Treat yourself: Fine dining in Brisbane City

Be it for a special occasion or an all-out treat yo’self meal, Brisbane CBD has the highest concentration of awarded fine dining restaurants. From the best Italian or exquisite Asian to top contemporary cuisine, you’ll find these sophisticated venues throughout Brisbane City – most of which have been awarded numerous top accolades for their five-star dining experiences.

Urbane, Mary St

Urbane

The award-winning Urbane’s menu is the creation of executive chef Andrew Cancino.  Prepare to be surprised and delighted – the degustation uses top-quality local produce including herbs from a vertical garden in the back laneway and honey from its rooftop. Opt for a five or seven-course degustation with a glass (or two) of wine from a carefully-curated wine list.

Awards:
2017 Number 24 – Australian Gourmet Traveller Top 100 Restaurants Australia
2017 3 hats – Brisbane Times Good Food Guide

Esquire, Eagle St

Esquire, Eagle Street

An exemplar of formal dining in Brisbane, Esquire offers a seamless flow multi-course menu that changes daily to reflect market availability. The degustation is an experience filled with surprises – between 12 and 25 items may be served throughout the meal with wine pairings recommended by the restaurant’s head sommelier.

Awards:
2017 Three hats – Brisbane Times Good Food Guide (the first restaurant in Brisbane to receive the coveted three hats)

Aria, Eagle St

ARIA Restaurant Brisbane

Dining at Matt Moran’s Aria is designed to be reflective of the Brisbane lifestyle – contemporary and relaxed, yet elegant. The menu changes with the seasons and is coupled with an extensive (not to mention award-winning) wine list that showcases many of Australia’s many iconic wineries.

Awards:
2017 Three hats – Brisbane Times Good Food Guide
2016 Wine List of the Year – Brisbane Times Good Food Guide Awards

e’cco bistro, Boundary St

e'cco Bistro

The bold and sleek e’cco bistro is a Brisbane institution of more than 20 years. Chef Philip Johnson is dishing out his own interpretation of bistro food, using distinctly French cooking techniques. Here the constantly evolving a la carte menu will spoil your tastebuds, but if you are brave enough to branch out try the tasting menu – it is spectacular especially if accompanied by paired wines.

Awards:
2017 Two hats – Brisbane Times Good Food Guide
2015 Food Icon – The Courier Mail Top 100 Food Experiences
2015 Lifetime Achievement Award, Philip Johnson – Restaurant & Catering Awards 2015

Customs House, Queen St

Customs House

Picture white table linen lining the rows of tables that sit on the terrace beneath the striking Customs House along the river. Housed inside the glorious Customs House, the chefs use fresh and seasonal produce, as well as mushrooms grown in the restaurant’s very own cellar.

Awards:
2015 Winner, “Contemporary Australian Restaurant – Formal” – Savour Australia Restaurant & Catering HOSTPLUS Awards for Excellence for Queensland & Northern Territory
1985National Trust John Herbert Award for excellence in Queensland Heritage Conservation

OTTO Ristorante, Queen St

OTTO

Located four storeys up in 480 Queen Street with panoramic views overlooking the river and the Story Bridge, Otto is dishing out Italian cuisine inspired by southern Italy. Every course is a delight, the wine list is extensive and the service is all-star. Can you tell we are fans?

Awards:
2017 One hat – Brisbane Times Good Food Guide

Alchemy, Eagle St

Alchemy

Picture this: stunning, uninterrupted views of the Story Bridge and the Brisbane River while enjoying a European-inspired degustation. Alchemy is heralded as one of Brisbane’s best French restaurants and it’s easy to see why after sampling the multi-course menu. If you’d prefer to go a la carte, the Chef creates specials daily including fresh seafood dishes and decadent desserts.

Awards:
2017 One hat – Brisbane Times Good Food Guide

Sake Restaurant, Eagle St

Sake

Dishing out truly modern Japanese, Sake impresses with its sleek décor and fusion techniques. The restaurant’s 10-course signature menu features favourites including the popcorn shrimp and kingfish jalapeno. Watch chefs prepare your meal before your eyes at the sushi counter, or take a table with Story Bridge views. The a la carte menu allows for more casual flexibility when dining.

