Vaquero

4.7
485 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.

Experiences

  • Valentines Day

    Feb 14 - Feb 15, 2021

    Hide yourself away in Vaquero's speakeasy venue. Embrace the paddock to plate approach while team service you and your special person. With two options to choose from Treat yourself to our 3 course set menu for $89pp or Indulge over our 3 course set banquet menu for $79
What 485 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
Food
4.7
Service
4.7
Ambience
4.4
Value
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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HowardJ
Brisbane
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great discovery, we will be back! 😁

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ChristineL
Brisbane
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The whole experience was perfect ( delicious food and prompt service). Will definitely be back again.

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AndrewB
1 review
Dined on 7 January 2021
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience4

Fantastic service, waitress was a wonder, nice ambience. Tapas were nice, as was the mackerel main. However the flank steak main quite tough and somewhat mediocre and the potato and broccoli sides were average. Perhaps just a off night.

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OpenTable Diner
Baton Rouge
1 review
Dined on 7 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food and great service.

MJ
MelissaJ
San Diego
1 review
Dined on 7 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent service. Good value.

MD
MissDelilah
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is such a lovely spot! It’s beautifully designed and has an excellent menu. Everything we tried was superb.

NC
NickC
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing service and food
Would recommend to family and friends

OT
OpenTable Diner
Brisbane
2 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2020
Overall3Food5Service2Ambience4

Amazing food, third time I’ve eaten here however unfortunately this time the service was awful. We were quite late to the booking (we called ahead) which I understand is frustrating however were punished the entire time from our waitstaff which really affected an important client lunch

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AngelaK
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was fabulous - the food, the service, the wine! We ate too much and just couldn't fit in dessert, but we won't make that mistake next time!

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RachelleL
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing atmosphere and delicious scallops! The service was phenomenal

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AlexS
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Excellent food - it is their drawcard. Can get busy and a bit humid, but that is not unusual in brisbane.

Mini donuts are addictive.

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Jules
Brisbane
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic service and delicious food. There was a function outside which made it quite noisy at our table which was at the back of the restaurant.

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SteveD
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

I have been here a few times now, the food is always brilliant & the service is the right blend of relaxed friendliness & dedicated professionalism.
I would highly recommend trying the slow cooked venison if you get the chance (not always available).
We tried the banquet menu for Friday & Saturday lunchtimes & it was most satisfying.

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Philip1
Brisbane
2 reviews
Dined on 4 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Good food , wine and service, very good restaurant, have visited many times and it always comes up good!!! will definitely be back again

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DanielleT
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2020
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 on 28 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great Spanish inspired food. The sangria is exceptional.

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ToniS
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2020
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
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
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
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
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
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.

CM
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
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
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.

FAQs

Vaquero is rated 4.7 stars by 485 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.