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8 River Street,
Mackay QLD

Type
Licensed Cafes & Licensed Informal Restaurants
Price
$$$$$
Cuisine
Tapas
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Try Maria's Tasting Plate, bloody delicious

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Food was delicious as always. The service from Jessica was excellent. I've been here before and I'm coming back for more.

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Maria's Donkey Tapas Bar Photo by DazzDicko
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cocktails cocktails cocktails, so may choices and a brilliant location!

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My friends and I just live Maria's Donkey! Although a recent menu change means some of my fav dishes are no longer being served, I am already looking forward to my next visit! And the location is the best in Mackay... Right on our gorgeous Pioneer River :-)

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  • 3/4 Stars
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  • 4/4 Stars

You dine overlooking and almost over the Pioneer River. Plates of Tapas are served, as many or as little as you want, with some delcious morsels of food on the menu. Ambience is excellent with a great drink menu and live music on the weekends.

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  • 4/4 Stars
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I love this place. Not only does it have great staff but also a fantastic owner. Always looks out for her customers. I will definitely be back

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  • 4/4 Stars

I thoroughly enjoy sitting on the deck overlooking the beautiful blue river, nibbling on tapas and drinking their authentic Sangria. This bar has an amazing ambiance about it and you can tell it comes from the heart and soul of the mother - daughter team who run it.

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The food was lovely and so was the overall experience and it is really nice to be able to enjoy a child free meal

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Brilliant setting by the river with a great vibe. Food is tasty, very appealing both to the eye and all other senses.

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Maria's Donkey Tapas Bar Overview

When looking to enjoy Mackay’s waterfront with bevvies and light bites, take to the delightfully named Maria’s Donkey Tapas Bar, perched upon the pier of the Pioneer River. A Spanish inspired tapas bar – with emphasis on the ‘bar’– Maria’s Donkey has fast become the go-to for groups of all sizes looking to gather for a lazy few hours of finger food and cold drinks. Linger on the deck over the water with chilled sangria or cosy up indoors on comfy lounges and bar stools as you graze on tempting tapas. The small share plates on offer mean you can taste a wide variety of Maria’s Donkey Tapas Bar’s dishes, like chorizo and cherry tomato bites skewered with haloumi cheese and fresh basil or, for the seafood lovers, gambas pil pil – smoky paprika, garlic and chilli prawns.

Maria's Donkey Tapas Bar Menu Sample

Ultimate Nachos: this classic Mexican dish never disappoints - especially when we put the ULTIMATE spin on it! Enjoy a mega meat mix of chicken, pork and beef topped with melted cheese, salsa, guacamole and sour cream.

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A few words from Maria's Donkey Tapas Bar

Are you looking for something different to do with your nights? lf so why not give Maria's Donkey Tapas Bar a try? lt is the only place that is right on the beautiful blue Pioneer River in Mackay.You can watch the fish jump while the sun sets over the bridge. Our food is full of flavours from all over the world so the whole table will be happy. All of our food is served Tapas style, it's the perfect way to eat and socialize plus you get to tempt your tastebuds with more than one plate on the menu.

The donkey bar as we love to call it is family owned & run by a mother and daughter team, Maya & Azia. The two ladies are very friendly and slightly quirky which shines through the whole building, the atmosphere is laid back and homely yet constantly changing to stay interesting. The donkey bar has a weekly theme which fronts the cocktail and shot of the week as well many jokes and dress up themes for staff and customers that want to join in.

The bar hosts a range of live music sets Friday and Saturdays night as well as Sunday Funday early afternoon. Every Wednesday night the donkey bar hosts an open mic night, come along to our "Donkey Jam." Latin night is the first Saturday night of every month, and it always attracts an attractive crowd. The entertainment begins with a song and dance performance and ends
in one big party, with everyone up on the dancefloor. After a couple glasses of our delicious sangria it's hard to stay seated at the table.

On weekends the brunch menu starts at 8.30 am, and it would be hard to find another place in town that is as quiet and peaceful as our front deck overlooking the river. No noise from cars or kids at this time of day! The tapas menu kicks off at 10am on weekends and goes non stop until late in the evening. For a feel good place to eat, drink, play and stay the donkey bar will suit you.

Check out our Facebook page for weekly themes specials and recent sightings of the donkey. Don't forget we are a strictly 18+ only venue!

Maria's Donkey Tapas Bar Chef

Maya Maja

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Maria's Donkey Tapas Bar Opening Hours

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Bfast     
Lunch
Dinner
Late

Seasonal variations may occur.

Maria's Donkey Tapas Bar Features & Facilities

Seats: 100

  • Water Views
  • Customer Carpark
  • Live Music
  • Fully Licensed
  • Functions
  • Alfresco dining
  • Vegetarian Options
  • Gluten Free Options
  • Bar

Payments Accepted

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  • American Express
  • EftPos