Welcome to Woolloongabba, where the dining scene is as vibrant as the city-fringe suburb itself. 

Whether you're a foodie-loving local or you're just passing through to catch a game at the Gabba stadium, this vibrant suburb offers a diverse range of culinary delights to satisfy every taste bud. 

Join us as we dive into the unique flavours and vibrant atmosphere of some of the top Woolloongabba restaurants (be warned: drooling may occur).

1889 Enoteca: A Taste of Italian Tradition in Woolloongabba

10-12 Logan Rd, Woolloongabba

Located just a stone's throw away from the Gabba stadium (a 3-minute walk, to be precise), 1889 Enoteca is a hidden gem known for its authentic Italian cuisine and extensive wine list. 

Step inside this charming restaurant and be transported to the streets of Italy with its traditional decor and warm ambience. 

Indulge in classic dishes such as handmade pasta, wood-fired pizza, and mouthwatering antipasti, all crafted with love and precision.

Menu Musts:

  • Pork and fennel sausage gnocchi with black truffle tapenade
  • Moreton Bay Bugs with basil pesto cream and sundried tomatoes
  • Garlic and rosemary roast potatoes
  • Tiramisu with espresso-soaked savoiardi, mascarpone, and chocolate 

Pawpaw Cafe: Asian Fusion in the Heart of the Gabba

898 Stanley St E, Woolloongabba

Hand reaching for an entree bite of food at Pawpaw Cafe
Credit: Pawpaw Cafe

If you’re a Brisbane local, you’ll know that there’s a reason Pawpaw Cafe is one of the best Asian-fusion restaurants near the Gabba – in fact, it’s one of the best eateries in the entire city!

This vibrant yet laid-back cafe-come-restaurant has a delicious focus on fresh, locally sourced ingredients and simple dishes that pack a flavour punch.

The menu features a fusion of Asian and Australian flavours, with dishes ranging from colourful salads to hearty mains and decadent desserts. 

Relax in the cafe's laid-back atmosphere and enjoy a meal with friends or family before heading to the Gabba for the big game.

You Have to Try:

  • Grilled lemongrass chicken wings with sweet chilli honey sauce and fried onion
  • Papaya salad with sweet and sour dressing
  • Southern stir-fried crispy tofu with kaffir lime and lemongrass
  • Massaman slow-cooked beef cheek curry

C’est Bon: Brisbane’s Finest French Cuisine

609/611 Stanley St, Woolloongabba

For a taste of France in Woolloongabba, look no further than C’est Bon. This charming and deliciously upscale French bistro offers an elegant dining experience with a menu inspired by the culinary traditions of France. 

From classic coq au vin to delicate crème brûlée, each dish is prepared with care and attention to detail, not to mention impeccable service that caters to your every dining desire.

With its cosy yet ultra-chic atmosphere and attentive staff, C’est Bon is the perfect spot for a romantic dinner, pre-show bite, or extra-special occasion.

We Recommend:

  • Duck parfait tarts with blood plum
  • Appellation oysters rhubarb mignonette
  • Butternut pumpkin brulee
  • Roasted John Dory
  • Café de Paris rubbed local quail
  • Chestnut Mont Blanc finished tableside

Related: Looking for more romance? Discover the best romantic restaurants and date ideas on offer in Brisbane.

Frankie’s Smokehouse: Texas-Style Delights in Woolloongabba

719 Stanley St, Woolloongabba

Ribs with BBQ sauce at a restaurant

Craving some smoky, succulent barbecue? Head to Frankie’s Smokehouse for a mouthwatering feast that will satisfy even the biggest appetite. 

Located near the Gabba stadium, this Texan-style smoked meats extravaganza specialises in slow-cooked meats, flavourful sides, and indulgent desserts. 

Whether you're in the mood for tender ribs, juicy brisket, or crispy fried chicken, Frankie's Smokehouse has something for everyone. 

Plus, it really sets the scene for a wild night at the Gabba, which is just a six-minute walk away – you’ve gotta be fuelled to cheer on your favourite team, after all!

Dish Up On:

  • Beef brisket or short rib plates
  • St. Louis style pork ribs plate, available in either a half or full rack
  • Buffalo chicken roll with house-made ranch sauce
  • OG loaded fries topped with pulled pork and brisket, plus Frankie’s signature BBQ sauce

Brisbane German Club: Authentic German Fare and Community Spirit

416 Vulture St, Woolloongabba

Experience a taste of Germany right here in Woolloongabba at the Brisbane German Club. This beloved institution is known for its hearty German fare, ice-cold beers, and lively atmosphere. 

