The Easter long weekend is the perfect opportunity to catch up with family and friends over a hearty lunch. But those cheeky public holidays can sometimes make restaurant reservations a little tricky!
We’ve done the legwork for you and devised the ultimate Easter foodie schedule. Make sure you book ahead to secure a lunch spot at one of Brisbane’s favourite restaurants.
THURSDAY, APRIL 13
Otto | Brisbane
Serving up modern Italian dishes with views of the Story Bridge, Otto has been a runaway success since opening in June last year. This venue is closed Good Friday to Easter Monday, so get a head start on Easter by nabbing a table for Thursday lunch.
Aria | Brisbane
Chef Matt Moran continues to espouse the paddock to plate philosophy at his breathtaking Brisbane offering, Aria. Thursday lunch is your best bet to sample the modern Australian menu, as the venue will be closed from Good Friday to Easter Monday.
GOOD FRIDAY, APRIL 14
Stokehouse Q | South Bank
After enjoying continued success at the Good Food Guide Awards, Stokehouse Q has been tempting Brisbane diners with their modern Australian fare for the past five years. Executive Chef Richard Ousby will be overseeing this riverfront venue all Easter long weekend.
Deer Duck Bistro | Auchenflower
Some traditionalists avoid red meat on Good Friday, but the menu at Deer Duck Bistro might be enough to tempt them. Nestled in the heart of Auchenflower, this tiny gem boasts European fusion creations that wouldn’t look out of place in the city centre. Pop down on Friday or Saturday to explore the menu.
EASTER SATURDAY, APRIL 15
Blackbird Bar & Grill | Brisbane
They might be taking a break on Good Friday, but Blackbird will be re-opening on Saturday for the ultimate long lunch. Explore the seasonal local produce featured on the restaurant menu, then continue to the bar for some sunset sips.
Gerard’s Bistro | Fortitude Valley
Modern Australian plates with a healthy dollop of Middle Eastern inspiration are on offer at this James Street favourite. Pop down to Gerard’s on Easter Saturday or Sunday to sample their family-style sharing menu.
EASTER SUNDAY, APRIL 16
Ristorante Tartufo | Fortitude Valley
Easter Sunday is typically a day of indulgence, and nothing could be more decadent than a warming bowl of pasta at Tartufo. The Naples-inspired modern Italian menu will be on offer Easter Saturday and Sunday.
One Fifty Bar & Eatery | Ascot
After 40 years as Baguette, this historic Ascot site has now evolved into modern eatery One Fifty Bar. They’re closed Good Friday and Easter Monday, so wander down on Sunday to enjoy the share-style menu and wash it down with some of their luscious wine.
EASTER MONDAY, APRIL 17
Saké | Brisbane
After a weekend of indulgence, you might be craving something on the lighter end of the dining spectrum. The contemporary Japanese menu at Saké will be on offer all Easter long weekend (with an impressive saké list to boot).
Darling & Co | Paddington
If you’ve got guests in town over the holidays, keep Darling & Co in mind. This spacious venue will be serving up breakfast, lunch and dinner all Easter long weekend. The menu features everything from Hervey Bay scallops to Angus beef tartare, with plenty of table space for a wine-fuelled family lunch.
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