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Polpetta, a Brisbane Italian Restaurant

A celebration of authentic Italian cuisine, Polpetta is the real deal and fast becoming one of the best Italian restaurants Brisbane has on offer.

Inspired by the streets of Rome, Polpetta serves up a mouth-watering array of authentic flavours, with lashings of delizioso in every bite and sip. This is the real Italy: Robust, rustic fare with big personality and true character — where plates are shared, and conversation is lively. From antipasti, house-made pasta and secondi to delicious Italian inspired desserts and drinks, Polpetta provides an authentic taste of Italy in the heart of Brisbane.

Situated at the base of Crystalbrook Vincent, amidst the hotel's striking contemporary design and a backdrop of the iconic and original artwork of Vincent Fantauzzo — Polpetta is both a visual and literal feast for the senses. 

Nestled below Story Bridge and amongst the bustle of the Howard Smith Wharves — Polpetta has a relaxed and laid back atmosphere reminiscent of eateries in Rome. 

Brisbane's best Italian restaurant welcomes one and all, day and night, for both breakfast and dinner. Pop in, take your place - and your time. You're going to need it: second serves are inevitable.

A celebration of authentic Italian food and wine in a setting that's one-of-a-kind, Polpetta is deliciously inspired in every way. Come in and eat, drink, be social and enjoy. It is a place where you are always welcome. Buon appetito!

What's cooking?

Breakfast at Polpetta brings a few Italian twists to its delectable morning menu. Highlights include the smoked Mortadella bagel with fried egg, Barossa halloumi and sweet chilli tomato relish or the beef, red wine, herb ragu with poached eggs, white bean puree, charred sourdough, and a scattering of Pecorino.

For dinner,Polpetta offers an Italian feast with antipasti, including Noosa mushroom arancini and beef and pork meatballs with tomato sugo, smoked Scamorza and grilled sourdough. Main course highlights include the seared braised lamb shoulder with creamy buckwheat polenta and the hearty casarecce with braised beef and herb ragu. End your night on a sweet note with a classic Affogato made with house churned vanilla bean ice cream with St Dreux espresso and biscotti. 

On the drinks menu is a selection of aperitivo, including Italian classics Negroni and Aperol Spritz, an assortment of lavish cocktails and an extensive wine list featuring Pinot Grigio and Chianti from Italy, Chardonnay and Shiraz from Australia, and Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand.

What They Said

Couple enjoying romantic dinner in Polpetta

Great atmosphere, food and service to match

The staff were very friendly, welcoming and so helpful with our meal choices. We shared several dishes and everything was perfectly cooked and delicious. Highly recommend Polpetta.

Karma, Trip Advisor

Absolutely astounding

Fresh food prepared simply and perfectly and I mean perfectly. We love this place.

Trevor, Google

Superb food and service!

The staff here are first class. Smiling and attentive service makes all the difference. Thanks to all at Polpetta for a fantastic evening.

HMB2302, Trip Advisor

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Howard Smith Wharves
5 Boundary Street, Brisbane City, QLD 4000


Monday to Friday 6:30am to 10:30am
Saturday and Sunday 7:00am to 11:00am

Friday and Saturday 5:30pm to 9:00pm


07 3515 0700

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Polpetta 5 Boundary St, Brisbane City QLD 4000 0.26

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