Surfers Paradise is playing a big game in the food department these days and that is just fine by us.
We’ve put together a list of 10 must-dine restaurants around the place if you get through them all, never fear, there’s plenty more to try.
Alfresco Italian Restaurant
After 11 years as Surfers’ favourite Italian restaurant, it was time for a facelift at Alfresco. The venue has recently completed an extensive reno using recycled timbers, textured walls and mood lighting by Owen Thompson and the team. They have created intimate spaces for a romantic dinner, areas perfect for your next celebration or function and anything in between. The new bar is warm and inviting complete with a new signature cocktail menu inspired by the South of Italy. Early favourites are Tony’s chilli margarita, the long island limocello and the alalfi mule. Of course, they are offering the same amazing pizza, pasta, seafood, weekly specials and friendly hospitality. Open seven nights from 4.30pm. Bookings essential. Takeaway and delivery available.
Where: 2/3 3018 Surfers Paradise Boulevard, Surfers Paradise
Shiraz Persian Restaurant
Open daily for lunch and dinner, Shiraz’ menu consists of authentic Persian style entrees, kebabs, lamb shanks, marinated lamb cutlets, chicken skewers, baklava, tiramisu and much more. Vegetarian options are also available and all dishes are enriched with unique, delicious spices that are unlike anything you’ve ever tasted before. It’s perfect for couples, families and large group bookings with easy access to parking, central location and prompt friendly service. Do yourself a favour and sample it all for yourself, owner Erfan Jalilian looks forward to welcoming you.
Where: 3106 Surfers Paradise Boulevard, Surfers Paradise
The Island Gold Coast
Goldie’s is the perfect bar and bistro for those wanting the best casual drinking and dining experience on the sunny Gold Coast. With impressive burgers, seafood, steaks, wood oven pizzas and fresh locally-sourced produce, what better way to round out the perfect dining experience than an accompaniment of cocktails, delectable wines and the coldest beers? You can also head on up to The Island Rooftop Bar for beautiful views of the Gold Coast skyline plus a range of delicious cocktails, share platters and more wood-fired pizzas. The perfect spot to spend the day.
Where: 3128 Surfers Paradise Boulevard, Surfers Paradise
With 180-degree ocean views and an interior that is absolutely to die for, Hyde Paradiso burst on the Surfers Paradise scene to rave reviews and MANY an excited Insta-loving local. The new weekend breakfast menu offers patrons the chance to have your morning coffee and Bacon & Eggs with a spectacular view of the beach. A revamped lunch and dinner menu features tasty dishes too like the Cape Grim ribeye steak, Sea barrumundi and Grilled Portugese chicken, washed down of course, by a stunning (and delicious) cocktail or two. Perfection.
Where: Peppers Soul Surfers Paradise, Level 2, 8 The Esplanade, Surfers Paradise
One of the newer venues on the block, White Rhino is a spacious, double-storey venue bringing all your Jumanji dreams to life. The menu offers both fine and casual styles of dining (turning into a pumping bar later in the evening) and it is all of exceptional quality. Think pasta dishes, plenty of high quality seafood, pizzas, dishes from the grill and a Slow Cook Beef Ragu that’ll absolutely melt-in-your-mouth. The cocktails are a good time too with one in particular a bit of a show-stopper – Beauty & the Beast. Trust us, order it. White Rhino is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner so plenty of time to try everything.
Where: 55 Cavill Avenue, Surfers Paradise
Surfers Paradise Beer Garden
Always a good time with cold beer, tasty eats and live music, Surfers Paradise Beer Garden can be found in the heart of Surfers Paradise. Recently undergoing a multi-million dollar transformation the interior has changed from an entirely indoor area to a sunlit courtyard complete with bench-style seating. The menu is large and filled with goodness which is, of course, our favourite kind of menu. Think eats like share-style seafood and antipasto platters, small plates to share along the lines of Blue Corn Nachos, Pulled Pork Sliders, BBQ Pork Ribs and Southern Fried Chicken. Make sure to grab a spot along the balcony to take in the bustling Cavill Avenue below.
Where: Cavill Avenue, Surfers Paradise
La Diosa Mexicana
La Diosa Mexicana is the perfect addition to the Circle on Cavill precinct and if you’re a fan of high quality, flavour-filled feasts, you’re in for a treat. The entire menu is a dream come true if you ask us, filled with all your favourites including Tostadas, Enchiladas, Quesadillas, Nachos and, of course, the beloved Burrito. We recommend starting with a share plate or two, the Grilled Mexican street corn with coriander crema, paprika, queso and lime because they are the absolute goods and the Albondigas is meat balls with house beans and queso fresco. Flavour sensations. Order yourself a margarita and you’ve got yourself a time.
