10 Best Places To Eat In Brisbane For Breakfast, Lunch And Dinner

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Ever had that crazy idea to experience a place by having an eat-pray-love adventure, but more eating than anything else? Well, you can sample the best places to eat in Brisbane one plate after the other, from breakfast to lunch to dinner. Throughout your vacation, you can start your day by gorging yourself with the best of Brisbane breakfast in one of the cafés/restaurants known for great breakfast food. Next will be lazy lunches in one of Brisbane’s lunch spots, that could extend through the whole afternoon, and finally feel like royalty at dinner at a swanky restaurant. Below are some of the best places to eat in Brisbane:

Let us have breakfast

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and you definitely want to have the best one Brisbane has to offer. With the ever changing menu thanks to the seasons, you will be spoilt for choice. Below are a few of the best places where your breakfast desires can be fulfilled.

1. Lokal & Co

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

With a décor that mostly screams Scandinavian chic and a menu that comprises of mostly Nordic tastes, Lokal & Co is a minimalistic breakfast haven that also comprises of an outside eating area. Their menu includes dishes such as rye capped with egg, radish, lettuce, sardines or gingerbread waffles that come with chocolate hazelnut sauce. If you would opt for something a bit more conventional and light, you can have avocado on toast. They also serve wonderful lunches.

Lokal & Co

Address: 6 O'Connell St, Brisbane City, QLD 4101, Australia

Website: Lokal & Co

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2. Kettle & Tin

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

Just imagine tucking into soft pancake stacks capped with fried banana, salted milo pretzels and vanilla ice cream and to top it all off, drizzled with caramel sauce; DELICIOUS! Kettle & Tin will satisfy all your boozed up breakfast desires, (yep, you read right, a boozy breakfast). In their menu, they have confit nachos and drunken tofu washed down with a cocktail or you can have eggs Benedict and smashed avocado on toast, the menu will not disappoint. Did I mention they serve breakfast food all day? You will be in breakfast heaven at Kettle & Tin.

Kettle & Tin

Address: 215 Given Terrace, Paddington, QLD 4064, Australia

Website: Kettle & Tin

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Lunch sounds great

Whether you are visiting Brisbane or a local, lunch in Brisbane can be made into this wonderfully elaborate experience that will have you not in a hurry to leave the restaurant. Below are some of the best lunch spots in Brisbane.

3. Pineapple Express

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

Ok, so if you are on vacation, healthy eating is thrown out the window. But what if I told you that at Pineapple Express, you are guaranteed a healthy meal that will have you gorging their guilt-free lunches such as wraps, salads and acai bowls? You definitely have to try their signature lunch on the menu, the Naked Burgers, for a wild and tasty dance in your mouth. How about dessert, you ask? Then try the Cocowhip Bowl, which is a dairy-free soft serve comprising of coconut cream and a range of flavors like Tim Tam or apple crumble.

Pineapple Express

Address: Shop 9 Portside Wharf, Hamilton 4007 OR 16/65 James Street, Fortitude Valley 4006, Australia

Website: Pineapple Express

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4. Customs House

Our signature lunch menu is back on! Escape the city chaos in your lunch break with two courses and a glass of wine in...

Posted by Customs House Brisbane on Wednesday, 6 January 2016

An enviable view of the Story Bridge and the Brisbane River and an inside décor of seating booths and a fireplace, Customs House offers great signature lunches which include an appetizer, a main dish and a glass of wine. This award winning restaurant will definitely serve you good quality food in an atmosphere that is welcoming, with unquestionably efficient service, and that is just lunch. They are also open for dinner.

Customs House

Address: 399 Queen St, Brisbane City, QLD 4000, Australia

Website: Customs House

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5. Jellyfish Restaurant

Editor’s note: Establishment is Permanently closed

Known to serve up to 14 species of fish every day on their menu, they make it a point to suggest different ways of cooking the fish. The well trained staff also goes out of their way to give you options on what will be great as an accompaniment for the fish you choose to eat. If you want to enjoy your food while a cool breeze blows, ask to be seated on their terrace, sipping on a glass of zesty Sepp Moser grüner from their fish-simpatico list as you wait for your dish.

