Brisbane’s Riverfront Dining
BRISBANE’S EAGLE STREET is a culinary hot spot with its unrivalled view of the Story Bridge and Brisbane River and a selection of dining options to match. This wide stretch of water backing on to the tall cliffs of Kangaroo Point is glorious by day, but by night the whole area twinkles with lights dominated by the colourfully lit Story Bridge, which changes its hue to suit the occasion.
Looking for a quick coffee or just a light meal? There’s plenty of choice in Eagle Street Pier at 45 Eagle Street. Discover simple, honest food at casual eatery Jude Kitchen & Bar, fast and healthy flame-grilled burgers from Grill’d or soft and hard tacos, burritos and nachos at Mexican taqueria Guzman Y Gomez.
For a post-work drink with friends or a night out on the town, try the stylish yet intimate cocktail bar Mr & Mrs G Riverbar. Named after its owners, veteran restaurateurs Andy and Marcia Georges, it is right on the river bank and adjacent to the couple’s much loved Il Centro Restaurant, home of the legendary Sand Crab lasagne.
Spreading the fun of Bavarian bier and culture around the globe, the Bavarian Bier Café’s wide balcony on the second level of Eagle Street Pier is a great spot for business lunches, after work drinks or a relaxing dinner. There’s an impressive range of imported beers at the Bavarian Bier Café, which also offers a good selection of schnapps and wine. They are famous for their schnitzel but also have lighter options.
Pony has an uncomplicated approach to modern Australian food with a flavour-driven menu and an array of shared plates and woodfired dishes. Saké Restaurant & Bar serves up contemporary Japanese cuisine with a distinct local flavour and has an exclusive range of premium sakés imported directly from Japan. Try the Otsumami menu, which features small bites that are perfectly matched with delicious saké and shochu cocktails.
A little further down the river at 71 Eagle Street, Riparian Plaza’s open promenade and plaza area features some of Brisbane City’s most popular waterside dining experiences, including Kingsleys Steak and Crabhouse, Riverbar & Kitchen and modern Asian delicacies at Madame Wu.
The Riverside Quarter at 123 Eagle Street is home to Jellyfish, Friday’s, Baba Ganouj, Pig ’N’ Whistle, Groove Train, Blackbird Bar & Grill and Navala Churrascaria.
Friday’s on Eagle Street facing the river, boasts a large outdoor river front terrace fronting a huge island bar and is a popular spot late in the evening until the early morning.
The Waterline Restaurant has an extensive wine list and offers modern Australian cuisine. The Terrace Grill is open for lunch and dinner, with plump juicy char grilled steaks, seafood and innovative modern Australian cuisine.
Closer to the Story Bridge, Customs House, with its grand colonnades, portico, and coppersheathed dome, is a fine example of Victorian Free Classical style architecture. It is open for both lunch and dinner, with Customs House Restaurant’s expansive river views. They are especially appropriate for a leisurely Sunday breakfast available on the riverside terrace from 9am.
Further afield in Toowong, the Regatta Hotel is known as the Grand Lady of the Brisbane River. Established in 1874, it has survived fire and flood and now boasts the Boatshed Restaurant, the Street Café, the Main Bar and the Courtyard. Executive chef Daniel Fleming has designed menus, which provide an innovative, broad range of dishes using fresh, seasonal produce.
The choices are many but the river links them all, its banks winding through the city creating vistas to delight diners both night and day.