Situated right across the road from the Gabba stadium, the German Club is the perfect spot to enjoy a pre-game meal or post-match celebration with friends. And trust us – it gets pretty rowdy after a big weekend match!

Don't miss the chance to sample traditional dishes such as schnitzel, sausages, and pretzels, all served with a side of genuine German hospitality.

You Can’t Go Wrong With:

  • The Pork Knuckle, a slow-roasted crispy pork hock with fried potatoes and sauerkraut
  • Knackwurst and bratwurst sausages infused with garlic and marjoram pepper
  • Frikadellen, aka German pork and beef rissoles, served with mashed potatoes and gravy
  • Chicken or pork schnitzel served with chips and a garden salad
  • House-made apple strudel with brown sugar, cinnamon sauce, and vanilla ice cream

Coco Gabba: Fresh Seafood in Woolloongabba

42 Logan Rd, Woolloongabba

Nestled in the heart of Woolloongabba on bustling Logan Road, Coco Gabba offers a contemporary dining experience with a focus on fresh, seasonal ingredients.

The menu champions divine seafood creations with a modern Australian flair. If you’re a fan of fresh seafood and perfectly paired wines wrapped up in a fine-dining venue, you’re in for a treat.

With its stylish decor and relaxed yet refined vibe, Coco Gabba is the perfect spot for a casual lunch or dinner before heading to the Gabba for a game.

Our Favourites Include:

  • Pan-fried crispy skin barramundi with seasonal vegetables, toasted almonds, and salsa verde
  • Tajin-spiced snapper served with heirloom tomato and watermelon salsa
  • Peri Peri chicken salad with mango salsa
  • Pan-fried scallops with wasabi mayonnaise and mango salsa

Electric Avenue: Contemporary Dining and Cocktails

23 Logan Rd, Woolloongabba

Dimly lit bar with antique lights
Credit: Electric Avenue

Love a taste of the eclectic? Step into Electric Avenue and discover a world of contemporary dining and creative cocktails. 

Located just minutes from the Gabba, this stylish antique-style restaurant and bar is the perfect place to unwind after a day at the game or before a theatre show in South Bank.

Sip on expertly crafted cocktails, indulge in delicious share plates, and soak up the vibrant atmosphere of one of the best restaurants in Woolloongabba.

Hot tip: Venture upstairs to one of Brisbane’s best-kept bar secrets, Mrs J. Rabbits, for an intimate yet dazzling drinks experience.

Start With These:

  • Rustic fries with house seasoning and aioli
  • Charcuterie salami board featuring a selection of cured meats, turkish bread crackers, house pickles, and more
  • Yorkshire puddings with pork sausage and onion gravy
  • Butternut pumpkin risotto with roasted pine nuts and grana padano
  • 250g sirloin steak with twice-cooked potatoes

Shunsai: Japanese Cuisine with a Twist

5/45 Wellington Rd, East Brisbane

For lovers of Japanese cuisine, Shunsai offers a fresh and innovative take on traditional dishes that will leave you craving more.

Located just a four-minute walk from the Gabba, this modern Japanese restaurant prides itself on using the finest ingredients to create flavorful and visually stunning dishes. 

From sushi and sashimi to izakaya-style small plates, each dish at Shunsai is a work of art. With its sleek interior and welcoming vibe, Shunsai is the perfect destination for a fabulous lunch or dinner to complement your Woolloongabba experience.

Best Menu Picks:

  • Omakase set menu based on your favourite dishes and seasonal ingredients – we love this option for a uniquely personalised and authentic dining experience!
  • Scallop and green tea buckwheat noodles
  • Pork belly with seasonal vegetables
  • Grilled salmon with glazed Saikyo miso
  • Matcha pudding with sugarcane syrup

Stay Close to the Best Restaurants Near the Gabba

View of the Gabba stadium from a Rambla apartment balcony‍

Experience the vibrant dining scene of Woolloongabba and be tantalised by the flavours of these top restaurants near the Gabba stadium. For ultimate convenience, make Rambla @ South/City/SQ your home base during your culinary exploration! 

Our South/City/SQ serviced apartments offer modern and stylish accommodations designed to make you feel right at home. Each apartment is decked out with all the comforts you need for a relaxing stay, including spacious living areas, fully equipped kitchens, and sleek bathrooms. 

Plus, take advantage of our rooftop pool with stunning city views, well-equipped gym, and fabulous al fresco dining areas for those cosy home-cooked nights in. 

With our prime location in the heart of Woolloongabba, you'll be just steps away from these must-visit eateries and within walking distance of the iconic stadium. 

Book your stay with us for all things Gabba matches and foodie explorations!

Further reading: Hungry for more? Check out our guide to the five best restaurants Brisbane has to offer.


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