Getting away from the desk for lunch is a kind of luxury in nine-to-fives these days. So if you’re going to leave the office, you want to do it right. Not to mention the fact that some sunny Brisbane weekends make it feel like a crime to eat indoors.
Get some fresh air and enjoy a delicious sit-down lunch with your colleagues (or catch up with a friend, since it’s also a luxury to avoid the office gossip) at these Brisbane alfresco lunch spots:
1. Aquitaine Brasserie, South Bank
Why not treat yourself to a fine alfresco dining experience for lunch when you’ve aced that pitch or powered through that work before the deadline? Aquitaine Brasserie adds a real touch of French class to River Quay, and you can take advantage of South Bank’s boardwalk after your meal if you wear comfortable heels for a lunchtime stroll.
2. Red Hook, Brisbane CBD
If you work in the city and need somewhere to dine within walking distance on your lunch hour, head to this New York-style street food venue. Hidden away down Gresham Lane, you can tuck into wings, tacos or burgers outdoors to your heart’s content.
3. Beach Burrito, Fortitude Valley
Do you find squishing your toes in the sand relaxing and soothing? Well, if you’re willing to take off your shoes under the table at Beach Burrito for a lunch de-stress, go right ahead! Their open-air outdoor terrace has real sand underfoot.
4. Balfour Kitchen, New Farm
This neighbourhood restaurant is another hidden lunch gem in Brisbane. Make the most of this quiet hideaway and opt for a table on their classic Queenslander wrap-around verandah or their intimate courtyard shaded by frangipani trees.
5. Lock’n’Load, West End
How does a tranquil courtyard to soothe your weary soul sound? This bohemian bistro has a sneaky beer garden out the back, with a huge tree planted in the middle of the courtyard that escapes through a hole cut in the ceiling. You’ll find a variety of modern Australian dishes on the menu, including pulled pork sandwiches, roast pumpkin salad, steak, and fish and chips to name a few.
6. Riverbar And Kitchen, Brisbane CBD
Relax by the Brisbane river at this coastal-inspired venue, with a focus on a Mediterranean-style share menus and cocktails. Breathe in the fresh air and spectacular river views from their picnic bench seats and high benches with stools.
7. South Bank Beer Garden, South Bank
Get your beachside fix in Brisbane on your lunch hour right near South Bank’s Street Beach. Catch up with your mates at South Bank Beer Garden, with sun, surf (or at least ripples), casual dining and a cheeky chilled bevvie.
8. Corner Store Café, Toowong
The popular patio area attached to Corner Store Café (formerly a Federation cottage) offers a great selection of light lunch meals with a breeze that travels through the venue. Plus, there’s a roof, which means you can enjoy eating alfresco even when it’s raining.
9. Gunshop Café, West End
Did you know Gunshop Café had an expansive courtyard out the back? Some of the Style girls didn’t! The rustic brick walls, sculptures and quaint courtyard hidden beyond the inner dining area makes for a cool setting to catch up for lunch.
10. Customs House, Brisbane CBD
A short stroll from the heart of the city, you’ll find a hidden courtyard with stunning and unrestricted views of the Story Bridge and the Brisbane River. Perched on the banks of the river, Customs House usually offers generous signature lunch specials for $40pp, including an entrée, a main and a glass of white or red wine.
11. Remy’s, Paddington
The friendly laidback folk at Remy’s on Latrobe will make you feel at home with gourmet lunch burgers in their compact, cosy licensed outdoor café.
12. Watt, New Farm
Defined as having an “un-fussy, fresh approach” to farm-inspired dining, New Farm favourite Watt’s recent refurb has brought more of the outdoors in, now offering more sundrenched dining areas looking out to the river for diners.
13. Peasant, Petrie Terrace
Peasant, as the name implies, is about the simple things in life. This Barracks restaurant echoes this approach in everything it does, with traditional Spanish dishes, rustic décor and a simple yet elegant alfresco courtyard that will have you grazing In the garden at lunch and twinkling in a fairytale by dusk.
14. Pineapple Express, New Farm
If you’re ditching the al-desko lunches and heading outside for alfresco, why not go all out with a healthy meal? Pineapple Express on James Street has plenty of delicious and guilt-free lunches, including salads, wraps and acai bowls. If you’re still feeling peckish, treat yourself to a Cocowhip dairy-free soft serve.
15. The Wolfe, East Brisbane
East Brisbane's newest fine dining restaurant, The Wolfe, is set to open in early February. The venue will have a hidden courtyard at the rear of the venue, with the plans to incorporate an organic vegie garden. The menu will host contemporary Australian fare, with the dishes to change every four weeks to incorporate the freshest local and seasonal produce.
Do you know of any other great alfresco venues? Let us know!
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