Verve Cafe

4.5
163 reviews
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$40 and under
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Italian
Verve Restaurant and Cider House, a lively New York-style basement bar and restaurant tucked underneath the historic Metro Arts building, is Brisbane`s very own Cheers bar. It also holds the mantle of being Brisbane‘s very first underground bar and the city‘s only dedicated cider house.
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J
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Easily my favourite place to eat in Brisbane! Such a hidden little gem.

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

Always a wonderful time here, the food is consistently delicious, and always freshly prepared. They are incredibly accommodating with the menu, and the service is always super friendly. They are busy and bustling, so you will need to flag someone down sometimes, but it's all part of the atmosphere. The beer list is excellent as well.

JB
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always we had a great night and that's without mentioning the food. But I have to say something. It was DIVINE.Thanks so much to the chef for my delicious dairy free meal.

JB
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

From the smell as you first descend the stairs you know your in for a treat & the Verve doesn’t disappoint. Rich sauces enthuse flavour in filling meals that offer great value for money. When busy the confined space & resulting noise levels can make intimate chatting difficult however it’s a situation you’ll gladly trade not only for the food, but the ambience & service are also excellent. A great venue that upon visiting once you’ll continue returning too

CS
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I haven’t been to Verve in a while but it hasn’t changed! Still the best food and service. Definitely recommend.

AM
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Could improve if toilets clean and serviceable . I don’t have 50 words make this easy and people will complete the survey

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

Food was devine and wait staff were fantastic and a great atmosphere

NW
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as always. The food, staff and everything in between is spectacular. Please don’t ever change

AB
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

Okay for a no fuss quick bite, but it really needs a renovation and the food was pretty basic.

LK
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

this place has excellent food and excellent wine. we love it so much!

GS
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

Food, drinks and service was great. The noise was quite loud.

V
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We were a group of 7 diners on a fairly busy Saturday night with a booking.
We were happy with our table, the service was prompt, the food was very enjoyable, as described and represented good value, portion size was good, authentic flavours, all diners were happy.
Staff were engaging, efficient and friendly.
We would return again.
Thanks for a lovely night.

DC
Brisbane / QLD
3 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good, as usual, we have been to Verve a fee times before!

EM
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

A work friend recommended verve for myself and my partners anniversary, and we were not disappointed. The service was sometimes slow (drink orders were forgotten) but it was a very busy night and when we were served all of the waitresses/waiters were really lovely and went above and beyond in terms of customer service. The meals tasted amazing and the portion sizes were huge. The restaurant itself was really cool, such an awesome vibe being in a basement. Overall we had a really great night and will definitely go again

LT
Brisbane / QLD
3 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service out favourite place when we are in the city

OT
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Absolutely great vibe and good food. The beef ragu papadelle was good but nothing special compared to other Italian places. The sticky date pudding with salted caramel sauce was to die for.

a
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent customer service
Generous and delicious food
Mulled cider was amazing !

LT
Brisbane / QLD
3 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always great food and service and value for money , always our place for dinner

MW
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The food is always fantastic at verve. Is a little noisy though.

g
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We were pleasantly surprised with ambience of the venue and the quality of food served. Standard of service was acceptable but not exceptional however it must be said that staff were very busy at time we went. Only negative was lack of toilets (shared) which needed more regular servicing.

AB
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, service, atmosphere and wine were fantastic. Amazing Gluten Free options!!

PA
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Been there many times and have NEVER been disappointed. Always great food at a good price. Love it!

CD
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Food great. Service pretty good. Well priced. Meals came promptly. I did find the dark a bit too much for lunch time so I feel it is more of a dinner venue. But over all - great!

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

We haven't been to the Verve for a couple of years but after visiting last week, we will certainly be returning. Thanks for the great night

D
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Our food was nice , ordered one Ragu pasta and pork belly pasta , but myself and the company we were with just thought the sauce was thick and glugg y . I think we thought it would be thinner to use bread to dip it into. Very nice and felt so full and content

A
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

We arrived around 20 minutes early of our booking but was promptly attended to by staff. We were seated at a corner booth, and personally the ambiance at our seats was a little disappointing. Our table was in an alcove with exposed gas meter/valve/piping on the ceiling. Admittedly it was a busy Friday night for Verve with several tables set up to seat large groups, but our table was the worst in the restaurant.

For a party of four, we ordered garlic loaf and calamari as a shared appetizer. The bread was tasty and baked perfectly, crunchy outside and soft inside. I found the calamari a little under seasoned and even with the aioli it still lacked flavour.

