What makes a great restaurant? At Broadsheet, we’re interested in how well a place lives up to its own ambitions, regardless of its age, price point or cuisine.

Maybe it’s good value for money and a reliable source of fun. Maybe it pioneered a trend, and remains the most vital example of it. Or maybe, after several decades in operation, it still feels as fresh and relevant as ever.

All are equally valid answers when it comes to determining the best restaurants in Brisbane. That’s why our list includes lively wine bars and other dressed-down eateries alongside the usual fine diners. The remit may be wide, but if you’re looking for restaurants that both define and capture our city’s culinary spirit, stop right here. These are Brisbane's absolute best.

Gerard’s Bistro

The Moubment Group’s best-regarded restaurant delivers innovative Middle Eastern cuisine in a texture-rich dining room.

Gerard’s Lane 14-15 James Street, Fortitude Valley
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Greca

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

Howard Smith Wharf Precinct 5 Boundary Street, Brisbane

Hellenika

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

Level 1 48 James Street, Fortitude Valley
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1889 Enoteca

Real Roman food and the Italian treatment in Woolloongabba’s antique district.

819 Stanley Street, Woolloongabba

Arc Dining

Elevated seafood and wine at Howard Smith Whaves.

5 Boundary Street, Brisbane City

Montrachet

Brisbane’s adored French restaurant sticks to the classics. And there’s a boulangerie attached.

1/30 King Street, Bowen Hills

Stokehouse Q

The Melbourne import has become a classic in Brisbane, serving approachable but elevated Mediterranean-influenced dining.

Sidon Street, South Brisbane

Longtime

You’ll wind up staying for a long time at this late night Thai diner.

610 Ann Street, Fortitude Valley

Otto

An elegant Italian restaurant with stunning views of the Story Bridge.

Level 4 480 Queen Street, Brisbane
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Detour

From the man who brought you edible insects and Kentucky Fried Duck.

11 Logan Road, Woolloongabba

Gauge

A challenging, inventive menu keeps Sourced Grocer’s sister cafe ahead of the pack.

77-79 Grey Street, South Brisbane

Urbane

Test your palate with a masterful degustation in minimalist surrounds.

181 Mary Street, Brisbane
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Joy

A couple of young guns cooking (and doing the dishes) in a tiny, 10-seat omakase-style fine diner down a pokey laneway.

7 694 Ann Street, Fortitude Valley