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Tempest Seafood Restaurant

Scarborough Fish $$ +100
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About Tempest Seafood Restaurant

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Premium seafood is easy for the fishermen whose boats crowd the wharves down at Scarborough Boat Harbour. And that translates directly to Tempest Seafood Restaurant, making waves among gourmets across Queensland and Australia and Brisbane-based food critics just that little bit removed from the bounty of Moreton Bay. Tempest Seafood Restaurant is perched right by the water on Bird O' Passage Parade, meaning a seafood dining experience rounded off with beautiful views and a sea breeze; plus the chef has only to step outside, as he does every morning, to bring the freshest seafood to table daily. Book here for tables at Tempest Seafood Restaurant or, if you’re looking for spectacle, book Tempest Seafood Teppanyaki!

Opening Hours

  • Monday 11:30 - 14:30, 17:30 - 20:30
  • Tuesday 11:30 - 14:30, 17:30 - 20:30
  • Wednesday 11:30 - 14:30, 17:30 - 20:30
  • Thursday 11:45 - 14:30, 17:30 - 20:30
  • Friday 11:45 - 14:30, 17:30 - 20:30
  • Saturday 11:45 - 14:30, 17:30 - 20:30
  • Sunday 11:45 - 14:30, 17:30 - 20:30
Tempest Seafood Restaurant, Bird O'Passage Parade 0, 4020 Brisbane

Further Information

Lavish seafood dinners are best enjoyed as close to their point of origin as possible. That’s part of the reason that so many discerning diners from Brisbane and even further afield are making their way, reservations in hand, to the sought after Scarborough spot of Tempest Seafood Restaurant (also the home to a fantastic, acrobatic Japanese teppanyaki spectacle). With an enviable location on Bird O' Passage Parade,right by Scarborough Boat Harbour, the chef takes his daily early morning stroll in order to bring the freshest Moreton Bay Seafood directly to table.

As well as the daily catch, Tempest Seafood Restaurant features tanks of live fish, lobsters, mud crabs and more, creatures treated with as much respect as each finished dish. Choose from the liberty of a la carte dining, or take on more than a few pleasant surprises with set-course menus. If you’ve got a big event planned, take it away from the hustle and bustle of Brisbane and head to the Scarborough seaside – Tempest is a capable caterer, able to lay on opulent seafood banquets and the view quite simply can’t be beaten. Bookings are essential!

CHEF'S CHOICE

130 Reviews

4.5 /6 Excellent 130 Reviews
Atmosphere: entertaining
Noise: quiet
Food: delicious
Quality/Price: cheap
Service: friendly
Waiting Time: short
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1 review so far 6
26.06.2017 07:50

Excellent quality seafood! Had a great time and excellent value for money, we are certainly planning on going back again. We made the mistake of ordering extra side dishes, assuming the mains would not be filling - BIG mistake, we were very full and content...

1 review so far 6
15.06.2017 08:11

Perfect location for a birthday celebration. On the deck, we felt like we were at Cabot Cove. The staff were very attentive and the food extremely fresh and beautifully presented. Will be returning - definately!

2 reviews so far 6
14.06.2017 09:13

Tempest has a new menu. We had a beautiful meal. There was a bit of confusion with the bill; but the manager sorted it out.

1 review so far 6
21.05.2017 21:06

Fantastic night out. Leo and the staff were amazing and ensured we were well looked after. The freshest seafood I have had I a very long time and will be back. Trent does an amazing job behind the bar and we enjoyed talking with him.

