Brisbane: the Best Restaurants for Tourists

Are you a foodie when you travel? Food is crucial to learn more about a culture. At least, being French, it is critical in my culture. Whenever possible, I always enjoy a great food experience.

As you would have seen on my blog, I am a nature addict. We often go to remote areas for holidays: being in a car for a while and then outdoor as much as possible. It’s not the best travel style to try fine restaurants, and that’s why you don’t find that many food tips on the blog.

Brisbane is different for me as Brisbane has been my home for 3.5 years. Hence, I have had time to try the different restaurants. I have selected the ones that, according to me, are the best for visitors, for tourists. I was looking for authenticity and a real Brisbane/Australian experience. I have based my selection on local touch, originality, views, and access. You won’t find here the best sushi restaurant in Brisbane located in an outside suburb; it was not the topic.

Here is a selection of restaurants in Brisbane I’d recommend to tourists:

The list is in no particular order.

Tukka Brisbane Australian Restaurant - crocodile kangaroo emu
Native Australian food mix: kangaroo, emu, crocodile and local berries.

Tukka Restaurant (West End)

If you are travelling on a budget, don’t even think of going to Tukka. If you have money to spend on food, if you are not a vegetarian, and if you want to try Australian native food, then make a booking now. I will detail further my experience at Tukka in a full blog post because it deserves it.  To quickly summarise the concept: Tukka is all about Australian native food. You’ll find on the menu emu, possum, crocodile or kangaroo. All meats are cooked using native herbs. You’ll also find interesting sides or drinks with native berries and fruits. And, of course, local beers and wines.

Update: Tukka unfortunately permanently closed their doors on June 26th, 2016. There is, sadly, no restaurant with the same great concept in Brisbane. Crocodile and kangaroo are on the menu of Six Degrees Cafe in Indooroopilly, but the location is not ideal for visitors. 

Da Burger (New Farm)

Australians know how to make good burgers. And I think Da Burger makes the best ones in Brisbane. If you want to do the Aussie style, order a burger with beetroot and choose one of their Aussie beers (Stone & Wood or White Rabbit for example). Da Burger works with local producers to offer the best ingredients. And another nice touch: they do great actions to support the community.

No booking required.

Address: 876 Brunswick St, New Farm

Brisbane Brewing Co (West End)

Australia would not be the same without the beer. The Brisbane Brewing Co is a boutique craft beer, a bar and a deli for fine food. Not only do we love having local beers there, but we also love the cheese and meat delicacies from their deli even more. They did a good job to create a beautiful decor and atmosphere, with a calm garden lane leading to a busy bigger bar area.

No booking required.

Address: 124 Boundary Street, West End

Riverbar (Eagle Pier)

This one is only about the view. The food is overpriced for what it is. There is no originality in the menu. But it is along the river, in front of the Story Bridge and just next to the ferries, which gives it one of the best location in Brisbane for a great view!

No booking required, but it is often full during weekend nights.

Address: 71 Eagle Street, Brisbane

Jellyfish (Eagle Pier)

I am yet to try this one. If you like seafood, it will be a better option than the Riverbar for dinner with a view.

Booking recommended.

Address: 123 Eagle Street, Brisbane

Eleven Rooftop (Fortitude Valley)

With a view of the city and the Story Bridge, this is the best rooftop view I’ve found in Brisbane. I recommend going there for sunset to relax with cocktails and enjoy the dramatic change of the city landscape. Their food offer is original, and the plates are creatively well designed. I also always liked their music selection, and it is great to have a live DJ in the evening!

Booking recommended if you cannot arrive early to secure a good spot. Dress code policy applies.

Address: Level 11, 757 Ann Street, Fortitude Valley

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Summit Restaurant (Mount Coo-Tha)

I have put this one on the list as the location is unique in Brisbane. It is at the top of Mount Coo Tha, a hill that offers the best view of the city and all its nearby region, up to the sea. I have never eaten there.

Address: 1012 Sir Samuel Griffith Drive, Brisbane Lookout, Mt Coot-tha

Stokehouse Q (South Bank)

Stokehouse Q has a lovely terrace on the Brisbane River, just at the end of the vibrant South Bank. It is stylish and elegant, both in the plates and in the atmosphere. Not for the small budgets. However, in the same range of price, I would prefer a more authentic Australian experience at Tukka. There are other good fine restaurants in Brisbane, but this one made it to my list for its location and view.

Address: Sidon Street, South Bank (Under the Goodwill Bridge)

Cliffs Cafe (Kangaroo Point)

The top of Kangaroo Point cliffs offers one of the best views of Brisbane City. During the day, for sunset or at night, it’s a great place to hang out. We usually go there for a picnic or a barbecue that are available for free in the park. But if you don’t feel like cooking yourself, or if you feel like chilling out with a drink, the Cliffs Cafe will be perfect for you.

Address: 29 River Terrace, Kangaroo Point (near the Venus Rising sculpture, a tall vertical spiral formation you cannot miss)

Felons Brewery (Fortitude Valley)

Located just under the Story Bridge, the Felons Brewery offers splendid views of the CBD. They also serve decent beers and good wood-oven fire pizzas. And the view makes every sip and bite tastes better.

Have you tried a restaurant in Brisbane that visitors should know about? Please share your experience in the comments below!

Where is Brisbane?

Brisbane is the second biggest city on Australia’s East Coast and the largest in Queensland. It is around 900km north from Sydney.

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