Sunday Lunch Revival

Once upon a time Sunday lunch in Brisbane was a societal institution – a weekend family affair which involved sitting down at home to a roast with all the trimmings preceded by hours slaving in the kitchen and a visit to church.

While nobody (particularly the women) misses the hard labour involved, something was lost when this tradition was passed up. For Sunday lunch was also about taking time out together to eat, share and connect for a few hours before the next week of work began.

With this in mind, and with so many great restaurants in Brisbane cooking up a storm on weekends, here are 10 suggestions (most of them family friendly) where the great tradition of Sunday lunch can be revived,  minus the cooking and cleaning up:

California Native

Nestled with the eastern suburbs hills is this cool casual restaurant that serves up the best of contemporary and traditional Californian cuisine with bonus kids menu and curios galore...more

The Wooden Horse

Brisbane’s northside has its own dark horse – a fantastic foodie’s restaurant in a charming converted general store, with top notch pizzas, amazing lunch specials and the best kids menu in town...more

St Baxter

This colourful inner city eatery dishes up some fresh finger lickin’ good Cali-Mex cuisine designed to share, along with Mexican beers, cocktails and a traditional soda stream young ones will love...more

Saiko Teppanyaki

Enjoy a Japanese BBQ Sunday lunch with a side of theatre at the Emporium. Pull up a stool and be entertained by the chef’s antics while tucking into some delish food (kids menu and high chairs avail)...more 

Otello Trattoria Pizza

Tucked away in West End’s main street is this rustic Italian trattoria in an old cottage, featuring a covered backyard deck with traditional pizza oven and excellent little kids menu...more

Stokehouse

Perfect for a special occasion – think family or friend’s birthday, Sunday lunch doesn’t get much better than partaking in divine chef creations at this beautiful boatshed-like restaurant on the water...more

The Greek Club

An ideal destination for families and big groups, there are few places better to sit and tuck into a succulent Greek style BBQ lunch on a Sunday than on the spacious terrace overlooking park and city...more

Medley Café Restaurant

In an exclusive historic riverside pocket alongside the Story Bridge is this stunning café restaurant with multi-level decks, an international menu to reflect the area’s past and waterfront promenade...more

Fiesta Ole

The authentic tastes of Mexico are found at this lively family-run restaurant in the inner west – a great place to gather in one of the leather booths and partake in a delicious Mexican feast...more

Des Alpes 

Take a trip to Switzerland in the (northern) suburbs for a great value Sunday lunch with a difference – think rosti pizza, crepes, pork belly or fondue, with the option of a special kids crepe lunch...more

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