Brisbane Travel Guide

Food

Brisbane City and Spring Hill

Budget
Beach HousePhone: +61 7 3003-0017Located on the corner of Albert and Elizabeth St, Myer Centre, 2F. Licensed bar, large meals and live entertainment at value for money.
Bar MerloVarious outlets throughout the city, their first being opened in the QUT Gardens Point campus. Regarded as one of the leaders in the Brisbane caf society boom since the 90s, their coffee is served at countless cafes and restaurants throughout Brisbane.
Hanaichi Wintergarden, Macarthur Central. Cheap Japanese takeaway. Try the Katsu Curry. About $7
MOS Burger Albert Street, just off the Queen St Mall in the direction of King George Square. One of Australia's two MOS locations (The other being in Sunnybank). Quite popular so there may be a line at lunch time.
German Sausage Hut Burnett Lane. Excellent and authentic German food. Take away available. They offer currywurst, wurst in a roll, wurst on a plate with potato salad and sauerkraut.
Pancake Manor Charlotte Street, just down from George Street. A Brisbane institution, open 24 hours. Tends to fill up with nightclub revellers on their way home after about 3AM on a Saturday or Sunday morning.
Mid-range
Little Tokyo85 Bowen StPhone: +61 7 3831-7751Spring Hill. Oldest Japanese restaurant in Brisbane, under same ownership for over 40 years. Authentic food and decor but at upper-range prices.
Pane e VinoPhone: +61 7 3220-0044Albert St. Italian restaurant with pastas and mains $1834. Not a lot of authentic Italian ambiance as found in more typical restaurants further south in Melbourne.
SonoPhone: +61 7 3220-1888Queen Street Mall. Authentic Japanese food. Has a second outlet in the new Portside precinct in Hamilton.
Le Bon Choix379 Queen StPhone: +61 7 3229-9260Near the golden triangle, p. Great French bakery. Sells a good variety of sandwiches, cakes, tortes, macarons, fresh bread, croquettes, quiches and coffee. Trading Hrs: Mon-Fri 7AM - 6PM, Sat-Sun 7AM - 5PM
Splurge
ARIA Brisbane1 Eagle StPhone: +61 7 3233-2555The sister restaurant to the famed ARIA Sydney, ARIA Brisbane is no less impressive, with a commanding view of the River and the Story Bridge. Located in the Eagle St Pier precinct, it specialises in the freshest Australian produce.
AlchemyPhone: +61 7 3229-3175Located in a little hideaway on Eagle St, this restaurant has one of the most impressive views in Brisbane, looking across the river to the Story Bridge. Well known for its "liquid nitrogen nibbles", Alchemy lives up to its name.
Cha Cha CharPhone: +61 7 3211-9944Pier Ave. Famous award-winning steakhouse located at the Eagle St Pier precinct. Their steaks are considered one of Australia's best. Recently opened is Organic Char, the sister restaurant to Cha Cha Char which serves organic produce.
E'cco Bistro100 Boundary StPhone: +61 7 3831-8344Founded and run by the internationally renowned and acclaimed chef Philip Johnson, it is one of the best restaurants in Brisbane and Australia-wide.
Esquire145 Eagle StPhone: +61 7 3220-2123Recently opened by executive chef Ryan Squires, who trained at Noma in Copenhagen, this restaurant is famed for its degustation menu. An immediate hit in Brisbane. Don't go dressed in shorts and a t-shirt. Many an unsuspecting Brisbanite has attempted to get in, yet even in the height of summer the still have a strict dress rule.
Il Centro1 Pier AvePhone: +61 7 3221-6090Located in the Eagle St Pier precinct, along with other notable neighbours. Famed for its signature sand crab lasagne, it is one of the most popular Italian restaurants in Brisbane and also among the priciest.
