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 Restaurant

Broadbeach, Gold Coast Area
Thrill with excitement! Scream with fear! Experience an unforgettable evening that will leave you breathless at Dracula's Cabaret Restaurant. Enter via Dracula's 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 horror 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.

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.

Taboon Modern Middle Eastern Cafe

Robina, Gold Coast Area
Taboon is inspired by the suburban bakeries, grill and hummus houses popular throughout the Middle East. They take a fresh and exciting look at traditional foods and their cuisine draws its influence from Marrakesh to Istanbul, Cairo to Beirut with a big stop in Tel Aviv.

Burleigh Brewing Company

Burleigh Heads, Gold Coast Area
Burleigh Brewing Company is built on Balance, Character and Soul. After all, when they began in 2006 the Queensland beer and brewing landscape was pretty much devoid of all three. They don't do stunt beers.

Main Street Burger Bar Broadbeach

Broadbeach, Gold Coast Area
Main Street Burger Bar, blissfully blending bewildering burgers and boutique brews. Bringing together the Goldie's beautiful babes, brutes and broods. The Main Street school of thought was the brain child born from a simple vision;

Witches Falls Winery and Cellar Door

Tamborine Mountain, Scenic Rim Area
At Witches Falls their passion is wine – they love growing it, making it, drinking it, and matching it with all kinds of foods but most of all, they like sharing it with friends. They take pride in creating handcrafted wines that you not only love to drink but that also draw you into their world.

Bistro Chico Dining and Tapas

Main Beach, Gold Coast Area
Bistro Chico, Tedder Avenue's newest hot spot offers you the ultimate in informal and uniquely fitted out venues. Swathed in a pastiche of Tunisian patterned tiles and overseen by two hypnotically intense jade green eyes, you too will be drawn into this hole-in-the-wall mecca.

Hurricane's Wood Fire Grill Surfers Paradise

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
Hurricane’s Wood Fire Grill is nestled in the heart of Surfers Paradise. One of two Hurricane’s steakhouses on the Gold Coast, this chic alfresco restaurant is open for lunch and dinner seven days a week.

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.
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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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