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Foodies guide to Burleigh


Burleigh is not only renowned for its pristine beaches and vibrant culture but also for its burgeoning food scene. This Gold Coast culinary haven is brimming with gastronomic delights, from beachside cafes to upscale restaurants. Whether you're craving Vietnamese delicacies, coastal-inspired cuisine, artisanal pizzas, fine dining experiences, Asian fusion fare, or mouthwatering Mexican, Burleigh has something to offer every palate. 

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Jimmy Wah

Where Vietnamese flavours shine

Nestled in the heart of Burleigh Heads, Jimmy Wah is a culinary gem that brings the vibrant flavours of Vietnam to Queensland's shores. Led by head chef Nicholas Banks, this restaurant offers a modern and refined take on traditional Vietnamese cuisine. From crispy Banh Mi filled with melt-in-your-mouth soft shell crab to sticky pork ribs, wok tossed squid, and delectable Vietnamese-inspired cocktails, Jimmy Wah's share-friendly menu is a delightful fusion of authenticity and innovation. Don’t know where to begin when it comes to ordering? Simply mutter the words “Feed me” to your waiter and the chef will take the tough choices off your plate and create a special handpicked menu just for your table. 


Hail Mary

A Mexican fiesta with moreish margaritas

In the mood for Mexican? Stroll from Burleigh Beach straight to Hail Mary for great food and fun times. Every day is a good day to visit Hail Mary’s, starting with $6 tacos on Tuesdays, and ending with weekend lunch specials that change regularly. From the moment you enter its peachy-pink interior you’ll feel energised and lifted—and the buzz doesn’t stop there: Hail Mary’s take on Mexican cuisine will have you doing a little happy dance in your seat as the fiesty flavours hit your taste buds. Wash the likes of tropical pork tacos, chilli and lime squid, and snapper and mango burrito down with an ice cold margarita (there are 12 flavours to choose from!) or shout your table a jug of sangria to set the tone that the night is just getting started.

Rick Shores

Coastal dining at its finest

Perched right on the beachfront, Rick Shores combines breathtaking ocean views with exquisite Asian-inspired cuisine. This award-winning restaurant has earned its chef-hatted reputation by tantalising taste buds with dishes like Moreton Bay bug rolls, crispy pork belly bao with fish caramel, and weekly sashimi specials. Pick and choose to your palate’s desire from the a la carte menu, or sample a selection of this Gold Coast icon’s most loved dishes with a set menu option. Whether you're dining during the day as the sun pours through the open-air space or in the evening as the sun sets before your very eyes, Rick Shores promises a dining experience that is both indulgent and unforgettable. 


Justin Lane

Pizza perfection with rooftop vibes

For those times when you’re craving artisanal pizzas and a lively atmosphere, Justin Lane is the go-to spot in Burleigh Heads. This multi-level venue boasts a pizzeria, rooftop bar, and a stylish event space for celebrating special occassions. Feast on wood-fired pizzas topped with fresh local ingredients, sip on craft cocktails, and soak in the panoramic views of the coastline from the rooftop terrace. With a motto of ‘Eat, drink & be messy’, Justin Lane is not just a restaurant; it's a destination for food enthusiasts and locals looking to mingle, relax and have a good time.

Light Years

Asian fusion with a creative twist

Step into Light Years and embark on a culinary journey through Southeast Asia with a modern twist. While the vibe may be more laidback and in line with what you’d expect from Burleigh’s beachside location than some of the other dining options in this list, the quality of food is still on par. This trendy eatery captures the essence of Asian street food while adding a creative flair to each dish. From fresh kingfish ceviche and tuna tartare to flavourful Thai curries and refreshing cocktails, Light Years' menu is a celebration of bold flavours and culinary craftsmanship. The stylish decor and cool ambiance make it a favourite among locals looking for a place that isn’t just reserved for special occasions.

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