9 Best Places To Eat In The Gold Coast, Australia

places to eat in the gold coast

One of the many reasons people visit a place is to enjoy the local foods presented in the many restaurants in that area. The Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia is no exception as it has an array of restaurants that serve up many different delicacies. Let us have a look at some of the best places to eat in the Gold Coast.

On a Budget

1. Pop Pad Thai

If you want to eat on a budget, but want the best value for your money, then Pop Pad Thai is the restaurant for you as it has been rated one of the top five best value restaurants in the Gold Coast. When you see locals frequenting a restaurant with dedication, you know there are good food there. Their Thai cuisine is to die for and they have great service.

Pop Pad Thai

Address: 3/110 Laver Dr, Robina QLD 4226, Australia

Facebook: Pop Pad Thai

2. Rainbow Bay SLSC

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This restaurant is frequented by the likes of Stephanie Gilmore, Mick Fanning, and Joel Parkinson, so there definitely is something about Rainbow! After a surfing session, you need to recharge with the best food on offer and they have an extra-large chicken parmigiana that will do the work. Do not miss there special nights like Schnitzel Thursdays.

Rainbow Bay SLSC

Address: 2 Snapper Rocks Rd, Coolangatta QLD 4225, Australia

Website: Rainbow Bay SLSC

Fine Dining

3. Hellenika

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Hellenika is a Greek restaurant that is characterized by a huge charcoal grill that is used to cook all the meats that are served to their patrons. Have their Junee lamb shoulder, which will fall apart in your mouth after a five hour slow baking session.


Address: 2235 Gold Coast Hwy, Nobby Beach QLD 4218, Australia

Website: Hellenika

4. Allure on Currumbin Restaurant

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This restaurant’s menu uses all Australian produce. The seafood is also locally sourced. Voted as the second best restaurant in Australia, come and enjoy its classic menu, which has been given a modern twist.

Allure on Currumbin Restaurant

Address: 136 Duringan St, Gold Coast QLD 4223, Australia

Website: Allure on Currumbin Restaurant

Kids will love it

5. Gemelli Italian

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

Pizza, a firm favorite of so many kids, will have your kid quietly enjoying dinner at Gemelli Italian. The restaurant makes eating food for kids a fun experience as they serve the pizza on a meter-long platter, allowing your kid a somewhat different eating experience from the usual round pizza. The restaurant also serves great menu options for the parents from a delightfully heartening selection of pasta that is handmade, to their huge gourmet pizza, which can be washed down with some great wine from Gemelli’s wine list. Oh yeah, when the kids are done eating and the adults are still sipping on their wine, the kids can go and play in the grass park situated right outside the front of the restaurant. There are also other options for something to eat for the kids, not only pizza.

Gemelli Italian

Address: 2/2685 Gold Coast Hwy, Broadbeach QLD 4218, Australia

Website: Gemelli Italian

6. Cav’s Steakhouse

Their indoor playground will instantly be appealing to the kids and the beautiful aroma of the grilling/barbecuing/searing of steak will have the parents salivating. This is a restaurant you go to hungry and ready to take devour your steak. They have a kids’ menu which is a firm favorite for many kids who walk through Cav’s Steakhouse. The locals always head off to the Cav’s Steakhouse butchery to get a cut of their best meats for home. The kids will be fully entertained and fed and the parents will have a hearty lunch or dinner experience.

Cav’s Steakhouse

Address: 30 Frank St, Labrador QLD 4215, Australia

Website: Cav’s Steakhouse

Date Night

7. Ristorante Fellini

Dine your date while marveling at the view of the Gold Coast by the Broadwater. The waters shimmy and shine in the evening Gold Coast lights and the soothing lapping of the water as you eat it definitely sets a romantic atmosphere. Fellini has very good views from almost every table in the restaurant and their menu will have you lining up another date just to try another dish. Their menu uses the best Australian seasonal produce. As its name suggests, this restaurant serves up the best Italian food, which is presented in the most elegant and appetizing way. Your whole eating experience is elevated by the knowledgeable staff who take their time to explain dishes on the menu. Wine adds to the flavors and richness of the food, so check out their great wine list to complement your meal. Let their professional staff explain the best food and wine pairing for full romantic experience with your partner.

Ristorante Fellini

Address: Marina Mirage, 74 Seaworld Dr, Main Beach QLD 4217, Australia

Website: Ristorante Fellini

8. Pethers Rainforest Restaurant

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

Nestled between tree canopies and great nature, this is a place you will take your significant other to for a peaceful and intimate meal, and the ambiance is magnified by the rustling leaves and singing birds. The restaurant has natural light coming in from the floor-to-ceiling windows, allowing you a view full of lush, green foliage. The restaurant is so cozy and intimate thanks to its open fireplace and a setting of only 11 tables, so make your reservations well in advance. For the ultimate romantic experience, make a booking for an overnight stay in one of their 10 boutique tree houses. Their food is prepared from locally sourced produce, some of which are planted on the property. Nature, romance, elegance, and an intimate setting is certainly a recipe for blossoming love.

Pethers Rainforest Restaurant

Address: 28B Geissmann St, North Tamborine QLD 4272, Australia

Website: Pethers Rainforest Restaurant

Food infinity

9. Waves Buffet Restaurant in the Watermark

Eat all you can at the Waves Buffet Restaurant. This restaurant has wonderful surprises for you culinary buffs. There is an array of eating options. The buffet has a stand that will allow you to make your own salad or stir fry. A section that is solely dedicated for international foods, plenty of meat and cheese for the carnivores in us, seafood galore, and to top it all off, there is a chocolate fountain — a chocolate fountain! You will be in heaven on earth. Tame your sugar hankering by stopping at the patisserie section to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Waves Buffet Restaurant in the Watermark

Address: 3032 Surfers Paradise Blvd, Surfers Paradise QLD 4217, Australia

Website: Waves Buffet Restaurant in the Watermark

Gold Coast food galore

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No matter what your budget is, indulge in the best foods the Gold Coast can offer. By all means, these are not the only eating places you can find in the Gold Coast. If you are a foodie, you are up for a grand culinary adventure.

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