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.

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 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.

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.

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.

Skyline Restaurant

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
Aquis Park - Home of the Gold Coast Turf Club and Event Centre is home to Australia's richest raceday, Magic Millions and fine dining restaurant Skyline, with panoramic views of the Gold Coast. Hosting over 60 race meetings every year, the Gold Coast Turf Club has become one of the most sought after function venues on the Gold Coast for both raceday and non-raceday events.

Waves Buffet Restaurant

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
At Waves they like to keep their dishes fresh and dynamic, full of colour and bursting with flavour. The best way to do that, according to the Executive Chef, is to harness dining inspiration from the seasons - summer, autumn, winter and spring.

Fu Manchu Oriental Kitchen

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
A feast for the senses, Fu Manchu is a modern Asian fusion restaurant, focusing on quality food, exemplary service and an elegant wine offering. The menu spans South-East Asia and beyond, blending exotic flavours with playful presentation and true fusion at the heart.

Seascape Restaurant + Bar

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
Seascape Restaurant + Bar is perched on level 1 and 2 of the Soul Boardwalk directly opposite the iconic Surfers Paradise beach. With incredible ocean views and exceptional seafood cuisine, it boasts some of the best vantage points the Gold Coast has to offer.
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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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