Moda12 Edward StPhone: +61 7 3221-7655Huge selection of wines and a varied menu including seafood, duck, rabbit and pork cheeks. By no means cheap but amazing food.
Restaurant TwoPhone: +61 7 3210-0600Corner of Edward and George St, (across the street from the Botanic Gardens), . Headed by executive chef David Pugh, it is widely regarded as one of Brisbane's best restaurants.
SakeEagle St Pier. Recently the recipient of an Australian Gourmet Traveller star, and selected as one of Australia's 100 Top Restaurants, Sake is one of the hot newcomers to the Brisbane restaurant scene. Serves Japanese Cuisine.
TankPhone: +61 7 3003-1993Tank St. Another member of the top 100 Restaurants in Australia, Tank also served Japanese-Australian cuisine in a tucked away spot in a little laneway off Tank St, in the North Quarter of the Brisbane CBD.
UrbanePhone: +61 7 3229-2271Mary St, (Short walk from Stamford Plaza). One of the best fine dining restaurants in Brisbane, serving unconventional but innovative food.
Vintaged, Hilton Brisbane, Elizabeth St. Serving carefully aged meat within luxe surroundings, this is one of better hotel restaurants in Brisbane.
Fortitude Valley and New Farm
Bank Vault LoungePhone: +61 7 3252-3424Brunswick St Mall. Wood Fired Pizzas, alfresco dining.
Continental Cafe21 Barker StPhone: +61 7 3254-0377Good food, nice atmosphere across several rooms, surprisingly good children's menu. Open for dinner 364 days a year. Watch out for the offal specials on Tuesdays. Reliable high quality.
Enjoy Inn167 Wickham StPhone: +61 7 3252-3838One of the longest established restaurants in Brisbane, good Chinese food.
Fatboys Cafe323 Brunswick StPhone: +61 7 3252-3789The cafe portion of Ric's Bar, on Brunswick St Mall. Serves some of the best value for money breakfasts in Brisbane from $4.
Freestyle Tout1000 Ann StPhone: +61 7 3252-0214Popular dessert restaurant located in the Emporium, with a sister restaurant that is first established in the Rosalie shops in Paddington.
Green Tea Restaurant31 Duncan StPhone: +61 7 3252-4855Good authentic Vietnamese food at a reasonable price.
Garuva Hidden Tranquillity Restaurant324 Wickham St, Fortitude ValleyPhone: +61 732 160 124Hours: 7 days, 6PM til midnightPrice: $20Specialises in Asian food, but come for the atmosphere. Low-lighting, floor seating and ambient music make this the most intimate restaurant in Brisbane, and every table is enclosed by a sheer curtain. Bar as well, cheap cocktails Fri and Sat before 7PM.
Harvey'sPhone: +61 7 3852-3700Very popular cafe restaurant and deli. It is located a short walk from James St market.
Hunan Chinese Restaurant, (Chinatown Mall). Unpretentious eatery serving exotic regional Chinese fare from the Hunan province, as well as Chinese takeaway staples at cheap and reasonable prices.
James Street MarketNot a restaurant, but a yuppie grocery where you will find all the food and drink you need to bring with you in the bush. Includes a small sushi bar at at furthest end from James St.
King of KingsPhone: +61 7 3852-1122Wickham St, (Chinatown precinct). A Brisbane institution for yum cha, decent food and prices.
Mecca Bah1000 Ann StPhone: +61 7 3252-5299Popular restaurant that serves modern Middle Eastern food, part of an Australian interstate franchise that originated in Melbourne.
Mint Indian GourmetPhone: +61 7 3252-0300Brunswick St, (near the Central Brunswick precinct). Indian restaurant that serves traditional curries as well as gourmet dishes at upper range prices.