Where: Shop 11, Circle on Cavill, 3184 Surfers Paradise Boulevard, Surfers Paradise
Seascape Restaurant + Bar
If beautifully prepared seafood, tasty beverages and a stunning view are for you, Seascape Restaurant + Bar is the place to be. Specialising in the freshest of seafood, it’s hard to go past the shellfish cold platter with oysters, prawns, Moreton Bay bugs and Harvey Bay scallops and the soft shell crab tempura with a glass of crisp white wine. If seafood isn’t your thing, try the Braised Pork Belly or Cape Grim Sirloin Steak and gaze out over the ocean, thinking about how lucky you are.
Where: Level 1 & 2, Soul Boardwalk, The Esplanade, Surfers Paradise
Yamagen Japanese Izakaya
Oh Japanese food how you have our hearts. Yamagen is the goods guys and if you haven’t been, bump it up to the top of your list. Featuring traditional Japanese food overseen by Executive Chef Adam Lane with a modern twist, you can devour everything from sashimi to skewers AND watch it all being prepared before your eyes. Wash it down with some Japanese whisky and life made.
Where: QT Gold Coast, 7 Staghorn Avenue, Surfers Paradise
If a perfectly cooked, high-quality steak is what you’re after, look no further than Black Angus. Having moved to Surfers Paradise earlier in the year with a very loyal fanbase already in place, the Black Angus team have continued to deliver their exceptional dishes. We’re big fans of the Hot Rock dish which is your choice of meat brought out slightly seared and you can cook it to perfection yourself on a rock that’s heated to 300 degrees. So good.
Where: 2893 Gold Coast Highway, Surfers Paradise
Words by Kirra Smith
If, like us, you’re currently dreaming of a sun-soaked Mediterranean getaway complete with sun lounges by the sea, fruity cocktails sipped under striped umbrellas and endless summer vibes, you’re in luck.
Surfers Paradise’ newbie, and your absolute new favourite bottomless brunch spot, Hyde Paradiso opened this week and it is all of your European holiday dreams come true, without using up all your annual leave and 24 hours upright in an airless plane cabin.
Found on level two of Peppers Soul Surfers Paradise and overlooking the ocean, Hyde Paradiso is a stunning space, open for lunch and dinner (with bottomless brunch on weekends) and it brings a whole new level of fancy to the Coast.
Natural wood, bright pops of pink, peach and blue and a wall of glass bring the bright, airy space together while rows of greenery drip from the ceiling and arched feature mirrors ensure holiday mode is activated the second you step inside. It’s bright, beautifully sunlit and perfectly pretty, you’ll be snapping up an absolute Insta-storm.
First, let’s chat bottomless brunch. Best enjoyed with as many gal pals as you can muster, Hyde Paradiso’s version runs from 12pm on Saturday’s and Sunday’s offering an exceptional selection of dishes and cocktails for $89 per head. Book in for that one right now.
The Autumn menu, kicking off as of right now, is both seasonal and local (our favourite) featuring mix of Greek, Turkish, Moroccan, Lebanese and Italian cuisines (also our favourite). The dishes are inspired by Executive Chef Joel Bryant’s travels throughout Europe and a casual tapas style of service.
Start your dining experience with a selection of traditional house made dips including hummus, smoked eggplant and Taramosolata.
In terms of share-style-dishes, we highly recommend the Kale and Pecorino Arancini with tapenade, the Roasted Cauliflower with ghee and pomegranate and the BBQ Baby Octopus with fermented garlic and olive oil.
From the Family Style menu, the Whole baby reef fish with fennel, lemon and roasted garlic is an absolute delight, as is the Australia Lamb Rack with chimichurri and saffron rice. So, so good.
To finish, the Pistachio Crème Brulee with biscotti is the perfect dessert and one you won’t soon forget.
At the bar, Hyde Paradiso’s signature tipple is a sweet and refreshing Sgroppino – a twist on the Venetian classic made with sorbet, Prosecco and Limoncello with three mind-blowing flavours to choose from. Keep those coming please.
A soon to be announced roll-call of local and international DJ’s, will bring the party across Friday and Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoons.
The Hyde brand, with venues across the world, is known as a place to escape from conventional hospitality and that it is indeed Gold Coasters.
Pop on your party frocks and prepare yourself for a very good time, Hyde Paradiso is here to shake up the Surfers Paradise dining scene.
LOCATION: Peppers Soul Surfers Paradise, Level 2, 8 The Esplanade, Surfers Paradise
HOURS: Daily 12pm until late
Words and photos by Kirra Smith
Hoisting the kids into the back of the car to grab something to eat can be a varied experience. Some venues are without a doubt better at catering for and looking after your little ones in comparison with others, and there is nothing wrong with that; kids need to feel entertained and excited by a setting and the kids menu. When it comes to where to take them to dinner, Surfers Paradise is a great choice with plenty of options. Here’s our rundown on the places we see as your very best choices when eating out with the rug rats.
Citrique at JW Marriott Gold Coast
We don’t mind saying that if you decide to take the family to Citrique, the kids best know they have a variety of options at this fantastic buffet. Located within the JW Marriott Resort and Spa, the recently refurbished venue is perfect for a sophisticated family get-together. The kids’ menu includes decadent inclusions like the Bees Knees Burger or the Hide & Seek Pizza (with a hidden five veggies pizza sauce), and to finish it all off, a make it yourself ice cream cart with all of the toppings! They will go bananas for this – in a good way!
