The most loved-up day of the year is fast-approaching but, worry not, we’ve got you covered with a list of romantic restaurants hosting intimate booths and flattering lighting. Whether you are a hopeless romantic or die-hard denier of this holiday, Valentine’s Day provides the perfect opportunity to celebrate the people you love and, let’s face it, indulge in some seriously good food and cocktails! From a picture-perfect, rustic dining room to a striking, mono-chromatic, pink-themed restaurant, Brisbane has plenty of desirable options for you and your significant other to choose from.
1. Brisbane Quarter, Brisbane City
Right in the heart of the city, Brisbane Quarter is the perfect spot to bring your Valentine or Galentine to this year, whether it be a 3-course Italian set menu at Persone, a mixed entree tower for two at Phat Boy, seven courses of Japanese eats at Tenya or a Chinese feast at Brisbane Phoenix, there’s something for everyone at this foodie hub.
For more info, visit the Brisbane Quarter website.
📍 300 George Street, Brisbane City, 4000
2. Maggie May, Newstead
The 1970s seemed like a real vibe, what with the fur coats, flares, and what have you. This Valentine’s Day, get transported back in time to the era thanks to this 70s-inspired supper club. Maggie May is located at Gasworks precinct in Newstead, and to bring in the retro, romantic vibes, they’re serving up a set menu from 5.30pm on the 14th, with epic eats such as mouth-watering zucchini flowers, succulent lamb rump and delicious duck breast.
You can find more event info here.
📍3/84 Longland St, Newstead, QLD, 4006
3. Emporium Hotel, South Bank
If you’re hanging around the southside, Emporium Hotel’s venues have plenty on offer, including spectacular views, Oyster Shell Martinis and champagne at The Terrace, as well as a luxuriously intimate penthouse dinner at The Parklands Suite, which is exclusively available to the hotel’s guests. Perhaps a staycation is in order?
To secure your spot, head over to the hotel’s website.
📍267 Grey St, South Brisbane QLD 4101
4. Goldfinch, Brisbane City
Located on the bottom floor of the Pullman & Mercure King George Square, Goldfinch offers a Hamptons-inspired dining experience, and their romantic three course Valentine’s dinner will be taking this up a notch, starting with the Love Potion cocktail on arrival, followed by a seafood platter, main course, and dessert of course.
Book your Valentine’s dinner at Goldfinch here.
📍Cnr Ann &, Roma St, Brisbane City QLD 4000
5. Za Za Ta, Fortitude Valley
Za Za Ta is without a doubt one of the best vegetarian restaurants in Brisbane. So if you’re wanting to indulge your plant-loving taste buds on Valentine’s Day, look no further than this Fortitude Valley gem. You can expect a special hand-crafted menu on the 14th, starting with the ‘Celebration of Love’ cocktail, mixed with fig-infused gin, lillet blanc, italicus, and sage. Then, you’ll be treated to a variety of share plates, including their famous halloumi doughnuts as well as live music to soundtrack the evening.
For more info on this epic V-Day vegetarian dinner, click here.
📍1000 Ann St, Fortitude Valley QLD 4006
6. Brisbane Marriott, Brisbane City
Get your fix of fresh Australian seafood at Brisbane Marriott’s Motion Restaurant. Every night from February 10 – 18, their Seafood & Champagne package will be available, so you can celebrate love with a generous serving of oysters, pacific prawns, slipper bugs, three spot and spanner crab, fresh Australian lobster, house smoked salmon and mussels, with the choice of sparkling wine or champagne to pair.
To book a table, head here and hit the Valentine’s Week Seafood & Champagne option.
📍 515 Queen St, Brisbane City QLD 4000
7. Opa Bar + Mezze, Brisbane City
Where better to spend a night inspired by legends and idealism than in a Greek restaurant. Sit back in a cushioned booth decorated with refined bolsters under smooth, arched walls, and observe this restaurant’s take on Grecian luxury. Opa Bar and Mezze has designed the perfect Valentine’s Day banquet menu complete with oysters (the renowned love potion), a slow-baked lamb shoulder, and mixed sweets for dessert. If you’re feeling generous, you can opt for the lobster upgrade. This restaurant has thought of everything and offers a “Galentine’s” Day menu for tables of four or more.
