IPPIN brings refined class and elegant Japanese flavours to the ever-popular West Village precinct. Dine on delicious meals prepared with locally sourced, fresh produce like sashimi, wagyu tartare, tempura and robata duck breast.
Picture this: a balmy Brisbane afternoon, Mediterranean food and refreshing cocktails by the waterside. Perched on the Brisbane River and spanning three levels, Babylon has an intimate indoor dining area, private events space and an expansive outdoor set-up clad with subtropical greenery and deep timber accents
Escape to Europe in the heart of Brisbane City at this beautiful venue that encapsulates the true meaning of riverside dining. Offering premium local seafood crafted with Central European flavours, Tillerman is a seafood lover’s dream come true.
A subtropical jungle, 14 storeys in the air that overlooks Brisbane City, SOKO is an inner-city oasis serving up Japanese-Peruvian fusion food and delicious cocktails. Stop by on a weekend to see this rooftop venue come to life at night with live entertainment and vibey tunes.
Is it hot in here? It could be because of the flames Pillloni cook meals with. Serving daily-made fresh bread and pasta, a variety of meats and fresh seafood each touched by the fire in the kitchen, you’ll be transported to the island of Sardinia as you dine on their exquisite dishes.
Both a restaurant and tequileria (read: tequila bar), Carmen is an intimate Mexican venue that’s just joined the line-up of trendy eateries and bars on James Street. Sip on artisanal mezcals and dine on elevated Mexican dishes at this new hot spot.
Go on a journey through modern East Asian cuisine at Nonda. The menu features tasty treats inspired by Japanese, Korean and Chinese dishes that demand to be shared amongst friends.
The classic Italian flavours and pastel décor in Settimo will have you living la dolce vita! Have your Euro-summer right here in Brisbane as you dine on freshly made pasta with Aperol in hand and the Amalfi coast on your mind.
With a focus on the full-sensory experience of dining, Komeyui showcases artistic and flavourful dishes intended to be enjoyed in the calm and quiet ambience of their elegant dining room.
If tacos are your thing, then Los Felix is your new favourite restaurant! Serving authentic Baja tacos and sides like loaded Tijuana fries, paired with frozen margs in an ambient outdoor setting, Los Felix is a contender for the best Mexican street food in Brisbane.
Simple yet elegant, Modern European dining in an airy two-storey venue that will have you gushing. Allonda is all about balance and they manage just that across everything from the food to the wine list to the décor. Offering you nothing more or less than exactly what you wanted.
Etna is an old-world pizzeria and wine bar that joins a collection of upmarket eateries within the historic Stewart & Hemmant building. This moody and intimate location is the perfect reprieve in Fortitude Valley after a long day.
Ardo’s is a trendy neighbourhood wine bar offering unique drops from Australian winemakers as well as those across the globe. Stop by for a glass or jump in on one of their experiences like their Introduction to Food and Wine Pairing.
With a wine list of over 150 varietals, rich décor with emerald tones and rich marble countertops and a food menu that praises modern Australian cuisine, Adelita is worth venturing into the Brisbane neighbourhoods for.
A modern bar centred around a quaint courtyard with a fairy-light wrapped tree - you’ll feel right at home at Patio. With ten rotating brews from the parent-company, Range Brewing, and the full Jacopo’s Pizza menu available to order, this low-key hub offers high-quality beers and grub.
Sip martinis at this hidden bar tucked away in a fig-lined laneway. This intimate bar is wrapped in timber and marble with luxe leather seating and offers only the highest quality bar snacks. Think nori crisp with tuna tartare, fresh oysters and caviar.
This cosy wine bar and restaurant showcases over 200 wines and a delicious, refined food menu, which features charcuterie options as well as elegant Euro-inspired mains. Settle into their dining room with soft lighting and rouge trims, or perch on the bar stools in their welcoming outdoor area.
