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Best Brisbane Restaurants

The eating and drinking scene is looking good in Queensland’s capital. In fact, Brisbane restaurants are some of the hottest in the country. It’s not surprising then, that many top chefs and restaurateurs are choosing Brisbane as their second outpost. The city is quickly becoming a desirable site for second-city expansion for many Melbourne and Sydney restaurants. This sunny state is doing some exciting things when it comes to food. Check it out!

Brisbane Restaurants

Brisbane CBD

Some like it hot, or haute for that matter, and judging by the calibre of restaurants in the central business district, it’s clear that Brisbane likes it haute, with many fine dining restaurants clustered around the Botanic Gardens and Riverside (Eagle Street Pier) precinct. Big names include Restaurant Two and E’cco, but hot on their heels comes a stellar lineup of other notable restaurants such as Aria, Customs House,Urbane and Pony Dining. Brisbane’s fine-dining scene is smokin’ hot, but that’s not to say you can’t find a cheap and cheerful restaurant amongst the city skyscrapers too, you most certainly can! Mid-range gems can also be found within the CBD such as the oh so popular, Public on George Street.

Inner City

South Bank, New Farm and the Fortitude Valley are the popular food pockets in this area, still close to the city, but not quite in the thick of all the hustle and bustle. Have a swim, cocktails and snacks at Bacchus, or take a group of friends to Gerard’s Bistro for a Middle Eastern meets European share plate feast. Youngsters will love Woolly Mammoth Alehouse, Alfred & Constance and Kwan Brothers. And oldies with a bit more cash will go mad for degustation restaurant the Foraging Quail in neighbouring New Farm.


Well known for its booming breakfast scene and perfect espressos over on the northside, this area of Brisbane also has a few restaurant gems that you can visit come nightfall. Avid Japanese fans will love the tasty fare at Sono Japanese in Hamilton which serves an outstanding six-course tasting menu with perfectly matched wines.


There are a whole host of restaurants in Brisbane’s South with the most popular eating and drinking pockets located in South Brisbane and West End. Located on Boundary Street, West End’s lively alfresco streetscape and main thoroughfare is home to Spaghetti House, Lock n Load and Tuka. While Bourbon Street is bringing a bit of U.S southern drawl and California Native is bring some Cali charm to Southern Brissie,


Top culinary foodie suburbs in the East are without doubt Camp Hill, home to popular fine dining and Modern Australian gem, Restaurant Rapide. In Cleveland you’ll find the likes of The Courthouse and The Lighthouse, while Mount Gravatt, Manly and Carindale have a few little gems of their own. The options are endless!


Over in the wild wild west lies Milton, Ashgrove, Paddington and Toowong, suburbs that are stuffed full of neighbourhood gems and local faves. Our top picks are The Grove Establishment, Blue Duck Bar & Bistro, Moga and Deer Duck Bistro.

Author: Georgia Smail, Dimmi Chief Food Writer.

Image: Gordita.

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