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
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.