Brisbane Eat and drink

Brisbane City and Spring Hill


  • Beach House, +61 7 3003-0017. Located on the corner of Albert and Elizabeth St, Myer Centre, 2F. Licensed bar, large meals and live entertainment at value for money.

  • Bar Merlo. Various outlets throughout the city, their first being opened in the QUT Gardens Point campus. Regarded as one of the leaders in the Brisbane café society boom since the 90s, their coffee is served at countless cafes and restaurants throughout Brisbane.

  • Hanaichi, Wintergarden, Macarthur Central. Cheap Japanese takeaway. Try the Katsu Curry. About $7.

  • MOS Burger. The second largest fast food chain in Japan offering interesting and tasty Japanese style burgers, including "rice burgers" that have buns made of rice and interesting filings not found in your usual western burgers. One of only 4 Mos Burger restaurants in Australia, another one is in Sunnybank, and the other two are in the Gold Coast
  • German Sausage Hut, Burnett Ln. Excellent and authentic German food. Take away available. They offer currywurst, wurst in a roll, wurst on a plate with potato salad and sauerkraut.

  • Pancake Manor, Charlotte St (just down from George Street. A Brisbane institution, open 24 hours. Tends to fill up with nightclub revellers on their way home after about 3AM on a Saturday or Sunday morning.
  • Mid-range

    Queen Street Mall

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  • Little Tokyo, 85 Bowen St, +61 7 3831-7751. Spring Hill. Oldest Japanese restaurant in Brisbane, under same ownership for over 40 years. Authentic food and decor but at upper-range prices.

  • Pane e Vino, +61 7 3220-0044. Albert St. Italian restaurant with pastas and mains $18–34. Not a lot of authentic Italian ambiance as found in more typical restaurants further south in Melbourne.

  • Sono, +61 7 3220-1888. Queen Street Mall. Authentic Japanese food. Has a second outlet in the new Portside precinct in Hamilton.

  • Le Bon Choix, 379 Queen St, +61 7 3229-9260. Near the golden triangle, p. Great French bakery. Sells a good variety of sandwiches, cakes, tortes, macarons, fresh bread, croquettes, quiches and coffee. Trading Hrs: Mon-Fri 7AM - 6PM, Sat-Sun 7AM - 5PM
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  • ARIA Brisbane, 1 Eagle St, +61 7 3233-2555. The sister restaurant to the famed ARIA Sydney, ARIA Brisbane is no less impressive, with a commanding view of the River and the Story Bridge. Located in the Eagle St Pier precinct, it specialises in the freshest Australian produce.

  • Alchemy, +61 7 3229-3175. Located in a little hideaway on Eagle St, this restaurant has one of the most impressive views in Brisbane, looking across the river to the Story Bridge. Well known for its "liquid nitrogen nibbles", Alchemy lives up to its name.

  • Cha Cha Char, +61 7 3211-9944. Pier Ave. Famous award-winning steakhouse located at the Eagle St Pier precinct. Their steaks are considered one of Australia's best. Recently opened is Organic Char, the sister restaurant to Cha Cha Char which serves organic produce.

  • E'cco Bistro, 100 Boundary St, +61 7 3831-8344. Founded and run by the internationally renowned and acclaimed chef Philip Johnson, it is one of the best restaurants in Brisbane and Australia-wide.

  • Esquire, 145 Eagle St, +61 7 3220-2123. Recently opened by executive chef Ryan Squires, who trained at Noma in Copenhagen, this restaurant is famed for its degustation menu. An immediate hit in Brisbane. Don't go dressed in shorts and a t-shirt. Many an unsuspecting Brisbanite has attempted to get in, yet even in the height of summer the still have a strict dress rule.

  • Il Centro, 1 Pier Ave, +61 7 3221-6090. Located in the Eagle St Pier precinct, along with other notable neighbours. Famed for its signature sand crab lasagne, it is one of the most popular Italian restaurants in Brisbane and also among the priciest.

  • Moda, 12 Edward St, +61 7 3221-7655. Huge selection of wines and a varied menu including seafood, duck, rabbit and pork cheeks. By no means cheap but amazing food.

