Late Night Dining in the City
Hungry and it’s late in the evening or the wee hours of the morning? Maybe it’s a post-party craving, an after-cinema snack or a super late-night dinner. Either way, if you feel your stomach rumbling don't worry you're not destined for fast-food and greasy kebabs. For the best late-night dining spots in Brisbane, the CBD is the place to find after-hours food you won’t regret eating.
We’ve split the list into late dinners where you can get a proper sit-down meal, and super late-night feeds for those 2am snacking needs.
Brisbane is a city of early risers, so many out-of-towners find it hard to believe most restaurants close the kitchens by 9pm. If you get caught out, here are a few that keep the burners on until 10 or 11pm, especially towards the weekend. Further down are the post-midnight feeds and 24/7 dining spots.
Knock back shellfish platter, dozen oysters or tin of caviar while you wait for your dry-aged steak to be finished on the kitchen’s one-of-a-kind Infierno 96 wood-fired grill. An equally opulent dining room with sweeping 180-degree of the Brisbane River, Story Bridge and Kangaroo Point Cliffs is the perfect backdrop.
Kitchen open until 10.30pm on Friday and Saturday, until 9.30pm Tuesday to Thursday, and 9pm Sunday and Monday.
Brew is one of Brisbane's coolest laneway venues. The unpolished, dimly lit basement and former car park is the place to enjoy truffle fries or cheese boards while catching up with friends or listen to late-night live bands with a drink in hand.
Kitchen hours until 10pm Thursday-Saturday, until 8pm other nights.
If you’re hankering for a late-night steak, Cha Cha Char’s kitchen will serve you until 11pm every night of the week. The riverside steakhouse’s menu is detailed – each steak has a profile about the breed, paddock address, age and tasting notes.
Until 11pm daily, guaranteed.
Coppa Spuntino on Creek St is an authentic Italian pizza joint and a chic charcuterie wine bar. It's a perfect spot to either gather a group of mates and order some wood-fired pizzettas or a few spuntino (share plates) to split with your special someone. An added bonus is that after you fill your belly on delicious Italian fare, local favourite speakeasy The Gresham is just around the corner.
Award-winning celebrity chef Luke Nguyen's 100-seater Fat Noodle serves pan-Asian hawker-style food, including Nguyen’s own Vietnamese, as well as Chinese, Thai and Malaysian cuisine. Stop in for some late night duck wraps or some of the best spring rolls you've ever eaten. A steaming bowl of hot pho is the perfect end to any cool night.
Open until 10pm Sunday-Thursday; until 11pm Friday-Saturday.
French bistro snacks: Greenglass
French food and all-Aussie boutique wines combine at this upstairs gem. Dinner service finishes at 9pm, but the snack game keeps kicking on until 11pm on Friday night (and some other nights). And by snacks we mean French cheese, fresh oysters, saucisson, beef tartare and more much.
Open for super snacks until 11pm Friday, late other weeknights.
Located within NEXT Hotel, Lennons Restaurant & Bar embodies all the fine traits of the modern and trendy hotel restaurant and bar. There is an Argentinian-style Parilla grill for seafood and grass-fed, dry-aged steaks, and a bar menu including soft shell crab, southern style chicken wings, and Wagyu meatballs.
Sink your teeth into a plate of Moreton Bay Bug-stuffed dumplings, then order another. This riverside dame mixes the best of local Queensland produce and Asian flavours to create something new.
Open Sunday to Thursday until 9pm, Friday and Saturday until 10pm
Brisbane City’s biggest Korean restaurant is open until midnight every day. So just like in Seoul you can drop in until super late for a big bowl of bibimbap, grill your own Korean barbecue of meat and vegetables at your table, munch on Korean-style fried chicken and enjoy more favourites.
Open until midnight Monday to Sunday.
A sleek and trendy space, Public serves up intriguing food and drinks in a relaxed setting. The menu is designed to share, and if you’ve been bar hopping around the city’s best watering holes since knock-off, then maybe the famous KFD (Kentucky Fried Duck) is in order.
Open until 11pm Saturday night, until "late" Monday to Friday.
Red Hook is a diner, take out and bar serving up New York-style street food from its tiny kitchen in Gresham Lane. The music is always excellent, the burgers are a gourmet dream and the fries can be loaded (if you wish). Try the classic Brooklyn Cheeseburger. You won't regret it.
