Riverside Restaurants in The City - Visit Brisbane

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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.

Alchemy, Eagle St

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.

Bar Pacino, Eagle St

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.

Blackbird, Eagle St

With velvet banquettes and stunning 180-degree views, Blackbird Brisbane knows how to play to its best assets with roaring ‘20s vibes. Sink into a comfy seat to enjoy the seasonal local menu and curated wine list.

The Brasserie on the River, Upper Edward St (temporarily closed)

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.

Friday’s Riverside, Eagle St

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, making it #viewgoals.

Madame Wu, Eagle St

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 the Moreton Bay bug dumplings.

Massimo Restaurant, Eagle St (temporarily closed)

Massimo Restaurant & Bar spruiks a menu influenced by the Abruzzo region of Italy. Dive into big bowls of house-made pasta, antipasto, whole cooked fish and seafood dishes at this restaurant by the river. Take note: happy hour is from 3pm-5pm daily. 

Navala Churrascaria, Eagle St

Savour authentic Brazilian barbecue and the succulent modern flavours of charcoal-grilled meats at Navala Churrascaria. Enjoy vibrant riverfront dining and Latin American food with flair for fine dining, Brazilian-style.

Patina at Customs House, Queen St

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.

Riverbar & Kitchen, Eagle St (temporarily closed)

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.

Riverland, Eagle St

This industrial-style beer garden and street food kitchen is built around two shipping containers. Cool, we know. Pair your beverage with a plate from one of the market stalls sitting at one end and find a seat by the panoramic edge.

Will & Flow, Gardens Point Rd 

Brisbane’s first overwater bar serves up stunning riverfront views and beverages that will take you from morning to night. Early risers can stop for juice or coffee, or meander in at sunset for craft beers, vibrant cocktails and mouth-watering snacks.