  • Restaurant Two, +61 7 3210-0600. Corner of Edward and George St, . Headed by executive chef David Pugh, it is widely regarded as one of Brisbane's best restaurants.

  • Sake. Eagle St Pier. Recently the recipient of an Australian Gourmet Traveller star, and selected as one of Australia's 100 Top Restaurants, Sake is one of the hot newcomers to the Brisbane restaurant scene. Serves Japanese Cuisine.

  • Tank, +61 7 3003-1993. Tank St. Another member of the top 100 Restaurants in Australia, Tank also served Japanese-Australian cuisine in a tucked away spot in a little laneway off Tank St, in the North Quarter of the Brisbane CBD.

  • Urbane, +61 7 3229-2271. Mary St, (Short walk from Stamford Plaza). One of the best fine dining restaurants in Brisbane, serving unconventional but innovative food.

  • Vintaged, Elizabeth St (Hilton Brisbane. Serving carefully aged meat within luxe surroundings, this is one of better hotel restaurants in Brisbane.
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    Fortitude Valley and New Farm

    Freestyle Tout

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  • Bank Vault Lounge, +61 7 3252-3424. Brunswick St Mall. Wood Fired Pizzas, alfresco dining.

  • Continental Cafe, 21 Barker St, +61 7 3254-0377. Good food, nice atmosphere across several rooms, surprisingly good children's menu. Open for dinner 364 days a year. Watch out for the offal specials on Tuesdays. Reliable high quality.

  • Enjoy Inn, 167 Wickham St (corner of Duncan St in Chinatown, +61 7 3252-3838. One of the longest established restaurants in Brisbane, good Chinese food.

  • Fatboys Cafe, 323 Brunswick St, +61 7 3252-3789. The cafe portion of Ric's Bar, on Brunswick St Mall. Serves some of the best value for money breakfasts in Brisbane from $4.

  • Freestyle Tout, 1000 Ann St, +61 7 3252-0214. Popular dessert restaurant located in the Emporium, with a sister restaurant that is first established in the Rosalie shops in Paddington.

  • Green Tea Restaurant, 31 Duncan St (Duncan St in Chinatown mall, +61 7 3252-4855. Good authentic Vietnamese food at a reasonable price.

  • Garuva Hidden Tranquillity Restaurant, 324 Wickham St, Fortitude Valley, +61 732 160 124. 7 days, 6PM til midnight. Specialises in Asian food, but come for the atmosphere. Low-lighting, floor seating and ambient music make this the most intimate restaurant in Brisbane, and every table is enclosed by a sheer curtain. Bar as well, cheap cocktails Fri and Sat before 7PM. $20.

  • Harvey's, +61 7 3852-3700. Very popular cafe restaurant and deli. It is located a short walk from James St market.

  • Hunan Chinese Restaurant. Unpretentious eatery serving exotic regional Chinese fare from the Hunan province, as well as Chinese takeaway staples at cheap and reasonable prices.

  • James Street Market. Not a restaurant, but a yuppie grocery where you will find all the food and drink you need to bring with you in the bush. Includes a small sushi bar at furthest end from James St.

  • King of Kings, +61 7 3852-1122. Wickham St, (Chinatown precinct). A Brisbane institution for yum cha, decent food and prices.

  • Mecca Bah, 1000 Ann St (Emporium precinct, +61 7 3252-5299. Popular restaurant that serves modern Middle Eastern food, part of an Australian interstate franchise that originated in Melbourne.

  • Mint Indian Gourmet, +61 7 3252-0300. Brunswick St, (near the Central Brunswick precinct). Indian restaurant that serves traditional curries as well as gourmet dishes at upper range prices.

  • Re Del Gelato, +61 7 3358-2177. Beautifully made Italian gelato, a perfect cap after a nice meal at one of the close by restaurants on Brunswick Street.

  • Taj Mahal, 722 Brunswick St (opposite Village Twin Cinemas, +61 7 3254-2388. Amazing Indian cuisine. Caterers to the Indian Cricket Team when in Brisbane.

  • Thai Wi-Rat, 20 Duncan St (on Chinatown Mall, +61 7 3257-0884. Cheap and cheerful authentic regional Thai-Laotian cuisine.

