E'cco Bistro

4.4
139 reviews
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$41 to $100
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Modern Australian
Top tags:
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Modern Australian, Grill, Wine Bar
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Hours of Operation
Dinner
Tue–Sat 5:30 am–10:30 pm
Lunch
Tue–Sat 12:00 pm–3:00 pm
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Phone number
(07) 3831 8344
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Payment Options:
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Catering
Philip Johnson and his team of award-winning chefs research, design and prepare innovative seasonal menus using only the freshest, locally produced ingredients. With more than 20 years experience in delivering successful events and catering for our clients, both corporate and private, you are guaranteed an impressive event that will leave your guests raving. We are a team of professional and efficient event and catering coordinators, chefs, waiters, bar and cocktail specialists all working together to ensure your special event, large or small is an overwhelming success.
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Neighbourhood
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Parking Details
Entry via Reddacliff St.
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Special Events & Promotions
TUESDAY, 6TH NOVEMBER 2018 [this is a prepaid event]
Melbourne Cup at e’cco -12pm-3pm

For only $99, enjoy a glass of champagne & canape on arrival with a sit down five-course chef’s tasting menu by Philip Johnson & head chef Gert Pretorius.

FASHIONS OFF THE FIELD | SWEEPSTAKES + BIG SCREEN FOR THE RACE
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Outdoor dining , Private Room, Wine
What 139 People Are Saying
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LM
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 1

Waited 1/2 hour to be seated. Online booking did not make it clear that we had not booked a table (even though it said table booking) but had a seat at a bar looking at the chef. As it was a special occasion we were very disappointed. They later moved us to a table after we had entres.

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

Fabulous restaurant, great food, never misses a beat, staff are very attentive, beautiful decor

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Another beautiful meal, with several stunning flavours among our dishes. Their attention to taste and customer experience is what makes e'cco an experience to enjoy.

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JR
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

E'cco Bistro is where you go for a special dining experience. The food is exquisite, service attentive without being intrusive and we enjoyed the lights of the Gasworks through the windows. A very professional outfit.

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SM
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Great night for our bookclub. Enjoyed the special area and table we had. Service was outstanding. Thanks so much.

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F
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2018
Overall 1Food 2Service 2Ambience 1

Poor acoustics, I had to shout over dinner as the room was way too loud. No sound absorbers.

Food is ok, more home cook style. The chips are not hand cut which you would expect at the price they charge.

They ran out of milk when we asked for a nice coffee for my Mum. Appalling.

Pretty bland experience. Brisbane now has better spots to dine at so consider this. Pity as I was a regular fan of Ecco when they were located on Ann Street.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Very friendly, new venue is a testament to how consistent the quality of the food is!

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MN
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Food was interesting with plenty of variety to choose from
Waitstaff were attentive without being intrusive - top notch
Very attractive environment to dine in!

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H
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Beautifully cooked meals and dessert with friendly yet authentic service by staff made our lunch precious and memorable occasion.

I had roasted pork for main which was beautifully presented and full of flavor. I also enjoyed the deconstructed cheesecake which was original and something I had never tried anywhere else!

Thank you very much for creating such a great time for us.

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MW
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

Hi, points to note
1. There is insufficient choice of starters
2. The portion of beef with the flank was too small (two small strips), the pork was OK (3 small strips)
3. The wine we had was overpriced (more than double what I could buy a single bottle in a retail shop)
4. The service was very good.

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Z
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 3Food 5Service 3Ambience 3

Arrived for our 8.30pm seating on Sat night, only to be told the guests at our table were still eating their mains so would we mind waiting? Not a great start. When we eventually did sit down (8.50pm) the meals were yummo.

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DK
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Wonderful everything. My expectations were met and I really loved eating there. The staff were attentive and respectful. They remembered our Anniversary and made us feel special. Highly recommend and a great location.

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RA
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Went for hubby birthday got the 5 course degustation option, I'm a pescatarian so substituted some of the courses for fish, overall tasty meals but think the fish dishes weren't as tasty as the meat dishes. Its pricey but nice for a special occasion.

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NA
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2018
Overall 1Food 2Service 1Ambience 2

Paid $300 for two to have the chef menu.
Food quality was not in keeping with high price.
Wait staff were arguing with kitchen staff, in front of clientele. Never seen anything like it.
Atmosphere was horrible as a result.
We were deprioritised for private dining function (and told as much by waitress).
Had to wait 30 minutes for dessert - we asked for the bill and took it home.
Manager was disrespectful and arguing with head chef.
Close up the kitchen and have fights in private - don't ruin client's evenings.
This is not the Ecco of old.
Giving a free cocktail doesn't solve it.
Would never go here again.

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NS
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2018
Overall 1Food 2Service 1Ambience 1

We had an awful experience. Ordered the degustation with matching wines. Wines arrived late after each meal was served. No explanation of the wine or why it was chosen with the food. Each course was not explained. I had to ask for the menu. Service was not attentive, very clumsy. And to top it off , we were overcharged $120 for side dishes and 4 glasses of champagne. Overall well below average for a $1200 bill! We will certainly never return.

