Popolo Restaurant

4.6
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466 Reviews
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$41 to $100
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Italian
Here at Popolo, we passionately embrace the philosophy that food is the link that brings family and friends together. With the word ‘popolo’ itself meaning people, we aim to replicate an experience that can only be felt at Nonna’s house.

Inspired by the Italian art of feasting, the carefully crafted shared menu is where local seasonal produce and high quality authentic ingredients come together to form a modern yet authentic dining experience. Grab a drink at the bar and nestle into the comfortable and contemporary venue as you soak up the spectacular views and vibrant atmosphere of one of the best Italian restaurants Brisbane has to offer.

Boasting a mix of sleek modern industrial interiors and classic Australian design features, our dynamic yet relaxed atmosphere strikes the perfect tone for your afternoon cocktail affair.
What 466 People Are Saying
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RO
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly people, amazing food, beautiful scenery.
Went here for my girlfriend's birthday dinner and she loved it. We had an amazing time. Would come again.

CF
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely love Popolos! If I’m heading to Southbank this is my go to place. I’ve introduced a lot of friends to it. And Saturday had another two friends who had never been! They loved that the food was ease to share.

LT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of the finest & classiest restaurant I've been to. Incredibly authentic, excellent service and delicious food. We will be back many times to come.

DC
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been visiting Popolo a few times in recent years as part of our family tradition for our birthday dinner.

Never disappoint, we have favourite menu we always go for. I’ve also organised a few catch up with friends over drinks or lunch.

Love this place, will keep on coming back.

Cheers,
Donna

LR
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely relaxed lunch. Great river view. Good food. Service was good.

ND
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful food. The service was fantastic. Staff really so helpful with catering for allergies and food choices that would suit customer. Thanks so much. It was a lovely evening.

A
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent and the staff lovely. Perfect place to that special someone.

RB
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great customer service, I love the location. Beef Carpaccio stands out of all the food we ordered.

CR
Brisbane / QLD
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our Foodie Niece was with us and she was amazed at the Zucchini Flowers.. I was too .. the Eggplant confit stuffing was just right and it was the first time ever that I have liked anything eggplant.
The Arrancini was as good as always. As was the lamb.
Deserts were excellent.. the revamped Panna Cotta with the quince and honey was superb.
As other reviewers have said, I am always pleased to show off Brisbane by taking all visitors to Popolo.
And, as always, it is the friendliness and helpfulness of the staff that create the ambience that encourages us return.

JA
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful dining experience. We had a lovely evening and the food was all fabulous :)

AS
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious meal, well presented. Our Brazilian waiter was delightful and looked after us very well.
Will be coming back

DB
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Loved the relaxed feeling. Food was delicious and good serving sizes. Will return

SN
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely experience at Popolo, lovely view of the river and City, friendly, helpful staff, great food. Would highly recommend!

RV
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

For years has been our absolute favourite restaurant in Brisbane. Always without fail the best food ,the best service and the best view. X

JB
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We were joined by two interstate visitors and proud to show off this great restaurant.

KP
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always, the calamari was perfect as usual

JO
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! A dreamy family birthday dinner with delicious food and ambience.

CR
Brisbane / QLD
3 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I often have recommended Popolo..
this last visit, the staff ( Maria and Sarah) were very helpful and friendly. To us, this is the most important aspect when we decide where to go.
We tried dishes we don’t normally try at restaurants and were impressed. The lamb was the best ever.. tasty and perfectly cooked. The panacotta was exceptional and I hope it is still on the menu when we return at the end of this month.
Wine, as usual was just right, but I do wish you would serve NZ wine by the glass..

JS
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and great food. Couldn’t have asked for more. Also the best strawberry aperol spritz!

BL
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a very special reunion for our family. Two of the five people had come from Salisbury in England and were meeting up with the other three who live in Queensland after many years. The position of Popolos with views of the city and river is perfect. We had very good attentive service from Celine? We took our time over a good selection of dishes, sharing most of them. Loved the hot coated olives, the barramundi, and the tiramisu was as light as a feather. It was a memorable meal and everyone was very happy. THANKYOU.

