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Best Riverside Dining in Brisbane

Best Riverside Dining in Brisbane

Hey there foodies! Are you craving a meal with a stunning view? If you’re in Brisbane, look no further than the city’s incredible riverside dining options. From delicious cuisine to spectacular sights, there’s nothing quite like enjoying a meal by the river.

So without further ado, here are the must-try restaurants along the water.

Dining with a View: Experience Brisbane’s Riverside Restaurants

Dining with a View Experience Brisbane's Riverside Restaurants
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Riverside dining in Brisbane is a must-do experience for any foodie or lover of beautiful views.

The city’s sprawling Brisbane River is a true gem, running for approximately 344 kilometers through Queensland. It flows from Mount Stanley to Moreton Bay, with its boundary extending from the Great Dividing Range in the west to the coast in the east.

One of the best things about dining along the river is the incredible views. The Brisbane River is simply stunning, with sparkling blue waters and breathtaking scenery at every turn.

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Whether you’re looking for a relaxing lunch or a romantic dinner, there’s something for everyone when it comes to riverside dining. Many of the city’s top restaurants and bars are located along the river, making it easy to find the perfect spot for your next meal.

From casual cafes to fine dining establishments, there’s no shortage of options. You can enjoy a classic Australian barbecue by the water, or indulge in a gourmet feast with views of the city skyline.

No matter what your taste buds desire, Brisbane’s riverside dining scene is sure to impress. So why not grab a table by the water and soak up the stunning views while you savor some delicious food?

1. Eat Street Northshore

Address: 221D MacArthur Ave, Hamilton QLD 4007


Contact Details: +61 428 485 242, [email protected]

Operating Hours: Friday & Saturday: 4PM – 10PM, Sunday: 4PM – 9PM 

Eat Street Northshore is one of the most popular and exciting dining destinations in Brisbane, situated along the picturesque riverside.

It is a collection of over 70 vendors housed in 180 creatively repurposed shipping containers, offering a variety of mouth-watering global cuisine, from traditional Italian and American street food to modern Korean and Japanese delights.

This bustling market operates every Friday and Saturday evening, as well as Sunday afternoons, and offers a unique and vibrant atmosphere that draws in both locals and tourists alike.

Aside from the diverse culinary offerings, Eat Street Northshore also boasts five themed bars, each with its own distinct vibe and style, making it a perfect spot to unwind with friends and family while enjoying the stunning river views.

For a more complete experience, try to explore these various themed bars. I personally enjoyed sipping on refreshing cocktails at the Whale Bar.

Moreover, you can take a leisurely stroll along the river before or after your meal to revel in the breathtaking views. Don’t forget to wear comfortable shoes though as the area is expansive and you’ll want to wander without any discomfort.

To fully enjoy all that Eat Street Northshore has to offer, plan to spend a few hours there. Engage in entertaining activities like playing giant Jenga or catching a movie at the outdoor cinema.

There are also live music and various activities for kids that further add to the festive atmosphere of the venue. Whether you’re craving a quick bite or a full meal, Eat Street Northshore offers a unique and enjoyable dining experience.

Pro tips:

  • There are so many different food vendors to choose from that you’ll want to try a bit of everything. I highly recommend the Seafood which includes fish, prawns, squid, and bugs with fries from Salty Sailor, and the Burgers with Potato Skins from Redgate Chargrill.
  • Don’t forget to bring cash as some vendors don’t accept card payments. ATMs are available on site though.

2. Alchemy Restaurant and Bar

Address: 175 Eagle St, Brisbane City QLD 4000


Contact Details: +61 7 3229 3175, [email protected]

Operating Hours: Tuesday, Thursday & Friday: 12PM – 3PM, 5:30PM – 11PM; Wednesday: 12PM – 2PM, 5:30PM – 11PM; Saturday: 5:30PM – 10PM

Alchemy Restaurant and Bar is a sophisticated dining destination located on the Brisbane River’s edge, offering an exceptional culinary experience with breathtaking river views.

Headed by award-winning chef Brad Jolly, the restaurant offers an a la carte or degustation menu that highlights polished Italian cuisine with a focus on fresh, locally-sourced ingredients.

Guests can indulge in the likes of braised Western Australian Octopus, with new potatoes, basil pesto, and Chardonnay vinaigrette, and finish off with a decadent chocolate orange tart, with espresso cream, pecan praline, and toasted meringue.

They also offer a variety of  cocktails that are too pretty to drink with a presentation that was so impressive and Instagram-worthy. Alchemy Restaurant and Bar truly offers not only a delicious dining experience but also a feast for the eyes.

The restaurant’s elegant interior, expansive floor-to-ceiling windows, and unparalleled views of the river make it the perfect place for a special night out or a romantic dinner.

Pro tips:

  • Oh, let me tell you about my dining experience at Alchemy Restaurant and Bar. I highly recommend the Roasted Onion Tart, Tortina Alia Cipolla. It was served with pickled mushrooms and whipped marinated feta, which was just the perfect blend of flavors.
  • And for dessert, I tried their Tiramisu Alle Fragole, which was a creamy Tiramisu Strawberry and White Chocolate, served with strawberry sorbet and white chocolate almonds. It was perfect for those with a sweet tooth.

