Vaquero

4.7
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415 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 415 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
Food
4.7
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.4
Value
Noise · Moderate
94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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CatrinaP
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

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MelW
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

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

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PatrickG
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
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 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

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RoslynH
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

A great dining experience. Recommend for special occassions.

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VickiP
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
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.

TB
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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EricaC
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Had a great night out with friends. Outstanding service and food.

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OpenTable Diner
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved the intimate atmosphere. Staff very helpful when it came to personal dietary circumstances and everything was delicious!

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MelB
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We love dining at Vaquero. It is one of our favourite restaurants due to the helpful and friendly staff, restaurant layout and of course the food is outstanding!!

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MazV
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Beautiful food beautifully presented in a great setting. I will be back often!

RF
RichardF
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

always a happy man when I leave this restaurant, never fails to deliver!

KB
KerrieB
1 review
Dined on 8 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious meal and great service. Will definitely be going back.

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Cedric
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

A tad disappointing....
Cured meats were not as good as expected. Wagyu steak was overcooked. Our waitress wasn't very nice, rest of the staff was lovely .

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OpenTable Diner
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful experience, staff were welcoming and knowledgeable. Would definitely return!

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Amanda
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Pretty good but 3rd course came out so late so we had to rush our desert before our booking time was over

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ElerigL
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was fantastic. Everything is made in house. Service was professional. Very good value for money.

DJ
DeeJ
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Vaquero lived up to our expectations as all ways. We had another outstanding meal and excellent service. We will be back soon.

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SarahK
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

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Judy
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was outstanding. There were no hassles with the changes due to COVIDSafe. Everything ran smoothly. Thoroughly recommended.

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GraceN
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A beautiful spot for lunch. The wine list is incredible

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TonyC
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Highly recommend suburban dining venue, obvious attention to detail.
Well done and hope you can manage to exit our current stronger. Credit to you.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 18 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Incredible reception and service. Ambient great, but I believe a better music selection would suit better.
Food was great, just wondering more options next time.
And prive a bit more expensive than I thought, but worth every single penny.

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Anja
1 review
Dined on 17 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I love this place, recommend to everybody. Amazing service

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NatalieW
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Enjoyed a lovely birthday dinner at Vaquero recently. The food was exceptional and the staff were attentive. It was our first time there, but definitely won’t be our last. Highly recommend.

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Pedro
1 review
Dined on 30 May 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fixed menu meal - every course was excellent and very enjoyable. Great wine recommendation to pair with the food and was reasonably prices as well. Impecable service, friendly greetings and farewells.

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SuzanneS
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 21 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Definitely would recommend the take out menu too - these guys are awesome. Take your platter in and have it filled. Top quality and great value.

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HelenM
1 review
Dined on 20 March 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Nice food and wine. Sat away from other people given the COVID-19 fears.

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Aden
Brisbane / QLD
2 reviews
Dined on 20 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fine food carefully combine for exquisite flavors

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AndrewL
1 review
Dined on 17 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This place is amazing... great quality dishes and produce topped by amazing service! And also doesn't hurt the wallet like other top restaurants do.

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JanelleR
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome food and friendly staff. It was also great to be able to chat with the chef.
We will defiantly be returning customers.

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QuintinD
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Just follow the recommendations the staff knows the food

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Greta
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Lovely ambience and attentive service.The attention to the historic significance of the butchery was a great opener on entering the restaurant.
My paella was a plenty, would have liked more crust as the little I had was good.
I also thought that $15 for a glass of sav blanc was pushing it.
Overall an enjoyable experience, Thank you.

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Vaquero is rated 4.7 stars by 415 OpenTable diners.

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