Sitting at the head of the iconic King St precinct, the Jubilee Hotel is the crowned jewel of Bowen Hills. Recently restored to glory, this airy pub is the perfect hangout whether you’re stopping in for a quick drink or lingering for an elevated pub feed.
You’ll find no pesky meat-loving patrons at this pescetarian wine bar! Bar Francine caters to lovers of veg, seafood and natural wine at their rustic venue. This quaint renovated cottage come wine bar is brimming with old charm and warmth.
Travel to Palm Springs at this vibey and vibrant alfresco bar. Purple Palm praises Australian gin with an extensive cocktail menu featuring mouth-watering signature drinks, as well as the classics like G&Ts and martinis with a twist.
In the heart of Milton is Warehouse 25, this gin & vodka distillery, bar, and restaurant is a thriving hub of activity beloved by both locals and visitors. Treat yourself to gourmet bar snacks, delicious share dishes and mouth-watering pizzas.
For Bali nostalgia look no further than Melrose Restaurant. With an authentic Thai and Indonesian fusion menu and unique cocktail list, you’ll be transported to travels gone by well before the first sip of your Mangga Martini. Located in Bulimba, just a short ferry trip across the river from Teneriffe, this rooftop restaurant is the ultimate in alfresco dining with an open roof - dine under blue skies by day and stars by night.
We don’t know about you, but the endless list of Italian institutions in Brisbane make our hearts sing. Persone Italian Restaurant is very deserving of the title “Best Italian Restaurant Queensland” in 2020 with their mouth-watering cuisine, paired with unmatched panoramic views of Brisbane City.
Taking inspiration from urban laneway culture, the latest restaurant to join Howard Smith Wharves in Crystalbrook Vincent, Mews, delivers a gallery experience alongside delicious and locally-inspired good food. With a playful cooking approach, incorporating seasonal and locally grown ingredients from Queensland’s best artisan producers, Mews creates exciting dishes that prompt conversation to be enjoyed together, for breakfast, dinner or drinks.
Who doesn’t love Italian? Especially when the pasta, bread and cheese are made fresh. Bianca is a classic Italian trattoria in Fortitude Valley’s James Street. The restaurant honours the Italian culture by perfecting traditional dishes and pairing them with the finest wines. Book online for a table or a private dining experience.
Celebrate your next occasion at Opa Bar + Mezze, one of Brisbane’s best Greek restaurants. Their menu is packed to the brim with traditional Greek foods and a variety of seafood and dessert dishes. To truly experience the flavours of Greece, try their all-day Mezze menu, perfect for waterfront dining along the Brisbane River. Book online for a table and try to catch the afternoon sunset. OPA.
Deep within the Metro Arts Theatre of Brisbane is an intimate 24-seat restaurant known as Exhibition. The Exhibition aims to provide guests with a multi-sensory dining experience, genuinely keeping the legacy of live theatre and visual arts alive. Head chef and owner Tim Scott draws inspiration as the seasons evolve, using only the freshest produce available.
Felons Barrel Hall is a Brisbane take on the German beer hall experience with fresh beer, a modern menu and live music.
Treasury Brisbane – Will & Flow at Queen’s Wharf Brisbane. The overwater bar and eatery is promises a summer experience in The City that you won't want to miss.
A winery in The City? We're sold. City Winery is bringing wine making to the heart of Fortitude Valley and has opened a space that houses not only Gerler's wine barrels and bar but also a restaurant and private dining area. One of only a few inner-city wineries in Australia, drinkers will be able to enjoy tastes from the barrel and paddock-to-plate food within this industrial space on Wandoo St, or sip on wines at the Brisbane CBD cellar door location on Edward St.
Joey’s is your answer to sippin’ spritzes cliffside in summer. Perched on the Kangaroo Point cliffs, the European summer-inspired décor, iconic Brisbane CBD skyline views and a Mediterranean food and drinks menu to match make Joey’s the perfect spot for a Sunday sunset soirée. They’ve cleverly decked out the place with misters and fans too - so you can enjoy your spritz, no sweat.
