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Where are the Best Fine Dining Restaurants in Brisbane?

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Published February 21st 2017
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Romantic dinner (by Bacchus)


For a truly special evening, whether it's a romantic proposal, wedding anniversary or birthday celebration, the best fine dining restaurants in Brisbane are the perfect setting. With your credit card limit increased and your appetite rising after a light breakfast and lunch, delight the senses at these top 5 classy restaurants in Brisbane.

Aria Brisbane - Waterfront Place, Eagle Street Pier, Brisbane - (07) 3233 2555
The sunnier sister to the Aria beside the Sydney Opera House, Matt Moran's Aria Brisbane retains the same high quality with a local and seasonal emphasis. The gift box of macarons is also a nice touch to end the evening.

The 7-course tasting menu ($175, $255 with matching wines), designed for sharing, is seasonal. The summer edition features king salmon, goat curd, chicken with silken tofu, grilled octopus, pork cheek with avocado, roast rack of lamb with sweetbreads, finished with strawberry and shortbread, coffee and petit fours.

Aria Brisbane is open for lunch weekdays 12pm - 2.30pm and dinner 5.30pm - 9.30pm. On the weekend, dinner is available from 5pm - 10pm on Sat and 5.30pm - 9.30pm on Sun.


Stokehouse Q - Sidon Street, South Bank - (07) 3020 0600
Stokehouse Q is shaped to hug the water, giving each diner uninterrupted riverside and cityscape views. Once you've been gently coaxed back to the menu, you'll find a delicate balance of flavours, delightfully plated. Particularly lucky children will also enjoy lunch or dinner at Stokehouse Q, with service staff familiar with youthful palates.

For starters, choose the sand crab risotto with shellfish butter, fennel and desert lime dressing ($32) or the kangaroo carpaccio with rye fried onion, chermoula and radish ($26).

For main course, the jamon wrapped chicken with fresh peach, young almond, ironbark honey and native spice ($39) or the market fish with sweet corn emulsion, pickled cucumber and fermented chilli dressing ($42) are highlights.

For dessert, there are berry, mango, banana and coconut-inspired dishes but top choice is the Bombe - frozen white chocolate parfait with strawberries and toasted meringue ($21).

Stokehouse Q is open for lunch and dinner from 12pm - 11pm 7 days a week.

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Shellfish platter (by Customs House Restaurant)


Sono Japanese Restaurant - Portside Wharf, 39 Hercules St, Hamilton - (07) 3268 6655
Sono is the ideal introduction to Japanese cuisine for the uninitiated. The voyage into Japanese culture begins with the efficient and polite servers in a serene atmosphere.

Overwhelmed by the 20-page menu, filled with colourful delights? Choose the Tasting Course for $88, 6 courses beginning with an appetiser platter of fresh oysters, soft shell crab and seared wagyu.

Continued with tuna, salmon and snapper sashimi, crab croquettes and scampi spring rolls, tempura prawn, salmon belly and cucumber sushi rolls.

For main course, choose from wagyu striploin steak with garlic soy jus, duck breast with teriyaki orange sauce or barramundi with garlic and lemon soy.

Dessert is a selection of the chef's finest, including profiterole swans and a kanmi platter (traditional Japanese treats - plum wine sorbet and red bean sponge cake).

Sono also has a second restaurant in Tattersalls, cnr Edward & Queen Sts, Brisbane.

Sono is open Tue - Sun for dinner 6pm - 9.30pm, closing at 10pm on Fri and Sat and closed on Monday.


There are dozens of restaurants serving great meals but it's exciting to plunge into culinary exploits for an evening. With careful pairing of food and wine to tantalise the palate, switch off the smartphone to fully focus on the Bacchus speciality - the 7 course degustation ($149, $199 with paired wines).

Begin with beetroot and goat's curd, then kingfish with grilled corn, risotto with curd and herbs, chicken breast with croquettes and tarragon jus or veal with cardmon and fungi, cheese with raisin and pair chutney, parfait with strawberry, peach and lemon before finish with petit fours, "small oven" bite-sized confectionery.

Bacchus is open for dinner Tue - Sat 5.30pm - 10pm.

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Delightful dessert (by Stokehouse Q)


Customs House Restaurant - 399 Queen St, Brisbane - (07) 3365 8921
Arrive for dinner, where the orange glow of sunset across spectacular views of the Brisbane River and Story Bridge creates a romantic atmosphere for your evening at Customs House. Welcomed by attentive service staff, you'll enjoy the champagne before focusing on the seafood selections in the menu.

For entrée, share a shellfish platter of Coffin Bay oysters, Mooloolaba prawns, Moreton Bay bug and Ocean trout tartare ($40) before your mains of Cone Bay barramundi, cream corn, sautéed snow pea tendrils, crispy potato or Pan seared snapper, warm broadbean, baked ricotta and pancetta salad, mint and preserved lemon vinaigrette ($43 each).

For dessert, there are premium cheeses from France, Spain and Switzerland but everyone should experience the Valrhona chocolate soufflé with blood orange ice cream and chocolate sauce ($18) at least once.

The Customs House Restaurant is open for lunch Mon - Sun 12pm - 4pm, dinner Tue - Sat from 6pm till late and Sunday Breakfast from 9am.


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