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.
Great service, great atmosphere, very attentive staff. Great value for money, had the 3 course tasting. Amazing food and flavours, left full
A enjoyable menu with enthusiastic and polite staff. We chose to have a selection of small plates rather than a main, so were able to savour a range of tastes. Happy with that decision although some of the mains looked outstanding.
We were seated inside which was more noisy than we like and next time would choose the very pleasant outdoor area which is covered so not a problem in inclement weather.
We will certainly return and will recommend to friends.
Friendly attentive service. Comprehensive wine list. Delicious food
Top modern dining without having to venture into the city. Pricey for Brisbane.... however this establishment could hold its own in larger global cities such is its tasty food and lovely fit out. Friendly service. Def. would go back. (nb there is a free public carpark directly across the rd)
Always a great meal at Vaquero. This trip was with my partner and we had a fantastic couple of Gins from the bar to start with. Suggestions were perfect. The main courses were porchetta and the lamb (subsituted for venison on the day) with the not to be missed smoked broccili and peppers. All were fantastic and then followed up with the pear sorbet. We followed the teams suggestions for after we said the type of food we felt like. All was supuerb. Service great, Food great, Great night. Great work team Vaquero!!
Was highly impressed with the atmosphere, friendly staff and the incredible food. Highly recommend Vaquero and look forward to my next visit.
Spectacular as always
The food was exquisitely prepared and flavoured. The decor is equally tasteful and considered. Service, prompt and attentive. Definitely recommend if you’re after a quality dining experience.
The food was amazing. We were early and they accommodated us easily and we even had the opportunity to chat to the chef as they were preparing the food, so we had a good insight into the type of food and how some things were made. We will be back even though we live some distance away. Thanks for a great night.
Very relaxed. Air conditioning appreciated on such a hot day. Staff very knowledgeable yet not pushy.
I wined and dined my husband here for our wedding anniversary. Wonderful surprise to walk through a deli to an intimate bar and restaurant area out the back. Great atmosphere. Substantial and drinks menu. Food menu is a little bit of something special with a great selection of meats. Highly recommend. Would love to go back for the Paella Saturday Lunch and sit on the verandah out the back.
A great space and ambience. Food and service was exemplary with just the right amount of interaction with the friendly staff. I would happily make this a regular place with an interesting and varied menu. Keep up the great service and quality produce.
Service is good. Ordered chargrilled octopus but advised only squid is available. It is not cooked properly and part of it is raw. Desert is small. Overall very pricy for food .
Delicious food. Interesting combinations. Great service.
Always love this restaurant. A class act
Absolutely brilliant in every aspect. The food is outstanding and unique, matched with service and value.
Food was over priced, small sizes. Trying to be something amazing but missing the mark
Never disappoints and a couple of recent additions to the wine list are grand!
A lovely restaurant. You can really tell that they care about the quality of their ingredients. It is worth it purely for their broccoli alone. I have never tasted nicer broccoli !!
Went for lunch for birthday on Saturday 261019. Fantastic food great service will be back.
As always, the food was perfection and the friendly, attentive wait staff faultless. Thank you for a superb evening!
innovative food , great service , a good night out.
Excellent food and service. Noise level a little high for good conversation.
It was everything a good restaurant should be. We were well looked after by attentive staff and the food was amazing.
Food is absolutely wonderful and the service is attentive but just the right amount of distance. Definitely trust recommendations by the staff and the wine list is a excellent selection of Australia’s wine regions at a very reasonable price. The head chef is innovative and exceptionally skilled. What he is doing is very exciting and a gastronomic adventure. A must in Brisbane dinning
Creative and thoughtfully designed menu. Compliments to the kitchen.
We have been for lunch before and it was great. Went again for dinner on the weekend and was disappointing.
- The charcuterie plate was delicious and generously portioned.
- The fish and prawn dish was delicious and the sauce was nice.
- We accidentally ordered a glass of wine from the bottles only section of the menu and don't realise the mistake until after the bottle was opened. Although the waitress seemed horribly inconvenienced by this, the other staff (manager maybe?) sorted it with minimal fuss thankfully.
- The service from our waitress (French accent) really let this restaurant down. She was abrupt. We wanted to order some starters before we decided on the mains but she wouldn't let us. She said 'I'd like you to order everything together' and walked away. Every time we tried to order something from her she seemed to be in a hurry to leave the table and didn't let us finish our order. The two male waiters that evening seemed much happier and more helpful. We had to order a beer twice after it didn't arrive after 15 mins.