1 review so far 4
29.09.2016 08:10

Second time I have been here and our return visit was highly anticipated after thoroughly enjoying our first. Again, the service and staff were lovely and helpful with wine selections etc. We ordered cocktails this time and they were excellent. On the downside, on both visits they forgot one of our dishes. Once we notified them, they bought the missing dishes quickly and didn't charge us, but a little frustrating none-the-less. The quality of food on our first visit was significantly better, to the point where we asked if they had a new chef between visits, and were told yes, they had. Because they were SO good the first visit, we ordered similar meals both times. The Pork Belly entrée was much smaller and the sauce (a standout feature the first time) was not quite as good or plentiful. However the pork belly itself was divine, with excellent crackling. The Beef and Bugs is a skewer of beef, this time the beef cubes were much smaller and different sizes, some just little rag-ends, so they differed in texture and done-ness. Still very tasty and tender, but most pieces were far too cooked for our liking. The bugs were perfect and plentiful, but again far less sauce than previously. Lastly swapping out the Pavlova for Eton Mess should have been a good move but the Mess was a little boring and the strawberries were very old looking. Don't let this review put you off going, Tempest is still one of the few quality restaurants on the Peninsular; I just hope that these comments may provide constructive feedback for what was again mostly a lovely night. We will definitely go back and try again, perhaps to the Tepinyaki side next time.

1 review so far 6
14.03.2016 12:13

From the moment we arrived we were welcomed by the Wait Staff, and seated by the water on the deck. Lovely cool breeze. We were served chilled water, once we settled down. This was a birthday lunch for my mother, and two other friends of the family. Mother was 86 and her friend is 93, so attention by the staff was excellent. We had a hard time choosing from the menu as there is so many lovely meals to chose from. Our drinks arrived, and the food order was taken. Mother had Steamed fish, her friend had fish and chips, and we had Steak and Bugs. Only waited 15 to 20 mins for the meal to be served. ALL Meals excellent in presentation, and taste. Desert was sorbet and melon, (the chef wrote in chocolate Happy Birthday on the plate) and Homemade waffles, with butterscotch sauce with ice-cream. Just perfect, and a Wonderful time had by all! My Sister and Husband and family will be out from Scotland soon, and we will be returning to try other beautiful food from the Menu.

1 review so far 4
13.06.2016 14:43

The service and ambience were lovely. We had the Seafood platter for two, and were disappointed with half of the food. The bugs had been frozen and were tasteless. We prefer oysters natural, so the cooked ones were not to our liking at all. Afterwards, the waitress said we could have asked for all natural - pity we didn't know that in the first place. Calamari must have been cheap, as there was an oversupply of that, and it was too much batter that hadnt been well cooked, although the calamari itself was cooked. The fish was very chewy, probably due to it being Jew fish - not to my liking. The chips and fresh prawns were outstanding. We had been given a voucher from our family to use at the restaurant, and as we live at Morningside, we decided to use it all at once for our wedding anniversary. I wish now, we had just had something out of the a la carte menu, I feel those dishes might have been more to our liking. I do now think platters are very overrated.

1 review so far 5
07.03.2016 08:28

Service very good. Bruschetta - sand crab version a little disappointing as the sand crab was coupled with fennel which overpowered the subtle crab flavour. The more traditional version featured buffalo mozzarella but we couldn't taste it. We queried whether it was there, it apparently was underneath the tomato mix. Too subtle. Three of us had the barramundi and mussel main course and it was absolutely magnificently cooked and thoroughly delicious. One of us had the battered fish and chips and was disappointed. She found the batter heavy and oily and the fish ok but ended the meal wishing she too had chosen the barra.

1 review so far 4
03.02.2017 10:09

We originally used vouchers for the seafood platter over the Christmas period as a gift from my son, the platters had so much food on them that 3 vouchers fed 6 adults and 2 children, and the food was delicious. As a result I then purchased 3 more vouchers for our own use. The first one we used a couple of weeks ago and it was OK,but not overwhelming, less seafood than was on the original (no bugs) and only one small qtr of crab, then we went again this week and there was less on the platter than before. We have one more voucher to use, so we are hopefull that the quality and quantity will echo our first impression of this lovely restaurant.

