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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Dracula's Cabaret Restaurant

Broadbeach, Gold Coast Area
Thrill with excitement! Scream with fear! Experience an unforgettable evening that will leave you breathless at Dracula's Cabaret Restaurant. Enter via Dracula's 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 horror FX.

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.

Longboards Laidback Eatery and Bar

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
Longboards Laidback Eatery and Bar is one of the Gold Coasts best gourmet burger and craft beer bars. Home to the famous two kilogram PHAT bastard burger challenge and positioned in the heart of Surfers Paradise under the iconic Q1 building, Longboards Laidback Eatery and Bar offers a wide range of both food and beverage options to complement its relaxed atmosphere.

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.

O'Reilly's Canungra Valley Vineyards

Canungra, Scenic Rim Area
Nestled in the picturesque Gold Coast Hinterland, O'Reilly's Canungra Valley Vineyards is a multi award-winning, family owned and operated vineyard dedicated to boutique wine, experiencial dining and unforgettable events.

Hellenika Greek Restaurant

Nobby Beach, Gold Coast Area
Located in beautiful Nobby's Beach, Hellenika Restaurant and Bar Hellenika are a stunning, modern interpretation of a traditional Greek dining experience. Generational Greek family recipes are paired with exceptional wines so you can relax and enjoy the authentic, simple and fresh offerings the chefs plate up for you.

LakeFront Bistro

Carrara, Gold Coast Area
Awarded Best European Restaurant in Queensland, LakeFront Bistro serves a French-influenced modern European menu. Located in the central Gold Coast suburb of Carrara, LakeFront Bistro is set overlooking the stunning Emerald Lakes, a European-themed development and golf course.

Oskars on Burleigh

Burleigh Heads, Gold Coast Area
Arguably the best restaurant location on the Gold Coast, Oskars on Burleigh overlooks one of the best surfing beaches in the world. By day, diners enjoy the foreground of white sand and an inviting blue ocean.

Cedar Creek Estate Vineyard and Winery

Tamborine Mountain, 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.

Sage Cafe Restaurant

Broadbeach, Gold Coast Area
Sage Café's menus feature traditional favourites mixed with contemporary flavours and they specialise in high quality steaks, fresh seafood, gourmet pizzas and tapas style plates. Sage's steaks are Meat Standards Australia certified and are 90 day aged and grain fed.
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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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