Nobody needs to tell us about the many delicious restaurants dotted throughout our seaside city but it is nice to know our list of faves is backed by Australia’s most prestigious foodie magazine.
delicious recently released an article on Queensland’s top 100 restaurants and the Gold Coast took out 25 of the top places. Look at us go.
Here they are in delicious’ order. Prepare to get hungry.
1. Rick Shores
Found on the absolute beachfront in Burleigh, Rick Shores quickly became a favourite thanks to its incredible, Insta-worthy cocktails and THOSE BUG ROLLS. It’s truly next level and absolutely deserving of the number 1 spot.
11. Etsu Izakaya
Oh Japanese food how we adore you. Particularly that of the Etsu variety. The Mermaid Beach gem has been around for a few years now and the love is strong for their array of whiskeys and tapas-style eats.
Next up is a Greek extravaganza at Nobby’s institution Hellenika who recently underwent a classy makeover and introduced an expanded menu (and wine list). Known for their incredible eats and sophisticated, taverna vibes Hellenika is all the good things.
The Star’s famed eatery brings us the authentic taste of Tokyo with mouthwatering sashimi (could eat every meal), crispy rice rolls and some of the best cocktails on the Coast. If you haven’t been, pop this one on your must-do-soon list and get excited.
26. The Fish House
With 180 degree Burleigh beach views and produce flown in daily from wherever the best quality can be found, The Fish House certainly deserves it’s spot on the list. Spend your next date night celebrating the tastes of the sea in the little white cottage by the ocean.
33. social eating house + bar
If you ask us, Broadbeach’s social should be waaayyy further up the top. The casual, modern Australian tapas eatery is one of the best there is. Everything is absolutely incredible and you can wash it down with an equally ridiculous cocktail.
35. Mamasan Broadbeach
Slow cooking is the name of the game at this Asian fave. Again, we’ve got tasty share plates with a unique menu including everything from Korean friend chicken to beef tataki salad. Find them in the heart of Broadbeach and try one of everything.
42. The North Room
A relative newbie on the Coast, The North Room is next up. It’s a cosy, compact space offering a seasonal menu made up of locally sourced produce in a share-style setting. Find them in Mermaid Beach.
49. 8th Ave Terrace
With a breezy balcony overlooking the ocean, Palm Beach’s 8th Ave Terrace quickly became a Coast favourite. A menu that changes monthly means your favourites won’t stick around for long but everything is so good, it doesn’t even matter.
Somewhat hidden behind bunker-like doors in Broadbeach, TEN is five-star Japanese dining (and service) and if you haven’t been, hurry up and go. The beverage menu is longer than your arm and the food is indescribably incredible.
54. Seaduction Restaurant & Bar
Overlooking the ocean in bustling Surfers Paradise is Seaduction with a decadent menu and beautiful sunset views. Seafood is the star here but order all the things if food is your favourite thing in the world (yes, hi).
Number 56 is the Broadbeach Sofitel’s signature restaurant and a longtime local fave. The menu is modern Australian fair and is made with local ingredients and European techniques. From raw dishes to share plates and entire plates not for sharing, you’ll want to eat it all.
57. Fellini Ristorante E Bar
Overlooking the pristine Marina Mirage is Fellini, an elegant Italian eatery that has certainly stood the test of time. The wine list is next-level and the seafood is as high quality as it gets. Make the trip north to try them for yourself.
We’ve got another Italian gem, this one located in Nobbys Beach. As we all know, pasta is life and when it’s combined with recipes by the owners’ Nonna, you know you’re onto a winner. Go when you’re extra hungry and order all the things.
62. Little Truffle Dining Room & Bar
Another old faithful found in Mermaid Beach is Little Truffle. As you might imagine, truffles are the hero so try to time your visit when they’re in season. Luxe ingredients and European-style sauces will blow your mind so add this one to your list of asaps.
66. Justin Lane Establishment
PIZZA. All of the pizza. Plus, a rooftop bar, and views of beautiful Burleigh and you’ve got yourself one of the Coast’s most popular. Obviously you’ll want to eat the pizza but there’s also tasty pasta and many refreshingly unique cocktails. Perfect for summer, Sunday sessions.
80. Fire Cue
Meat is the magic of Fire Cue, found in Nobbys and offering a fun, Latin American inspired vibe. With everything from tacos to ribs, you’re certain to find something to suit your tastes along with a tipple to wash it down. Meat is cooked over charcoal using an array of charcoals so flavours are out of this world.
Located high up on the 21st floor of RACV Royal Pines is Videre, at number 81, with a view of the pristine golf courses and wider Gold Coast. The modern Australian cuisine is five star with plenty of incredible seafood dishes to choose from. Head to Videre for a feast to remember.
82. Sparrow Eating House
Look at Nobbys bringing it home. If this list was top 100 Insta-worthy dishes, Sparrow would be at number one with their beautifully presented eats and RIDICULOUS cocktails (peanut butter martini anyone). The share dishes are simple but packed with insane flavours. They’re at number 82 but we demand a recount.
86. Jimmy Wah’s
Again we find ourselves in Burleigh and this time for a Vietnamese feast of epic proportions. Sip spectacular cocktails and share tasty tapas plates while enjoying the upbeat vibes. Perfect for a night out with the girls if you love Vietnamese cuisine with an Aussie twist.
87. Lucky Bao
So baos are fluffy little morsels that should be consumed in every flavour, particularly at Mermaid Waters’ Lucky Bao. The Asian buns are the star of the show but raw fish and curry-style dishes also grace the menu as does an Asian-inspired cocktail menu.
Oh crispy falafels, you incredible things you. Rabbath, in Burleigh, opened quietly earlier this year but their found is making a big, unmissable statement. Lebanese cuisine is what’s happening and it’s one of our absolute favourites. Everything is good, order it all.
Another Asian-inspired semi-newbie, found at QT in Surfers, Yamagen reopened recently to rave reviews. Combining traditional bites with modern twists, Yamagen are serving up everything from sushi to skewers and it’s all good. Wash it down with one of many sakis and you’ve got yourself a good time.
For the full list, head to The Courier Mail here.
Words by Kirra Smith.