- Most of the food was good except for the pork. It was described as pork shoulder but it was more a loin. Very lean, very dry. It needed some kind of sauce. I'm not a food expert so take this with a grain of salt and it's just an opinion. However there is no excuse for the crackling on this dish. The crackling was like chewing gum. It looked fine but it was cooked too fast and hadn't rendered at all. I wanted to spit it out but decided against it in a place so nice. The table next to us had similar comments.
We were going to get dessert but decided to cut our losses and go elsewhere for dessert.
Our first experience of this place so great that we will give it another go before writing it off completely. It was such a different experience this time, mostly because of the waitress.
We found the waiter too pushy trying to upsell too much. We bought two bottles of wine and he emptied them in our glasses far too quickly to enjoy. Felt like he then wanted us to order another bottle as he emptied it. Didn’t like the pushy up selling strategy. Charcuterie board was $50 and had four dollops of meat and bread. Disappointing.
I WOULD LIKE TO SPEAK ON BEHALF OF MY MOTHER, BROTHER AND MYSELF. WE DINED AT YOUR RESTAURANT LAST SAT NIGHT. OUR MEAL WAS SO ENJOYALBLE, INCLUDING THE ATMOSPHERE. BUT WE CAN'T STOP TALKING ABOUT THE DESSERT. THE CHOC TART WAS AN EXPERIENCE WE CANNOT MATCH. WE LOVE OUR FOOD, WE ALL INVEST SO MUCH INTO OUR HOME COOKING AND EXPERIMENTING. THIS DESSERT WAS UNBELIEVABLE. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS CREATION EXPERIENCE :)
Great venue, food was amazing a foodies paradise. Only slight negative is time between main and dessert seemed a little too long
Amazing food. always different. have been many times and never had a bad dish. I love this place
Great food and service. You just can’t go wrong at this place and can’t wait to go again.
Fine food with friendly, informal but attentive service.
Fantastic restaurant of our favourite! Food is always excellent, the menu changes pretty regularly but the standard never drops! Only thing better than the food is the service, the team has excellent product knowledge and will always make recommendations if your stuck for choice in a very friendly professional manner!
We have been here a few times and every time the food, wine and service have been very good.
Love the atmosophere and that fact that the chef mixes with his "guests" and is happy to explain his cooking etc. Thoroughly enjoyed our lunch. Thank you.
The service was very good.
Serving size was small but the food was tasty. There was a large table of people inside that was very noisy and got noisier as the night went on which was a bit annoying. Wouldn't say it was very good value for money but i might go back if I'm in the area.
Although I and my partner are pescatarians and Vaquero prides itself on its butchery, charcuterie and meat dishes, we found enough fish and vegetable dishes on the menu to satisfy our desires.
Our party of 4 started with four share plates:
SPICE CONFIT POTATOES, YOGHURT, CORIANDER & BOTTARGA
BEETROOT TARTARE, CORN PUREE, SMOKED SESAME CREAM, HAZELNUT & KALE
COAL FIRED OCTOPUS, BABA GANOUSH, PICKLED GARLIC & SMOKED ALMOND and
SOURDOUGH, HOUSE BUTTER, SESAME CRUMB
The vegetable plates were excellent, the vegetables cooked to perfection and delivered with beautifully refined, delicate sauces. The octopus was a surprise in its melting delicacy, offset by the slightly acrid flavours of the baba ganoush and smoked almond.
On the advice of our very helpful, pofessional waiter, we also ordered CHARRED BROCCOLI WITH SESAME SAUCE to accompany the main courses.
My partner ordered ROASTED MARKET MUSHROOMS, SPAETZLE, SLOW COOKED HENS EGG & TRUFFLE SALT and I had a PRAWN AND FISH IN CHOWDER. The plates were in the nouvelle cuisine style of being not overly generous, but satisfying all the same. The fish was again as delicate as could be. The chowder was really a sauce, not the sea of fishy soup one normally expects, but delicious.
As testimony to the adequacy of the portions, I was the only one to order a dessert, a POACHED PEAR GELATO & BLUEBERRIES concoction, not too sweet or creamy, just perfect.
The wine selection is top-shelf, so be prepared to pay $60 for a decent bottle.
The décor, ambience and table settings put you in the best frame of mind for a culinary treat. The young woman who served us was knowledgeable, friendly and on the ball without hovering. Full marks to her!
Vaquero is a real find. I wholeheartedly recommend it for that special occasion for the moderately well-off.
Always excellent food and service. Very nice not to be rushed by timed sittings and to be able to enjoy a long relaxed lunch with friends. Well done once again !
What a lovely tucked away secret. Fantastic experience, great food and service, will definitely be back!