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. 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
2. 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
3. 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
4. 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.
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📍 164B Arthur Street, Fortitude Valley
5. 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
6. 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
7. 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.
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📍 G7-9 The Calile Hotel, 48 James St, Fortitude Valley
8. 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
There are so many possibilities when it comes to Valentine’s Day. If you don’t feel like going to a fussy restaurant, there are so many other activities you can do that make for a magical time. Try something different such as going to the Moonlight Cinema and watching a film together under the stars.