Finally, finally, iso is coming to an end. Students are heading back to school, retail stores are reopening, and the icing on the cake: bars, cafes and restaurants are reopening for dine-in. Could life get any sweeter? Well, yeah—but we’re getting there, one small step at a time. And as of this Saturday, 16 May, that small step comes in the form of venues being able to have up to 10 people dining-in at once. Now remember: social distancing is still a thing, since we don’t want the curve to become...well, curved. So practice good hygiene, stay 1.5m apart, and enjoy the experience of eating out again, with a little help from these Brisbane eateries—and check back often as we add more.
Restaurants & Bars
Alba Bar & Deli
Alba Bar & Deli are so pumped to be able to welcome people in this weekend that they've created a dedicated set menu to share for $70pp. There'll be two seatings this Saturday, with plenty more to come.
At Mr & Mrs Jones
Get in quick: At Mr & Mrs Jones is opening their doors for lunch and dinner this weekend, with limited seating times available. Bookings are a must, so head to their site for details on how to make a reservation.
Treat yourself to a tasting menu courtesy of Baja, available in-house for groups of up to 10 people. Otherwise, head to the Insta page to check out their chef’s specials, which are available to take home.
A Middle Eastern banquet by the river sounds like the perfect way to celebrate restrictions easing. Do just that at Byblos for lunch or dinner, with two sittings for each available to book on their website.
Carl's has been keeping our wine cellars well and truly stocked in iso, but now we can sit down and drink with them over a meal again. Bookings are limited though, so make sure you get in quick.
With restrictions finally starting to ease, City Winery is launching an exciting new Fireside Experience to bring a sense of connection back to the community. Call ahead to save your seat at one of the two dinner sittings available on Friday and Saturday nights.
Sashay your way into Comuna Cantina for tacos and cocktails as of Saturday, who are opening for dining in just in time for a weekend session. Be sure to make a booking in advance.
Corbett And Claude
Brisbane City, Mt Gravatt and Everton Park
We know, you've been living on takeaway pizza for the last few weeks, but how much better is it going to be fresh out of the oven and served on a plate? Hit up Corbett and Claude for a booking from Saturday 16 May at 11am.
Deer Duck Bistro
Deer Duck Bistro is throwing open their doors to up to group bookings of up to 10 guests at 6pm and 7.30pm starting this Saturday night. If you can’t get a reservation, don’t worry—you can still get a taste of their delicious degustation by ordering from their takeaway menu. Call ahead or book a table online.
Treat yourself to the luxury dine-in experience you’ve been missing by booking out the group dining space at Donna Chang. From Saturday 16 May, the space is accepting private group bookings for up to 10 diners, so call all your friends and get in quick to celebrate the end of iso in style.
Ehden Bar & Kitchen
Ehden Bar & Kitchen are opening their private dining room for up to 10 guests at a time. Lunch sittings are available for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, or they’re open for dinner everyday except Monday. Their full takeaway menu is still on the cards, so be sure to check it out if you miss out on a booking.
The team at Elska are well-equipped to handle the 10 person limit on in-house dining, considering they only ever seat 12 guests at a time. Elska is opening for their first sitting on Friday 22 May, but get in quick—fans are frantic for more degustation delights.
Gambaro Seafood Restaurant
Gambaro are getting back to what they do best—serving up delicious seafood and steak—with a set menu available for dining in at both Gambaro and their sister venue Black Hide. There's two sittings a night from 6pm, so book one of their giant group tables now.
Round up nine friends, because Gerard's has opened up their private dining room for bookings of 10 people. Of course, you can still get your hands on their takeaway feeds if you'd prefer.
Howard Smith Wharves
While you can absolutely still get Greca's takeaway feasts to eat at home, they've also opened up bookings for tables of ten at the riverside venue. Tuck into a $90 set menu on Friday, Saturday or Sunday.
Gusto Da Gianni
We won't lie, we've eaten bulk pizza and pasta since this began, but we still can't wait to eat it again dine in at Gusto Da Gianni. Book in for dinner here.
Hai Hai Ramen
Happy Boy & Kid Curry
You can keep enjoying their feeds takeaway if you prefer, but Happy Boy will be reopening for dining in both the OG venue and Snack Man next door for Kid Curry feeds. Make a booking for one of the two sittings here pronto.
Private sittings are now up for grabs at your favourite inner-city cocktail bar, with Hello Gorgeous taking bookings for up to 10 patrons for lunch and dinner from Thursday to Sunday.