1 review so far 5
21.11.2016 13:44

We decided on Tempest Restaurant at Scarborough for our 51st Wedding Anniversary on the 20 November recently. We had known it previously as Morgan's. We had a lovely day for it, by the Marina with all the fishing boats moored, on a day with clear blue skies. The staff were courteous, helpful and informative. The meals were well prepared and really delicious. We ate too much, but it was our anniversary, so we made the most of it. Being Sunday lunch, the parking wasn't easy, but we managed nonetheless. Will definitely go to Tempest again. Regards Malcolm

1 review so far 5
10.05.2016 13:07

The service was friendly and efficient even though the staff were very busy on the night. The food was well presented and full of flavour. I would have given a maximum rating of 6 except for the fact my pasta was not hot when it came to the table just barely warm. However the freshness of the seafood made up for this. The atmosphere is relaxing looking over the marina and the tables are well positioned. Overall an enjoyable night and I look forward to trying a seafood platter next visit as they looked amazing.

1 review so far 5
15.10.2016 15:03

The restaurant was lovely, the food very tasty, and service very good. Our only issue was that it seemed as though they didn't have our reservation. They checked for our name, and didn't seem to locate it and asked if we had booked on line, which we had. They sat us quickly, on the deck as we had requested, so it turned out well, but initially we weren't sure they knew we were coming. A bit confusing, but, as I said, all went well. We'll definitely recommend this restaurant to our friends.

1 review so far 4
04.09.2016 12:32

A beautiful setting on a beautiful day. The food was of an excellent quality but my Catch of The Day grilled fish fillet but microscopic. I saw several other basic fish and chips come out to customers and I felt duped as I paid a lot more for my dish. My husbands Barra and Mussels was excellent. The dessert was obviously left in the kitchen and appeared 15 - 20 min later so the ice cream was melted and therefore the pastry was soft and it was just a mess and difficult to eat. It was my husband's birthday and his meal was A1 thanks goodness.

1 review so far 2
05.03.2017 12:55

Very disappointing. The food was overpriced and underwhelming. $5.50 for a glass of apple juice that tasted watered down. $11 for 4 triangles of herb bread with hardly any herbs and which didn't taste very nice. $32 for fish and chips where we only received one piece of fish and the fish itself was bland. It was supposed to be snapper but it didn't taste anything like the snapper I've eaten in the past. I couldn't even improve the taste with tartare sauce because the tartare sauce it was served with tasted disgusting. I asked for tomato sauce instead and by the time it finally arrived I had already finished my meal. The dessert wasn't much better (meringue with mango ice cream etc). The piece of mango fruit was bitter, the mango mouse was for decoration only (a couple spots on the plate), and the only nice thing on the plate (the mango ice cream) was a miserably small scoop that was half melted when it was placed in front of me. The only reason I rated this restaurant a two instead of a one was because the staff were friendly and helpful. My family and I will not be returning to Tempest.

1 review so far 6
24.04.2016 10:32

My partner and I went to the Tempest Seafood Restaurant for his birthday. We were completely happy with the experience: good food that was cooked perfectly, and prompt, friendly service.

1 review so far 3
08.06.2017 12:57

Lovely sunny day and good to watch the boats nearby but I think the restaurant could do with a bit of a facelift. I've been several times over the past 5 years or so and feel the place could do with repainting and refurbishing. I would have liked to have had more choice on the lunch menu. Oysters natural were just that ... natural with no dressing at all which was disappointing . My husband and friend had a seafood platter which looked fine but not being a big seafood fan I chose fish and chips which was pretty ordinary. Not much atmosphere either as there was only one other table of customers that day. I won't be hurrying back.

1 review so far 5
27.03.2016 08:55

We went here for my husband's birthday lunch. Staff were friendly and welcoming. The atmosphere was casual and relaxed. My husband loves his seafood and had the local platter. He was not disappointed. I am vegetarian and asked for the entree to be served as a main with a salad. This was not a problem and was also very tasty. I would certainly recommend and we look forward to returning.

1 review so far 5
10.01.2017 00:31

Fresh, flavoursome and fast. Slightly on the expensive side, but the staff were polite, helpful and accommodating. Best fish and chips that I've had in a long time - crumbed but not oily at all. Mains had good portions too - except the salmon dish, it legit only comes with one prawn! Overall, I would come again and would recommend. Make sure you book as they were quite busy.

