It’s easy to overlook Brisbane’s city centre when trying to decide where to eat. These days you’re likely to find yourself around the corner from several terrific local restaurants, wherever you live.

But the CBD’s still at the heart of food in Brisbane. Some of these places are iconic and have been serving great office lunches or special dinners for years. Others are newer, with inventive menus designed by exciting young chefs earning their stripes. All of the places in this guide continue to set the tone for how Brisbane eats. And thanks to the insane amount of competition, many of these venues are far more reasonably priced than you would expect.

Roti Place

A heritage-listed warehouse hosting a beautiful Malaysian teahouse.

42 Charlotte Street, Brisbane

Massimo

An unfussy all-day Italian diner for the CBD.

The Riverside Centre Boardwalk 123 Eagle Street, Brisbane

Phat Boy

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

300 George Street, Brisbane

Greca

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

Howard Smith Wharf Precinct 5 Boundary Street, Brisbane

Jumbo Thai

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

Level 1 214 Elizabeth Street, Brisbane

Three Blue Ducks

W Brisbane’s flagship restaurant is a wholesome and hearty Sydney success story.

Level 3 81 North Quay, Brisbane

Alba Bar and Deli

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

34 Burnett Lane, Brisbane

Patina

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

399 Queen Street, Brisbane City

Brisbane Phoenix

Contemporary yum cha in Brisbane Quarter.

300 George Street, Brisbane City

Spice Den

Pan-Asian banquet-style dishes – from small plates through to more substantial protein, curries and noodles – and a sleek modern fit-out.

Spire Residences 550 Queen Street, Brisbane

Walter's Steakhouse

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

219 Alice Street, Brisbane

Isles Lane

A beautiful light-filled, leafy gastropub.

300 Queen Street, Brisbane

Donna Chang Dining

A 120-seat modern-Chinese restaurant.

171 George Street, Brisbane

Taro’s Ramen & Cafe

BYO bib, or prepare to get wonderfully messy.

Level 2 480 Queen Street, Brisbane

Fratelli Famous

One of Sydney’s favourite pizza spots, brought north.

45 Eagle Street, Brisbane

Otto

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

Level 4 480 Queen Street, Brisbane

Greenglass

A hidden eatery where wine takes centre stage.

336 George Street, Brisbane

Miss Kay’s

It took 12 months to perfect these burgers.

185 George Street, Brisbane

Il Centro

Contemporary Italian fare matched with water views.

6 1 Eagle Street, Brisbane

Urbane

Test your palate with a masterful degustation in minimalist surrounds.

181 Mary Street, Brisbane

Red Hook

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

3 88 Creek Street, Brisbane

The Euro

Green-friendly European brasserie dining.

181 Mary Street, Brisbane

Verve Restaurant & Bar

Go underground for casual, modern Italian.

109 Edward Street, Brisbane

Coppa Spuntino

Grazing, Italian-style.

Shop 4 88 Creek Street, Brisbane

Sake Restaurant & Bar

Consistency is the hallmark of this Japanese chain, which has restaurants in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne.

Level 1 45 Eagle Street Pier, Brisbane