Brisbane’s foodie scene has never been hotter! Whether you’re after a cheap casual bite to eat or a more decadent 5 star dining experience Brisbane has got it covered. We asked our Food & Beverage Manager, Luke Farrow to share his favourite Brisbane restaurants so you can eat like a local when dining in town.


You will find basement bar, Greaser behind a red wooden door, down a hidden alleyway in the Valley. This bluesy rock n roll dive bar serves up American style pub grub with the best fried southern fried chicken outside of America. Wash down your meal with a drink from their extensive whiskey-based cocktails and American craft beers – I recommend trying the apple whiskey sours!

E’cco Bistro

E’cco Bistro is one of those places that has been around forever but still keeps drawing me back. A Brisbane dining institution, E’cco Bistro’s menu is filled with contemporary but classic food. The food is always perfectly cooked and stylishly presented, and the cosy ambiance rounds out the restaurant as the perfect spot for a laid-back foodie date.  Make sure to order the duck breast with poached quince, compressed radicchio, dukkah and caramelised yoghurt.

Cinco Bistro

A suburban gem, this great little bistro delivers high-quality food in relaxed surrounds. Enjoy delicious European gourmet flavours with a modern twist. The Lavender pork belly is a great flavor journey for your mouth and if you’re a dessert lover, you’ll be in heaven with sweets such as Grapefruit & Orange Strudels and Dark Chocolate Ganache with beetroot sorbet.

Eleven Rooftop Bar

Take in the breathtaking sweeping views of Brisbane as you share delicious tapas and yummy cocktails. As the name suggests, the bar is perched high up on the eleventh floor and is fitted out with hanging bird cages scattered around the bar, complete with a life-size tree in the middle of the venue. Enjoy the bar during the day on sun-drenched sofas or party into the night in semi-private booths with bottle service.  


Get your slice of Italy right here in Brisbane. Tartufo specialises in regional pasta dishes from Naples and surrounds, and serves it with true Italian charm. If pasta’s not your thing then there’s also the more casual pizzeria menu where you can order an authentic Neopolitan pizza. This gets my vote for having the best Italian in Brisbane, hands down. My pick is the linguine ai funghi tartufati (Linguini with mushroom and truffle).  

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