Popolo Restaurant

4.6
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510 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.

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Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 10 people

Starts: 14 February 2020

Ends: 14 February 2020

Availability: Fri 12:00-21:45

What 510 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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PF
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

E
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

MS
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
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.

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.

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.

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

S
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Lovely views of Bris across the river and beautiful food.

TK
Brisbane / QLD
5 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2019
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

The atmosphere was great. Right on the river and on Monday before Christmas, fireworks were launched right in front of the restaurant. The food was good, I think everything could have been a little more seasoned however. A little salt would have helped tremendously.

e
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing as always food and service always perfect tku

MM
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Enjoyed the atmosphere, but noisy but can’t be helped. Excellent table outside excellent with the fireworks. Good excellent, service terrific and would recommend to everyone.

SC
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Popolo is one of my favourites in Brisbane. I love the food and location and the wait staff are always amazing.

S
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience4

Great night celebrating a friends birthday, The staff were very helpful and explained the menu well. We waited a while to be seen once seated and our drinks order take and The food came out at different times which was a bit odd as we mentioned that we were not sharing and the server said this would be okay.
The food however was delicious (mushroom gnocci, ragu and risotto) and the desserts were lovely as well.

D
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience3

The food inclusive of mains we were served were unbearably sweet. The server was demanding and the noise was so loud we couldn’t have a continuous conversation, that was from the crowd in the restaurant, not inclusive of general Southbank noise. Only thing nice to say about it was it’s timeliness of food arriving was well organised.

EN
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely. Excellent and friendly service. Timely and delicious meals. Great spot.

CB
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love the food , fantastic location , great night out

A
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

First time at Popolo & we are definitely coming back. Great service, amazing food & GORGEOUS views. We definitely will be coming in for the picnic option next time. Don’t ever change. Xox

AM
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Brilliant evening,staff friendly and nothing too difficult. Menu interesting varied & delicious

GK
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding food, great service, and a perfect location

MH
1 review
Dined on 10 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We chose to have lunch with 10 family and friends following our son’s uni graduation ceremony at qpac and it was a perfect decision. The food, view, staff and setting was absolutely perfect. Cannot fault the restaurant in any way.

JF
Brisbane / QLD
2 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Beautiful food and wine however the large plates to share were a little small
Tables are a little small for shared menu style eating
Staff were really friendly
Would definitely return

SS
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Yummy food and 5 star service. It was a hot day some fans on the veranda ceilings would of been nice.

LP
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Service was great, welcoming, and felt vrr personal.

PW
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Disappointing on a hot Qld summer night when you are served a soft drink which has not been refrigerated. Very poor form. No amount of ice is a glass works to make hot soft drink, cold!

r
Brisbane / QLD
3 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall3Food5Service2Ambience3

The food at Popolo is always of a high standard, but on a busy Saturday night we were let down by service, being placed out to the far side, we felt a bit forgotten. Wine list quite limited, feel this place is now catering more for the tourists, there are plenty of better Italian places in Brisbane for that authentic experience.

GL
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Popolo has a great atmosphere, food is delicious, staff are very friendly, service is good.

AA
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience5

The ambiance is wonderful at Popolo, so lovely sitting by the river under the beautiful frangipanis. It is a little pricey for what you get but you have the expect that given the location. The staff are lovely and super friendly. Most of the time the food is great however on our recent visit, the menu had changed and the options were a little more limited. Last time I had the seafood squid ink linguine and it was incredible, so flavoursome and lots of seafood, everyone else had food envy. This time the only option was the Pipi Linguine and it was a huge disappointment, not very flavoursome and very simple, there is hardly any meat in pipi's so it was basically just pasta and for $32, you'd expect more than that. The others who ordered it also thought the same. Hopefully you can change that dish over for the squid ink pasta again.

OT
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely service , we were very well looked after by all. The food also impeccable.