Verve Cafe

4.5
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214 reviews
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$40 and under
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Verve Restaurant and Cider House, a lively New York-style basement bar and restaurant tucked underneath the historic Metro Arts building, is Brisbane`s very own Cheers bar. It also holds the mantle of being Brisbane‘s very first underground bar and the city‘s only dedicated cider house.
What 214 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.6
Food
4.5
Service
4.3
Ambience
4.5
Value
Noise · Moderate
93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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anon
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience2

Rude management, wait staff were lovely, food used to be really good but didn't hit the mark

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DianeT
1 review
Dined on 11 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We were all welcomed by our host. He quickly took our drinks order and returned with them straight away. Waitress took our food order and it also arrived very quickly. And the food, everyone without exception at our table said how amazing the food was. Arrived quickly, it was hot and so delicious. Only thing I found I didn't like was the noise level. We were a group, but couldn't really talk to each other over the noise of music and other large group.

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LauraP
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Love the food!
A classic Italian menu with delicious options and no so classic specials. The place is a bit noisy, so I recommend it for catch ups or informal dinning in small groups, otherwise you will end up screaming to be heard. Very friendly staff!

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JacintaH
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Food was amazing! Service was great and well priced! Looking forward to another visit soon!

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Megan
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was amazing, excellent and fast service. Was pretty loud but great atmosphere

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CaseyE
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Had the pork belly again, absolutely outstanding. Also had the pork belly linguine, had an unexpected heat to it, still fantastic just a little to hot. Service as always was outstanding! The staff are beyond helpful and always on the ball. There was a lot of noise which made it hard for a conversation but you get that when the restaurant is booked solid. All in all another fantastic night at Verve.

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StaceyR
1 review
Dined on 3 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Service was great. Would 100% return. Owner and staff definitely make you feel welcome and comfortable and food was great.

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NeilW
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

We were recommended Verve by our son and daughter in-law and we must say we were not disappointed.

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OpenTable Diner
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

We’ve been coming here since 2016 for the risotto, however this time the risotto menu options didn’t seem like the flavour combinations would go together well....they didn’t. Bacon does not go well in a risotto and neither does a tomato base sauce! Seating for couples should be in the back corner behind the stairs (brick booths) where possible to avoid the noise of large groups.

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GenevieveA
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience4

Love this place, it never disappoints! Not your typical Italian style restaurant but a great place to unwind with your mates or go on a fun date. The House Apple cider is super refreshing, all the food is outstanding - Mushroom entree, Garlic loaf, Goat cheese gnocchi & the Carbonara Pappadelle was to die for! But the winner dish was my mates Slow braised Beef Cheek ...Amazing

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KarenS
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

Wonderful food as per usual. Every time we come here it is consistent and great. Excellent service. Great beer choice. Just on a Saturday night, we found it very difficult to chat with our friends due to the noise level.

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DianneH
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic food and service, I would highly recommend Verve. It can get noisy, but it's part of the fun!

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MeganH
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, cool vibe and good prices. Good location and the underground converted space made it feel like you could be in London or New York, not Brisbane!

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WendyM
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 18 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent service, and as always, great food. Thanks

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Tiegan
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Food was delicious, especially the arancini!! Service was exceptionally fast and staff were polite and knowledgeable. Only downside was they didn't have a great selection of cocktails, and it was very noisy, but thats to be expected when in such a small area. Overall was great though, and would definitely go again.

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johns
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had amazing time, staff just brilliant highly recommend

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NatalieM
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall3Food4Service1Ambience2

I have been to verve many times in the past. Unfortunately this visit was poor, the service was average and the waitress was rude. Waited 40 mins for drinks, they arrived after we finished our entree. Disappointed that the affogato has been taken off the menu.

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GlennB
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic food. An unexpectedly good dining experience. A bit noisy is the only negative.

