Fine Dining in Brisbane
Brisbane has a plethora of award-winning fine dining restaurants perfect for a special occasion or simply just to treat yo'self. From seven-course degustations and modern Australian fare to Asian-Indian gastronomy with spanning river views, the hardest task you'll face is choosing to spend your evening at just one. We've done the hard work for you and collated a list of all the fine dining experiences you can have throughout the city and surrounding suburbs.
Urbane, Brisbane City
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. Opt for a five or seven-course degustation with a glass (or two) of wine from a carefully-curated wine list.
Gauge, South Brisbane
Is it a restaurant? Is a cafe? is it a bar? Gauge isn't easy to put in a box. The modern spot feels like what would happen if a fine-dining restaurant was casual in vibe and without the price tag. A place for good eating and good drinking – step right this way.
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?
Located on the ground floor of Ovolo Inchcolm Hotel, Salon De Co aim to create a truly memorable experience for hungry guests. The Art Deco décor will transport you to the sophisticated era, paired with modern Australian cuisine and drinks off the top shelf. Choose from the snack menu or try what’s on offer on the dining menu.
Greca, Howard Smith Wharves, Brisbane City
This contemporary Greek taverna is clearly designed for long, lazy lunches by the river. Inspired by the Mediterranean way of life – good ingredients, great olive oil, and a slower pace of life – Greca is a place to relax and take your time. Most of the menu revolves around the charcoal and woodfired grill. Feast on taramasalata, saganaki cheese and spanakopita before moving onto grilled calamari, Moreton Bay bugs, cumin-spiced lamb ribs and baked lamb shoulder.
Relax with a glass of wine and a menu on the verandah at Stokehouse Q, a two-hatted restaurant in South Bank’s premium River Quay area. Renowned across the city for its cocktail menu as well as food (desserts are a particular highlight), Executive Chef Richard Ousby regularly reinvents the menu to feature local and seasonal produce, so you’re assured to find something new to wow your tastebuds on each visit.
Glamourous new modern Chinese restaurant Donna Chang has taken over a 1920s-era bank in the city centre with a luxe fit-out like no other in Brisbane. An extensive menu heavy on Sichuan flavours and fresh local seafood includes the likes of grilled octopus with native tamarind, sea herbs and chilli, and Moreton Bay bugs with salted duck egg, through to big plates of shredded pork, dim sum and southern rock lobster or mud crab from the fish tank.
One must tick this venue off any dining bucket list in Brisbane. Head chef Adam Wolfers celebrates Middle Eastern and North African cuisine with a European influence. Take friends, it’s a share concept and you’ll want to order lots of dishes.
The Sydney darlings behind Three Blue Ducks opened their first “honest, real food” cafe and restaurant north of the border. This fourth location sits within the five-star W Hotel and is open from breakfast through to dinner serving paddock-to-plate dining with a laid-back Queensland attitude. Big plates like lamb shoulder make use of the woodfired oven, and there is a rotisserie and charcoal pit too.
This favourite Gold Coast restaurant has opened a second venue within swanky James Street hotel, The Calile. Many whisper that it serves the best Greek food this side of the equator, so combine this with pool side cabanas and a patio to catch the breeze and you've got yourself one fine dining experience.
E'cco has been serving award-winning and high quality flavours for over 20 years, and their recent relocation from Brisbane City to Newstead has not changed this fact. Philip Johnson continues to impress customers with real and honest food utilising the best local produce in a pared back and modern setting.
For a truly intimate French experience, Montrachet is the one. Don’t miss out ordering the crab soufflé, and be warned that it only opens the doors Tuesday to Saturday.
What do spanning river views, high-end yet light and fresh food, an interior decorated by famous local designer Anna Spiro and a specifically curated wine list have in common? They can all be found at ARC Dining & Wine Bar within the Howard Smith Wharves precinct.