MB
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience5

Great restaurant and atmosphere, lovely setting . Food was enjoyable, only blemish was that the waitress (not the one who took the order) served my meal to the person at the next table so my wife ate alone.., while I waited for his meal ... I heard his order (steak medium) mine was rare. ...I also heard the waitress describe the steak as rare when she delivered to him so he was an idiot, first for ordering a steak medium done 😉 second for accepting my order. Fortunately the waitress who took my order saw my empty plate and visible irritation and she intervened before I was served his medium steak... (which I would have politely declined) As as a result I had to wait. I laughed when I heard the first waitress apologise to the other customer due to his undercooked steak.....So entertaining overall but can’ score too highly on the service....

JP
Brisbane / QLD
14 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Food was great for sharing and had something to please everyone. Especially the starters. Wonderful ambience and location. The particular server we had though could have been a lot friendly to make the experience 5 star.

OT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was exceptional

S
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

You can’t beat the location and the staff were very attentive and helpful. Food was great. Overall it is a perfect spot to enjoy Brisbane at night.

J
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated our 10 year anniversary at Popolo's on Saturday night. The view was incredible, the service wonderful and the food amazing. We loved every moment and will most certainly return again.

SM
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are coming again tonight with a bigger group. The food and service at our table was outstanding on Friday night.

SF
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a lovely experience. The circle table out the front was perfect. We will visit again.

T
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Had an enjoyable experience. Only issue is we found the share plate for 2 of a bit too small portion.

CH
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic food and service, couldn’t fault the place.

NK
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The staff at Popolo are it’s greatest asset. They are friendly and warm without being intrusive and very knowledgeable . They make the experience of dining there very enjoyable. A table facing the river is a must as the passing parade is perfect for people watching . Food is very good , would like to go again very soon.

KD
Brisbane / QLD
3 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The friendly service made our experience even better. The staff are very knowledgeable and can help you find the perfect wine for your dinner! The food is delicious and the view makes you want to sit there all night!

F
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

We’ve been to Popolo previously and enjoyed it.
Our recent dinner will be our last at Popolo. The carafe of wine tasted watered down, the pizza bread was undercooked and the steak was served cold.

KR
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Popolo's should become the restaurant of choice if you want delicious food, magnificent views of the Brisbane River and chatty but professional staff.

CL
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great menu, with delicious dishes that were enjoyed by all of our small group. The only thing that wasn’t good, was the location of our table... right at the entrance to the restaurant.

LT
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This is a fantastic restaurant and would highly recommend. The location is great with a lovely view of the river, very sunny aspect (though not directly on tables). Staff outstanding & very accommodating. Even gave us a complimentary birthday cake!

c
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great 'above Nona's' Italian. Share plates can be awkward for business group dinner. Otherwise bloody good. Great Italian wine list. Staff very accommodating with split bills, separating alcohol out from other items, etc. Views to the water are pretty wonderful.

NV
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot and food

SN
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favourite! Fantastic venue, service is incredible, food fabulous and location outstanding.

MV
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We got the Mangia set and a Chianti wine, it was incredible and my partner and i were blown away at the incredible combination of the quality of the food we received, the quality of the wine and the all atmosphere of the restaurant

Not only was all of that amazing, but the service we received was exceptional, with just the right amount of banter, and courteous check ins to make sure that we were enjoying ourselves.

if you are looking for a quality restaurant for date night and don't mind spending a little bit more, Popolo's is a wonderful choice.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A family favourite. Great for groups to be able to taste lots of wonderful dishes. We took the kids with us for Father’s Day and no problems. The staff were super accommodating with our booking which we increased a few days prior. Table was ready on time and food is spectacular. Waitstaff particularly friendly. Beautiful day and view over the river and city made for a perfect father’s day lunch.