3. Otto Ristorante

Address: Shop 1, River Quay, Sidon St, QLD 4101


Contact Details: +61 7 3835 2888, [email protected] 

Operating Hours: Wednesday-Sunday: 12PM – 9PM

Nestled on the riverfront at South Bank’s River Quay, Otto Ristorante is a must-visit for lovers of fine Italian cuisine. It boasts stunning views of the Brisbane River and city skyline, with an architecturally designed space that’s just as impressive as the food.

Head Chef Will Cowper showcases his passion for Italian cuisine with a modern twist, utilizing only the freshest Australian ingredients and drawing inspiration from various regions of Italy.

From Moreton Bay Bugs with saffron linguine to homemade pasta dishes, the menu is a true celebration of regional produce.

Don’t miss out on the brand new Otto Osteria, a walk-in only bar offering an Aperitivo al fresco experience with a menu inspired by Northern Italy and a delectable cocktail list.

With an award-winning wine list and three distinct event spaces, including the exclusive Centrale, Otto Ristorante is the perfect location for a special occasion or a romantic dinner for two.

Pro tips:

  • One of the standout dishes for me was the Crudo di Pesce – the raw seafood of the day was so fresh and perfectly complemented by the fennel, finger lime, ginger, chili and lemon.
  • The Capesante was another highlight – the Hervey Bay scallops were cooked to perfection and the combination of pumpkin, black pudding, sage, muscatels, pine nuts, and brown butter was simply divine.

4. Regatta Hotel

Address: 543 Coronation Dr, Toowong QLD 4066


Contact Details: +61 7 3051 7617, [email protected]

Operating Hours: Monday-Sunday: 6:30AM – 3AM

The Regatta Hotel is a beloved riverside dining spot that boasts a rich history dating back 140 years. Located in Toowong, this iconic establishment has recently undergone a revitalization, making it a go-to destination for delicious meals and refreshing drinks.

The gastropub’s menu offers a wide selection of delectable dishes, but it’s the steak that has earned it a reputation as one of the best in the city.

The Regatta Hotel is proud to serve premium-grade beef sourced from some of Australia’s best producers, cooked to perfection, and served with a variety of flavorfu sides.

For meat enthusiasts, their 250g Bavette steak at Oino Gustus is a must-try. Made from a single herd, Angus family cattle and 270 days grain-fed from Central QLD, this steak is a true culinary delight.

If you have a taste for Asian-inspired flavors, don’t miss out on the Peking duck shanks with chili, shallots, and sesame. This dish is a true standout, with its well-balanced flavors and tender, juicy duck meat.

Whether you’re a steak lover or not, the Regatta Hotel’s charming atmosphere, stunning riverside views, and exceptional service are sure to make for an unforgettable dining experience.

Pro tips:

  • It can get quite busy, especially during peak hours. So, it’s best to make a reservation beforehand. And if you’re looking to enjoy the riverside views, try to book a table by the windows.
  • A dish that particularly impressed me was the Chilli and Lime roasted cauliflower paired with fennel and pomegranate salad. I was pleasantly surprised by how flavourful and satisfying this vegan and gluten-free dish was. It’s definitely worth trying even if you’re a meat lover like myself.

5. Byblos

Address: 39 Hercules St, Hamilton QLD 4007 


Contact Details: +61 7 3268 1998, [email protected]

Operating Hours: Tuesday-Thursday: 11:30AM – 10:30PM, Friday & Saturday: 11:30Am – 11PM, Sunday: 11:30AM – 10:30PM

Byblos in Brisbane is a must-visit restaurant and bar that pays homage to modern Lebanese cuisine. This dining spot, located in Hamilton’s Portside, offers diners a delicious selection of mezat and dips, as well as some of the best-grilled dishes in town.

From the beautifully plated hummus and baba ganoush to the succulent kebabs and grilled meats, Byblos will satisfy any craving for bold and flavorful Lebanese dishes.

For seafood enthusiasts, the samak harra is a highly-recommended dish. This grilled fresh barramundi fillet is accompanied by a roasted red pepper ratatouille, dressed with mixed nuts, and served with sliced lemon.

And when it comes to desserts, the Chocolate Ganache Tart is an absolute standout. It features chocolate glaze and creamy vanilla ice cream which is a perfect ending to your meal and will satisfy any sweet tooth.

To make the experience even better, the restaurant boasts stunning views of the Brisbane River that can be enjoyed while dining or sipping on their signature cocktails.

Pro tips:

  • If you’re planning on dining at Byblos, my first tip would be to go for the mixed grill platter. This dish is a carnivore’s dream come true, with your choice of four items from the Byblos Grill, served with hommous, tabouleh, and garlic sauce.
  • Another must-try dish is the kebbi traditional. These hand-rolled ovals of mixed ground lamb, ground beef, and burghul are filled with pine nuts and Lebanese seven spice, and served with mint yogurt. It’s designed to share, but I have to admit, I devoured the entire plate on my own – it was just that good!

6. Greca

Address: Howard Smith Wharf Precinct, 3/5 Boundary St, Brisbane City QLD 4000


Contact Details: +61 7 3839 1203

Operating Hours: Monday- Sunday: 11:30AM -10:30PM

Located in the Howard Smith Wharves precinct, Greca is a Greek taverna that offers modern Hellenic cuisine and stunning views of the Brisbane River and the Story Bridge.

With a menu designed for sharing, Greca boasts a delectable range of classic dishes that are given a creative contemporary twist using locally sourced produce. These include taramasalata, slow-cooked lamb and saganaki, a must-try for cheese lovers.

