Brisbane's Best New Restaurants That You Need to Try
Gather the gang and cross our edit of the best new restaurants in Brisbane off of your bucket list.
Nothing thrills us more than a brand-new restaurant, cafe or bar opening and this year, Brisbane is chock-full of them! From supper club-inspired venues to Middle Eastern fare with a twist, there are plenty of foodie adventures to be had at the best new restaurants in Brisbane.
So, gather the gang and get cracking on this list!
The Best New Restaurants in Brisbane: Coming Soon
A brand new Italian dining destination fit for royalty has been unveiled as part of The Star Brisbane’s grand plan for 2024! Inspired by sister venues Cucina Vivo on the Gold Coast and Cucina Porto in Sydney, this gorgeous new restaurant will soon become your favourite new luxe, inner-city haunt. Serving up simple, honest Italian fare with old-world charm, this venue is bound to transport your tastebuds to Italy with antipasto, woodfire pizza and handmade pasta. The incredible views won’t go astray, either.
The Terrace, Level 4, 33 William Street, Brisbane City
Carnivores rejoice, because it won’t be long before Fatcow reopens its doors in a brand new location. Finding itself in excellent company on the delightful James Street precinct, this steak restaurant favourite from Michael Tassis’ repertoire will be welcomed back with open arms after closing its doors 18 months ago, to make way for the redevelopment of Eagle Street Pier. Taking this opportunity to perform a little glow up, Fatcow intends to return with a fresh new look and a brand new offering, to elevate their experience and delight new and returning diners alike.
10 James Street, Fortitude Valley
The Best New Restaurants in Brisbane: 2023 Openings
We have three magic little words for you… waterfront Greek restaurant. We’re betting your interest is piqued, and rightly so! Influenced by the sun-soaked shores and culinary heritage of the Ionian Islands in Greece, Ithaka is one of the best new restaurants in Brisbane to try this summer! Occupying the space in South Brisbane that was once home to Aquitaine, this waterfront dining destination is the perfect venue to book for group dinners, date nights or a sunshine-filled lunch with friends. From the menu, expect a marriage of traditional and contemporary plates and preparation, with classic meals like spanakopita, smoky eggplant dip melitzanosalata and local prawns with chilli, garlic, ouzo and lemon.
River Quay, 2 Sidon Street, South Brisbane
Image credit: Markus Ravik
An exciting new Italian steak restaurant has been unveiled in Fortitude Valley! Establishment 203 is a sophisticated new venue that will deliver an elevated, international standard of dining to the Brisbane scene. With none other than the absolute connoisseur of beef, Chef Ben O’Donoghue at the helm, expect exemplary steak offerings, Italian pasta pairings and trademark cocktails. Ben draws on his love of Italian cuisine, European travels and time spent at London’s famous River Cafe to craft the absolute best steak dining experience in the country. Using traditional techniques with modern equipment, the kitchen houses Queensland’s first Michelin-quality MKN induction cooking suite, alongside live wood-fired Mibrasa cooking stations to ensure incredible flavour with every bite. Establishment 203 opens mid-November, and you can pre-book now to ensure you’re one of the first to experience this incredible new restaurant in Brisbane.
6 Marshall Street, Fortitude Valley
East meets West at West End’s newest addition: Zazu Dining. The menu here spans Pan Asian and modern European plates, and one dish that is a Brisbane icon. Australia’s only Iron Chef, Gillian Hurst, has brought her famous sand crab lasagne to this brand-new restaurant in Brisbane. You’ll also find bao buns, pizza, yakitori and gyoza on the menu, and that’s all before you hit the mains. We’re predicting this will be your new regular when you’re booking for a group because there’s something for everyone at Zazu!
49 Mollison Street, West End
Rich & Rare
West Village has welcomed yet another exciting addition to its varied line-up of culinary offerings… and this one’s for the carnivores! Rich & Rare has entered the chat to offer premium fare without any pretentiousness. This Manhattan-inspired, 150-seat restaurant offers up a menu of fifteen different steaks, sourced from Australia and Japan, each boasting a unique flavour profile. But if you’re not craving a steak, you can dine on briny fresh oysters (opened on order), lobster or line-caught kingfish. The beverage menu brings its own bevy of delights, with whiskey, wine and spirits to choose from to wind down after a long week.
West Village Garden Pavilion, 97 Boundary Street, West End
Craving some authentic Italian? Bar Gusto is one of the best new restaurants to hit the Brisbane scene, in Bowen Hills to be specific. Blending la dolce vita with the Aussie spirit, Bar Gusto fosters a warm and welcoming ambience buzzing with laughter, conversation and the clinking of cutlery as Brisbanites tuck into hearty plates of pizza, pasta and salad. There’s a special place in our hearts (and stomachs) for the Gusto Grazing Board, an antipasto platter that is just perfect for a long lunch, dining al fresco with a wine in hand.
