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 drinking sangria at Sin Vida, clinking cocktails at LongTime, Eleven and Les Bubbles, finishing cocktail jugs at Alfred & Constance and Kwan Brothers, or sinking craft pints at Ze Pickle. 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 too.
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 Grape Therapy is also on Wickham St.
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 and for Asian fusion Chow House on James St will satisfy the hungry. Within the Emporium precinct Middle Eastern Mecca Bah, contemporary Delfina’s Bistro and Ginga Japanese hit the spot. Further up towards the city try Madame Hedges at Cloudland or a tapas banquet at Toro Bravo.
For something quick and easy try Ben’s Burgers, Fat Dumpling, Harajuku Gyoza, Rogue Spice Canteen, Taps 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.
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. A new Pig ‘N’ Whistle and craft beer hall Woolly Mammoth have popped up, all the 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 Alfredo’s Pizzeria cooking with the wood-fired oven until 3am on weekends. Farrier Supper Club has a menu on until 2am every night, Greaser Bar is flipping burgers and American cuisine until late, and Heya is frying up its cheeseburger springrolls and more.
Meanwhile Bao Down Now is crafting its tasty bao buns until 2am and PJs Steaks do a mean Philly cheesesteak.