And if you can’t decide what to order, I suggest going for the Full Greek set menu. For only $65 per person, you’ll get to taste a variety of dishes including olives, taramasalata, saganaki cheese, baked lamb shoulder and potatoes, and Katoumari for dessert.

When it comes to drinks, the 150 bottle wine list is impressive, and the Greek beers and cocktails are worth trying as well.

The ambience at Greca is lively and casual, with indoor and outdoor tables and an upstairs dining area for groups and functions. 

Owner Jonathan Barthelmess, born on the Gold Coast, also owns The Apollo and Cho Cho San in Sydney. Greca’s combination of delicious food, beautiful location, and welcoming atmosphere make it one of the best riverside dining spots in Brisbane.

Pro tips:

  • Don’t miss the raw fish with citrus and capers – it’s like a Greek version of ceviche!
  • When it comes to mains, I highly recommend the signature baked lamb shoulder with potatoes. It’s a generous serving and the meat falls right off the bone. The grilled king prawns with herb dressing and the charcoal chicken with lemon pepper and artichoke are also excellent choices.

7. Prawnster

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Address: Berth B1, Dockside Marina, 44 Ferry St, Kangaroo Point QLD 4169


Contact Details: [email protected]

Operating Hours: Monday-Wednesday: 5PM – 9PM, Thursday-Sunday: 12PM – 9PM

Prawnster is a unique and exciting dining experience that is definitely worth checking out in Brisbane. What sets this restaurant apart from the rest is its location – on a pair of vintage prawn trawlers docked at Kangaroo Point.

The stunning river views and fresh sea breeze make for an unforgettable meal.

As the name suggests, Prawnster’s menu is all about seafood. Highlights include fresh mud crabs, juicy prawns, and delicious fish dishes.

The chefs work with the freshest local ingredients to create simple and delicious dishes that let the flavors of the seafood shine through. And if you’re not a seafood lover, don’t worry – there are vegetarian and meat options available too.

If you want to try a bit of everything, then the Prawnster Platter is the way to go. It’s still a great value at $100, and you get a variety of delectable treats – oysters, salmon sashimi, Moreton Bay bugs, and of course, those amazing king/tiger prawns.

For drinks, they have a great selection of beers, ciders, and ginger beer. I personally loved the Little Creatures Pacific Ale, but there’s something for everyone on the menu.

The relaxed and casual atmosphere at Prawnster makes it the perfect spot to enjoy a meal with friends or family. Plus, the friendly and knowledgeable staff are always happy to recommend dishes and drinks to pair with your meal.

However, make sure to bring sunscreen or a hat if you’re dining during the day, as the deck can get quite sunny. Be prepared for a bit of a wait also, as they can get quite busy. But trust me, it’s worth it!

Pro tips:

  • If you’re a seafood lover like me, then you definitely have to try their Large Prawn Platter. It’s perfect for sharing and the local seasonal king/tiger prawns are so fresh and juicy. Plus, it’s really reasonably priced at just $50 for the whole platter.

But if you’re feeling a bit fancier, then go for the San Michelle platter. It’s definitely a splurge at $130/$150 depending on if you upgrade to the extra large lobster, but it’s totally worth it for a special occasion.

The oysters were so fresh and the salmon sashimi was delicious. And let’s not forget about the star of the show – the whole lobster. It was cooked to perfection and so succulent.

8. Brisbane Jazz Club

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Address: 1 Annie St, Kangaroo Point QLD 4169


Contact Details: +61 7 3391 2006, [email protected]

Operating Hours: Thursday-Saturday: 6:30PM – 11PM, Sunday: 2:30PM – 7PM

Situated near the scenic Kangaroo Point cliffs, Brisbane Jazz Club promises not only great music but also delicious pub fare courtesy of the nearby Story Bridge Hotel.

Here, you can enjoy a meal while listening to live jazz performances from local and international artists, creating a truly memorable night out.

The Brisbane Jazz Club’s intimate and cozy atmosphere, paired with its picturesque location, makes it a favorite spot for locals and tourists alike.

Whether you’re looking for a romantic date night or a fun evening out with friends, the Brisbane Jazz Club’s combination of good food and great music is sure to hit all the right notes.

In order to secure a good seat, try to arrive early. Also, order your food and drinks before the music starts. The club can get quite busy, especially on weekends, so it’s always best to plan ahead.

Check the club’s schedule beforehand so you can catch your favorite performers.

Pro tips:

  • When it comes to food, the club offers a range of casual pub fare, which is provided by the nearby Story Bridge Hotel. I highly recommend trying their classic fish and chips or their juicy burgers. They also offer vegetarian and gluten-free options, so there’s something for everyone.
  • For drinks, they have a great selection of beers, wines, and cocktails to choose from, so you can sit back, relax, and enjoy the music with a refreshing drink in hand.

9. Sono Japanese Restaurant

Address: 39 Hercules St, Hamilton QLD 4007


Contact Details: +61 7 3268 6655, [email protected]

Operating Hours: Tuesday-Thursday: 5:30PM – 9:30PM; Friday & Saturday: 12PM –2:30PM, 5:30PM – 10 PM; Sunday: 12PM – 2:30 PM, 5:30–9:30 PM

Sono Japanese Restaurant is undoubtedly one of the best riverside dining spots in Brisbane, particularly for those who enjoy traditional Japanese cuisine.

Located in Portside, this elegant restaurant offers an extensive selection of sashimi, sushi, and banquet options.

