The Best Restaurants in Brisbane City

Updated 1 month ago


It’s easy to overlook Brisbane city 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 city is – and always has been – a dining hotspot. Some of these venues are iconic and have been serving express lunches or special occasion dinners for decades. Others are newer, with inventive menus by emerging young chefs. Hook in for the best dining the city has to offer.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Contemporary yum cha in Brisbane Quarter.

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

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

  • A beautiful light-filled, leafy gastropub.

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  • A 120-seat modern-Chinese restaurant.

  • BYO bib, or prepare to get wonderfully messy.

  • This elegant Italian restaurant lives in the former Stokehouse Q site. It's a perfect fit – one of the city’s best restaurants deserves one of its best locations. Whether you're here for the main event or the more casual Otto Osteria, you're in for some superlative drinking and dining .

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  • It took 12 months to perfect these burgers.

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

  • A grand old bank in the Queen Street Mall has been transformed into this elegant bistro, brasserie and wine bar. Step inside this heritage-listed spot for a classy European-inspired menu, a 350-bottle wine list, and a beautiful old bar area with a baby grand piano.

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  • 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.

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

  • 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.