Kai Kai Chicken
Set your alarms: Kai Kai Chicken is wasting absolutely no time and reopening at exactly 11.59pm on Friday 15 May, offering their all-you-can-eat buffet to 10 guests at a time until 3am. If your sleep schedule is a little less out of whack, secure your spot for lunch or dinner between 12pm and 9.30pm.
Missed your steak frites? Us too. From this weekend, you can book a 90 minute dining slot at Les Bubbles for lunch or dinner. Jump online to save your spot but be quick: they are sure to book up fast.
Wine on the mind? Maeve Wine is opening their doors as of this Saturday 16 May, with walk-ins welcome until 4pm. You’ll need a booking to access their dine-in menu, or check out their takeaway options on Friday, Saturday and Sunday this week. Head to their site for more details.
Mosconi is back, with groups of up to 10 people able to book in for a private dining experience starting next week. Booking dates and times will be released on Saturday, so head to their Insta page to keep up-to-date. If you can’t wait until then, pick up some takeaway while you still can.
Hawthorne and South Bank
Attention amigos, Mucho Mexicano is open for bookings and takeaway everyday from 12pm–9pm. Their full menu is up for grabs, but you’ll have to call ahead to make a booking.
All-you-can-eat feasts are back on the cards with Navala Churrascaria reopening on Saturday 16 May, with bookings available for both lunch and dinner.
Nom Nom Bao
If you’ve missed chowing down on your favourite bao burgers, we’ve got good news. Nom Nom Bao is back in business, and accepting reservations for up to 10 guests at a time as of this weekend. Shoot them a DM to book yourself a table.
As of this weekend, Nota is open for two dinner sittings every Friday and Saturday night. Don’t worry, you can still get your coffee and pastries to go from Friday through Sunday, 7am–11am. The details on how to book are listed on their Insta page, so check them out and chuck them a cheeky follow.
With the weather cooling down, you’ll need some BBQ to warm you through. Book a table at Proof BBQ from this Saturday onwards, with sittings available in 90 minute time slots from midday until 7.30pm. Head here to save yourself a seat.
Let's face it, ramen just isn't the same when it's not eaten piping hot and straight out of the kitch, so we are stoked Ramen Danbo are reopening for dine in for lunch and dinner.
Ready to go Rogue? Get your squad together and book in at Rogue Bistro, open exclusively for private group dining as of this Saturday night (with a $1000 minimum spend for the group). Takeaway brunch is still on the menu, but word on the street is it won’t be around for much longer. Head to the Insta for the full breakdown.
Experience everyone's favourite Japanese with Sono offering in venue dining from Friday 22 May for their Zen Course set menu—10 courses of signature dishes such as black cod saikyo yaki, sashimi, wagu beef houbayaki and ebi avocado yaki. You don't want to miss this, so book now.
Southside represent. Dine-in is back at Southside Bistro, with 90 minute dining times on weekends and weeknights. Call ahead to book, or order on their site for free local delivery on takeaway orders over $45.
The Defiant Duck
Get quacking, The Defiant Duck is back. Reopening for dining in from 11am, Saturday 16 May, you can also get takeaway from the crew here if you miss out on a booking.
Wednesday through Saturday, The Wolfe is re-opening their doors, so you can choose to dine-in or get your food to-go. Bookings are a must, with sittings available for lunch, or from 7pm for dinner.
In addition to their takeaway menu, Vaquero is opening their dining room to 10 customers for a set four-course tasting menu from Wednesday to Saturday nights. Takeaway is still on the table, or you can also swing by for Saturday lunch—provided you book ahead, of course.
The Wooden Horse team are back with two sittings daily from Tuesday to Saturday. Call them to book a spot for their creative eats.
Fortitude Valley And Camp Hill
You'll have to get a bunch of friends together to head for Ze Pickle—they're only taking bookings for ONE table of up to ten at a time from Saturday night, with two sittings a night. The plus side? You get the entire venue to yourself. No friends? Just order some takeaway instead.
Open for dine-in from this Saturday, 5 Boroughs is dishing up your favourite American fare at each of their five locations across Brisbane. Takeaway and delivery is still available, so check out Bopple, Deliveroo or UberEats to see what’s on the menu.
85 Miskin Street
Date night is back on, and 85 Miskin Street is the place to book it. Opening for dining in as of Tusday 19 May, this cosy spot will be offering an eight course degustation for just $99 to celebrate. Get on it—though you can still order takeaway if you're not ready to put pants on yet.
Anouk, AKA the undisputed pride of Paddington, is opening its doors from Thursday, 21 May, with dine-in available from Monday, 25 May. We’re not crying, you are. Details are still to come, so check their Insta page on the daily as they continue to post updates.
