Popolo Restaurant

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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 452 People Are Saying
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JB
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

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

KP
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as always, the calamari was perfect as usual

JO
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

CR
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

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
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was exceptional

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

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

NK
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot and food

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

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

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

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

IC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Absolutely memorable experience. Our daughters 18th with a great table with views of the river/city, amazing service and delicious food. Thank you to the team at Popolo for making this special

PK
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a wonderful experience! Beautiful food and wonderful friendly staff

EF
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and service. Couldn’t recommend highly enough!

RB
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service from super friendly hostess!!
We were all seated and ordering within minutes.
The food was amazing!! The share plate is a great combination of goodies
AND it was delivered in less than 10 minutes!!

We left a $25 tip ( and we are on a family budget, not a singles / dating budget )

Well worth a visit, we will be back for more..

PD
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Only recently discovered Popolo’s but now it’s fast becoming my favourite restaurant at Southbank! Food is fantastic and the service is efficient and courteous- couldn’t ask for anything better. Thank you!

BS
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely relaxed Sunday lunch overlooking the parklands and river. Restaurant was busy but not too noisy. Music playlist was excellent.
Service was very good - lots of assistance without any pressure.
Food was excellent; lots of gluten-free options (that we must have) included in the menu.

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

Great food, great service in a stunning location. Our favourite “go to” for special occasions.

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

The service was impeccable! Every single staff member was friendly and knowledgeable. The view from the restaurant is also lovely. High recommend!

MP
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as always. Lovely Italian nosh up and great place to while away the afternoon

RH
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great time thanks so much. Will definitely come back another time.

J
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved the view and noise level of this place - the food, which was a range from bruschetta to chocolate mousse and ragu bolognese was amazing especially for the price and service.

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

Celebrated our daughter’s 18th BiRtHdAy. Such a stunning view and gorgeous food. Loved buying multiple dishes and sharing them together. We will be back

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

Fantastic table service

DV
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurants with tasty food, great waiters who make your stay very pleasant and an amazing view over the brisbane skyline!

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