Three Queensland restaurants took home gold at the Savour Australia Restaurant & Catering (R&CA) Awards for Excellence on Monday 30 October. The Awards were held in Melbourne’s Peninsula to celebrate the achievements of Australia’s finest hospitality businesses.

Cafes, restaurants and catering businesses demonstrating exceptional service, culinary excellence and value for money were recognised at the event across 41 different categories.

Petrie Terrace’s Gambaro Seafood Restaurant won Formal Seafood Restaurant of the Year. Portside’s Sono was named best Japanese, while the Gold Coast’s Little Truffle won best European.

Sydney’s Tetsuya took home Restaurant of the Year.

The Artisan Cafe in Blackwood in South Australia was named Cafe of the Year.

“The winners of this year’s Awards, both at a national and state level, have each demonstrated sustained excellence in their craft which we are delighted to recognise here tonight,” said R&CA CEO Juliana Payne.

“The enormouse hard work, dedication and passion of these business-owners and their staff is what makes Australian’s hospitality industry up there with the best in the world.”

Six Awards events have been held over the last three months. Hundreds of hospitality businesses across the country have been celebrated for their achievements.

“This year’s Awards season has been nothing short of an outstanding success.

The Association is grateful for the efforts of a number of individuals who had made this all possible.”

Other Queensland establishments awarded silver and bronze include The Tamarind in Maleny (best Asian restaurant), Goodness Gracious Cafe at Graceville (best coffee shop/tea house), Glass Dining & Lounge Bar in Main Beach (best formal contemporary Australian restaurant), Runaway Bay’s Indian Empire (best Indian/sub-continent restaurant), the CBD’s Otto (best formal Italian restaurant), Jellyfish (best people, produce, place tourism restaurant), and Corbette & Claude (best pizza restaurant), Vege Rama in West End (best specialty restaurant), and Townsville’s Malt at The Brewery (best restaurant in a pub/club/tavern).

Read about the 2017 Queensland Awards for Excellence here.