Summer on the Gold Coast means sun-drenched long lunches, preferably with a direct eyeline to one of the region’s glistening and globally renowned bodies of water. The dining options are endless, so we’ve gone ahead and separated the wheat from the chaff, rounding up the coastal city’s top tables not to be missed this silly season.
What’s not to love? The staggeringly beautiful beachfront position offering grand slam ocean views across shimmering Burleigh Heads beach. The delightful Pan-Asian menu and bona fide viral sensation dish, the storied Rick Shores Moreton Bay Bug Roll. The perfectly executed cocktail list that would wow even the snootiest of big-city drink slingers. The cavalcade of the coast’s most glamorous ladies and gents. It’s all here, and it’s quite simply the best.
If you were sat any closer to the Kirra break, you’d get a wet behind! This absolute beachfront doll has brought a whole new level of style and sophistication to the former Pizza Hut digs, channelling the best of its surrounds with a soothing palette of cool green, crisp white, and pretty peach peeking out from behind top-to-toe bifold doors. Come for the mod-Oz seafood sensations, kick on for the drinks and vibes.
Also situated in the culinary stronghold that is Burleigh Heads, this over-the-road sophisticate is chef Alex Munoz’s simple and elegant homage to European inflection delivered with precision mod-Oz execution. Menus are seasonal celebrations of the best local produce, from Burleigh Baker bread to Bangalow Pork rack and Queensland quail. C'est magnifique!
If you can tear yourself away from the beachfront, Edgewater is one of the only establishments to fully capitalise on a stunning Gold Coast canal situ, in their case on upmarket Isle of Capri. Nab a deck perch to enjoy front row Surfers Paradise skyline vistas, and pair your Italian-leaning eats with a selection (or two!) from the extensive drinks list.
Packing grandstand ocean views second to none, the Tropic is a hot contender for the Gold Coast’s ‘most Instagrammed restaurant’ title, with the clientele to match. Frock up, tuck into lush Med-inspired morsels, snap your pic, then head next door for rowdy afters at the Burleigh Pavilion. Iconic Gold Coast lunch—done.
Flying the flag for the northern GC, this Mykonos-meets-marina stunner is as easy on the eye as the tastebuds. And with a purpose-built Beach Club adjoining the main restaurant, it’s truly an all-day long luncher to rival its Aegean counterparts. Book ahead!
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