Banc Brasserie & Wine Bar is a boutique European inspired Brasserie located in the heart of Brisbane City, in the heritage-listed Bank of New South Wales building on Queen Street. While still paying homage to the origin of the building's architectural design, they have added elegant twists, transforming the space into a charming new hot spot. Highlights from their carefully crafted and beautifully presented menu include duck and Jerusalem artichoke served with wild mushroom & blackberry, and South Australian live lobster paired with crab, dashi, buttermilk, dill and freekeh.
Yamas offers modern Greek fare with a focus on seafood, an extensive wine list, and cocktails that are guaranteed to transport you to the sands of the Agean within a sip. The menu takes inspiration from the portside town of Thessaloniki, and highlights include lamb kleftiko (slow cooked lamb leg), live lobster from the tank chargrilled with capers and ladolemono sauce, and wagyu beef moussaka.
Craving something French for breakfast? No worries. Brisbane’s French brasserie and aperitivo bar awaits you in Fortitude Valley, serving up breakfast, lunch and dinner plus lobby snacks (it’s conveniently located under Hotel X on Brunswick Street). Transport yourself to the streets of Paris while indulging in a French-inspired menu and self-proclaimed “revolutionary cocktails”. We’ll take the plat du jour, s’il vous plait.
With the sweet-sour-salty-savoury hallmarks of Thai cuisine, you'll find a regional restaurant menu with bold flair at Eagle Street Pier. Enjoy views of the Brisbane River with delicious dishes and cocktails amid vibrant design by Anna Spiro.
Fine dining and Italian, a combination delicious dreams are made of. OTTO has found a new home on the banks of the river, occupying arguably one of the most picturesque spots in Brisbane. For the full authentic experience head to their Ristorante and be treated like the royalty you are while you indulge with their champagne lobster spaghettini, or if you’re after a more casual experience they’ve opened their Osteria for bites and beverages.
Boom Boom Room Izakaya is a reimagined Japanese-style restaurant and bar under Donna Chang’s. There’s plenty of Japanese-inspired eats to share and stunning cocktails on offer.
Situated under the train line in Fish Lane, Southside serves up quality East Asian dishes from its industrial and pared back restaurant. Dim sum, share plates, noodles and banquets are all on offer here.
Share food is the key to happiness, and Stafford’s newest restaurant Oh Boy Bok Choy! will keep your mouth-watering long after you’ve left, with their flavour incarnations from our neighbours in Vietnam, China, Malaysia & Thailand. With the Oh Boy prawn toast, make-your-own bao buns and “I don’t share” beef pho, it’s set to be an experience best enjoyed with many, because you’ll want to taste it all.
Nestled within an 1897-built heritage building on Edward Street is the home of Rothwell’s Bar & Grill Brisbane. This quintessential bistro was inspired by iconic restaurants from around the world. Laced with forest-green leather and luminous hanging chandeliers, the experience provides a sense of contemporary glamour. Notorious for its top-notch food and stellar service, it makes the perfect place for both the indulgent long lunches and intimate dining moments. You can expect anything from the classic fresh oyster to their mouth-watering beef wellington paired with the perfect red from their 2000-bottle cellar!
The restaurateurs behind Morning After and Yolk can do no wrong as far as we’re concerned, and Ping Pong is no exception. Head along to enjoy Thai street eats and killer cocktail slushies served alongside mood-altering light installations and a secret oasis in Newstead’s Gasworks precinct.
This venue serves traditional style Mexican food from the Bajio region, which is known for it's slow-cooked flavoursome dishes, soups and spice-filled marinades.
We love a restaurant that gives you an experience. Nice Thai is one of Brisbane’s hottest (in a curry sense too) restaurants to hit this year. The menu features Thai-inspired curries with worldly influences that aim to stay true to the spirit of the original dishes, but are adapted to suit our sub-tropical home. Get your gang together and your curry on, Wednesday through Sunday nights.
