E'cco Bistro

4.4
194 reviews
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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 194 People Are Saying
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ST
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic as usual. Great, delicious, inventive food served with friendliness and pride by all the staff.

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1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Service was great, food was delicious, and the portion size was generous. The lunch special menu was particularly good value.

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OT
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Some of the best service I have had in a restaurant. Excellent menu and great food.

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OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always a pleasure dining at Ecco. The food was exquisite and service was exceptional. Our waiter Tom was wonderful. The occasion was for my birthday and it was amazing. Thank you to all at Ecco

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1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We haven't been to E'cco in a few years (I'm really not sure why!!), and so discovering the new location was a treat. As always, the food was superb, the service was without fault, and on Tuesday we even had the opportunity to spend a few minutes chatting with a staff member about his time at E'cco, and about his home in Italy.

We're already looking forward to our next visit. :)

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RH
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 2

Looks like a good place for a drink as the bar was set up well but the scotch I ordered was not available. Good wine selection. The menu sounded good but the presentation let it down a bit. The table we were seated at was too noisy so had to move table. Lots of staff but they need better training.

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JK
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

excellent service and great food lovely decor wine menu fantastic

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JL
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

One of Brisbane’s best. Had a lunch lovely Friday lunch.Will be back.

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JO
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

overall okay, Risotto was full of cream and was tasteless

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RS
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A wonderful experience at my favourite restaurant. We live in rural Nsw, but visit Ecco on infrequent visits to Brisbane. Food is simply beautiful, service perfect, staff lovely. Great to meet Philip, you have been keeping up the high standards for years. Hope we can return.

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IN
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always fantastic dining at E`cco, food is fantastic as is the service.

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

We were really looking forward to visiting E'cco as we hadn't been to the new venue. Gnocchi entree was divine. Should have had it as a main. Main course of john dory, beetroot and pumpkin was okay - we both found the pumpkin 'smear' very watery.
Dessert of tiramisu was very disappointing, although presentation was good. There was an indistinguishable flavour of a waxy disc on the top - unnecessary and very unpleasant to eat. The coffee syrup in the sponge/biscuit layer was very thin and watery. Not one of the best tiramisu I've ever had. The deconstructed cheesecake wasn't a hit either, although the flavours were good.
The wait staff lacked the pleasant but discreet balance of the old brigade.
I've always liked the top quality produce and unadulterated food that E'cco served. I won't go back in a hurry to this new one though.

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LF
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Perhaps it was my choice, but my main course didn't live up to the high standards that I have experienced in past visits.

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B
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lunch at E'cco was superb! The food was amazing. I will definitely be coming back!

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OT
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 3

Not what it used to be. Sides not served with mains and service very average.

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SF
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely beautiful! The food was lovely and some of the best service we have received in Brisbane in a long time!

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KM
2 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing place, food was divine, atmosphere great and very lovely staff!

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t
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The "new" Ecco Bistro carries over seamlessly the ambiance and dining experience from the original. Food quality exceptional. Philip himself present in the kitchen for the evening showing his continuing passion for his establishment. Simple food well done is the motto and it shows.

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KM
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

We enjoyed our dining experience at Ecco however we were a little disappointed with the service a few times i.e we ordered a 2nd serve of bread and it took too long to arrive (even after we had asked two wait staff to check on the bread. Staff weren't diligent in topping up our water - we waited too long for water on arrival. The steak dishes were lacking an accompanying sauce/jus. Straw potatoes didn't appeal.
Very pleased with our table location given we were celebrating 2 birthdays and we wouldn't have enjoyed the overcrowded main dining area. Exciting menu - we will happily revisit.

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PG
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

A great experience. While preferred the ambience of the previous location closer to Brisbane, this new location is far more accessible. Serving was rather slow and perhaps reflects the relatively small kithcn the chefs work in. That said, well priced and great quality food. Spare ribs melted in the mouth.

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CK
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Exceptional food and service. Definitely recommend.

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CB
5 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We absolutely loved it! The food was delicious and the service superb!

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PM
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

Its an interesting venue, not really classic sophistication more urban chic. Nice menu with variery and multiple price points. Great wine selection, good service. Just a very high price point on the a la carte. Hopefully good for the tradional executive lunch break. Not for romance.

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TM
2 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Another delicious meal. I was with a party of 5 and we were all so excited about the Bug risotto being back on the menu we ALL had it. Generous amount of superb bug and delicate favour of fennel - perfectallly balanced
Kingfish entree superb
I had the goats check pastie which was lovely, Pastry so light and lamb and goats cheese delicious
Hard to beat the kingfish though
Service wonderful

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OT
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Loved the food

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EH
4 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great to see Phillip Johnson back in the kitchen- definitely gave the food a needed lift. Would recommend.

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BD
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent way to celebrate Valentine's Day. Fast becoming our favourite restaurant.

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S
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

I have been a long time customer and a big fan of Ecco, however right now I think MOR is an apt description of where this restaurant sits in the market.
It needs to go back to its roots, which was about inventiveness & excellence.

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ST
2 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had the chefs menu and it was fabulous. Generous serves and each course was great ... Maybe the gnocchi was a winner only by a smidge

Thank you

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PC
1 review
Dined on 12 February 2019
Overall 1Food 2Service 1Ambience 1

Sooooo disappointed. How did this restaurant get all those stars????? The experience was frustrating, irritating and so no what I expected.

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LP
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Lovely night and first time in new location. Very interesting to have a birds eye view of the kitchen. Food was excellent as always.

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JE
1 review
Dined on 30 January 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Menu options were fantastic. Entrees were appropriately portioned and delivered in good time. Main course options were really appealing, with most of the party opting for the steak options. Perfectly cooked and importantly, served with an ideal wait time from the completion of the entree. This really showed an attention to detail that many venues lack when dining. Wine was great, and the ambience was ideal for what was a business dinner.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 30 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a wonderful lunch and I always love it!

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K
1 review
Dined on 23 January 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We had an excellent lunch special at a very reasonable price. The food was delicious and the butter to die for. Nice atmosphere when outside was baking.

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MC
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Outstanding dining experience. Fantastic service from Lachie.

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JD
10 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

We had well positioned table in a quiet corner. We went for single glass wines - a wide selection was available. Wine quality was high standard. We also had some great share plates, including a very well cooked, good tasting porterhouse steak.
All in all, a very good fine dining experience

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SV
1 review
Dined on 16 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Impressive menu, stunning food, great wine list, excellent service, a very satisfying dining experience.

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S
5 reviews
Dined on 15 January 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Overall I had a lovely night. Food was fabulous and so was the service.

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PM
1 review
Dined on 15 January 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

Great food except for Snapper main course.Crispy skin was soggy and fish fillet dry and over cooked which is disappointing considering it’s not a difficult dish

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OC
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 2

This is the first time we have dined at Ecco Bistro since the move from their city location. While the restaurant space is pleasant enough, there is not a shed of remnants from the previous location with the more casual 'vibe' fully embraced. Went for lunch and had the 2 course January special for $39 which is very good value - the food as good as I remember it. Service was Ok but only had two wait staff on which given the number of patrons was not enough. Will we go back, quite possibly, but we believe Ecco has lost the magic allure it used to have in its old location and now it mixes with a general population of restaurants catering to the masses.

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