Whether you’re overdue for date night or simply need some inspo for your next dinner out with the girls, we’ve rounded up 10 epic restaurants to add to your foodie bucket list this year…
1. OTTO Ristorante
At OTTO, the food truly does speak for itself! Unashamedly simple (and delicious!), their menu is fresh, seasonal and sings with the flavours of modern Italy. Pairing beautiful food with sprawling city views and a refined menu of Italian wine varietals, you’ll want to make OTTO your new go-to for an evening of glamour.
Renowned for their paddock to plate philosophy, Embers have stolen our heart with their menu of delectable, Modern Australian eats. Fuelled by fire, one can expect tender smoked meats, fresh seafood, flavour-packed vegetables and delicate sweets from this buzzing Grey Street venue. Located near QPAC, sit back and let Embers take care of all your pre or post show dining needs.
Transporting diners to the Italian Riviera with a menu that is artful yet unpretentious, Popolo have re-entered the game as one of our favourite South Bank restaurants. Boasting a newly renovated interior (hello warm terracotta tones) and stunning riverfront views, their menu touches on tradition with a selection of lesser-known provincial Italian dishes.
4. The Jetty
While away an afternoon sipping on cocktails and grazing on tasty Modern Australian bites at The Jetty! Serving superb riverside fare (personal shout out to the Moreton Bay bug sliders), we’re not exaggerating when we say there’s no greater venue for your next date night or family gathering.
Irresistible Spanish bites await you at this popular Little Stanley Street restaurant! Well-loved for their fresh food, warm and friendly service, and signature sangria, Olé is perfect for bookings both big and small. This colourful experience is guaranteed to please the whole crew…
6. River Quay Fish
River Quay Fish – arguably one of our favourite seafood restaurants in Brisbane – will forever be one of our top recommendations when it comes to a special family dinner or date night by the river. Geared towards adding a fresh, Australian twist to the quintessential fish and chips, their simple yet delicious menu does not disappoint.
Inspired by L’Aquitaine and its reputation for artisanal produce, Aquitaine is the perfect waterfront venue for a casual lunch, romantic dinner or private function. Taking you on a unique, French culinary journey, savour the experience with their luscious degustation menu or explore their modern a-la-carte offering.
8. Ma Pa Me
A modern take on the guilty pleasures of Asian home cooking, Ma Pa Me’s imaginative menu champions fresh farm produce and premium local ingredients. Backing their food with an even greater selection of cocktails (big vibe!), an epic banquet is calling your name…
If you’re still yet to taste the authentic flavours of Ahmet’s traditional Turkish cuisine, we suggest you change that STAT. Reminiscent of the vibrant streets of Turkey, think dazzling rugs, lanterns, live belly dancing performances, slow cooked meats, fresh breads, dips, spiced vegetables and so much more.
10. Momo Chicken
Crispy, Korean fried chicken with cheese-laden corn kernels and spicy kimchi… need we say more? Momo Chicken have changed the fried chicken game with their epic menu of loaded burgers, saucy chicken, warming rice dishes and tasty sides. Washed down with an ice-cold beer (or a cheeky cocktail), this is comfort food like you’ve never experienced before…