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Find the best meal on Father’s Day in Brisbane

Treat your dad this Father’s Day and take him for a scrumptious lunch at these Brisbane and Gold Coast hot spots.


It might just be us, but there’s just something about dads and food, so why not give him what he loves this Father’s Day and spoil him with some grub from one of Brisbane’s best?

Whether you’re in the city or the suburbs, we’ve found a bunch of restaurants, bistros, bars and grills that are sure to be Father’s Day wins. Just remember to book early to make sure you get a table.

Our top picks for Father's Day in Brisbane

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Brisbane CBD

Sake Restaurant 8-course shared menu for 2

Sake Restaurant 8-course shared menu for 2 from RedBalloon

Stun him with the award-winning contemporary Japanese cuisine of Sake Restaurant and Bar. Not only is the food delicious but he'll love the relaxing views of Brisbane River, too.

  • Inclusions: 8-course contemporary Japanese shared-meal
  • Location: Sake Restaurant and Bar, Pier, Level 1/45 Eagle St, Brisbane
  • Price: $220 for two

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Motion Bar and Grill

Motion Bar and Grill from RedBalloon

Housed inside the Brisbane Marriott, Motion Bar and Grill prides itself in using only the finest, locally-sourced ingredients, many of which are grown or sourced within 100 kilometres of the establishment. Grills and Ă  la carte are available, though the one you're eyeing is the buffet brunch selection.

  • Inclusions: Buffet brunch, cocktail and valet parking
  • Location: 515 Queen St, Brisbane
  • Price: $45 for one person

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Customs House

Customs House, Brisbane

One of Brisbane’s heritage icons, Customs House features an award-winning restaurant with both indoor and outdoor seating.

There are a range of menus to choose from, including a Sunday breakfast and signature two-course lunch, alongside the traditional restaurant menu.

If you’re looking to treat dad to a more formal dining experience in the city, Customs House is a great pick.

Address: 399 Queen Street, Brisbane

Black Bird Bar & Grill, Brisbane

Fancy is the word you're looking for when describing Black Bird Bar & Grill. It's a restaurant that needs no introduction, sitting on the banks of the Brisbane River and pushing out quality modern Australian dishes from its kitchen.

It's the place you go to for a big "do" like Father's Day particularly if you wish to be lavish about it. Go on, you know he deserves this.

Address: 123 Eagle Street, Brisbane


Thyme2 Restaurant at Sofitel Brisbane, CBD

The world's best culinary tastes come together under the roof of Thyme2 inside Sofitel Brisbane. Buffets grace its tables daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner featuring seafood freshly-picked from the market and desserts made in the in-house patisserie.

On Sundays, the restaurant opens early for dinner at 5:30pm, making it an exceptional choice for families.

Those who have little ones can also order up a petit buffet for the petit price of $10.

Address: 249 Turbot Street, Brisbane

Southbank and South Brisbane

Multi-course degustation at hatted restaurant

Multi-course degustation at hatted restaurant from Groupon

Sit down to a carefully curated modern Australian degustation, featuring duck with gnocchi, pork collar and baby octopus

  • Inclusions: . 5-course degustation
  • Location: Chef-Hatted Deer Duck Bistro Toowong, Auchenflower
  • Price: $69

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Tapas platters and wine

Tapas platters and wine from Groupon

Take a culinary trip to France by choosing two tapas platters to share, accompanied by a glass of red or white wine

  • Inclusions: 2 French tapas platters with wine
  • Location: The French Bistro, Brisbane
  • Price: $39 for two

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The Charming Squire

The Charming Squire, South Brisbane

What dad doesn’t like beer? That’s why we think taking dad to a brewery is a winning option for Father’s Day. The Charming Squire is a working James Squire brewery with dining available in plain sight of the brewing process.

There’s a restaurant, bar and brewer’s pantry menu, each packed with options like gourmet pizza, salads, steaks and fish.

For Father's Day this year, The Charming Squire has cooked up a feast for the senses with an exclusive woodfired dry-aged sirloin on the bone, coupled with kipfler potato à la boulangère, sauce meunière and café de Paris butter.

Order it and get a free off-the-wood beer to wash it down and he'll be leaving one happy chappy.

Address: 133 Grey Street, South Brisbane

Greenhouse Canteen & Bar, South Brisbane

Clean and green dads may already frequent Greenhouse Canteen, but there's no reason to not surprise him on his special day with a treat he already knows he loves.

Fresh produce is paired with a vegan menu to deliver unique eats that'll leave you feeling good about your treat. Think zucchini bolognese, jackfruit enchiladas and pandan pancakes.

Finished with a seasonally driven desert, naturally.

Address: Cnr Russell and Manning Streets, South Brisbane

Popolo, South Brisbane

Popolo literally translates to "people" in Italian and is where people collect to wine, dine and catch up over meals that taste like nonna's home cooking.

The view, though, is probably a little more extravagant than at nonna's. Located in Southbank the views over the river are utterly spectacular and whether you're dining on a selection of antipasto, sharing plates of pumpkin ravioli and Wagyu ragu or pulling at pieces of pizza, you shouldn't miss the chance to chink wine glasses to it as you wish dad a happy Father's Day.

Address: River Quay, R3 Sidon Street, South Bank

Fortitude Valley and New Farm

Middle Eastern 3-course lunch or dinner for two

Middle Eastern 3-course lunch or dinner for two from RedBalloon

Experience the tantalising flavours of Middle Eastern, Moroccan and North African cuisine for lunch on Father's Day. Also available for dinner.

  • Inclusions: 3-course dinner for two, a glass of wine each
  • Location: Mecca Bah, Shop 21, 1000 Ann Street, Fortitude Valley
  • Price: $110 for two

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Beer and oysters with brewery tour

Beer and oysters with brewery tour from Groupon

Try out different beers and snack on fresh oysters at Green Beacon Brewing Co.

  • Inclusions: 45-minute guided tour
  • Location: Green Beacon Brewing Co., Teneriffe
  • Price: $39

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Parmigiania lunch or dinner with drinks

Parmigiania lunch or dinner with drinks from Groupon

Sip on a glass of house wine or beer and enjoy a choice of parmigiana main, complemented with a sharing starter of garlic bread or chips

  • Inclusions: 2-course Parmigiana meal with a choice of wine or beer
  • Location: Awesome Parmigiana and Steakhouse, New Farm
  • Price: $35

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Les Bubbles Bar and Bistro, Fortitude Valley

Inspired by Parisian steakhouses where steaks and frites (fries) take center stage, Les Bubbles Bar and Bistro is where friends and family collect over steaks seared to your liking.

Couple that with plates of bottomless fries and Dad is sure to be smiling from ear to ear by the end of the meal.

Address: 144 Wickham Street, Fortitude Valley

Cloudland, Fortitude Valley

If food decisions are a problem in your family, Cloudland can set you straight with its variety of set menus that start from as little as $39.50 per person.

How's that for budgeting out your Father's Day meal plans?

The cuisine of choice is Italian with arancini balls and deli plates taking out the first course and ragus, pizzas and pastas taking out the second. You also have the choice to add drinks to your package for extra.

Address: 641 Ann Street, Fortitude Valley

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