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Bar Alto

#100 of 3,180 Restaurants in Brisbane
Certificate of Excellence
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L 1 119 Lamington St, Brisbane, Queensland 4005, Australia
(07) 3358 1063
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Tue - Sun 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Prague, Czech Republic
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125 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 311 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

First time I have visited the Powerhouse and Alto - this is a great venue for a bar/restaurant. Had the mozzarella special to start and then crab gnocchi, while my friend had the tuna for main. All the food was good, but not great (the gnocchi itself tasted as if it was bought in, but the crab and sauce was... More 

Thank Tjackso2
Brisbane, Australia
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79 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2016 via mobile

Staff were fantastic, Food was delicious and hearty, all encompassed by culture and the Brisbane River. A special mention to your staff, not only friendly but excellent customer service skills. We'll be back!!

Thank Susannah88
Brisbane Region, Australia
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95 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2016 via mobile

First time here and we went for Sunday lunch with friends. Great range of food, wines and cocktails - cocktails were very reasonably priced. For entree we had chickpea fritters with pork belly, salsa verde & fennel and salted cod croquettes between us - wow, absolutely lovely and tasty. For mains, 3 of us had the special, which was short-rib... More 

Thank Julie B
Sydney, Australia
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62 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2016 via mobile

We arranged a business lunch at Alto and found it quite which was very surprising after what we where told. The menu is limited and pricy but it has a good wine list and service is ok as you would expect being not full. I am sure there are other options available in the area. However I must the venue... More 

Thank Mark A
Brisbane Region, Australia
2 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2016

After being told about the specials and ordering same, the waitress returned to advise that only one special was available. It was just after 7pm, unbelievably early to run out of the main special for the evening. Next, the wrong first course was brought for three of us; after which, we didn't believe that the replacement first courses were what... More 

Thank Meg209
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36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2016

This place used to have a real buzz. To be fair it was a Sunday night and pouring with rain so people were staying in. There were more staff than customers so service should have been impeccable. But no. The maitre d', looking very casual in jeans and untucked shirt seemed less than enthused about his job. And he had... More 

Thank tj_sydney
Peregian Springs
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2016

Lunch with old friends. The crab gnocchi and zucchini flower risotto were to die for. Zucchini Parmesan chips to share fabulous. Others had Pesce - pan fried salmon - all great

Thank flydoc64
Sydney, Australia
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102 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2016

Great river-view location down at the Powerhouse in New Farm. The Italian menu is simple but includes most of the favourites. Some days you can get fresh burrata with prosciutto, honey and figs (excellent) and "Mussels in chilli, garlic, white wine, tomato with ciabata" and "Gnocchi with local spanner crab, chilli, fennel". The meals were excellent and I'd recommend coming... More 

Thank FoodieMookie
Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2016

I had just finished a meeting near Fortitude Valley and wanted lunch on or near the water before I headed to airport.and found Bar Alto on TA. Bar Alto is inside the Brisbane powerhouse museum and has a wonderful eating area on the balcony overlooking the Brisbane river - stunning views. I ordered a glass of Chardonnay $13 and this... More 

1 Thank roosterman2016
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2016

Great location on the river where you can have afternoon drinks overlooking the water then move into this really good Italian themed restaurant. Very good good served by good, casual staff. You MUST try this restaurant/bar and enjoy a Powerhouse show/exhibition while you're there. So come on, don't stand around, make a booking and try it.

Thank Colin W

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Italian, Gluten Free Options, Australian
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Scenic view, Bar scene, Business meetings, Large groups
Open Hours
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: L 1 119 Lamington St, Brisbane, Queensland 4005, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Queensland  >  Brisbane Region  >  Brisbane
  • Phone Number: (07) 3358 1063

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?