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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Taboon Modern Middle Eastern Cafe

Robina, Gold Coast Area
Taboon is inspired by the suburban bakeries, grill and hummus houses popular throughout the Middle East. They take a fresh and exciting look at traditional foods and their cuisine draws its influence from Marrakesh to Istanbul, Cairo to Beirut with a big stop in Tel Aviv.

Sandbar

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
Sandbar wants you to wine, dine and take your time. Relax and let their good time dealers pour you a delicious cocktail, sublime wine or crisp ale from the Gold Coast’s largest range of beers. Their innovative menus are crafted by a world-renowned Executive Chef and designed for affordable culinary enjoyment.

The Fish House

Burleigh Heads, Gold Coast Area
The Fish House is famous for its breathtaking views of Burleigh Beach, elegant ambiance, quality service by being committed to quality and by being consistent in delivering a high standard of food, open lunch and dinner services to guide guests through the two-glass award winning wine list.

Dragon Cove Chinese Cuisine

Sanctuary Cove, Gold Coast Area
Treat yourself to authentic Chinese dishes and dumplings, or try the chef’s specialty, Peking Duck, cooked fresh and carved at your table. Savour your dining indulgence whilst enjoying the water views of Sanctuary Cove Marina.

Carmody's Restaurant and Bar

Southport, Gold Coast Area
Carmody’s is an award-winning restaurant offering modern Australian cuisine created by Sous Chef Nathan Hay, a highly rated wine list compiled by Socky Soares and exemplary service from the whole team.

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.

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.

Burleigh Brewing Company

Burleigh Heads, Gold Coast Area
Burleigh Brewing Company is built on Balance, Character and Soul. After all, when they began in 2006 the Queensland beer and brewing landscape was pretty much devoid of all three. They don't do stunt beers.

Ally Chow

Mermaid Beach, Gold Coast Area
A unique Asian Fusion Restaurant and Bar offering delicious food and perfectly crafted cocktails. A perfect dining experience for couples or larger groups to celebrate in style. Functions can be catered for in their alleyway or inside their Asian wonderland.

Three Little Pigs - Bar and Bistro

Tamborine Mountain, Scenic Rim Area
A hidden culinary gem in the Gold Coast Hinterland, popular with locals. Three Little Pigs on Main Street in Mount Tamborine is turning heads with its rustic dining style. A large stone fireplace dominates a light, airy dining room of polished wood and large windows, or guests can choose to dine alfresco at a wine barrel table and enjoy the lush, green surrounds and chirping birds.
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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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