Re Del GelatoPhone: +61 7 3358-2177Beautifully made Italian gelato, a perfect cap after a nice meal at one of the close by restaurants on Brunswick Street.
Taj Mahal722 Brunswick StPhone: +61 7 3254-2388Amazing Indian cuisine. Caterers to the Indian Cricket Team when in Brisbane.
Thai Wi-Rat20 Duncan StPhone: +61 7 3257-0884Cheap and cheerful authentic regional Thai-Laotian cuisine.
Vespa Pizza148 Merthyr RdPhone: +61 7 3358-4100Woodfired pizza restaurant on the. Serves the tastiest pizzas in Brisbane and is BYO. Cosy atmosphere in the fairylight-lit courtyard outside and room to move in the booths inside. Delivers to local area on Vespa scooters.
WagamamaPart of the global noodle bar chain. Have franchises in Chermside and Wintergarden in the Queen Street Mall, Brisbane CBD.
South Bank and Woolloongabba
Ahmet's Turkish RestaurantPhone: +61 7 3846-6699Little Stanley St. Turkish restaurant, features belly dancers on weekends. One of the most popular and busiest restaurants in the South Bank precinct, though the painstaking quality of the kitchen means a longer than usual wait for food. Do not expect to be in and out in less than an hour.
Brisbane German Club416 Vulture StPhone: +61 7 3391-2434Located directly, this restaurant/bar offers a wonderful range of authentic German cuisine and beer for very reasonable prices.
Green Papaya898 Stanley StPhone: +61 7 3217-3599Formerly a French-influenced Northern Vietnamese fine dining restaurant founded by renowned chef Lien Yeomans, it is now run by the Mons Ban Sabai management and serves Thai and Indonesian food.
Norman Hotel102 Ipswich RdPhone: +61 7 3391-5022Woolloongabba. Along with the Breakfast Creek Hotel, possibly the best steaks in town, it's slogan is "Brisbane's worst vegetarian restaurant".
Milton and Park Road
China Sea60 Park RdPhone: +61 7 3367-0198Excellent Chinese food at upper-range prices.
La Dolce Vita20 Park RdPhone: +61 7 3368-3805Great Italian cafe
Rue de Paris30 Park RdPhone: +61 7 3368-2600Brisbane's Eiffel Tower, another great cafe
Royal Thai Orchid45 Little Cribb StPhone: +61 7 3229-2588Thai restaurant. Its sister restaurant in the outer suburb of Springwood was the first Thai restaurant in Brisbane.
The Lure28 McDougall StPhone: +61 7 3369-9955Good for well prepared seafood. Possibly one of Brisbanes best seafood restaurants.
Paddington
Gambaro's33 Caxton StPhone: +61 7 3369-9500Has both a seafood restaurant and a long-established seafood takeaway. A Brisbane institution.
HaremPhone: +61 7 3368-3141282 Given Tce. Turkish restaurant complete with belly-dancing
Kookaburra CafePhone: +61 7 3369-2400280 Given Tce. Good pizza in a relaxed atmosphere
Montrachet224 Given Terrace. French bistro specializing in Lyonnaise specialties, regarded as one of Brisbane's best restaurants.
Sultans KitchenPhone: +61 7 3368-2194163 Given Ter. Among the best Indian food in the city. Fresh and tasty and good service. Usually fills quickly and does a roaring take-away trade, so get in early.
Tomato Brothers19 Nash StPhone: +61 7 3368-1601Renowned for their wood fired pizzas, with several franchises in several Brisbane suburbs such as Wilston and Clayfield.
Urban Grind530 Brunswick StPhone: +61 408 101 140LaTrobe Ter. Small caf with a BYO food policy, great coffee and free Wi-Fi. For those who wish to indulge in a guilt free cup of coffee Urban Grind is committed to being climate neutral and use Barambah organic milk in their fantastic coffees.
Sol, 20 Latrobe Ter. Vegetarian and all organic café warm in winter and cool in summer and the coffee is great.
University of Queensland