Read more about Opa Bar + Mezze.
📍 123 Eagle Street, Brisbane Q 4000
8. Ping Pong, Newstead
What do you think of when you see the colour pink? LOVE. Pink is bold, its brave, and it demands attention. With an eclectic interior and a reputation for having some of the best Thai food in Brisbane, plan a memorable date or dinner with friends at Ping Pong. You can choose between their Asian-infused banquet ($70pp) or lunch/dinner menu offering plenty of dishes that will delight your tastebuds. Thanks to its contemporary layout and funky design, you are guaranteed to have some instagrammable moments. If you’re looking for a setting to break the ice on a blind date, or enliven the mood with your pals, Ping Pong is a great bet.
Learn more about Ping Pong.
📍 76 Skyring Ter, 4006, Newstead
9. 1889 Enoteca, Woolloongabba
Transport your date to Italy for the night at this beautiful eatery located in the heart of Brisbane. The Italians are renowned for romancing for a reason. Who can resist a plate of “all’amatriciana” made using hand-made pasta paired with the delicate wine from Toscana? Enoteca is praised for its sophisticated setting and great ambiance. Enjoy the company of your loved one while savouring every last bite of a classic Italian meal.
Find out more about 1889 Enoteca.
📍 The Moreton Rubber Building, 10 – 12 Logan Rd, Woolloongabba
10. Mosconi, Fortitude Valley
For the elegant Casanova, Mosconi is a restaurant serving Italian cuisine made using honest ingredients and with heart. A La Carte dining at Mosconi for a Valentine’s Day celebration tastes like caramlised onion butter, crab tortelloni, beef tartare, and let’s not forget the aforementioned aphrodisiac—oysters served with lime caviar and champagne vinegar! You can sit in the windowfront or at an intimate table for two. This stylish restaurant ticks all the boxes in terms of decadence and romance.
Book your table at Mosconi now.
📍 164B Arthur Street, Fortitude Valley
11. Libertine, Brisbane City
Libertine is the epitome of romance with low-hanging crystal chandeliers, heavily wallpapered walls, and chic recycled furniture. You will find Libertine tucked away in the heritage-listed Barracks building. A blend of French and Vietnamese cuisine means this restaurant is marked by originality and offers something very different compared to other places. Large shared plates such as crackling pork belly and whole baby barramundi are a great way to experience every last flavour with your significant other.
Learn more about Libertine.
📍 No. 5, The Barracks, 61 Petrie Tce
12. The Boom Boom Room, Brisbane City
Japanese restaurants can be hard to beat for their ineffable refinement. Maybe it’s the delicately constructed pieces of sushi, the discipline of the chopstick, or the smaller plates. Whatever it is, The Boom Boom Room encapsulates it and is a great place to share a romantic meal in an opulent restaurant. It offers various banquet menu options and the almost clandestine atmosphere of the bar provides the perfect place for a predinner cocktail. Transport yourselves to the streets of Japan this Valentine’s Day and treat that someone special to a lavish evening.
Read more about The Boom Boom Room.
📍 49 Elizabeth Street, Brisbane City
13. Sushi Room, Fortitude Valley
Continuing on from Japanese restaurant suggestions, Sushi Room is a more intimate location specialising in fresh seafood. Enjoy authentic cooking and appreciate high-quality produce. If you are hoping for a calm evening consisting of long gazes and flirty conversation, Sushi Room only seats 60 people. The menu is extensive but your decision-making can be made easier by trusting one of the chef’s choice set menus.
Check out Sushi Room.
📍 G7-9 The Calile Hotel, 48 James St, Fortitude Valley
14. The Balfour Kitchen & Bar, New Farm
When it comes to Valentine’s Day, attention to detail is key. Woo your valentine with an intimate veranda lit up by fairlylights and a five course meal created by the restaurant’s Head chef, Lachlan Horstman. Horstman takes sustainably-sourced seafood and other premium produce and elevates them by taking inspiration from French and Asian Cuisine. The “taste it all menu” is for the table to share ($99pp). Before heading out to other haunts after dinner, visit the rooftop bar for a ‘Pretty In Ink’ cocktail or a reliable old fashioned.
Find out more about the oasis waiting for you at The Balfour Kitchen & Bar.
📍 37 Balfour St, New Farm