Alex Rennie, 03.03.2016

The Top 10 Romantic Restaurants in Brisbane for a Date

Queensland’s capital is awash with top-notch eateries. But when it comes to picking out the best romantic restaurants Brisbane has to offer, things can get a bit tricky. To help you circumnavigate the choice, we’ve pinned down 10 of our favourite establishments, meaning the only thing you have to worry about is what’s on the menu!

Romantic restaurants; Brisbane’s finest 

Wining and dining in Brissie isn’t hard – the city is quite literally crammed with eateries of great repute. Given the abundance, choosing a spot for a first date (or a second for that matter!) can be a bit tricky.  With that in mind, the ever-hungry EliteSingles' editorial team went on a quest to find the most romantic restaurants in Brisbane. Here are our picks!

Romantic Restaurants Brisbane: EliteSingles' Top 10

  • Malt1/10
  • Alchemy2/10
  • 3/10
  • 4/10
  • 5/10
  • 6/10
  • 7/10
  • 8/10
  • 9/10
  • Gerard's Birstro10/10
  • Romantic restaurant Brisbane #1 - Malt

    On top of being effortlessly romantic, this much-loved staple is easily one of Brisbane’s best restaurants Tucked away in a heritage-listed attic amongst the humdrum of the CBD, this subtle establishment encapsulates everything great about the dining heydays of aeons gone by. Owners Nick Pinn and Laurie Rogencamp have done a sublime job in giving Old Europe a contemporary Aussie twist. Everything from the streamlined service to the tantalising fare has a deliciously debonair feel to it.


    Photo: Visit Brisbane

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  • Romantic restaurant Brisbane #2 - Alchemy

    If you fancy a bit of finesse then Alchemy is the go-to spot. Everything about this sleek riverside eatery oozes sophistication. Once you’ve navigated the polished parquet floors and crisp white tablecloths, sit down to an uninterrupted panoramic view of Brissie’s iconic Story Bridge. The a la carte menu is an ode to Aussie cuisine at its best, though if you can’t decide on a dish the degustation menu is special too.


    Photo: Alchemy

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  • Romantic restaurant Brisbane #3 - e’cco bistro

    Oft lauded as a Brisbane landmark, Boundary Street’s e’cco bistro has been leading the fine dining pack ever since it opened its doors in 1995. Set in the historic environs of a former tea warehouse, the architecture’s bold character compliments the food to a tee. Award winning head chef Philip Johnson pools his experience to deliver a menu that’s a showcase of outright artistry and well-honed talent. In Johnson’s own words “we do as little as possible with the best ingredients available”. 


    Photo: e'ccoo bistro

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  • Romantic restaurant Brisbane #4 - George’s Paragon

    Few places exude the same quantities of Hellenic charm as this Greek eatery. More importantly, it also happens to serve some of the city’s finest seafood. Overlooking the Brisbane River, it’s a brilliant spot to sip a glass of crisp white wine and share a plate of oysters whilst mulling over what to pick from the extensive menu. From carefully cooked crustaceans to beautifully barbequed baby octopus, George’s has it covered.


    Photo: George’s Paragon    

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  • Romantic restaurant Brisbane #5 - Sono

    Not many Japanese restaurants compete with Sono when it comes to authenticity. With one location in the CBD and another out at Portside Wharf, it’s just a matter of choosing which suits you better. Though you can relax in a tranquil roof garden at the former, we’ve decided to plump for the latter based on its sweeping river views. Get the saké flowing and ponder whether you fancy a selection of a la carte sushi or a Wagyu beef Ishiyaki - DIY hotplate cooking that’s just right for sharing.


    Photo: Smudge Eats

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  • Romantic restaurant Brisbane #6 - Black Hide

    Calling all carnivores! Head here for a meaty fix like no other. Run by the same team behind fish-favourite Gambaro, Black Hide bagged a trio of Chef Hats over the few years, as well as Australia’s Best Steak Restaurant in 2016 and 2014. Simplicity and fresh produce are king at this standalone haunt; prime cuts of beef courtesy of Australia’s revered Stanbroke Beef breeders are cooked to utter perfection. If that wasn’t mouth-watering enough, the Wagyu fat roast potatoes should do the trick!


    Photo: Black Hide

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  • Romantic restaurant Brisbane #7 - 1889 Enoteca

    In Italian, ‘enoteca’ directly translates into ‘wine shop’. Great news then for budding bacchanalians. Indeed, this Gabba-facing stalwart is a veritable vinopolis; bottles of blushful Hippocrene adorn the walls like little tributes to Bonheur. Everything about this dazzling dining spot screams Rome, from the scintillating dishes to the almost poetic interior. Vera Cucina Romana – real Roman cooking - is emblazoned atop their special menu, and with dishes like lip-smacking Cacio E Pepe on offer, they’re not lying. Buon Appetito!


    Photo: The Urban List

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  • Romantic restaurant Brisbane #8 - Ploughman

    Admittedly, this inclusion is a bit of a wildcard. Nevertheless, it’s more than worthy of a spot in our top 10 Brisbane romantic restaurants owing to its effortless creativity. Named after an English culinary institution, this Alderley haunt serves up small batch beer paired with artisanal ploughman’s platters. With meats and cheeses on weekly rotation, it’s anything but monotonous. The star of the show has to be the homemade pickle veggies, a wonderfully tart accompaniment to a beer (or two!).


    Photo: Ploughman Bar

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  • Romantic restaurant Brisbane #9 - Tartufo

    Searching for a genuine ‘slice’ of Napoli but haven’t got the time to switch continents? No problem; Fortitude Valley’s Tartufo has your back! With decades of experience to boot, chef-cum-owner Tony Percuoco dishes up some of Brisbane’s most authentic Italian fare. We’re particularly partial to the Neapolitan pizzas which Percuoco and co. carefully craft in a wood fired oven. Tangy marinara sauce, outstanding toppings and the crispiest of crusts are three vital ingredients for a perfect pizza; Percuoco knows this, and his chefs execute it with aplomb.


    Photo: Must Do Brisbane    

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  • Romantic restaurant Brisbane #10 - Gerard’s Bistro

    Iconic, trendy and urbane are adjectives that fit snugly with this James Street establishment. Tiled walls, slatted ceilings and a 3D timber wall frame a chunky concrete bar with an almost gallery-esque élan. If the decor isn’t captivating enough, just wait until you savour the food. Based on a Maghreb-meets-Levantine mindset, head chef Ben Williamson curates a menu that’s both innovative and refreshing. Brilliant local produce gets a Middle Eastern makeover as flavours like ras el hanout and harissa are used to perfection.

    Photo: Gerard’s Bistro

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