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.

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.

Cove Tavern

Sanctuary Cove, Gold Coast Area
A genuinely warm welcome and first rate friendly service. Cove Tavern is all about great food, drinks, and atmosphere. Guests can enjoy lunch or dinner seasonally changing menu including a range of daily specials.

Bearded Dragon Hotel

Tamborine, Logan City Area
Bearded Dragon is a much loved hotel at Tamborine, Queensland, Australia. All day country kitchen and burger menu, plus Craft and Imported beer selections. Food is served all day, every day. It's the home of Australian Crocodile and Reptile Show and Entertainment with Aussie Larrikins and also the World Famous "Toadman" and Weekly Toad Racing.

Cliffords Grill and Lounge

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
Clifford's Grill and Lounge has brought heritage back to the Gold Coast. Named after the street attributed to 19th century world-class rower, Thomas Clifford, they are a modern eatery offering the raw flame of a grill house coupled with the contemporary competence of an inner city bar.

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.

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.

Granddad Jacks Craft Distillery

Burleigh Heads, Gold Coast Area
The Gold Coast's only Craft Gin and Whisky Distillery is located just two minutes walk from the North Burleigh Surf Life Savings Club. Built with upcycled materials, this old surfboard warehouse has been converted to expose a raw and rustic, one of a kind distillery.

Three Little Pigs - Bar and Bistro

Tamborine Mountain, Scenic Rim Area
A hidden culinary gem in the Gold Coast Hinterland, 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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