Popolo Restaurant

4.6
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531 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 531 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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CZ
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

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

CL
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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 6 days ago
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.

A
1 review
Dined on 27 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic family dinner, the outlook is always fantastic from an outside table. The food and drinks were superb and the service extremely efficient and friendly. Loved the experience.

RD
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We always enjoy dining at Popolo restaurant due to the fantastic food and ambiance, also it is a perfect location.

AD
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We love this restaurant. We’ve been many times and will go many times more. Brilliant service and scrumptious food.

KJ
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Popolo is always consistent and lovely food. The outlook is beautiful. We had a great night.

LP
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Great night at Popolos, food was delicious and the service was very good.

PM
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Attentive but unobtrusive service, amazing views, great cocktail list and wonderful food. Worth every cent, and a favourite for catching up with friends and watching the world go by.

TL
1 review
Dined on 23 January 2020
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience4

Great food and great location, but.... the 'sticky' cane chairs could really do with a good scrub. They felt like babies high chairs that hadn't been cleaned for a few weeks1

PF
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had birthdays to celebrate, and it certainly was the right choice. A very special place to be.

JW
1 review
Dined on 16 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great flavours. Friendly staff. Relaxed atmosphere. Worth the price. Will definitely be back again.

E
1 review
Dined on 16 January 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

My waitress was an Italian woman, with a a tattoo on the back of her neck. She was ABSOLUTELY AMAZING. The main reason I liked it so much was because of her. Phenomenal work.

VS
London
1 review
Dined on 16 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We love Popolo. It is in a great spot, the staff are lovely and the food is always magnificent.

MS
1 review
Dined on 15 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

A very relaxed evening with great food and service. Great value.

S
1 review
Dined on 13 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing Italian food, great service and a perfect view!

PK
Brisbane / QLD
2 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

Service is not great as it is focused on getting you in and out for the next round.
Small meals, and not great value in my opinion.

JF
Brisbane / QLD
3 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous food; attentive, knowledgeable staff; amazing views of the river/city. The small tasting plates were delicious, our waitress ensured our selection of dishes were served as courses so that we could enjoy each meal without being rushed. Thanks for the great service - we will be back.

PW
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great service - just right in fact! Fast without hovering. Excellent and tasty food - good little selection of locally brewed beers.

CF
1 review
Dined on 6 January 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Service was fantastic and staff went out of their way to ensure mum was spoilt during birthday celebrations.

AA
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

What can I say, the food is delicious, the service is excellent, never a bad experience when dining here. Thank you Popolo!

C
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing!!! I have been a few times however my 4 other friends went for the first time here & they enjoyed the food, the atmosphere & the staff were so lovely! Will be back!!!

KH
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely fantastic. I have coeliac disease so being able to eat and share exquisite delicious gluten free meals in such a wonderful setting by friendly patient informed staff was simply brilliant. Highly recommend. Many thanks.

GH
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This venue never disappoints! No more words required.

DF
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent service and quality food! Great buzz to the restaurant! Definitely go back again!

AC
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Booking was easy. We arrived on time table was ready. The staff were very helpful. We had 2small share plates and 3large share plates. All the food was very tasty. The view was great. And we all had a fantastic time

M
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our table overlooked the river (what we requested!) - great service from Sara and her servers, and the food was excellent. We'll come back.

E
Hungary
3 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great service and great food. Try the Pinot Noir if you’re a red fan.

HG
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience5

Pre-6pm booking meant our food arrived quite fast. Food was well cooked and seasoned, and presented nicely.
Polpette tasty, nothing incredibly unique about them, but great for those meat-lovers.
Stuffed zucchini flowers had a good amount of filling, and a light, crispy batter. Sadly our request for the Ragu alla Bolognese could not be fulfilled, so we settled for a Pancetta Pizza.
Good choice for those cheesy pizza lovers. Two types of cheese oozing and stringy, nicely cooked (tomato) napoli sauce and a beautifully cooked pizza base.
(On a side note, the pricing of pizzas seemed a bit expensive! )
Also tried their Porchetta, which was beautifully cooked with crispy crackling and melt-in-your-mouth meat, accompanied by the stone fruit compote wish added a nice sweetness to the dish.
Finished with the Pannacotta, which wasn't anything too outstanding, although presented beautifully. The honeycomb was literally honey and a tiny bite of the natural honeycomb, personally not appealing. The fruit compote was a nice, unexpected touch. "Quince" in the form of puree was nicely sweetened. The Pannacotta also nice, but nothing great. Tasted milky, not creamy like expected from a Pannacotta.
Overall the service was friendly and informative. Our waiter was courteous, helpful, but not overbearing.
Except literally told at 8.14pm that we must vacate our table for the next booking at 8.15pm. Working in the industry myself
I can understand the need for table, but would be better if given more notice, perhaps at the beginning when first seated, a polite advance notice and we would have been more than obliged to ensure we didn't linger too long.

AE
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

There are a number of good Italian places in Brisbane but Popolo, with its great food, excellent staff (many of whom are Italian), and amazing location for people watching on the Brisbane River, is in my Top Three. I love the place for lazy (and long) Sunday lunch