“What good new restaurants should I try?”

Broadsheet’s editors field this question, or a variation on it, almost every day. While we’d just as soon recommend one of Brisbane’s straight-up best restaurants or a long-standing institution, the pull of a hot new place is hard to deny.

So here it is: our edit of the best new restaurants in Brisbane from the past 12 months, updated monthly. Some of these places are redefining the way we eat and will go on to become classics. Others will be shorter lived. Either way, these are the spots we’re enjoying eating and drinking at right now.

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Rothwell’s Bar & Grill

Restaurant

Old-school service and Eurocentric dishes anchor this elegant bar and grill. Visit for Moreton Bay bugs with cafe de Paris butter, a fancy cheeseburger, a globetrotting wine list and classic cocktails.

235 Edward Street, Brisbane

Gemelli

Restaurant

Rustic Italian cooking reigns at this spacious, timber-clad restaurant. Visit for woodfired Napoli-style pizza; oxtail and pork shin ragu rigatoni; plus a lengthy list of Italian vino to match.

15 James Street, Fortitude Valley

Mr Badger's

Restaurant

A casual all-day diner that’s equally inspired by Brisbane’s locomotive history and New York’s delicatessens. Visit for Detroit-style pizza and bottled cocktails by The Canvas Club.

24 Logan Road, Woolloongabba

Bianca

Restaurant

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.

Ada Lane James Street, Fortitude Valley

Manly Boathouse

Restaurant

Enter this sprawling coastal venue for shareable seafood dishes and a cracking list of Australian wines. There's also a patisserie for coffee, pastries and breakfast brioche buns, plus an alfresco fish and chippery with ocean views.

4 Trafalgar Street, Manly

Bisou Bisou

Restaurant

You'll find this new wave French brasserie on the ground-floor of the luxe Hotel X. Enter for French favourites and remixed classics (including cod beignets and escargot on toast), plus a cheese trolley, an oyster and caviar bar, and a 200-strong wine list.

458 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley

Melrose

Restaurant

This Southeast Asian rooftop diner is headed up by a former Longrain chef. Try prawn and pomelo betel leaf wraps and soft-shell crab stir-fried with curry powder and Chinese celery, alongside an extensive list of wine, beer and spritzes.

5/6 37 Oxford Street, Bulimba

Iris

Restaurant

An immaculate rooftop bar and restaurant from the Donna Chang crew. Expect cocktails, sangria, a tight wine list and a broad menu of Mediterranean share plates served against a backdrop unlike anything else in the city.

Roof Level 458 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley

Three Girls Fishing

Restaurant

A classic fish and chipper in Graceville from the Three Girls Skipping team. Come for barramundi, gold-band snapper and cod, and soft-serve with warm apple crumble. Plus, classics such as chip butties and potato scallops.

Shop 4 409 Honour Avenue, Graceville

Uh Oh Spaghettio

Restaurant

Uh Oh Spaghettio is the Valley's new neon-lit, two-storey late-night pasta joint. It's housed inside the heritage-listed 19th century Apothecaries Hall, once home to The Apo. The fit-out builds on the exposed heritage brick with pink neon, concrete and giant pasta-themed art. Out the back is a glass-enclosed, marble-tiled pasta room that allows diners in the courtyard to watch the pasta machine in action. The menu’s pricing keeps things easy. Antipasti dishes are $5 per serve, salads are $10 and pasta is $15 a pop. Plus, $13 glasses of wine and late-night beats.

690 Ann Street, Fortitude Valley

Wandering Cooks

Restaurant

This long-running institution exercises its sustainable ethos in a former supplements warehouse in the West End. The industrial interiors and a carpark-turned-beer garden are the backdrop for colourful, inventive dishes highlighting local fresh produce.

63 Vulture Street, West End

Rosmarino

Restaurant

Housed inside an 1890's brick building in The Valley, this moody Italian diner and wine bar lists more than 150 sustainable drops from Sicily and beyond. House-baked breads, pastas and antipasti sidle refined mains with a traditional twist.

6 McLachlan Street, Fortitude Valley

Kid Curry

Restaurant

Enter this handsome curry house for fragrant curries, sides and starters drawn from across India and Southeast Asia. It’s all helped down by a tight, Italian-leaning wine list stacked with small-scale producers.

5 826 Ann Street, Fortitude Valley

Sasso Italiano

Restaurant

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.

4 148 Logan Road, Woolloongabba

Banc

Restaurant

A grand old bank turned elegant brasserie, bistro and wine bar.

33 Queen Street, Brisbane

Essa

Restaurant

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.

181 Robertson Street, Fortitude Valley

Rita’s Bar

Bar

Unusual tacos and creative Margaritas are the drawcards at this casual Mexican bar from the owners of Siffredi’s.

36 Vernon Terrace, Teneriffe

Revel Rivermakers Restaurant

Restaurant

Refined pub food and house brews inside a century-old brick precinct by the river.

82 Colmslie Road, Morningside