Lunch for every budget in Brisbane City

Ever find that the majority of your lunch break is spent debating where to actually eat? With so many worthy options available in The City, this decision can often be a tough one. So here's our guide to the best lunch options in The City for every budget ...

Cash strapped?

baby jak, Adelaide St 

Tucked away in the thoroughfare arcade of the Blocksidge & Ferguson Building on Adelaide St you will find baby jak, a quaint little cafe serving delectable sweet treats such as lemon meringue tarts and muffins, flavour-packed salads and healthy flatbreads. If three-thirtyitis hits, get your hands on the melt-in-your-mouth, gluten-free, Lindt Chocolate brownies - they're simply to die for. Check out baby jak's menu.

Our favourite: Fresh gourmet flat bread sandwich for $9.50 

The Bagel Boys, Adelaide St

The Bagel Boys specialise in traditional kettle-boiled bagels that are mixed, rolled, boiled and baked fresh every single day. Choose from 11 different flavours including poppy seed, sesame seed, soy and linseed, onion, garlic and jalapeno, or step it up a notch and try the premium bagels on offer featuring cinnamon and raisin, sunflower rye, blueberry or gluten free. These bagels are guaranteed to revive your lunchtime tastebuds. Check out The Bagel Boys' menu.

Our favourite: Smoked Salmon Bagel for $10

Felix Espresso & Winebar, Burnett Lane

Felix for Goodness

Venture inside this quaint, light-filled space and sit on a stool overlooking the laneway and watch the world go by, or soak up the relaxed atmosphere inside. The lunch menu changes daily, but regular features on the menu are the seasonal garden salad, baguettes, organic vegetable tarts, and healthy sweets for under $10. Check out today's product offering on Felix's Facebook.

Our favourite: Combination of salads from daily salad bar for under $10 

Govinda's Pure Vegetarian, First Floor, 99 Elizabeth St

You can't go wrong with this delicious vegetarian restaurant - offering all you can eat and drink "Feast Meal" for only $12.90, or $10 if you're a student. Expect fresh food cooked daily from the finest ingredients. Check out Govinda's menu.

Our favourite: Quiche + salad of the day for $7.50

Jan Powers Farmers Markets, Queen St 

Brisbane foodie Jan Power hosts her farmers' market every Wednesday in the heart of the city at the George St end of the Queen Street Mall. Whether you are a city worker, Queen Street Mall shopper or visitor to Brisbane, the market is the perfect place to grab a delicious bite, with many items being sold for under $10. Filled with fresh and exotic foods, the market is a unique and popular shopping experience. View the markets' website for more information on the stallholders. 

Our favourite: Gnocchi with Wild Mushrooms and Truffle Sauce from Benfatti Foods

Little Saigon Grill, Albert St

Rice paper rolls for lunch

Little Saigon Grill serves up modern Vietnamese restaurant purveying authentic, delicious and healthy cuisine. You will find Vietnamese classics on the menu including a range of rice paper rolls, bánh mì, pork and satay chicken skewers and sizzling crispy crepes for under $10. Check out Little Saigon's menu.

Our favourite: Crispy Pork Belly Banh Mi Cart for $8.40

Miki Sushi, Adelaide St 

Miki Sushi offers high-quality and tasty sushi freshly made all day. The sushi is made fresh, all day long, by hand, and directly in front of you. Miki also caters for gluten-free and dairy-free, and special requests can be made to order. Check out the delicious product offering on Miki's Facebook.

Our favourite: Rainbow Roll for $2.20

Steamed, Turbot St


Steamed Dumplings

Steamed serves up dumplings in three types; Harbin - pork and chive, Lovabull - beef with various spices, a vegetarian version called Zen, as well as Pork Clouds - wonderfully light and fluffy pork buns. Indulge in six dumplings of your choice and a pork cloud for $10. Check out the menu on Steamed's Facebook.

Our favourite: 8 x Zen Dumplings for $10 

Thr1ve, Adelaide St 

THR1VE is a wholefood cafe serving nutritionist approved paleo-inspired meals. With a focus on Paleo and Primal philosophies – think high protein and low carb with no added sugar – the menu at Thr1ve features delicious lunch bites for very affordable prices. 

