Brisbane’s Best Restaurants For Groups To Keep The Whole Crew Happy
You’re in good companyBy Dinushka Gunasekara | 8th June 2023
The more the merrier is a great rule of thumb until it’s time to head out and your gang are squeezing two to a chair and onto each other’s laps. However, lucky for you and your crew, there’s plenty of room in this town for you all.
Whether you’re attempting a tightrope balance of dietary requirements or just need some room to keep any friendly fire at bay, we’ve found Brisbane’s best restaurants for groups, taking the stress out of pleasing your people!
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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Howard Smith Wharves
Kicking back with your best mates on the weekend while enjoying casual, delicious bites and refreshing drinks is a guaranteed good time, and there’s no better place to make that happen than down at Howard Smith Wharves (HSW). Located on the river with breathtaking views of the Story Bridge and the city skyline, HSW has a wide range of restaurants ideal for you and your crew. From Felons Brewing Co. and Felons Barrel Hall where the beer flows and the food is cheap and cheerful, to the festive vibes at La Mexicana and refined dining at Greca, finding a space big enough to host your buddies is a breeze. Kick on with a table at Mr Percival’s, where the atmosphere is pumping, or plonk yourselves down on some bean bags on the green along the river. Whichever way your crew loves to celebrate, the fun never stops at HSW!
Salt Meats Cheese
Bringing the flavour and flair from Italy, Salt Meats Cheese (SMC) in Newstead is a guaranteed good time, especially for those booking in groups! Paying homage to their roots and heritage while spicing things up with modern, innovative twists, and a little theatre, each dish on the menu will warm your heart and have you singing amore! Vibrant and full of atmosphere, your table is not complete without a few cocktails to boot, and boy, do they know how to make the perfect Aperol. With an antipasti shared offering as well as pastas, pizzas, and desserts, sharing is caring when you bring your crew to SMC. Ciao!
They say the Italians do it better, and no restaurant makes good on that promise quite like La Costa Restaurant. Whisk yourself away from the winter chill when you book a table here, as they bring the Italian summer to Brunswick Street, 365 days a year. Within this historic site, you’ll find a menu that celebrates the best flavours of Italy, starting with bites from the sea as well as a plethora of Italian-inspired dishes, served up with a smile. Celebrating all things delish, the vibrant and welcoming atmosphere contributes to the reason it’s such an inviting place to bring your people, who’ll tease their taste buds with hearty mouthfuls, thirst-quenching cocktails, and good times to boot.
Grab the gang and head on down to the Crown! With 140 years keeping Brissy locals happy and fed, the newly renovated pub now plays host to a vibey beer garden, bistro, and bar, so there’s plenty of room for your crew. Let the live music on Fridays and Saturdays serenade you all, as you soak in the laid back atmosphere, whether you’re catching a live game at the sports bar or enjoying a sip at the garden bar. Promising produce-driven pub fare as well as modern dishes to satisfy everyone dining there, there are also monthly Drag Bingos, Sunday Jazz, Steak Night, and Trivia Night to ensure never a dull moment at Crown Hotel.
If there’s one thing friends are good for, it’s having fun, and Victoria Park is the perfect setting for you and your crew. From their 18-hole putt-putt course that’s fully licensed to the scenic two-tiered Bistro, you and your gang can have a full day out in this stunning parkland precinct. Let the good times roll on the weekend, where live tunes kick off at 12pm on Sunday, and fresh seasonal dishes and chilled beer, wine, and cocktails are served. Bookings are essential though, so be sure to secure your crowd a table.
Follow the fragrant flavours of Southeast Asian cooking on Ada Lane and you’re in for an extra spicy group hang. This modern Thai restaurant has plenty of room to feed your crew to the tune of sizzling woks with a banquet menu of the restaurant’s most popular dishes required for groups over seven. With kingfish ceviche, chicken burgers in smoked sriracha, coconut turmeric curry, and banana blossom salad serving as just a few of the delicious features on the menu, every palate will be sure to be pleased.
Stratton Bar & Kitchen
Think you can’t find anywhere to fit your group? How do two converted World War II plane hangars sound? With bookings of up to 16 available online, Stratton is the modern industrial venue made for laidback and loud nights catching up over drinks and share-style plates. The choice is yours here, with over 35 cocktails alongside a flavour-based wine list and beer selection, as well as a menu offering something for everyone, whether it’s cheeseburger dumplings, braised beef short ribs, or bolognese pizza.
