Burleigh Pavilion is open at Burleigh Heads and it’s AMAZING

The Burleigh Pavilion is finally open, and we’ve got the lowdown on what to expect when visiting the Gold Coast‘s hottest new venue.

With its grassy headland, pumping point wave and lively atmosphere, Burleigh Headland is one of the Gold Coast’s most iconic and beloved spots to while away an afternoon basking in the glorious sub-tropical weather.

Needless to say, there’s been a lot of excitement around the highly anticipated unveiling of the area’s hottest newcomer, the multi-million-dollar second-storey oceanfront space Burleigh Pavilion, which opened its doors on December 22.

Burleigh Pavilion

The brainchild of hotelier Ben May, behind Manly Wharf Bar and Mrs Sippy in Sydney’s Double Bay and Bali, and Robert Magid, this restaurant and bar is housed in the Coast’s most exclusive commercial waterfront development. Burleigh Beach Pavilion on Goodwin Terrace was once home to long-running fine dining institution, Oskars.

The architecturally designed restaurant and bar caters for more than 600 diners for lunch and dinner across two zones so revellers can enjoy a casual bite after a day on the beach or a fine dining experience.

Burleigh Pavilion

On the northern side, above pan-Asian favourite Rick Shores, is a full-service 240-seat restaurant, The Tropic, with Michelin-starred chef Guillaume Zika, most recently of Sydney’s Cottage Point Inn, at the helm.

Zika and his team have created a produce-driven menu from locally sourced ingredients with standouts being the seafood platter with prawns, oysters, kingfish, smoked salmon, pickled mussels, Moreton Bay bugs, octopus and caviar.

Other dishes include grilled tiger prawns with dry vermouth butter, giant octopus and the wood-fired pig doughnut with preserved veggies and fermented chilies. Better yet, diners can watch the experienced team hard at work in the expansive open kitchen.

Burleigh Pavilion

For a more casual post-beach drink, you can come straight off the sand, put your surfboard in the racks to the side and pull up a seat on The Terrace. The 400-person capacity bar area offers a more snack orientated menu including wood-fired pizzas, burgers and salads.

Burleigh Pavilion

The wine list boasts more than 90 labels, plus there’s tap beers and cocktails like the hard-to-resist, Burleigh Barrel with Barcardi Fuego spiced rum, Licor 43, strawberry, lime and vanilla sugar.

May has also made seriously impressive cosmetic improvements to the façade of this iconic building, transforming it into a traditional coastal pavilion, like the famous building at Bondi Beach, with wide arches and textured concretes.

Burleigh Pavilion

Inside, the light and airy space is just as appealing with pops of pastels, four-metre high ceilings, exposed timber rafters, a breeze-block bar, an inclusive vibe and the peace de resistance; that unbeatable view.

Where: Level 1, 43 Goodwin Terrace, Burleigh Heads.

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Have you been to check out Burleigh Pavilion yet? What did you think?