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The Best New Venues in Brisbane You Need to Check Out

The lowdown on the best new restaurants, bars and venues that are brand new on the Brisbane scene.

Melrose
Melrose

We might have had a tough couple of years, but one thing that hasn’t changed is Brisbane’s love for fine dining, good times and entertainment. We’re thrilled to see exciting new restaurants and spaces opening up in the river city, so we’ve put together a fun-filled list of Brisbane’s best new venues for you.

Uncle Su

Queensland’s newest Cantonese restaurant, Uncle Su, is now open at The Star Gold Coast. Uncle Su is the first dining destination within The Star to welcome guests with a menu inspired by the cultural heritage and family traditions of executive chef Song Yao Su. Expect a blend of Cantonese style favourites, as well as signature Beijing and Szechuan dishes. Think Peking duck marinated for 24 hours in a secret sauce and carved at the table, with Chinese teas sourced by Chef Song himself. 

The Star Gold Coast, Broadbeach Island, Broadbeach 

La Mexicana
La Mexicana
La Mexicana Pop-Up

Just when you thought Howard Smith Wharves couldn’t get more fun… along came La Mexicana! Popping up in Citrus House from February 26th, this vibrant offering brings traditional street food to Brisbane’s newest dining hotspot. Open Friday-Sunday each week, if you’re craving incredible food and the perfect margarita, this is the spot for you. 

5 Boundary Street, Brisbane City

Embers

Fueled by fire, Embers is the hottest new restaurant to open up in South Bank. Opening on the 15th of September, Embers is a stand-alone restaurant within The Charming Squire. The new venue, with its own entrance and own identity, will have distinctive booths, low tables, greenery and sage leather-bound menus. Expect a menu which draws inspiration from the ocean as well as the paddock, as Head Chef, German Gonzalez heroes local produce. The dishes are unified by Gonzales cooking style which includes wood and rotisserie roasters, and meat smoked and grilled over ironbark coals. Expect small plates, pork belly and steak (of course!) with passionfruit soufflé and banoffee pie to finish. On the drinks front you can expect oodles of James Squire craft beer, a red-heavy wine list and an epic range of signature and classic cocktails. We can’t wait to check it out!

Embers at The Charming Squire, 3/133 Grey Street, South Brisbane

Mai Gai
Mai Gai
Mai Gai

Everton Park has been blessed with an incredible new dining option, with Mai Gai opening it’s doors this September. Suchada Nakbunchuay, the incredible chef behind the famed Byron favourite ‘Bang Bang’, has made the move to Brisbane to bring fine southeast Asian cuisine to Everton Park Plaza. With a focus on providing freshly prepared, flavourful dishes, brimming with the vibrancy and energy that the Southeast is known for, add a little extra fun to your meal by opting for one of Mai Gai’s creative cocktails. They’re bound to transport you to sunny days under the palm trees.

791 Stafford Road, Everton Park

Hey Chica!

You don't need a passport to visit this part of Cuba. Hey Chica! is the new Latin American style social club influenced by the buzz of a traditional neighbourhood street party.

Hey Chica! brings the old-world charm of a classic Havana bar to Brisbane. Sip on refreshing Watermelon Basil Sours or try something more authentic like the Smokey Cuban cocktail packed with Joven Mezcal and cinnamon, making it reminiscent of a Cuban cigar. We can't wait to get our boogie on here! 

315 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane

Willow Café

Brisbane's newest foodie venue has opened its doors in Balmoral. Expect carefully crafted dishes that will send your tastebuds into a frenzy, whilst enjoying a relaxed and aesthetically pleasing interior and back dining deck.⁠

Did we mention they're also fully licensed? We're looking forward to a cheeky glass of champagne over a long brunch here.

216 Riding Road, Balmoral

ESSA
ESSA
ESSA

The long awaited ESSA has opened its doors to the bustle and glamour of James Street! Dishing up simple plates focused on finessing beautiful ingredients into unforgettable flavours, ESSA also has a carefully curated wine list to bring out the best in every bite of your dish. The menu is centred around local and seasonal produce and providores to ensure that the quality of the food shones through the simple preparations.

181 Robertson Street, Fortitude Valley

Gemelli Italian
Gemelli Italian
Gemelli Italian

The popular Broadbeach institution has made it’s way to Brisbane, to the absolutely delight of Brisbanites and James Street regulars. Fitting into the Fortitude Valley foodie scene just perfectly, Gemelli (translating directly to twins, a nod to the twins James & Alec who own the restaurants!) offers authentic Italian fare that is handmade with love. The twins’ enduring passion for their culture as well as quality food and wine shine through and make Gemelli a truly heartwarming (and tastebud tantalising) experience!

15 James Street, Fortitude Valley

Melrose
Melrose
Melrose

If you’re missing the beach luxe and resort vibes commonly found on a getaway to Bali, we may have a quick fix for you. Melrose is Bulimba’s newest addition, and boy is it gorgeous! With a fully retractable roof to let in the sunshine’s rays, enjoy share-style plates of Indonesion and Thai fare. For maximum vacay vibes, we recommend treating yourself to a delicious (and very tropical) cocktail off their spectacular menu. Save us a seat!

