Take a bite out of Brisbane’s best restaurants

restaurants in Brisbane

Keen foodies will discover a revived dining scene in Queensland’s capital. These are the restaurants in Brisbane you’ll want to arrive hungry to.


Not so long ago, it was illegal to dine outdoors in Queensland. Its tropical footpaths were considered unhygienic. The very idea of alfresco was reserved for those eclectic Europeans slouched along sidewalk cafés. As for wining and dining by the Brisbane River itself? Forget it.

How times have changed. Fast forward and the river is where it’s all at these days. There are bustling breweries and neat nosheries perched under the shadow of the iconic Story Bridge on one side of the city, elegant rooftop bars grazing the skyline and fine-dining restaurants everywhere in between, all offering that essential ingredient: food and brews with a view. The cool crowd is lapping it up, not only for its social media gravitas, but for the Brissie breezes themselves.

Opener: Remy’s in Paddington. Image: Remy’s.


Howard Smith Wharves. © Richard Greenwood


Riverside restaurants in Brisbane

These days, it’s the perky precinct on everyone’s lips. Since opening in 2018, Howard Smith Wharves has rapidly become a dining darling for its riverfront locale and multitude of restaurants. It’s also home to the buzzing Felons Brewery. This ever-evolving destination has recently added two more restaurants to its pole position.

For a jaunty Japanese experience, Yoko Dining boasts a raw bar, plus a menu of vegetables, dumplings, seafood and sweets. Stanley, an upmarket Cantonese restaurant, serves the likes of Peking duck pancakes and wok-fried Moreton Bay bugs amid swanky surrounds.


Valley Hops Brewing. Image: Tourism and Events Queensland.


Rooftop bars in Brisbane

With glorious sub-tropical weather , Brisbane’s rooftop bars are the perfect place to hang out during summer (and most of the rest of the year!) One of the newest to grace the scene is Sunsets Rooftop in Kangaroo Point, a stunning Mediterranean-themed cocktail bar – and of course, it’s the best place to catch a sunset with cocktail in hand.

Head to Fiume Rooftop Bar at Crystalbrook Vincent for something a lil bit fancy, with panoramic views of Howard Smith Wharves, The City and the Brisbane river. Try one of their Fiume signature cocktails like the Forest Fig Spritz or Cumquat Collins. If you’re after more of a refined brewpub offering, check out Valley Hops Brewing above Cloudland in the heart Fortitude Valley.

Looking for a perspective on the Brisbane skyline that hasn’t been offered before? The Terrace, at Emporium Hotel, is South Bank’s only rooftop bar. Among the vertical gardens, illuminated floor and a retractable roof to allow for any weather eventuality, you can bump shoulders with Brisbane’s beautiful while you glance back over the river towards the CBD. Get into the spirit of things with clever cocktails such as the Rooftop Eastside or Terrace Spritz.


Hashtag Burgers and Waffles. Image: Fish Lane.


Fish Lane, Brisbane

For a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it laneway in South Brisbane, the graffiti-art dining area of Fish Lane packs a punch. It’s got 12 restaurants, 11 bars, six cafés and three dessert joints. Hello Please has shifted spots, bringing a fresh look with more seating, schmick subway tiles and a new Asian-inspired menu. Share plates are all the rage here. Highlights include the beef in betel leaf and roast pork belly with pickled cucumber and peanut hoisin.

For a taste of Victoria with a Brisbane twist, Cups on Melbourne serves chic coffee among traditional timber Queensland architecture.

If burgers are more your jam, check out Hashtag Burgers and Waffles, offering mouth-watering beef burgers, famous chicken burgers, and a series of vegetarian options that are just as indulgent and flavoursome as their meaty counterparts.


Diners enjoying lunch at Same Same. Image: Tourism and Events Queensland.


Old and iconic restaurants in Brisbane

It would be remiss to mention dining in Brisbane without a trip to Bacchus, one of the country’s most satisfying dining experiences. What makes this something old (it’s not that old, in fact) maintain its new, is its sublime seasonal menus. Perch in gargantuan chairs in a room redolent of a gentleman’s club and savour the new autumn menu. It features the likes of goat cappelletti pasta filled with stracchino cheese served with goat ragout and kangaroo tartare.

Also on the South Bank side of town, Emporium’s elegant Signature serves divine dining on tables adorned by olive branches. Leaning towards local produce, Signature serves up Brisbane Valley quail, Queensland spanner crab and Darling Downs Wagyu sirloin.

The sizzle of woks along the funky James Street precinct will lead you to sAme sAme, which specialises in classic South-East Asian cooking. Here, Thai-inspired dishes are paired with Queensland produce. Try the half-shell Hervey Bay scallop, stir-fried with chilli, garlic, peppercorns and basil. The green curry dessert with coconut, lime parfait, rice puffs and lime curd, is intriguing too.


Ham on Rye in Paddington.


Suburban restaurants in Brisbane

You only need take a few proverbial paces back from the river to discover Brisbane’s inner-city suburbs are also undergoing a restaurant renaissance.

Visit Ham on Rye in Paddington for some of the best deli sandwiches in the city. A quintessential Queensland experience is on offer at The Fish Factory in Morningside, where you can pick up delicious fish and chips and visit the fresh seafood market. A similar salty experience can be had at Kangaroo Point’s One Fish Two Fish.

Make sure to check out Snug, a newly opened Korean-inspired cafe and brunch spot in Coorparoo.

Queensland’s culinary treasures aren’t confined to the capital. You’ll find extraordinary dining experiences all over the state. You’ll find a few of our favourite dining destinations in Queensland here.


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