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RW
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

My dining preferences would be best described as "Food Truck" as opposed to "Fine Dining", so I was unsure what to expect heading to E'cco. I am delighted to say that it was a wonderful dining experience.

From the second we entered we were made to feel welcome. The staff were helpful, without being overbearing. There was no pretension here, just friendly, discrete service. The cocktails had a kick to them, the table was situated perfectly for a romantic dinner for two, and the food was worth every cent.

I was also surprised to find that the meals were not only delicious, they were also substantial. In fact, I did not finish everything. Not for lack of trying mind you. Whilst everything was delicious I will make one special mention. If you like blue cheese, do yourself a favour and ensure you order the Smoked kipfler potatoes.

We were there for a special occassion, and the team at E'cco did their part in ensuring that the "special" was delivered in ample measure.

We will be back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Spot on from start to finish

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SW
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Refined food, perfectly matched wines. Impeccable service.

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IW
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 4

Went on Melbourne Cup day, so it was crowded.
Arrival champage and service was good.

Later food and matched wines never arrived together (often 20 minutes difference) so the pairing never occurred. Food interesting. Four of the six wines were too sweet.

I think the restaurant was overwhelmed by too many customers. So
go when it is not full - ovoid it at Melb Cup.

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AB
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The staff were polite and helpful, the food was delicious and the scene was perfect for a date night. We had the five course tasting meal which was superb in both taste and presentation. Will definitely be coming back.

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k
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious with a brilliant two or three course affordable option available at lunch.

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OT
3 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Had lunch special for 2. Excellent value great food and sevice . Only let down was brulee. It was tasty but a bit runny. Will definitely be back.

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RM
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

We’ve been to the new location twice now. The Chef’s menu is outstanding. Five courses, sensible portion sizes, and as a testimonial to the flavour combinations, no food left on any plate after every course. Fabulous.

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GL
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

We had been wanting to visit E'CCO for a few years and finally did so last week for our wedding anniversary. It was well worth the wait! The Chef's Menu with paired wines is highly recommended. The food was not excessively complex, just clean tasting, well presented, with well matched flavours . Staff were aware of our anniversary from our online booking and we were very well looked after and never rushed. Even with a shared second dessert (as a complimentary anniversary gift) we were pleasantly satisfied but not overly full, which is often a risk with degustations.

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G
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 3Ambience 3

I was very disappointed with my last visit to E'cco Bistro. I remembered it as being a great restaurant, and I often cook Philip Johnson's recipes, so was really looking forward to returning there. However, on my last visit I didn't like the way the menu was structured, and nothing really grabbed me. The dish I had - a quail, apple and blue cheese dish - was overpriced and nothing special. Indeed, I don't think the dish made sense at all. My dining companion had a main course pork dish that was small and, at $42, was a complete rip off. We had side dishes and even those were sub-standard. Unfortunately, I will never go there again as it absolutely wasn't worth the money.

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AB
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

We went to the new E’cco for the first time and will be returning .

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JK
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Nothing wrong with it but nothing memorable either. Pretty limited menu and all just a bit ho-hum.

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JD
7 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

We had a wonderful lunch. The wine list is extensive and well priced. The menu is great, with particularly enjoying the small plates.

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g
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We attended this night as Josue Lopez was a guest chef and his food lived up to our expectations. Gert's food was also great - a wonderful night for foodies

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PJ
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was amazing , service to match. Great night !

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a
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

My husband and I ordered the degustation 5-course meal in October 2018. I enjoyed the night out and liked the flavours of the kingfish and the quail however I was hungry and was still left hungry at the end of the 5 courses. It wasn't very generous hospitality. Servings were too small as far as I was concerned. Just a couple more mouthfulls of each dish would have helped. Thanks for reading.

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T
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything we got just kept getting better! We didn’t want to food to end. I can’t recommend this place enough.

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L
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

Found the food a bit basic and for the price didn’t excite. Had the tasting menu and we really were only wowed by one dish. Service was excellent and food was all well presented and good portion sizes, but just didn’t blow us away.

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SM
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Best Dessert I have ever eaten and the $39 2 Course Lunch special was such great value for money. Food was amazing and Service to match

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DR
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We had a wonderful evening, great food and service.

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GG
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely sunken table so able to enjoy conversation, excellent service and great food.
Would have preferred if the food were sharing came slower so it wasn't all mixed up on the plate. I'd know better next time and be more assertive with ordering.

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KD
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

I hope Ecco extend their lunch special as it was great value for good quality food . I enjoyed the experience and will be back especially if lunch special continued . Food and service great !Loved the pear cider too !

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AJ
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great value and outstanding food. Would definitely recommend.

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KB
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Enjoyed ... but chose the lunch special and found the two courses far too heavy in the meat department... pork very fat and beef rib too large.
Maybe a lighter combination would be better.
But not complaining... the service was impeccable and it was fantastic to find 2 hour parking nearby.

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BM
2 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

As one of Brisbanes premier restaurants for over two decades, our experiences was everything we had imagined. It was quite obvious the other diners were having a similarly wonderful experience as us

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