Another indulgent Italian restaurant to add to Brisbane’s carb-loaded list? Count us in! Brisbane’s newest neighbourhood Italian bar and trattoria is serving up old-school, unforgettable Italian eats alongside a natural wine and rich Negroni menu in the fast-growing South City Square Precinct. A simple ethos: good food, dim lights, ambience, good times. We’re there.
In a beautiful old brick warehouse, tucked away in the Fortitude Valley, you'll find the wood-fired cooking delights of Agnes. The ethos: Cooking stripped back to its primordial elements, food cooked over a flame and flavoured with a variety of different woods and prepared in exciting ways. From the brilliant minds of sAme sAme and Honto, Agnes is sure to set your heart ablaze.
Bring on the margaritas. With its breathtaking views over the Brisbane to Newstead and beyond this is the perfect place to unwind and wrap your chops around some Mexican street food. Picture fresh Australian produce cooked in the authentic style of the Maya region of Mexico with a touch of Coastal Pacific, Yucatan and Sonoran influences. Plates are designed to be shared and enjoyed family style.
This Howard Smith Wharves eatery has all of us turning heads at the stunning two-storey interior and delectable menu. Turning the old water police headquarters into a Cantonese paradise, Stanley.
Walk past the arched James Street entrance to the Calile Hotel, down Ada Lane and into popular restaurant-slash-bar sAme sAme. It's the sort of place that calls for a cocktail with dinner and the coconut turmeric curry is a must.
Big Roddy's on the move. Fish Lane's saucy ribs, burgers and wings have crossed the river to open up a second venue in Fortitude Valley. Expect a bigger space but the same great pulled "ribwiches", secret sauce ribs, wings and more.
Popular with those who live for all things aesthetically pleasing, The Calile’s Hellenika has a distinctly Greek flavour. This is its second location and sprawls with poolside cabanas and a patio to catch the breeze.
With a moody setting accented with black, gold and red, these yum cha specialists serving contemporary and classic Chinese cuisine.
Dieters beware, the following content is not suitable for the health-conscious. Brisbane's burger scene continues to impress with Milky Lane at Gasworks Plaza. This favourite turns heads with their over-the-top burger combinations, tasty sides (bacon mac & cheese croquettes included), and milkshake-inspired cocktails.
A unique dining experience in the heart of James Street. Book in for dark, moody yet charismatic vibes that give you an escape from the expected. Essa provides a wildly contrasting experience to its nearby neighbours. Boasting a carefully curated seasonal menu, the kitchen prides itself on not only creating meals that will have you asking for more but showcasing the work of local farmers and producers. Their harvest driven dishes pair unexpected ingredients to create familiar flavours that will have your taste buds soaring. Featuring raw, pickled, smoked and wood-fired dishes, Essa is truly an experience that evolves with every visit.
Any guesses as to what SK Steak & Oyster will be dishing up? Unfortunately there'll be no prizes for guessing correctly, as fresh seafood and prime cuts are the obvious hero of this menu.
Meet Olive + Angelo, the restaurant bringing authentic Italian food to the people of Brisbane through recipes with a wealth of history. In true Italian style, the pizza is wood fired and the pasta menu serves a range of classics to curb those carb-fueled cravings.
Put your hands together and prepare those stomachs for this delicious Thai eatery in The City. Located above The Embassy Hotel, Jumbo is heating up the pans to treat customers to a variety of upscale and authentic Thai dishes.
Pastel perfection, modern Australian cuisine and top-notch vinos make up Emporium's showpiece restaurant Signature. With a focus on using locally sourced produce, you can expect an ever-changing a-la-carte and dedicated vegan menu paired with a carefully curated wine list.
Have you always dreamed of sipping a cocktail as big as your head? Well, now you can at Ling Ling's Bar in The Valley. Accompany your soup bowl cocktails with pan-Asian eats, Ling Ling's serves their delicacies late into the night, so you can get your street food-fix at any time.
