Popolo Restaurant

4.5
370 reviews
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$41 to $100
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Italian
Top tags:
  • Waterfront
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Scenic View
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.
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OT
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

Very nice bit of a mix up with ordering one of the entrees was warm not hot and forgot to order a main we were full anyway so was ok kitchen was closing she said she could make a special request to make it and very apologetic then we were charged for 2 gelati so they took both off the bill very accomodating

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OT
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Food was amazing! The pizza was nice and thin with a crunchy crust. The pumpkin ravioli was also amazing. Great service and beautiful views of the river too. Great for dates or get-togethers!

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SS
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We love this place. Every time we are in Brisbane, we make a bee-line for Popolo. Food is fantastic, service is always great, Katia is a stand out. The view of the river sets off everything. Just go there!

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LM
1 review
Dined on 2 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, great service, great view
Can’t ask for much more than that.
Well done guys

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RG
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

Food was great. Atmosphere fabulous. Service was a little slow and disengaged - almost paint by numbers style. No emotion or personality.

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L
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

The squid ink linguine was a bit dry for my taste. The other items were good especially the ragu and tiramisu.

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JM
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was fantastic, particularly the gnocchi. We sat outside and had a beautiful outlook over the river to the city. The waitress we had was very attentive and our group was allowed to split the bill at the end and pay separately. Will definitely go back!

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OT
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 2Food 1Service 2Ambience 3

Great location. Food was salty and fatty. Expected healthy food of some quality.

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PB
1 review
Dined on 20 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A lovely night in a beautiful setting with great did and really responsive staff. Loved it!

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c
1 review
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was perfect. The food was delicious. The four cheese risotto is the best risotto I’ve ever had. Our server recommened some amazing things to us; she made sure my birthday was the focus and even put a candle in my dessert. Will definitely return and highly recommend to everyone!

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JL
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 13 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Overall a very positive dining experience, a few small things I would recommend for improvement like food on cold plates is not ideal especially in winter months and alfresco dining as the share plates of food cool faster and took a while to get the wait staff attention to pay the bill after receiving it. Outside of this food and service was excellent.

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DS
1 review
Dined on 13 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Reasons why Popolo is awesome:

a) Italian food to share
b) Delicious Italian food to share
c) By the river at night in Brisbane Autumn is a perfect temperature
d) Exceptional service and really lovely staff
e) All of the above

Hint: Answer is e) All of the above

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LC
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We had a lovely mother’s day lunch. Our only complaint - very minor - was that the sun came across. The food was fabulous and plentiful, the service was excellent and we had a great time. At $65 fir a set menu, the value for money was great.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Mother day - experience made even better by our waitress!

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AD
Brisbane / QLD
2 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Food and service were great really enjoyed the shared meal concept.

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LC
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 1Food 4Service 4Ambience 2

We had a table in the middle of the thoroughfare with people walking past in and out of the restaurant the entire time. It wasn't a pleasant experience trying to enjoy a nice meal and wine. My last visit.

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CJ
Hong Kong
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great night for graduation celebration. We kept increasing the numbers attending and staff remained friendly and professional. Food was yummy and they helped us with selections. Recommend Popolo for any celebration.

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D
1 review
Dined on 8 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Get the aranchini balls 👌🏽 Good service, great food! It came out in a timely manner. Had a very lovely date there.

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M
1 review
Dined on 7 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

We went there for my Birthday and had a great evening overall. The staff was really friendly and enthusiastic although sometimes we had to wait a little to gain there attention. The food was really tasty and we shared the plates as was advised and in true italian fashion. Which made the overall experience even better. I would definitely return here

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GU
1 review
Dined on 7 May 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

Main meals were very tasty which made us want to have deserts and we did order several deserts. It was a total disaster. It could be a bad batch (all of them?), but I think they should improve the deserts. Tiramisu was not even a tiramisu. I would still recommend this place for the meals and ambiance.