Bring all your family and friends for a dining experience at Detour because inclusiveness is the key feature of the menu - with gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian and meat dishes all featuring. Everything on the menu is worth trying but trust us when we say that the K.F.D (Kentucky Fried Duck) is something from the gods.
The Gambaro Group, pioneers of Brisbane's iconic Gambaro Seafood Restaurant, have brought Black Hide Steakhouse to Treasury Casino. The restaurant features marbled stone table tops with moody lighting to treat diners to a luxe experience. The menu features succulent steaks as the hero cuisine and a selection of mouth-watering seafood dishes.
Heritij, Brisbane Quarter, Brisbane City
Michelin-starred chef Manjunath Mural has brought his signature Asian-Indian gastronomy to Brisbane. The 788-square-metre bar, restaurant and outdoor terraces sit on the first floor (hello river views!) of the new Brisbane Quarter. Mural is known for taking a contemporary approach to Indian cuisine and menu highlights include a lot of big lamb plates and Goan fish, and smaller snacks include the likes of prawns with pomegranate yogurt.
Honto, Fortitude Valley
Off the beaten track in Fortitude Valley, this 90-seat Japanese diner from the crew behind locally acclaimed Longtime is serving mouth-watering eats and luscious libations. Since opening, the venue has been consistently booked out with people wanting to try the tantilizing menu of lobster katsu sandwiches, Honto drumsticks with tuna and avocado and shichimi spiced lamb shoulder. It's a bit more casual compared to your other fine dining restaurants, but the food is THAT good that it was a necessary addition.
Persone, Brisbane Quarter, Brisbane City
When the family-run Gambaro Group opens a smart-casual Italian bar and bistro, you know it will be good. Add those river views and big balconies for a total hit. An embodiment of ‘la dolce vita’, Persone wants to be a place to indulge in plenty of small plates like arancini and prosciutto with melon, through to mega dishes like the 1kg Bistecca alla Fiorentina. Find Persone also in the Brisbane Quarter.
There's something incredible to be said for the gnocchi at 1889 Enoteca. This old-world establishment sits within the Woolloongabba Antique Precinct and oozes decadence of yesteryear.
It is one of the most iconic seafood experiences you can have at Brisbane institution Gambaro Seafood Restaurant and it never disappoints with house specialties such as crayfish, lobster and delicious, delicious bugs.
Moda, The Barracks
Featuring a contemporary tapas menu, Moda is a blend of French, Catalan and Italian influences. Choose your own selection or opt for Javier’s three-course table experience.
With one of Brisbane’s most opulent fit-outs, Bacchus never disappoints. Select from the la carte menu, or choose one of the degustation menus (from a petite option to dessert one). The delicately prepared seven-course degustation shines with meals like spiced yellowfin tuna with compressed watermelon, ricotta and basil pesto.
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.
If you're looking for a high-end bistro experience without a jaw-dropping price-tag, then Allium is your best bet. They have been included in the Gourmet Traveller Australian Restaurant Guide for 2019 so it's definitely one to watch.
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.
Il Centro, Eagle St, Brisbane City
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).
Here you are invited on a culinary journey of Australian flavours and techniques. We'd tell you to peruse the menu searching for your favourite dishes but Dan Arnold offers a unique style of dining. Choose from three regularly changing set menus and leave the rest to the chefs – you will not be disappointed.
Jellyfish, Eagle St, Brisbane City
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.
Take a step back in time at Walter's Steakhouse. Located in downtown Brisbane, Walter's overlooks the iconic Brisbane City Botanical Gardens in Old Mineral House and provides the ultimate experience for steak lovers, serving a 270-day grain fed, in house, dry aged porterhouse, prepared and cooked with secret methods. Take a break and get a drink at Walter's enticing bar and enjoy the old-fashion service.
With a focus on local and seasonal produce, Homage is a special destination restaurant located within Spicers Hidden Vale in the Ipswich area and ideal for creating unforgettable memories.