However, what sets Sono apart from other Japanese restaurants is its teppanyaki bar, where skilled chefs cook up a storm right in front of you. The teppanyaki experience is not only a feast for the taste buds, but it is also an entertaining visual spectacle.

If you’re a fan of sake, then you’ll love Sono’s sake-tasting menu. You can sample a range of Japanese rice wines and learn about their unique brewing process. They also have an extensive wine and cocktail menu, so there’s something for everyone’s taste.

If you’re planning on visiting during peak hours or on the weekend, be sure to make a reservation.

Pro tips:

  • Among the remarkable dishes that I tasted, the sashimi was particularly memorable. It was incredibly fresh and expertly prepared, showcasing the delicate flavors of the fish.
  • I also tried the premium Japanese Wagyu, which was absolutely delicious and definitely worth the splurge. And if you’re a fan of eel, you have to try the unagi at Sono – it’s some of the best I’ve ever had.

10. Bar Alto

Address: 119 Lamington St, New Farm QLD 4005


Contact Details: +61 7 3358 1063, [email protected]

Operating Hours: Wednesday-Saturday: 11:30 AM–9 PM, Sunday: 11:30 AM–3 PM

Bar Alto is a hidden gem located in the Powerhouse precinct in Brisbane. This Italian-inspired eatery boasts a relaxed atmosphere with stunning views of the Brisbane River.

Their menu features modern twists on classic Italian dishes using fresh and local ingredients. From wood-fired pizzas to homemade pasta, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

If you’re looking for something sweet to finish off your meal, then their Chocolate Bonet and Hazelnut Creme Caramel is an absolute must-try. Trust me, you won’t regret it.

Their extensive wine list includes local and Italian wines, perfect for pairing with your meal or enjoying as you take in the picturesque surroundings. With indoor and outdoor seating options available, it’s a perfect spot for a casual lunch or a romantic dinner.

And, of course, their Cocktail of the Month is always worth a try. I’ve recently tried the Spiced Mango Tango and it was deliciously refreshing.

Pro tips:

  • A particular dish that caught my attention was the Mussels with Chilli, Garlic, and Tomato, served with grilled Ciabatta. It was the perfect starter – flavorful and comforting.
  • For the main course, I highly recommend the Charred Whole Squid with Zucchini and Bottarga Mayo. Its combination of flavors was just exquisite.

11. Patina at Customs House

Address: Customs House, 399 Queen St, Brisbane City QLD 4000


Contact Details: +61 7 3365 8921, [email protected]

Operating Hours: Tuesday-Friday: 12PM – 9:30 PM, Saturday: 12PM – 10 PM, Sunday: 12PM – 9 PM

Patina at Customs House offers one of the best fine dining experiences with a stunning riverside view. Nestled within the heritage-listed Customs House, the restaurant is known for its paddock-to-plate philosophy, featuring the best local and regional fare.

Their menu offers fresh seasonal produce and local seafood that is sourced daily, including mushrooms grown in an on-site cellar.

The entrees are particularly impressive, with standout dishes like the scallop ceviche with avocado, red grapes, pomegranate, ginger, and kaffir, and the smoked brisket steam bun with lemongrass, chili, and coconut.

For mains, the 1kg of Darling Downs OP Rib with Chimichurri is a must-try, as is the slow-cooked lamb shoulder with black garlic hummus, harissa yoghurt, pomegranate and flatbread.

Don’t forget to order a side dish like tempura asparagus or grilled oyster mushrooms.

When it comes to drinks, the selection of Rieslings, Rosés, and Champagnes is exceptional, and most have been sourced from small producers and family-owned wineries.

If you’re in the mood for a cocktail, try the ‘Honey Bee’ – a sweet Havana Club 3yo rum topped with honey, lemon juice, and mint leaves.

In addition to its delectable cuisine, the restaurant also offers Champagne high tea and fine dining favorites. For those looking for a more intimate setting, Patina offers private rooms for groups of 10-24.

The interior of Patina boasts a gorgeous light installation in the main dining room, while the terrace provides an exceptional outdoor dining experience with a scenic view of the Story Bridge.

Named after the iconic green copper dome atop Customs House, Patina is a must-visit for those seeking an elegant and sophisticated dining experience with exceptional food and unparalleled views of the Brisbane River.

Pro tips:

  • Arrive early and enjoy pre-dinner drinks on the elegant garden furniture with a front-row view of the Story Bridge. You can also order entrees to share here, and it’s the perfect way to start your evening.
  • When it comes to the food, the menu is designed for sharing, so be sure to come with friends or family.

12. BrewDog DogTap Brisbane

Address: 77 Metroplex Ave, Murarrie QLD 4172


Contact Details: +61 7 2103 1067, [email protected]

Operating Hours: Monday-Thursday: 11AM – 9PM, Friday & Saturday: 11AM – 10PM, Sunday: 11AM – 9PM

Looking for a relaxed riverside dining experience with a focus on craft beer and pub favorites? Look no further than BrewDog DogTap Brisbane.

Situated in Murarrie, this outpost of the Scottish beer brand offers an impressive selection of 28 different beers on tap, perfect for those looking to sample some of Brisbane’s best craft brews.

When it comes to drinks, you can’t go wrong with their selection of BrewDog beers. They also have a great selection of wines and non-alcoholic options for those who prefer something a little lighter.

But it’s not just about the beer at DogTap. With its prime location right on the Brisbane River, patrons can enjoy their drinks and pub favorites while taking in the stunning views of the water.

