2018 has been a year of intense change in Brisbane. As Brisbane slowly transformed into a world-class city that no longer relies on the charm of its southern counterparts (oh hey, Sydney and Melbourne!), we’ve been fortunate enough to enjoy countless new additions to Brisbane’s dining scene.

Greek and Asian cuisines are definitely having their moment in Brisbane and we couldn’t be more supportive. From luxe five-star dining options to casual, weeknight Italian, these are the new restaurants to have graced the Brisbane foodie scene over the year at some point or another. From intimate dining spaces to loud, bold Mexican joints, we have officially rounded up the 16 best restaurant openings of 2018. As you read through, ponder over the best from this year and start looking forward to what 2019 has to offer!

Three Blue Ducks

Big plates, insane flavours and fresh ingredients. It’s safe to say we are genuinely obsessed with Three Blue Ducks. This is the kind of place where you are busy obsessing over the meal in front of you until you get a whiff of the table next to yours… what better excuse to go back! From Byron to the W, we love the panoramic river views and the openness within one of Brisbane’s newest hotels.

 

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Persone

One of the newest editions to the Brisbane Quarter, Persone is your modern Italian haven, all about the people who dine in it. This social space of indulging boasts gourmet traditional wood-fired pizza and a serious range of pasta and wine. Eat up but save room for some expertly chosen Italian formaggi for dessert.

 

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Romantica Ristorante Pizzeria

Us Aussies truly love carbs, which is why we open our arms so regularly to new Italian joints to hit the suburbs of Brisbane. This is your causal Italian Restaurante Pizzeria option, Nonna style. Their passion is good, simple organic food, utilising modern ingredients like hemp flour with traditional methods.

 

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Harry’s Pizza

We seriously appreciate happy hour, so you can find us here between 4:00pm and 6:00pm, Wednesday to Sunday, devouring several $5 pizzas. This permanent new feature to Welcome to Bowen Hills is a lovely combo when paired with a cocktail or two. They give off 100% American Pizzeria vibes and satisfy every cheesy, carby desire that keeps dieticians up at night.

 

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Hellenika

If you haven’t had the delight of dining in yet, we understand, they’re seriously in demand. This is next level Greek dining, inspired by authentic dishes and fresh produce. Located in the Calile (Cal-isle, get your Greek going with the menu not holding back on the lingo. While any Greek my squirm at the sight of more Fasolaka and Avgolemono, these guys have transformed traditional dishes into modern masterpieces.

 

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Little Valley

Neo-Chinese took on Fortitude Valley this year. The hype was real and the food was unreal. This melting pot of culture and influences presents food that represents their location in the rich Chinese cultural heritage of the Valley. With a bar and Pijiu garden alongside the restaurant, pair your dim sum with a hand-chosen structured red.

 

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El Camino Cantina

El Camino Cantina is unapologetically Tex-Mex, proudly owning the reputation of being loud, bold and colourful. With vibrant salsas, fresh tacos, fajitas, hand-made tortillas, quesadillas and nachos on their tables, GYG is given a run for its money. Downed with frozen margaritas or one of the 100 tequilas on offer, King Street’s newest addition is an absolute delight.

 

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Nostimo

Nostimo in Greek translates to delicious. An aptly named restaurant is always appreciated, giving us a taste of what’s to come. Awarded the best Greek restaurant of 2018, they are open for dining with generous helpings and a side of exceptional Greek hospitality. They serve the dishes you love, delicately renewed and refined into something new and exciting. With banquets and ouzo aperitifs, get your fix of dolmathes and baklava in one sitting.

 

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Donna Chang

Bursting with Sichuan flavours and authentic Cantonese cuisine, Donna Chang is a seriously lush dining space to hit Brisbane. Modern Chinese is created with the igniting of the senses from a collection of the best local ingredients. With Boom Boom Room (Link to bars 2018 article) just downstairs, enjoy a hand-selected wine with dinner and an inspired cocktail or two afterwards.

 

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Heritij

Asian-Indian Gastronomy takes on the Brisbane Quarter, peacefully overlooking the river city. Dining at Heritij is a gastronomic, five-star experience, a journey led by heritage. Explosive flavours make up their distinctive menu, where traditional Indian methods are blended with Asian flavours.

 

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Mercado

Dining at a food marketplace may not sound that luxurious, but Brisbane has yet to be introduced to European food hall standards. Mercado is Brisbane’s newest eatery, where you can pick up a few pieces of gourmet salmon for dinner with your lunch. King Street has seriously stepped up their game.

 

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Salon De Co

Ovolo is the newest hotel opening, and with it came Salon De Co, a comment on the dining scene in New York and London. Fusing modern hospitality, home, and Georgian-art deco, Salon De Co’s menu of cured meats, fromage, nibbles and substantial meals are inspiring.

 

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The Terrace by E’cco

One of our favourite dining spots in Brisbane, E’cco Bistro, has recently extended and now offers a stunning outdoor terrace-style bistro, bursting with cocktails and seafood. Cooking up Southeast Asian inspired flavours prepared with innovation, you can indulge in a mouthwatering range of bold, flavoursome dishes. Their grazing menu is designed to share, making a dining experience that is hard to compete with.

 

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I Like Ramen

Australia’s first and only 100% plant-based ramen has graced our streets, changing the way we think about food. This bold, delectable transition from fried chicken at the Flying Cock has got us on board.

 

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Fat Belly Jack’s

American booze and fried chicken welcome you at Fat Belly Jack’s. This is the spot for the hungry with half chooks and jumbo wings on offer as you choose your heat and decide your side.

 

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Hönto

Honto has built a seriously dark and moody vibe, tucked away in the gritty end of the Valley. They are reimagining Japanese cooking with contemporary styles paired with local ingredients. Their speciality is a range of rare and unusual Japanese Whiskey and Sake mixed to match your menu choices.

 

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