5 Places to Enjoy a Meal on Brisbane’s Best Riverside Real Estate

Being the ‘River City’ makes the Brisbane River an essential visit during your stay in Brisbane, and there is no better way than catching a fresh river breeze accompanied by a fantastic meal at a riverside restaurant.

The Brisbane riverside is the perfect place to wind down after a balmy day in laid back elegance. So take your pick, indulge in one of Brisbane’s best culinary offerings, set on Brisbane’s best riverside real estate:


Being a multi award winning restaurant with two coveted chefs hats, most visitors to Aria come for its famed fine dining experience, but the views certainly provide the perfect match to this. Aria provides the quintessential Brisbane dining experience, owned by one of the most recognised names in food: Matt Moran. Aria has a reputation for uncompromising quality and the ever changing menu features a broad range of mouth watering selections. Also featuring an award winning wine list, Aria is a culinary experience not to be missed.

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Black Bird Bar and Grill

Also set on the Eagle Pier precinct is Black Bird Bar and Grill. Elevated on a higher level, Black Bird presents fantastic panoramic views of the Story Bridge and Kangaroo point. The menu is contemporary with beef from their Inferno Wood Fired Grill and fresh seafood featuring prominently. The Great Gatsby inspired cocktail menu is designed to match the 20s elegance of Black Bird’s opulent settings and it is highly recommended you try one from one of their two stunning bars.

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For a different view of the river, head across to the River Quay dining precinct at Southbank where you can get a seat right up near the waters edge for some unparallel views of the Brisbane CBD. Popolo’s philosophy is ‘Food is the link that brings family and friends together’ and the dining concept certainly reflects that. Popolo’s is all about shared dining in the traditional Italian way, which range from smaller offerings through to pizzas and larger meals. Their most famed dish is the Kingaroy suckling pig served with spiced apple peach compote and anchovy sauce which is a must-try!

All the front tables at Popolo have chairs facing outwards so you can really soak in all the fantastic views. There are also blankets available if you are feeling chilly from the fresh river breeze.

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Mr and Mrs G’s Riverbar

Boasting postcard Brisbane River views, Mr and Mrs G Riverbar’s owners have been in the Brisbane Restaurant scene for many years. They have an impressive cocktail and drinks menu and the laid back loungers are the perfect place to relax with uninterrupted views of the Story Bridge. There is also a special menu featuring many tapas and shared plates so you can savour the views for dinner too.

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Exceptional food and a dazzling view of the Brisbane River sums up any dining experience at Alchemy. Once a hidden gem of Brisbane, Alchemy has gained traction for its unique approach to using liquid nitrogen throughout it’s imaginative menu, perfectly accompanied by iconic bottles on the wine list, including vintage champagnes. With the Story Bridge lit up and the river shimmering below, Alchemy provides an exquisite dining experience that melds into an inviting atmosphere. Try its famous dessert; “liquid nitrogen gastronomic nibbles” which will have you finishing the night in a puff of smoke.

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By Stuart Stratton at 16 Dec 2014, 10:24 AM