The menu boasts classic pub dishes like burgers, wings, and loaded fries, as well as some more unique offerings like chicken katsu burgers and vegan chili bowls.

If you’re a chicken lover, you have to try the Cluck Norris or the KFC Chicken – both are seriously delicious. If you’re looking to have a party or a gathering, their platters are perfect for sharing with a group.

Moreover, if you’re bringing kids, they have a special menu just for them too.

Pro tips:

  • If you’re a fan of cheese, you have to try their Cheese Board. It comes with a selection of the best artisan Australian cheese, olives, pickles, and crackers – it’s the perfect accompaniment to your beer. Their Charcuterie Board is also amazing, with cured and cooked meats, pickles, vegetables, and artisan cheese.
  • But the real stars of the show are their burgers. I tried the Patriot burger and it was out of this world. The beef patty, smoked bacon, cheddar, pickles, and BBQ sauce all combined to create a flavor explosion in my mouth.

13. Blackbird Bar

Address: Riverside Centre, 123 Eagle St, Brisbane City QLD 4000


Contact Details: +61 7 3229 1200, [email protected]

Operating Hours: Monday-Sunday: 12PM – 3AM

Perched atop the Riverside Centre, Blackbird Bar & Restaurant is a luxurious dining spot that offers stunning views of the Story Bridge.

As the brainchild of the owners of Byblos, Blackbird boasts an indoor-outdoor cocktail and whisky bar, a lavish private dining room, and a restaurant centered around a wood-fired Argentinian grill, the only one of its kind in Australia.

As you enter through an unassuming signed door behind the Pig’n’Whistle, take the elevator or stairs up to where the magic happens.

Blackbird’s restaurant features red and royal blue curved booths, flocked black and gold/silver wallpaper, and a must-see separate dining room with a bathtub light feature.

The bar area overlooking the river is equally impressive, complete with chain curtains, crystal whisky decanter light fittings, and al fresco gold couches.

Their whisky list is extensive, and the rum is from all around the Caribbean and Cuba. Beer drinkers will also find an excellent selection of beers and ales on tap.

If you’re feeling peckish, the bar menu is a great option. The charcuterie and cheese plates are fantastic, as are the crispy fried local sand whiting filets with fries.

For those with a bigger appetite, I recommend going for the wood BBQ octopus in oloroso sherry with plumped raisins and chorizo on toast or the wild rabbit and black truffle tortellini with garden peas.

But the real star of the show is the Infierno96 Wood Grill, which dominates the kitchen and gives the food its unique flavor.

If you’re a meat lover, this is the place for you. The display cabinet of top-quality meats is a carnivore’s dream, and you can choose from Darling Downs Black Angus Scotch filet, Kobe cuisine wagyu sirloin, or Northern Rivers Hereford Tenderloin.

The cumin spiced slow-roasted BBQ shoulder of lamb is also a great option. But don’t worry if you’re not a meat eater – they have options like John Dory & scallop with lettuce boudin and roast cauliflower & black bean vinaigrette.

Don’t forget that this is a high-end restaurant and a classy dress code is enforced, so try to dress nicely when you visit this spot.

Pro tips:

  • First things first, the cocktails are not to be missed. They are truly works of art and come with a flair that makes you feel like you’re part of the Prohibition era. I highly recommend trying a cocktail from each theme – The Roaring Twenties, Bootlegger, and Escape from Bootleg.
  • The Honey the Milkman is Here is a personal favorite of mine, served in a vintage milk bottle with straw. It’s chai-infused honey water with duck-fat washed Canadian whisky and is just fantastic!

14. Stanley Restaurant

Address: 5 Boundary St, Brisbane City QLD 4000


Contact Details: +61 7 3558 9418, [email protected]

Operating Hours: Monday: 12PM – 3 PM, Tuesday-Saturday: 12PM – 10 PM, Sunday: 11:30 AM – 10 PM

Located in the historic Howard Smith Wharves building, Stanley Restaurant boasts stunning views of the Brisbane River, Story Bridge, and city skyline. It features a covered dining terrace and opulent dining rooms with colonial-oriental-inspired decor.

Designed by Samantha Leigh Interiors in collaboration with Katie Cameron Interiors, Stanley Restaurant is considered one of Brisbane’s most beautiful restaurants.

The deep jade-toned walls, old world paintings, plantation shutters, and curved bar decorated with Chinese art in the center make for a luxurious dining experience.

On the lower level, guests can view the chefs working their magic in the kitchen, creating Cantonese-flavored dishes from fresh local Aussie produce, with an emphasis on seafood.

This restaurant has an extensive selection of dishes to choose from, but if you’re not sure where to start, try the sashimi platter of local seafood or the Stanley Signature Dim Sum platter. They are both delicious and perfect for sharing.

If you’re dining in a group of four or more, the Pak Tai Temple Banquet or the Shiu Sin Temple Banquet is a good option. It’s a great way to sample a variety of dishes and experience the full range of flavors that Stanley has to offer.

Pro tips:

  • If you’re a meat lover, then you won’t be disappointed with the BBQ dishes. I tried the free-range pork belly with English mustard, and it was absolutely scrumptious! The Cantonese roast duck and plum sauce is also a must-try.
  • But what really stood out to me was the seafood. The wok-fried Moreton Bay bug with Singaporean-style black pepper sauce was incredible! I also loved the steamed Hervey Bay scallops with vermicelli & XO sauce. And if you’re feeling adventurous, give the kangaroo & broccoli dish a try.

