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Originally known as the ‘Members Dining Room’ Strangers’ Restaurant was used exclusively by male Members until 1966, when Mrs Ellen ‘Vi’ Jordan, only the second woman elected to the Queensland Parliament, successfully asserted her right to dine here.

In the 1970s, the dining room was opened for Members and their guests and renamed ‘Strangers’ Dining Room,’ the term ‘stranger’ referring to any person visiting the parliamentary precinct who is not a Member of Parliament.

The heritage room retains much of its original charm, with early Australian cedar yoke back chairs, inlaid parquet floors and interior decorations reflecting the late Victorian era of its construction, circa the 1890s.

In 2006, Queensland Parliament House opened Stranger’s Dining Room to the public for the first time, for our highly popular high tea events, and in 2019, for lunch and dinner with it more commonly being known as Strangers’ Restaurant. 

Strangers’ welcomes the public to dine between 12:00pm and 2.00pm Wednesday*, Thursday* and Fridays, and 6:00pm-9:00pm for dinner on Fridays only.

*Excluding Parliamentary sitting days, you can check out the Sitting calendar here (link to Queensland Parliament website).

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+61 7 3553 6377
Opening Hours
Wed: 12pm-2pm
Thurs: 12pm – 2pm
Fri: 12pm – 2pm
Fri: 6pm – 9pm
Sat – Wed: Closed
Parliamentary Annexe,
69 Alice Street, Brisbane, QLD, 4000
Strangers' Restaurant High Tea

High Tea at Strangers' Restaurant

Uniquely served in our heritage Strangers’ Restaurant, high tea at Queensland Parliament House is one of Brisbane’s best kept secrets. Whether it’s a special occasion or just an afternoon’s indulgence, we invite you to experience the pleasure of taking a traditional high tea in the elegant dining room, accompanied by live classic music.

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Looking for a private dining experience?

Queensland Parliament offers a wide variety of spaces available for private dining ranging from an intimate experience for 10 guests in our private Cellar room through to our Speaker’s Dining Room, sprawling with natural light, overlooking the Speaker’s Green that can accommodate up to 20 guests.

Speak to our friendly team to discover the possibilities.