Seal The Deal With Brisbane’s Best Restaurants For A Business Lunch

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By Natalie McGowan | 4th April 2024

A business lunch can be a make-or-break experience. Whether you’re wining and dining existing clients or trying to close a deal, one thing’s for sure: it’s all about making an impression. The best way to do that? Picking the right location, of course.

That’s why we’ve rounded up all the best venues to talk business, based on the kind of vibe you need. Whether you’re seeking a sophisticated setting for formal negotiations or need a relaxed atmosphere for casual coffee catch-ups, find our top restaurants below.

Best Restaurants for Privacy 


Boasting traditional Cantonese cuisine inspired by Hong Kong’s picturesque scenery and vibrant flavours, Stanley is a sophisticated, waterfront restaurant perfect for business pow-wows. When the conversation matter requires a little more attention and a little less distraction, their intimate private dining room is a go-to.


Taste the flavours of the Amalfi Coast at Guy Grossi’s vibrant restaurant located in the heart of the CBD – a great option for city slickers needing to discuss pressing business matters. Need a little more privacy than their main dining area offers? Their private dining room is perfect for talking shop without interruption.


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Venture just outside of the city into Bowen Hills and find this acclaimed restaurant dishing up delectable French fare. Book into their private dining room and enjoy the luxury of having your own entrance, a secluded space accommodating up to 18 people, a projector, wi-fi, and a sound system.


Best Restaurants for Boozy Lunch

sAme sAme

If celebrations are in order, sAme sAme is the place to go! With their gorgeous interiors, central location, and mouth-wateringly good dishes and cocktails, the drinks and good times flow naturally here.


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The Tropic

Though it’s not in Brisbane, we couldn’t resist adding this Burleigh Heads restaurant into the mix. When you need to sweeten the deal and butter them up with a drink or two, The Tropic is a fantastic option, offering everything a diner could want. Delicious food and refreshing cocktails with a killer view of the beach? Check, check, and check.


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Is there a more iconic lunch view in Brisbane than The Calile Hotel’s pool? We think not. Dishing up authentic Greek meals and a curated selection of wines, long lunches at Hellenika are a foolproof way to get that contract over the line. Signed, sealed, delivered!


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Donna Chang

Situated in the heart of the CBD, this fine-dining establishment is in the business of combining beautiful, heritage-listed interiors with indulgent Chinese flavours and delectable beverages. For all you city slickers looking for a central spot to meet with clients over a drink, Donna Chang is the place to go.


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Best Restaurants to Impress Your Guests

SK Steak & Oyster

This sleek restaurant and bar located under the Calile Hotel is the perfect place to shmooze clients. Renowned for its incredible food, impeccable service, and elevated interiors, SK Steak & Oyster is an establishment in the Brisbane dining scene. With its soaring ceilings, glass windows, grand piano, and giant pillars, this fine dining establishment oozes luxury from the moment you enter and makes quite the impression.

Agnes Restaurant

Eat your way to success at Agnes Restaurant, the winner of the 2023 Gourmet Traveller Restaurant of the Year award. A surefire way to impress your associates, show them who’s boss and cross the finish line at this esteemed wood-fired bistro in the heart of the Valley.


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Establishment 203

Establishment 203 is the name, luxe interiors serving up delicious Italian cuisine is the game! Assert yourself and indulge in a curated dining experience for you and your guests to enjoy. A recent opening that’s been a hit amongst Brisbane foodies, this place is bound to impress.


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The Wolf

Conveniently located on Queen St, this CBD restaurant explores the flavours of France, Italy, and Spain in their ambient, upscale space. Complete with accommodating staff and a curated wine list, a business lunch here is a foolproof way to wow your clients.


Best Restaurants For A Quick Meeting

The Green

Nestled amongst lush foliage on James St is where you’ll find this casual Middle Eastern restaurant, fantastic for networking and quick nibbles. Whether you’re catching a quick coffee with colleagues, meeting with a potential new client, or entertaining a VIP, The Green is the place to do it when time is of the essence, but quality is paramount.


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Lobby Bar

Business meets pleasure at Lobby Bar, the Calile Hotel’s chic, laid-back eatery. Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of James St, it’s the perfect backdrop for sipping on a coffee, talking strategy, and watching the world go by. With the ease of one hour’s free parking available in the hotel’s car park, your meeting will be a breeze.


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Business is always better on a full stomach, but who has the time for a long lunch? That’s why Allonda in Newstead is a no-brainer for a speedy business chat. With plenty of street parking around its location, whizz in and out and get the job done stat. Cheque, please!


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By Natalie McGowan Office DJ and serial online shopper, Natalie’s idea of self care is watching reality TV and getting a spontaneous tattoo.



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