Brisbane's best restaurants

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Esquire

The best restaurants in Brisbane, as featured in our 2018 Restaurant Guide, sway between artful fine dining to top-notch interpretations of French, Middle Eastern and Italian cuisine.

1. Urbane

Yes, this dégustation-only destination opens only three nights in seven. But if reduced access is the trade-off for such precision and creativity, we're on board.

181 Mary St, Brisbane, urbanerestaurant.com

2. Esquire

Esquire describes its adventurous dégustation approach as a commitment between kitchen and diner. Certainly, a visit to this riverside rule-breaker requires faith. 

145 Eagle St, Brisbane, esquire.net.au

 

3. Aria

Ben Russell has led a team delivering a pitch-perfect rendition of fine dining for almost a decade now, and appears to only be getting better with age.

Eagle St Pier, 1 Eagle St, Brisbane, ariarestaurant.com

 

4. Gerard's Bistro

Ben Williamson and the team subvert Middle Eastern cuisine, hijacking typical ingredients to create share plates as complex and surprising as the richly detailed fit-out of this must-visit James Street eatery.

14/15 James St, Fortitude Valley, gerardbistro.com.au


5. GOMA Restaurant

Just like the artworks in the gallery where this light-filled, minimalist restaurant resides in, chef Josue Lopez's food is designed to make patrons think. 

Gallery of Modern Art, Stanley Pl, South Bank, qugoma.qld.gov.au 

 

6. Detour

When a restaurant's very name references diversions, you'd expect it to eschew the straight and narrow. Detour doesn't disappoint.

11 Logan Rd, Woolloongabba, detourrestaurant.com.au


7. Gauge

This café-by-day and restaurant-by-night has become the yardstick for ambitious Brisbane dining.

77 Grey St, South Brisbane, gaugebrisbane.com.au


8. Otto

It was meant to be a more discreet take on the Sydney original, but Otto Brisbane's fourth-floor mezzanine digs are nevertheless a jaw-dropper, the twin peaks of the landmark Story Bridge your backdrop for the evening. 

Level 4, 480 Queen St, Brisbane, ottoristorante.com.au

 

9. Stokehouse Q

When the bi-fold doors are retracted at this smartly appointed riverside restaurant, there isn't a more picturesque place in Brisbane to enjoy lunch.

Sidon St, South Bank, stokehouseq.com.au

 

10. Montrachet

Francophiles will feel nostalgic as soon as they open the door: a traditional comptoir on one side is laden with French liquor, while a room-length red banquette with snug, white-clothed tables fills the other.

1/30 King St, Bowen Hills, montrachet.com.au



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