Artie & Mai
Call now to book yourself a table at Artie & Mai from this Saturday onwards. Even better, they’re offering 10% off your bill just for making a reservation before Friday 22 May. Can’t argue with a deal like that.
Billy Kart is back in biz, serving dine-in brunch and take away until 1.30pm. Takeaway is still on the cards, so head on over and see what’s on offer.
Chapel Park Cafe
As long as you're prepared to get breakfast and a drink (who wouldn't be after seven weeks in iso?), you can book a table at Chapel Park Cafe as of this weekend. Bookings are available from 7am–12pm, and bound to fill up fast.
Corner Store Cafe
No doubt Corner Store Cafe's cottage garden has plenty of goodies ready to be eaten up in a brunch plate, so get your bookings in for when they open this weekend.
Whether you’re vegan, vegetarian or just nuts about vegetables, you’ll be delighted to hear that Dicki’s is back in action. Of course, they’re enforcing the 10 person limit, so if it’s too busy to dine, you can still grab your food to go. Their Insta page has all the details on how to reserve a spot inside.
Fans will be pleased to know that The Farm House is jumping on the dine-in bandwagon, offering 90 minute time slots for bookings of no more than 10 at a time. Don’t worry—we checked, and dogs don’t count when it comes to the 10 person limit. Give them a call to nab yourself a seat.
Pick up the phone and save yourself a seat at Goodness Gracious, now officially open for dine-in. Sittings are hourly from 7am–2pm, so get in quick to curb your caffeine cravings.
Ready to munch and brunch your way through Saturday morning? Head on down to Hussk, opening this weekend for 10 patrons at any given time. The team at Hussk aren’t taking any bookings, so looks like it’s first in, best fed. If you miss out, don’t stress—you can still grab your food to-go by ordering through the Bopple app.
Industry Beans is officially open for dine-in, with up to 10 people allowed to enjoy their curated brunch menu in-house. Their takeaway service remains uninterrupted, so you can still grab your bubble coffee and brekkie roll to go.
Little Loco has been closed for the majority of the shutdown, but they’re back to it as of Wednesday this week, with dine-in available from Saturday morning. No word yet on booking ahead, so swing by for a cuppa and stick around if there’s seats available.
Pick up the phone, Miss Jones is here to take your weekend brunch booking. Reopening as of Saturday, you can book in for a maximum of four people at a table, with one hour time slots available every day.
Morning After is more than ready to start putting their breakfasts on actual plates again. With dining in back on the menu from Saturday morning, you can book a table for an hour-long seating between 7am–2pm.
Newstead and Camp Hill
Doughnut fans, rejoice! Nodo is back for all your hole-y needs. Don’t worry, they’re still doing delivery, so order now to get doughnuts delivered to your door, or swing by to see if there are still seats available.
Your favourite family-run business is back in action! Pop into Pablo for the best brunch in town. They aren’t taking bookings, but takeaway is still an option, so if there isn’t space to dine there’s no need to miss out.
10 lucky patrons will be able to dine at Paddington Social at a time, so head there early to secure yourself a seat. Their a la carte breakfast is still off the menu, but have no fear: you can still grab their signature buttery croissants, cakes, sandwiches and salads, so you don’t have to go without.
Brunch is back, baby! Book in for brekky at Pawpaw Cafe by heading to their site, and while you’re there make a weekend reservation for lunch at Mons Ban Sabai. In the meantime, pick up some takeaway treats to tide you over, or get them delivered if you’re local.
We'll never take Picnic Cafe's brunches for granted again after going without for so long. Opening for dining in seven days as of this Saturday, you can make a booking by email or phone.
Piggy Back Cafe
Been craving a little colour in your life? The west-side’s favourite rainbow coffees are back up for grabs thanks to the re-opening of Piggy Back Cafe. Shoot them a DM to secure your spot at one of their limited sittings.
It's been far too long since we've been able to tuck into Sister Cafe's breakfast gnocchi, so we'll be making a booking asap. They're opening on Saturday for bookings of up to four people per table, with one hour time slots from 7am.
You’ll have to wait until Monday for Smug Fig’s grand re-opening, but let’s be real: we know they’re worth the wait. Their trading hours remain the same, and you’ll have to eat within the hour, but hey—we’ll take what we can get. Head to their Insta page for all the deets.
Up to 10 people at a time are allowed to dine at Suburban as of this weekend. Score! Give them a call to save your seat, and prepare for a feast of epic proportions. FYI: takeaway is still on the menu too.
The New Black
Even more exciting than the news that The New Black is reopening is the news that they're working on a WHOLE NEW MENU. The anticipation is high.
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