Restaurant Reviews

Bar Alto: Restaurant review

Bar Alto


Brisbane Powerhouse
119 Lamington St
New Farm, Brisbane, QLD


Lunch Tue-Sun 11.30am-3pm
Dinner Tue-Sun 5.30pm-9pm


E $14-$29
M $32-$42
D $9-$14


This contemporary riverside venue sits on the first floor of a repurposed power station turned performance hub, and delivers much more than its nominal bar status might imply. Sure, there's ample appeal for drinkers - the bar area floods with theatregoers at interval time and a clipped, aptly Italian-leaning wine list consistently engages. But it's the brightly lit open kitchen that provides the biggest spark of interest. Salty pork belly and slices of slow-cooked fennel come sandwiched between layers of chickpea fritters with a zesty salsa verde, typifying the cliché-free, flavour-forward policy in play. Pasta is another forte - try curly edged gigli, loaded with sugo, roast duck, radicchio and Asiago, say, or pappardelle with goat ragù. The industrial-chic décor makes acoustics challenging, but the biscotti or chocolate zabaglione ice-cream with white chocolate granita and raspberries will give your visit an applause-worthy finish.

(07) 3358 1063

Bookings recommended


  • Licensed
  • Bar
  • Vegetarian-friendly
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Outdoor dining
  • Private room

Accepted card types:

  • American Express
  • Eftpos
  • MasterCard
  • Visa

Sajith Vengateri

This review was made independently for the Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide. The guide's reviewers visit unannounced and pay their way.