The oldest entertainment district in Brisbane, Fortitude Valley is now a trendy mix of grunge and sophistication. Nearby New Farm, however, is perhaps Brisbane’s most prestigious suburb. Both are bursting at the seams with award winning, delicious cuisine. Have a look at our pick of the best restaurants in Brisbane’s premier areas for eating out.
Restaurant, Italian, $$$
Bucci Restaurant offers the finest Italian cuisine in a modern setting. The restaurants still feels like a big Italian family owns it, and it’s warm and welcoming food keeps you coming back, as does the changing seasonal menu that keeps ingredients fresh. The impressive cocktail list is always tempting, but the wine offers an equally attractive selection to compliment the flavours of Italy.
Bucci Restaurant, Shop 11/15 James St, Fortitude Valley, QLD 4006, +61 7 3252 7848
Cru Bar & Cellar
Bar, Australian, $$$
Cru Bar & Cellar
Cru Bar & Cellar has stellar feng shui, with an open-air bar that flows into large tables. Most loved for it’s atmosphere and delectable modern Australian cuisine, the James Street icon is also a fantastic place to host a function. The extensive drinks menu may have you wanting to swing from the beautiful chandeliers that decorate the ceiling.
Harvey's Bar & Bistro
Bar, Bistro, Australian, $$$
Harvey’s Bar & Bistro
Harvey’s Bar & Bistro‘s all-day dining screams understated elegance, with the menu offering very imaginative twists on classic real food. The warm atmosphere at Harvey’s is very welcoming and the portion sizes are perfect, although save room from the scrumptious dessert menu. If you’re feeling low on funds, breakfast here is the perfect option to treat yourself without breaking the bank.
Bistro, Vegan, Vegetarian, $$$
A new kid on the New Farm block has received an overwhelmingly positive response from Brisbane foodies. The sophisticated setting offers a little bit of everything, from succulent seafood to juicy steaks, and fresh vegetable dishes to wow the pants off everyone from vegans to carnivores. It’s the perfect place to gather a big group of friends and order tapas to share, but is also very appropriate for a romantic dinner for two. Gerard’s Bistro is the best of both worlds.
Gerard’s Bistro, 14/15 James St, Fortitude Valley QLD 4006, +61 7 3852 3822
At Sixes And Seven
At Sixes & Sevens is another newcomer to the New Farm precinct, and you’ll find it in a little old Queenslander house that has been transformed into a funky bar and restaurant. On Saturday nights there are people bursting out all sides of the bar, making it look like an out of control house party, whilst on the inside tastebuds are being pleasured and great wine is being enjoyed. If you’re after a more casual option without sacrificing good food, Sixes & Sevens is your best bet.
At Sixes & Sevens, 67 James St, Fortitude Valley, QLD 4006, +61 7 3358 6067
The Balfour Kitchen
The Balfour Kitchen, housed in Spicer’s Balfour Hotel offers a stunning, spacious deck for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The licensed venue has a ‘bring your own’ night on Monday where you can save on the dosh and spend up on good food to compliment your wine. Beautiful food and a lovely setting makes for a dinner to be remembered.
The Balfour Kitchen, 37 Balfour Street, New Farm, 4005 QLD, +61 1300 597 540
Serving breakfast and lunch in a brilliantly bright setting, Ponycat won’t let you down in taste or ambience. Pick up a freshly brewed coffee to cure your caffeine cravings and a delicious lunch to power through the day. One of the few cafés in the city to provide an all-day brunch menu.
Ponycat, 693 Brunswick Street, New Farm, Brisbane, 4006 QLD, +61 7 3254 2883
Gertie's Bar & Lounge
Bar, Cocktail Bar, Restaurant, Australian, $$$
Gertie’s Bar & Lounge
A more relaxed dining option in an otherwise high-end dining precinct, Gertie’s is perfect for starting off a rowdy night with a couple of good drinks. Tuesday steak night is a definite crowd pleaser, and there’s always a good vibe at the popular jaunt.
Gertie’s Bar and Lounge 699 Brunswick St, New Farm, QLD 4005, +61 411 723 383
Bistro, Restaurant, French, $$$
As wine specialists, the French bistro Anise offers a huge list of top quality wines to compliment your degustation menu ($100 for seven courses, or $155 with wine). The cosy atmosphere is the perfect setting for a candle lit date night, and it’s a venue sure to impress your company.
Cafe, Australian, $$$
This split-level cafe is bustling at breakfast time, but service is still top notch with friendly staff hurrying to take your order. The brioche French toast and the breakfast pide are the pick of the broad variety of options on the menu.