  • Vespa Pizza, 148 Merthyr Rd (corner of James St, +61 7 3358-4100. Woodfired pizza restaurant on the. Serves the tastiest pizzas in Brisbane and is BYO. Cosy atmosphere in the fairylight-lit courtyard outside and room to move in the booths inside. Delivers to local area on Vespa scooters.

  • Wagamama. Part of the global noodle bar chain. Have franchises in Chermside and Wintergarden in the Queen Street Mall, Brisbane CBD.
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    South Bank and Woolloongabba

    Norman Hotel

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  • Ahmet's Turkish Restaurant, +61 7 3846-6699. Little Stanley St. Turkish restaurant, features belly dancers on weekends. One of the most popular and busiest restaurants in the South Bank precinct, though the painstaking quality of the kitchen means a longer than usual wait for food. Do not expect to be in and out in less than an hour.

  • Brisbane German Club, 416 Vulture St (opposite The Gabba stadium, +61 7 3391-2434. Located directly, this restaurant/bar offers a wonderful range of authentic German cuisine and beer for very reasonable prices.

  • Green Papaya, 898 Stanley St, +61 7 3217-3599. Formerly a French-influenced Northern Vietnamese fine dining restaurant founded by renowned chef Lien Yeomans, it is now run by the Mons Ban Sabai management and serves Thai and Indonesian food.

  • Norman Hotel, 102 Ipswich Rd, +61 7 3391-5022. Woolloongabba. Along with the Breakfast Creek Hotel, possibly the best steaks in town, it's slogan is "Brisbane's worst vegetarian restaurant".
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    Milton and Park Road

  • China Sea, 60 Park Rd (on the Coronation Drive end of Park Road, +61 7 3367-0198. Excellent Chinese food at upper-range prices.

  • La Dolce Vita, 20 Park Rd (next to Rue de Paris, +61 7 3368-3805. Great Italian cafe

  • Rue de Paris, 30 Park Rd, +61 7 3368-2600. Brisbane's Eiffel Tower, another great cafe

  • Royal Thai Orchid, 45 Little Cribb St (off Park Rd, +61 7 3229-2588. Thai restaurant. Its sister restaurant in the outer suburb of Springwood was the first Thai restaurant in Brisbane.

  • The Lure, 28 McDougall St (at the Coro Hotel on Milton Rd, +61 7 3369-9955. Good for well prepared seafood. Possibly one of Brisbanes best seafood restaurants.
  • Paddington

  • Gambaro's, 33 Caxton St, +61 7 3369-9500. Has both a seafood restaurant and a long-established seafood takeaway. A Brisbane institution.

  • Harem, +61 7 3368-3141. 282 Given Tce. Turkish restaurant complete with belly-dancing

  • Kookaburra Cafe, +61 7 3369-2400. 280 Given Tce. Good pizza in a relaxed atmosphere

  • Montrachet. 224 Given Terrace. French bistro specializing in Lyonnaise specialties, regarded as one of Brisbane's best restaurants.

  • Sultans Kitchen, +61 7 3368-2194. 163 Given Ter. Among the best Indian food in the city. Fresh and tasty and good service. Usually fills quickly and does a roaring take-away trade, so get in early.

  • Tomato Brothers, 19 Nash St (Rosalie shops in Paddington, +61 7 3368-1601. Renowned for their wood fired pizzas, with several franchises in several Brisbane suburbs such as Wilston and Clayfield.

  • Urban Grind, 530 Brunswick St, +61 408 101 140. LaTrobe Ter. Small café with a BYO food policy, great coffee and free Wi-Fi. For those who wish to indulge in a guilt free cup of coffee Urban Grind is committed to being climate neutral and use Barambah organic milk in their fantastic coffees.

  • Sol, 20 Latrobe Ter. Vegetarian and all organic café warm in winter and cool in summer and the coffee is great.
  • University of Queensland

    The university and its surrounds provide many quality eateries if you happen to be in the area or on a CityCat ferry and caters to a cheaper market.

  • Main Refectory. In the main eatery on Campus, found in building 21. This is also known as The Refec, not be confused with the Physiology Refectory. Food is usually reasonably priced, to cater to students. Apart from the main section of the refectory there is a sushi bar, noodle bar, Souvlaki Hut, Subway, Boost Juice, bakery and a Mr. Beans Coffee.

