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Brisbane (Inner City) - Restaurant with a View

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MLP Aug 26, 2010 09:30 AM

I will be staying in Brisbane for two nights in mid-September and wanted to treat a friend out to dinner who lives in the area. I will be near City Hall but would be willing to go a little out of the way for something spectacular.

I'm not concerned about the price but only if the place has a view of the water with good food and service.

Thank you.

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    mr_gimlet Aug 26, 2010 02:10 PM

    The main water frontage is Eagle Street Pier in the CBD. It has some well known restaurants that have been in business for a while - Il Centro and Char Char Char are the two that spring to mind. However, their actual water views aren't that brilliant.

    My immediate suggestion is to go down the river a bit to Bret's Wharf as the seafood restaurant there is excellent and has a great location (with pelicans). Its top notch and only a short cab ride from the CBD.

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      ausrules85 Aug 29, 2010 07:08 PM

      Try Aria along the Eagle St Pier. Alto at the powerhouse in New Farm can be good too espeically if sitting outside. You can even catch a ferry to get there.

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        mr_gimlet Aug 29, 2010 08:34 PM

        both sound great suggestions. does the ferry go to Brets Wharf as well?

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          ausrules85 Aug 29, 2010 08:48 PM

          Indeed it does. Have not eaten there in quite a while so not too sure about the food at present.

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        tony_brisbane Aug 30, 2010 02:38 AM

        Hi Aria at Eagle Street ticks most of your boxes - good service, good food and a good view of the river and illuminated Story Bridge - you do however pay for it. The food I must say left me a little underwhelmed on my two recent visits. You could also consider Alchemy - still in Eagle street or for a taste of our excellent Queensland seafood try Jellyfish - also situated beside the river and a little less formal. Urbane in the city has excellent food but without the view. Enjoy your visit

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          kelewis Aug 31, 2010 08:05 AM

          I'd vote for Alchemy -- had a great meal there ~12 months ago. Lovely setting, exciting food. I'd skip Il Centro and Char Char Char. And I agree with the previous poster about the terrific food at Urbane. You could always eat there and then stroll along the water through the Botanical Gardens ...

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            mr_gimlet Aug 31, 2010 03:01 PM

            I am so out of date. (I do like char but wouldn't recommend it for the view!)

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