15. Joey’s

Address: 29 River Terrace, Kangaroo Point QLD 4169


Contact Details: +61 7 3185 2945

Operating Hours: Sunday-Thursday: 6 AM–9 PM, Friday: 6 AM – 10 PM, Saturday: 6 AM – 11 PM

Located on top of Kangaroo Point cliffs, Joey’s is a coastal-inspired bar and restaurant that offers stunning views of the Brisbane River and CBD.

With a laid-back vibe and all-day dining, it is the perfect spot to relax with friends and family while enjoying the beautiful scenery.

The restaurant features a large covered timber deck with blue and white beach umbrellas, perfect for soaking up the sunshine while enjoying a meal or drink. It has a beachy feel interior with its woven straw light fittings and white slatted benches.

Joey’s menu offers a range of options, including seafood, burgers, salads, and pizzas, all made with fresh and local ingredients. It also has an extensive drinks menu, featuring cocktails, beer, and wine, making it an ideal spot for a casual drink or special occasion.

One thing that’s really cool about Joey’s is that they’re dog-friendly, so if you’re traveling with your furry friend, feel free to bring them along!

Keep in mind that parking can be a bit tricky around the area. There’s limited street parking available outside Joey’s and along River Terrace, so you might want to consider taking public transportation or walking if you can.

Pro tips:

  • Joey’s is a popular spot for both locals and tourists alike, so it can get quite busy. Making a reservation beforehand, especially if you’re planning to visit during peak hours is recommended. However, if you’re feeling spontaneous and decide to drop in without a reservation, they do welcome walk-ins as well.
  • For breakfast, I personally loved the sweetcorn fritters and the cherry and walnut toast. If you’re in the mood for something heartier, Joey’s Brekkie is a delicious choice.
  • For lunch or dinner, I highly recommend trying the kingfish tacos and the crab linguine. And don’t forget to order some sides to share – the roasted new potatoes and buttered greens were both delicious.

16. Will & Flow

Address: 59B Gardens Point Rd, Brisbane City QLD 4000


Contact Details: +61 7 3306 8565, will&[email protected]

Operating Hours: Friday & Saturday: 7 AM – 10 PM, Sunday: 7 AM – 9 PM

Will & Flow is an overwater bar and eatery located on the north bank of the river. It offers a menu with a focus on seafood-inspired dishes, making it the perfect spot for lunch or dinner.

The venue can seat up to 130 guests and has a grab-and-go menu option in the morning, including acai and fruit bowls.

Not only is the food at Will & Flow impressive, but the location is also worth noting. It can be found at the start of the Mangrove Walk, near the QUT Gardens Point Ferry Terminal and the Goodwill Bridge.

The venue’s location also makes it an ideal spot to enjoy outdoor activities such as jogging or walking along the river, or even working out at the adjacent Waterline Park Gym.

To secure a good spot on their outdoor terrace, which offers unobstructed views of the Brisbane River, be sure to arrive early.

Pro tips:

  • Try out their signature seafood dishes, such as the Scallop Saint Jacques or the roasted King Prawns with confit garlic and fennel. These dishes are fresh, and flavorful, and truly highlight the best of seafood cuisine.
  • For those who prefer a heartier meal, the oven wood-fired pizzas are also a must-try.
  • I particularly enjoyed the pulled pork with slaw and the beef brisket with BBQ sauce, both of which were served with deliciously crispy ‘naughty’ fries. Additionally, the cheese and antipasto boards are perfect for sharing and pairing with a fine wine or champagne from their extensive menu.

17. Mary Mae’s Bar & Kitchen

Address: 119 Lamington St, New Farm QLD 4005


Contact Details: +61 7 3358 5464, [email protected]

Operating Hours: Monday-Wednesday: 8AM – 3PM, Thursday: 8AM – 9PM, Friday–Sunday: 8AM – 10PM

Mary Mae’s Bar & Kitchen is a vibrant dining destination located in the Brisbane Powerhouse, New Farm. This sprawling New Orleans-inspired bar and restaurant occupies a prime waterfront space that offers breathtaking views of the Brisbane River.

Mary Mae’s serves up Louisiana-inspired cuisine with a fresh Queensland twist, and it’s a perfect spot for a casual bite to eat before or after a show upstairs at the Brisbane Powerhouse.

Apart from the regular lunch and dinner menus, Mary Mae’s offers a unique signature brunch that is unlike anything you’ll find elsewhere in Brisbane on weekends.

The brunch menu features an array of dishes, including classic Southern dishes with a local twist like the Fried Chicken and Waffles and BBQ Pulled Pork Benedict.

The drinks menu at Mary Mae’s is equally impressive, with the famous Bloody Mary’s 5 ways being one of the highlights.

If you’re planning on coming for the signature Saturday brunch, it is recommended that you book ahead. It’s a popular event and definitely worth planning ahead for.

And don’t worry if you’re bringing your furry friend along – dogs are welcome in all of the outdoor seating areas.

Pro tips:

  • Some of my personal favorites include the spiced chickpea burger and the buttermilk fried chicken platter – both were bursting with flavor and perfectly cooked.
  • For dessert, the beignet with lemon curd and lemon sugar was the perfect sweet treat to finish off my meal.

18. Yoko Dining

Address: 2/5 Boundary St, Brisbane City QLD 4000


Contact Details: +61 7 3236 6582

Operating Hours: Monday-Sunday: 11:30 AM–10 PM

Yoko Dining offers a unique and vibrant Japanese dining experience. Located in the Howard Smith Wharves precinct, the restaurant boasts a stunning waterfront location with stunning views of the Story Bridge and the city skyline.