Pasta and risotto was ordered for mains. Blue cheese risotto for myself, a seafood risotto, a beef ragu pappardelle, and meat balls linguine. Comments basically agreed that the food was tasty but too large a serving for an individual. Personally, I enjoyed the blue cheese risotto but found my palate overwhelmed with the flavour midway through my meal. I think the tomato sauce in the risotto was not enough to cut the taste of the blue cheese. Even a good seasoning of chilli flakes was unable to dull the blue cheese taste enough for me to enjoy the dish fully.

My wife commented that the seafood risotto was a little too sweet for her palate. Even with the lemon wedge on the plate, it was not enough to lessen the sweet sauce. This might just be a personal preference on flavour.

It was not a perfect dinner but I would not hesitate to go back to Verve. Tasty food is always a good reason to come back.

CC
London
7 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great meal, selected Verve on basis of other reviews and we were not disappointed. Welcoming, helpful staff and wonderful food.

J
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Adore Verve. Food is always brilliant and the staff are so friendly.

ST
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Music soooooo loud, could not talk to anybody at the table.
It seamed like the music was for the young serving staff, not the professional business lunch customers.

JP
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

I would recommend it for the food but unfortunately it is extremely noisy and the service is dismal.

SS
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

I had the chicken tortellini. I don’t normally get chicken mains as I find the chicken is always dry and unfortunately this was the case with this dish too. The pasta was beautifully cooked though. I have been to Italian restaurants that charge less for the same quality food but what I love about verve is the ambience. It was a bit noisy when the restaurant was busy which made it hard to hear the people I was with but the noise was expected considering the restaurant is below street level. Would still be happy to go back.

GR
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I love Verve, the food is always great and the service was also great

B
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The food is delicious and probably deserve its rank of Best casual dining in Brisbane CBD. We conveniently picked this place before a play that was played at the Metro Arts.
The only downside I found is the noise level, it was just 4 of us and I felt I needed to yell for my friends to hear me which wasn't ideal. The service is a little hectic as they are very busy but maybe they should accomodate a bit less table for a better experience overall. The service though was quick and we didn't wait long at all before we get our dishes

PH
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good food at a reasonable price and very quick service, not much more you can ask for really. Ambience is good provided you like the grungy vibe of the place, I do, and it's lively without being so loud that you can't here yourself think.
We've been coming here for years and have never been disappointed and everyone we brought to the place has been impressed. Would have given the food 5 stars but my crab cake starter, although very tasty, thanks to a mix of pesto and a tomato sauces, lacked any real crab flavour. I know crab meat is expensive and the dish at $9 is not but just a little more crab, perhaps even a garnish of little crab meat on top would have lifted it to 5 stars.

OT
Brisbane / QLD
2 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great little venue with a casual atmosphere, nice beers and ciders on tap and great food, the Blue Cheese risotto was outstanding

MM
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great wine and excellent value for money

KP
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 1

We booked the venue for a birthday dinner for a relative. There was no sign that we would be faced with a steep set of stairs to enter the basement (we were eating at 6.30pm), and we had a double pram with us. There were also no high chairs available, and it was almost supposed to be our fault for booking. We ordered drinks and a pasta dish for the toddlers with a bread board. The pasta and breads were pretty much finished before our drinks even arrived and the place was not busy. It was impossible to hear anyone speak and the music was an eclectic mix, which is not bad, just impossible to speak to anyone. The real icing on the cake was the three levels of external stairs that had to be climbed to get to the toilets. With two toddlers and ages from 2 to seventies in our party, that was significant. I think that it should be very clear on their site that there is difficult access to the cafe. The pictures just look like a normal venue but it is far from it. Thank goodness it was not raining for all those tedious toilet stops. I couldn't recommend this place at all. When it was time to leave there wasn't even any assistance trying to get the pram out (they had wedged it between table after disassembling a large group table).

JN
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great find in the centre of Brisbane. We dined at Verve on a Saturday night about 6.30. Pre booked a table for 4 on line which was really easy.
The service was really good as was the food and reasonably priced. The restaurant itself is in a basement with interesting industrial style décor but it all works well and has a great atmosphere. Very busy and was quite noisy so we were glad the waiter directed us to a table in a booth which was quieter. Couldn't fault anything with the food, we all enjoyed the evening and will most definitely be back.

CS
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always love verve, as always was very loud and busy but that's what I expect! Took a while until someone came and asked if we wanted drinks though so I only got 1 drink with dinner when I would have probably preferred to get 2

B
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food, awesome service, was super cheap but so loud inside 😂

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