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Maria's Donkey Tapas Bar

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8 River St, Mackay, Queensland 4740, Australia
+61 7 4957 6055
12:00 - 23:00
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Wed - Fri 12:00 - 23:00
Sat - Sun 08:30 - 23:45
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Mackay, Australia
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215 reviews
155 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Location is number 1 but service and food quality is very average. With some basic and simple options for breakfast it would be constantly booked out however to cook basic tasty food options that are available in any other cafe outside of Mackay seems a bridge too far. I will go back however. We live in hope.

Thank EggChen
Marias_Donkey, Public Relations Manager at Maria's Donkey Tapas Bar, responded to this review

Hola EggChen, Thank you for taking the time to review our restaurant and we appreciate your feedback regarding our breakfast menu. We are about to revise our menu and will take your comments into consideration. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Regards, Kerri More 

Brisbane, Australia
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23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The restaurant is well located and has a great atmosphere. The tapas style menu is perfect for eating out with a group. We were happy with our meals.

Thank Courtney B
Sydney, Australia
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20 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

For a tourist, they need to do something about the sand flies. But, the food was extremely good. Service was slow. Had to ask for our drink order to be taken, and then for our food order to be taken as we were waiting quite a while. It seems there was trouble in the kitchen this night. Our food order... More 

Thank Shane C
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016 via mobile

Excellent music ( viva), delicious food ( tapas) and refreshing drinks... the service is nice, fast and friendly

Thank Dariela C
Launceston, Australia
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23 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

We visited here 3 times in 1 week. We found the staff and management very accommodating to our particular seating needs and dog-friendly. Very atmospheric and much more accommodating than other restaurants on the waterfront in Mackay.This café/restaurant ticked all the boxes which we struggled to find in 9 weeks in regional Queensland. Churros to die for!

Thank Elsie212013
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016 via mobile

We were meeting up with friends as we are new to town & was refused entry because we had a baby. The reason we were told was that they are an 18+ venue because their balcony is very unsafe for under 18's.......... The issue I have with this is if their balcony is unsafe for under 18s it's probably unsafe... More 

Thank Laura P
Mackay, Australia
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28 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016 via mobile

Came here with family. After looking at the menu for 15 mins we finally had our order taken. While placing our order the waitress told us that at least 9 things on the menu weren't available including 4 things we ordered. So we had to have another look and when the food we ordered came out it was awful. The... More 

Thank auzzienikki
Coolangatta, Australia
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10 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016 via mobile

I was extremely disappointed with my lunch and service today, I am vegetarian and ordered vegetarian meat balls and they served me real meat balls!!! The error was discovered when the girl brought out the rest of our tapas order and informed me that they were not the vegetarian meatballs I had just eaten, even though we only ordered vegetarian... More 

Thank Amy H
Christchurch, New Zealand
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119 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016 via mobile

This was a first time visit and I would be back. Welcome was good and we had sangria which was a little heavy on the lemonade but still delicious and a platter which was good except for the chicken dish. Great location and live music set the scene for a lovely Sunday afternoon.

Thank janesmithhk
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36 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016 via mobile

Great situation right on the river provides an excellent back drop for a tapas dinner. The service was efficient and professional with God gluten free options in the menu. The food was full of flavour and the servings were generous. It was an enjoyable meal before we went to the musical Sweeney Todd showing next door.

Thank Peter C

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 7 - US$ 22
Spanish, Gluten Free Options
Dinner, Lunch, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wine and Beer
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, View, Bar Scene, Groups
Open Hours
08:30 - 23:45
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
08:30 - 23:45
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 8 River St, Mackay, Queensland 4740, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Queensland  >  Mackay
  • Phone Number: +61 7 4957 6055
We are a fully licenced (18+) tapas bar set on the edge of the spectacular Pioneer river. Come and enjoy the tasty treats and a nice cold drink. With a friendly atmosphere and some mellow sounds we bring some thing new to Mackay. Live music, theme's of the week, Music Bingo, Jam Sessions, Old School Sundays we have it all. Stop by sometime and say hi to The Donkey. Bookings essential Friday and Saturday nights

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?