Gold Coast restaurants and cafes

On the Gold Coast, food entertains tastebuds between fun-filled itineraries, frolics along the beachside and surfs at sunrise. It’s a place where alfresco dining meets street-eats, hatted restaurants and breweries. Whether you consider yourself an acai addict, a seafood sampler or a coffee connoisseur, expect a smorgasbord of flavours along the coastline and you will find something that tastes like pure gold. Show me the best Gold Coast restaurants by precinct

Surfers Paradise restaurants and cafes 

If culinary excellence were served on a silver platter, Surfers Paradise would be the main course, garnished with 52km of glistening coastlines and over 20 pristine beaches. High-end foodie haunts reside in hotels on Staghorn Ave, The Esplanade and Surfers Paradise Boulevard bring everything from internationally imagined to gasp-worthy gourmet to the table. Stroll along Cavill Avenue to find quirky restaurants and cafes or head out for a night on the town to the beachfront markets and breweries littering the streets.

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Miami Marketta

Miami, Gold Coast Area
It could be the back streets of Thailand, Barcelona or New York City but it is right there in Miami on the Gold Coast. It's where the locals go and it's only eight minutes from Broadbeach. Every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday Miami comes alive with street food from all round the world.

Dracula's Cabaret

Broadbeach, Gold Coast Area
Thrill with excitement! Scream with fear! Experience an unforgettable evening that will leave you breathless at Dracula's Cabaret. Enter via the Ghost Train ride into the Theatre of the Vampire, where weird waiters and talented performers sink their teeth into a night of comedy, rock, puppetry and amazing stage FX.

Quarterdeck Kitchen and Bar

Coomera, Gold Coast Area
Located on Australias highest awarded marina, perched on the Coomera River and overlooking the unspoiled nature on Hope Island and a handful of beautiful super yachts, this restaurant has fresh and local produce showcased on seasonal menus and served in an elegant waterfront setting.

Tamborine Mountain Distillery

Tamborine Mountain, Scenic Rim Area
Tamborine Mountain Distillery is Australia's most awarded distillery (more than 300 international awards) and liquor brand in the new millennium. Hidden away in the beautiful Gold Coast hinterland . With rich red volcanic soil and fresh spring water, the abundant fruit of the mountain is fermented and distilled to make many of the famous drinks.

Cedar Creek Estate Vineyard and Winery

North Tamborine, Scenic Rim Area
From the moment you enter the driveway you will appreciate that Cedar Creek Estate Vineyard and Winery is one of the Gold Coast Hinterlands most charming wineries. Bring your camera and take in the wonderful scenery, as well as enjoying the taste of some of Queensland's finest wines.

Walrus Social House

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
Enter...the Walrus. An entertainment and dining venue, based on the Gold Coast's rich cultural heritage of the past. Featuring an alfresco cabana, live entertainment every Friday through Sunday and stylish gaming facilities, you'll find it hard to exit.

Lord Of The Fries

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
Leading the way for ethical fast food in Australia and New Zealand, Lord Of The Fries was founded in 2004 on the premise of food made with love, not animals. Its all-inclusive menu is 100 per cent vegan, with gluten free, kosher and halal options.

El Patio De Cuba

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
El Patio De Cuba bar and restaurant is inspired by the original party island of Cuba and will reveal Cuba's glamorous side to all those that enter. Although famous for cigars, cars and Castro, Cuba also offers mouth watering cuisine with flavours inspired by Spain and the Caribbean.

Alleys Restaurant and Bar

Currumbin, Gold Coast Area
Welcome to award-winning dining at Alleys Restaurant and Bar featuring home grown, local fresh produce, sumptuous meals and friendly, professional service. Alleys is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner.

Crema Lovers Cafe

Tamborine Mountain, Scenic Rim Area
Customers have described Crema Lovers as "Tamborine's Hidden Gem". They have the best coffee which is highly rated on Bean Hunter. If you like your elixir of life, pure and unadulterated, Crema Lovers is your best bet.
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Burleigh Heads restaurants and cafes 

Nestled between Surfers Paradise and Coolangatta, Burleigh Heads is the culinary ‘cool kid’ where people flock to dine and unwind in the relaxed beach vibe. Absolute oceanfront dining exists here where you’ll swear the fish on your plate has jumped straight out of the water, find authentic Italian on Justin Lane and drink in a funky café culture along James Street. Alfresco is taken to the next level (literally) with foodies heading up Burleigh Hill to chew with panoramic views out to the coastline. 

Palm Beach restaurants and cafes 

Once in the shadow of its neighbours Burleigh Heads and Currumbin, Palm beach is now the suburb du jour with a plethora of bars, restaurants and cafes opening what seems like every week. Now boasting more than 50 restaurants (and counting), the coastal town serves something for every palate from local bars, tapas joints to cutting edge foodie haunts scattered along the Gold Coast Highway. Make no mistake, while the laidback ‘Palmy’ lifestyle is reflected in its restaurants, the food is taken seriously (very seriously).

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