Where: JW Marriott Gold Coast Resort & Spa, 158 Ferny Avenue, Surfers Paradise
Alfresco Italian Restaurant
Italian food has our hearts and especially when it comes fresh out of Alfresco Italian Restaurant. The good people of the Gold Coast — and tourists — have been frequenting the family-owned venue for over 30 years, namely because the food and the welcoming vibes are some of the best around. Why not get the kids the best spag bol they’ve ever had? Apart from yours, of course…
Where: 2/3 3018 Surfers Paradise Boulevard, Surfers Paradise
Betty’s Burgers & Concrete Co.
It’s a burger shack with a difference because, let’s face it, there are burgers, and then there are burgers. When they are good, they are one of the tastiest treats around. Not only do Betty’s Burgers excel in their juicy burgers (including kids sized one’s), Betty’s house speciality is a thing called Concretes. Which, if you aren’t aware, is frozen custard – and we IDOLISE this because in our eyes there’s nothing better than a big ol’ burger, followed by an epic dessert, we know the kids love it too!
Where: Chevron Renaissance Shopping Centre, 12-14/3240 Surfers Paradise Blvd, Surfers Paradise
Pancakes on the Rocks
There is no mistaking; pancakes are a good time — period. And most notably, when they’re being pumped out of specialty restaurant, Pancakes on the Rocks, in the heart of Surfers Paradise. This chain of venues is ALL about family dining, plus there are pizzas, salads, crepes, pancakes and the now famous beef and pork ribs. Children will adore the creative pancakes. Smiley faces included.
Where: Shop T1.31, The Esplanade, Surfers Paradise
Hogs Breath Café
The very pinnacle of family-orientated eating venues has to be the original and much-loved Hogs Breath Café. You’ll find consistently yummy and unassuming food served up in a friendly atmosphere — setting the benchmark high for other family restaurants to follow. Your little ones are completely taken care of with their own sizeable Hogster’s Kids Menu, which offers uncompromised value for money, as each dish comes with its own drink and even dessert! Sorted!
Where: Soul, Building T2/9 Cavill Avenue, Surfers Paradise
Surfers Paradise Surf Club
Not far off celebrating their centenarian year, this humble surf club was recently brought into the present day with a fresh refurbishment enhancing the already prime location. Wander in on any given evening with the family, and there is a plethora of options for the kids for just $9.50 for all kids meals ages 12 and under. Taking the littlies out has never been easier.
Where: Corner of Hanlan Street and The Esplanade, Surfers Paradise
Crazy Cat Café
This cute setup is the purrfect place to drop by for an afternoon pit stop and, of course, to mingle with some feline personalities. Apart from a mob of the friendliest cats you’ve ever met, with a hefty café style menu of appetising treats to boot. Worth noting is the setup also has a separate section if you just want to witness the cats from paws length – which is a great option for the kiddies who need a slow introduction to the furry cuties.
Where: 3131 Surfers Paradise Boulevard, Surfers Paradise
Imagine yourself strolling off the beach just as the sun dips and the evening shadows are beginning to creep their way across the sand — and finding yourself slap bang right in front of MOS Burger. With centre stage views of Surfers Paradise beach and being just moments away from the hustle and bustle of everything else, the venue is truly in a prime spot to grab a quick bite to eat and get the kids fed asap! Japanese infused burgers offer a family dining experience like no other. The kids won’t be disappointed.
Where: 4 The Esplanade, Surfers Paradise
Fresh hot churros slathered with rich chocolate sauce are the type of treatment only well-behaved littlies deserve, so San Churro could very well be your bargaining tool next time someone refuses to do their chores! The vegan-friendly house recipe is impeccable for all the family, with various flavours and even some savoury dishes thrown in there for good measure.
Where: Circle on Cavill South Tower, 47/48, 3184 Surfers Paradise Boulevard, Surfers Paradise
Longboards Laidback Eatery and Bar
After an afternoon with your head in the clouds, why not hit the elevator down a few floors (77 to be precise) and drop into Longboards at the base of the Gold Coast’s most famous building, the Q1. It’s fair to say this unique venue might just be the Coast’s most renowned surf-themed restaurant and bar, with memorabilia and photos everywhere you turn. Little ones are taken care of with a selection of kid’s meals that even coming with a drink…. plus the option to upgrade them to a classic milkshake.
Where: Q1 Resort & Spa, Corner of Hamilton Avenue & Northcliffe Terrace, Surfers Paradise
Hard Rock Café
Who doesn’t love a Hard Rock Café? All over the world, they are known for their tasty, affordable eats and live music all underlined by an upbeat, fun vibe. We’re happy to preach our love for their baby back ribs and chicken wings in a choice of Buffalo or BBQ sauce. As far as the kids are concerned, they have an entirely devoted menu: no brainer!
Where: Surfers Paradise Boulevard & Cavill Ave, Surfers Paradise
Words by Alex Mitcheson.