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.
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!
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
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!!
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!
Fantastic food complemented by wonderfully attentive and knowledgeable service.
Great atmosphere, wine variety and delicious food!
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!
Lovely restaurant, with beautiful food and attentive staff. Highly recommended.
Great night out with great food and atmosphere! Would highly recommend!
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.
Accommodating staff. Delicious food.
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.
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!'
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
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.
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.
As always a great dining experience......Paella for Lunch is a must if you have not tried it!
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.
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.
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.
Fine dining at a modest price with food and service that is authentic and unpretentious.
Vaquero delivers an experience that is worth a visit.
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.
Perfect food, service and atmosphere as always. The one consistently excellent restaurant you can count on.
Amazing share food options for friends catch up. Great cocktails and service
This place was a lovely setting. They had fantastic friendly staff. The only downside was they did not quite have all the menu items on the night and getting to the place proved a challenge if you are from out of town. Otherwise I could have spent all night there!
As usual the food was both innovative and delicious and the service exceptional.
It is my favourite place for food and cocktails, the staff are amazing .
Great dinning environment, Amazing food selection. I went for the Saturday Paella which was perfect for 2 even 3.
Great venue with a lovely ambiance. Food was very well thought out and beautifully presented. Broccoli with sesame was amazing. Smoked trout was the highlight of the night. Incredibly balanced flavors. Function on the night created a fair amount of noise. A divider to closed door might have aided. Otherwise definitely worth the experience. Will be back.
It was a really cool setting and layout but I don't think we would return. The food was lovely but very very small portions and for the price I did not really see the value. The staff were okay but nothing overly tremendous. I did put down that we were there for a special occasion as the booking on OpenTable had this as a question when making it and I am unsure why as nothing at all was mentioned or acknowledged at all. Not that I care at all but don't see why this would be a part of the booking form if the restaurant takes no notice. The restaurant was cool, the food nice and the service was just average.
We had a lunch group of 10 people who all greatly enjoyed the dining experience.
The Paella was worth the visit! Value for money and great service made the day memorable.
I always love the food at Vaquero. Great restaurant in a suburban environment.
Great service very tasty food portions were a bit small
Food - Awesome.
Setting - Lovely.
Service - Polite but too slow - Fix this and you've got a winner.
Great little spot in Albion. Good food, good service.
Magnificent service, great atmosphere and the food is amazing.
We had a lovely dinner, starting with the charcuterie board for 2, squid, kangaroo and pork. Plenty of food. Wonderful sitting environment and a wonderful waitress.
The night was definitely intimate, however, relaxed also.
Would definitely recommend.
Vaquero is my favourite restaurant in Brisbane. I cannot fault it! You must have the charred broccoli and whatever cut of beef they have on the menu when you visit. Oh and the sourdough! The food, the staff, the atmosphere and the wine list are second to none. Vaquero has a special place in my heart, it’s where I celebrate all the big milestones! Cheers!
Always impressed by this venue. The food, service and atmosphere is consistently good. They go above and beyond. Highly recommend!
Vaquero made my bday celebration so special! - thank you!
Great to have a passionate chef who knows his flavor combinations and is willing to push boundaries and innovate. A truely enjoyable night with great flavors and great service