They're back! These Brisbane venues are re-opening for dine-in | The Gourmand & Gourmet

They're back! These Brisbane venues are re-opening for dine-in

The day we've been dreaming of is set... May 15, 2020!

Real ceramic plates! A wine list with more than three options! Someone else to do the dishes! The day when Queensland venues can re-open for dine-in trade has been set for Friday, May 15, and we couldn’t be more excited. Read on for our (regularly updated) list of venues offering dine-in, and get booking!

Il Gancio and Il Verde | Nundah and King Street

The pizza and pasta you know and love is coming back from Saturday! Spots are sure to book out quickly, so keep an eye on the Il Gancio and Il Verde Facebook pages for more info on how to book (and have an Aperol for us, please!). 

Mr Chester | Fortitude Valley

Pair your pizza and wine with a perfectly chic setting from Saturday, with 10 lucky guests at a time getting to enjoy Mr Chester! There’s just a $5 deposit (dedicated from your bill) to book, which you can do here.

Paw Paw Cafe | Woolloongabba

She’s back and offering bookings for break, lunch and dinner! If you’ve been craving a cafe break (and coffee to match), Paw Paw’s fresh flavours and Insta-worthy plates are sure to hit the spot. Head here to make your booking.

Baja | Fortitude Valley

Settle in for a $70 tasting menu (or $110 with wine pairing) and taco into scallop tartare with habanero and blood plum, crab tostada, and pork jowl pastor tacos! DM Baja on socials or send them an email on to book your seat at this tasty table.

Proof BBQ and Booze | Windsor

Time to get meaty! The barbecue lords at Proof are offering 90-minute seatings from midday to 7:30 pm, starting from 3 pm this Saturday. Head to their OpenTable to book in for your carnivorous feast. 

Dickis | New Farm

Plant-based breaky-lovers, rejoice! Dickis is opening up the doors to diners-in on Saturday to ten diners at a time. Book in by calling or texting 0414 374 993 (and prepare to waffle!). 

Pie Town | West End

Sit down and devour that pie from Saturday! You can bring three friends, too, and work your way through several slices (we recommend) over your one-hour booking. Head to their website to get in touch.

The Smug Fig | Woolloongabba

Brunch, baby! The Smug Fig is serving up dine-in brunch till 11:30 daily from Monday, May 18, with one-hour seatings for those ordering food (not just drinks, for now). Head to their website for more info and to book!

Billykart | West End

Your favourite brunch is coming to you, on a plate! Billykart is offering one-hour brunch sittings on Saturday and Sunday only (at this stage) from 7:30 to 1:30, with an all-day menu of Billykart brunch classics available. Dinner is also on the cards on May 16, 21, 22, and 23 – email Billykart to enquire about both.

South Side Bistro | Sunnybank

You have 1.5 hours to enjoy your Shaoxing chicken wings on a puffle (because as if you’d order anything else) from Saturday! Give the team a call on 3172 5848 to book your slot for dining-in.

Les Bubbles | Fortitude Valley

Imagine this: a steak, but it’s cooked by someone else! The dream is a reality again at Les Bubbles, where you can get on those bottomless fries for lunch and dinner, seven days a week from Saturday! Head to their website to book in.

One Fish Two Fish | Kangaroo Point

You might have missed out on their Crab & Cray Cray special, but now you can book in for private dining! Gather a group of 5-10 and prepare to chow down on seafood delights (and plenty of rosé) in this fresh inner-city fave. Learn more and enquire here.

Golden Pig | Newstead

The Newstead institution is now offering a $75 banquet, available Wednesday-Sunday nights from Saturday, May 16. We’re talking scallops with miso butter and perilla, sweet and spicy Korean fried chicken with peanuts, Penang curry of beef cheek, and so much more! Head to their website to book and see the full menu.

Shady Palms | Stones Corner

A staple for southsiders, Shady Palms is popping up once again with their beer garden and front bar ready to host waves of 10 diners at a time between 11 am and 10 pm! Email them on, and prepare to chow down on a burger with an ACTUAL TAP BEER in hand.

