Vaquero

4.7
318 reviews
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$40 and under
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Contemporary European
Vaquero dining is nestled in under the Old Albion town hall built-in the 1800s. Full of character this venue lets the imagination run wild.
The speakeasy style entry through a vintaged themed butcher shop sees the space open up into a beautifully fitted out dining haven.
The food is inspired by the Spanish Vaquero (herdsman) with aged and cured meats front and centre on a beautifully designed ever changing menu.
Chef Damon porter and his team work side by side with a skilled team of bartenders and waiters.
This is a elegantly casual dining venue with flexibility across the board for events and intimate or romantic dinners welcomes its little sister "on the side" by Vaquero.
If you are looking for a small bar for a drink before or after you dinner with friends, just pop next door.
With Albion trains station 150 meters away Vaquero and On the side will satisfy your every need.
Thank you for you interest for our Albion hidden gem.
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LB
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This charming restaurant is another example of exceptional food in the suburbs! I booked for a Saturday lunch with a visiting foodie friend and was not disappointed. The service was exceptional and well informed with detailed explanations of produce sources and menu specifics. Needless to say it was delicious. We had the Saturday lunch special of seafood paella and sangria. The paella was more than enough for two ; the seafood, large prawns , mussels and fish and the rice had the requisite crusty base. It was teamed with the best sangria I have tasted. Fresh, while still being full bodied.
For dessert we shared petit fours, passion fruit snakes, nougat, lemon lime and bitters Turkish delight, and salted caramel.💋
Must do again soon!

CL
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We were celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary and it was a very memorable experience ...just perfect and we will definitely be coming back

AR
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is my third time dining at vaquero and each time I am blown away at the level of service, the quality of food and attention to detail. I would definitely visit again. Love this place!

M
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 2Food 1Service 3Ambience 3

The Menu was quite different from the online menu

The portions were very small the mains were entree size and not very tasty

They tried to do a spin on classic french without success bland and not real fresh.

Wine and drinks are expensive and what you can buy from local wholesalers

VS
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Experience was absolutely sensational. I will definitely be recommending it.

A
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 6 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our favourite restaurant. Even better on a quiet weeknight than on a weekend. Excellent service, delicious flavours.

KS
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Hi, overall this is a great place with excellent service that is very hard to find these days. The food was good, however my husband was so looking forward to the venison but it was unfortunately over cooked. Bit disappointing but would still go back again as that’s one small complaint. Thanks

h
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

What a beautiful dinner service. Could not have been better in any way. The food was absolutely incredible - each dish presented so beautifully, cooked lovingly, served on beautiful ceramic plates, and accompanied by enthusiastic explanations by members of the restaurant team. The team were able to accomodate, so generously, for our gluten free guest which was so appreciated. The team were also able to provide great wine recommendations, throughout our meal. It was such a treat to dine at vaquero, and we can’t wait to hear back again.

PL
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

really great find in Brisbane , interesting menu , well presented , great atmosphere at the bar . Cant wait to go back !

AB
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food and service were exceptionally good! Ambience and decor are also very interesting.

MG
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 23 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Vaquero is a restaurant that I wish we had found a lot earlier. Our delight started as we walked through the front door, past all of the selections of meat. In the restaurant proper, we were politely greeted and led to our table. While both the wine list and the menu made for interesting reading, we found it worth our while to look at the Specials on offer. I won’t recommend anything specifically as it was all magnificent; just take the time to savour each mouthful!

D
1 review
Dined on 23 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Having picked out what we were going to order from the menu on the website, it was disappointing to find the actual menu was totally different, and not as appealing. Sure, the website says the menu changes frequently, but how hard would it be to put the current menu on the website at the same time as it's printed for customers on site. It's rather slack and lazy not to do this. Just saying it changes is poor regard for potential customers. Still, the food was interesting, but not as good as we had expected from the website menu.

ST
Brisbane / QLD
3 reviews
Dined on 23 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A great dining experience delivered by Damon and Shane. The creativity and simplicity of the meals enhance the ingredients and the taste.

The service and attention to detail is a strength of this restaurant.

AS
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Bloody fantastic. Every single time. I just keep going back, it is hard to beat.

GY
Adelaide / SA
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

This suburban restaurant in the heart of Albion is a great night out for a special occasion. The food and wine always exceeds expectations.

S
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Vaquero is my favourite restaurant in Brisbane. Such amazing food, service, vibe and ethos.

JB
1 review
Dined on 25 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Beautiful food, beautifully presented with fabulous service. What more can you say?!

CW
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely couldn’t fault it! The food was incredible made better by absolutely fantastic service & genuinely lovely staff that were a pleasure to be around!