601 Gregory Terrace, Bowen Hills
Fine dining with a view, but make it transportable! Now is your time to try a degustation menu on a luxurious bus (the dining experience you didn’t know you needed!). This uber-fun and unique experience has been travelling around iconic South East Queensland locations. When you’re exploring the best new restaurants in Brisbane to book this month, you’ll discover that Da Biuso has parked up at Brett’s Wharf in Hamilton for some gorgeous waterfront views. The Biuso family drew upon their Sicilian heritage and passion for fine cuisine and unique experiences to formulate this utterly unique degustation event. Chef Biago Biusio crafts each decadent and contemporary European dish by hand with beautifully fresh ingredients to ensure your expectations are effortlessly exceeded when you step aboard the Da Biuso bus.
Brett's Wharf, 449A Kingsford Smith Drive, Hamilton
Brisbane’s newest bar and crab shack opens on King Street, adding yet another top-tier venue to this foodie heaven destination. Claw boasts an enormous 1000-seat capacity, this all-American crab shack and grill is a fun and completely unpretentious new dinner and drinks spot that will soon become an after-work or Sunday session favourite in your social circles. The menu is bursting with hearty BBQ bites like Texas Beef Brisket, Charcoal Grilled Chicken and Shrimp Po’Boys that will have your mouth watering before you even order. Having just opened in early August, you’ll want to be one of the first Brisbanites to set foot in this fun new restaurant in Brisbane.
56 King Street, Bowen Hills
The GPO has had a full-blown glow up and we are here for it! As well as introducing two new bars, the venue has also introduced an elegant new restaurant called TAMA. Combining the culinary expertise of Richard Ousby and Alan Hunter, TAMA plates up elevated, simple dishes using the finest local ingredients procured from the state’s heavy hitters on the produce scene; namely the Scenic Rim, Granite Belt, Darling Downs and North Queensland. The menu is innovative and playful and you’ll be delighted to discover the smoky undertones imparted by the Spanish Josper oven, specially imported for the space.
740 Ann Street, Fortitude Valley
The latest dining destination to hit James Street, Carmen Tequileria is a haven of fresh Mexican eats, sparkling zero-waste cocktails, artisanal mezcal and imminent good times. The 80-seater restaurant opened in mid-July and is already turning heads, where traditional aesthetics have been elevated to create a captivating and contemporary dining experience. The kitchen is dedicated to exploring ways to up-cycle and reduce waste at every possible point and the flavour-packed menu doesn't disappoint. Grab your bestie and book in for an afternoon of share plates at this gorgeous new restaurant in Brisbane.
70 James Street, Fortitude Valley
Wander down the bright and vivacious California Lane in Fortitude Valley and you might just discover one of the best new restaurants in Brisbane. This fun new Latin-fusion eatery welcomes you with a spunky menu of inventive fare that will have your tastebuds singing for more. If you love a cheeky marg, this is the best new restaurant in Brisbane for you, with speciality margaritas on the menu to choose from, ranging from a Watermelon Margy High to a Spiced Pear Margarita.
California Lane, Shop G1/22 McLachlan Street, Fortitude Valley
IPPIN Japanese Dining
The restaurant on everyone’s lips lately is IPPIN, one of the best new restaurants in Brisbane. This elevated dining destination can be found on bustling Boundary Street in West End. Showcasing the best of Japanese cuisine, the menu is packed with yakitori grill specialty dishes featuring wagyu beef or chicken. For the seafood lover, the recommendation has to be their signature toothfish or tempura cuttlefish. For the foodie who’s tried it all, we recommend the lobster popcorn for a flavour sensation. Make the most of your relaxing and romantic night out at IPPIN by ordering a cocktail from their creative menu of signature cocktails, mocktails or Japanese whiskies.
Tenancy 2, 97 Boundary Street, West End
Step off the busy streets of Brisbane and step into the Amalfi Coast glam of Settimo. This gorgeous new restaurant in Brisbane allows you to imagine that you’re enjoying a sunset dinner in Positano (without having to touch your passport) because every little detail has been taken care of. Not just a pretty face, Settimo dishes up flavourful and inventive Italian fare with a kitchen led by Guy Grossi. You can expect warm, welcoming service and true hospitality at this fun new venue in the heart of the CBD.