  • Physiology Refectory. An eatery known as The Physiology Refec, located in building 63, it is designed to allow students to eat without having to travel to the opposite side of campus.

  • A Salt 'n Battery, Hawken Drive, Hawken Village. Quality fish and chip shop-cum-seafood restaurant with a wide variety of foods and decent prices. Approx 5-10 min walk from the University.

  • The Pizza Caffe, +61 733 772 239. Fantastic pizzas with really different ingredients
  • South Brisbane and West End

  • Era Bistro, 102 Melbourne St, +61 7 3255-2033. South Brisbane. Excellent bistro food, great cafe spot, extensive wine cellar. Same owners/chef as the former critically acclaimed Circa.

  • Huong's, 83a Vulture St. Thai, Vietnamese and Chinese food. BYO and Takeaway available.

  • Lefkas Taverna, 170 Hardgrave Rd, +61 7 3844-1163. West End. Brisbane's most famous Greek takeaway and restaurant.

  • Makanan Indonesia, 59 Hardgrave Rd, +61 7 3846-2111. Authentic Indonesian fare at unbeatable value.

  • Mondo Organics, 166 Hardgrave Rd, +61 7 3844-1132. West End. Considered to be Brisbane's premier organic food restaurant. Also have a cooking school.

  • Gandhi Curry House, 10 Little Stanley St, +61 7 3844-1997. S South Brisbane. Brisbane's signature Indian restaurant, celebrating 10 years of service in South Bank.

  • The Forest Cafe, Boundary St. Vegan food. The indoors area can get quite warm during the summer months, however.

  • Tukka, +61 7 3846-6333. 145b Boundary St. Unique and innovative modern native Australian cuisine. Pricing is at the upper range, but worth a visit.

  • Trang, 2/59 Hardgrave Road West. End. Did someone say Pho? Head here for possibly the best Pho is Brisbane. Give the Chinese menu a miss.
  • Restaurants in other areas/precincts


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  • Baguette, 150 Racecourse Rd (Ascot precinct, +61 7 3268-6168. Modern-Australian restaurant that is owned and operated by the Domenech family for over 30 years.

  • Blue Lotus. Kelvin Grove Urban Village precinct. Gourmet and exotic ice-creams that change according to the seasons.

  • Breakfast Creek Hotel, +61 7 3262-5988. 2 Kingsford Smith Drv, (in the Newstead area)., -. Famous for its steaks, a Brisbane institution.

  • The Courthouse Restaurant, 1 Paxton St, Cleveland, +61 7 3286-1386. A Redlands institution, situated in an 1850's Courthouse, this restaurant offers quality food in a stunning heritage building with beautiful views of Moreton Bay.

  • Earth 'n' Sea. Oxford St, Bulimba ☎ +61 7 3899-5988 or 377 Cavendish Rd, Coorparoo ☎ +61 7 3847-7780. BYO family restaurant serving up delicious pasta dishes and pizzas with unusual toppings, all with the freshest ingredients, great atmosphere and strange Aussie decor. Expensive, but you're guaranteed to leave satisfied.

  • Efes One Turkish Restaurant, 293 Sandgate Rd (off Sandgate Road at Albion, +61 7 3862-4599. Brisbane's first Turkish restaurant. Without a doubt the most popular destination for traditional Turkish cuisine and a friendly atmosphere in Brisbane. Belly dancers on Friday and Saturday nights.

  • Landmark, 101 Cnr mains Rd, +61 7 3344-3288. Shop/ (Sunnybank Plaza business precinct). One of the most renowned and popular Chinese restaurants in Brisbane, notably for its well done authentic yum cha.

  • Sakura. Franchises located in Coorparoo and Highgate Hill. Excellent authentic Japanese food at reasonable prices.

  • Sitar. Indian restaurant that has franchises in suburbs like West End and New Farm.

  • Tosakan Thai Restaurant, 23 Playfield St, +61 7 3350-5371. 11AM10:30PM. Tosakan Thai Restaurant serves authentic Thai food for dining in or takeaway. $7-35.
  • Cafés

    West End

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  • The Gunshop Cafe, 53 Mollison St, +61 7 3844-2241. Possibly the best French toast in the city. Always busy so be prepared to queue and not open on Sunday. Fantastic coffee.