If the occasion calls for your finest, Donna Chang is the one for the job. The modern Chinese restaurant soars within an expansive space in the heart of the city, boasting pastel hues and lush greenery. Simple in its elegance, their plush booths are perfect for cosying up with your nearest and dearest, as you feast on Sichuan flavours and authentic Cantonese cuisine. Whether you opt for a la carte or sit back and dig into one of their two banquet menus, you’re in for dining that ignites everyone’s senses.
Under the fairy lit trees in The Valley, you’ll find a large banqueting and drink hall where tasty Chinese food is served in the most generous of portions. With a focus on the wok cooking of Southern China and Hong Kong as well as the Guangdong style of traditional BBQ cooking, the approachable menu is definitely a crowd pleaser. Plus, with its convenient location, you’re perfectly positioned for kicking on well into the night!
Eat Street Northshore
Got a hungry crew of picky eaters? Then cover all your bases with over 70 drool-worthy food stalls at Eat Street! Built from 180 repurposed shipping containers, Eat Street boasts cuisines from all around the globe making it practically impossible to not find a dish that will tickle your fancy. The neon hub also stages some of the best local live entertainment around town, so you can take your bites with a side of groovy beats.
Mrs Brown’s Bar & Kitchen
Under the regal gaze of Mrs Brown, this airy space serves up an elevated bar experience made for spending with good company. Sip down and cheers to your faves or dig into the share-style menu dusted with Asian flair, featuring paratha pancakes, rotisserie chicken in a secret ten-spice rub, and flavourful sides. However you spend your sesh at Mrs Brown’s, it’s sure to be equal parts leisurely as it is lively in a home-away-from-home.
Enjoy the effortlessly indulgent vibes of the Greek islands right here in Brisbane, when you snag a cabana for your gang poolside at Hellenika. Bookings of up to ten can be made with just a few clicks on their website, setting you up for a delightfully fresh and boozy long lunch or delicious dinner spread. Like a private dining experience in the open-air of the stunning Calile Hotel, whatever the moment calls for, Hellenika will no doubt deliver.
Mary Mae’s Bar & Kitchen
You might think heading out on a whim with a group is only possible if your destination is a public park, but Brisbane Powerhouse’s resident haunt proves otherwise. Groups of up to ten are welcome as walk-ins at Mary Mae’s to enjoy the uninterrupted river views, sun-drenched terraces, and all-day dining menu of re-imagined European classics. Or, set up shop at the bar and enjoy unique takes on the usual suspects, as well as a homegrown range of Brisbane-brewed beers.
Whether you’re parked up on the park benches by the water or nestled inside the light-filled restaurant, take your band of buddies to the place where the city meets the bay. The unrivalled wraparound views of Moreton Bay aren’t the only reason why Manly Boathouse can’t be beat – the calming restaurant will whisk you all away to coastal paradise. With four group dining areas separated by dreamy linen curtains, groups between 12 to 16 will enjoy a secluded experience made extra special with the seasonal set menu.
Intimate, sophisticated, and delicious, Patina Restaurant at Customs House is the place to go for your next function. Offering picturesque, riverside dining for groups of up to 20, Patina’s idealistic setting and exquisitely curated menu are sure to leave all your guests with a favourable taste in their mouths. From the very best in wine and hand-poured cocktails, to two or three-course customisable menus including morish share plates and mouth-watering mains like duck breast, chicory, and toasted oat parsnip and hand rolled gnocchi, Patina have all your bases, and post-event reviews, covered.
There’s rooftop bars, but then there’s Lina Rooftop – the ultimate spot for catch-ups with friends, nights with the girls, or even corporate group bookings. You’ll find this gem located in South Brisbane, boasting a stunning open-air terrace, prestige restaurant, and (yes, there’re more) Australia’s first non-residential tower infinity pool. Not only do we love the idyllic Mediterranean-inspired interiors, but the dining options are hard to beat. For larger groups, we recommend opting for the sharing menu – choose from two courses for $69pp or three courses for $79pp.
Emporium Hotel South Bank, Signature
Just when you thought South Bank couldn’t possibly get any better, Signature Restaurant comes in to blow your culinary mind. Set inside the luxurious Emporium Hotel South Bank, Signature values innovation, which is why they have an ever-evolving menu that utilises local produce to create unique dishes you won’t find anywhere else. Head Chef Luca curates his very own two-course selection every Wednesday and Thursday night for diners to try, or if you’re a fan of truffles, Signature also hosts Truffle Sundays during winter, where the elegant fungus is the hero of each dish. Want to try it out? We recommend booking ahead so you don’t miss out.
