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

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.

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.

BMD Northcliffe Surf Club

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
BMD Northcliffe Surf Club boasts an award winning restaurant. Famous for their absolute beachfront location, lifesaver breakfast, Carlton Draught tank beer, perfectly cooked grain fed rump steaks, and surf sport racing accolades, undefeated World Champion Club since 2008.

Bearded Dragon Hotel

Tamborine, Logan City Area
Bearded Dragon is a much loved hotel at Tamborine, Queensland, Australia. They have an all day country kitchen and burger menu, plus Craft and Imported beer selections. Food is served all day, every day.

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.

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.

Aviary Rooftop Bar

Southport, Gold Coast Area
Sip on decadent cocktails and enjoy traditional Italian pizzas and numerous sharing dishes at the exclusive Aviary Rooftop Bar, nestled six floors above ground - on top of the Mantra at Sharks hotel. Opening in mid-2018, Aviary Rooftop Bar features sweeping Surfers Paradise skyline views, a cinema playing eclectic flicks, and a separate outdoor section with areas to relax and soak up the sun or stars.

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.

Crema Lovers Cafe

Tamborine Mountain, Scenic Rim Area
Customers have described Crema Lovers as “Tamborine’s Finest Espresso”. They have the best coffee and is the highly rated on Bean Hunter. If you like your elixir of life, pure and unadulterated, Crema Lovers is your best bet.

Dune Cafe

Palm Beach, Gold Coast Area
Dune Café is situated in the Palm Beach Parklands, overlooking the beautiful Currumbin Lagoon. Open daily from 6:30am, they offer a generous selection of breakfast and lunch options with a focus on using fresh and locally sourced produce.
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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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