LM
Brisbane / QLD
2 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

How can anyone go past a Paella for 2 and a jug of sangria for $49. It's by far the best paella in Brisbane and as for the sangria, wow, I could drink it all day. Beautifully spices and a joy to drink. Pair it with one of Damon's charcuterie plates for $25 more and it's the best lunch one can have to start your weekend.. This is our fourth Saturday lunch visit and will definitely NOT be our last

SB
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious dinner on Saturday night. We had a great spot near the kitchen so could see all the amazing dishes coming out. They were like works of art. Excellent service and atmosphere. Thank you!!

PM
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

We arrived late, with 1 less person than we'd booked and nothing was a problem. All staff were relaxed, personable and knowledgeable about the menu. The enthusiasm and passion for the food the chef prepared and served was outstanding. We loved it!

AP
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 11 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic food complemented by wonderfully attentive and knowledgeable service.

S
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 30 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great atmosphere, wine variety and delicious food!

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

Best dining experience I have had in a long time. Food was first rate with almost everything made in house and service was impeccable. Do yourself a favour and have the sashimi - to die for!

LS
1 review
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely restaurant, with beautiful food and attentive staff. Highly recommended.

TM
1 review
Dined on 21 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great night out with great food and atmosphere! Would highly recommend!

J
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 16 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It has been there two years we only found it six weeks ago, and we are locals. Have now been 3 times. Elegant, interesting menu and a really good, not expensive, wine list. The service is attentive but unobtrusive. Took guests last time who are certain to return, as shall we.

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

Accommodating staff. Delicious food.

DM
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Food taste combinations were absolutely delicious. Whist fine dining serving sizes are usually lite, I found these portions smaller than other similar venues. Our wait staff member Saturday night was a delight. No question was too much and she had a great sense of humour. We opted to sit outdoors and rugged up appropriately. Ambiance was amazing. An outdoor heater to provide a little warmth would be an effective addition.

RS
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We were celebrating a milestone birthday , so it was important the experience was a good one, and we weren't let down! The service was exceptional. We ate at our own pace, food/ wine was quality, as was the advice when we requested it.

My Mum genuinely thought it was one of the best food experiences she could recall, so I thank you for efforts in what can only be deemed 'a great night out!'

LB
1 review
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We were very lucky to be introduced to this restaurant by Damon’s mother earlier this year so when it was our turn to recommend somewhere for a yearly dinner we have with friends we loved taking them here. We all come from the Sunshine Coast but worth coming down and staying for the experience

SN
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 2

Thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience, food was portioned well and exploding with flavours. Service was excellent. Out side seating let the experience down for a table of two, due to the fact of position of tables causing you to face other customers as you are not sitting adjacent to your companion. This took the intimatecy away, feeling slightly awkward.

PV
1 review
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

We had table for 6 people and all food was very good. Innovative ways of serving things like kangaroo tail added some novelty to the evening. Service was great without being fussy. Overall a great dinner.

ST
Brisbane / QLD
4 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

As always a great dining experience......Paella for Lunch is a must if you have not tried it!

MH
1 review
Dined on 11 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The greeting was a perfect start to our wonderful experience. The explanation of the menu and the chef’s specials allow us to tailor the menu to our needs. The drink service was efficient and it did not take long before our small plates were served. We appreciated the privacy and space the wait staff gave us and allowed us to slowly savour the amazing food. The food was amazing and we will definitely recommend this restaurant to our friends.

SE
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

great night out. The service was attentive with drinks. high stool seating but but not uncomfortable. Very busy. Enjoyed Sangria and cocktails. All meal choices very tasty and almost licked the plates. Noisy but could still converse. A mix up with our order meant half our meal was delayed but an apology was made with some on the house drinks and the problem fixed promptly. My friend dreamed about their potatoes that night. I would recommend.

JW
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Even the simplest menu items we ordered like olives, bread and granita were made with care and some kind of interesting but unpretentious twist, and our mains and entrees were phenomenal. Staff were attentive and happy to go over Vegan friendly options. Very reasonably priced and has a great atmosphere. Absolutely one of the best hidden gem places in Brisbane.

ST
1 review
Dined on 2 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fine dining at a modest price with food and service that is authentic and unpretentious.
Vaquero delivers an experience that is worth a visit.

CB
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

Very trendy venue. Interesting food. Nice wine list. Overall very pleasant experience. Only minor thing was that we seemed to get a very inexperienced server - no doubt she will improve with practice.

SS
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Perfect food, service and atmosphere as always. The one consistently excellent restaurant you can count on.

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