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Best Brisbane CBD Restaurants - Uncover the Top Dinning Hubs in Brisbane's Central Business District

Tipped to be one of Australia's culinary heartlands Brisbane is home to some of the best restaurants down under. From trendy bistros to fine dining hubs, here are the city's top CBD eateries.


Alchemy Restaurant & Bar

Visitors in search of an authentic Australian dinning hub will be more than pleased with the delectable menu items at the Alchemy Restaurant & Bar. Occupying pride of place on the Brisbane River the restaurant is one of the most picturesquely situated diners in the city with views of the city and the Story Bridge serving as a romantic backdrop. Managed by the expert hands of Chef Brad Jolly the restaurant displays the style and innovations of one of the most coveted chefs Down Under. Serving Australian favourites with a touch of French flair the Alchemy Restaurant & Bar is located close to Middlemount hotels including the iStay River City.



Ranked as one of the Brisbane business district's finer restaurants, Public is anything but a dining hub for the masses. With an air of panache the impeccably decorated restaurant with towering glass interiors brings together elements of the past and present with its menu as well as its decor. Reminiscent of a secret loft eatery in New York City some of the venue's top highlights include the sous-vide kingfish while the restaurant's extensive wine list is nothing to scoff at either.


Il Centro

As one of the Brisbane CBD's more discrete restaurant favourites Il Centro has all the makings of a longstanding dinning institution. Unpretentious and unassuming the eatery's most valuable asset is its delectable culinary offerings. Cosy and comfortable the regular dining haunt of many locals is also renowned for its solid service record. With chef Catherine Anders at the helm the venue is the best place in Brisbane to sample exquisite Italian style dishes. The wine list is matched with dishes by Shawn Gomes the resident sommelier at Il Centro. Created using fresh ingredients and robust flavours a single visit to this restaurant will not suffice if reputations are to be believed.



Revered as the first restaurant in Brisbane to earn three chef's hats Esquire is no run of the mill restaurant in the city let alone Queensland. As a eatery that ticks all the boxes this futuristic dining hub is run by the ever inventive chef Ryan Squire who takes culinary art to a new realm with his approach to fine dining. A favourite haunt for corporate in the CBD the degustation menu is the star of Esquire once the sun goes down. Whether its seafood platters or local favourites the diner goes all out and leaves regular customers coming back for more. Desserts include goat's milk popsicles at this restaurant in the shadow of Queen Street Wharf.


Restaurant Two

As the renowned second restaurant of celebrity chef David Pugh Restaurant Two is an award winning addition to Brisbane's already thriving fine dining scene. Using locally sourced produce Restaurant Two's innovative menu includes plenty of surprises as well as beloved staples prepared to perfection. With a decidedly chic and sophisticated ambience the top notch diner also provides one of the most seamless dinning encounters in the city thanks to its diligent staff.


Pony Dining

Occupying pride of place along the waterfront on the Eagle Street Pier Pony Dining is the place to beat when it comes to the finest modern Australian restaurants in town. Famed for its exposed coal pit and open kitchen this Damian Heads lead eatery provides hearty and memorable meals with an honesty that is hard to fault.