Where to eat in Fortitude Valley
From cocktails with dinner to BYO restaurants, refined fine dining to cheap and quick in Chinatown – Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley has the full spectrum when it comes to dining. Whatever you’re feeling, we know just the place – read on to find the vibe you’re after.
These are the sorts of casual dining establishments where the drinks flow and it’s not uncommon to have cocktails pre, during and post-dinner. Join the hip young crowds clinking cocktails at LongTime, Eleven, Tatsu Yakitori Bar and Les Bubbles, finishing cocktail jugs at Alfred & Constance and Kwan Brothers, or sinking craft pints at Ze Pickle and Freddie's Taphouse & Kitchen. Read more about the Valley's restaurants-slash-bars here.
Two exquisite restaurants spring to mind or those that want a more refined dining experience. Gerard’s Bistro is an awarded Middle Eastern-inspired restaurant located down James St, and in the Emporium precinct lies Tartufo with its old-world Italian charm. Tartufo also has a more casual wood-fired pizza bar out the front.
The Valley’s Chinatown Mall and intersecting Wickham St are known as a bit of a hub for BYO restaurants. In the pedestrian mall Wagaya, Enjoy Inn, Nonbei Sake Bar & BBQ, Golden Palace Chinese let you BYO wine while Green Tea will let you BYO beer and cider too. Along Wickham St try Tara Thai, Satay Ria, King of Kings, The Vietnamese, Super Bowl and Cyber City 2002 for BYO both beer and wine.
If you forgot to bring drinks there is a bottle shop on the corner of Brunswick and Wickham Sts or Urban Cellars is also off Brunswick Street.
Fortitude Valley is the sort of easy place. It’s where people let their hair down and prepare for the weekend. It’s unsurprising there are so many casual dining venues to enjoy an easy dinner with wine or quick, casual bite to eat.
For Italian food head to Bucci, for contemporary try Harvey’s, pizza at Tinderbox, Italian Mediterranean fusion at Fenek and for Asian fusion Chow House on James St will satisfy the hungry. Within the Emporium precinct Middle Eastern Mecca Bah, contemporary Delfina’s Private Dining and Ginga Japanese hit the spot. Further up towards the city try Cloudland or a tapas banquet at Toro Bravo.
For something quick and easy try Ben’s Burgers, Fat Dumpling, Harajuku Gyoza, Gnocchi Gnocchi Brothers, Carolina Kitchen or Ribs & Burgers.
Bars with food
More bar than restaurant, that doesn't stop these venues doing great things in the kitchen. The tacos at craft beer bar Bloodhound are off the chain. At chacuterie spot Gerard’s Bar chefs hand flame torch the cheeseburger before your eyes. Sixes and Sevens is a popular Sunday venue to share a wide range of gastropub nosh and Brunswick and Ann is always ready for a party with great cheap eats to match.
Pub culture is still alive and well in Fortitude Valley. The art-deco Waterloo Hotel and Wickham Hotel recently had makeovers, while The Foundry has turned its focus to live music. Craft beer hall Woolly Mammoth has certainly raised the standards of the valley pub scene, The Osbourne and Pig 'N' Whistle have introduced epic beer garden vibes, while The Flying Cock serves solid gastropub eats.
After 10pm it can be hard to find places to eat quality food (kebabs don’t count). In the heart of Brisbane’s nightlife district you’ll find The Palace Supper Club cooking fine dining fare until 11:30pm most nights. Farrier Supper Club has a menu on until 2am every night except Sunday, Greaser Bar is flipping burgers and American cuisine until late, and Heya is frying up its cheeseburger springrolls and more.
Meanwhile PJ's Steaks do a mean Philly cheesesteak until late on Friday and Saturday.