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In Brissy you'll find gorgeous restaurants on the waterfront, chic cafes and top-class eateries – quite simply, something for everyone. Here's a quick lowdown of things to bear in mind when finding the best restaurants near you.

Where are Brisbane's best family restaurants?

Eating out with the family? Brisbane has tons of fun, friendly and welcoming eateries for families, with menus large and varied enough to keep everyone around the table happy. Try some of these out for size:

  • Seachange – if you're eating with the kids, you can't go wrong with generous burgers, buckets of chips and freshly-cooked fish. This place serves some of the best in Brisbane.
  • Comuna Cantina – Spice things up with a dazzling array of Latin American cuisine. No need for cutlery with so many of these dishes, which include tacos, tortillas and burritos oozing with pulled pork, hot, spicy beef and loads more.

Where are the best parts of Brisbane for food?

While you'll find good restaurants on every corner, there's no doubt that much of the foodie buzz focuses on restaurants in Brisbane's South Bank – the city's premier lifestyle and cultural destination. Located on the southern banks of the river, it's a real hub of art and entertainment, with an eclectic and varied selection of places to eat too. Great restaurants in the South Bank include:

  • The Yiros Shop. Based in Grey Street, the food here is amazing. Hand-held yiros (like pitta) stuffed with meats, veg and other fillings, with chips and feta to go beside. Yes please!
  • Stokehouse Q. This is one of the most popular restaurants in Brisbane, offering brilliant views of the river. Try the buttermilk chicken or chilli prawns – gorgeous grub guaranteed.

Away from South Bank, you might want to sample the fare on offer in the Wintergarden Food Court at the Myer Centre.

Where can I go for lunch in Brisbane?

There's no shortage of places to grab lunch in Brisbane, whether you want a laid-back restaurant in the city, an affordable eat in Fortitude Valley or a casual café in South Bank. Here are just a couple of suggestions to get you inspired:

  • Motion Dining – treat yourself to a fancy three-course lunch at the Motion Dining restaurant inside the Brisbane Marriott Hotel. We'd go for the prosciutto salad and grilled pear, roasted butternut squash and hazelnut affogato to finish – it's a beauty!
  • The French Bistro – tucked away in the West End, here you'll find a cosy terrace perfect for enjoying tasty lunch European style. Nibble on delicious plates loaded with cheese, beef, cold meats, prawns and more.

Are there any vegan restaurants in Brisbane?

Gone are the days when a vegan diet meant you were seriously limited on where to go to eat. Happily, there are heaps of vegan restaurants in Brisbane. Australia's sunshine state specialises in whipping up some wonderful vegan dishes that many flexitarians and meat-eaters alike find hard to resist.

Our pick of a great bunch is Elixiba, known for its plant-themed décor and its sumptuous desserts. But you'll be sure to find ample vegan options on the menu in many of the city's top restaurants. There's a helpful list of vegan restaurants in Brisbane here to help you decide.