E'cco Bistro

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$41 to $100
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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.
What 307 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.5
Service
4.4
Ambience
4.3
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RL
1 review
Dined on 12 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great restaurant, fantastic food and wine. I was very happy with all dishes.

DP
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Up to usual standard except that the wine we selected was unavailable on the day.

AL
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

A great venue and night. Service was a little off, but this was made up for by the quality of the food.

CA
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food and service. We highly recommend Cocktails were delicious.

L
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was amazing, service professional and friendly at the same time and and the atmosphere was fantastic

d
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Thoroughly enjoyed our experience at E'cco Bistro. Staff friendly and helpful. Food was very good, particularly enjoyed the fresh salmon entree, lots of textures and flavours. Service prompt but not rushed. Great selection of wines. Would love to return...so many other intresting dishes to try.

CP
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Our first visit to the new Ecco (yes a bit slowti get here after many times s the old premises

Really enjoyed the new space and the manager very involved with the guests

As a spoilt for choice local being able to bring a special bottle is a driver for us and a number of our foodie friends how have also been with the change

Kangaroo Was terrific and the Bug Risotto

KL
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding food, great value. Think Gnocci melting in your mouth like a soft pillow. Exceptional flavour combinations with added elements of texture and presented to wow. Fine dining service with a sense of warmth which is not commonly found. Love how you can have award winning food in a relaxed ambience. One of my favourite restaurant in Brisbane.

ML
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food. Great vibe. Service wonderful. Would definitely recommend.

SF
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

All went well. One side dish was slow to table but all went well.

JF
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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 on 18 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

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

LK
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent service in elegant surroundings. Food was lovely.

JH
Brisbane / QLD
2 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2019
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience4

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 12 October 2019
Overall2Food2Service5Ambience2

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 5 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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 5 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

SF
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

RD
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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 28 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

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 28 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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 27 September 2019
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience3

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 27 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

OT
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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 21 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

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 20 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

MT
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

AW
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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 13 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

OT
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

JL
London
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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 3 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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 31 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

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 30 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

JH
Brisbane / QLD
3 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

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

JH
London
5 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2019
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience2

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 23 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

SC
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

JB
Brisbane / QLD
2 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Absolutely brilliant meal and service was attentive and knowledgeable

SW
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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!