Love Is In The Air At These 19 Dreamy Date Night Restaurants

Table for two


By Astrid Taemets | 3rd June 2022

Love is a many splendored thing, and nothing brings two people closer together than a shared love of food. 

Whether it’s a casual bite, drinks accompanied by nibbles, or something more grandeur, a mutual passion for flavours can ignite flames outside of the kitchen. A man’s stomach, after all, is the way to his heart. 

From cheap and cheerful to experimental and unexpected, the next time you’re planning a night out with the one you adore don’t stumble – just reach for this list! We’ve rounded up 18 date night-approved restaurants in Brisbane to get your heart’s racing.

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Mosconi

Fortitude Valley

A real hidden treasure worth seeking out, Mosconi is a chic two-level European wine bar and restaurant tucked around the corner off James St. Meet your date at the door, and spend countless hours talking over exquisite food and buttery wine amongst its moody and gorgeous setting. With a small handful of tables placed on the footpath outside the restaurant, those lucky enough to secure one will feel as though they’ve been whisked away to the City of Love, though a table inside is all the more cosy and intimate. With small plates of mixed olives, Pacific oysters with lime caviar, and scallops, to heartier meals like the linguini with Mooloolaba prawn, fermented chilli, zucchini, and lemon pangrattato or the casarecce beef cheek ragu, with aged reggiano, tomato, and crispy cavolo nero, an evening for two here can easily turn into a night to remember.

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Agnes

Fortitude Valley

With its dark and brooding interiors, smoky scents, and the soft chatter of the crowd, a date at Agnes is filled with mystery and enticement. Located inside an old brick warehouse, the drama, spectacle, and ancient skill of cooking over fire will ramp up the romance. Plating up simple, yet refined dishes, this restaurant is the perfect setting for a night out with your S.O. Come early and enjoy a cocktail on their rooftop bar overlooking the city skyline to really get you in the mood.

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Montrachet

Bowen Hills

No one does romance better than the French, so why not get your heart racing with a table for two at one of Brisbane’s most acclaimed French restaurants? With a delightfully fresh seasonal menu, Montrachet is a popular go-to for those chasing exquisite cuisine and intimacy to boot. Start the night out with a bottle of crisp French wine and bask in the ambience of the restaurant’s bistro-style surroundings – a surefire way to set the tone for the perfect date night.

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1889 Enoteca

Woolloongabba

Get your heart racing with a table at this intimate restaurant that serves traditional Roman fare with a boutique list of premium and natural wines imported from the motherland. 1889 Enoteca is an award-winning restaurant in the Moreton Rubber Works building that boasts some of the best Italian in town, paying respect to Rome with its imaginative flavours. On the menu, you’ll find dishes like fried zucchini flowers stuffed with mozzarella and anchovies, Sand crab tagliatelle with chilli, garlic, and chives, Saltimbocca alla Romana – veal with prosciutto, sage, and vignarola – and desserts sure to satisfy any sweet tooth. In Italy, ‘enoteca’ means wine library, and in Woolloongabba it does too: sift through an all-Italian wine list of imported, regional varietals sourced from artisanal producers. Oh, amore!

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SK Steak & Oyster

Fortitude Valley

If oysters are a natural aphrodisiac, then you’ve booked the perfect restaurant to woo your S.O at SK Steak & Oyster. With its soaring ceilings, pale timber fit-out, curved leather boots, table lamps, grand piano, and stretched white tablecloths, a date at this Gloftis restaurant means serious business. Paying homage to fine dining, this classic yet modern space feels like the perfect mix between a Mad Men scene and something out of a Bond film  – exciting, dangerous, and expensive. As for the menu, the focus is on good food presented in a straightforward fashion. Think prawn cocktails, oscietra caviar, and oysters served with Champagne mignonette. Yeah, it’s a lil’ bit fancy.

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Nota

Paddington

Good things come in small packages, and this relative newcomer to Brissy’s quality dining scene proves just that. Nota restaurant has expanded its casually elevated dining space, transforming the former shop-next-door into a exquisite wine bar, making this the perfect location for a special night out. Sip back and enjoy a pre-dinner drink from their curated wine list before indulging in a delectable meal. Expect ingredient-driven cuisine in a relaxed yet refined setting. Not too flashy, but just polished enough, Nota is a winning choice for an intimate outing.

