E'cco Bistro

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Modern Australian
Nationally acclaimed and award winning e'cco Bistro was founded by one of Australia's most celebrated chefs, Philip Johnson, in Brisbane in 1995. For the past 23 years, Philip and his team at his landmark bistro have taken a sure yet simple approach by serving unpretentious food to the delight of all diners alike, this has cemented e'cco's reputation in the culinary landscape.
Having relocated from it's original location in Brisbane CBD to the fast growing inner-city residential mecca, Newstead, e'cco has been positioned to prosper for the next 23 years and beyond.
As Philip says “We do as little as possible with the best ingredients available.
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JF
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a fantastic experience from the moment we walked in the door.
Staff were attentive and informative.
Atmosphere was just right and the food - well I just could not stop eating - it was delicious.

B
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our Anniversary dinner - thanks for making it such a delicious and memorable evening. :-)

LK
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service in elegant surroundings. Food was lovely.

JH
Brisbane / QLD
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

We were disappointed in the barramundi, just felt the black beans were too dominating and spoilt what was otherwise a good dish. The gnocchi were delicious, we have had them before, but the centre was too hot (not usually a complaint, but one of us burnt their throat)

AG
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 2

Have always celebrated special occasions at E'cco with family, loved the other premises much better. Just not as it used to be. Would always recommend E'cco though. And I will be back.

KL
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a lovely night at E'cco, delicious food, amazing service, would definitely recommend it!

Our booking was for 6pm & we were told multiple times that we only had 2 hours on Saturday night, as they had 2 sittings, which we were happy with, however...on putting in E'cco into our GPS, it took us to their old address in Boundary St, during which time we took a wrong turn over the Storey Bridge, then back again, then a phone call to them in Tenerife finally got us to the correct address nearly half hour late, eating into our 2 hour dinner, which stressed us!

We finished our mains after 8pm, then I suggested to our party that we take dessert home, so they could have the table (as I'd agreed to multiple times), but when I suggested this to our waitress, she thought we were in a rush to get away, but I explained about our 2 hour limit because of the next sitting. She promptly went to check, & informed us we had the table for the night, as nobody had booked it! So, it was THEN, I felt more relaxed (after all the previous stress!)

I didn't have the opportunity to suggest to the staff that they should have informed me on arrival that we didn't have a 2 hour limit, which would have relieved a lot of stress!

I'm definitely going back to E'cco, but now with fore-armed knowledge re address & asking on arrival if we have to get out quickly (not just assume, because I'd been informed multiple times!)

EM
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went there for lunch with a group and everyone enjoyed their meals. Good atmosphere.

SF
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great meal. Food was good, staff were attentive without being pushy. Good cocktails.

RD
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent total dining experience for my birthday, great to view the open kitchen staff at work, wow they work hard for us “ the customers”. The table service staff gave a natural high quality service and contributed highly to the ambience of this fine dining establishment.
Our compliments to the entire team and the owners for keeping it “right”.

SM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We had an awesome experience at E'cco, it was Riverfire so there wasnt many people there... so was very quiet and pleasant. The Food was delicious and with our Mains we only needed potatoes as a side between 3 of us. The mains we had Pork Belly and Fish of the Day they were a decent size. The most delicious thing was the Craggy Range Pinot Noir, great idea having it by the glass. The Service was very personal and attentive. I would put E'cco in the Top 10 Restaurants in Brisbane.

MC
London
3 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb as always. The food is so good here on a regular basis that it compels you to come back time and time again.

n
London
4 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Have eaten here several times at old and new venue. Found both the food and service v disappointing. Wondered if ownership had changed? Wine list is v good.

OT
Tasmania
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and wine, with excellent service, in an unassuming bistro.

OT
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had my Birthday at Ecco Bistro it was so wonderful. The Gnocchi is to die for. They got the kitchen to bring out dessert and had another plate written in chocolate Happy Birthday. Was a wonderful night!

ML
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Complimentary bread? Delilah! Get more!
Shared the Angus rib eye with some seasonal greens and potatoes: sublime!
I am not really a desert man - affogato is my usual go-to but decided to try the mango Panna cotta and was blown away. I would come back just for that desert!

Value for money? Definitely! No question about it!

The only thing that detracted (a little) from the experience was the choice of music/ the volume it was played at... was a little over bearing at times.

Loved it! Will be back!

DW
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply outstanding dining experience. Everything about this place is 100% class- service, quality of food, atmosphere.

MT
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful food. Great service. Great venue. Definitely would go back again.

AW
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best way to spend a 50th Wedding Anniversary with a small family group. Absolutely special occasion, match by the food and service!