This isn't your regular run-of-the-mill Mexican you grab for a quick, takeaway lunch, because Baja has style, and a long, relaxing lunch or dinner is the best way to enjoy this modern Cali-Mex cuisine. You'll feel right at home in the warm and aesthetic interior, but it's the menu you'll be riding home about.
Sip, snack and take in the sunset views at this new riverside Italian restaurant. You won't walk past without a second glance at the dreamy, modern interior but it's the food that will have you walking in and taking a seat. Their focus is on simple and authentic style cooking and much to our delight, seafood is consistently a star of most dishes.
Even plant-based eaters get cravings for saucy burgers, crispy fries and creamy shakes, so Lord of the Fries is serving just that, plant-style. Forget the meat because everything at this joint is vegan-friendly. But meat-free doesn't mean it's any less delicious – try for yourself.
Now you can spend every waking minute enjoying delicious eats along Arthur Street. Serving crisp wines and specialty cocktails alongside a menu of European-inspired delights means you can pop by for a nibble and a drink or stay for the full feast – we think the latter is most likely.
This tiny space (we're talking only 10 seats in its entirety) has an ever changing menu depending on inspiration at the time so you'll never know what to expect – except that it will always be delicious, of course.
Built for long and lazy lunches by the river, Greca wants you to savour every bite and advocates slow eating.
Neesh Bar & Restaurant have transformed the area into a light-filled eatery and beer garden serving breakfast, lunch and evening bites – why would you ever leave? This neighbourhood joint promises to be your new favourite local.
We’ve died and gone to pastry heaven. From the amazing Shannin and Clare Kellam, behind Montrachet and King Street Bakery comes Mica Brasserie. Offering French cooking at its finest, you can sample a special selection of artisan breads, gourmet pies, croissants, sweets, savoury treats, and coffee for you to take away.
Industry Beans is not just your run-of-the-mill cafes. Pay a visit for a unique brunch and coffee experience, including the working coffee roastery, coffee greenhouse and coffee bar. The menu is seasonal and changes every three months, so while it's not great for your attachment issues it is great for your belly.
The humble bacon and egg roll is the hero at this Gasworks breaky joint, Yolk. Whether it's a hangover cure you're after, or an easy breakfast on the go, this Aussie staple is sure to satisfy those hunger pangs.
This minimalist but super trendy brunch spot is bringing a little slice of paradise to Alfred Street. With specialty coffee and divine food, it's a win-win.
Eastsiders need not travel for their picturesque breakfasts as the team behind Miss Jones in New Farm has a sibling café in Hawthorne, aptly named Sister. Linger a little longer at this street-side pastel paradise and enjoy a fresh and quirky breakfast.
Specialty café and coffee roaster The Maillard Project is bringing breakfast up a notch in Brisbane’s CBD. And it’s no wonder, being a project by the locally loved Margaret Street café Coffee Anthology. Stop by for unique blends and beautiful breakfasts and pick up a pastry while you’re at it.
Shall we brunch? This warehouse style venue brings you a seasonal menu with an Indian twist. With a breakfast menu till 3pm, a full vegan menu and dinner menu in place, you are bound to find something to get your taste buds tingling. This venue is also doggo friendly, so don't forget to bring your fur friend for an outing.
We're channelling those endless summer vibes at Mr Percival's, Brisbane's overwater bar. Drop in for a lazy lunch on the deck, aperitifs at sunset and live music to ease you into the night as you look back onto The City. Did we mention it's directly under the Story Bridge?
If you're one to enjoy free live music with a drink in hand, then Brunswick Mall's two-level live music venue, The Sound Garden, is the place you want to be. The expansive space houses a modern-Australian bistro, lengthy bar and plenty of room to listen and dance along to a lineup of up-and-coming artists. Plus, its convenient location next to Fortitude Music Hall makes it the perfect place for a pre-show bite and beverage.
