E'cco Bistro

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281 reviews
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$41 to $100
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Modern Australian
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  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
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.

Special Offers

2 Course Lunch Special Entree + Main - $39 per person

For just $39pp, choose from an entree and main from our special two-course choice lunch menu. Add a dessert to your lunch experience (three courses $53).

Terms and Conditions: Not available in conjunction with any other offers.

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: 20 August 2019

Ends: 30 September 2019

Availability: Tue-Sat 12:00-14:30

What 281 People Are Saying
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

AW
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

JL
London
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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
2 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

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
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

JH
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

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

JH
London
5 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 2

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
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

SC
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

JB
Brisbane / QLD
2 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Absolutely brilliant meal and service was attentive and knowledgeable

SW
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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!

A
London
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Beautiful experience with very tentative staff and warm welcome.

DS
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We went to E'cco to celebrate our wedding anniversary and our experience on the evening was thoroughly enjoyable. First and foremost, the food was wonderful. My wife is gluten intolerant and she was able to order almost every item on the menu without any compromise to flavour. That was a real bonus for us. The service was understated and could not be faulted. The ambience and fitout of the new location in Newstead are first class and made for a very relaxed yet stylish feel. Our adult children had unexpectedly ordered a bottle of French champagne for us and that surprise was added to when our dessert was accompanied with a Happy Anniversary message in chocolate sauce. We will certainly return to E'cco in the not too distant future.

RM
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fabulous cocktails, and the beef short rib was amazing. Excellent service throughout the whole night, and a great overall venue

MB
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I visited E'cco Bistro with my parents and partner and the fabulous service started the minute my partner and I walked in the door. We were early, so were shown to the bar. The barmen was very friendly and quickly made us two cocktails. While we were sitting and waiting the owners were sitting at the bar enjoying a drink. We got chatting about the gorgeous artwork and the location, which I thought was lovely.
Our meal was outstanding (we had the share plate of lamb shoulder, so delicious), the wine was wonderful as recommended by our wonderful waitress. This restaurant is just as good, if not better in its new location in Newstead and the beautiful artwork, lighting and décor really set the scene for an entirely enjoyable and delightful evening. 5 stars from us!

ML
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

First time diner, and we will return. Fantastic food. We both went with the chefs tasting and loved each different dish. My only critique would be when course 3 and 4 came out the explanations of the wines that went with them were poor. I believe the main man was on his break and I get that but when someone is away, the rest of the team need to step up.

C
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had an excellent experience and enjoyed ourselves. Thank you so much.

OT
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Exceptional food, service and atmosphere. I would highly recommend Ecco to everyone.

MG
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food, we booked the bar table and enjoyed the ambiance tremendously. Will definitely go again.

MS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

We really enjoyed our dining experience at E’cco from our greeting when we arrived to our farewell. We had the Chef’s menu and each course was well explained and delicious. A slight delay with one of the courses was noted and compensated with a glass of wine. The restaurant was full but the service was impeccable. Our only gripe was the level of noise.

MP
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

For a birthday gift, I requested a pre-paid dinner for two. The staff were very helpful in organising the whole thing. The food was amazing and the staff were lovely. I am very impressed and would highly recommend.

F
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 3

Our dining experience wasn’t what I was expecting.
1. Chill too strong in risotto to match delicate flavour of bug.
2. Asking for our drinks to be poured NOT what I would expect from a restaurant of this caliber
3. Waiting for menus- I actually had to get up and ask the maître’d for them. Again, NOT what I would expect from a restaurant of this caliber. Especially when they want you to leave after an hour and 45 minutes
4 An average roast chicken (spatchcock) with no smokey char grilled flavour (as promised by our waiter) extremely average l could have cooked it myself.
Overall an extremely disappointing experience. Not at all what I remember from the old location in the city. Myself and my friends felt highly let down and frankly ripped off.

MO
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food and service was amazing! Will definently return again.

JH
Brisbane / QLD
2 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

We loved our experience at E’cco, and would return. We had the lunch special, which was great value, but we were a little disappointed in the Crispy Skin Pork as there was more fat layer than meat layer. The skin was particularly delicious though.

DB
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

The Wednesday duck special was disappointing. The duck was very dry. I'm had much better meals here

RM
1 review
Dined on 23 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always a great night out..will go back again.
Service is alway amazing

L
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 23 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, really enjoyed the lunchtime menu. Was very happy with the service, only downside was no one said goodbye when we left.

a
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent tasting menu, wines paired well with all of the dishes. A big surprise and an absolute pleasure to meet and have a quick chat with Phillip, made my weekend. Service was extremely professional, knowledgeable and friendly. A flawless dining experience.

VW
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a wonderful dinner at Ecco Bistro. My partner and I shared the prawn tortellini and lamb shoulder. Both were delicious and generous servings. Service was very good. We would definitely come back.

M
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Steak and Shiraz Tuesday’s incredible, highly recommend checking this out, as always food was exceptionall

S
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 1Ambience 1

Very disappointed, nothing like it used to be at the old venue. I’m not sure if it has changed owners but the service is poor. We had to ask the waiter for a menu after being there for like 10 mins. We had to ask people to top up our water. Not what I expected from such a high end restaurant. I would not have cared if it was a local takeaway joint.

CO
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Food was perfect. I had the Angus steak and it was cooked beutifully. Service was first class waiters and waitresses were knowledgeable and courteus.

GP
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This was great, the staff were very professional and funny. The food was exceptional and generous. Frankly I loved it - second time I’ve been there and it is consistently great. Just that next level up with reasonable prices. Think I’ll be a regular

RJ
Brisbane / QLD
3 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always love the venue, service and food
Attention to detail terrific

JA
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Had the degustation. Classic Phillip Johnson style food, that was cooked to perfection. Having been away from Brisbane for a while, it was a pleasure to experience that food again. Service struggled a bit occasionally but everyone was friendly. Only one complaint - when you’re having the degustation/chef’s menu, with matching wines, how do you tell the sommelier that he’s not pouring sufficient to meet the mark on the wine glasses! Black onyx dry aged porterhouse with eggplant purée mushroom and charred grape was spectacular

JM
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We have suggested to all our friends that for a 'date night', they go to E'cco. Many of them have told us that in many other so-called upmarket restaurants in Brisbane they have to yell at each other across the table to be heard. Many thanks to Dillon for informing the restaurant of our requirement to spend a little longer - we were celebrating an anniversary - and for Tom for providing absolutely first-class service. Congratulations.

n
London
3 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

First visit since E'cco moved from CBD location - location much better, easier access, parking. Food was usual high standard however service on the night was slow - both being seated and food service. Busy Saturday night and maybe understaffed in kitchen and front of house for that night? Would certainly go again as food is very good.

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