1 review so far 3
12.12.2016 09:41

I had the seafood platter for 2. The Crab was grainy so it was either over cooked or it had been frozen. The salt and pepper calamari was a too salty. The rest wasn't anything special so it was over priced. Also no Australian Pinot Noir, only one on the list and not available. Every time a staff member walked past we were asked how the food was even less than a minute after it was put down, at least 5 times during the meal so it was a bit much. Nice location but overall experience was underwhelming.

1 review so far 6
20.11.2016 11:05

The food was world class, the waitresses friendly and inviting, the bar staff were top notch. We were made to feel like part of the family by the barman who kept those cocktails coming. We certainly will be returning and very soon. Thank you Tempest!

1 review so far 3
20.08.2016 09:16

We like trying new restaurants and on this particular evening were celebrating a personal occasion, but were left very dissappointed. As a seafood restaurant you would think the emphasis would be on the seafood, but instead the seafood is hidden in and amongst the vegetables and plate dressing. Dishes are over sold and portion sizes don't reflect the prices. As if this isn't bad enough, some staff members lack appropriate etiquette. It has to be said however that the food was tasty, our waitress was delightful and the ambience pleasant.

1 review so far 6
21.06.2016 20:44

We found the food excellent. The prawns were exceptional; the fish and scallops lived up to the promise of "fresh daily" with the flavours true. Enjoyed the creative use of vegetables and our questions were answered without any hesitation. We will be back.

2 reviews so far 5
16.09.2016 04:13

There's much to adore about Tempest, although dessert isn't their strong suit. Fortunately for me, it's not mine either. The pork belly is nothing short of delightful and the salmon is superb. I'm not really into seafood but the seafood platters being delivered to other tables look really tempting. One day...

2 reviews so far 5
11.09.2016 09:20

Food was great , the service was initially rushed to get an order in . Dinner was booked for 7:00 pm so their should be no need for a rush . We were then reminded they were closing up very soon , around 10:00 pm , on a Saturday night .......

1 review so far 5
02.05.2016 14:08

Was craving Lobster Mornay as it had been years since my last feast. Wasnt disappointed. It was delicious along with the steamed greens. Yum can still taste it! Had to wait a little while but Tempest treated my son and I to a free dessert to make up for the wait.

1 review so far 6
17.01.2017 14:17

We had a lovely meal. The food was delicious, presentation was of a high standard and less expensive than I anticipated. Staff were polite and excellent in their various roles. The reataurant setting right at the marina added to the relaxed atmosphere.

1 review so far 6
13.10.2016 16:38

Very good food, however we had a glitch with food coming out that was not hot, however the manager then offered the table a bottle of wine as a peace offering, which was warmly welcomed. Great staff and service.Will be back

1 review so far 4
04.03.2016 20:02

Located next to Morgans and overlooking the harbour, the seafood should be fresh and tasty and it was. Meals and wines are reasonably priced with 2 courses and wine for four people coming in under $250. The servings while tasty would need better presentation to take make it 'fine dining'. All in all good food at a reasonable price.

1 review so far 6
03.04.2017 10:19

Great location, excellent staff and Fantastic food, I had the hot shared entrée platter and Salmon for main cannot fault the food. took my children for birthday celebrations, definitely going back again to sample the rest of menu.

1 review so far 3
01.09.2016 18:40

The oysters kilpatrick were very ordinary. The oysters were quite large and juicy but the sauce and the amount of liquid were overwhelming. Most of the staff were friendly except the person who appeared to be in charge. She was professional but unfriendly. We went on a Wednesday night and there were not many people. For the price it is not good value. My rating is maybe a bit high for what we had.

1 review so far 6
01.05.2016 07:43

Great staff and excellent seafood. Most enjoyable dinner with outlook of the harbour and trawlers. Location a little hard to find on a map, Scarborough not Redcliffe, but my GPS picked up the street name OK.

2 reviews so far 5
02.07.2016 07:41

Meals were excellent, fresh and , very tasty. The service was a bit slow but friendly. Biggest let down atmosphere , it was lacking. Could have had at least some nice music being played. I would go back just for the food thou.