Monday - Tuesday until 9pm
Wednesday - Thursday until 10pm
Friday until midnight
Saturday until 11pm
Overlooking the water and Story Bridge, Riverbar offers chilled-out summer vibe and outdoor seats for after-work drinks and a bite to eat. The bar menu, designed by celebrity chef and owner Matt Moran, features all-day dining with shared plates, grills and pizzas from the wood-fired oven.
Open until midnight from daily
Stuff your face with all the pizza and pasta you can manage at Vapiano until 11pm every day. The kitchens of this two-storey restaurant stay open to make your meals fresh right before your eyes. The prices are as sweet as the desserts.
Open until 11pm daily
Slide into a red leather booth and enjoy a charming slice of New York in Brisbane. The special dish at Walter’s Steakhouse is the 270-day grain-fed, in-house dry-aged porterhouse on the bone. Bring a friend and tuck in - don’t skip a drink at the bar before or after.
Last tables seated Monday to Thursday at 9.30pm, Friday-Satuday at 10pm. Bar snacks until 11pm.
Super late-night eats and 24/7 dining in Brisbane CBD
Spicy Korean: Bull Bar, Elizabeth St
Open until at least 1am every day, drop into BUll Bar for a big bowl of spicy seafood and beef short ribs, or a kimchi hot pot with pork belly. Perfect for sharing on a cooler night, these will give you the strength to keep dancing all night.
Open until 1.30 Friday and Saturday, until 1am all other nights.
Wok and wine: Charmy, Albert St
Hot tip, the bottle shop at the back of Charmy is open until midnight every night - one of the latest in the CBD. Better yet, super casual Charmy is BYO so you can buy drinks there and crack them open over noodles, Korean-style chicken wings, loaded fries and more.
Open until midnight.
Split over two levels, this live music venue in the heart of the city serves up cocktails, tapas, and a whole lot of soul. Drop in for free jazz sessions in the basement until late five days a week and snack on the around-the-world tapas menu.
Open Tue-Thu until 1.30am, Fri-Sat until 3am
Cooking Korean hotpot or barbecue with your mates after midnight. What could go wrong!? Head to Funny Funny to grill meat and vegetables over fire or in soup, or let them do it all and indulge in a late-night fried chicken plate with beer – just like in Seoul.
Open until 1.30am Monday-Saturday
More Korean food: The Journey, Charlotte St
There must be something about Korean food and dining late. Kick back to K-pop videos and sip on soju while waiting for your bibimbap to arrive. If you’re feeling game you can DIY barbecue with prepared meat and vegetables at your table.
Open until 1.30am Monday-Saturday
Since 1982 Jimmy’s on the Mall have offered breakfast, lunch and dinner 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Now that’s commitment. Situated in the middle of the Queen Street Mall, the two-storey restaurant is hard to miss and has an extensive menu with a distinct Eastern influence.
One of Brisbane's longest operating Italian restaurants, Milano has been in the middle of Queen Street Mall since 1982. Expect to find Italian snacks and European favourites like bruschetta, calamari fritti, prosciutto-wrapped prawns, pastas, risotto and more.
Open Sunday-Thursday until midnight, Friday and Saturday until 2am.
Housed in a 1904-built former church, Pancake Manor serves a delicious variety of sweet and savoury food from its American influenced menu – think fluffy pancakes, crepes and salads. When the 3am cravings hit, drop in for a pancake stack and do not skip out on the butterscotch sauce.
Need sport at all hours of the day? The Pig ‘N’ Whistle (middle of Queen Street Mall) is one of the top spots to catch live sport at any hour. These televise major matches plus AFC, UEFA, EPL and Euro League. A late-night supper menu of British pub favourites includes a steak sandwich, chicken parmy, fish ‘n’ chips, chicken wings, burgers, calamari and more.
The Kitchen offers pub perfect classics and modern Australian meals until super late on Friday and Saturday nights. The menu is broad - from basic pizzas to pasta carbonara and chicken schnitzels or steak. Whenever hunger strikes, drop in.
Friday-Saturday until 1.30am
Sunday until 9.30pm
Monday-Thursday until 8.30pm