Taste buds on tour: Discover the best places to eat in Brisbane.
Updated: 30 July 2021
What's your flavour? Check out some of the best places to sample the world's cuisines in Brisbane.
Bisou Bisou - Brisbane's newest French brasserie and aperitivo bar awaits Whisking you away to the streets of Paris, indulge in a French-inspired menu and revolutionary cocktails. What are you waiting for? Book one of the most popular restaurants in Brisbane now.
C’est Bon - The Stanley Street favourite has launched a sky-high new addition, Ooh La La, serving up oysters, duck liver parfait eclairs, hot whisky cocktails and city views. Get ready for a new feel in Woolloongabba.
La Costa - The latest venture from Salt Meats Cheese group in collaboration with award-winning bar Maybe Sammy, expect an experience of abundance and possibility. The menu celebrates the ocean first and foremost, but is littered with plenty of Italian-inspired local meats, cheeses and vegetables.
Sugo Mi - For proper, authentic, Italian pizza then Sugo Mi is an absolute must. Inspired by the streets of Termoli, Italy, Sugo Mi is not ‘just’ a pizzeria, though. Their main menu is making a name for itself that almost eclipses the pizza fans these days!
Julius Pizzeria - There's a lot to like about Julius: the laneway location, the sexy, semi-industrial fit-out and the generous menu selection. In their own words it’s a ‘casual Italian pizzeria’ that leaves you wanting more.
Popolo - Tucked away in the idyllic surrounds of Brisbane’s River Quay is a spacious, yet intimate destination dedicated to delivering elegant shared dining. ‘Popolo’ is Italian for people, so you can rest assured service is of the first order.
Za Za Ta - A place where worlds and cultures collide amongst a sprawling, colonial backdrop and buzzing open kitchen celebrating ethical eating and conscious cuisine. Experience the soulful vibe of Tel Aviv with a new forward-thinking 100% vegetarian menu.
Bar Kazba - A hidden spot to discover Tel Aviv’s vibrant nightlife. A soulful cocktail bar taking Fortitude Valley by storm, offering exotic twists and forgotten classics by witty monikers, divided by familiar and foreign tastes.
Gerards Bistro - Tucked away behind James Street, Gerard’s Bistro is a hidden treasure and an indulgent experience. Combining the flavours of the Maghreb and Middle East, the menu offers a modern take on classic dishes using locally sourced ingredients with traditional techniques.
Dirty Sultan - Enter the world of Dirty Sultan, a place for bespoke cocktails that are paired perfectly with a Neo-Turkish street food menu. Tune into the international soundscapes and modern Hip Hop mood.
Melrose - Escape the ordinary at Melrose, an Indonesian and Thai inspired rooftop restaurant, where you can dine under blue skies by day and stars by night. Find it at the tranquil river end of Oxford Street, Bulimba
Maru Korean BBQ - Established in 2011, Maru has two restaurants in Brisbane and is a must-do for those chasing a Korean BBQ feast. And, why are they special? Their use of premium charcoal Binchōtan, absorbs impurities and unwanted tastes and odour, creating better flavour.
Same Same - For an elegant take on street-inspired Thai food, Same Same should be your choice. They bring the classic feel and flavour of Southeast Asian cooking, but with a dose of personality and hospitality unmatched in Fortitude Valley.
Jumbo Thai - Centrally located above the historic Embassy Hotel, Jumbo Thai brings the authentic cuisine and colourful culture of Thailand to the Brisbane CBD. Stop by for dinner, or come for an interactive dining experience with the Chef’s Table.
Naga Thai - It’s regional Thai how it has been and how it should be. Prepare to indulge in authentic dishes made with uniquely Australian produce. Sit, sip and say “Sawasdee” to a nagalicious cocktail or two, all while sitting on the banks of the Brisbane River.
Iris Rooftop - Located in the heart of Fortitude Valley, Iris is designed to evoke the sensations of travel from Beirut to Barcelona. It’s a sky-high experience, perfect for all occasions. Sit down for dinner, lunch, a date night, after-work drinks, birthday celebration or events of any kind.
Rico Bar & Dining - Rico is a blend of cultures and culinary delights, where Latin flavours meet fresh Australian produce to create unique and unforgettable dishes. Find it on Eagle Street Pier, for casual catch-ups or romantic dinners.
