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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.

Mount Nathan Winery

Mount Nathan, Gold Coast Area
Mount Nathan Winery is a family-owned Australian business situated amongst the shades of the Paulownia plantation on the lush Clagiraba Creek, in the scenic Gold Coast Hinterland, South Eastern Queensland.

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.

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.

Quarterdeck Kitchen and Bar

Coomera, Gold Coast Area
Located on Australias highest awarded marina, perched on the Coomera River and overlooking the unspoiled nature on Hope Island and a handful of beautiful super yachts, this restaurant has fresh and local produce showcased on seasonal menus and served in an elegant waterfront setting.

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.

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.

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.

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.
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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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