MT
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food! Great service! Will be back as I have been many times before love this place!!!

OT
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a wonderful experience dining at E’cco, staff and food is always exceptional

JL
London
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My partner and I had lunch at E’cco to celebrate her birthday. Everything, from the booking process to the service, was seamless and of high quality. The food was phenomenal, as were the drinks. We particularly enjoyed the slow cooked lamb shoulder, which was just delicious and fell right off the bone. The sides of kipfler potatoes, chorizo and olives, and radicchio and endive salad with walnuts, blue cheese and orange vinaigrette, were equally delicious. The deconstructed strawberry and raspberry cheesecake was the perfect way to finish our meal. We look forward to visiting again to try other dishes from the a la carte menu! Thank you for a highly memorable meal!

CO
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I just love this restaurant - it’s many years since I’ve been and first time in Newstead. Philip Johnson is a genius - have two of his books and of course bought another one whilst I was there (which Philip signed) just love love love his food and would recommend it to everyone. Can’t wait to go back in November. Sensational!!!

L
Brisbane / QLD
4 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was the first time I have been to E’cco Bistro and I was very impressed! Having had the Chef’s tasting menu this gave me a chance to sample a broad range of the chef’s talents. The food was outstanding and timely and the staff were attentive without being invasive. I would highly recommend E’cco Bistro and I’ll be definitely booking another table in the near future!

N
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved every part of this restaurant. Food, staff and ambience were 10/10 👌🏻

JH
Brisbane / QLD
3 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I would particularly recommend the lunch menu, excellent food and value. Our meal was outstanding.

JH
London
5 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

E’cco ticks most of the boxes on the food and beverage front, but is very much let down by its lack of ambience. Poor lighting, food court style tables and a lack of any kind of interior design detract from what would otherwise be a happy dining experience.

MU
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A beautiful menu and romantic setting. Perfect for an evening with that special someone.

SC
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful food and fantastic staff. Would highly recommend! Thanks!

JB
Brisbane / QLD
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Absolutely brilliant meal and service was attentive and knowledgeable

SW
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mum and I wanted a quick quality meal before seeing a musical. Our meals, salad and wine just hit the spot, and was we were in and out in an hour. Ecco just keeps delivering, thanks!

A
London
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful experience with very tentative staff and warm welcome.

DS
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to E'cco to celebrate our wedding anniversary and our experience on the evening was thoroughly enjoyable. First and foremost, the food was wonderful. My wife is gluten intolerant and she was able to order almost every item on the menu without any compromise to flavour. That was a real bonus for us. The service was understated and could not be faulted. The ambience and fitout of the new location in Newstead are first class and made for a very relaxed yet stylish feel. Our adult children had unexpectedly ordered a bottle of French champagne for us and that surprise was added to when our dessert was accompanied with a Happy Anniversary message in chocolate sauce. We will certainly return to E'cco in the not too distant future.

RM
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous cocktails, and the beef short rib was amazing. Excellent service throughout the whole night, and a great overall venue

MB
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I visited E'cco Bistro with my parents and partner and the fabulous service started the minute my partner and I walked in the door. We were early, so were shown to the bar. The barmen was very friendly and quickly made us two cocktails. While we were sitting and waiting the owners were sitting at the bar enjoying a drink. We got chatting about the gorgeous artwork and the location, which I thought was lovely.
Our meal was outstanding (we had the share plate of lamb shoulder, so delicious), the wine was wonderful as recommended by our wonderful waitress. This restaurant is just as good, if not better in its new location in Newstead and the beautiful artwork, lighting and décor really set the scene for an entirely enjoyable and delightful evening. 5 stars from us!

ML
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

First time diner, and we will return. Fantastic food. We both went with the chefs tasting and loved each different dish. My only critique would be when course 3 and 4 came out the explanations of the wines that went with them were poor. I believe the main man was on his break and I get that but when someone is away, the rest of the team need to step up.

C
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had an excellent experience and enjoyed ourselves. Thank you so much.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional food, service and atmosphere. I would highly recommend Ecco to everyone.

MG
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, we booked the bar table and enjoyed the ambiance tremendously. Will definitely go again.

MS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We really enjoyed our dining experience at E’cco from our greeting when we arrived to our farewell. We had the Chef’s menu and each course was well explained and delicious. A slight delay with one of the courses was noted and compensated with a glass of wine. The restaurant was full but the service was impeccable. Our only gripe was the level of noise.

MP
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

For a birthday gift, I requested a pre-paid dinner for two. The staff were very helpful in organising the whole thing. The food was amazing and the staff were lovely. I am very impressed and would highly recommend.

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