Valentine's Day 2020: Brisbane's best foodie specials and ev | Gourmand and Gourmet

The ultimate date ideas for Valentine's Day in Brisbane

Valentine's Day in Brisbane

Valentine's Day: Friday, February 14, 2020

Everybody knows the way to the heart is through the tum.

On the day completely devoted to love and all the soppy stuff that goes with it, show that special someone just how much they mean to you by feasting at some of Brisbane’s best eateries. If they’re really the one, they’ll love every part of you – food baby and all. 


Sofitel Brisbane Central is certainly feeling the love this Valentine’s Day with a range of elegant dining options. Stuff yourself silly with bae at Thyme2,  featuring a full seafood buffet, baked lobster served to your table, a bottle of Moet and Chandon, and a decadent pink chocolate fountain from $189 – read more and book in here! 

For a more intimate experience, Privé249 is serving up a three-course dinner with a bottle of Bollinger from $194pp, with dishes like shared seafood platters, pan-seared duck breast, and a dark chocolate and sea salt brûlée. Otherwise, if you’re feeling particularly classy, indulge in gourmet French pastries, scones, sandwiches, and plenty of Bollinger champagne at the St Valentine’s High Tea, available February 10-16 – did someone say Galentine’s? 

Treasury Brisbane | CBD

Get lucky at Treasury Brisbane this Valentine’s Day with a range of romantic options that are a guaranteed safe bet! Settle in to the timeless surrounds of The Lab for a three-course menu and glass of Moët on arrival for $110pp. Take your choice from four entree and four main options including scallops with chorizo gremolata, celeriac, and lemon gel, and sundried tomato and camembert-stuffed chicken breast with broccoli, broad beans, snowpea tendrils, and jus, and a shared cheese or dessert platter to finish! Bookings for dinner at The Lab can be made here.

Going a la carte? The plush surroundings of Black Hide by Gambaro will see you cosy up with one of Brisbane’s most extensive wine lists, with a range of Aussie wagyu and Angus steaks, local seafood, and luxe desserts sure to see you leave with a full belly (and a full heart, of course). Book V-Day at Black Hide by Gambaro here.

Shhh! | Fortitude Valley

Shhh! is set to dim the lights on Valentine’s day and set a romantic tone for your evening. Start your night with either a gin cocktail or a glass of champagne in hand, and work your way through a three-course menu of tempting dishes such as seared scallops with sweet corn purée, wasabi and red shiso, followed by wagyu rib fillet with a walnut crumb, sage butter and candied pumpkin, and a shared dessert. Find out more here, and call 07 3252 9833 to secure your table now for $75 per person.

Portside Wharf | Hamilton

Spoil your better half this Valentine’s Day with the plethora of events on offer at this premium riverside precinct! Whether it’s a six-course teppanyaki package at Sono Japanese, a three-course meal featuring twice-cooked crispy skin duck breast at Mr & Mrs Jones, or the three-course dinner including fresh oysters at Belvedere Bar n Grill, foodies will be in heaven come Friday the 14th!

If it’s wine that tickles your fancy, the three-course Mediterranean feast with matched wines at Byblos Bar (pictured below) or four-course Italian affair at Gusto da Gianni (with a personalised bottle of prosecco available – cute!) are sure to catch your eye. Keeping it casual (or, um, flying solo)? Grab a limited edition vanilla caramel brownie-flavoured choc top at Dendy before cosying up in the cinema!

There’ll be roving musicians throughout Portside Wharf to really set the mood, so check out the website for more info and to book!


We refuse to believe there is a date night more perfect than putt putt and wood-fired pizzas, so it’s lucky Victoria Park are masters of the perfect casual-but-cute date night! Book in to putt the night away (and grow closer through some healthy competition), before spending some quality time over Victoria Park Bistro’s delicious summer menu! We’re talking carbonara pizza, grilled prawns with Asian slaw, and the warm dark chocolate brownie with frosted macadamias and raspberry sorbet. Book in and see more here.

Progressive Ginner | CBD

Take to the streets and mix it up this Valentine’s Day with a botanical take on the classic progressive dinner! Hosted by Brisbane Gin, your Valentine’s Day stroll will see you stop and sip at Madame Wu, Public Restaurant and Bar, and W Hotel, with cocktails, canapés and desserts to enjoy at each loved-up location. A gift bag with a 200mL Brisbane Gin bottle and cocktail book will help you keep the romance rolling at home, too! Tickets to Brisbane Gin’s Valentine’s Day Progressive Ginner are $90 and available here.


Did somebody say gourmet? For a particularly impressive Friday date night, dig into the classy fare on offer at Rydges’ Bacchus restaurant. The carefully curated Valentine’s Day tasting menu is headlined by some exciting hors d’oeuvres followed by three savoury courses, and finished off with a passionfruit, mascarpone, caramel and yuzu dessert! Bacchus’ Valentine’s menu is $169pp (with optional wine pairing for an additional $60), and can be booked here. 


Their VIP veranda package may be booked out, but down in The Boatshed, bookings are available for their usual delicious fare, and a special shared Valentine’s Day dessert – the chocolate pot – consisting of Lindt dark chocolate with coconut foam, raspberries and pistachio. See The Boatshed menu and book in here, baes! 

Cloudland | Fortitude Valley

You’re going to love this! Cloudland has Valentine’s flavours available throughout the big day, with a three-course Italian-style menu and glass of sparkling on arrival available in the restaurant for just $59 across three sittings (12:30-3pm, 6pm-8pm, or 8:30pm-10:30pm). Enjoy shared antipasto to begin with your choice of main from five pasta dishes or ten pizzas, and a shared affogato for dessert! Now that’s amore… Book your loved-up Italian feast here.

If you’re planning on making a big bang with Valentine’s this year, opt for the Big Band Cabaret dinner and show, which will feature The Franky Smart Big Band bringing the tunes, and a show-stopping burlesque performance by Jacqueline Furey and her ensemble. It isn’t just a feast for the eyes, with a three-course dinner featuring dishes like apple cider-braised pork cheeks with creamy mashed potato, seasonal greens and spiced apple jus, barramundi with chat potatoes, fennel purée and salsa verde, and peach and blueberry panna cotta on offer to sweeten the deal! Your ticket includes a three-hour drinks package offering sparkling, wines, beers so you can make the most of your Friday night date! See the menu and book in here.

All you need is love. And food. 


Keeping the G&G up to date with tasty tidbits requires a lot of lattes (and espresso martinis), so we occasionally need to give out some sponsored love. Rest assured that we only work with businesses that we think you’ll love.

Words by Elizabeth Markwell
- the gourmet with love on the brain and food on the fork.