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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.

Donna Chang, George St

Donna Chang

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.

Three Blue Ducks, W Hotel, George Street

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 new 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.

Greca, Howard Smith Wharves

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. 

ARC Dining & Wine Bar, Howard Smith Wharves

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.

Persone, Brisbane Quarter, George Street

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.

Urbane, Mary St

Urbane

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.

Black Hide, Treasury Casino

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. 

Patina, Queen St

Brisbane's iconic heritage-listed building Customs House has a new restaurant, Patina. Expect to enjoy fresh seasonal produce and local seafood that is sourced daily, along with mushrooms that are grown in an on-site cellar. Menu highlights include the eye fillet with smoked potato and the salad of spring beets and baby leek. For drinks you will be spoilt for choice with wines sourced from small producers and family-owned wineries. This restaurant is sure to have you coming back for more. 

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. This June and July, Otto are celebrating the arrival of truffle season by giving you the opportunity to add Australian black Manjimup truffles to your favourite OTTO dishes. The truffles are served tableside by Head Chef Will Cowper. Can you tell we are fans?

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.

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.

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).

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.

Moo Moo The Wine Bar + Grill, Edward St

Moo Moo's can be found in the old Port Office building, exuding heritage charm. Steak lovers look no further, Moo Moo's prides itself on sourcing the best beef from all regions across Australia and offers a wide range of specialty steaks. Catering to all tastes and needs, Moo Moos also offer vegetarian, gluten free and halal options. 

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.

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.

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.

Salon De Co, Wickham Terrace

Located on the ground floor of Ovolo Inchcolm Hotel, Salon De Co aim to create a truly memorable experience for 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.

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. 

Walter's Steakhouse, Alice St

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.

Motorwagen, Adelaide St

The kitchen is led by Chef Dylan Cashman to create a contemporary dining menu, showcasing local produce. Our lunch favourite is the Sashimi Yellowfin Tuna with cauliflower sorbet and squid ink crisps (we suggest leaving room for the smoked vanilla pavlova). Motorwagen serves breakfast and lunch Monday to Friday and dinner Thursday to Saturday. 

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