Vaquero

4.7
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441 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.
What 441 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
Food
4.7
Service
4.7
Ambience
4.4
Value
Noise · Moderate
94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Christie
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We've come here a bunch of times and love it. Unfortunately we had to leave as soon as we'd ordered but the staff were so understanding and forgiving, they packed our charcuterie up for us to take home. Food is brilliant, staff are brilliant, ambience brilliant.

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NevS
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Our first time to Vaquero, they did not disappoint and I will definitely be back.

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Rhonddap
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Worth a visit. The staff are always attentive and prompt. Great for both casual togethers and that 'special' night.

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ShannonG
Brisbane / QLD
2 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is absolutely our favorite restaurant in Brisbane. Food and service are amazing, the decor and ambiance are incredible. Love it!

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GabrielO
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

The scallops and the croquette where absolutely delicious
The pumpkin was A great accompaniment to the mains
And to finish the sorbet was a great suggestion

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JamesF
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and greatly enjoyed it and would recommend

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DanielM
Brisbane / QLD
3 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Outstanding hidden gem in Albion. Venue was fantastic, superb food and wine was wonderful. Highly recommended.

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BenK
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was incredibly well presented and delicious. A great atmosphere and the staff were very helpful and knowledgeable about the menu. While I would have liked a previous menu option to still be available for our booking, the fact that they change their menu regularly keeps it interesting, and we still had a really great experience.

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CourtneyW
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely faultless food & drinks, one of my favourite places in Brisbane! Such an intimate, beautiful neighbourhood gem!

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ColinM
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience2

A limited menu for dinner. The beef was very chewy, not to the standard expected from a meat provider. The noise level was so high that conversation at our table was difficult

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JenniferG
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of our all time favourites and a regular restaurant for date night

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PhilippeD
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was amazing! the sauces made all the dishes stand out

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OpenTable Diner
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

excepcional!

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DamianR
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

been a few times now and the food is always excellent, took the Vegan daughter-in-law and the chef accommodated her with a special menu,

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Lara
Brisbane / QLD
7 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Lovely food and cocktails. It has a quaint and welcoming environment.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2020
Overall3Food4Service5Ambience3

I absolutely love it here but this Saturday wasn’t the best experience at all. Being stuck near a table of 10 for a birthday party and look I understand it can be exciting and it’s a happy time but when you can’t hear the person sitting across from you speak it’s becomes an issue. They were so load and no care for anyone else dining in the restaurant, we ended up leaving without dessert or coffee. We hadn’t been able to dine out for quite some time because my partner had lost his job during covid so this was meant to be treat and I left feeling quite sad.

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MadeleineJ
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was fresh and delicious. As were the cocktails.
The waitress was so polite. Made friendly chit chat with us but not so much that it was awkward or intrusive. The set up is beautiful. Definitely reccommend eating out in the court yard.

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Sybil
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

One of My boyfriend and mines favorite places to dine

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LeonieN
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Never disappoints - Shane always makes our night enjoyable - love the ever changing menu

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ScottW
1 review
Dined on 13 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food and service are consistently fabulous at Vaquero. Well stocked bar and wine list round out a great dining experience.

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JanetC
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Great food and attentive wait staff. Enjoyed the evening.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Beautifully presented food and very delicious. Great value as well.

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EddieC
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great atmosphere, beautiful food. You can dine inside intimately with the restaurant in full view of the kitchen. Friendly staff and you must try the charcuterie of their meats. My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed it and we were excited to try their food so we ate more than we should at lunch. Considering what we ate, the prices are very reasonable for beautiful food. Great place to have a romantic lunch or dinner. Make sure to book with COVID situation.

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AmandaE
Brisbane / QLD
3 reviews
Dined on 7 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lunch date

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SarahB
1 review
Dined on 6 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Gorgeous little venue. Welcoming, professional and knowledgeable staff paired with delicious food and a comprehensive wine list provided a wonderful birthday dinner. It's my third visit and not only will I be back again, but I'd recommend Vaquero to anyone!

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CatrinaP
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great meal.- loved it - definitely be back for another visit!

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MelW
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

The food was great, the service and knowledge of the staff was even better.

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OpenTable Diner
Brisbane / QLD
3 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved our dinner with friends here!

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PatrickG
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2020
Overall4Food5Service2Ambience4

Great to come back here, and from what I know the chef has changed but gee the quality of food hasn't - variety and great flavours and presentation. Always has a good a wine list and the Maitre D' is very knowledgeable and helpful. Unfortunately what seems to be constantly changing table staff remains a let down - just basics like how to explain the menu and how to put food on the table and remove plates, etc. Happy to come back here regularly, just hoping the table staff can match the kitchen and Maitre D'.

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MartyP
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Will be back again. Food was bloody amazing, well done!

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RoslynH
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

A great dining experience. Recommend for special occassions.

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VickiP
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Another delicious lunch at Vaquero. Great service. Will be going back for more👍

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SuziB
Brisbane / QLD
2 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food as always. I can’t wait to come back

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JVin
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2020
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience1

If you or anyone in your party has any hearing loss, avoid sitting outside. We were right next to a fountain and had trouble hearing each other the entire meal.

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NardaI
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Went to celebrate my mums birthday and it was great.
The menu was great. We unfortunately didn’t get to try any desserts due to COVID time limits but I intend to go back just with hubby and have time for at least the intriguing lemon thyme churro.

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AJAJAJ
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Amazing service and really tasty food. A place we will come back too.

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TimB
1 review
Dined on 23 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely loved it, incredible food and even better service! Great little spot north of the city

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AlexanderF
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We really enjoyed our night. Great service and great food

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Redmond
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Really lovely restaurant - decor, ambience, staff - and food! - all great. My only complaint is that given how good the entrees and mains were, I think they should really put a little more effort into the vegetable sides. They were mostly ordinary - and the scorched hazelnuts that came with the broccoli dish were actively unpleasant! Couldn't help comparing it to a similar place in Melbourne - San Telmo. Went there a year or so ago with visiting Kiwi friends. One of whom is pescatarian. Given San Telmo is primarily a South American BBQ joint - I was slightly concerned. But the vegetable sides there were amazing! They shone! I honestly think they were as good as or tastier than the big-ticket main course dishes. Think the vegetables here at Vaquero could need some more thought and care. Especially given how good everything else was.
(It really was very good though - so please don't let my nit-pickery over veggies put you off! Will certainly go there again!)

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ITSNATTTY
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing experience service, food and wine! Will be back 100%.

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