Want to sit down to a Queensland restaurant meal that would put a smile on a food critics face?

Here’s 50 that you should try.

The critics have spoken and Queensland’s dining scene has been rated from top to toe. The Good Food Guide, The Australian, Delicious Magazine and Gourmet Traveller all have different opinions, their own rating systems and their favourites.

There are many factors which combine in a restaurant experience and it is a real feat when a restaurant can consistently turn out meals that delight.    My favourite dining experiences always seem to involve top local produce prepared with just enough technique to enhance the flavours and served in a memorable location.  I’m thinking beachside or river views.

It’s different for everyone so I hope you can find a restaurant to try on this list that fits your flavour list.

How do you choose where to dine? This list of Queensland’s top 50 restaurants combines all the hats, stars, awards and top 10 lists into my own rating system.

I’ve been writing about food for more than 20 years, sometimes as a reviewer, but mostly for stories or Eat drink + be Kerry.  It’s a long table. Pick your seat below.

Brisbane Restaurants







Stokehouse Q



Gerard’s Bistro

Goma Restaurant




The Wolf


1889 Enotecca


The Euro



Blackbird Bar & Gill

Black Hide Steakhouse


Il Centro


Nickel Kitchen & Bar


Sake Restaurant

The Balfour Kitchen

The Survey Co.

Thomson’s Reserve

Regional Queensland Restaurants


Wasabi, Noosa


Nu Nu, Palm Cove


Harrisons, Port Douglas

Kyomi, Broadbeach

The Long Apron, Maleny


Spirit House, Yandina


Rick Shores, Burleigh

The Fish House, Burleigh Heads

Ten Japanese, Broadbeach

The Peak, Maryvale


Homage, Granchester

Locale, Noosa Heads

Mamasan, Broadbeach

Noosa Waterfront Restaurant & Bar, Noosaville

Ricky’s River Bar & Restaurant, Noosa Heads

Restaurant Fellini, Main Beach

Room 81, Broadbeach

Social Eating House, Broadbeach

The Tamarind, Maleny

Vanitas, Main Beach

What’s your opinion?

Do you think the critics are right?

Is there a restaurant that deserves to be on this list?

Leave your comments below.