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, Little Valley, Honto, Trash Taco and Les Bubbles or sinking craft pints at Ze Pickle. Read more about the Valley's restaurants-slash-bars here.
Three exquisite restaurants spring to mind for those that want a more refined dining experience. Hellenika has locals rushing back to The Calile for more tantalising Mediterranean Greek-style fare, 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 and Super Bowl 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 a 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. Happy Boy is a local favourite for modern Chinese and wine, while around the corner, Ripiena is serving up bowls of handmade pasta with aperitifs to match. Within the Emporium precinct Middle Eastern Mecca Bah, Saiko Teppanyaki and Japanese venues Ginga and Shushokuya Masa hit the spot. Further up towards the city try Cloudland, Nom Nom Korean Eatery in Bakery Lane, or a Hawaiian feast at Hula Bar and Grill.
For something quick and easy try Ben’s Burgers, Fat Dumpling, Harajuku Gyoza, Ribs & Burgers or vegan ramen from I Like Ramen.
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. Happy Boy sibling Snack Man is serving up Chinese bites like barbecue chicken bao, mushroom dumplings and crispy chicken ribs. At charcuterie spot Gerard’s Bar chefs hand flame torch the cheeseburger before your eyes. TSO Lounge is split over two levels, offering bistro food downstairs and a speakeasy bar up top. Sixes and Sevens is a popular Sunday venue to share a wide range of gastropub nosh and Marquee Bar 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 while The Osbourne and Pig 'N' Whistle have introduced epic beer garden vibes.
Fortitude Valley may have a reputation as Brisbane's late-night entertainment precinct, but when those doors close, plenty of cafes are serving the bustling morning crowd brunch and caffeine. Stop into Harveys for contemporary classics, The New Black for Black Lab coffee, Six Feet Under for weekend specials, King Arthur for boundary-pushing breakfast options, NewBliss for an Irish influence, Campos for great coffee and on-the-go options and L'Americano for a trip to the Italian Riviera.
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 Farrier Supper Club offering their menu until 2am every night except Sunday, Greaser Bar is flipping burgers and American cuisine until late, and Heya is frying up its cheeseburger spring rolls and more.
Meanwhile PJ's Steaks do a mean Philly cheesesteak and Lucky Egg is serving up one of Brisbane's best chicken burgers until late on Friday and Saturday.