • Grilled Fillet of Cone Bay Barramundi

                macadamia nut crust, lemon & chive sauce

                • Seafood Supreme

                  sautéed prawns, scallops & Moreton Bay bug, garlic lemon pepper cream

                  • Chicken Maryland

                    lightly seasoned, pan roasted w madeira jus

                    • Fillet Mignon Wrapped in Bacon

                      seeded mustard & red wine jus; add sautéed ocean prawns & grilled bug tail w béarnaise sauce + $12

                      • Rack of Lamb

                        roasted w a herb crust, served with mint jelly & rosemary jus

                        • Pan Seared Atlantic Salmon

                          w garlic prawns & sautéed bok choy

                          Desserts

                          • Chocolate Decadence

                            chocolate brownie, rich ganache, salted caramels & chocolate fudge ice cream

                            • Pecan Pie Served

                              w maple syrup & icecream

                              • Passionfruit Tarte

                                served with burnt lemon & citrus curd

                                • Brandy Snap Basket Filled

                                  with raspberry sorbet, topped with seasonal berries

                                  • Vanilla Bean Cheesecake

                                    served with chocolate mousse & salted caramel filled chocolates

                                    Side Dishes

                                    • Shoestring FriesA$6.50

                                      w truffle oil & parmesan

                                      • Sautéed Green BeansA$8.50

                                        w bacon lardons & toasted pine nuts

                                        • Pear & Rocket SaladA$8.50

                                          w candied walnuts & orange vinaigrette dressing

                                          Children's Menu

                                          • Panko Crumbed Chicken TenderloinA$17.00

                                            • Chicken NuggetsA$17.00

                                              • Battered Barramundi FilletsA$17.00

                                                Last updated: 3 February 2022

                                                What 1,053 people are saying

                                                Overall ratings and reviews

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                                                4.5
                                                4.5 based on recent ratings
                                                • 4.6Food
                                                • 4.5Service
                                                • 4.5Ambience
                                                • 4.2Value

                                                NoiseModerate

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                                                1. O

                                                  Orpnewbury

                                                  Bath

                                                  4 reviews

                                                  3.0

                                                  4 reviews

                                                  Dined 1 day ago

                                                  overall3food4service3ambience3

                                                  Aussie take on classic European restaurant white linen elegant glassware staff friendly and efficient limited menu reflecting European tastes (not a burger in sight).drink prices reasonable for the class .Food was delivered promptly and portion size acceptable.Overall a pleasent experience but lacking in any wow factor

                                                2. T

                                                  Tambodiner

                                                  Sydney

                                                  1 review

                                                  4.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined 5 days ago

                                                  overall4food4service3ambience5

                                                  We enjoyed a birthday lunch for Mum at The Courthouse and would happily return when they’re back to the usual menu. The $80pp 4-course set menu would be an ok deal if the service was faultless but I felt we paid a premium for something we didn’t receive. The reasons given for the reduced menu were guarantee of supply/quality of menu items and Covid impacts on staffing levels. The staff were really friendly, but lots of little things added up to a less than professional effort than implied by the price. Better training and shift supervision would do it. Small stuff if just once, noticeable if twice but then disappointing for ongoing instances. Luckily our group of four has a sense of humour and we mostly laughed it off or it would’ve spoiled the effort we made to take Mum somewhere upmarket to make her feel special. The food was pleasant and well presented. The passionfruit tart a bit dry without a dollop of cream or a scoop of ice-cream. The room was very inviting and beautiful on gloomy, rainy day.

                                                3. AM

                                                  AndrewM

                                                  1 review

                                                  3.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined 6 days ago

                                                  overall3food4service4ambience4

                                                  Not a supporter of the set menu now in place. Perhaps if offered a 2 course menu as well as obligatory 3 course menu - might reconsider. All the old standards there - but… Dinner for 2 with a moderately priced bottle of wine came to $220 - not an unreasonable amount - however - we just didn’t need that amount of produce! Food was good but on the side of so-so. Maybe late on the scene (1900) restaurant essentially empty on a friday night. Maybe groups left eary - but felt concept wasn‘t working. My first visit was 1969 - visited many times since - thinking this will have been last… Cheers.