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Rothwell’s Bar & Grill

Brisbane City

Step inside this heritage listed building and uncover this timeless bar and grill that’s dripping in old world charm. Taking its name from tailor and outfitter Thomas James Rothwell who once owned the building, the motto at Rothwell’s is simple and effective: eat well, drink well. Made for long lunches, evening cocktails, and intimate dinner moments, be dazzled by the romance of the interiors where cosy sea green leather banquettes, hints of marble and brass, and bespoke chandeliers sparkle above, adding to the ambience. Despite the old money feel, date night goers can expect a mix of reasonable and lavish meals such as hearty bowls of pasta with mushrooms or sea urchin and caviar – how decadent you decide to go is up to you. Though Rothwell’s only opened in late 2021, it feels as established as the heritage-listed building it resides in.

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Bisou Bisou

Fortitude Valley

French for ‘kiss kiss’, Bisou Bisou amplifies the romance with their Parisian-inspired brasserie and aperitivo bar. From the gastronomic geniuses behind Donna Chang, Boom Boom Room, Izakaya, and Blackbird Bar & Grill, this French experience will have you feeling magnifique into the moonlight hours. With a modern take on the comforting flavours of a French-style brasserie, the delectable menu has been curated with a Queensland palate in mind, so you can savour the tastes of a frivolous French holiday any night of the week. Oh là là! 

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Carl’s Wine Bar & Bistro

Newstead

A cosy and intimate wine bar and bistro, Carl’s is the unassuming hero of date night. Offering indoor and streetside tables, it’s the perfect place to watch the world go by over a bottle of wine surrounded by twinkling fairy-lit trees. With a wine list under the label Gerler that changes with the season, their on-site sommelier can help you pick the perfect drop to share, while you can expect bar snacks, cheese, charcuterie, and share plates from the kitchen. Simple, easy, and loved by the locals, it’s easy to get lost in the hours together at Carl’s.

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Hikari

Teneriffe

Dip into the flavours of Japan at Hikari – Teneriffe’s charming hole-in-the-wall izakaya. Perched on a leafy corner, this casual eatery and bar serves up authentic Japanese fare with beer, whisky, and sake surrounded by white paper lanterns. Fusing flavours together to create fresh plates designed to be shared, this easygoing, ambient option is a fun night out for those looking to keep it lowkey.

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Walter’s Steakhouse

Brisbane City

Red wine and a good steak are a match made in heaven, and at Walter’s, that’s just what you can expect. Bringing a timeless charm to downtown Brisbane, the steakhouse is a nod to the city that never sleeps. Created by three friends, Denis Sheahan, Paul Piticco, and Andrew Baturo who each share a fondness for New York, Walter’s is the epitome of a New York City steakhouse – impressive, uncompromising, and classic. Located in Old Mineral House overlooking the City Botanic Gardens, Walter’s serves up superior steak with careful attention given to their drinks menu. Walter’s Bar serves as the perfect place to enjoy a pre- and post-feast tipple, serving up high-end spirits, classic cocktails, and a winning selection of wines.

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Evita

Fortitude Valley

Dinner for two gets tastier with every mouthful at Argentinian-inspired restaurant, Evita. Cosy up in this relaxed dining space that features only the best flavours Latin America has to offer – from their rustic bread to their sweet chilli woodfired king prawns, ceviche share plates,  and hearty mains, Evita sets the romance in your heart, along with your belly. With a passion for open fire and hot coal cooking, the flames from the kitchen add to the atmosphere of this aesthetic dining space, while the moody interiors and extensive wine menu featuring full bodied flavours make for the perfect date night formula.

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Spicers The Balfour Kitchen & Bar

New Farm

Tucked away in a leafy heritage streetscape, love is certainly in the air at The Balfour Kitchen & Bar. Whether you’re sitting inside the elegant Queenslander, sipping cocktails on the rooftop bar, or dining in the lush courtyard, the opulent ambience lends itself to a gorgeous date night that will have you feeling a world away from the city without the long drive. Plus, there’ll be plenty of spice in the evening, with punchy award-winning Vietnamese fare showcasing sustainably sourced seafood, ethically farmed meats, and hero vegetables, expertly balancing the aromatic flavours of the cuisine. It’s getting hot in here for sure!

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The Crown Hotel

Lutwyche

Looking for a date night closer to home? Then head on down to Crown Hotel and let the easy-going atmosphere whisk you away. Having undergone an incredible renovation to turn the 140-year-old venue into a top spot on your regular rotation, settle back under the fairy lights in the beer garden and sip your way through a gorgeous Sunny State afternoon, or head into the bistro to dine on hearty classics that celebrate the best in Queensland produce. If you don’t want to spend a second away from your date, you’re in luck – at the Crown you can order right on the table.