For lunch choose between sweet potato and cauliflower mash, brown rice and baby spinach as the base for your ‘Paleo Bowl’, top with protein and complete with sides including spicy mango salsa, smashed avocado and roasted broccoli. View Thr1ve's menu

Our favourite: Smokey Joe Bun of Glory for $10 

Vege Rama, Post Office Square

Vege Rama is well known for delicious and nutritious vegetarian cuisine, cooked fresh daily from the finest ingredients sourced from local suppliers. Choose from delicious salads, multicultural curries and main meals ranging from small for $7 – and large for $10. All meals are produced from local, natural, organic ingredients, free of preservatives, additives and colouring. Check out Vege Rama's menu.

Our favourite: Large assorted vegetarian salad plate for $9.50

Lunch out with friends for under $20

Bar Pacino, Eagle St 

Overlooking the stunning Brisbane River and Story Bridge, Bar Pacino offers a sophisticated yet relaxed atmosphere for you to sit down and enjoy a leisurely meal, as well as convenient grab and go lunch options if you're in a rush. Check out Bar Pacino's menu.

Our favourite: Insalate smoked salmon salad for $18.50 

Brew, Burnett Lane

Brew is not only a great place for lunch or drinks with friends after work, it's also the perfect place to take some time for yourself. Find a space in the dimmed, rustic basement to enjoy some of the steak sandwiches or spicy hot wings for lunch, with a vast majority of meals available for the budget-friendly price of $15. View Brew's menu.

Our favourite: Reuben Slider for $14. 

Buffalo Bar, Mary St

Buffalo Bar Wings

Blazing with rockabilly soul, Buffalo Bar offers authentic American food, drinks and culture. Channelling the charm of the southern states, the bravado of New York and the cool of California, Buffalo Bar satiates hunger with American eats and quenches the thirst with an extensive drinks menu. Check out Buffalo Bar's menu.

Our favourite: Basket of Wings with celery, blue cheese, buttermilk dipping sauce and a topping of your choice for $14

Coppa Spuntino, Creek St

Brought to you from the dynamic duo Bonnie Shearston and Tom Sanceau of Red Hook and Public, Coppa Spuntino is a boutique pizzeria and charcuterie haunt. Bringing a little Italian-inspired flair to Creek St, you can enjoy delicious options such as mouth-watering wood-fired pizzas, scallops, stuffed baby squid and smoked ham hock terrine. View Coppa'a menu here

Our favourite: Tomato, bocconcini, basil pizza for $17

Corbett & Claude, Elizabeth St

Corbett & Claude, Elizabeth St

Housed in the basement of heritage-listed Corbett Chambers building on Elizabeth St, indulge in flavoursome fare at Corbett & Claude. The laneway bar serves up wood-fired pizzas, share plates and antipasti perfect for sharing amongst friends.

Esq., 145 Eagle St

Esq. is a multi-award-winner and recipient of the coveted three Chef's Hats awarded by the Queensland Good Food Guide. The restaurant on Eagle St, serves simple and casual lunch items which aim to highlight the hero ingredients that are sourced locally. Esq. intends to deliver delicious lunch dishes in a casual dining atmosphere. View Esq.'s menu.

Our favourite: Esq. cheeseburger for $11 

Fat Noodle, Treasury Casino & Hotel

Housed within the Treasury Casino & Hotel, award-winning celebrity chef Luke Nguyen's latest venture, Fat Noodle serves pan-Asian hawker-style food, including Nguyen’s own Vietnamese as well as Chinese, Thai and Malaysian. Opt for a lighter lunch of small plates in the $9-14 range including spring rolls, salt-and-pepper tofu, prawn and pork rice paper rolls. If you're in the mood for a heartier meal, the Vietnamese chicken salad or larger rice-based dishes and wok-cooked meals range for $16-19. Check out Fat Noodle's menu.

Our favourite: Pad Thai for $19

Izakaya Kotobuki, Albert St


Sushi Kotobuki

Sister venue of East Brisbane's Sushi Kotobuki, Izakaya Kotobuki on Albert St serves traditional Japanese cuisine, sushi and sake in a warm and friendly atmosphere. Sit on the tables surrounded by fluorescent orange Japanese lanterns and dine on fresh fusion sushi, Tamaki hand rolls as well as various rice and noodle dishes, or you can take away these bite size pieces of heaven. View the full menu offering on their Facebook.

Our favourite: Dragon Sushi Roll for $15.50  

Just Steak It, Post Office Square

Located in Post Office Square, Just Steak It is offering up a succulent menu filled with meaty fare for you to sink your teeth into. Check out the menu on Facebook. 