37 Oxford Street, Bulimba

Tenya
Tenya
Tenya

Tenya brings high end Japanese dining to the Brisbane Quarter, and boasts a spectacular view over the river to complement your elevated dining experience. Order from a mouthwatering menu of fresh sashimi, sushi, udon and tempura, and ask the staff for their recommendations on sake or whiskey to suit both your meal as well as your personal palate. If you have a special date coming up, Tenya is the place to be.

Brisbane Quarter, Shop 1, Level 2/300 George Street, Brisbane City

The Princess Theatre
The Princess Theatre
The Princess Theatre

Brisbane royalty is back, with The Princess Theatre re-opening her doors early this October. Established 133 years ago, the theatre now operates as a sister venue to the Tivoli, having being purchased by the brothers who own it, Steve and Dave Sleswick. Beautifully restored and appointed, the Princess will be a space for live music and performing arts, with a performance auditorium hosting up to 920 patrons.
Stay tuned for magical things to come from the team behind The Princess Theatre.

8 Annerley Road, Woolloongabba

Beatrix
Beatrix
Beatrix

From the ashes of Bar Kiddo, Beatrix arose. This Japanese-infused, Tarantino inspired bar occupies an intimate and secretive space in Fortitude Valley just waiting for you to discover. Step through the hidden entrance and the energy and ambience will instantly transport you. If you’re clever, you might find some clues to key you into some secret menu items… but first… wiggle your big toe.

P.S. Book in advance, Beatrix books out quickly. 

Follow the clues on their Instagram to find the address. 

Bear Boy Espresso
Bear Boy Espresso
Bear Boy Espresso

You may have seen the patient crowds awaiting their table at the new Bear Boy Espresso in Colwill Place and we can assure you that they are well deserved. Stepping inside feels like a breath of fresh air, with gorgeous custom marble tables and countertop in warm pink hues. Speciality coffee is ground, batch brewed and poured over at your whim. The brunch list may be condensed from their Helensvale offering, but there’s plenty of healthy and wholesome meals to tame any grizzly appetite.

Shop 8, 180 Albion Road, Windsor

Bisou Bisou
Bisou Bisou
Bisou Bisou

Brisbane’s freshest face on the fine dining scene is certainly Bisou Bisou. This French inspired brasserie and aperitivo bar is brought to you by the Ghanem Group (also responsible for gifting Brisbane with Donna Chang and the Boom Boom Room) and will whisk you away to Paris for breakfast, lunch or dinner. 

458 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley

Plan B
Plan B
Plan B

When the first idea doesn’t pan out… there’s always Plan B. Tucked into Petrie Terrace is this American inspired indulgent eatery, that offers loaded burgers, hot dogs, Philly cheese steaks and chicken served every way imaginable. We recommend the Mac & Cheese Dog with a side of Popcorn Chicken. Wear your loosest fitting pants and thank us later. 

T2/48 Petrie Terrace, Brisbane City

Southside
Southside
Southside

The crew behind wildly popular Rick Shores have brought their expertise to Brisbane in the form of Southside on Fish Lane. Enjoy East-Asian cuisine complemented by perfectly paired wines, ideal for special occasions or your weekly date night. Opt to dine a la carte or treat yourself to our personal favourite, the banquet set menu. They also offer delicious desserts, so make sure you head here with plenty of time and a hearty appetite. 

63 Melbourne Street, South Brisbane

TETTO Bar
TETTO Bar
TETTO Bar

New to the Northern suburbs is Tetto Bar, which pays homage to resort towns scattered along the Italian Riviera. This bright and colourful bar will definitely have you cheering, even if perhaps you didn’t have the European summer that you were dreaming of. With a glorious cocktail list perfect for a relaxed Sunday in the sunshine, you can also order snacks or a meal… our pick is the mushroom and truffle gnocchi. It’s what dreams are made of. 

1/807 Stafford Road, Everton Park

Will & Flow
Will & Flow
Will & Flow

Brisbane’s newest overwater bar finds its home just underneath the Treasury Casino, in the shape of Will & Flow. Whether you’re heading out for morning juice, coffee, lunch or for dinner and drinks, Will & Flow have you covered. With fresh seafood and woodfired pizza on the menu, this bar is an easy pleaser and a perfect way to spend an afternoon. 

59B Gardens Point Road, Brisbane City

Enzo Y Ollie
Enzo Y Ollie
Enzo Y Ollie

This bright new cantina is the newest addition to bustling Caxton street, serving up traditional Mexican eats that you know and love. In true Caxton Street style there’s plenty of entertainment on hand, with live music and the bigs games aired on wide screen televisions. If you visit on a Tuesday, you’ll be treated to $3 tacos and $5 beers - we challenge you to find a better deal in Brisbane! Then why not back it up on Wednesday night with trivia night, the perfect way to mix fun, food and a brain workout in all at once!

25 Caxton Street, Petrie Terrace

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