Brisbane Restaurants

In the past decade Brisbane has transformed from a culinary backwater into a city full of inventive dining options. Top chefs have decamped to Brisbane's best eateries and are busy putting put a fresh subtropical spin on Modern Australian, pan-Asian, and Mediterranean cuisine.

Imaginative dishes capitalize on abundant regional produce: fine fresh seafood—notably the local delicacy, the Moreton Bay bug (a sweet-fleshed crustacean)—premium steak, Darling Downs lamb, cheeses, macadamia nuts, avocados, olives, and fruit, matched with fine regional wines.

Most of the city's hip cafés, bars, and smart fine dining establishments are clustered in the CBD, West End, Fortitude Valley, New Farm, Teneriffe, and Petrie Terrace; you'll also find some excellent eateries in the riverfront South Bank precinct, and a smattering around the suburbs, particularly Rosalie, Paddington, Milton, Ascot and Woolloongabba. For terrific fresh seafood, head for Brisbane's bayside suburbs, such as Manly, Redcliffe, and Sandgate.

Typically, dining ambience is relaxed, seating is alfresco, and well-mannered children are welcomed.

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  • 1. e'cco

    $$$ | City Center | Australian

    Consistently ranked among the best restaurants in town, this petite, city-edge bistro in a converted tea warehouse serves innovative fare to...Read More

  • 2. The Himalayan Cafe

    $ | New Farm | Nepalese

    An Aladdin's cave of candles and spices, this traditional Tibetan-Nepalese sanctuary is one of Brisbane's most popular inner-city eats. While...Read More

  • 3. Alfred & Constance

    $$ | Fortitude Valley | Café

    Combining a café, restaurant, three bars, and a beer garden, this hip Fortitude Valley establishment is as much worth a visit for its trendy...Read More

  • 4. Breakfast Creek Hotel

    $$$ | Albion | Australian

    Perched on the wharf at Breakfast Creek, this iconic, heritage–listed, French-Renaissance-style hotel is renowned for its breezy tropical beer...Read More

  • 5. Caravanserai

    $$ | West End | Turkish

    Decked out in traditional woven kilims and Mediterranean lanterns, this ambient Turkish restaurant is a treat for the senses, with its rich...Read More

  • 6. Happy Boy

    $ | City Center | Chinese

    With exposed brick walls and industrial-style Edison bulb lighting, this bustling little wine bar and eatery in downtown Spring Hill is not...Read More

  • 7. Jellyfish

    $$$ | Brisbane | Seafood

    At this upmarket riverside eatery, you can sit indoors on smart black-and-white chairs under low-slung, jellyfish-shape lights, or outside on...Read More

  • 8. Pancake Manor

    $ | City Center | Café

    Housed inside the historic, heritage-listed St. Luke's Cathedral, this elegant 24-hour pancake parlor is a Brisbane institution. Guests can...Read More

  • 9. Pawpaw Cafe

    $$ | East Brisbane | Asian

    The small selection of simple dishes here is beautifully prepared from 90% local ingredients in a modern Vietnamese and Balinese style. Popular...Read More

  • 10. The Charming Squire

    $$ | Southbank | Australian

    Named after legendary convict brewmaster James Squire, this stylish new brewery and restaurant in South Bank’s cultural precinct pairs contemporary...Read More

  • 11. The Gunshop Café

    $$ | West End | Café

    Named after its previous life as an actual gun shop, this trendy West End café is the place to go for breakfast and brunch on weekends (the...Read More

  • 12. Tukka Restaurant

    $$ | West End | Australian

    Earth-tone walls lined with Aboriginal artworks are a fitting backdrop for native-inspired Modern Australian cuisine, including a range of lean...Read More

  • 13. Freestyle Tout

    $ | Fortitude Valley | Australian

    Set within a bustling complex of some of Brisbane's most popular restaurants, this gallery-café is famous for its beautiful, all-day desserts...Read More

  • 14. Seasalt at Armstrongs

    $$$ | City Center | Australian

    Well-known local chef Russell Armstrong works seafood magic at this popular 45-seat restaurant. Choices include "freelance fish"—the day's freshest...Read More

  • 15. Siggi's at the Port Office

    City Center | Australian

    Socialites rub shoulders with celebrities at this charming restaurant and champagne bar in the Stamford Plaza Brisbane. Service is impeccable...Read More

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