  • Paladar. Devised by connoisseur Filip Pilioras, Paladar Fumior Salon is a must for lovers of Cuban coffee, culture and cigars. Despite having a small street frontage and being tucked away off a main street the bright red exterior makes it easy to find once you are in the area.

  • Three Monkeys, 58 Mollison St. Throughout the ground floor and garden of a converted house, this eclectic cafe is an enchanting maze of exotic furniture, fabrics and nooks. A Brisbane icon for over 20 years, you can enjoy meals, desserts and of course, tea and coffee, here 7 days a week.

  • The Fox Hotel, Melbourne St, +61 7 3844-2883. Has a number of wonderful art deco bars and a signature restaurant serving true Italian ristorante style cuisine, luxurious banquet seating, opening roof and euro-style street side dining.

  • Uber, 100 Boundary St.

  • Lychee Lounge, 94 Boundary St. Inspired by the neighbourhoods pre- and post-war housing and vibrant art sub-culture. Asian-inspired snacks and cocktails.

  • The JoYnT, 48 Montague Rd. Small coffee shop in South Brisbane.

  • West End Coffee House, 80 Vulture St., West End (Corner Vulture St. and Boundary St.. 6AM-4PM. Organic coffee, Thai food for lunch, relaxed atmosphere and occasional exhibitions. $3 coffee.
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  • Desmond and Molly Jones, 615 Stanley St, +61 7 3391-8594. Café with exposed brick walls, a hodge-podge of vintage seating, and excellent iced chocolates.
  • Teneriffe

  • Salon, 110 Macquarie St. Intimate Euro-chic ambience, delicious food and an extensive international wine list with over 20 available by the glass.

  • Blowfly, 110 Macquarie St. Quirky and intimate. Modern take on the traditional Australian BBQ with a large alfresco dining area.

  • London Club, 38 Vernon Terrace. Contemporary food and a young, casual vibe.
  • Brisbane CBD

  • Bean, 181 George St. Entrance via driveway. A quiet, hidden bunker-style café that provides an escape from the noise of the city. Friendly staff serving excellent coffee, Bean turns into a boutique cafe-bar in the afternoon and evening.

  • Brew, Lower Burnett Ln. Creative and relaxed café off the Albert St Mall. Great coffee, food and boutique beer and cider in an intimate location.

  • Coffee Anthology, 126 Margaret St. The brainchild of passionate coffee doyen Adam Wang, this café showcases specialty beans from Australia's premier coffee roasters, while maintaining Brisbane's laidback vibe. A must-do destination for serious coffee lovers.

  • John Mills Himself, 55 Elizabeth St. Entrance via driveway. Tucked away in an old garage in the eponymous John Mills building, this funky café boasts knowledgeable baristas serving a variety of espresso and filter coffees using high quality beans that are regularly rotated. Also stocks cold brewed iced coffees and iced chocolates which are perfect for those hot Brisbane days. Turns into a boutique beer and cocktail bar after 3:30PM.
  • New Farm

  • Campos, 11 Wandoo St, +61 7 3252-3612. Sydney-based café/roastery. Located behind the popular Fresh on James Street markets. But please note that you cannot access this directly from James St Market you need to go around the complex to get there is a sign that points you the way.
  • Paddington

  • Anouk, 212 Given Tce, +61 7 3367-8663. Open daily 07:00-14:30. Sophisticated atmosphere and the perfect place for brunch. On weekends you may have to queue for seating.
  • Wynnum/Manly

    Moreton Bay

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  • Jetty Kiosk, William Gunn Jetty, Manly Esplanade (behind the Manly Baths swimming pool. Cafe owned by the Port of Brisbane. Open 7 days, from 9AM-4PM, Sit over the water enjoying a drink, dessert or meal and admire Moreton Bay. Peaceful.

  • Cafe da Vinci, 50 Cambridge Parade, Manly, +61 7 3396-2069. Sit on the wooden deck of this bayside cafe and admire the harbour. Serves drinks, meals, great breakfasts, and desserts. Open 7 days, dinner only on Thu, Fri and Sat. Not the best breakfat in Manly.
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