                                                4. M

                                                  Matty

                                                  1 review

                                                  3.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined 7 days ago

                                                  overall3food4service3ambience4

                                                  We have been dining at Cleveland's Courthouse Restaurant for nearly thirty years and this is the first negative review I have sent so hopefully it was a once off. When I booked the table online there was no mention of it being a set three course for $80 per head. Upon asking staff whether this was the only option we were told yes however when the staff member asked if I had booked online and I said yes, they confirmed that this had not been noted on some online bookings so as a result they offered two courses for $70. Except for the pear and rocket salad which had no candied walnuts in it the food was mostly very good.

                                                5. DD

                                                  DanielD

                                                  1 review

                                                  2.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on 10 May 2022

                                                  overall2food3service2ambience4

                                                  service has dropped off since last visit. preferred old menu options over a fixed menu.

                                                6. M

                                                  Michelle

                                                  Brisbane

                                                  1 review

                                                  5.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on 8 May 2022

                                                  overall5food5service4ambience5

                                                  Beautiful setting. Delicious food. Great value and fabulously comfortable chairs.

                                                7. WW

                                                  WendyW

                                                  1 review

                                                  5.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on 8 May 2022

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  Great location by the water. Gorgeous historic homestead. Love the ambience with piano playing throughout the night that sets the mood. Delicious food and excellent service. We love coming here time and time again.

                                                8. JP

                                                  JoeP

                                                  1 review

                                                  5.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on 8 May 2022

                                                  overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                  A wonderful ambience combined with attentive ,but not imposing, attention.Pricing towards the top but you get what you pay for

                                                9. LB

                                                  LouiseB

                                                  1 review

                                                  4.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on 7 May 2022

                                                  overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                  Food was great. Would have loved an a la carte menu or at least an option where we weren't obligated to have all three courses as per the set menu.

                                                10. JW

                                                  JesseW

                                                  1 review

                                                  5.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on 7 May 2022

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                  The food was delightful. The waiters were so lovely. We did have to wait some time to order our food however it came out so quickly and the waiters were amazing throughout the experience. Food has been delicious everytime we have been, well worth the money. Inside was a little noisy for my dad who is hearing impaired, would recommend an outdoor table for similar situations.

                                                11. WM

                                                  WendyM

                                                  1 review

                                                  3.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on 7 May 2022

                                                  overall3food2service4ambience4

                                                  Scallops for entree were very small and mornay was just melted cheese on top. Barramundi was dry.

                                                12. RH

                                                  RussellH

                                                  1 review

                                                  5.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on 6 May 2022

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  My wife & I tried the Courthouse for the first time. We booked online for dinner and upon arrival were pleasantly surprised by the layout of the building, side rooms and nooks with open areas, both inside and out. We'd love to return for lunch to experience the bay views from the deck. The fixed 3-course dinner menu (incl: 1x entree, 1x main & 1x dessert) offers multiple options for each category, optional sides are available too. I added a side of fries, thinking the three-course meal wouldn't fill me, I was very wrong. The drinks menu was surprisingly broad, which was fantastic. The service was excellent, a cut above anywhere I've been for some time. Wait staff were efficient, thoughtful and professional, allowing the right amount of time between ordering, clearing plates and refilling glasses. The cost was more than we're used to, but it wasn't so difficult to part with on our anniversary and when the experience is that good! Highly reccomend!

                                                13. KP

                                                  KarenP

                                                  1 review

                                                  5.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on 1 May 2022

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  The Courthouse is the place to eat in the Redlands. The food is delicious and well presented. The staff are friendly and attentive. This is fine dinning and the menu caters for all tastes. Lunch or dinner the ambience is lovely and the piano being played in the background is perfect.

                                                14. LK

                                                  LeeanneK

                                                  1 review

                                                  4.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on 1 May 2022

                                                  overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                  Food was beautifully prepared and presented. Service was great. Would recommend the 3 courses and 2 hour time frame worked well

                                                15. AQ

                                                  AndreaQ

                                                  1 review

                                                  5.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on 30 April 2022

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  Never fails to impress! Love this venue - excellent food, excellent service, and love the quirky heritage vibe 😊

                                                16. SP

                                                  SusieP

                                                  Brisbane

                                                  1 review

                                                  5.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on 24 April 2022

                                                  overall5food5service4ambience5

                                                  Table service was a bit slow but once our orders were in the food and drinks came quickly. The food was excellent. Will be back again.

