Bucci Restaurant – James St, Fortitude Valley

Bucci Restaurant & Bar’s delicious take on modern Italian dining has been delighting Brisbane diners since 2013.  

The menu offers interpretations of classic Italian cuisine with a unique Australian twist incorporating the best local ingredients.  Many dishes are designed to share, so it’s an excellent venue to enjoy with friends, family and colleagues.

Dine in the happy, buzzy atmosphere of this stylish Italian restaurant in the heart of fashionable James Street. The restaurant has an open kitchen, which adds to the drama of eating here. We’ve often been dazzled at the performance of co-owner and executive chef Shaun Malone and his team. Art and science in working harmony!

For something more intimate and casual, have a cocktail or two and snacks. Or perhaps try a meal in the very sexy red and black bar. This is the perfect place to drop in for aperitivo hour and nibble on the bar snacks.

In Italy (and at Bucci alike), food and drinks are the best of friends. At Bucci James Street you will find a superb selection of Italian and Australian vino.

As well as wine, there is a well-stocked bar. All the usual suspects line the shelves, alongside the best grappa, limoncello & amaro.  And why not kick off with an expertly made Negroni, my favourite cocktail?

For special events, the elegant Private Dining Room has seating for up to 22 guests. Whatever the occasion, the Bucci team excels in making a Bucci James Street experience delicious and memorable.

We also once visited the sister Bucci restaurant in Port Douglas, and found the ambience and food to be of a similarly high quality. However, the Bucci James Street restaurant is one of our regular haunts. When we’re in the mood for modern Italian fine dining in Brisbane, this is one of our go-to venues.

Editor’s note: We’ve been informed by a reader that post-Covid, Bucci has now been replaced on James Street by another Italian eatery, Gemelli.

The Gemelli Group’s portfolio also includes the excellent Broadbeach restaurant, Gemellini and Roy’s by Gemelli in Sorrento. We’ve been told to expect in James Street a menu similar to the popular Gemellini’s, which is brimming with classic Italian favourites.

To help you find other excellent Italian eateries in Brisbane, we’ve written an article on the best Italian food in the city.

If it’s just pizza that you’re looking for then we’ve got you covered too.

If you’re thinking of making a big night of it, then check out our reviews of the best bars in town. In summer, change it up with top rooftop bars. Brisbane certainly has the climate for drinking outside.

We’ve also compiled our view of the best Japanese, Thai, Ramen and Asian restaurants in the city.

If you’re looking for a juicy steak or Indian cuisine we’ve selected some excellent options for you too.

And when it comes to the morning-after your big night out why not visit one of the great cafes and breakfast joints that the city has to offer.

Brisbane is an excellent city for eating out. Take advantage of it.

Dylan Cole
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