Boom Boom Room - Beneath the streets of Brisbane awaits the newest Japanese hot spot.
Indulge in a delicious menu that boasts authentic sashimi and yakitori plates, as well as bold dishes curated by Executive Chef Jake Nicolson and Head Chef Zac Sykes.
Honto - Experience a menu that reimagines Japanese cooking with contemporary nuance and local ingredients. The dark, moody space is tucked away in the gritty end of Fortitude Valley. Best enjoyed shared so bring friends and family to enjoy!
Yoko Dining - Yoko Dining translates the energetic experience of Tokyo’s izakayas, music bars and pop-infused counter culture to a raucous split-level bistro on the river at Brisbane’s Howard Smith Wharves.
Comuna Cantina - Inspired by multiple cultures across South America, Comuna Cantina isn’t just a dining experience, grazing over good food and sipping delicious drinks is a way of life. It’s a Latin street food-inspired restaurant located in the Brisbane CBD and Everton Park.
Mama Taco - Expect an experience built on the quality and authenticity of the food. In an ode to the rich food history of Mexico and the ancient spirits of agave, Mezcal and Tequila, this is a taco adventure.
Red Lotus - Set in a relaxed and casual environment the restaurant brings healthy sustainable eating to the suburbs offering the most diverse Vietnamese dining experiences found anywhere in Brisbane.
Stanley Restaurant - Stanley’s philosophy is centred around great food, friends, fishermen and women and farmers. Inspired by Head Chef, Louis Tikaram’s travels across the globe and grounded by his local roots, expect flavours and food from all parts of the world.
Happy Boy - Maybe the name gives it away? Happy Boy is certainly a venue that will put a smile on your dial. Found in the heart of Fortitude Valley, it’s a restaurant ideal for group dinners or a casual bite to eat. Oh, and some of the best Chinese Brisbane has to offer.
Donna Chang - Giving a gentle nod to Sichuan flavours and authentic Cantonese cuisine, Donna Chang focus is on creating a modern Chinese flavour experience, having sourced the very best local ingredients to create dishes that educate and excite.
Chu the Phat - A vibrant and contemporary restaurant and bar set in South Bank’s up-and-coming Fish Lane dining precinct, Chu the Phat is Hong Kong, Korean and Taiwanese inspired street food to engage all types of eaters city-wide.
Greca - A contemporary Greek taverna serving memorable food for modern tastes, with the generous spirit of Mediterranean hospitality. Inspired by the pleasures of eating together, the dishes are designed for sharing in a spectacular riverside setting. What more do you need?
Hellenika - With a commitment to fresh produce and an expert selection of wines, Hellenika is the perfect place to gather, share and enjoy. Sit down at the pool deck of The Calile and enjoy the surroundings of one of the nicest places to eat Brisbane offers.
Opa Bar & Mezze - Shouted with passion at Greek celebrations, ‘Opa’ is an expression usually accompanied by plate smashing. Whether it’s celebrating an occasion or just the end of the day, Opa is the perfect place for it all. Just go easy on their crockery.
Taj Mahal - The family-owned and managed restaurant has established itself as an institution. Expect warm service and scrumptious food, enjoyed by locals and travellers from far and wide. It’s North Indian cuisine prepared in their own special way.
Broken Hearts Burger Club - The pop-up turned burger club superstar is now one of the best new restaurants Brisbane has, recently expanding to a new location at Mango Hill Marketplace in Moreton Bay. Expect nothing but the finest hand-smashed burgers from Broken Hearts.
Ben's Burgers - Despite having only three burgers on the menu, Ben’s Burgers won’t leave you wanting more options. Appealing to the minimalists is what this spot has perfected, so if you are someone that likes simplicity when choosing what to eat, this is the burger joint for you.
Red Hook - A New York inspired eatery and bar that serves delectable burgers, tacos, wings, dogs and other NYC inspired street food. Plus they house an extensive range of American and Australian beers, cocktails and wine. With options like these, you’ll never want to leave.
Hashtag Burgers & Waffles - In their own words, they make the best chicken burger Brisbane has to offer, plus a to die for range of beef and vegetarian options. Expect a funky, unique blend of traditional and modern burger combinations.