The Westin Brisbane, Level One, 111 Mary Street Brisbane
A new Sardinian restaurant has landed in Brisbane! Pilloni celebrates Sardinian cooking and culture with its delicious menu, where everything has been touched by fire. Sip drinks at the ivory-coloured Sardinian marble bar or dine alfresco on the terrace with a classic fifties-style aesthetic. This sister venue to La Lupa is inspired by agriotourismo (farm stays), but its rustic stylistic inspiration doesn’t hold it back from offering an extensive wine list and a hearty menu of meat and seafood cooked over flame, pasta made in-house and pizzas that will have your mouth watering at their scent alone.
166 Hardgrave Road, West End
Ruby Vinyl Bar
Newstead is no stranger to the latest and greatest in wining and dining destinations and has welcomed their latest addition in the form of Ruby Vinyl Bar. This trendy little bar combines rock and roll glam with creative Japanese dishes and signature cocktails you won’t find anywhere else. Resident vinyl DJs keep the vibes on lock while you let down your hair and enjoy an old-fashioned good time at one of the best new restaurants in Brisbane.
12 Longland Street, Newstead
A chic new spot has opened up at Gasworks at the Gasometer, tucked away so unassumingly you might miss it. But take a step into Nonda for a warm welcome and wonderful hospitality. Nonda means drink (のんだ) in Japanese and ‘have fun with friends' (논다)’ in Korean, and it invites you to do just that with its Asian fusion menu and expansive drinks list. It’s one of the best new restaurants in Brisbane for a mid-week dinner date with your closest pals.
Shop 3002, Gasworks Plaza, 76 Skyring Terrace, Newstead
Cordeaux Social Club
If you've been on the hunt for a chic wine bar to incorporate into your monthly repertoire, Cordeaux Social Club is it. Cosy and relaxed, the space is minimalist and charming. Expect easily shareable bistro-style bites from beef tartare to snapper crudo. P.S. These good people are dog-friendly so no need to leave early on account of your pooch. That makes Cordeaux Social Club a welcome addition to our edit of the best new restaurants in Brisbane.
Babylon is a sprawling Middle Eastern-inspired restaurant and bar on the banks of the Brisbane River and needs to be added to your must-visit list, pronto.
With one location already in Sydney's CBD, this new Brisbane venue cascades down three levels that encompass multiple bars, terraces, and vibrant dining spaces. The interiors are inspired by the once-thriving metropolis, as well as the Hanging Gardens of Babylon. Think abundant greenery and timber, juxtaposed against silky and velvety upholstery – sophisticated yet relaxed.
For the curated cuisine, Head Chef Ferdinand Sari has developed a menu inspired by the rich and flavourful Levantine cuisine of the Middle East and Eastern Mediterranean and perfect for sharing. Think gozleme, meze, homemade bread, loads of fresh seafood and wood-fired feasts.
In April, we saw the addition of Babylon Gardens, a waterfront alfresco bar and a more casual dining destination for those seeking a CBD dining destination or a post-work drink. Sit by the water and enjoy the gorgeous view, fresh air and decadent cocktails at this stunning new Brisbane venue.
145 Eagle Street Brisbane City
Serving up the ultimate Japanese dining experience, Izakaya Publico has it all covered from the decor down to the perfectly plated dishes. Oversized lanterns and mood lighting set the scene for what will undoubtedly be one of your most unforgettable evenings out. Experience a selection of seasonal sashimi, coal-grilled delicacies, tempura and traditional side dishes or go all out and order one of Izakaya Publico's curated set menus. If you're keen to continue on, you can enjoy the venue's contemporary speakeasy serving the best in Japanese and local beer, wine and sake-infused cocktails.
27-35 Turbot Street, Brisbane
For those craving summery Italian fare at all times of the day/month/year, Mina is your new best friend. Whether you're in need of a lazy Sunday lunch or a mid-week comfort food feast, you'll find plenty to indulge in here. Expect pizza, pasta and antipasti in abundance alongside one of the yummiest dessert menus outside of Italy. Take our word for it and order the arrosticini e cippole; coal-cooked dry aged lamb skewers with Abruzzo onion and black salt. Buon appetito!
37 Oxford Street, Bulimba
The team behind Nota has introduced its latest concept, Allonda, a sleek new restaurant nestled down a Newstead laneway. From its impossibly high ceilings and Scandi-inspired décor to the buzzing open kitchen, Allonda offers diners an entirely new look and feel from its sister venue, with all areas of the striking split-level concept guaranteed to impress. The masterful menu caters to all dining occasions: sip cocktails and order sharing plates, settle in for a special occasion and make your way through an 800g black onyx rib eye, or cosy up on a cool night with a piping hot bowl of pasta – the rigatoni a la boscaiola with mushroom and truffle pecorino is divine.
17/21 Longland Street, Newstead
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