Brisbane Dining Institutions To Put On Your Bucket List

By Erin Curtain
26th Mar 2018


In case you didn’t know, Brisbane’s culinary scene has a heck of a lot to offer. Whether you have recently moved to the city or have missed out due to being a uni student living off mi goreng for the last few years, we have decided that there is a desperate demand for a comprehensive list of all the iconic Brisbane restaurants you have to dine in at least once.

Get the true Brisbane experience by eating your way through our pick of the city's best dining intstitutions.

Ben’s Burgers

Fortitude Valley

Trying to find the perfect burger in Brisbane? Look no further than Ben’s Burgers. Located in the Valley, they are serving up the classics when it comes to American style burgers and shakes. Top it off with their chilli cheese fries and pecan pie. Thank us later.

Walter's Steakhouse

Walter’s Steakhouse combines sophisticated service with a New York steakhouse-style menu. Decked out with a classy and timeless fit-out that has restored Old Mineral House to its former glory, it's the closest thing to NYC steak this side of the Atlantic.

e’cco Bistro


Known as the one that set the bar in Brisbane, e’cco is not only a local fave it's a freaking national treasure! Home to a Brazilian grill—their secret to how they make everything on their menu so darn tasty—and a modern menu that pairs progressive dishes with comfort food seamlessly, e'cco is a serious Brisbane staple when it comes to good food, showcasing seasonal dishes and always keeping it fresh.


Fortitude Valley

For food made with passion, Longtime have been turning up the heat in Brisbane since they opened. Serving up modern South-East Asian cuisine infused with creativity and personality, Longtime is our go to for family dinners and friendly get togethers due to their unbelievably delishious banquets.

Happy Boy

Fortitude Valley

Whether for after work drinks or a feast of a dinner, if you haven’t checked out Happy Boy you have no idea what you’re missing. This Chinese restaurant-come wine bar is perfect for any occasion, offering a smorgasbord of authentic Chinese dishes accompanied by their awesome range of quality drops.



Known for their use of fresh produce and a contemporary menu is Aria. Right in the heart of the city, Aria has a vibe of modern elegance while simultaneously maintaining an entirely chilled atmosphere. Enjoy one of their innovative meals against the backdrop of the Brisbane River. The awesome views and amazing food will have you hooked in no time.


South Bank

Bacchus is so much more than your average hotel restaurant, it is a Brisbane institution. Doing classic dishes right, the restaurant is sophisticated and traditional, striving for excellence within every dish. Named after the god of wine, it is no wonder that their wine list is every bit as impressive as their menu.

OTTO Ristorante


The perfect place in Brisbane for a long lunch is without a doubt OTTO. With gorgeous views of the river, the seasonal menu is ever changing to suit the best produce available, and always innovative. Ask their expert sommelier on the perfect wine for your meal as you soak in the Brisbane sun and views.



If you are after a quality pizza, do it right at Beccofino Pizzeria. The smell of the woodfire oven will all but lift you off your feet if you are within a 3km radius of the restaurant, and we can guarantee you that the taste is just as phenomenal as the smell. With seasonal menus, the flavours remain fresh, though you will not have a lack of choice with 15 pizzas to chose from and plenty of aptizers, mains, and authentic Italian desserts.


South Brisbane

Beccofino’s cool little brother Julius came onto the Brisbane foodie scene in 2014, bringing everything we loved about Becco into a smaller, more intimate atmosphere. Like their counterpart, Julius also offers a seasonal menu but with the option of take away, making them your new go to pizza joint for a delicious night in.

Darling & Co.


Darling & Co is known for their events, night life, bar, and sensational food. The venue itself is gorgeous, with an appropriate function room for whatever your next event may be. As for the menu, everything down to the condiments are made from scratch, all dishes with a focus on the freshest produce to bring out the best taste.


South Brisbane

Open for brunch right through to dinner, this beautiful café comes alive at night with some of the best food in Brisbane. Choose from their small plates or their two, three, or seven course menus. Each dish is carefully curated at Gauge, with ingenious mixes of flavours you will never see coming.

Bar Alto

New Farm

Located in the Brisbane Powerhouse, Bar Alto is the perfect place to go for dinner before a show. The sophisticated menu offers only the best Italian food, taking inspiration from the artsy surrounds to put a creative flair in each dish. Overlooking the Brisbane river, Bar Alto is the definition of fine Brisbane dining, and is definitely one for the bucket list.

Image credit: Tash Sorensen

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