Eat your way around the “River City” with Brisbane’s best waterfront restaurants and bars.
There is no escaping the everlasting twists and turns of the Brisbane River that wind through the city and outer suburbs. The river, more affectionately known as the ‘Brown Snake’, is an integral part of Brisbane’s geography and is celebrated as such, with multiple dining and entertainment precincts developed along its banks.
The best way to take in the view of our sweeping river is over a delectable meal at one of Brisbane’s fantastic restaurants with a view. For an unforgettable atmosphere and even better food and drink, these are Brisbane’s seven best waterfront restaurants and bars.
Come and get taste of the warm, Mediterranean hospitality at contemporary Greek taverna, Greca. Located in the newly refurbished Howard Smith Wharves precinct, Greca is the place to go for generous servings and, of course, some one the best waterfront views in Brisbane. Situated along the river, this relatively new addition to Brisbane’s dining scene delivers gorgeous views of the CBD and Story Bridge whose lights dazzle and shimmer as the sun goes down. With a generous menu designed to share, Greca caters for groups of all sizes and taste preferences. Head on over to Howard Smith Wharves for your next dinner celebration and enjoy authentic Greek flavours the way they were meant to be with Greca.
Just next door to Greca you’ll find their sister restaurant, Yoko. An energetic fusion of Tokyo’s izakayas mixed with Brisbane’s laidback riverside atmosphere makes Yoko the place to be for tantalising Japanese cuisine with personality. The two-level bistro-style space is restaurateur Jonathan Barthelmess’ latest venture and is inspired by the sophisticated and sustainable cuisine he experienced on his many visits to Tokyo. Another exquisite restaurant located within the Howard Smith Wharves precinct, Yoko has a prime waterfront location with a view that encompasses the CBD, Kangaroo Point and New Farm. Enjoy the delicacies and subtleties of contemporary Japanese izakaya in a comfortable and refined dining space overlooking the Brisbane River.
Kangaroo Point has arguably one of the best vantage points of the Brisbane skyline and Joey’s makes the most of it. Having only opened in October, Joey’s is the newest hotspot for a morning coffee, long lunch or date night. Perched atop the Kangaroo Point Cliffs, occupying the space formerly known as Bar Spritz, the freshly renovated space features an alfresco dining area that offers 180 degree, uninterrupted, sweeping city views. Open seven days a week, Joey’s has it all and exudes the casual but polished character Brisbane prides itself on. It truly is the perfect spot for pancakes, pinot and panoramic views.
Patina at Customs House
Settled in an architectural and historical staple of Brisbane, Patina at the iconic Customs House brings an elegant touch to paddock to plate philosophy. With luxurious interiors and an enviable riverside location, Patina at Customs House is a sought-after venue with an extensive lunch, dinner and high tea menu. Executive chef John Offenhauser has crafted a wide selection of food offerings all using a selection of local and regional ingredients. Take in spectacular views of the Story Bridge and the Brisbane River from the Riverside Terrace and make yourself at home within the divine heritage-listed architecture. Indulge your tastebuds at Patina at Customs House where fine dining and a farm to table ideology make for an incredible Brisbane waterfront restaurant experience.
If you travel a little further down the boardwalk alongside the river from Customs House, you will soon find yourself standing in front of Alchemy, one of the best restaurants and eateries that make up the Eagle Street Pier precinct. This Italian-inspired restaurant is brought to us by highly acclaimed Australian chef Brad Jolly. His culinary excellence truly shines through in his food and impeccable plate presentation will be sure to tantalise your tastebuds. Boasting a fantastic view of the river and the Story Bridge, Alchemy’s sophisticated interiors and delectable cuisine are a great choice for any celebration, function or night out. Let Alchemy take you on a flavourful journey with a stunning backdrop to top it all off.
Inspired by their namesake portside city of Byblós, Brisbane get ready to drink and dine the night away at this incredible riverfront location that celebrates the best of Lebanese cuisine. With lavish hospitality, plush furnishings and an air of warmth and adventure, visiting Byblós will be a unique and memorable experience. Providing a modern take on classic Lebanese cuisine, their menu is built on a foundation of traditional Mediterranean dishes that are designed for sharing. Not only is the food delicious, but Byblós has been awarded for their diverse and extensive drinks offerings which include wines, a seasonally updated cocktail list – and that’s not to mention the house-made glazes, reductions and syrups that are incorporated throughout the menu for an elevated taste experience.
Tucked away amongst the foliage and apartment blocks at Kangaroo Point is Medley, a restaurant that may be one of Brisbane’s best kept secrets. Built on the grounds of Yungaba, which used to serve as an immigration centre in the 19th century, the restaurant and cafe has continued their legacy of cultural exchange through food and friendly hospitality. A stone’s throw away from the Story Bridge, Medley’s outdoor deck and dining area face a stunning view of the river and New Farm while its secluded location offers a sense of exclusivity and privacy. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Medley is ready to welcome you at any time of the day to experience fresh local produce with a diverse and unique twist.
Looking to tempt your tastebuds some more? Meat lovers should take their pick from our curated list of Brisbane’s top 10 steak restaurants. If you’d rather go for something a little different, have a browse of the best German restaurants and bars in Brisbane. And no night out is complete without a delicious cocktail with a view – check out the top 10 rooftop bars in Brisbane before you go.