Favourite Gold Coast Restaurants & Bars

Whether you’re coming to the Gold Coast for a girls’ getaway, weekend golfing trip, family holiday or romantic beach adventure, there’s plenty of exciting places to drink and dine around the coast.

While Melbourne and Sydney typically get all the attention from foodies traveling around Australia, the Gold Coast is quickly gaining attention for its variety of worldly cuisine, hip brekkie hangouts, craft beer breweries and delicious local eateries. Below we’ve listed some of our favourite dining recommendations in the area, and hope you have the chance to explore them all on your next trip to the Goldie!

 

Best Restaurants & Bars: Gold Coast Edition

 

Garden Kitchen & Bar at Jupiters Casino

Located conveniently at the always popular Jupiters Casino, the Garden Kitchen & Bar offers bright, airy decor that flows seamlessly between indoors and out. Head here on weekends to catch live music from a local musician or DJ, including ‘Vinyl on the Deck’ from 8:30pm every Friday and Saturday, and ‘Sundays in the Garden’ from 2pm to 6pm.

Enjoy brekkie hits like the Belgian Waffles, lunch go-to’s like the Prawn Risotto or Smoked Salmon Salad, and dinner mains like the Chef’s Rotisserie, Wagyu Steak or Seafood Tasting Plate. Pair it all with a craft cocktail or pint of local beer and you won’t be disappointed! Makes for a lovely afternoon or evening when the weather is warm and welcoming.

Where: Broadbeach

Hours: Open Daily from 7am-11am, 11:30am-4pm & 5pm-10pm

Reserve a Table: 07.5592.8787

Nearby Accommodation Recommendation: Broadbeach Holiday House

 

Koi Dining & Lounge Bar

Located conveniently in the main hub of Broadbeach, Koi is one of our favourite places for dinner on the Gold Coast. With a la carte options, as well as tapas, share plates or individual plates, we highly recommend the Pork Belly, Chargrilled Octopus, Antipasto and Roasted Beetroot Salad for a delicious tapas meal experience.

Choose a bottle or glass of wine from their extensive wine menu, or opt for a fresh cocktail like the Bright Light with gin and elderflower for something a little more refreshing. This sleek space is inviting, and we particularly love their Sunday Sessions with live music (must book ahead)!

Where: Broadbeach

Hours: Open Daily from 7am till Late

Reserve a Table: 5570.3060

Nearby Accommodation Recommendation: Salt Air Apartments

 

Hideaway Kitchen & Bar

A newcomer to the Broadbeach dining scene, Hideaway is unassuming from the outside and ultra impressive once you step foot inside. With an intimate but fun indoor space and a large outdoor dining patio in the back, this is the perfect place to enjoy a family-friendly dinner or cocktails with friends under the stars.

Boasting a menu of Asian street food and a Raw Bar, we particularly love the Thai Style Ceviche, Fried Honey Crab Wontons, Tempura Whole Fish and Duck Red Curry. Choose from larger plates to share, as well as Skewers, Dim Sum or Small Plates, and pair it with a Hideaway Lager, Lemongrass Lychee Martini or Sake Cosmo. Yum!

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Where: Broadbeach

Hours: Monday-Friday 5pm till Late, Saturday & Sunday 12pm till Late

Reserve a Table: 07.5679.0369

Nearby Accommodation Recommendation: Broadbeach Holiday House

 

Bonita Bonita Mexican Restaurant & Tequila Bar

Arrriiibbbaaa! The Gold Coast finally has its own authentic taste of Mexican cuisine in the heart of Mermaid Beach. With a dimly lit, sexy interior, we highly recommend Bonita Bonita for a romantic evening out with your significant other, or a group of lively friends.

Though we haven’t had anything we wouldn’t eat again, we particularly love the Feed My Belly or Feed My Soul Dining options, which allow you to try a bit of everything. On Thursdays, their adjacent Bon Bon Bar offers an assortment of $5 tacos, but get there early to snag a table, as the secret’s out! We love the Cauliflower Frito, Pollo Frito and Carne Picante, of course washed down with one of their world class margaritas!

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Where: Mermaid Beach

Hours: Open Daily from 5pm till Late

Reserve a Table: 07.5575.2669

Nearby Accommodation Recommendation: Gundooee on the Beach

 

Miami Marketta

Located conveniently just west of the Gold Coast Highway, Miami Marketta offers customers the chance to sample some of the best street food around from a variety of food trucks and vendors. Join the Tapas Club on Wednesdays to taste the best eats from around the globe, and indulge in an adult beverage from their onsite Wine & Cocktail Bar as you listen to music from resident DJ Freddy Fly Fingers.

On weekends, walk around and try the best plates from the weekly night market vendors, as well as shopping from local artists, designers and more. Live bands are there to keep the atmosphere lively and happening every Friday and Saturday night. We highly recommend this free, family-friendly dining experience for everyone!

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Where: Miami

Hours: Wednesday 5pm-10pm, Friday 5pm-11pm, Saturday 4pm-11pm

Reserve a Table: Not necessary

Nearby Accommodation Recommendation: Getaway House

 

The Paddock Bakery

A Gold Coast favourite, it’s easy to see why this place is consistently one of the best brekkie destinations in the area. With a cozy and cute outdoor patio and small indoor dining area in an old weatherboard house, this quaint eatery is also home to some of the best coffee, pastries, desserts and sandwiches around.

