10 restaurants to try on a Monday night in Brisbane

10 restaurants to try on a Monday night in Brisbane

Because in case you didn't know, Monday is the new Saturday.

If you’ve ever struggled to make dinner plans on a Monday night in Brisbane, you’re not alone. Thankfully there are a select few that ARE open on Mondays, so we’ve put together this handy list guaranteed to take care of all your Monday bookings from here on out.

Because, we should be able to dine out every night, right?

Southside | Fish Lane, South Brisbane 

An urban oasis nestled within the greenery of Fish Lane, Southside restaurant is well known for serving up punchy south-east asian flavours. Whether you’re craving a tangy BBQ pork steamed bun, a refreshing papaya salad, spicy duck ragu noodles just to name a few, Southside has got you covered . For a flavour kick to shake up your start of the week, look no further. 

Hot tip: Get cocktails from Southside’s Kiki bar beforehand and start your night right.

Marinara Ristorante | Clayfield 

Take a step into the romantic streets of Italy… in Clayfield. With authentic ambience and flavours, your Monday night will be transformed into a European holiday. Chow down on stone baked pizzas, hearty home cooked pastas, salads, seafood and scaloppine galore!

Hot tip: Ordering dessert is a must! 

Honto | Fortitude Valley 

A dark and moody atmosphere to mimic Mondays emotions… but a whole plethora of mouth watering meals sure to make you smile. With lots of small plates designed for sharing as well as bigger meals, get the gang together and start your week right with bite size chicken karaage burgers, lobster katsu sando, mushroom udon noodles and a rotating daily sashimi selection!

Hot tip: Complement your meal with their Bud’s margarita. 

Gusto Da Gianni | Portside Wharf, Hamilton 

Italian food and Italian wine along Brisbane’s own riviera. Now, if this isn’t a recipe for an indulgent Monday night I don’t know what is. At Gusto Da Gianni you’ll find all your favourite Italian dishes, with a modern twist. From a wide range of gourmet pizzas, pastas and antipasti, you can also treat yourself to delicacies including porchetta and petto di anatra (duck breast, braised fennel with caramelised honey, apple and orange sauce). Yum!

Hot tip: you must try a desert – especially the profiteroles or the limoncello cheesecake!

Tuk Tuk Restaurant and Bar | Milton 

Tuk-ed away in Milton, Tuk Tuk is arguably one of Brisbane’s best Thai restaurants, and when you dine there it’s not hard to see why. With all the Thai classics you love; pad Thai, spring rolls, green curries and more, the quality of food is exceptional. 

Sip your Monday blues away in their serene garden bar and munch on modern authentic bar snacks, or opt for their banquet menu and feast like a king. 

Hot tip: their amazing lunch menu deals are an absolute steal!

Cru Bar & Cellar | James Street, Fortitude Valley 

Make the most of Brisbane’s beautiful weather with a glass in hand at Cru Bar’s open plan restaurant for the ultimate al fresco dining experience. Cru Bar’s cellar holds over 2000 wines with over 450 by the glass and boasts a menu consisting of tiger prawn spaghetti, grilled spatchcock and spring vegetable risotto, designed by award winning chef Richard Ousby. A perfect mix of top quality tipples and delectable dishes.

Hot tip: buy your bottle from the cellar to drink at the restaurant!

Greca | Howard Smith Wharves, Fortitude Valley 

A contemporary Greek taverna along the spectacular waterfront, powered by Mediterranean hospitality and a sharing menu inspired by the cultural joy of eating together, Greca is a dining mecca in every sense of the word! Share all your favourite dips and traditional mezedes, and fill your tum with larger plates including moussaka, charcoal chicken souvlaki and their famous slow-cooked lamb shoulder. 

Hot tip: round up as many people as you can so you can try as much as possible.

Il Verde | King Street, Bowen Hills 

With a menu created from traditional Italian techniques and combined with fresh modern flavours and local ingredients, Il Verde on King Street is a must-visit on a Monday night. Or any night for that matter! 

Featuring rossa and bianca wood fired pizzas, hearty pastas including a portobello mushroom, as well as creamy truffle gnocchi and wild caught prawn spaghetti, Il Verde’s menu is perfect for people of all ages. 

You’ll also find local and international wines on offer along with a selection of sensational desserts (including a nutella calzone)!

Hot tip: Check out the specials and ask the team for their recommendations. 

Regatta Hotel | Toowong 

Where better to spend Monday night than one of Brisbane’s most iconic venues? With a multitude of different menus, gaming rooms and gardens you are sure to find your perfect Monday evening pozi. 

Choose between the The Boatshed Restaurant (think aged steaks, fine wine or something lighter), The Courtyard (delectable bites and woodfired pizzas), River Road Cafe (breakfast-lunch-dinner by the water…yes please), and a collection of bars: Main Bar, The Walrus Club, Merle’s Bar and The Whisky Club. 

Hot tip: sip on a cocktail and dance to live music in the underground-speakeasy-style Walrus Club.

Beirut Bazaar | West Village, West End

Tucked in the base of the heritage-listed Peter’s ice cream factory, Beirut Bazaar is a hidden gem in the West Village precinct. The traditional menu features an abundance of hot and cold mezzes, including fried halloumi strips and vine leaves, shawarma meats (slow roasted on a spit), and signature dishes including Beirut Bazaar Specialty Chicken (fried Lebanese spice-coated chicken) with coleslaw and chips. 

They even have platters for two or four so gather ye round and head to West Village.  

Hot tip: go to Anita Gelato for dessert.


Happy Monday!


Please keep in mind that some of these businesses mentioned above may have been impacted by Southeast Queensland’s February floods. Visit their social media to find out how you can help them through this difficult time.  

Words by Priya Shah
- The gourmand making her Monday night booking right now.