Discover Brisbane’s Best Restaurants
Brisbane’s impressive food scene will leave you spoiled for choice. From authentic Italian, plant-based Mexican and traditional Greek to award-winning modern Australian and the top brunch spots in town, our guide of Brisbane’s best restaurants will have you set.
Modern Australian Eats in Brisbane
Mews brings urban laneway dining to Brisbane’s vibrant Howard Smith Wharves.
Through working with independent local growers, Mews has developed a menu focused on sustainably sourced meat and fish, while leaning into a sustainable approach free of pomp or pretension, that celebrates the beauty of ingredients.
Take a seat outside on the alfresco terrace and soak in the crowds from arguably Brisbane’s best people-watching spot.
Open for daily breakfast and dinner Tuesday - Saturday. Make a reservation today.
More Casual Brisbane Restaurants
Located in Alden Street, Fortitude Valley, Hôntô serves classic Japanese dishes with a contemporary twist, using the freshest local ingredients. Dine on a selection of sashimi, karaage chicken burgers, lobster katsu sando, steamed pork gyoza, and for pudding — charcoal meringue, yuzu, sesame and seasonal fruit.
El Planta, located in bustling South Brisbane, is authentic Mexican and 100% plant-based. Dishes are made to be shared with a rotating menu featuring roasted and fried potatoes with smoked cashew cream, house-made eggplant, mushroom, and walnut meatballs, and a list of delicious tacos.
Banana Leaf Thai
Located in East Brisbane, Banana Leaf Thai offers a carefully crafted selection of classic Thai dishes with a few unique creations. Dine on delicious slow-cooked massaman beef curry, Pad Thai and ‘red hot lava’ made with Tasmanian salmon, red curry sauce, Kipfler potatoes, roti and basil.
Nestled away in East Brisbane, Neesh Bar is a friendly neighbourhood café — laidback and fun. Neesh Bar’s menu serves up all your favourites, including eggs benedict or avocado on toast for breakfast, burgers for lunch and slow-cooked pork belly for dinner.
Hellenika at The Calile serves up authentic Greek fare, whether feasting with friends, romantic al fresco dining or casual bites by the hotel’s hip poolside. Select from an impressive fresh fish market menu, plates of traditional spanakopita, eggplant moussaka and souvlakia, or a banquet for the whole table.
Fine Dining in Brisbane
Located in an old brick warehouse, Agnes is a celebration of the ancient art of wood-fired cooking. Renowned chef and co-owner Ben Williamson sources the best and freshest meat, seafood, poultry, and vegetables that are fired up on a custom-made stone hearth. Sample menu includes wood-roasted oysters, smoked lamb ribs and Wagyu T-bone.
Located on Brisbane’s James Street, Bianca pays homage to the classic Italian trattoria, perfecting simple Italian dishes using the finest seasonal produce. Get an authentic taste of Italy with pasta, bread and cheese made in-house and a menu that includes pork and fennel lasagna, mafalde osso buco ragu and risotto bianco al tartufo.
Detour is a constant feature on Brisbane’s list of top restaurants with good reason. The restaurant’s inclusive menu caters for both omnivores and herbivores with delicious dishes including spanner crab, coal-roasted lamb, gunpowdered wagyu brisket, beetroot tartare, smoked pumpkin and fossilized carrots.
Award-winning e’cco bistro is one of Brisbane’s best restaurants, now relocated in trendy Newstead. Founded in 1995 by acclaimed chef Philip Johnson, e’cco bistro offers set menus featuring seasonal produce, with dishes included buckwheat gnocchi with blue cheese and walnuts and black angus bavette with pea and wasabi.
Located in Fortitude, Gerard’s Bistro is an award-winning Brisbane restaurant that combines the flavours of the Maghreb and the Middle East. The menu is rich with seasonal produce and dishes designed to be shared, including wood-fired Turkish bread with advieh labne, Noosa scallops, coal-grilled octopus and Hawaij chicken with green zhoug and lime.
Located on ‘Bakery Lane,’ Joy Restaurant always lives up to its name. The intimate restaurant seats ten and is a unique dining experience as diners watch the chefs at work. The ever-changing menu offers multiple courses of Australian/Japanese small plates.
Joy is a hot ticket, and you may need to book months in advance unless you can snag a last-minute cancellation which are posted on Instagram.
Brisbane’s Best Brunch
Fiume Rooftop Bar
Fiume Rooftop Bar, located atop Crystalbrook Vincent, is an urban oasis and one of the best brunch spots in Brisbane. Tantalise your tastebuds with a three-course brunch of local delights, complete with a two-hour beverage package.
Available every Sunday. Book online to avoid missing out.
Morning After is Brisbane’s must-visit brunch spot with a menu like no other. Favourites include gingerbread hotcakes, benedict with crispy pork belly and poached eggs with yuzu hollandaise. And of course, their unique breakfast carbonara with malloreddus, smoked bacon, 63-degree egg and herb crumb.
Nestled in the suburbs is Kedron, is Brisbane’s most charming brunch spot — Farmhouse. Big supporters of local and regional farmers, Farmhouse grub, is made using the freshest seasonal ingredients. Tuck into delicious breakfast gnocchi, farmhouse potato cake or burnt honey cream French toast, complete with a creamy flat white or Harissa Bloody Mary.
For an upscale Brisbane brunch, Anouk Café in Paddington is just the place. This light and bright café serve a tasty international menu including brioche French toast, traditional lemon ricotta doughnuts and Turkish eggs with lashings of labneh.
The Gunshop Café
A local favourite, The Gunshop Café is a cool West End spot that's been around for 16 years. The all-day breakfast menu features classics like Smashed avocado, Smoked bacon and egg brekkie burger or Green eggs and ham - and for that something special, Prawn okonomiyaki or Banoffee French toast.