Vaquero

4.7
450 reviews
$40 and under
Contemporary European
In the early 1500s the Spanish arrived in Mexico, bringing with them horses and livestock and the tradition of the “vaquero”: the horseback mounted cattle herder. Legend has it that they only ever dismounted to dance with a pretty girl. They lived simple, honest, hard working lives.
At Vaquero Dining we take influence from the Spanish origin, celebrating a menu design to be shared with friends and family. Simple, elegant plating, ultimate respect for the food we serve, direct from farm to plate. Our charcoal oven ensures that moisture, tenderness and flavour are the three key elements with every dish.
What 450 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.7
service
4.7
ambience
4.4
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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EmmaH
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Hidden gem in Albion with amazing food and decor. Wine list is brilliant too, cocktails are great.

Staff are friendly, I love that they explain each dish as it's brought out. Loved the view of the kitchen too. The food is very good, was a little surprised the staff didn't suggest any sides to us when we ordered our mains, we probably did need them as the main plates don't come with a lot. But hey, room for dessert right?

Overall it is very good and we will 100% go back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, amazing service!! Can’t wait to go back again!

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LanaM
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely time, food was great as always, thank you

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Nelsond
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and ambiance. Never disappoints.

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Deanf
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wednesday night very quiet but food was very good, attentive service but not overbearing.

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KarenG
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall2food1service5ambience3

The waiter was really attentive, however, the food was a disappointment. We had to wait ages for our main course to arrive and then the food was pretty ordinary when it came.
The squid was burnt, the ribs were chewy and the mackerel was cold.
Will not be returning.

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GabrielleK
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the private almost secretive entry into a fine dining experience. Vibe and music of restaurant was romantic, meals and service were perfect. Wonderful experience thank you

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Evelyn
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Third time to Vaquero and we always enjoy the restaurant, food and service. It's a local favourite.

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Christie
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've come here a bunch of times and love it. Unfortunately we had to leave as soon as we'd ordered but the staff were so understanding and forgiving, they packed our charcuterie up for us to take home. Food is brilliant, staff are brilliant, ambience brilliant.

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NevS
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our first time to Vaquero, they did not disappoint and I will definitely be back.

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Rhonddap
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Worth a visit. The staff are always attentive and prompt. Great for both casual togethers and that 'special' night.

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ShannonG
2 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is absolutely our favorite restaurant in Brisbane. Food and service are amazing, the decor and ambiance are incredible. Love it!

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GabrielO
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The scallops and the croquette where absolutely delicious
The pumpkin was A great accompaniment to the mains
And to finish the sorbet was a great suggestion

JF
JamesF
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and greatly enjoyed it and would recommend

DM
DanielM
3 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Outstanding hidden gem in Albion. Venue was fantastic, superb food and wine was wonderful. Highly recommended.

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BenK
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was incredibly well presented and delicious. A great atmosphere and the staff were very helpful and knowledgeable about the menu. While I would have liked a previous menu option to still be available for our booking, the fact that they change their menu regularly keeps it interesting, and we still had a really great experience.

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CourtneyW
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely faultless food & drinks, one of my favourite places in Brisbane! Such an intimate, beautiful neighbourhood gem!

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ColinM
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience2

A limited menu for dinner. The beef was very chewy, not to the standard expected from a meat provider. The noise level was so high that conversation at our table was difficult

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JenniferG
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our all time favourites and a regular restaurant for date night

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PhilippeD
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing! the sauces made all the dishes stand out

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OpenTable Diner
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

excepcional!

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DamianR
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

been a few times now and the food is always excellent, took the Vegan daughter-in-law and the chef accommodated her with a special menu,

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Lara
8 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely food and cocktails. It has a quaint and welcoming environment.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2020
Overall3food4service5ambience3

I absolutely love it here but this Saturday wasn’t the best experience at all. Being stuck near a table of 10 for a birthday party and look I understand it can be exciting and it’s a happy time but when you can’t hear the person sitting across from you speak it’s becomes an issue. They were so load and no care for anyone else dining in the restaurant, we ended up leaving without dessert or coffee. We hadn’t been able to dine out for quite some time because my partner had lost his job during covid so this was meant to be treat and I left feeling quite sad.

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MadeleineJ
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fresh and delicious. As were the cocktails.
The waitress was so polite. Made friendly chit chat with us but not so much that it was awkward or intrusive. The set up is beautiful. Definitely reccommend eating out in the court yard.

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Sybil
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

One of My boyfriend and mines favorite places to dine

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LeonieN
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappoints - Shane always makes our night enjoyable - love the ever changing menu

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ScottW
1 review
Dined on 13 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service are consistently fabulous at Vaquero. Well stocked bar and wine list round out a great dining experience.

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JanetC
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food and attentive wait staff. Enjoyed the evening.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Beautifully presented food and very delicious. Great value as well.

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EddieC
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, beautiful food. You can dine inside intimately with the restaurant in full view of the kitchen. Friendly staff and you must try the charcuterie of their meats. My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed it and we were excited to try their food so we ate more than we should at lunch. Considering what we ate, the prices are very reasonable for beautiful food. Great place to have a romantic lunch or dinner. Make sure to book with COVID situation.

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AmandaE
2 reviews
Dined on 7 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lunch date

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SarahB
1 review
Dined on 6 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gorgeous little venue. Welcoming, professional and knowledgeable staff paired with delicious food and a comprehensive wine list provided a wonderful birthday dinner. It's my third visit and not only will I be back again, but I'd recommend Vaquero to anyone!

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CatrinaP
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal.- loved it - definitely be back for another visit!

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MelW
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The food was great, the service and knowledge of the staff was even better.

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OpenTable Diner
3 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved our dinner with friends here!

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PatrickG
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Great to come back here, and from what I know the chef has changed but gee the quality of food hasn't - variety and great flavours and presentation. Always has a good a wine list and the Maitre D' is very knowledgeable and helpful. Unfortunately what seems to be constantly changing table staff remains a let down - just basics like how to explain the menu and how to put food on the table and remove plates, etc. Happy to come back here regularly, just hoping the table staff can match the kitchen and Maitre D'.

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MartyP
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Will be back again. Food was bloody amazing, well done!

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RoslynH
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A great dining experience. Recommend for special occassions.

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VickiP
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another delicious lunch at Vaquero. Great service. Will be going back for more👍

FAQs

Vaquero is rated 4.7 stars by 450 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.