Vaquero

4.7
471 reviews
$40 and under
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 471 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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DanielleT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience4

Service was fantastic however the food left something to be desired. Scallop entrees were divine however the octopus main was chewy and over cooked. Spanish mackerel main was cooked well but lacked any definitive flavour. Tomato salad was very tasty though! A solid 6/10 but for the price (exxy) i would recommend going elsewhere.

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LynneB
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great Spanish inspired food. The sangria is exceptional.

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ToniS
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Vaquero has fantastic food and cocktails. A great little gem in Albion - Perfect for a special occasion.

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PacG
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2020
Overall2Food4Service2Ambience2

Food menu, quality, quantity was good although too expensive esp when compared to say the "Rustic Olive" at Redcliffe but also to many others. The real problem was the wine list; way too expensive, I'd like to say 'criminally expensive'. And I'm not sure the wine quality was there either. When a complaint about that was raised, the waiter gave short shrift to it, instead of responding that the comment/ complaint would be taken seriously and passed on to management.

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Lisamaree
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Lovely place to go. Food was really good though the portions are small.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

We love this place - imaginative modern Spanish food, so tasty and well executed with flair. It has the buzz you want on a night out, and the team also have heaps of energy. The service is very professional and personable - Chris has a delightful personality and made us feel special on our night out. The Josper Roasted Scallops were the standout and the grilled WA octopus were also delicious. Go mid-week and they offer well priced options.

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Greatloveroffinefood
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was sensational and the staff were so knowledgeable and friendly. Definitely on our list to come back and enjoy again.

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DanTheGirl
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

This is Brisbane’s best kept secret. Didn’t realise it was here under our noses all this time. Wonderful service and food. Lovely surroundings. Lovely for a special night out. We are indoors on this occasion and we’ll ask to eat al fresco next time to compare! Lovely!

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JonathanH
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of my favourite restaurants. Always consistent, friendly service and great food. A must try.

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Tony
Melbourne / VIC
5 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food is very high quality with much attention to detail, great flavours and impeccably presented. Staff are very attentive, knowledgeable and friendly. Great ambience, lively but not too noisy.

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DamianR
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 12 November 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

Been now 5 or 6 times and hasn't disappointed, only issue was it was very loud Thursday and harder to sit relax & talk

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AdamR
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome, as usual. Been going there for 4 years now. Never ceases to amaze me with the quality of food.

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TeodoraR
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Very nice ambiance, food and service, I would go there again

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Daniel
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always have a great experience here, I have been on multiple occassions and each and every time the food is delicious and service excellent.

thanks for making each night a great experience!

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RobP
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

We had a great dinner as always. I was a little surprised at the small range of options for main meals on the latest menu. Last time we were there I think there were more. But my Spanish mackerel was really nice and the sides were excellent.

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JasmineT
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2020
Overall2Food1Service5Ambience5

Sadly Vaquero isn't what it used to be. The food was average and the charcuterie board was a sad shadow of it's former glory. No pate or terrine to be found just a few slices of meat and some depressing pickles vegetables. We won't be going back.

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NeilT
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

Some of the food was excellent, e.g. the croquet of the day. All of the food was very good. The service was equal to any fine dining experience we have had. We tipped $20 as a mark of our respect and gratitude. Our waiter, whose name I wish I could remember, was very professional and reminded us of some of the best staff we have experienced around the world.

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Brizfoodie
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

What a find! The food was amazing and overall exceptional value. Thank you we will be back.

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NatalieU
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food, every dish exceeded expectations.

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ChrisM
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Atmosphere always very good. Service was excellent. Food possibly the fish not so great this time. Maybe a bit pricey but still great.

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missylonghair
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A wonderful fine dining experience. Walk beyond the Albion Butchery through their secret entrance into a beautiful bar and restaurant. Have been many time to this establishment and will return again. The food and service is excellent.

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EmmaH
Brisbane / QLD
4 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Hidden gem in Albion with amazing food and decor. Wine list is brilliant too, cocktails are great.

Staff are friendly, I love that they explain each dish as it's brought out. Loved the view of the kitchen too. The food is very good, was a little surprised the staff didn't suggest any sides to us when we ordered our mains, we probably did need them as the main plates don't come with a lot. But hey, room for dessert right?

Overall it is very good and we will 100% go back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food, amazing service!! Can’t wait to go back again!

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LanaM
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a lovely time, food was great as always, thank you

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Nelsond
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic food and ambiance. Never disappoints.

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Deanf
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wednesday night very quiet but food was very good, attentive service but not overbearing.

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KarenG
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall2Food1Service5Ambience3

The waiter was really attentive, however, the food was a disappointment. We had to wait ages for our main course to arrive and then the food was pretty ordinary when it came.
The squid was burnt, the ribs were chewy and the mackerel was cold.
Will not be returning.

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GabrielleK
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love the private almost secretive entry into a fine dining experience. Vibe and music of restaurant was romantic, meals and service were perfect. Wonderful experience thank you

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Evelyn
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Third time to Vaquero and we always enjoy the restaurant, food and service. It's a local favourite.

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Christie
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2020
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 on 18 September 2020
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.

SG
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

DM
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
10 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

FAQs

Vaquero is rated 4.7 stars by 471 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.