                                                17. BJ

                                                  BrianJ

                                                  1 review

                                                  5.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on 23 April 2022

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  our Anniversary venue every year. Always superb food and service. Was a little noisy but didn't spoil it for us. Our only criticism is that we felt a little rushed, a little longer between courses would be better

                                                18. TM

                                                  TeriM

                                                  Brisbane

                                                  13 reviews

                                                  5.0

                                                  13 reviews

                                                  Dined on 23 April 2022

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  Lovely staff great service beautiful tasty food. Will definitely be going back.

                                                19. SP

                                                  SarahP

                                                  1 review

                                                  5.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on 22 April 2022

                                                  overall5food5service4ambience5

                                                  This was my second time to The Courhouse restaurant, this time for lunch. It is such a beautiful venue, great location, wonderful food and great service. The variety of food on the menu is fantastic-plenty to choose from! And something to loo forward to going back to try!

                                                20. DJ

                                                  DianeJ

                                                  Brisbane

                                                  1 review

                                                  5.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on 22 April 2022

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  Excellent food & service in a beautiful location, we sat outside which was great with view over water

                                                21. GG

                                                  GregoryG

                                                  1 review

                                                  5.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on 20 April 2022

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  Great value, excellent menu, service was friendly, would recommend to everyone.

                                                22. SD

                                                  SamD

                                                  1 review

                                                  5.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on 17 April 2022

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  I haven’t been to the courthouse for a few years and we just decided to have a family lunch for Easter still same standard good service and food great.

                                                23. H

                                                  Hubert

                                                  1 review

                                                  5.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on 17 April 2022

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                  Service and food was excellent. The filet mignon was melting in the mouth.

                                                24. KB

                                                  KyleB

                                                  1 review

                                                  5.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on 17 April 2022

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  It was a lovely and serene lunching experience at the courthouse. Meals were timely and high quality and the staff were more than accommodating. I highly recommend the experience.

                                                25. RM

                                                  RachaelM

                                                  1 review

                                                  5.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on 16 April 2022

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  Service was fantastic, food was outstanding, there were 6 of us and all were extremely impressed with our evening at the courthouse restaurant. This place ticks all the boxes you won’t be disappointed. See you again and thanks for making our evening enjoyable.

                                                26. SK

                                                  ShirleydK

                                                  Brisbane

                                                  4 reviews

                                                  5.0

                                                  4 reviews

                                                  Dined on 16 April 2022

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  I went with 2 friends recently to celebrate the birthdays of two of us. There is no better place than the Courthouse in which to have special celebrations. Our entire experience was superb, from arrival to departure. The staff were courteous, polite and accommodating. The food was delicious and service was perfect.

                                                27. DP

                                                  DianaP

                                                  1 review

                                                  5.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on 16 April 2022

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  Was an exceptional experience. The quality of food, service n environment was some the best.

                                                28. RW

                                                  RebeccaW

                                                  Brisbane

                                                  1 review

                                                  5.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on 14 April 2022

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  I've been going to the courthouse for 25 years and I have never been disappointed with the service or the food. It's the restaurant I go to when I want a treat or a perfect night out.

                                                29. BH

                                                  BillH

                                                  1 review

                                                  5.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on 14 April 2022

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  Dined for my partners birthday - food was excellent, service great, staff very friendly and cheerful. Set menu had plenty of variety - so good to get a steak cooked the way you like it. Highly recommend. (My partner loved it🤗🍾🥳🥂)

                                                30. CU

                                                  ChantalU

                                                  1 review

                                                  5.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on 13 April 2022

                                                  overall5food4service4ambience4

                                                  The entrees and mains were delicious. The waiter very attentive and atmosphere lovely. However the citrus tart tasted like something you would buy at the supermarket, not something you would expect in a restaurant of that quality. But overall a very lovely dining experience.

                                                31. GB

                                                  GregB

                                                  1 review

                                                  3.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on 12 April 2022

                                                  overall3food3service4ambience5

                                                  Nice setting, though the food was average. For such an established restaurant I would have expected better.

                                                32. CP

                                                  ClarissaP

                                                  1 review

                                                  5.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on 10 April 2022

                                                  overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                  The Old Courthouse is an excellent choice for an intimate celebration. We sat on the verandah for lunch and could not have been happier. A lovely day.