The university and its surrounds provide many quality eateries if you happen to be in the area or on a CityCat ferry and caters to a cheaper market.

Main Refectory in the main eatery on Campus, found in building 21. This is also known as The Refec, not be confused with the Physiology Refectory. Food is usually reasonably priced, to cater to students. Apart from the main section of the refectory (Main Course), there is a sushi bar, noodle bar, Souvlaki Hut, Subway, Boost Juice, bakery and a Mr. Beans Coffee.
Physiology Refectory is an eatery known as The Physiology Refec, located in building 63, it is designed to allow students to eat without having to travel to the opposite side of campus.
A Salt 'n Battery, Hawken Drive, Hawken Village. Quality fish and chip shop-cum-seafood restaurant with a wide variety of foods and decent prices. Approx 5-10 min walk from the University.
The Pizza CaffePhone: +61 733 772 239Fantastic pizzas with really different ingredients
South Brisbane and West End
Era Bistro102 Melbourne StPhone: +61 7 3255-2033South Brisbane. Excellent bistro food, great cafe spot, extensive wine cellar. Same owners/chef as the former critically acclaimed Circa.
Huong's, 83a Vulture St. Thai, Vietnamese and Chinese food. BYO and Takeaway available.
Lefkas Taverna170 Hardgrave RdPhone: +61 7 3844-1163West End. Brisbane's most famous Greek takeaway and restaurant.
Makanan Indonesia59 Hardgrave RdPhone: +61 7 3846-2111Authentic Indonesian fare at unbeatable value.
Mondo Organics166 Hardgrave RdPhone: +61 7 3844-1132West End. Considered to be Brisbane's premier organic food restaurant. Also have a cooking school.
Gandhi Curry House10 Little Stanley StPhone: +61 7 3844-1997S South Brisbane. Brisbane's signature Indian restaurant, celebrating 10 years of service in South Bank.
The Forest Cafe, Boundary St. Vegan food. The indoors area can get quite warm during the summer months, however.
TukkaPhone: +61 7 3846-6333145b Boundary St. Unique and innovative modern native Australian cuisine. Pricing is at the upper range, but worth a visit.
Trang2/59 Hardgrave Road WestEnd. Did someone say Pho? Head here for possibly the best Pho is Brisbane. Give the Chinese menu a miss.
Restaurants in other areas/precincts
Baguette150 Racecourse RdPhone: +61 7 3268-6168Modern-Australian restaurant that is owned and operated by the Domenech family for over 30 years.
Blue LotusKelvin Grove Urban Village precinct. Gourmet and exotic ice-creams that change according to the seasons.
Breakfast Creek HotelPhone: +61 7 3262-59882 Kingsford Smith Drv, (in the Newstead area)., -. Famous for its steaks, a Brisbane institution.
'The Courthouse Restaurant,' 1 Paxton St, Cleveland, ☎ +61 7 3286-1386 - . A Redlands institution, situated in an 1850's Courthouse, this restaurant offers quality food in a stunning heritage building with beautiful views of Moreton Bay.
Earth 'n' Sea, Oxford St, Bulimba ☎ +61 7 3899-5988 or 377 Cavendish Road, Coorparoo ☎ +61 7 3847-7780 . BYO family restaurant serving up delicious pasta dishes and pizzas with unusual toppings, all with the freshest ingredients, great atmosphere and strange Aussie decor. Expensive, but you're guaranteed to leave satisfied.
Efes One Turkish Restaurant293 Sandgate RdPhone: +61 7 3862-4599Brisbane's first Turkish restaurant. Without a doubt the most popular destination for traditional Turkish cuisine and a friendly atmosphere in Brisbane. Belly dancers on Friday and Saturday nights.
Landmark101 Cnr mains RdPhone: +61 7 3344-3288Shop/ (Sunnybank Plaza business precinct). One of the most renowned and popular Chinese restaurants in Brisbane, notably for its well done authentic yum cha.
Sakura, Franchises located in Coorparoo and Highgate Hill. Excellent authentic Japanese food at reasonable prices.
SitarIndian restaurant that has franchises in suburbs like West End and New Farm.
Tosakan Thai Restaurant23 Playfield StPhone: +61 7 3350-5371Hours: 11AM10:30PMPrice: $7-35Tosakan Thai Restaurant serves authentic Thai food for dining in or takeaway.

source: Wikivoyage

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