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.

Hurricane's Bar and Express at Circle

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
Amongst all the glitz and glamour and surf and sand there is a hidden gem. A hidden gem Surfer’s Paradise has been not only been wanting but needing. A place full of greenery, low lounges, low lights, delicious cocktails and mouthwatering food.

My Private Chef

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
My Private Chef creates unique, luxurious experiences in the comfort of your own home, private yacht or special location. They strive to deliver a first-class service, leaving you with happy memories of an unforgettable experience.

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.

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.

The Cuban Bar and Lounge Dining

Broadbeach, Gold Coast Area
“It’s 1958 in Cuba, the mojitos are flowing, fine food is in abundance and the show girls are dancing. On the horizon, however, a revolution is brewing and Cuba will never be the same again. Join us at The Cuban Broadbeach to be part of this amazing story.

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.

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.

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.
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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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