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7 of Brisbane’s best restaurants ( without having to go into the CBD)

Brisbane has a thriving dining scene but many of the better known restaurants are in the City. Yet there are so many gorgeous spots around the city fringe, with easy access and lower prices. These are 7 of Brisbane’s best inner-city restaurants right now!

1889 Enoteca

A long established favourite 1889 Enoteca is located in the beautiful heritage-listed Taylor-Heaslop building in Wooloongabba’s thriving Logan road restaurant precinct. They produce stunning fresh Italian fare with brisk efficient service and a fabulous wine list. The setting is classic Europe with elegant and authentic fittings throughout including beautiful banquets and a stunning marble bar.

Check out the loo’s and the beautiful private dining room down in the former cellar. 

Brisbane best restaurants

Peach and Witlof salad

The Wolfe

Located on busy Stanley Street in East Brisbane in another beautifully renovated heritage cottage, The Wolfe is owned and run by well-known Chef and former owner of Rapide and Manx, Paul McGirven. Serving quality food at decent prices its one of those neighbourhood gems that you hope no-one else finds out about. 

Great for a ladies lunch or a romantic night out without the kids.

Brisbane best restaurants

Les Bubbles

Owned by the brains behind Alfred and Constance, Kwan Brothers & Mr Fitzy’s among others, Les Bubbles is situated in Fortitude Valley in the home of the former notorious brothel from which is gets its name.

Finished in an authentic Parisienne cafe theme with walls adorned with photos of former customers including infamous politicians, gangsters and celebrities,Les Bubbles serves one dish only – Steak Frites. And they do it so well ! Complete with a delicious green salad, bĂ©arnaise sauce and endless fries and with a fixed price of $29.90 its great value for money too.

There is a funky little bar downstairs, complete with spa, that opens out to an outdoor area and it’s conveniently right next door to a Mr Fitzy’s ice cream shop. A one stop destination ticking all the boxes!

Brisbane best restaurants

Brisbane best restaurants


 Brisbane's best restaurants

Only opened a few months by the ex executive Chef at another old favourite, Public. Detour offers a lot of similar inventive share plates including the controversial ‘KFD’ – Kentucky Fried Duck. 

Beautiful, delicious and inventive food with great service.

For a full review SEE HERE
Brisbane best restaurants


Situated in Paddington this is arguably Brisbane’s best French Restaurant and it says a lot about a place when they don’t even open on the weekends! This was my father’s favourite restaurant when he was alive and as a pioneering purist – he knew his stuff!

Brisbane best restaurants

Brisbane best restaurants

Northshore Harbour

Situated on the northern side of the Brisbane River just by the Gateway Bridge Northshore Harbour is a quiet achiever and hugely popular with in the know locals. With a Citycat terminal right outside it is easy to access and one of the few dining spots in Brisbane that takes advantage of a riverside position without charging waterfront prices. 
There’s a couple of large garden areas for the kids and they have regular theme nights and cater for functions too. Brisbane best restaurants

Continental Cafe

Quite possibly our favourite place in the whole city. We have been dining at Continental for over 22 years and it continues to deliver consistent high quality meals with efficient friendly service. French influenced and tucked away in a quiet street in New Farm it has served our family and friends so well over the years. There are 2 private dining rooms for functions and there is no extra charge for booking them for groups.

The signature dish of Coconut Soy chicken ( not very French I know!) has had many friends in raptures. And when the Tarte Tatin is on the menu ( which it is right now) it is almost impossible to find a better dessert in town. 

Brisbane best restaurants

Brisbane best restaurants

This is a quick snapshot of some of the Brisbane’s best restaurants and we have focused this article on the city fringe. Of course there are many more wonderful places and we would love to hear about your favourites. Please leave a comment or drop a line on the Facebook page.


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  1. Paula

    Some great spots on this list. Continental is one of our all time favourites too!

  2. Helen

    How have I not heard of Northshore Harbour. Or The Wolfe !?

  3. Michael Mc.

    Some great places to try next time we are in Brisbane – will bookmark. Thanks !

  4. Kate

    These look great!

  5. Anonymous

    Love Les Bubbles and looking forward to trying some more on your list!

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