Popolo Restaurant

4.6
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558 reviews
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$41 to $100
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Italian
Here at Popolo, we passionately embrace the philosophy that food is the link that brings family and friends together. With the word ‘popolo’ itself meaning people, we aim to replicate an experience that can only be felt at Nonna’s house.

Inspired by the Italian art of feasting, the carefully crafted shared menu is where local seasonal produce and high quality authentic ingredients come together to form a modern yet authentic dining experience. Grab a drink at the bar and nestle into the comfortable and contemporary venue as you soak up the spectacular views and vibrant atmosphere of one of the best Italian restaurants Brisbane has to offer.

Boasting a mix of sleek modern industrial interiors and classic Australian design features, our dynamic yet relaxed atmosphere strikes the perfect tone for your afternoon cocktail affair.
What 558 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
Food
4.6
Service
4.7
Ambience
4.4
Value
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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NV
Brisbane / QLD
2 reviews
Dined on 21 March 2020
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience5

Great food and excellent service. Peaceful atmosphere overlooking the Brisbane river.

CR
Brisbane / QLD
3 reviews
Dined on 21 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very friendly and helpful staff.. so the atmosphere is always pleasant.. top priority for us.
We were exhausted and it was lovely to be in a place where we could just relax.
The lamb was great as were the zucchini flowers.
It was great to see you had placed the tables well apart according to recent guidelines.
I so hope you can open again soon.

AW
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a great experience - a stunning view, great food, service and ambience.

Love this restaurant and would recommend trying it if you haven't already.

ST
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

This restaurant was fine, but nothing memorable. The view was lovely, and the atmosphere of the restaurant is good. Food was fairly average, service was friendly but fairly slow. I wouldn't go out of my way to recommend it to people.

OT
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great set menu on offer, and to go to a restaurant that’s very busy but not to be rushed in any way is what you think of when deciding to go back, I so wish more restaurants were like this one, loved it

OT
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous Food as always, staff were attentive, service was very quick (Especially for a Friday night) Will definitely be dining here again.

DT
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a lovely table to celebrate a birthday - it was a fantastic night with great cocktails and great food. Highly recommend a view of the river at night

TE
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a delightful evening at Popolo with friends up from Sydney and we all felt that it was the perfect place for really interesting food in an outstanding location. Few places can beat an early autumn evening looking out over the Brisbane river from Southbank with good friends and great food.

MZ
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Great food and location. Staff were friendly. Would highly recommend.

KL
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We requested a great table for our 16 year old's birthday dinner and when we arrived our table had a wonderful view of the river. The service was exceptional, the food so authentically Italian and delicious it was an outstanding evening.

OT
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall3Food2Service5Ambience4

One of entrees wasn’t Cooked properly so it was sent back but they dealt with it very professionally.

DT
1 review
Dined on 5 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely friendly and attentive service, best service weve had in ages for our table of 6.
Food fantastic, lots of plates to share.
Warm night beside the Brisbane river, life is good!

KN
1 review
Dined on 5 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Every single meal we ordered was devine. Service was consistent but not obtrusive. So delicious that we have already made another booking for when we are back in town.

VS
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely experience at Popolo. Great waitress & highly recommend

AF
Brisbane / QLD
3 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Great view over Brisbane River with a lively open environment & authentic food

TB
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We loved our meals and the atmosphere was warm and inviting. Staff were great and service was fast.

OT
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Impeccable service, perfect food. Favourite place in the city.

WT
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our local. Our local. Our local. Our local. Our local

PD
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Not sure if your air-conditioned but on the night it was very warm. We were seated inside.

JL
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall2Food1Service4Ambience4

Had a great table and staff were very accommodating. Ordered a number is entrees, carpaccio, salmon, arancini, tempura flower heads. Carpaccio was ok, remainder was terrible, tempura batter was way too thick, arancini balls had no flavour whatsover and the salmon was very underwhelming. They did take the tempura flowers off the bill but I will not be going back in a hurry.

BG
Brisbane / QLD
2 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great little Italian place, nice fresh food and lovely service

MS
2 reviews
Dined on 27 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Went for the 6course Italian feast for $55 per person. It was amazing. Just a great way to sample the menu with high quality courses.

Great wine and nice atmosphere there

BC
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Food came out relatively quickly once we ordered. Service to order the food wasn't prompt. I don't know why they charge extra for water. But otherwise a nice location for a Sunday lunch.

LF
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic view, great service and really reasonably priced, hearty food.

GT
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My family had not been to Popolo before and they were very impressed with the ambience and the quality of the food, so I had a lovely birthday dinner.

RT
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Had a very enjoyable meal, but unfortunately could not finish our food as we ordered more than needed. Thank you for a good night out.

B
1 review
Dined on 18 February 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Italian menu with good choice and prices. Excellent service and delicious food.

CZ
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

will revisit,very friendly stuff, and they do remember you, makes you feel valued.

CL
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was amazing, the food, the venue, the waitress. Will definitely be visiting again and recommending to everyone.

L
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 12 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great location and friendly staff who were very attentive, met with friends who were visiting from Europe and a good time was had by all.

LT
1 review
Dined on 11 February 2020
Overall2Food3Service5Ambience5

The cost of water, valued at $9 and with no prior knowledge to it was a complete rip off! The food was quite lovely and filling, and came within a decent amount of time. Just considering the value of water, I’m quite weary of returning.

MB
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful food and lovely service - will go back soon!

K
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Attended recently for birthday celebration. Was blown away by the service and quality of food. Beautiful view over the river. Would definitely return.

MS
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We celebrated our one-year anniversary at Popolo and had a fantastic time. Our server Sara made sure we were well looked after and the food was faultless!

TN
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our family of 7 had an amazing night celebrating 3 birthdays. The food was fabulous. The staff were friendly happy and attentive. We were seated in a beautiful area with a view of the river. 10/10.

EW
Brisbane / QLD
2 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always an incredible experience at Popolo, which is why I’ll always go back.
Incredible food and outstanding service.
One of the best, if not the best restaurant in South Bank

KP
1 review
Dined on 4 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A fantastic dinner. Completely recommend to other. We will definitely return!

M
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Me and my friends had a really nice time during our dinner. The food was really good, and everyone thought it was a good value for money. We went quite early in the night so not many people were there, but it made for a nice, quite dinner. Overall, we all had a really good time, and are more than likely to come back :)

A
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Popolo were very accommodating to our large group (11 people) by allowing us to split the bill by item. The food was delicious and it’s a wonderful location.

L
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a lovely Saturday lunch with old friends from Childers we had not seen in a very long time. The staff were helpful and welcoming and very keen to make sure we were given water and ice almost immediately after we sat down as it was indeed a warm afternoon. I asked for suggestions from the menu and the wait staff were most helpful with choices and order of food. The food arrived in a timely yet well paced.