This hidey-hole is hidden in the backstreets of South Brisbane, only noticeable by a neon sign and lit-up barbers pole. Once found, enjoy signature cocktails, artisan spirits, craft beers and wine within the confined walls of this 35-seat speakeasy bar.
Bringing a mini French Quartier into the historic heart of Woolloongabba. This spot offers charming and cosy spaces for locals and visitors alike to dine and linger from their first breakfast espresso right up until the post-dinner digestif.
Lefty’s Music hall brings American vibes combined with a modern day flare. This much-loved venue’s quirky old-timey décor has kept this a long-term favourite among locals and Caxton Street goers.
The Terrace within South Bank’s Emporium Hotel provides views for days, fluffy bar stools that blend in with the clouds, and an all-day food menu to keep you hydrated and hunger-free. The Terrace will easily become the place to spend a lazy day this summer.
Not another rooftop bar – said no one ever. Tetto, together with Corbett & Claude, has a two-level venue at Everton Park's Park Lane precinct. Oozing coastal Italian vibes, this rooftop establishment is your next go-to for Italian fare, refreshing cocktails and sun-soaked afternoons.
Have you ever found yourself dreaming of the 19th century Parisian countryside? Well put those dreams at ease, because The Matriarch in Newstead features a swanky garden patio lined with olive trees and crystal chandeliers, perfect for an inner-city cocktail escape.
Who knew the mastermind behind Cobbler, Savile Row and Finney Isles still had the energy to do anything else, but he's surprised (and delighted) us all by with another joint down Burnett Lane. Wander through double wooden doors to find a moody lounge bar encompassing low light, leather couches in the back room and shelves lined with delectable drops ready for any liquor connoisseur to sip and enjoy.
This Hawaiian-inspired dive bar has a focus on live music and uncomplicated drinks. So grab a beer and get yourself to the dance floor.
Sit along the riverbank and toss back a cold one at Felons Brewing Co. Sitting under the Story Bridge at Howard Smith Wharves, the beer is freshly brewed on site within the confines of the old heritage sheds.
With an irresistible menu and handpicked wine list, this multi-level bar is sure to be the perfect place for after-work drinks and lazy Sunday sessions.
Step back in time to the hidden gem that is Cindy Chows. A speakeasy that you won’t just stumble across, head down into Ling Lings on Brunswick Street, but before you enter, take a right at the bottom of the stairs and you’ll find the entrance to the glitz and glam of Shanghai in the 1920’s. Try their signature ‘Lady Absinthe Fountain’ for the full experience.
Another rooftop bar to add to the list, perched above the super-trendy Hotel X. We love a Sunday session, and Iris has this sorted with RNB tunes, Mediterranean-inspired eats like slow-cooked lamb shawarma and flatbread with handmade burrata and Baba Ghanouj, cocktails named Coco Cabana and Fruits of the Forest, and stunning views of the city skyline from 3pm. No excuses, get your head in the clouds and experience a touch of luxury.
Located on the upper floor of a heritage-listed John Reid & Nephews building in Brisbane City you’ll find a 12-meter whiskey bar known as Frogs Hollow Saloon. Along with a wide selection of independently bottled labels, you’ll have your pick of delicious Australian produced beers, cocktails, and wines.
What’s the ultimate Sunday session location? A rooftop brewery. Ride an elevator above Cloudland and you’ll step into a carefully designed and full-of-life brewery, complete with rooftop views, woodfired pizza and a charcoal grill. What more could you want?
Celebrating Brisbane’s sunshine state of mind, this poolside restaurant and bar is keeping summer alive, all year long. Praised for its past of hosting world-renowned guests including inventor Alexander Graham Bell, President Lyndon B. Johnson and The Beatles, the revamp pays homage to the ’70s and ‘80s - the era it was first established. Although the atmosphere is laid-back, their menu is exploding with flavour. From Southern Queensland lamb loin chops to the chef’s signature casserole du jour which is seasonally shifted, Hibiscus Room needs to be on top of your dining agenda.