                                                33. AW

                                                  AndyW

                                                  1 review

                                                  4.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on 10 April 2022

                                                  overall4food5service5ambience4

                                                  Just excellent food and service. Only minor issue was a marked napkin that was replaced immediately but would have got 5 stars across the board. A special occasion restaurant for sure

                                                34. LS

                                                  LynneS

                                                  1 review

                                                  5.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on 10 April 2022

                                                  overall5food5service4ambience5

                                                  Fabulous food and beautiful location and decor. We'll be back.

                                                35. LN

                                                  LisaN

                                                  Sunshine Coast

                                                  7 reviews

                                                  3.0

                                                  7 reviews

                                                  Dined on 10 April 2022

                                                  overall3food3service5ambience5

                                                  Service and ambiance as usual was fantastic. Food over priced and unfortunately average. My daughters salmon was very over cooked with lots of white and in some broth that wasn’t nice at all (no mention on menu) My Mums rack of lamb also over cooked and tough (the potatoes were lovely however) and they have changed the brandy snap dessert since last time and it was no where near as nice with the snap so hard it was nearly inedible. My son got a kids meal and loved it. Not impressed with the new pricing 2 courses $70 or 3 courses $80…there’s no way my entree & main was worth $70 and wouldn’t have come close to that on their old menu with individual prices. On paying we were charged 3 x 3 courses when we all had 2 so the system needs to be looked at as well. Overall it’s a beautiful welcoming place to go and we have a few times (generally special occasions) but we won’t go back for a while now as the food is not worth the money.

                                                36. DH

                                                  DennisH

                                                  1 review

                                                  5.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on 9 April 2022

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  Wonderful historic building setting. Excellent service. We had an amazing Barramundi with outstanding sauce. Fine wine menu.

                                                37. AH

                                                  AlanH

                                                  Brisbane

                                                  1 review

                                                  4.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on 8 April 2022

                                                  overall4food5service4ambience4

                                                  We were given a table that was close to the air conditioning (not sure if it was on) but we all felt slightly cold. Another table moved into a side room where there was obviously some heat. Enjoyed all parts of the meal, but had to ask 3 times for ice to go with the table water as this was obviously straight from the tap. Good ambiance with the piano player enjoyed 'spotting' the tunes. This was a special occasion as my wife and I were having a wedding anniversary and also there was a birthday for the other couple.

                                                38. S

                                                  Scoopy

                                                  Brisbane

                                                  4 reviews

                                                  5.0

                                                  4 reviews

                                                  Dined on 8 April 2022

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  A wonderful evening of great food and great service in a beautiful setting

                                                39. j

                                                  jeee

                                                  Sydney

                                                  1 review

                                                  4.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on 8 April 2022

                                                  overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                  Great spot and wonderful food and service recommend

                                                40. KM

                                                  KarenM

                                                  1 review

                                                  5.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on 8 April 2022

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  Visited the Courthouse with my work team for a farewell lunch. Some had been there before and some not but everyone was blown away but the location, ambience, service and food. Simply could not find a single fault. Highly recommend.

                                                Safety precautions

                                                • Cleaning & sanitising

                                                  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
                                                  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
                                                  • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
                                                  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
                                                  • Contactless payment available
                                                • Physical distancing

                                                  • Distancing maintained in common areas
                                                  • Extra space between tables
                                                • Screening

                                                  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

                                                FAQs

                                                The Courthouse offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (07) 3286 1386.

                                                The Courthouse is rated 4.5 stars by 1053 OpenTable diners.

                                                Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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                                                Booked 12 times today
                                                Google Map for The Courthouse

                                                1 Paxton St Cleveland, AU-QLD 4163

                                                Additional information

                                                • Cross Street

                                                  Shore Street North

                                                • Area

                                                  Cleveland

                                                • Hours of Operation

                                                  Lunch Fri–Sun 11:30 am–2:00 pm Dinner Tue–Sat 5:30 pm–9:00 pm

                                                • Cuisines

                                                  Steak, Seafood, International

                                                • Dining style

                                                  Elegant Dining

                                                • Dress Code

                                                  Business Casual

                                                • Parking Details

                                                  Street Parking

                                                • Payment Options

                                                  AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

                                                • Entertainment

                                                  On most evenings we have a live Pianist playing our beautiful Baby Grand Piano. Enjoy the view of Moreton Bay from our Outdoor tables and listen to the waves lapping against our waterside wall at high tide.

                                                • Additional

                                                  Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining

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