The best riverside restaurants in Brisbane City
When the sun is shining (and it usually is in Brisbane), there’s no better place to be than on the Brisbane River. For stunning sun-kissed vistas or to watch the twinkling city lights against the water, here’s our favourite riverside restaurants to lap up the views, fill your belly and sip on ice cool drinks.
When river views meet divine dining, that’s Alchemy. Book a seat at the Eagle Street bar and restaurant for expansive floor-to-ceiling views paired with a magic a la carte menu of relaxed elegance from award-winning head chef Brad Jolly.
Also located near the iconic Eagle Street Pier dining precinct, Bar Pacino shines with an Italian-inspired snack menu and a spectacular setting. Head outdoors to enjoy the riverside ambience and killer cocktail list.
Communal outside tables makes for a convivial atmosphere any time of the day at The Bavarian. The wrap-around veranda lends itself to sparkling views and equally sparkling lagers – what better way to soak up the riverside location? Prost!
With velvet banquettes and stunning 180-degree views, Blackbird Bar & Grill knows how to play to its best assets and roaring 20s vibes. Sink into a comfy seat to enjoy the seasonal local menu and curated wine list.
Stamford Plaza Brisbane’s showpiece eatery has an ideal location between the river and City Botanic Gardens with views to the Story Bridge. Dine alfresco on the terrace for an a la carte dinner by the riverside.
Sumptuous surrounds indoors and a covered alfresco deck set the scene for an elegant Asian fusion meal at hip Madame Wu. With views of the river, Story Bridge and Kangaroo Point, it’s a dining experience to savour, especially if you order the Moreton Bay bug dumplings.
With its location in the name, Riverbar & Kitchen occupies prime river frontage at Riparian Plaza. Enjoy the enviable Brisbane lifestyle with an alfresco seat for a front-row river view and fresh modern Australian meals in a casual atmosphere.
Bringing a paddock-to-plate philosophy to the heritage-listed Customs House on Queens Street, Patina showcases the best local and regional fare in a picture-perfect riverside location.
Byron Bay favourite Three Blue Ducks has found itself a home at the W Brisbane, bringing its real food ethos and laid back vibes to The City. The all-Queensland cuisine is ably supported by river views from its North Quay location.
Bold interiors by Anna Spiro complement an equally colourful and vibrant northern Thai menu at Naga Thai restaurant on Eagle Street Pier. Spice up your feed with river views and naga-licious cocktails.
This industrial style beer garden and street food kitchen is an open-air bar fitted out around two 40ft shipping containers. Cool, we know. Pair your beverage with a plate from one of the street food market stalls sitting at one end and find a seat by the panoramic edge.
At this overwater venue you’ll be served up stunning riverfront views and beverages that will take you from morning to night. Early risers should stop by for a juice or coffee or head in for golden hour at sunset with craft beers, vibrant cocktails and mouth-watering snacks.
Underrated Friday’s Riverside might just provide some of the best waterfront drinks (and dining) in Brisbane. The terrace features 180-degree views of the Brisbane River and the Story Bridge giving it view goals.
Stunning city views, delicious Latin-Australian meals and extensive drink options, Rico Bar and Dining has relaxed riverside dining nailed. The hip diner blends cultures and culinary delights to create a casual dining experience perfect for groups, through to romantic dinners for two.
A fancy surf and turf in the most approachable way. Fatcow Steak & Lobster dishes up big rumps, fleshy claws and large pours that will have you coming back time and time again.
Postcard river views, stylish interiors and a menu to match, Mr & Mrs G Riverbar is the bar to be at. Wine and tapas is a lifestyle at this little riverside glass cube for good reason.
Contemporary Japanese dining, sunken tables and, of course, a sake bar is what you’ll find at Sake Restaurant and Bar. Think undeniably fresh sashimi, new-style sushi and must-try signature dishes including hiramasa kingfish with soy dressing, nori crisps with tuna and kingfish and popcorn shrimp tempura with creamy, spicy sauce. Each dish at Sake is sculpted into a tiny work of art.
This long-standing Brisbane spot has the freshest seafood and traditional Mediterranean dishes alongside steak, chicken and pasta. Fill your belly while overlooking views of Kangaroo Point and the Story Bridge.
From group get togethers to intimate dates, Coppa is a great location for your lunch or dinner occasion. The coastal Italian inspired menu is as delicious as is the view of the Story Bridge and you’ll easily be transported to Italy after a few frozen negronis.
East meets west at this Eagle Street Pier location. From a cocktail to a casual drink, snacks to a hearty meal, experience modern Asian ambience and magnificent views of the river, City and Story Bridge.
Dive into big bowls of house-made pasta, antipasto, whole cooked fish and seafood dishes at this Italian restaurant by the river. Take note, happy hour is from 3pm-5pm daily.