• Beneath the old Metro Arts Centre building, chef Tim Scott explores not just his love of cooking (with an evolving menu of around 15 to 20 courses) but also art, artisans and producers – from hand-forged cutlery to a display of antique Japanese knives and shelves of fancy recipe books.

  • A 120-seat modern-Chinese restaurant.

  • Polished, old-school service and European-inspired dishes are the pillars of this elegant bar and grill in the former Jamie's Italian space. Visit for stellar seafood dishes, a tight selection of pastas and a roving Armagnac cart with bottles dating back to 1931.

  • A two-storey Japanese izakaya with a beautiful bento box-inspired fit-out. Upstairs in pride of place is a pair of turntables, ready to spin vinyl tunes late into the night.

  • A two-storey Cantonese eatery with a star chef at the helm.

  • Family-style Greek from Jonathan Barthelmess, one of Sydney’s favourite restaurateurs.

  • Alice is a rocker’s reverie. There are ’80s TVs, a lucky-dip machine, and a jukebox playing hair metal hits – and it’s open til 3am every night.

  • The W Hotel's sophisticated NY-styleThe W Hotel’s sophisticated NY-style grill sees an ex-Noma chef serving elevated tater tots and dry-aged Warwick Wagyu. Plus, find classic sides like mac’n’cheese and a caesar salad plated tableside.

  • Dan Arnold and Matt Blackwell have imbued the old Greenglass space with all the flair and ambition you’d expect from the pair. Come for highlights like mussel beurre blanc, and a wine list heavy on French and Aussie drops.

  • Celebrity chef Guy Grossi's 150-seat restaurant serves up the traditional dishes you'd find along Italy's Amalfi Coast. Go for gnocchi alla Sorrentina, pasta al limone and scialatielli all’amalfitana. Plus, a whole heap of wines from the Campania region, including fiano and aglianico.

  • This flash Greek restaurant has a live shellfish and oyster bar plus over 20 mezze plates. Expect moussaka, pastitsio and lamb on a spit alongside chargrilled lobster, chocolate baklava and lesser-known Greek wines in beautiful, island-inspired surrounds.

  • An all-day Italian eatery inspired by the breezy, seafood-forward diners of the Amalfi Coast.

  • From the team behind Naga Thai, this seafood-focused restaurant’s beautiful design plays second fiddle to priceless Story Bridge views. On the menu you might find salt-baked Murray cod, Fremantle octopus carpaccio and a hefty Wagyu flank steak. Plus, Coravin wines by the glass and a sophisticated sherry program.

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  • A fun, modern take on traditional izakaya.

  • The Coffee Anthology team’s sophisticated eatery is set within Midtown Centre’s Intersection food and drink precinct. Ascend the steps for sharp, Asian-influenced dishes and Anthology’s regular rotation of top Australian coffee roasters. Plus, craft beers and wines by the bottle and glass.

  • Contemporary yum cha in Brisbane Quarter.

  • Get a taste of Brooklyn’s multicultural street food scene.

  • It took 12 months to perfect these burgers.

  • A heritage-listed warehouse hosting a beautiful Malaysian teahouse.

  • A hole-in-the-wall sandwich shop dedicated to on-the-go lunches. And a contender for best Vietnamese rolls in the city.

  • Open now. The new menu is all about pasta and wine.

  • A whopping 150-dish menu drawing on Taiwan and mainland China (plus enormous servings) made the first Kingsfood, in Sunnybank, a crowd favourite. This newer al fresco counterpart repeats the formula, but adds beer, wine, sake and shochu.

  • A Latin American and Spanish inspired diner in the space that formerly housed Aria.

  • It may be located in a shopping centre, but the dumplings are superb.

  • Australian fine dining at its best.

  • An all day cafe, restaurant and wine bar in the basement of Rowes Building.

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  • A Thai diner looking to capture the spirit of some of Bangkok’s best modern restaurants.

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  • A neon-lit stunner from the owner of Phat Elephant and Chai Thai.

  • Burgers and concretes by the water, just how it should be.

  • BYO bib, or prepare to get wonderfully messy.

  • A beautiful light-filled, leafy gastropub.

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  • The restaurant inside Customs House concentrates on small wine producers and share plates inside a modern dining room.