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Elisse
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience2

Our experience over the weekend was average the food comes out very quickly which is great however the chilli crab spaghetti that I had wasn't fresh. I appreciate that they reimbursed some of the cost for that also the bread in the bruchetta was stale. We hope for this to be seen as means for improvement for the restaurant. Cheers Elisse

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CaseyE
Brisbane / QLD
2 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

Food was outstanding, an such great value, 90% of staff were excellent! But one staff member, may have been the manager was extremely and unnecessarily rude to myself and my partner.

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Jodie
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Brilliant food, great value for money. Slight delay in order being taken however it was a busy night (Valentines Day). Food came out quickly and was well presented. Ambiance was good however noise level slightly too high. Overall a great venue - Would definitely return and recommend to others.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food, service and atmosphere was amazing! Highly recommend!!

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Obliviot
1 review
Dined on 5 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely brilliant place. Will be back. The owner is wonderful.

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ChrisE
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 4 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

I love Verve so this is biased by a long standing affection. Must have been 1998C when I first went there with friends to return over and again in the next years. This lunch was my first foray to Verve in a while. Best news; it's as good as ever. My seafood risotto was just wonderful along with the staff. Hoping for more frequent visits now lasting another 20 years. Few restaurants can make a risotto of such standing. Complex in flavor and a beautiful thing. Thankyou Verve.

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MaddisonB
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing. Been here heaps of times now and has to be one of my favourite restaurants in Brisbane. Must visit!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 22 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Delicious blue cheese risotto. Arancini also excellent. Very generous serving sizes much appreciated.

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AasthaS
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Amazing food and amazing staff. Nice cozy and bar was homely.
Aircon was leaking the whole time which was annoying but didn’t let us not enjoy our beautiful dinner night with friends

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service2Ambience4

Granted, it was a Friday night and VERY busy... BUT... it took the waitstaff a very long time to acknowledge us and take our order. It then took about an hour to receive our meals. We ordered the bread basket, so our tummies signalled FULL by the time our dinner finally arrived at table. Food was delicious, but I wish we hadn't had to wait so long for it. Oh, and yes, it is VERY loud in there. Don't expect intimate conversation.

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JacquelineB
Brisbane / QLD
5 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

This is my third time at writing a review and we cannot praise this restaurant enough. The two people serving did an excellent job of caring for all diners. They were kept so busy as the whole restaurant was CROWDED. Cass looked after us so efficiently. Cass ALWAYS does an A1 job of caring for us.
The food was delicious too and we know how hectic it was for the capable chefs in the kitchen.
Thank you once again.

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TimH
1 review
Dined on 7 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Been coming here for so many years and it's still great. We love getting there early when it's really quiet.

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Kath
1 review
Dined on 10 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Staff incredibly accommodating, food was excellent and atmosphere pretty cool. Was rather noisy but we made the most of it.

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MaryO
1 review
Dined on 10 December 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

need to be more considerate "Female toilets" using stairs is not very suitable for older people.

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OpenTable Diner
Brisbane / QLD
2 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food and great service. My favourite Italian in Brisbane!

JB
vipJacquelineB
Brisbane / QLD
6 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great, great, GREAT to all areas. Yes there's noise - that's only to be expected with happy diners enjoying their night out. Thank you once again for looking after us.

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JennS
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

what a great spot, been here heaps, we love this place!!

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AsaO
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Yes but have to tell that Don’t go there Fridays. Incredibly noisy and tables are small for group.

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IsabelB
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and location! Especially in summer (so cool in the dining area).

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vipJacquelineB
Brisbane / QLD
6 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Once we have loved our night at the Verve. We are ALWAYS looked after so well. It just doesn't matter how busy the place is, no one is ever ignored. The food is delicious and so healthy. Thank you very much for your attention and we will be back. . . . SOON.

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NathanW
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Awesome food, service and all the rest. Highly recommend dining here for any occasion when in brizzy we don’t go home unless we have been here...yep it that good

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MikeF
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

GOOD VALUE MIDDLE OF CITY VENUE PROVIDING EXCELLENT QUALITY FOOD

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