The sunshine state capital lives up to its name, with Brisbane residents increasingly spoilt for choice when it comes to lush beachside and riverfront drinking and dining options. Unlike their southern cousins down in Melbourne and even Sydney during the depths of winter, Brisbanites enjoy the benefits of a warm, sunny climate that allows them to embrace the best of outdoor dining all year round in little more than a t-shirt. In true True Local style, we’ve scouted out some of the best spots in Brisbane and collated them into this handy list for your perusal. Read up and let us know what you think!
The Powerhouse, 119 Lamington Street New Farm QLD
One of Brisbane’s fanciest waterfront dining spots, Bar Alto is located in the city’s former powerhouse building, which nowadays functions as a contemporary arts, dining and conference venue. Open Tuesday to Sunday from 11 AM until late, Bar Alto’s menu is Italian-inspired whilst the interior itself is elegant and understated – allowing their sumptuous dishes to take centre stage. Dishes worth trying include Risotto from $27 for entrée, Gnocchi Pasta from $29 for entrée and Agnello for $42.
“Beautiful view over the Brisbane river, perfect place to get together before a show and have some wine and a pizza while obsessing over the beauty that is Brisbane city” – Dayemm
2 Kingsford Smith Drive, Breakfast Creek QLD
Affectionately known by locals as the “Brekky Creek Hotel”, this venue is arguably the most famous pub in all of Queensland, if not one of the most famous in the entire country. Built in an impressive French Renaissance style mansion in 1889, the Breakfast Creek Hotel has built up a reputation over the years, bolstered by some very high profile international visitors. As a highly versatile venue, “the Brekky Creek” is home to a rum bar, a restaurant, beer hall, gaming rooms and waterfront setting facing the creek of the same name. Items well worth trying on their menu include Slow Braised Lamb Shank for $28, Fillet Mignon Steak for $37 and a word class selection of Rums.
“Love it here. Huge place with different parts to visit including a rum bar. The food is so good. Good cuts of steak and decent serving sizes. Good price for what you get. Free bread roll with every meal” – Madee-x
7/13 Portside Wharf, Hamilton QLD
Nestled on the Brisbane River amongst the flash new Portside Wharf development in the ritzy Brisbane neighbourhood of Hamilton, Byblos brings the exotic tastes of Lebanese cuisine to Australia’s sunniest city. Whilst the interior of this venue is impressive enough, its best feature is without a doubt the large riverfront outdoor seating area which comes complete with astro turf and palm trees! Popular menu items include Dips (try their Baba Ghanouj for $13.90), Salads & Sides (try their Fattoush for $14.50), Meat Dishes (try their Grilled Haloumi for $16.90), Sweets (try their Crème Brulee for $14) and Cocktails for $19.
“This place has a great tapas menu which is great if sharing with friends. A good spot for watching the sun go down and the bar is in prime position too” – Eloisecrouch
1800 Bribie Island Road, Sandstone Point QLD
Keeping a lower profile than nearby Stradbroke Island, Bribie Island is another top Queensland holiday spot within easy reach of Brisbane. Whilst not technically on the island itself, the Sandstone Point Hotel opened in 2015 is housed in an impressive, modern waterfront building reminiscent from a distance of an oversized stainless steel woolshed! Given the large size of its grounds, this hotel also hosts numerous festivities across the year and is home to the super classy Oyster Shed Fish & Chippery. Menu options worth trying include Chicken & Smokey Chorizo Pasta ($24), Ruben Sandwich ($18), Three Cheese Margherita ($17).
“Absolutely stunning location. We always head out here on a Saturday or Sunday when we have a big group for lunch. We love it. So busy though that you would not get a table if you were to just rock up so a booking is a must. We love everything about this place. The food, the lookout, the cocktails and the atmosphere in general” – Dayemm
East Coast Road, Point Lookout QLD
Located on famous Stradbroke Island, a short boat ride off Brisbane’s bayside eastern suburbs, the Stradbroke Island Beach Hotel combines the benefits of a stunning beachside location with the amenities of a bar/restaurant/day spa all rolled into one. Focusing specifically on the wining and dining options – hotel guests or casual visitors can choose between the Manta Ray Bistro (specials include Smashed Avo & Fetta for $18 or a ‘Big Brekkie’ for $25), Waves Beer Garden (specials include Fresh Chicken Wings for $15, Caesar Salads for $19 and Fresh Juice for the bargain basement price of $3.50).
“Great pub despite being a near monopoly on Straddie. Quality food, large portions, friendly and listening customer service. Uncommonly good selection of beers on tap (e.g. Balter). For the whole family, couples, singles and every age group. If visiting by day, the views are forever” – Cocosmooth