Try the Ranchero Eggs with Avocado, Reuben Sandwich or Wood Fired Muesli with a Flat White and one of their mouthwatering Lemon Meringue Tarts or Specialty Doughnuts and thank us later. Perfect for a post-surf session!

Where: Miami

Hours: Open Daily from 6:30am to 3pm

Reserve a Table: For parties of 10+ only, email hello@paddockbakery.com.

Nearby Accommodation Recommendation: Mermaid Beach House

 

Jimmy Wah’s

Located in the hip hub of Burleigh Heads, Jimmy Wah’s offers modern Vietnamese cuisine in a sleek, modern and small space. Whether you stop by for a lunchtime Bahn Mi or Pho Bo or come back for an amazing dinner with friends and family, we can’t get enough of their food and drinks.

From the Crispy Spring Rolls to the Scallop Dumplings, Vietnamese Pancake and Soy Braised Pork Collar, this place is a must for those seeking top notch Asian cuisine. Order a cocktail, beer or glass of wine from one of the charming bartenders and enjoy an epic meal in their indoor or outdoor seating areas.

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Where: Burleigh Heads

Hours: Closed Tuesday; Open Wednesday through Monday from 12pm-2:30pm & 5:30pm-9:30pm

Reserve a Table: 07.5659.1180

Nearby Accommodation Recommendation: Coconut Grove Holiday House

 

Justin Lane

Without a doubt one of the most popular restaurants on the Gold Coast, Justin Lane is still a winner in our book. Located just down from Jimmy Wah’s in the hot foodie area of Burleigh Heads, Justin Lane is home to a rooftop bar and pizzeria & pasta bar.

Head up to the rooftop to enjoy a misty afternoon in the summer sun, or a (loud but) romantic evening any other time of year. Start off with the Caprese Salad and Swiss Brown Mushroom Arancini before moving onto one of their delicious pastas, pizzas, calzones or salads. We highly recommend making a reservation if you plan on dining here in the evening, or simply enjoy a picnic on Burleigh Hill and take advantage of their pizza bike delivery services straight to your location!

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Where: Burleigh Heads

Hours: Monday-Thursday 5pm till Late, Weekends 12pm till Late

Reserve a Table: 07.5576.8517

Nearby Accommodation Recommendation: Gundooee on the Beach

 

The Fish House

For the freshest fish on the coast, we recommend the aptly-named Fish House. Located directly across from Burleigh Beach, this cozy restaurant features a southern Europe inspired menu with an amazing selection of Raw & Smoked Fish, Entrees, Pasta, French & Spanish Cheese and Whole Fish Mains, some caught locally the very same day.

Reservations are recommended, and dress for this hot spot is smart casual with no singlets or thong sandals. Start off with an order of the Tasmanian Royal Miyagi Oysters before moving onto the Live Hand Dived Scallops, Moreton Bay Bugs and Patagonian Toothfish.

Where: Burleigh Heads

Hours: Open Daily for Lunch & Dinner

Reserve a Table: 07.5535.7725

Nearby Accommodation Recommendation: Coconut Grove Holiday House

 

Rick Shores

With one of the most stunning views on the Gold Coast, Rick Shores is the place to be for a breezy arvo cocktail or early evening sunset dinner. Make a reservation for a table near the ocean, and enjoy Pan-Asian flavours by the sea.

Some of our favourite menu items include the Beef Short Rib Bao, ‘Ricks’ Fried Bug Roll, Massaman Curry and Chinese Greens with Garlic & House Oyster Sauce. Sip on a Signature Cocktail like the Cherry Lips or Up Late and stare out at the expanse of blue ocean just in front of you for a delightful afternoon experience.

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Where: Burleigh Heads

Hours: Closed Monday; Open Tuesday to Saturday from 12pm-3pm & 5:30pm till Late; Sunday from 11:30am-6pm

Reserve a Table: 07.5630.6611

Nearby Accommodation Recommendation: Getaway House

 

Balter Brewing Company

Located in an unassuming industrial location in Currumbin, Balter Brewery is the place to go for local craft beers on the coast. Partly owned by local Goldie surfing legend and shark swatter, Mick Fanning, Balter Brewing is a brilliantly-branded and well-deserved adult bevvy winner in its own right.

Head here on a weekend evening to sample some of the best Balter brews you can’t try elsewhere, and grab a snack from their onsite guest food truck. The space is welcoming and funky, with plenty of space to spread out and enjoy a good beer session with friends or family. Don’t miss it!

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Where: Currumbin

Hours: Friday 3pm-9pm, Saturday 1pm-8pm, Sunday 1pm-8pm

Reserve a Table: Not necessary

Nearby Accommodation Recommendation: Coconut Grove Holiday House

 

Thank you for reading our list of the best Gold Coast restaurants and bars! We hope you enjoy your upcoming stay on the Goldie, and don’t forget to come to us for excellent accommodations around the coast.