Jellyfish Restaurant

Address: Riverside Centre, 123 Eagle St, Brisbane City, QLD 4000, Australia

Website: Jellyfish Restaurant

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Dine like royalty

What better way to end the day than having a feast befitting royalty. There are quite a few restaurants in and around Brisbane that can accord you such treatment. Below are some of them.

6. Urbane Restaurant

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Taking from its name, Urbane is an elegantly polished and refined establishment that requires you to make credit-card-confirmed bookings. Yes, this restaurant is unique in that it has restricted opening hours and they offer degustation menus. They serve both meat and plant based foods but what usually stands out is their plant based foods. All these can be washed down with great European wine that has been chosen to be on par with Urbane’s standards.

Urbane Restaurant

Address: 181 Mary St, Brisbane City, QLD 4000, Australia

Website: Urbane Restaurant

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7. Esquire

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Pretty much out of the ordinary, Esquire will have you going back for its cutting edge cooking. They serve seafood which includes char-grilled cuttlefish, which is also crumbed, accompanied by finger lime and savory mushroom sauce. Or you can opt for their large prawn, which comes with fermented lettuce leaf filled with green garlic and orange marmalade. You are basically going for an adventurous eating experience at Esquire and you will either love it or hate it, either way it will cutting edge and you will talk about it for months to come.


Address: 145 Eagle St, Brisbane City, QLD 4000, Australia

Website: Esquire

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8. Black Hide Steakhouse

This Friday spread wins at life.

Posted by Black Hide Steakhouse on Thursday, 2 March 2017

This restaurant has a slew of titles, some of which are ‘Restaurant of the Year’ and ‘Best Steak Restaurant.’ You definitely need no convincing that you will have a grand time eating at Black Hide Steakhouse. Meat lovers come to this restaurant in flocks to devour their famous organic meat cuts. The staff is attentive and well informed and the atmosphere at this restaurant is warm and welcoming, the kind of environment you will need to polish off a 1,200 g Tomahawk.

Black Hide Steakhouse

Address: 36 Caxton St, Brisbane City, QLD 4000, Australia

Website: Black Hide Steakhouse

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9. 1889 Enoteca

An 1889 Enoteca classic. Handmade Tagliatelle with Mooloolaba prawns, chili & garlic.

Posted by 1889 Enoteca on Thursday, 28 January 2016

Have an easy evening eating the best of the best of classic foods. Sip on the best Italian wines while the city buzz is muffled by the restaurant’s ambiance. See the olives in pots and geraniums hanging over the footpath while you walk to your seating. When you get inside, it does not get any classier than a marble top bar, white linen topped tables and padded booths.

1889 Enoteca

Address: 10-12 Logan Rd, Woolloongabba, QLD 4102, Australia

Website: 1889 Enoteca

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10. Bacchus

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

A warm welcome by the maître’d who hands you over to an enthusiastic staff member ready to show you to your table. If that was not enough, their fine dining menu and the oh-so-interesting décor of high backed chairs, affluent mirrors, and the draping and light fixtures gives you a wholesome eating experience. There are clever food combinations on the menu, accompanied by wine from their globally inclusive wine list. You will get value for your money (it is quite high-priced) as they serve only the best of the best when it comes to produce. The overall experience from the warm welcome to the great service will have you listing this restaurant as a firm favorite.


Address: Rydges South Bank, Glenelg Street & Grey Street, South Brisbane, QLD 4101, Australia

Website: Bacchus

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Brisbane by the plate

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Have the best Brisbane taste bud experience and visit the above restaurants and cafés for an unforgettable food tour. Brisbane is a culinary Mecca on its own, with many places you can enjoy with different tastes, vibes and experiences.

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