Restaurant Reviews

Brisbane's best restaurants for 2018

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.


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,

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,

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,

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,

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,

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,

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

77 Grey St, South Brisbane,*

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,

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,

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,