The Best Riverfront Restaurants in Brisbane

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Kelly Hawke

Brisbane, the vibrant capital of Queensland, boasts a dining scene that caters to every culinary desire, with many of its best restaurants strategically located along the river. Indulging in a delectable meal with the stunning backdrop of the Story Bridge or the meandering Brisbane River is an experience that elevates dining to a whole new level. As the sun sets over the city, the riverside comes alive with the glow of lights reflecting on the water, creating a magical ambiance that enhances your dining experience. Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion, enjoying a romantic evening, or simply savoring a memorable meal with friends, these riverfront restaurants offer the perfect setting to make every moment unforgettable.
Whether it’s a romantic dinner for two or a gathering with friends, these riverfront restaurants in Brisbane deliver an unforgettable dining experience that celebrates the city’s culinary excellence and its stunning natural backdrop.

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Bar Alto

The ideal Sunday lunch venue, Bar Alto serves modern Italian cuisine in a riverside setting. Located at Brisbane Powerhouse, near popular New Farm Park, this restaurant has a relaxed atmosphere, with simple Italian food using lots of local seafood. After lunch, go for a stroll around the park to walk off that extra serving of spanner crab gnocchi.

Blackbird Bar & Grill

With an award-winning restaurant and waterfront bar, Blackbird offers a fine dining experience in Brisbane. This luxe restaurant brings a slice of glamour to the riverside with its 1920s inspired décor, decadent menu and extensive wine list. It also rivals some of Brisbane’s best restaurants for the best steak in the city.

Madame Wu

Madame Wu offers the ultimate modern Asian dining experience. Its exotic, moody decor, paired with stunning views of the Brisbane River and Story Bridge will leave diners in awe. From melt in your mouth Moreton Bay Bug dumplings to crispy pork, the menu is a taste sensation. Mix this with the delicious wine and cocktail menu, and it’s a meal to remember.

Aria Brisbane

Nestled along Eagle Street Pier, Aria offers a fine dining experience with panoramic views of the Brisbane River and Story Bridge. Led by acclaimed chef Matt Moran, the restaurant boasts a contemporary Australian menu that showcases the best local produce.

Byblos Bar & Restaurant

Overlooking the river at Portside Wharf, Byblos serves up a delectable blend of Lebanese and Mediterranean cuisine. Enjoy the laid-back atmosphere and vibrant flavors at this waterside gem.

Riverbar & Kitchen

Perched on the riverbank, Riverbar & Kitchen exudes a relaxed vibe, making it the perfect spot for casual dining. Unwind with cocktails and share plates as you watch the boats pass by on the river.

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