  • An American-inspired bar specialising in hot chicken, whiskey and bourbon.

  • A brasserie with seriously good service, a list of Martinis and specialty Australian grain-fed porterhouse beef in a heritage area.

  • Forget a room with a view, try a meal with a mood.

  • Gourmet burgers flipped in a shipping container.

  • How much flavour can you hold in one hand?

  • Traditional ramen with a pan-Japanese focus.


  • Just like a trad Italian bakery, this tiny takeaway joint sells chunky Roman-style pizza by the slice. Plus, arancini stuffed with saffron rice and Italian sausage, and house-made pastas to go.

  • City workers, take note – this sleek cafe is the answer to all your weekday lunch woes. It’s got you covered with healthy salads, loaded deli sandwiches and Bear Bones specialty coffee.

  • A Gold Coast deli king is now serving classic subs, Cuban sandos and loaded hot dogs in Brisbane. And because he's got a license, a Margarita or natty wine is in your near future.

  • A grungy hideaway that’s busy from morning to night.

  • The Melbourne coffee roaster’s small CBD espresso bar aims to get your brew out in under two minutes. Stop in for expert coffee, ice-cold cans of cold brew and Chouquette pastries.

  • The Melbourne-born croissanterie’s petite, takeaway-ready store isn’t much more than a hole in the wall. But it’s serving those famous pastries, and Coffee Supreme espresso and filter. Follow the crowds headed for one of the city’s most popular laneways.

  • A cafe, roastery and ambitious training hub from one of the city's best exponents of specialty coffee.

  • Coffee grotto by day, bar by night. In a city famous for neglecting its heritage, John Mills Himself is a glowing tribute to Brisbane’s past and present.

  • The Brisbane specialty-coffee superstar continues to showcase the country's best roasters at this cavernous, contemporary cafe. Find it behind an 1890s-built heritage facade in the heart of the city.

  • Luxury brownies endorsed by Ashton Kutcher.

  • A tiny cafe hidden down a CBD laneway.

  • A contemporary restaurant with old-world charm, in the heart of the CBD.

  • Serving coffee any way you like it.

  • Get the meatballs. Get the meatballs.

  • A place to linger in the bustle of the CBD.

  • Expert coffee from one of Sydney’s best roasters.

  • Keep it simple – that’s the thinking at this little cafe and bar. Accordingly, you’ll rarely have to wait.

  • For those who like their coffee on the dark side.

  • Day or night, this beautifully designed venue is a draw.


  • An elite bartending team is behind this approachable cocktail den, slinging an imaginative signature drinks list, Guinness on tap and housemade toasties. It’s all housed behind a heritage brick-and-timber facade in the city centre.

  • The top Brisbane brewery’s monster entertainment precinct is a one-stop drinking and dining destination. It’s got you covered with 59 taps, multiple eateries and a non-stop roster of DJs and live music.

  • Fans of dapper cocktail bar Death & Taxes should make a beeline for this Brisbane city spot. Inspired by the hole-in-the-wall bars of New York and Italy, it's where you can slink into a leather booth with a well-made cocktail and escape the everyday.

  • A boundary-pushing cocktail bar from the team behind CBD laneway bar Death and Taxes. It takes service to a whole new level, with roving Martini carts delivering expertly made seasonal drinks to luxurious leather booths.

  • More than 600 bottles in heritage-listed digs on Brisbane’s oldest laneway.

  • A slick, understated laneway boozer and pintxos joint from a former Masterchef star.

  • Queensland’s only heritage-listed pub has a refined charm.

  • The octagonal, overwater stunner with a fresh-seafood slant and an enviable view.

  • Behind a nondescript door down a graffiti-covered laneway, this homey underground bar is devoted to digestifs. Come for vintage Italian amaro, beeswax and lavender Negronis, and plenty of snacks to drink them with.

  • Enjoy live music and free pretzels six nights a week at this laneway bar.

  • Cocktails and dim sum in an old, underground bank vault.

  • Quality burgers and beers brewed on site.

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  • Good beer and comfort food. Nothing more, nothing less.

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  • Tuck into a wood-fired pizza from "Big Bird" at this modern gastropub.

  • A rollicking good time bar on Caxton Street.

  • This hotel bar hits new rooftop heights.

  • Due to open in June 2017.