Yoko Dining is a two-level, bistro-style restaurant inspired by lively izakayas and music bars in Tokyo. Here, diners can expect well-priced, authentic Japanese cuisine that caters to all tastes and preferences.

The menu features an array of Japanese classics like sushi, sashimi, tempura, gyoza, yakitori, and bento boxes. The restaurant’s open kitchen features a hibachi charcoal grill, which adds a unique flavor to the dishes.

The menu at Yoko Dining is filled with Japanese bistro-style dishes that are perfect for sharing. For starters, I highly recommend trying the pork katsu steamed bun or the pork gyoza.

If you’re a fan of raw dishes, the ocean trout with pepper and wasabi is a must-try. And if you’re feeling adventurous, try the stuffed calamari with yuzu Kosho – it’s packed with flavors.

Go with a group of friends so you can try more dishes. They offer an Izakaya Set and a Yoko Feast, which are perfect for sharing and trying a variety of dishes.

Yoko Dining also has an extensive drinks menu that includes Japanese sake, whiskey, beer, and cocktails.

Pro tips:

  • For the main course, the teriyaki fish collar and the charcoal chicken with sansho pepper are both excellent choices. The wagyu intercostal with onion salad is also a crowd favorite. Don’t forget to order some sides like the butter lettuce with kombu dressing or the Koshihikari rice.
  • For dessert, the steamed lemon pudding with seasonal fruit is heavenly.
  • As for drinks, Yoko Dining has an impressive selection of sake and Japanese beers. If you’re not into those, they also have a great selection of cocktails. I recommend trying the Cherry Blossom Daiquiri or the Matcha Melon cocktail.

19. Barko & Co

Address: 71 Macquarie St, Teneriffe QLD 4005


Contact Details: +61 420 509 995, [email protected]

Operating Hours: Tuesday-Sunday: 7 AM–2:30 PM

Barko and Co is a hidden gem located along the picturesque Submariners Walk Heritage Trail in Teneriffe, Brisbane. Housed in a heritage-listed brick building called The Engine Room, Barko and Co is a must-visit riverside cafe.

This family-owned and operated cafe offers top-notch coffee, delectable food, and stunning views of the Brisbane River. Whether you choose to dine inside the chic space or on the al fresco deck, it’s a perfect spot for a relaxing breakfast or brunch.

Their coffee is sourced from organic and sustainable micro-regions in Colombia, showing that the owners take their coffee seriously.

As an added bonus, the cafe is dog-friendly, making it a popular destination for dog owners looking to enjoy a delicious meal with their furry friends.

Pro tips:

  • One of my favorite items on their menu was the smoked salmon bowl, which was incredibly fresh and flavorful. If you’re looking for a healthy and satisfying meal, you can’t go wrong with any of their nourishing bowls or salads. And for those with dietary restrictions, Barko & Co has got you covered with gluten-free and vegan options.
  • If you’re feeling a little under the weather, try their Hangover Cure juice which is a delicious blend of apple, orange, pink grapefruit, ginger, turmeric, and cayenne pepper.

20. Il Molo Italian Kitchen & Bar

Address: 1B Oxford St, Bulimba QLD 4171


Contact Details: +61 7 3899 6113, [email protected]

Operating Hours: Wednesday-Friday: 11:30 AM–10 PM, Saturday & Sunday: 11 AM–10 PM

Il Molo Italian Kitchen & Bar is situated on the Bulimba jetty in Brisbane. Its prime location means diners can enjoy stunning views of the Brisbane River while indulging in delicious Italian cuisine.

The restaurant’s chic and elegant decor creates a warm and inviting ambiance, with large black and white photographs and a stunning stone wall creating a beautiful backdrop.

The open plan layout offers various types of indoor and outdoor seating options, perfect for intimate dinners or group dining. And, the astro turf deck is the perfect spot for a relaxing meal or drinks with friends.

Il Molo’s menu offers a wide range of delectable Italian dishes, from breakfast favorites to lunch and dinner specials. There are also classics such as spaghetti carbonara or try something new, like the duck ragu pappardelle.

The extensive drinks menu also includes handcrafted cocktails, premium spirits, and a carefully curated selection of wines. If you’re looking for a caffeine hit, their coffee is excellent too.

One thing to keep in mind is that street parking is available in surrounding streets, so plan accordingly.

Pro tips:

  • As for the food, you can start with the Insalata Caprese or the Carpaccio di Manzo, which were both delicious and flavorful. For the main course, the Bistecca di Manzo is an excellent choice for meat lovers, while the Pesce Del Giorno is perfect for seafood enthusiasts.
  • Don’t forget to try one of Il Molo’s cocktails! The cocktail menu is expansive, and their own creations are a must-try.

21. Medley KP

Address: 62 Wharf St, Kangaroo Point QLD 4169


Contact Details: +61 7 3162 4492

Operating Hours: Monday-Thursday: 7 AM – 3 PM, Friday & Saturday: 7 AM – 10 PM, Sunday: 7 AM – 5:30 PM

Located in the Kangaroo Point neighborhood of Brisbane, Medley KP sits within the exclusive Yungaba enclave, alongside the iconic Story Bridge.