Huskk | Grange

Brunch is coming! Huskk is welcoming diners-in from Saturday, but they’re not taking bookings so prepare to socially-distance queue (it’ll be worth it for the coffee in an actual cup and gingerbread pancakes, we promise). 

Morning After | West End

The kings of Brisbane breakfast are back, with their breaky carbonara in tow! You can make a booking on the hour, but you only have an hour to dig in! Make yours by calling 3844 0500.

Smoked Paprika | Paddington

Makers of stunning breakfasts and drooling mouths (sorry), Smoked Paprika is back and ready to spice up your Insta with stunning brunch plates!

Tetto Rooftop Bar | Everton Park

Spritzes await! Northsiders will be stoked to hear that this chic Italian escape is opening up again from Saturday. Book your return to dining-in at Tetto here.


Donna Chang | CBD

Gather the gang, and get to the Chang! Bookings for groups of up to 10 are now available to enjoy Donna Chang’s stunning private dining room (eating somewhere that’s NOT your couch, imagine!) and mod-Chinese cuisine. Get off Zoom and make plans with your pals by emailing Donna Chang to enquire.

Maeve | South Brisbane

After shutting their doors to weather the worst of COVID, Maeve is flinging them open again on Saturday, May 16 and Sunday, May 17 by offering four slots for 1.5-hour seatings from 4 pm (4-5:30, 5:30-7, 7-8:30, and 8:30-10), as well as accommodating walk-ins from midday as appropriate. The team’s been busy putting together four great-value set menus, as well, and we can’t wait to visit! Call up on 3846 7783 to book your spot.

Elska | Wilston

She only had a brief run before closures had to happen, but Elska is opening up again in style on Friday, May 15. Only seating 12 at the best of times, 10 guests will be treated to the Nordic-inspired degustation. Book in here (hurry!). 

Nota | Paddington

The cosy interiors and classic food and wine at Nota are calling! Starting this Saturday, you can dine in on Thursdays-Saturdays from 6 pm, with Fridays and Saturdays limited to two seatings: 6 pm-8 pm, or from 8:15 pm. To make sure it’s a feasible offering, there’s a $50 minimum spend (but that won’t be a problem when you see the menu!). Call the team on 3217 6116 to book.

1889 Enoteca | Woolloongabba

Treat yourself to an Italian holiday at Enoteca, where the pasta is perfect and the wine is flowing! You can enjoy gnocchi for dinner daily or lunch on Sundays – call 3392 4315 to order your two-hour slot today!

Rogue Bistro | Newstead

Does it get any better than feasting with the fam? From Saturday, Rogue is offering private dining bookings for groups of up to 10, with two set menu options (a six-course meal or share-style feast) that will ship you straight back to dining-in heaven! Browse the menu, conditions, and book in here. 

Deer Duck Bistro | Auchenflower

This stunning dining room’s been waiting for you! While they’re continuing to offer their takeaway option, the team has also devised a new short-course dego menu, which can be enjoyed by groups of up to 10 from Saturday! Give them a call on 3870 8482 to book in.

C’est Bon Restaurant and Bar | Woolloongabba

So Frenchy, so dine-in. 10 lucky diners at a time can enjoy this Gabba gem from Saturday, but their takeaway menu featuring the likes of duck parfait with sourdough waffles and roast chestnut semolina gnocchi will continue to be available too (delivered to you in a Peugeot, no less…). Head to their website to book your return to dining in.

La Lune Wine Co | South Brisbane

We’ve been longing to lounge in a moody dining room with a glass of quality wine in hand, and La Lune is bringing that longing to life! As always, they’re going to be offering a great-value tasting menu for just $60, with optional matched wines for $50 extra (it’s been a long isolation, as if you wouldn’t!). Give them a call on 3255 0010 or email to chat about bookings.

Mosconi | Fortitude Valley

This stunning (just-off) James Street diner is opening up for private dining experiences, and we can’t imagine a better spot to gather a group of nine friends! Stay tuned to their Insta for availability details and how to book in.

City Winery | Fortitude Valley

Known for cooking uniquely delicious dishes over fire, City Winery is offering Fireside experiences for 10 diners every Friday and Saturday night, matching fab food with their great selection if vino. You can book by calling the winery on 3854 1392⁠.


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