Brisbane offers some of the best weather in Australia, boasting an average of 261 sunny days every year. Add to that our penchant for dining out and enjoying our beautiful city views, it's no wonder that we love alfresco dining so damn much.
So whether you're after tapas and wine 30 floors in the sky, or fragipani-shaded courtyards in old Queenslanders, here are 10 of Brisbane's best alfreso dining spots.
Tucked away in the leafy streets of New Farm, dining at Balfour Kitchen is a unique, intimate experience. Hidden in a secluded courtyard shaded by fragrant frangipani trees, you can enjoy Montville figs stuffed with Berry Creek Blue, fig vincotto, za’atar and watercress along side Peruvian Kingfish ceviche.
Lock 'N' Load Bistro
With a sneaky beer garden tucked out the back, and featuring a huge tree reaching through the ceiling, Lock N Load knows how to dine in nature. Escape the bustling city streets with a platter of charcuterie, a bottle of vino, and enjoy a taste of the bohemian lifestyle.
The outdoor dining area of Gunshop Cafe is a beautiful space to relax with friends and enjoy the enviable weather that we boast here in Brisbane. But don't sweat the warm weather—the ceiling fans are more than enough to keep the space breezy and cool. With a newly painted mural, this is an easy spot to wile away the afternoon with a cup of coffee and one of the many fresh, seasonal meals available.
Not only does Madame Wu have some of Brisbane’s best Asian dining, but they also boast some of the most beautiful river views we ever did see. I’ve always believed that Moreton Bay bug dumplings and steamed duck buns are best enjoyed in the crisp evening air with a view of the brightly lit up Story Bridge. Just me?
Alfresco and altitude is what Eagle’s Nest offers Brisbane diners. Their tapas style menu makes Sunday afternoon drinks a breeze, with plenty of options to choose from. Share a half dozen oysters and panko coconut prawns, or the charcuterie board with marinated olives, whilst you take in the setting sun in the company of good friends.
If you like your dinner with a hefty side of atmosphere, Customs House will impress. Whilst you struggle to decide what you want, (Cone Bay barramundi? Peppered duck breast? Veal medallion?), you can soak in the atmosphere of dining in a riverside historical building. Beats eating at home on the sofa any day.
Eve's On The River
Alfresco dining doesn’t have to be an exclusively summertime venture. At Eve's On The River you can enjoy riverside dining on the patio with wrap-around glass panelling that doesn’t detract from the atmosphere or leave you exposed to the elements. The best of both worlds. Not just a romantic dinner spot, Eves is also open for breakfast with a view.
Riverbar & Kitchen
Riverbar has made alfresco dining an art form, providing hungry Brisbanites with somewhere they can go for a relaxed meal and a couple of drinks without sacrificing those breathtaking views of the city we love. With a strong focus on seasonal produce and constantly reinventing themselves, you can return again and again and never get bored.
Dining at Bacchus is a decadent experience, and one you should absolutely treat yourself to. Offering poolside dining in the gorgeous summer air, the incredibly knowledgeable staff will walk you through your dining experience and demonstrate why they are constantly recognised as one of Brisbane’s best restaurants. That cityscape view is just a special bonus.
For even more idyllic spots around Brisbane, check out The Directory.
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