Awards:
2017 One hat – Brisbane Times Good Food Guide
2015 Best Japanese Restaurant – Restaurant & Catering Awards for Excellence

Il Centro, Eagle St

Since 1992, Il Centro has delighted diners with spectacular views and a modern Italian menu with a distinctly Queensland twist. No other dish fits the bill quite as well as the legendary sand crab lasagna – it’s always on the menu and is a must-try (see Brisbane’s Ultimate Food Bucket List).

Awards:
2017
One hat – Brisbane Times Good Food Guide

Jellyfish, Eagle St

Diners are spoiled for choice at Jellyfish – the restaurant aims to source and serve anywhere between eight and 14 species of fish each day, with chefs recommending the best way to cook and serve it to guests. Sunday lunch by the river here is particularly enjoyable.

Awards:
2015
– Finalist, People, Product and Place Tourism Restaurant - Restaurant & Catering Awards for Excellence
2013 – Best Seafood Restaurant, National Savour Australia Restaurant & Catering Awards

Moda Restaurant, Edward St

Moda Restaurant

Savour delicious contemporary Spanish cuisine at Moda inspired by head chef Javier Codina’s heritage. The relaxed garden courtyard is fitting for the rustic, full flavour dishes that are prepared using fresh seasonal ingredients hand-selected from farmers, growers and producers.

Awards:
2017
One hat – Brisbane Times Good Food Guide

Blackbird Bar and Grill, Eagle St

Blackbird

Blackbird places its focus on sustainability, using locally-sourced seasonal produce in both sweet and savoury dishes. Meat is the centre here, though, cooked on a specially-imported Infierno 96 wood grill. Pair each dish with the long wine list and sink back into the opulent, prohibition inspired space.

Awards:
2017
One hat – Brisbane Times Good Food Guide

Public, George St

Dining room at Public

There’s more to Public than its famous KFD. Designed to create a New York atmosphere in Brisbane’s CBD, Public is all about pushing boundaries and dishing up classic favourites with a twist. Don’t miss ordering a delicious cocktail crafted by top bartenders.

Awards:
2017
One hat – Brisbane Times Good Food Guide

The Euro, Mary St

The Euro

As the more relaxed neighbour to its sister restaurant Urbane, The Euro is a European-inspired brasserie on Mary St that delivers relaxed and refined dining. Choose from the carefully planned a la carte menu or the six-course degustation menu with wine pairing.

Awards:
2017
One hat – Brisbane Times Good Food Guide

Thomson’s Reserve, Wickham Terrace

Thomson's Reserve

Located on the ground floor of The New Inchcolm Hotel, Thomson’s Reserve aim to create a truly memorable experience  for guests. The Gatsby-like décor will transport you to the sophisticated era, paired with modern Australian cuisine and drinks off the top shelf. Choose from the five or eight course tasting menu, or try what’s on offer on the a la carte menu.

Awards:
2017
One hat – Brisbane Times Good Food Guide

Madame Wu, Eagle St

Madame Wu Balcony

How decadent do Moreton Bay bug-filled dumplings sound? This dish is a must order at the riverside Asian fusion restaurant. Find a friend or three and lock in the $35 lunch banquet – it’s worth every penny.

Pony, Eagle St

Pony Dining

Pony’s dining experience is raw, rustic and makes no apologies. At the centre of its sleek, concrete interior sits an open kitchen complete with Argentinian wood fire grill. Sit at the counter and watch chefs prepare your share plate style meal, or relax on the terrace overlooking the Brisbane River. 

Sono, Queen Street Mall

Savour the flavours of traditional Japanese while tucked away upstairs from Queen Street Mall at Sono. Fans of the cuisine should dive right into the six-course ‘Sono Dinner’ or the DIY (but no less fancy) Japanese hot pots served with Wagyu beef and fresh vegetables – for you to cook in Japanese broth right in front of you. For the bold – try the nine-course ‘Zen’ menu that features dishes that are not on the regular menu. For the cheap diner – drop in at lunchtime for a bento box.

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