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The Iconic Brisbane Restaurants You Should Check Out

Thursday, November 16th, 2017

One thing that you cannot take away from Brisbane city is its vibrant food industry. Over the years, the industry has seen tremendous growth with new entrants every year. But of interest to note is the small number of restaurants that have withstood the test of time to turn into icons in the industry. 

Brisbane’s Iconic Restaurants

As the saying goes, old is gold, and this holds particularly true to some restaurants in Brisbane. Even with freshly arrived competition, these restaurants have remained a force to reckon with in the industry. The main iconic Brisbane restaurants you should check:

E’cco Bistro

E’cco Bistro BrisbaneIf you’re looking for classic Brisbane restaurants, then e’cco Bistro is the perfect definition of classic. Located in the CBD, the restaurant serves both local and international customers. E’cco Bistro was opened in 1995 by the Philip Johnsons. Over the years the restaurant has grown to be one of the favorite dining scenes in the city. The quality of food and their service are two primary reasons why the restaurant has weathered numerous storms to gain the stature of an icon in the industry. With its vibrancy, we expect to see more of E’cco Bistro for years to come. Just check in, and you will be impressed by their menu.

Continental Café

Well, this is another classic restaurant that defines Brissy’s food scene. With almost two decades in operation, this place is at the top of our list of iconic eateries in Brisbane. The hotel is popular with both the locals and international customers due to its vast varieties of cuisine. It’s one of the few eateries where different nationals can enjoy their favourite delicacies in New Farm. If you haven’t been to Continental Café, then you should get a booking promptly and sample their recipes. The restaurant is best known for its thick beef sausage with mash potatoes amongst other delicacies.

Harveys Bar + Bistro

Harveys Bar and BistroLocated on James Street, New Farm, the restaurant has changed the face and identity of the section of Brisbane significantly. Opened by Matt and Kate Harvey, Harveys Bar and Bistro has successfully grown to be one of the reputable eateries in Brisbane. Currently, the restaurant is under the direction of Chef PJ McMillan who also couples up as the owner. His cooking features some of the best seasonal ingredients that most the Local restaurateurs can’t match up to. The restaurant is best known for its all-dining experience and fantastic local/exotic cuisines. Just check in and its menu will wow you.


Class and elegance are the best terms that define this award winning restaurant. It’s among the few restaurants in Brisbane that receive almost a constant high percentage of customers all year through the quality of both service and food. In fact, Urbane boasts of both local and international customers something that even the most established restaurants are struggling to find. The restaurant is renowned for its dining experience and magical cocktails. There is a bar for you to enjoy if you feel like sipping fine beer or whisky. The restaurant is located in the CBD.

Bar Alto

Well, if you haven’t been to Bar Alto, then check in and sample some of their delicacies. Try their goat ragu pappardelle or zucchini fritter, and you’ll have an idea as to why they’ve remained relevant in the industry for this long. Located in New Farm; Bar Alto is best known for its vast range of cuisines and their magical recipes that have kept them very competitive in the market. Customers also enjoy some of the finest wines and spirit brands both local and exotic from the deck. You will also enjoy the beautiful view of Brisbane River from the restaurant’s terraces.

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