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Waterloo Hotel

Fortitude Valley

Your date will go down in history at the Valley’s original pub. The renowned Brisbane landmark features spectacular Art Deco architecture and an iconic facade perfect for a blind date – you can’t miss it! Serving up a fine selection of wine, premium beer, and hearty fare under gorgeous chandeliers, lasting memories are sure to be made at Waterloo Hotel. Enjoy intimate dining in the Vintage or Heritage rooms, relax in the easy-going atmosphere of the Terrace Bar, or soak in the rich heritage at the Public Bar. Wherever you dine, you’ll find a talent for the exceptional to help the romance soar.

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Victoria Park

Herston

Stuck on what to do for date night? Skip the dinner and movie routine in favour of some fun, with a friendly game of putt-putt at Victoria Park. It’s a scenic spot, with sweeping Brisbane views and beautifully manicured gardens – ahh, the romance! Pick up a club and play 18-holes or get some golf practice in at their Driving Range before heading to the Bistro for a well deserved bite. Their seasonal menu means you’re guaranteed delicious food all year round, with cocktails, wine, and beer also available. With live tunes setting the mood every Sunday from 12pm to 4pm, you’ll want to start date night a whole lot earlier!

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Happy Boy

Fortitude Valley

Feel the heat when you secure a date night at this fun-loving institution. Happy Boy serves up tasty Chinese food that’ll surprise you in more ways than one. Housed in a stunning light and airy space with ample seating and a huge alfresco deck perfect for a couple of drinks, the overall dining experience here is what matters most, and that’s what makes it a top date night option. Combining raw but elegant decor, unique dishes, and delicious drinks, Happy Boy is the banquet-style night out that brings the good times and tastes without burning a hole in your wallet.

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ESSA Restaurant

Fortitude Valley

Opening late in 2021, ESSA has already garnered a cult following with the Brissy’s foodie crowd, who’s fluid and progressive spin on dining is an experience unlike any other. With whispers and rumours of the project dating back to 2018, this long-awaited opening exceeds all expectations. The architecturally-designed split-level interior blends contemporary industrial materials with a relaxed, just mysterious-filled atmosphere, while Head Chef and co-owner Phil Marchant’s menu embraces ingredients sourced from local farmers, hunters, and providores, with raw, pickled, smoked, and woodfired dishes the main event. Those looking for a light-hearted casual date night meal ought to give it a miss, for this is one restaurant that doesn’t muck around.

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Melrose Restaurant

Bulimba

Turn up the heat for your next date night by snagging a spot at Oxford Street’s renowned slice of Bali! Half flavourful restaurant, half unique cocktail bar, Melrose offers contemporary Asian within a menu curated to share and wow. From Nusa Dua Fridays with live DJ sets and sunset specials, to the fragrant dishes like char grilled Ōra King salmon and khao soi gai curry, each detail of Melrose has been expertly finessed to ensure the vibes are always immaculate, whenever you’re there. Pro tip: the gorgeously lush interiors makes Melrose the perfect place for a dreamy anniversary pic or to make your beau’s Insta debut!

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ZA ZA TA Bar & Kitchen

Fortitude Valley

For a spice-filled night imbued by a soulful tone, The Valley’s exotic slice of Tel Aviv, ZA ZA TA is sure to set the mood. Show your date you’re all about the planet as well as a deliciously good time, with their 100% vegetarian menu celebrating ethical eating and conscious cuisine. Taking notes from the flavours of the Middle East and a touch of the Mediterranean, you’re in for a rich collison of culinary cultures, from halloumi doughnuts with chilli jam to cauliflower shawarma. The melting pot-style feast is accompanied with artisanal cocktails and plenty of character embodied in the lush and eclectic space.

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La Vue Restaurant

Brisbane City

Treat your love to breathtaking views of the Story Bridge as you wine and dine on the banks of the Brisbane River at La Vue. It’s the quintessential date night spot, with white tablecloths, romantic French cuisine, and standout service to ensure the evening goes off without a hitch. La Vue’s knowledgeable chefs have passionately crafted a menu to please within the refined dining space, incorporating premium seafood, delectable gratin dauphinoise potato, foie gras, and an indulgent splash of truffle oil. Sophisticated and suave, a dinner here is one to be cherished for years to come!

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