It’s a truth universally acknowledged that dumplings are a safe bet when satisfying the taste buds of a big group, and Fat Dumpling certainly rests the case. With a homely vibe and mouth-watering array of dishes, the authentic delicacies here are handmade on the daily, from the spring rolls to the prawn dumplings, and barbecue pork buns. Fat Dumpling’s long dining table can seat a group of up to 20, and ordering is made easy with their chef’s banquet menu, which will see their best dishes served up and designed to be shared. Conveniently located on the bustling King St with parking for the precinct too, you’ll be the friend of the hour when you bring your crew to Fat Dumpling.
On the hunt for a dining destination ideal for larger groups? With lush decor and a bountiful menu that will appeal to all snack and sip seekers, long-lunch havers, and function diners, you’ll be in good hands at Botany. Boasting four exclusive venue spaces including the bar, alfresco, indoor dining, and full venue hire, there’s something to suit all events and occasions. Not only will your crew be delighted by the space and the menu, but with Botany located in Gasworks Plaza, no one will struggle to find a car park, and that calls for major bonus points.
If you’re looking for somewhere a little spicy for your next fiesta, look no further than Olé by Alemré Group, where you and your tribe can mingle over flavourful Spanish delicacies. A mini Barcelona in the middle of Brissy, you and your crew can be immersed in Spanish culture, from traditional tastes to the vibrant, Spanish-inspired interiors. Fitting up to 100 people in the main dining room, this venue could be perfect for your next celebration. Need to feed the masses? Olé’s large share pan paella feeds between 30-50 people, and guarantees that no one will be left hungry. Wanting something a little more intimate? Enjoy a spread of tapas and do it like the Spaniards do! Adios, see you there!
When you’re looking for the perfect dinner spot to meet your friends at, you’ll generally look for a place that caters to everyone’s tastes, and maybe even allows you to share a plate or two, right? Well, luckily this type of thing is Olive Thyme’s speciality! Owners Sibel and Yalcin are all about traditional Turkish hospitality and want everyone who sets foot in their restaurant to feel part of the family, so they’ll always go the extra mile to make sure you and your buddies all have a delicious dish to devour, succulent wine to sip on, and an entertaining experience you’ll still be talking about long after you leave. Make use of their private dining area that can host up to 70 of you and your closest.
Fact: SOKO is one of the most unique rooftop restaurants in Brisbane. Why? Because not only do they offer a decadent menu blending Peruvian and Japanese flavours, they also deliver a hefty dose of drama with their dishes. As you dine on flavourful Machupichu Maki, you’ll also be able to choose from over 40 flavours of pisco sour cocktails to drink while watching Latin dancers and bongo players perform against a backdrop of surreal sunsets. When you reserve a table at SOKO, you’re not only in for an incredible meal, you’re also going to be served a rich exotic dining experience.
Ming Ming’s Kitchen
A friendly and fun setting right in the heart of Wilston, Ming Ming’s Kitchen is the perfect place to make your next group function a hit. Offering everyone’s favourite fragrant Vietnamese fare (the French-infused slow-cooked beef is a real crowd-pleaser) and an extensive beverage list featuring one-of-a-kind cocktails, Ming Ming’s can cater to groups of all palates. Worried about size? Whether it’s a friendly group get-together, a family reunion for 40 on the patio or even a company party for 70 in the dining room, you and all of your guests will be well catered for. While most dishes are served to share, Ming Ming’s can also create a unique banquet menu for your event with pricing options ranging from just $40 – $60 per person.
Boasting plenty of room for you and yours by the riverside, Bar Pacino never fails to satisfy the crowds. Conveniently located on Eagle Street, Bar Pacino’s electric atmosphere makes for the perfect rendezvous for knock off drinks, lunch meetings, or catch ups with the crew. Offering casual lunch bookings for up to 30 people with no set menu requirements or additional fees, Bar Pacino is all about the more the merrier, hosting up to 300 people. When it comes to ordering, their range of Italian shared plates and platters makes it easy to please a variety of taste buds, or up the ante with their famous blossom cocktail tree. Want to capture the memories with a group pic? It’s sure to be feed-worthy with Bar Pacino’s gorgeous views of the Brisbane River!
Take your crew for a stroll down Racecourse Road and you’ll be treated to Ascot’s latest and greatest dining destination – Victory Lane. Favoured by locals and far-flung foodies alike, this atmospheric venue can host tables of up to 20 guests in their general dining area. Dig into their menu made up of fresh, local produce featuring the likes of freshly shucked oysters, housemade gnocchi, seven-day dry-aged duck, and more. For the indecisive, Victory Lane offers set menus, but you’re going to want to be selfish here and have a dish all to your own! They also house a gorgeous function space if you want to up the ante (and the guest list!). Combining fine dining with a casual vibe? Now that’s the recipe to success!