Our favourite: The Texan Wrap for $12

Kiss the Berry, Creek St 

Kiss the Berry serves nutritious and organic Açaí bowls and smoothies. The wholesome Açaí bowl is made by blending up the frozen berries with fresh fruit and a dash of nudie juice, topped off with an organic hemp seed granola, locally sourced honey and some more fresh fruit. Check out Kiss the Berry's menu.

Our favourite: Snickers Delight, large bowl for $15.50 

Miss Kay's, George St 


Miss Kay's

Relatively new to the Brisbane burger scene, Miss Kay's is the go-to place for authentic American-style fast food. The restaurant offers classic cheeseburgers using 300-day grain-fed beef, crispy fries, chicken wings and ice-cream sandwiches that can be washed down with a jug of your favourite cocktail. Check out Miss Kay's menu.

Our favourite: The Ludakrisp Burger for $12

New Shanghai, QueensPlaza


New Shanghai Dumplings

Located in QueensPlaza, New Shanghai's menu offers a vibrant array of tasty Shanghai-style soups, noodles, rice and vegetable dishes, as well as sensational dumplings – cooked using a special technique, an ancient family recipe passed down from generation to generation. View New Shanghai's menu.

Our favourite: Crispy skin chicken with garlic and chilli sauce for $18.50

Vapiano, Albert Lane off Queen St Mall 

Pop into Vapiano to treat yourself to made-to-order pizzas, fresh house-made pasta, hand-tossed gourmet salads and delicious dolci in a fun, relaxing atmosphere. View Vapiano's menu.

Our favourite:
Margherita Pizza for $14.90

For the foodies for under $30

e'cco bistro, Boundary St 

e'cco Bistro

One of Brisbane's most highly regarded restaurants, e'cco features Philip Johnson's interpretation of bistro food - food that has flavour and visual appeal. The lunch menu has something for every taste and e'cco bistro also boasts an impressive wine selection to complement your meal. View e'cco's bistro menu

Our favourite: vine-wrapped quail, black olive, ricotta, cauliflower, chermoula for $24 

Public, 400 George St


Public offers a relaxed and yet totally chic environment. The food is designed to share, and the menu focuses on seasonal and locally sourced ingredients, aiming to provide you with a fun dining experience, coupled with finesse. View Public's lunch menu.

Our favourite: the KFD- Kentucky Fried Duck for $29 

Riverbar & Kitchen, Eagle St 

Riverbar & Kitchen has relaxed indoor and outdoor seating for you to have a bite to eat for lunch while admiring the incredible view. The bar menu features shared plates, grills and pizzas from the wood-fired oven and offers all-day dining from 7am to 10.30pm. As well as food designed by Matt Moran, the bar has a wide beer selection, contemporary and classic cocktails, and an extensive range of wines and champagne. Check out Riverbar & Kitchen's menu.

Our favourite: Prawn linguini, garlic, chilli, lemon, parsley for $28  

Sono, Tattersall's Arcade

Bento box at Sono

Sono is a peaceful haven offering divine Japanese dining. The lunch menu features set meals under $30 with various meats, seafood and sushi options. If you are a lover of sushi we recommend you take a seat at Sono's sushi bar, where chefs create sushi and sashimi in a skillful display, right in front of you. Check out Sono's menu.

Our favourite: Vegetarian Bento Box for $25 

The Euro, 181 Mary St

The Euro's menu consists of modern fine food with an emphasis on organic premium products. It delivers classical and relaxed dining with a comprehensive range of hot and cold entrees, meat and fish mains, pasta, charcutiere, and share plates. It also has a very cool vibe, with a laser-cut metal entrance screen and panels of green and pink glass overlapping to create a vibrant orange glow to the entry. View The Euro's menu.

Our favourite: Pan Fried Potato Gnocchi, Baby Courgettes, Parmesan & Rosemary Sauce for $28 

The Survey Co., Burnett Lane - George St end

Survey Co.

Brought to you by Simon Livingston (from Piaf, Sardine Tin and Espresso Garage at South Bank) this bistro offers epicurean food with a rustic feel and features a dining room, bar and courtyard. The menu is designed to share and encourages you to try a bit of everything. View The Survey Co.'s menu.

Our favourite: Beef brisket and pea calzone starter for $14

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