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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 fine dining and the top brunch spots in town, our guide of Brisbane’s best restaurants will have you set.

 

Casual Eats in Brisbane

Polpetta

Authentic Italian cuisine on Brisbane’s bustling riverside.

Situated along Brisbane’s Howard Smith Wharves, at the base of Crystalbrook Vincent, is Polpetta — a celebration of authentic Italian cuisine.

Inspired by the streets of Rome, Polpetta serves up robust and rustic Italian fare. From antipasti, house-made pasta and secondi to delicious Italian inspired desserts and drinks, Polpetta provides an authentic taste of Italy right in the heart of Brisbane. The restaurant is also known for its breakfast menu, featuring fan favourites with a few Italian twists. 

Open for breakfast Mon – Fri 7am -10am and dinner Fri & Sat 5:30pm – 9:30pm. Make your reservation online today.

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More Casual Brisbane Restaurants 

Hôntô

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.

Open Tues -Sat 5:30pm till late.Visit the website to make a booking.

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El Planta

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.

Open Tues – Thurs 5:30pm – 9pm, Fri – Sat 5:30pm – 10:30 pm. Visit the website to make a booking.

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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.

Open Tues – Sat 5:30pm – 8:30pm, Sun  5:30pm – 8pm. Visit the website to make a booking.

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Neesh Bar

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. 

Open Mon – Sun 7am – 2pm, Thurs – Sat 5pm – 10:30pm. Walk-ins are permitted, otherwise visit the website to make a booking.

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Hellenika 

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.

Open Mon – Sun 6:30am – 12am. Make your reservation online. 

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Fine Dining in Brisbane

Agnes 

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.

Open Tues – Thurs 5:30pm – 11pm, Fri 12pm – 15pm & 5:30pm – 11pm and Sat 12pm – 12am. Bookings essential.

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Bianca

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.

Open Mon – Thurs 5pm – 10pm, Fri & Sat 12pm – 3pm and 5pm – 11pm, Sun 12pm – 3pm and 5pm – 10pm. Visit the Bianca website to make a booking. 

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Detour

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.

Open Tues – Thurs 5pm – 10am, Fri - Sat 12pm – 11pm. Visit the website to make a booking. 

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e’cco bistro

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.

Open Wed – Thurs 6:15pm – 10:30pm, Fri 12pm – 2:30pm & 6:15pm – 10:30pm & Sat 12pm – 3pm & 6:15pm – 10:30pm. Visit the website or call to make a booking. 

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Gauge

A Brisbane foodie favourite — Gauge, is an ambitious and elegant restaurant located in South Brisbane. Their inventive tasting menus include sophisticated dishes, including smoked eel with toasted barley, yellowtail kingfish, wagyu tri-tip and parsnip and sunflower cake.

Open Weds – Fri 5pm – 11:30pm, Sat 12:30pm – 2:30pm & 5pm – 11:30pm. Visit the website to make a booking. 

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Gerard’s Bistro

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.

Open Tues – Thurs and Sat 6pm – 12am, Fri 12pm – 3pm & 6pm – 12am. Visit the website to make a booking. 

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Joy Restaurant

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.

Open Fri -Sun 5:30pm – 10pm. 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. Book online to avoid missing out.

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Brisbane’s Best Brunch

Fiume

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 Italian-inspired brunch with a few local twists. Dine on petit almond croissants, mini Italian-style doughnuts with ricotta, pistachio and lemon and Fiume’s famous baked gnocchi with smoked pancetta and crumbed soft egg. Brunch comes complete with a 2-hour beverage package. 

Available every Sunday from 10am - 12pm and 12.30pm - 2.30pm. Book online to avoid missing out.

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Morning After

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.

Open Mon – Sun 7am – 3:30pm. Walk-ins welcome. 

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Farmhouse 

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.

Open Mon – Fri 6:30 am – 3:30pm and Sat – Sun 6:30am – 2:30pm. Walk-ins only on weekends, otherwise make a booking online. 

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Anouk Cafe

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.

Open Mon - Sun 7am – 3pm. To grab a table, book online on their website. 

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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.

Open Mon - Sun 7am – 3pm. To grab a table, book online on their website. 

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Wild Canary Bistro

Nestled within the lush Brookfield Gardens in Brisbane’s Western suburbs is Wild Canary Bistro.  The Wild Canary eclectic breakfast and lunch menu features macadamia and pecan granola, chorizo and prawn nasi goreng, house-made pie of the day, twice-baked green pea and herb soufflé, with a focus on using only the best local produce.

Open Mon – Fri 8:30am – 3pm & Sat – Sun 8am – 3pm. Make your reservation online. 

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