Brisbane’s Most Romantic Restaurants

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Whether you are looking to spoil your date with fine dining this Valentine’s Day or simply find a cosy nook to hide away in, Brisbane has you covered. From hidden bars and chilled-out pubs to award-winning dining and carefully-crafted Valentine’s menus, we’ve rounded up the most romantic restaurants to visit this Valentine’s Day.

Madame Rouge Bar + Bistro

11b/100 McLachlan St, Fortitude Valley QLD

Madame Rouge Bar + Bistro’s oozes with old-school Parisian charm. The Bistro’s dimly-lit booths, vintage candelabras, and red velvet curtains will make you feel like you’ve been transported back in time.

The menu showcases a range of classic French fare, with an exclusive Valentine’s Day meal. The four-course meal includes; warm cured asparagus with confit egg yolk as well as pan-fried king fish and charred Angus short loin. Finishing off with a pistachio & rose nougat glace with warm chocolate mousse, this menu is sure to impress your date. And if you’re lucky enough to get a spot at the later sitting you’ll also get to enjoy rabbit pithivier with roasted sunchoke and mushroom jus. Yum!

“The ambiance is fabulous here! Darkened bistro with luxurious red curtains framing the front windows, candles on tables and classic retro French posters. All our waiters were fantastic!” –Jade_chang18

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Asana by Pete Evans

80 Albert St, Brisbane QLD

Looking for an up-scale restaurant that caters to your or your date’s dietary requirements – be them vegan, vegetarian, gluten free, dairy free or paleo? Asana Restaurant is the answer you all your prayers! Created by Pete Evans, this paleo-inspired menu focuses on serving fresh, healthy and delicious meals using locally-sourced produce. Try the Salt crusted lamb with eggplant, raita, candied garlic jus ($42) or the Smoked duck breast with celeriac and cherry ($35). For dessert, why not share a dessert tasting platter ($19) … or keep it all to yourself!

“The menu is a modern fusion of Asian and western flavours. Each dish was perfectly cooked and well-seasoned. I loved the beef tartare with the Korean flavours and the modern pork belly dish it’s just so melty in the mouth. Portions are great and pricing is good too. Staff were attentive and friendly. The place looks modern and inviting.” – Kristy W

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The APO

Bakery Lane, 690 Ann St, Fortitude Valley QLD

For those looking for somewhere a little more relaxed this Valentine’s Day, you can’t go past The APO. With no-fuss food including pub-goer friendly favourites, The APO is the perfect place for ‘cold beer, great wine, tasty bites, music and good times’. Housed in one of Fortitude Valley’s oldest buildings, the Apothecaries Hall, this eatery boasts laneway charm while still having a relaxed vibe.

The APO is also hosting a special Valentine’s Day event with a three-course meal including a drink on arrival! Dive into a Kingfish ceviche taco followed by Smoked brisket, chipotle pulled pork and BBQ lamb ribs. And don’t forget dessert! Share a warm chocolate fudge brownie for 2 with berries and rose whipped cream, all for just $55pp.

“Nice location in the heart of fortitude valley. Nice interior and we loved the tartare! Will be back as good friendly service and good quality food” – Eataholic

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Cobbler

7 Browning St West End QLD

Cobbler does things a little differently. Everyone knows about BYO but have you ever heard of BYOF (bring your own food)? Whilst no food is served here you are more than welcome to bring in your own snacks from home or order from the surrounding restaurants.

As well as serving an extensive list of beers on tap, Cobbler’s main focus is creating delicious cocktails, with an emphasis on whiskey. This small West End bar stocks over 400 whiskeys from all over the world, making it the perfect pre-dinner drinking location!

This speakeasy-style whiskey lounge is sure to make you feel like the coolest cat in town with scattered barstools and comfy lounges. The most impressive feature however, is the back wall library, housing the bar’s extensive whiskey list, complete with sliding step-ladder.

“Cobbler’s impressive whiskey wall is unlike any other in Brisbane and as you enter the old-world style bar you truly feel as if you’ve been transported into another era.” – Foodramblings

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Aria

Eagle Street Pier, Brisbane QLD

If it’s fine dining you seek, look no further than Aria. Chef Matt Moran’s masterpiece combines both delicious food and spectacular views over Brisbane River, making this an unforgettable dining experience. The menu combines some of the best seasonal produce sourced both locally and internationally. Each dish is perfectly balanced and is sure to both satisfy you and keep you wanting more. Try the Murray cod with yabbies ($55) or the Roast duck ($56) and finish off with a delicious Banana and butterscotch soufflé ($25). Aria also boasts an award-winning wine list that is sure to whet your appetite.

“5-star dining at its best! From the moment you are greeted until you finish your meal, the service is amazing! Never had a better dining experience – food is unbelievably beautiful, complimented with a great selection of wine – and don’t forget to visit the cocktail bar! If someone asked where is the best place to dine in Brisbane, then look no further!” – qldapp

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