The contemporary restaurant boasts a two-level terraced deck, providing diners with stunning panoramic views of the Brisbane River, Howard Smith Wharves, Brisbane River Walk, and New Farm cliffs.

Open for all-day breakfast and lunch, Medley KP’s menu is inspired by the rich history of the area. The international menu features light and substantial dishes that cater to all tastes.

The heritage-listed building Yungaba, which was converted into luxury apartments, was once a reception and training center for European migrants. 

The menu offers a nod to the diverse cultures that have contributed to the local community, with dishes like the Middle Eastern-inspired shakshuka or the hearty Yungaba breakfast with eggs, bacon, sausage, grilled tomato, and mushrooms.

From their light and refreshing house-made muesli to their heartier breakfast dishes like Eggs Ratatouille and Gaprao chicken omelet, Medley KP’s breakfast menu has something for everyone.

There’s also plenty of parking available nearby, including a council car park on Wharf St and multi-hour metered street parking around the area.

Moreover, the restaurant is very accommodating to families with prams and even welcomes furry friends on their outside deck.

Pro tips:

  • I highly recommend trying the Salmon Croquette, which is served with poached eggs, avocado, and tomato salsa – it’s a flavourful and filling dish that will leave you feeling satisfied and ready to start your day.
  • And what’s brunch without a good cocktail? The Medley KP menu offers a range of options, including classic favorites like the Mimosa and Champagne Cocktail, as well as their own creations like the Elderflower Spritz and Passionfruit Elixir.
  • If you’re in the mood for something non-alcoholic, the Medley Iced Tea and Virgin Mary are both refreshing options.

22. Mr Percival’s

Address: 5 Boundary St, Brisbane City QLD 4000


Contact Details: +61 7 3188 9090, [email protected]

Operating Hours: Monday-Sunday: 11 AM–1AM

Perched on the river’s edge under the Story Bridge, Mr Percival’s is a stunning overwater bar and one of Brisbane’s must-visit destinations.

The chic, semi-tropical interior by local designer Anna Spiro sets the mood for an unforgettable evening of fresh seafood, fruity cocktails, and breathtaking views.

Guests can enjoy the wraparound outer decks adorned with palm trees, beach umbrellas, and ferns, while inside the wood-paneled bar gives off a Queenslander vibe. The indoor bar is a highlight with a giant tower of lit-up spirits and a crows-nest-style DJ box.

Whether you’re relaxing with friends or out on a date, the vintage palm-tree fabric coverings on the chairs add a touch of whimsy to the atmosphere.

Make sure to try their fresh seafood and fruity cocktails, which dominate the menu. From the outside seating, guests can enjoy Brisbane’s best vistas, from the cliffs of New Farm and the mangrove beaches of Kangaroo Point to the Brisbane CBD skyline.

Their wine list is also impressive, with bubbles from France and Italy and an extensive selection of local and international varieties.

Don’t forget to ask about the bar’s name, which is inspired by the pelican in the iconic Australian story Storm Boy.

To get to Mr Percival’s, you can take a Rivercat to Eagle St. Pier and walk along the Riverwalk, or accessing the Howard Smith Wharves from Bowen Tce atop the New Farm cliffs and take the glass elevator down.

It’s definitely worth the trip for the amazing food, drinks, and stunning views of the Brisbane skyline and the river.

Pro tips:

  • Try out their seafood delicacies, such as the Dory grilled on the bone or grilled prawns, which are cooked to perfection.
  • If you’re in the mood for rolls, I suggest trying the lobster or hand-picked Fraser Island spanner crab with aioli and herbs – they’re absolutely delectable.
  • Don’t forget to try their amazing cocktails! The house cocktails are perfect for summer, with options such as Sling, G & T, and Driftwood. You can also opt for frozen cocktails like frose or mango, or choose to share a Pimms and Gin Sour.

23. Ciao Papi

Address: 5 Boundary St, Brisbane City QLD 4000


Contact Details: +61 7 3188 9090, [email protected]

Operating Hours: Monday: 12PM – 4 PM, Tuesday-Sunday: 12PM – 10 PM

Ciao Papi is a vibrant Italian restaurant situated at the riverside of the Brisbane suburb of Kangaroo Point. It boasts a spacious, stylish interior featuring a mix of modern and vintage elements that create a welcoming and cozy ambiance.

The restaurant’s outdoor area is equally impressive, offering panoramic views of the Brisbane River and the city skyline.

Ciao Papi’s menu is a celebration of traditional Italian flavors combined with contemporary cooking techniques. Diners can enjoy classic pasta dishes, wood-fired pizzas, and mouth-watering meat and seafood options.

The restaurant’s wine list showcases a wide selection of Italian wines and other international labels, complementing the dishes perfectly.

If you’re going on a weekend, take note that this spot can get quite busy. Thus, make a reservation in advance. If the weather’s nice, try to snag a table outside for a lovely riverside view.

Pro tips:

  • One thing you have to try is their Napoli pizza – it’s topped with San Daniele prosciutto, rocket, parmesan, tomato, and fior di latte and cooked to perfection in their wood-fire oven. It’s seriously one of the best pizzas I’ve ever had. Another must-try is the creamy burrata, charred coral trout, and crispy calamari.
  • If you’re a pasta lover, the pumpkin ravioli with brown butter, pine nuts, and sage is a Ciao Papi favorite.
  • Don’t forget to save room for dessert! Their red wine poached pear served on a bed of creamy mascarpone and crushed pistachios is excellent, and their house-made tiramisu is also a winner.


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