11 Gold Coast restaurants with epic water views
Some restaurants and cafes rely on good looks, celebrity chefs or Heston Blumenthal-esque theatrics to pull in the crowds, but on the Gold Coast, real estate trumps all.
The best restaurants here also come with a side serve of million-dollar views, especially when the sun’s shining and the surf is pumping.
We’ve done the groundwork to pull together these 11 Gold Coast restaurants with a view. Don’t forget your sunscreen.
Glass Dining at Marina Mirage | Main Beach
Does lunching across the road from one of the Gold Coast’s most underrated beaches, overlooking a bevvy of yachts belonging to the well-heeled and the saltiest of sea dog dreamers sound like your
cup of tea glass of Verve?
Glass Dining and Lounge Bar provides the marina-front stage for anytime cocktails, as well as a stunning breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Start with oysters dressed with shallot and chardonnay vinegar before sampling from the tapas menu. For the main event, you could focus on seafood with the likes of black mussels doused in white wine cream and fresh herbs.
Helm Bar | Surfers Paradise
Eating out on the waterfront doesn’t need to equal fine dining (and remembering which fork to use when).
Helm Bar in Surfers Paradise melds pub-style feeds with a fun nautical interior and seriously gorgeous views over the Nerang River and Chevron Island.
It’s breezy, casual and, come the weekend, live tunes will turn your lunch or dinner into a damn-where-did-the-time-go (or wow-I-really-went-to-town-on-those-Coronas) affair.
Seascape Restaurant + Bar | Surfers Paradise
Seascape has not one, two but three levels of the Soul Boardwalk in Surfers Paradise, with expansive views and killer nosh.
The bistro on level one is all cocktails and casual bites (think grilled scallops and fish tacos), while upstairs in the restaurant, sleek decor and floor-to-ceiling windows will capture your attention and taste buds from the moment you step inside.
Fish is the star of the show here with six different catches of the day served with more-ish sides like potato galette, tempura Asparagus with sticky soy and heirloom carrots with truffled honey.
Straight from the beach? Take to the roof for a laid back cold bevvy and confit duck spring rolls or mojito battered fish from the tapas menu.
Hyde Paradiso | Surfers Paradise
An icon in Los Angeles, Vegas and Miami (Florida, that is), Hyde Paradiso is the first flagship Aussie venue from US-hospitality brand, HYDE, and boy, is the coast buzzin’ from the excitement.
Located within Peppers Soul Surfers Paradise, the hottest new place in town oozes Mediterranean feels with pastel hues, mosaic tiles, white archways, DJ soirees, a Venetian-inspired sgroppino bar, and of course, uninterrupted ocean views day and night.
But then there are the edible offerings: a bottomless brunch with all the mimosas, oysters, arancini, cold meats, and breads you can stuff in; bar bites like Greek-style spanikopita and besan zucchini chips; through to shared feasting plates of Australian lamb rack, Portugese-roasted chicken, and whole baby reef fish.
BMD Northcliffe Surf Club | Surfers Paradise
In Australia, our Surf Life Savers do so much more than just keep our beaches safe and look good in yellow and red, their clubhouses are secret winners in the dining stakes, too.
With a pocket of Surfers Paradise’ prime beachfront real estate all stitched up, Northcliffe Surf Club is the perfect spot to order a pot (mid-sized beer) and a parmy (chicken parmigiana) and while away an afternoon, checking out the action on the beach in air-conditioned comfort. Plus, Keno!
Edgewater | Isle of Capri
Moor your yacht and step into Edgewater Dining for tasty fare served with a killer view over the Nerang River, and the towering Q1 building framed by floor-to-ceiling windows.
Boasting a modern Australian menu with an Italian bend, set aside a few hours to work your way through their ‘liquid journey’ menu – from the ‘Sparkly Tour’ through to ‘The Magnificents’ pinot noir and mourvedre varieties, it’s a fabulous showcase of Australian and Kiwi drops.
Open for breakfast right through to dinner, there are plenty of tastes to tempt but we’re going for the prawn and bug risotto with pink champagne sauce for the win!
The Fish House | Burleigh Heads
When The Fish House opened in 2013, foodies around the country flocked like seagulls to a chip in Burleigh Headland park, coincidentally across the road from this suave establishment.
The interior is sleek and stylish, the outlook as sunny as you can get, the staff faultless, and the seafood, superb. Unsurprisingly fish is the main event here, with whole cooked fresh catches of the day the headliners.
To truly soak up the menu and sample some of the fine suggestions from their sommelier, opt for the chef’s selection menu of the day. You won’t be disappointed.
Rick Shores | Burleigh Heads
The boys behind acclaimed south-east Asian restaurant LONgTIME in Brisbane nabbed the lease on one of the Gold Coast’s most prestigious waterfront properties in 2016 and flung open the doors of Rick Shores in Burleigh Heads.
Their most recent award is a chef’s hat in the 2019 Australian Good Food Guide, so if you haven’t already, gather your friends to make a booking and prepare to share.
From bar snacks like ‘Ricks’ fried bug roll through to smoked pork and tamarind curry with charred chilli and roasted macadamia, the intensity of the flavours at Rick Shores will slap you sillier than the view itself (which is pretty boss).
Currumbin Beach Vikings Surf Life Saving Club | Currumbin
For sandy-feet, literally ON the beach dining, Currumbin Beach Vikings Surf Life Saving Club takes the cake.
While its charm lies mostly in the location, it’s the quality, wallet-friendly fare that keeps locals and visitors coming back for more.
Clubbie-style feeds like burgers, the fisherman’s plate and a hefty 400g T-bone are all there, but you’ll also find macadamia and herb crusted Australian barramundi served with a fennel and mandarin salad, and pumpkin and sage ravioli to satisfy more discerning palates.
The Beach Shack | Currumbin
More cafe than restaurant, The Beach Shack in Currumbin still deserves pride of place on the list for its undeniably beautiful views and the fact it’s licensed, which we all knows equals a perfect lunch locale.
It’s also casual enough that should you want to wander straight over from a swim with your towel wrapped around your waist, no-one will bat an eyelid.
Order an acai bowl or corn fritters with bacon from their all-day breakfast menu or refuel after a surf with a tasty burger or barramundi and chips.
Burleigh Pavilion | Burleigh Heads
The eagerly awaited Burleigh Pavilion pushed open its seaside doors in December 2018 and it did not disappoint (seriously, check out this post).
With the most prime position in Burleigh Heads looking up the coast to Surfers Paradise, it’s not just the views that have mouth’s dropping.
From the stunning breezy interiors to the produce-driven menu (we’re talkin’ locally sourced seafood platters to woodfired pizzas and pastas), this hot new locale covers all beach reveller’s needs: from casual post-swim bites and beers on ‘The Terrace’, to fine-dining on the northern side at ‘The Tropic’, a full-service 240-seat restaurant headed by Michelin-starred chef Guillaume Zika.
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