All About Ro­mance

Ev­ery­one’s thoughts turn to love this month as we round up the city’s most ro­man­tic din­ing spots. By Kerry Heaney

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THIS VALEN­TINE’S DAY, 14 Fe­bru­ary, adore your spe­cial some­one with a din­ner with fine food, fine wine and dé­cor to match, and send all the sig­nals that this is def­i­nitely an oc­ca­sion to cel­e­brate. For the per­fect din­ner, se­lect a restau­rant with at­mos­phere created by dreamy low-lit light­ing, soft mu­sic, cosy seat­ing and an awein­spir­ing view. Here are 13 Bris­bane din­ing des­ti­na­tions where you’ll find re­la­tion­ship strengthening ro­man­tic din­ing any time of the year.

Lib­er­tine Restau­rant & Cocktail Bar, The Bar­racks

Close to the CBD on Petrie Ter­race, Lib­er­tine’s dra­matic dé­cor topped with chan­de­liers is the per­fect set­ting for a ro­man­tic din­ner. The menu is spiked with in­no­va­tive FrenchViet­namese dishes and fin­ishes with lus­cious desserts.

Aria Restau­rant, Ea­gle Street Pier

Ex­pect an in­ti­mate din­ing experience at Aria with views of the Bris­bane River and the Story Bridge as a back­drop. Choose from the award-win­ning drinks list and en­joy a glass of wine while you dine on a menu de­vised by Matt Mo­ran.

Stoke­house Q, South Bank

Po­si­tioned right on the edge of the Bris­bane River in the River Quay precinct, award-win­ning Stoke­house of­fers mod­ern Aus­tralian cui­sine with a twist. En­joy a pre-din­ner drink at Stoke Bar be­fore your fine din­ing experience.

Ur­bane Restau­rant, CBD

Em­bark on a food dis­cov­ery jour­ney at this multi award-win­ning restau­rant with a highly evolved menu fo­cus­ing on Queens­land’s sea­sonal pro­duce at the highly awarded Ur­bane. The de­gus­ta­tion menus are avail­able in five or seven cour­ses for both her­bi­vore and om­ni­vore tastes.

Bac­chus, South Bank

With an op­u­lent pool­side set­ting, Bac­chus serves up mod­ern Aus­tralian dishes with flair in a lux­u­ri­ous din­ing room.

Deer Duck Bistro, Auchen­flower

Mood­ily lit with eclec­tic dé­cor, Deer Duck’s menu is filled with mod­ern Euro­pean style dishes in a de­gus­ta­tion experience.

Madame Rouge Bar + Bistro, For­ti­tude Val­ley

En­joy clas­sic French food in an at­mo­spheric set­ting where se­cluded booths and lilt­ing French songs will whisk you away on a Parisian ad­ven­ture.

Sum­mit Restau­rant & Bar, Mt Coot-tha

The con­tem­po­rary Aus­tralian menu at The Sum­mit makes the most of Queens­land’s sea­sonal de­lights, and the view over the spread of Bris­bane from the CBD to the bay is mem­o­rable.

Black­bird Bar and Grill

Start your night here with a drink at the 1920s-style bar on the out­door ter­race. Inside you’ll con­tinue to en­joy views of the Bris­bane River and Kan­ga­roo Point Cliffs with fine din­ing and some ex­cep­tional steaks from the grill.

Otto Ris­torante, CBD

Ex­pect the flavours of Italy at Otto with light dishes for Bris­bane’s warm cli­mate and an en­vi­able view of the Bris­bane River and Story Bridge.

Thom­son’s Re­serve Restau­rant, Spring Hill

Tucked inside the old-world charm of The New In­cholm Ho­tel & Suites on Wick­ham Ter­race, award-win­ning Thom­son’s of­fers both à la carte and a five-course tast­ing menu. Start with a pre-din­ner drink at the So­cialites Bar.

Giar­dinetto Ital­ian, For­ti­tude Val­ley

For over 50 years Giar­dinetto has been dish­ing out hearty Ital­ian fare in the heart of Brunswick Street. This busy bistro with its gar­den court­yard is a real blast from the past for long-stand­ing Bris­bane din­ers.

Alchemy Restau­rant & Bar, CBD

Dine on the wa­ter­front with the twin­kling lights of Bris­bane’s Story Bridge as a stun­ning out­look. The re­laxed el­e­gance of Alchemy matches its mod­ern Aus­tralian menu.

Aria Restau­rant. Photo: © 2017 Rey­ment Pho­to­graph­ics.

Views from Sum­mit Restau­rant & Bar, Mt Coot-tha .

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