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OB
1 review
Dined on 6 May 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 1Ambience 4

I would recommend it for the incredible food, but note that the staff wasn’t very service minded and seemed to primarily cater to the posh, pushy guests, leaving the polite guests to wait. There was definitely second hand guests!

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OT
1 review
Dined on 6 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great food and fantastic staff

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MP
1 review
Dined on 6 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Beautiful venue, lovely food, attentive & knowledgeable staff. Will def be back

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T
Brisbane / QLD
3 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

One of our favourite restaurants in Brisbane! Fantastic service from friendly well informed staff, delicious food & lovely outlook of the river city. Never disappoints.

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CP
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was excellent and great value. Service was very friendly and quick even when busy. Will be visiting again

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JF
1 review
Dined on 2 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great night celebrating a birthday, very helpful staff and fantastic food.

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MW
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 2 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a lovely dinner at Popolo once again. So many delicious dishes to select from and love that serving size can be accommodated for a larger group on request. Nothing was too much trouble. Highly recommend the polpette and Italian pinot noir.

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LE
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

Food was fantastic for the most part. The risotto was a little disappointing as this is the dish that we usually enjoy the most. The service was just okay. We asked to see the dessert menu and it never arrived.

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AL
1 review
Dined on 28 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Incredible food, great service, beautiful views. Can’t wait to come back again!

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OT
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was delicious and the service was outstanding.

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JW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Food is always served prompt and so deliciously tasty. One of my fave Italian places!

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M
1 review
Dined on 25 April 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 2Ambience 5

Everything was really nice but some of the wait staff seemed unfamiliar with customer service and could be quite short at times.

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RB
1 review
Dined on 25 April 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

Waitresses were very lovely and kind. We had to ask for drinks and condiments a few times. The share plates are really just a larger plate for one person. Two men we were with were still hungry. Three men and two women for three big share plates and three small share plates. The pork for two pieces was NOT worth it. I’ve tasted better Italian at the same price. But a lovely area and the tiramisu was so good!

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A
1 review
Dined on 22 April 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Restaurants & dining is meant to be pleasurable experience where you enjoy the food & have conversation. I believe background music adds to that experience that also does not interfere with the enjoyment of the evening. Thankfully when requested to turn down the music the staff obliged without hesitation. As we were sitting directly under the speaker it was difficult to have a conversation with the people we were dining with (we had to raise our voices to be heard especially when we ordered the staff had to ask twice because they could not hear over the music) It may be suggested to play music suitable for the atmosphere such as easy listening background music that does not interfere with the dining experience. Leave the loud music for club/pub. Overall the food was amazing & your restaurant has the advantage of incredible view of the city. We noticed that you were fully booked compared to other restaurants that surround you. This is a good sign that the restaurant is offering excellence in food & service. Thank you for a lovely evening.

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NK
1 review
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was lovely. Best Italian I've had in the Southbank area.

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OT
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 16 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

My wife and I had a rare child-free night and sat at a table closest to the river. You definitely pay for the view but we really enjoyed the food and atmosphere. We would definitely go back!

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BN
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 14 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Outstanding! The food was delicious and our waitress was so helpful and provided just the right amount of attention, at the right times! It was as if she was a mind reader. Sorry I can't remember her name to give a personal shoutout.

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CB
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Once again we received excellent food and service from the staff at Popolo. Nothing was too hard to cater for particularly with our very diverse group ranging from babies to 70 + year olds! A very big thank you for your fantastic work. The night was perfect.

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MB
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great food, authentic and well training staff. Great view also altho a bit hot at lunch time sitting on the patio tables with the sun coming in.

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JP
1 review
Dined on 8 April 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Popolo is in a wonderful spot overlooking the Brisbane River and the cityscape beyond. The staff were superb: friendly, quick to respond to requests and not at all intrusive. The choice of food options on the menu was very good and all our meals were very well presented and delicious. Definitely recommended!

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