Vaquero

4.7
502 Reviews
$40 and under
Contemporary European
Vaquero dining is nestled in under the Old Albion town hall built-in the 1800s. Full of character this venue lets the imagination run wild.
The speakeasy style entry through a vintaged themed butcher shop sees the space open up into a beautifully fitted out dining haven.
The food is inspired by the Spanish Vaquero (herdsman) with aged and cured meats front and centre on a beautifully designed ever changing menu.
Chef Damon porter and his team work side by side with a skilled team of bartenders and waiters.
This is a elegantly casual dining venue with flexibility across the board for events and intimate or romantic dinners welcomes its little sister "on the side" by Vaquero.
If you are looking for a small bar for a drink before or after you dinner with friends, just pop next door.
With Albion trains station 150 meters away Vaquero and On the side will satisfy your every need.
Thank you for you interest for our Albion hidden gem.
What 502 people are saying
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Fjvdunv
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brilliant food and service, lovely setting. Hidden gem

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Niru
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Meat was tough. Not cooked well. But sangria was ok.

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LeonieJ
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the food and the staff is always amazing. The bar manager always makes us cocktails even if it's not on the menu. :)

HJ
HowardJ
Brisbane
7 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Third time I’ve been here recently, and probably the least enjoyable of the three. Menu had changed and not necessarily for the better, tapas/entree’s were delicious but the lamb main was a bit tough, and not particularly flavoursome. Service not quite as good as before either, seemed to be waiting to be asked if we wanted more wine, and then there was a bit too long a wait for it to come, as by the time it had, I’d almost finished eating. Still a good overall experience and it won’t put me off venturing back there.

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DBSS
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my favourite Brisbane restaurant. Delicious food, lovely ambience, friendly and not imposing staff, incredibly inexpensive for what if offered, feels like you are with people but you don’t feel intimidated by them...just love it.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's 12 minutes drive from Brisbane city. We were lucky to get parking easily in the alley next to the restaurant.

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AlbionLocal1
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing.
All of the meats were delicious, as well as the seafood and salads. The Brownie for dessert was SO yummy! Also the cocktails/ gin selection were on point!

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Tarns
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a lovely Valentines dinner with my partner. Service was excellent, food was tasty and we felt like we had travelled overseas to dine in Europe. Would defiantly go back!

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CatrionaT
Brisbane
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Had a lovely Valentines Night but there were a few tweaks that would have made it amazing!
Not many wines by the glass which was disappointing for my husband as I am pregnant and couldn’t drink, also they only had 2 set mocktails and unable to make something different.
Was a shame that my husband missed out on all the dairy just because I had to have it removed (could have had his on the side eg)
Strange choice of music, wasn’t really fitting to the romantic moody environment.
Seated near the door isn’t a great vibe, was drafty and lighting was too bright (plus there was unfortunately a broken flickering light 🙈)
Service was good but didn’t feel very personable, like they were always in a hurry or annoyed by any questions asked.

We’d come back to see if better on a non even night but so close to perfection it left us a little disappointed!

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Jules
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A very pleasant/enjoyable evening at Vaquero. The food was quite distinctly unique/flavoursome and delicious. The ambiance was lovely and the seating was surprisingly comfortable (even though at first I wasn’t keen on the high stool seats). Shane that attended to us was on point with service and friendliness. We will be back again to try the other dishes on the menu. A new favourite restaurant for us.

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CKit
Brisbane
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great restaurant in central location. Food is excellent and the service is impeccable.

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Chilly
Brisbane
6 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

First time we had eaten at Vaquero for some time and it was still very good.

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LeonieN
Brisbane
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Table I requested set up on arrival - low stocks of French Bubbles DUE to COVID but as usual Shane produced a great substitute - attentive waiter innivativevTapas menu

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SteveC
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had dinner for our anniversary. We loved the physical environment - entry through the deli, inside & outside seating zones, surrounds - really enjoyed the meal (banquet, which was like a mini-degustation) & thought the service excellent. Highly recommended.

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WarwickH
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Fabulous food and ambience. A must visit for everyone.

