Italian Dining and Drinks on James Street in Brisbane
James St in Brisbane is a premier retail, dining and lifestyle precinct for tourists and locals alike. Emerging organically from its inner-city industrial roots, the high-energy street boasts over 110 specialty stores, including an impressive range of fashion boutiques, art galleries, and award-winning restaurants, including ours: Gemelli and Bar Tano!
James Street restaurants are a major draw card for the strip, with gorgeous dining options for weary shoppers to take a break and watch the world go by. You won’t find a better group of dining options in all of Brisbane.
The History of Food on James Street
Only 20 years ago, if you wanted a bite to eat from a James Street restaurant, you’d have two choices: Vroom or Harvey’s. These two iconic establishments catered to the ever-growing, and increasingly discerning, food crowd when the James St Markets were built in 2002. From there, dining has steadily increased, with James St restaurants in Brisbane becoming synonymous with quality food.
Gemelli on James Street
If you want real Italian in Fortitude Valley, all you gotta do is book a table at Gemelli before heading down to the James Street restaurants. Gemelli on James Street has been slinging pizzas and serving up fresh, authentic Italian food for seven years and counting.
Gemelli offers a range of super traditional, authentic Italian meals from delectable antipasti to old-school pizzas and pasta, iconic Florentine fare like Bistecca and Roman staple Saltimbocca, not to mention our crowd-pleasing salumi boards.
Bar Tano on James Street
Next door to Gemelli is the sleek exterior and intimate interior of Bar Tano. Bar Tano is like a discoteca meets afternoon aperitivo. You can sit and have a light, casual meal while the sun sets only to settle in for a late-night boogy.
This walk in only space has a list of favourite aperitifs to begin the night and six pages of cocktails to choose from, with eight classic Italian drinks including the Negroni Sbagliato, ooh, stunning! There’s a good multicultural mix of home grown and Italian birre available, both bottled and on tap. An expertly curated wine list, with an almost exclusively Italian choice of wines by the glass, is accompanied by your quintessential Italian digestive to top off the night. Salute!
Book your table at Gemelli on James Street here. We look forward to welcoming you.