The best restaurants in South Bank | Gourmand and Gourmet

The best restaurants in South Bank

Southbank Restaurants Brisbane

Take that money straight to the Bank.

Catching a movie? Catching your Tinder date catching a movie with someone else? Make it your business to eat at some of the best and brightest restaurants South Bank has to offer and everything will be right in the world yet again.


Prime riverfront views and flavour-packed share plates are the name of the game at Popolo. A perfect spot for your next date night or dinner with friends and fam, prepare to dig into slow-roasted Gippsland porchetta with hazelnut, onion and bread stuffing with a stone fruit compote while you work your way through the vast vino offerings.


First, we siesta, then we fiesta. Alongside jugs and jugs of sangria, Olé is serving up classic Spanish cuisine that’s made to share–with plenty of solo substantials for the Joey Tribbianis of the world. Menu standouts include three jam-packed paellas, and mariscada–a fresh selection of Aussie seafood with patatas bravas.


Dessert lovers, look here. Dentists, look away. This dessert and cocktail bar is devoted to sweet treats, with a hefty menu including waffles, crepes, dessert pizzas, pancakes, sundaes, and more. When we head to Cowch, we like to get cosy with a fishbowl-sized dessert cocktail and work our way through their dedicated Nutella menu. 


Beers, burgers, and frites. Fritzenberger does all three, and does them to perfection every time. Wrap your mouth around a Fritzen burger, buttermilk chicken burger or mushroom schnitzel burger, and always, always opt for the loaded frites. 


Charmed, I’m sure. The Charming Squire boasts a huge space with mega flavours bursting from their bar and restaurant kitchens. Make sure you try their epic James Squire beer-battered Atlantic cod and chunk chips, or the Longreach organic lamb, which is slow-cooked daily over the iron bark coal pit. 


The ultimate naughty-but-nice treat, Nodo donuts are the guilt free snack of our dreams. Grab a cheeky donut and coffee to go, or sit down and enjoy breaky or lunch at the cosy spot, with a menu full of gluten free and vegan options. Our pick of Nodo’s eats? The ice magic açaí bowl, complete with organic açaí, hose baked chocolate granola, house made ice magic, berries, and freeze dried cherry. 


Signed, sealed, delivered. This fine diner can be found in the luxe Emporium Hotel, ready to deliver a night to remember. Choose from two courses, three courses or the Signature experience–where you’ll be treated to six-courses of seasonal modern Australian cuisine. Oh, and that wine list is something to behold. 


Nine nine! The team at Brooklyn Depot are your friendly neighbourhood burger boys, known for their burgers, dawgs and loaded fries. The yuge menu backs the likes of Reuben hot dogs, French dip sandwiches, pork belly thingies (we love a lazy name), and burgers bigger than your head. 


Stick a chopstick in us, we’re done. Suki is sure to (poké) bowl you over with numerous variations of the healthy Hawaiian dish. Craft your own bowl with bits and pieces from a selection of protein and produce, or go for an Angry Bird or Suki Salmon. Suki to me, baby.


Oui can’t express just how delicious this contemporary French spot is. Take your inner gourmet to this riverfront spot and enjoy the ever-changing degustation menu, or try a la carte favourites like escargots de Bourgogne with baguette and confit garlic, and a bouillabaisse to die for. 


All the spaghetti, none of the regretti. Across a menu of traditional Italian fare, you’ll be spoilt for choice with everything from calamari fritti to gnocchi with gorgonzola and walnuts. Top things off with a tiramisu and your one and only, the humble Negroni. Perfezionare! 


Take a drive down Bourbon Street’s menu for a 10/10 time. The Louisiana Creole-style spot is as tasty as it is chic, rocking a menu of southern yummies. Kick things off with cornbread dipped in a rich mushroom sauce, before moving onto a hearty bowl of gumbo, followed by banana foster crêpes. Now that’s a road trip.


Let’s (Chica)go. Tippler’s Tap speaks to a soul that’s hungry for satisfaction, from their crisp craft beer to a Pacman and pinball machine. As for the menu, well, how does $2 Taco Tuesdays (with a $3 vegan option) and $25 Rib Wednesdays sound? You can also get down and dirty with a selection of burgers, hot dogs, Reuben sandwiches and an extensive vegan and vegetarian menu. Tap tf in.


Prost to a never-ending Oktoberfest! Munich Brauhaus keeps their eyes on the stein with pork knuckle, schnitzels, bratwurst, sauerkraut, and every other bite that German dreams are made of. Come for the food, stay for the strong party vibes.


Better start eating, kid.

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Words by Nicole Portacha and Elizabeth Markwell
- The gourmands who want it all.