HJ
HowardJ
Brisbane
8 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Had a fantastic evening all round.
Food and service were outstanding.

HJ
HowardJ
Brisbane
8 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great discovery, we will be back! 😁

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ChristineL
Brisbane
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The whole experience was perfect ( delicious food and prompt service). Will definitely be back again.

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AndrewB
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Fantastic service, waitress was a wonder, nice ambience. Tapas were nice, as was the mackerel main. However the flank steak main quite tough and somewhat mediocre and the potato and broccoli sides were average. Perhaps just a off night.

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OpenTable Diner
Baton Rouge
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and great service.

MJ
MelissaJ
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service. Good value.

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MissDelilah
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is such a lovely spot! It’s beautifully designed and has an excellent menu. Everything we tried was superb.

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NickC
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and food
Would recommend to family and friends

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OpenTable Diner
Brisbane
4 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Amazing food, third time I’ve eaten here however unfortunately this time the service was awful. We were quite late to the booking (we called ahead) which I understand is frustrating however were punished the entire time from our waitstaff which really affected an important client lunch

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AngelaK
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was fabulous - the food, the service, the wine! We ate too much and just couldn't fit in dessert, but we won't make that mistake next time!

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RachelleL
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing atmosphere and delicious scallops! The service was phenomenal

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AlexS
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent food - it is their drawcard. Can get busy and a bit humid, but that is not unusual in brisbane.

Mini donuts are addictive.

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Jules
Brisbane
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service and delicious food. There was a function outside which made it quite noisy at our table which was at the back of the restaurant.

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SteveD
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I have been here a few times now, the food is always brilliant & the service is the right blend of relaxed friendliness & dedicated professionalism.
I would highly recommend trying the slow cooked venison if you get the chance (not always available).
We tried the banquet menu for Friday & Saturday lunchtimes & it was most satisfying.

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Philip1
Brisbane
2 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food , wine and service, very good restaurant, have visited many times and it always comes up good!!! will definitely be back again

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DanielleT
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Service was fantastic however the food left something to be desired. Scallop entrees were divine however the octopus main was chewy and over cooked. Spanish mackerel main was cooked well but lacked any definitive flavour. Tomato salad was very tasty though! A solid 6/10 but for the price (exxy) i would recommend going elsewhere.

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LynneB
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Spanish inspired food. The sangria is exceptional.

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ToniS
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Vaquero has fantastic food and cocktails. A great little gem in Albion - Perfect for a special occasion.

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PacG
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall2food4service2ambience2

Food menu, quality, quantity was good although too expensive esp when compared to say the "Rustic Olive" at Redcliffe but also to many others. The real problem was the wine list; way too expensive, I'd like to say 'criminally expensive'. And I'm not sure the wine quality was there either. When a complaint about that was raised, the waiter gave short shrift to it, instead of responding that the comment/ complaint would be taken seriously and passed on to management.

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Lisamaree
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Lovely place to go. Food was really good though the portions are small.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We love this place - imaginative modern Spanish food, so tasty and well executed with flair. It has the buzz you want on a night out, and the team also have heaps of energy. The service is very professional and personable - Chris has a delightful personality and made us feel special on our night out. The Josper Roasted Scallops were the standout and the grilled WA octopus were also delicious. Go mid-week and they offer well priced options.

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Greatloveroffinefood
Melbourne
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was sensational and the staff were so knowledgeable and friendly. Definitely on our list to come back and enjoy again.

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DanTheGirl
Brisbane
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

This is Brisbane’s best kept secret. Didn’t realise it was here under our noses all this time. Wonderful service and food. Lovely surroundings. Lovely for a special night out. We are indoors on this occasion and we’ll ask to eat al fresco next time to compare! Lovely!

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JonathanH
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favourite restaurants. Always consistent, friendly service and great food. A must try.

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Tony
Melbourne
5 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is very high quality with much attention to detail, great flavours and impeccably presented. Staff are very attentive, knowledgeable and friendly. Great ambience, lively but not too noisy.

FAQs

Vaquero is rated 4.7 stars by 502 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.