Dig Into Brisbane’s Best New Restaurants Of 2022 So Far
Fresh off the food chainBy Dinushka Gunasekara | 11th October 2022
Munching your way through Brisbane’s restaurants and bars will work up quite an appetite, with a vast array of residents on the foodie scene to tantalise all taste buds. And just when you thought you’ve eaten it all, a lineup of new dishes and dining tables sweep in to have you drooling all over again.
This year has seen the introduction of refreshing rooftop bars, artisanal French-inspired bistros, refined all-vegetarian delis, and a bunch of reasons why Newstead might be Brisbane’s best up-and-coming foodie spot. Don’t waste time on a subpar meal – here are our favourite new arrivals of 2022 so far to get your palate well acquainted with.
By the way, we consider everyone in this list the best of the best! To make finding your next favourite that much easier, we’ve ordered the list alphabetically by suburb and also have filtering tabs for your convenience. Did we miss someone from the list? Let us know here! Hide the form
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Stratton Bar & Kitchen
The new endeavour from the Mrs Brown’s Bar & Kitchen team took a pair of WW2-era hangars and turned them into a suave space for drinks mixed with house-made syrups and home-style share plates. The mammoth space is already a go-to in the rotation of many Brisbane night animals, who take advantage of the plant-filled atriums
Brissy’s rooftop scene received a few new additions this year, but none were as refreshing as Lina Rooftop. The southside’s new Mediterranean haunt features an open-air terrace, prestige restaurant, and an infinity pool to boot, delivering an unparalleled experience where you can lounge all day and party all night.
Hervé’s Restaurant and Bar
In a big oui for local Francophiles, Hervé’s brings refinery and elegant flavours to Albion’s Crafted Grounds. The artisanal French-inspired restaurant offers a memorable food and wine experience, curated by its namesake, whose star-studded hospitality background shows in its high calibre.
The Lodge Bar & Dining
As a label, Rodd & Gunn has always been easy on the ears, and their innovative fusion of taste has proven to be no different. From Queenstown to Queensland, their James Street restaurant housed in a magnificent heritage building is truly an indulgent treat, whether you’re seated at the bespoke stone bar or spectacular wrap-around balcony.
Transcending existing Japanese dining offerings, The Calile Hotel’s highly anticipated sushi restaurant from culinary icon Simon Gloftis is a densely sophisticated experience. As tasteful in its design as the dishes that carefully adhere to Japanese sensibilities and form, the intimate spot is an experience for the books.
What could be more game-changing than an all-vegetarian Mediterranean eatery that has even the carnivores flocking to its door? Hellenika, Sushi Room, and SK Steak & Oyster’s Simon Gloftis has certainly been busy in 2022, but it’s paid off. Case and point? This pay-by-weight deli-style canteen that takes the best local produce and turns it into drool-worthy trays of stuffed vegetables, fresh salads, and meze rotated on the daily.
Snag one of the 24 seats at this semi-subterranean restaurant and experience the closest thing to foodie heaven. From former Joy co-founder and chef, Tim Scott, comes a Japanese-influenced omakase where the menu is decided on the day and the dishes are a uniquely memorable experience.
Butler Wine Bar
Ever wondered what would happen if the Lune Croissanterie team set their sights on vino? Enter Butler Wine Bar. South Brisbane’s new neighbourhood watering hole is intimate and approachable, championing local produce and producers into the moody Manning Street space.
One of the new players in West End’s world of global fare comes from the duo behind Opa Bar + Mezze and Fatcow Steak & Lobster in an ode to modern Greek flavours. Yamas literally means ‘a toast to good health’, and the restaurant does so on the daily through authentic tastes of the Aegean.
Needless to say, a new restaurant at Howard Smith Wharves was highly anticipated and Mews lived up to the hype. The hyper-local restaurant takes cues from the energetic streets of New York City, serving seasonal dishes amongst a living street art gallery.
Seafood and Brisbanites go hand in hand, which is why this riverside dining destination from the creators of Libertine, Naga, Popolo, and Walter’s Steakhouse has steered a course for success. Pairing exceptional seafood with an atmosphere crafted for the well-travelled diner in mind, Tillerman is a welcome addition on the Brisbane River.
Allonda has a burrata bar – need we say more? The Nota team’s latest endeavour has helped cement Newstead as a foodie destination, offering a Modern European-style dining experience across the 90-seater restaurant. The designed-to-share menu features seasonal Australian produce polished into delectable dishes, alongside a wine list of underground varieties and cocktails with flair.
Hungry for the best? Check out our favourite Brisbane restaurants of all time here.