3 reviews so far 4
18.09.2016 08:13

Had lunch at the restaurant on a Saturday. Food and service was pleasant but there was no "wow" factor. We were unnecessarily seated in front of the outdoor bar area which gave us little privacy and subjected us to the noise of cocktail blenders etc. Would go back but would request alternative seating.

1 review so far 6
13.08.2016 12:01

Staff are very friendly , service was great, lot's to choose from the menu. It was our second visit in 2wks, loved the seafood selection. Everything was excellent. We will dine here again & again.

1 review so far 4
17.10.2016 08:28

We got the seafood platter. everything besides the salmon and the sushi was nice. The rice on the sushi was gluggy and gelatinous and the salmon was very dry and way over cooked. Other that that the remaining of the food was perfect, the service was great and snappy.

1 review so far 6
25.10.2016 09:28

our meals were awesome, exactly what we ordered and exceeded our expectations. the service was second to none, very friendly, prompt and inviting. you could see they actually enjoyed being there. thanks

1 review so far 5
08.05.2016 07:18

Great location. Food was excellent. So fresh. We had the Scarborough platter for two which seems a little over priced. The presentation was excellent, admittingly there was a lot of seafood and it was yum. Service also excellent.

5 reviews so far 5
22.01.2017 10:29

Celebrated my birthday at Tempest and the food was amazing. Beautifully cooked seafood and very well presented too. My husband's pork dish had the best crackling I've had in a long time. Definitely will go back there again!

1 review so far 6
30.08.2016 20:04

Great service and great value for money. Staff very friendly and helpful. Recommend for any time of the day. Food was delivered in a very timely manner. Food was very tasty.

1 review so far 6
19.05.2016 14:49

We had a great time, good service & fantastic food. I had the oyster kilpatrick to start off with. WOW best I ever had. Can't wait until next time we go.

2 reviews so far 5
15.10.2016 18:22

The location is great, the staff are happy and the entree and mains are good but the desserts are a real disappointment. The should find a few favourites desserts and learn how to do them well.

1 review so far 4
26.03.2017 10:09

Unfortunately the menu online is out of date. Seafood was good but service not so. The side orders arrived after the main had been eaten. No none fish on the starters list and was told to eat bread instead. Otherwise lovely location, nice live music.

1 review so far 6
20.09.2016 07:15

The place looks very professional & romantic as it was night time. Delicious food, great value, excellent customer service. Will try the lobster next time we go there for dinner.

2 reviews so far 4
21.08.2016 10:09

We went on a Saturday night, so the food was a bit slow in coming (as the waitress had already alerted us to). The food ranged from "nothing special" to "really good". I wouldn't rank Tempest as a favourite, but we'll definitely be back.

1 review so far 6
17.05.2017 18:01

We really enjoyed the food, had the Tempest Platters they were amazing. The staff were lovely and made our little people very welcome which made the day more enjoyable.

1 review so far 6
14.05.2017 08:30

Great food, service and venue, but the restaurant had not received my online reservation! Have eaten there many times and always had a good experience so recommend it highly

1 review so far 2
26.09.2016 08:57

The caramelised scallops were not caramelised but merely kissed the frypan on the way to the table. The pork was VERY fatty. Maybe 1/3 of it was edible if that. No hand rinse bowl was provided with the cold platter. The bug was extremely small. Oysters were good but Kirkpatrick sauce was not. Service was not bad but we were left standing at the counter to pay whilst the barman made cocktails for other patrons. No-one asked us how our meal was. Very disappointed!

1 review so far 6
16.05.2017 07:20

The service was great, the food was terrific, the atmosphere and the restaurant were special and we all enjoyed a great dining experience and a fabulous night out.

1 review so far 6
21.11.2016 08:18

The staff were excellent , very friendly and helpful, the food was beautiful and arrived at a timely interval Overall a very satisfying experience and we shall return.

3 reviews so far 6
11.04.2016 09:36

Good food with good atmosphere. Oysters were nice and fresh but chicken wings were a little under done. Sauce was very tasty and wine was nicely chilled.