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4 Northside Restaurants for a Great First Date

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Published November 15th 2020
You've summoned up your courage to ask out your crush - and they said yes! You might think the hard part is over, but it's only just begun. Now you have to figure out where to go.

A restaurant is a classic first date option for a reason. Food and good company - what more could you want? Whether you've got the cash to splash or are a little more frugal, you'll need somewhere with a cosy ambience and great good.

Don't worry. We've got you covered.


There's only one cheap entry on this list today because you only need one. Eat Street Markets is a Godsend for broke Brisbanites. With dozens of food options, there's something to fit every budget, and the ambience at these popular markets can't be beaten. For extra romance points, cruise over on the City Hopper, grab yourself something delicious and nab a spot by the river.


Can you call yourself a Brisbanite if you haven't taken someone/been taken to Summit Restaurant (aka the restaurant up at Mt Cootha)? There's possible no better view in all of Brisbane and its elevated position makes it cool even in the depths of summer. The menu items are a little pricier and when you add in drinks it can be a costly exercise, but well worth it to impress your date.

Check out our review here.

E'cco Restaurant is a fine-dining institution, with a celebrity chef and a string of awards. E'cco prefers simple dishes made perfectly with fresh, local ingredients. You can impress your date without breaking the bank by taking advantage of one of their prix fixe menus starting at $59.

Check out our review here.

If you're looking for more of an indie you-probably-haven't-heard-of-them dining vibe, try Gerard's Bistro in Fortitude Valley. An African and Middle Eastern-inspired affair, Gerard's isn't as well known as E'cco but it's just as much of a gastronomic event.

Our reviewer highly recommends the duck with spiced cauliflower and pomegranate.

If you're considering taking your date to a movie, be sure to check out our list of best first date cinemas on the northside and southside.

Otherwise, be sure to tell us your favourite first date restaurant in the comments below.
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