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.

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.

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. 

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.

Customs House, Queen St

Brisbane's iconic heritage-listed building Customs House has new restaurant, Patina, opening on August 23. 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 Moos 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. 

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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