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Where to eat and drink in Noosa: 8 restaurants and bars you must try

There are many things that make a holiday great, and excellent meals are one of them. So, whether you’re traveling to Noosa for a day trip, weekend away, or a longer stay, you’ll no doubt be on the hunt for the best Noosa restaurants to frequent once you’ve had your fill of nature, surf and sand.

We’ve done some digging and found nine world-class Noosa restaurants and bars guaranteed to impress any food lover.

Noosa Restaurants

Sum Yung Guys

Just a 10-minute drive from Noosa Main Beach, Sum Yung Guys is a fun, casual dining space that celebrates Asian cuisine and culture, both through its food and well-curated interior design. The four partners, including Queensland ambassador and ex-Masterchef alum, Matt Sinclair, have collectively spent years traveling throughout Asia for inspiration.

The result is a suite of their favourite recipes, chosen for their punchy flavours and overall deliciousness. The tasty Sum Choi Bao, which incorporates pork, chilli jam, peanut, and roasted rice on crispy iceberg lettuce is a must-try.

This vibrant Noosa restaurant is all about sharing and dining with good company, and a range of inventive cocktails make it all the more appealing. Open seven days a week for both lunch and dinner, this is a great spot for amazing food and a buzzing atmosphere. It’s popular, so make sure to book well ahead.

Sails

As far as Noosa restaurant real estate goes, Sails is a top contender. With tables so close to Noosa Main Beach you can almost feel the surf spray, this is where you want to be for delicious food and stunning water views.

Operating for 25 years, Sails is dedicated to providing fresh, local produce that’s been grown and prepared with care. Everything on the modern Australian menu is delicious, but we suggest starting with the charred ciabatta smothered with house-smoked trout butter, before moving onto a steaming bowl of fresh seafood linguine.

Wash it all down with anything from the award-winning wine list, spread over three working cellars on site.

Thomas Corner Eatery

If you’re yet to experience the breathtaking beauty of Noosaville, head over to Thomas Corner to dine in a modern industrial setting with tranquil views of the boats, pelicans, and gum trees that line the riverbank.

The menu here is essentially Noosa on a plate, with all ingredients sourced locally. It’s hard to go past the local figs paired with goats cheese and maple-roasted pecans, and the locally-caught fish of the day is always a safe bet.

Just in for a snack? A cheese plate and a glass of wine is always a winning combo, or grab some oysters, shucked to order.

Bombetta

Head over the hill to Noosa Junction in time for the $5 afternoon specials at this chic Noosa restaurant and bar. Drop in between 3-6pm, and you’ll be treated to a selection of tasty Italian treats at a steal.

If you miss the afternoon shift, don’t worry, you’ll still be happy when you sit down for a tasty pizza, sizzling pot of garlic prawns, or pan-fried gnocchi, come dinner time. Enjoy some excellent wine while you soak up Bombetta’s funky industrial feel and high ceilings and you’re in for a good time.

O-Ren

A recent addition to Hastings Street, O-Ren is a compact brewhouse and restaurant specialising in big Asian flavours.

The impressive beer list comes compliments of sister venue Copperhead Brewery in Cooroy. Specially brewed ales such as the Gogo Misu (orange and miso rice) pair perfectly with everything from the tasty bar snacks like lotus chips and sweet pork relish, through to the more hearty meals, such as their famous braised lamb shoulder with chilli tamari caramel.

Take a seat under the lantern-filled ceiling and prepare to be transported.

Noosa Bars

Sunset Bar at Noosa Boathouse 

The clue for the best time to be at this Noosa bar is right there in the name. Head up to level three of Noosa Boathouse and slip into locals mode with a Noosa River Sling cocktail and some local oysters.

Visit on a Sunday from 4:30pm for live performances from local musicians. You might never leave.

Locale

Pull up a chair and order a spritz at the long, sophisticated bar inside popular Noosa bar, Locale, and you could be on the Amalfi Coast. Stay at the bar and enjoy the excellent selection of Italian eats, made with the best local produce, or move onto the restaurant if you like.

Choose a tipple from the thoughtful cocktail list, which features all the classics with some signature twists. Vegans are in luck here also. Locale uses aquafaba (chickpea water) instead of egg white in cocktails, so there’s no need to pass on your favourite.

Land and Sea Brewery and Fortune Distillery 

Catch the courtesy bus to this design-forward craft beer brewery and boutique distillery, tucked into the Noosa industrial estate. Make a booking for a behind-the-scenes tour or just grab a pencil and checklist to make your own tasting paddle.

Passionate about mindful production processes and carbon neutrality, enjoy the live music weekends and moreish beer-bites (with plenty of vegan options!), knowing that you’re supporting a business that’s fighting the good fight.

When to visit Noosa

The Curated Plate – August 2020

The best time for food lovers to visit Noosa is during a festival, and returning after a successful launch last year is The Curated Plate, being held August 6-9.

Celebrating the region’s best produce and culinary talent, expect four food-fueled days of events across the Sunshine Coast, from the beach to the country. Immerse yourself in long-table feasts, farm-to-fork tours, and even jetski seafood safaris if you’re feeling adventurous.

Noosa Eat and Drink Festival – 14-17 May 2020

Make plans to visit in autumn when the Noosa Eat & Drink Festival is in full swing. Running over five gourmet days, this event celebrates what makes eating out in Australia great. From fresh seafood to hand-harvested wines, it showcases the very best food, wines and culinary talent from Australia and around the world.

The festival kicks off with an opening cocktail party on Noosa Main Beach where you can rub shoulders with your favourite celebrity chefs on one of Australia’s best beaches.

From master classes in the Festival Village to hinterland foraging tours, the program is packed with a line-up of more than 100 events. Not to be missed.

Looking further afield? Peruse more of the best restaurants on the Sunshine Coast.