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. 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 daily selection of fresh seafood with patatas bravas.


Charmed, I’m sure. The Charming Squire boasts a big space, with huge flavours bursting from their bar and restaurant kitchens. Make sure you dig in to the handmade potato gnocchi with asparagus, peas, goat’s cheese and Blue Dog farm leaves and Hawkesbury Grimaud duck croquettes with celeriac, mulberry jam and pickles.


Nine nine! Brooklyn Depot are your friendly neighbourhood burger boys, known for their Brooklyn Classic and cheeky Chicky Babe. The yuge menu backs the likes of frickles, French dip sandwiches, pork belly thingies (we love a lazy name), and super shakes such as the Yo’ Mama with strawberry puree and Kit Kat shards. It’s safe to say that they’re making feasting great again.


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 poké 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 fried Fremantle octopus with chorizo, potato fondant, espelette and saffron mayonnaise, or the charred Mooloolaba swordfish with piperade, hollandaise foam, kale, and dehydrated olive.


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 rigatone with basil, rocket and pine nut pesto. Top things off with a pistachio tiramisu and your one and only, the humble negroni. Perfezionare!


Take a drive down Bourbon Street’s menu for a 10/10 time. Starting with brunch, you can stop over at French toast with orange liqueur or pulled pork po’boy with bbq sauce served in a freshly baked baguette. Pull up to dinner favourites including a New Orleans chicken stew, braised beef brisket and cajun blackened seasonal fish. 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.


Back up sips at Soleil Pool Bar with a gourmet Bacchus experience. The restaurant menu boasts excellence, like the kingfish sashimi with Japanese hongarebushi, apple, cucumber and celery dashi, and the chocolate semifreddo with gianduia and white coffee. Delicious side note: if you say please, you’ll be be treated to the chef’s private cheese selection from the trolley. Brie there, or brie square.


Stokebar is Stokehouse Q’s casual sister, offering sweeping riverside views, cheery cocktails and a cheeky revamped menu. Get your paws on an abalone, prawn and kimchi mayo slider or a BBQ spice scami tostada, and let a yuzu boogaloo or frosé cocktail be the cherry on top of a peachy day out.


Big house energy. Little Big House has a Queenslander’s worth of worthy eats, including life changing chicken parmy spring rolls (ya-huh), pulled pork nachos and juicy vegan burgers.


Better start eating, kid.

Words by Nicole Portacha and Elizabeth Markwell
- the gourmands who put the rest in restaurant.