Best Date Places in Brisbane

Updated 11 months ago


So you got a match. The next step is harder: finding the right place to impress your date.

These aren't places for quiet, white-tableclothed romance. They're fun, energetic restaurants and bars packed with atmosphere, where there's rarely a chance for an awkward silence. Good luck.

  • A two-storey Japanese izakaya from star restaurateur Jonathan Barthelmess.

  • A 300-seater with the heart of a late-night market stall.

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

  • A gorgeous restaurant and bar at the centre of Brisbane's Middle Eastern moment.

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  • Widely regarded as one of the country’s best Greek restaurants.

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

  • Pizza that's been delighting Brisbane since 2004.

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

  • Refined share plates and mezcal on a classy corner of Brunswick Street.

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

  • The perfect warm-up for an extended date at Gerard's Bistro, provided things go well.

  • Sit at the bar, order a few wines and interact with the chefs. No chance of an awkward silence here.

  • A European-style wine bar and bistro in South Brisbane.

  • This heritage-listed bar is a hot contender for the city's most elegant space. Ideal for a picky date, in other words.

  • Modern Chinese food and a killer wine list from brothers Cameron and Jordan Votan.

  • Casual but classy Italian dining.

  • Small, intimate and totally cool.

  • A rooftop oasis with splendid views across Fortitude Valley and the CBD. Come for Italian-leaning small plates and cocktails designed by Sydney's Maybe Sammy – one of the world's best bars.

  • Via a long marble bar, this moody 60-seat restaurant puts guests up close and personal with its woodfire grill, used to cook an ever-changing menu that might include Black Angus short rib or pickled kohlrabi.

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  • Salt and pepper cuttlefish sangas, Moreton Bay bug char kway teow, fancy wines and spicy cocktails – all in a jaw-dropping three-storey space from the Rick Shores crew.

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  • This beautiful, fast-paced and very fun Italian restaurant is from the Same Same and Agnes crew. Expect house-made pasta, stacks of antipasti and soft-serve gelato, accompanied by a 350-bottle wine list – all in one of Brisbane's most beguiling dining rooms.

  • The successor to Longtime, one of Brisbane’s most celebrated Thai restaurants. As the name suggests, the site’s DNA hasn’t fundamentally changed – but the service is sharper, the space is more beautiful, and the food is more vibrant than ever.

  • This beautiful marble and mirrored aperitivo bar complements Gemelli next door with a breezier, more laid-back energy. The open street-facing window is an excellent perch for Italian snacks, washed down with a Negroni or a spritz.

  • A small plate-centric wine and cocktail bar from the Happy Boy crew.

  • Hello Please opened back in 2016. But since moving to its permanent Fish Lane location, it's had a real swagger. The fit-out is sleek and bold in equal measure, offset by a sunny awning that garlands the exterior. On the food front, old favourites such as the crispy chicken ribs are joined by new dishes such as katsu eggplant bao and cacio e pepe udon.

  • Hit this south-side spot for soul-warming pasta, woodfired pizza and spinning Italo-disco tunes. For drinks, it’s birthday Negronis, an Aether-brewed Italian lager and 80-plus Italian wines.

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  • If you’re after the cream of Italian dining in Brisbane, look no further. This place serves real-deal Roman food, and is officially recognised as one of the world’s best Italian restaurants outside the motherland for its stellar wine list.

  • 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.

  • This European-style wine bar pours natural-leaning drops from Australia, France, Italy, Spain and beyond. Enjoy a drop alongside bistro classics such as escargot, steak frites and charcuterie.

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