Calida Argentinian


164c Grey Street
South Brisbane, 4101 QLD
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Opening Hours

SUN 11:30am - 9:00pm
MON 11:30am - 9:00pm
TUE 11:30am - 9:00pm
WED 11:30am - 9:00pm
THU 11:30am - 9:00pm
FRI 11:30am - 10:00pm
SAT 11:30am - 10:00pm

The Details

  • South American
Need to Know
  • Function Space
  • Good for Groups
  • Great for Dates
  • Outdoor Seating
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Now open in South Bank is Calida Argentinian, a fiery new Latin restaurant from the team behind Ole, Mucho Mexicano, Downtown Istanbul and neighbouring Vici Italian. Taking over the huge corner spot at the roundabout on Grey Street, this upmarket Argentine steakhouse is all about Latin flavours with modern Australian flair—and they're doing it in style. 

The venue itself is a luxe, sophisticated space featuring exposed brick, huge semi-circular booths, Argentine textiles and industrial lighting, with al fresco seating, a bar area and even a semi-private dining area for big groups. Designed by Collectivus and executed by UNITA, it’s a stunning spot perfect for date night and group gatherings alike. 

On the menu, you will of course find an array of meat, with cuts of Queensland-produced grain fed beef taking pride of place on the custom Parilla grill and being served up with Calida’s signature chimichurri sauce. Before you get to the main course though, you’ll want to whet your appetite with bites like smoked baked cheese with crusty bread or bistec tartar—hand cut beef fillet with red chimichurri and plantain crisps. The empanadas are a must order—if you time it right, you'll even see them being expertly made at a custom bench in front of the kitchen.

While the steak is a must, there’s plenty of other options for mains as well, like the slow cooked lamb shoulder, pressed beef short ribs, and grilled barramundi, all of which can be paired with sides like potatoes roasted in beef tallow and burnt-end carrots. Can’t decide? The mixed grill for two is a spread of meaty goodness that will leave you in a food coma. 

The cocktail list is of course extensive, with both South American-inspired sips like the Peruvian Pisco Sour and Sangria del Mar, and more classic concoctions, as well a curated selection of wines (including Argentine drops) and beers. Just don’t opt for another drink instead of dessert, because there’s a dulce de leche lava cake and sandwich cookie on the sweets menu calling your name. 

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