9 of the best Surfers Paradise restaurants

Knox Dining
Bazaar at QT
Brooklyn Depot Kitchen & Brew
One Cavill Beach Bar & Restaurant
Lord of the Fries
Cicchetti Pizza & Pasta Bar
Hard Rock Cafe

Surfers Paradise is playing a big game in the food department these days and that is just fine by us.

From healthy vegetarian takeaway to burgers as big as your head, the bustling city-like suburb has got you covered.

We’ve put together a list of nine of the best restaurants around the place if you get through them all, never fear, there’s plenty more to try.

Happy eating.

If sampling tasty eats while overlooking the ocean is your thing, look no further than Sandbar on The Esplanade in Surfers Paradise. They’re serving up all your favourite dishes including creative burgers, poke bowls and some of the best fish and chips around. There’s also quite the craft beer and cocktail menu and nobody will judge if you go just for that.
Where: 52 The Esplanade, Surfers Paradise 

Knox Dining
The perfect option if you’re looking for something a little bit healthy, Knox Dining opened last year much to the excitement of Surfers frequenters. Open for breakfast and lunch, it’s a good one to fuel up at before a big day or stop in for a cruisy lunch to get some energy back. The salads are next-level and the Beef Loco Moco is a must-try.
Where: Circle on Cavill, Surfers Paradise Blvd, Surfers Paradise

Lord of the Fries
You’ll find meat free goodies galore at relative newbie Lord of the Fries. The entirely vegetarian fast-food menu is made up of burgers, hot dogs and the best fries around. There’s even chick’n nuggets and you may not even be able to taste the difference, just quietly. Whether you’re a herbivore or not, you’ll find something delicious to fill that hungry belly.
Where: Paradise Centre, 8 Cavill Avenue, Surfers Paradise

Yamagen Japanese Izakya
Oh Japanese food how you have our hearts. This place is the goods guys and if you haven’t been, bump it up to the top of your list. Featuring traditional Japanese food 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 Ave, Surfers Paradise 

QT Bazaar
You haven’t seen a buffet until you’ve seen Bazaar at QT. It’s beautifully curated with all the best eats on offer for your tasting pleasure. From the freshest seafood to charcuterie, Asian dishes, pizza and the most incredible array of desserts, you will most likely eat until you cannot move, and then eat a little more. It’s that good.
Where: QT Gold Coast, 7 Staghorn Ave, Surfers Paradise

Cicchetti Pizza & Pasta Bar
Pizza and pasta are, without a doubt, two of the best things in life and lucky for all of us, they can usually be found within the one restaurant. Cicchetti is a firm local favourite with all the best authentic Italian eats including stuffed olives, stone baked pizzas (the seafood one is to die for) and the most delicious of desserts. Eat everything.
Where: 15 Via Roma, Chevron Island (across the bridge)

Hard Rock Café
Always a good time with cold beer, tasty eats and live music, Hard Rock Café can be found in the heart of Surfers Paradise. Grab yourself some chicken wings, a big old burger and maybe a fruity cocktail or two and take in the bustling city streets below. Great for kids if you have any of those.
Where: Cnr Cavill Ave and Surfers Paradise Blvd, Surfers Paradise  

One Cavill Beach Bar & Restaurant
Food with a view is the name of the game at One Cavill. Upstairs on the corner of Cavill Ave and The Esplanade, you’ll enjoy uninterrupted ocean views while devouring a classic Aussie feast. Choose from one of many frosty beers on tap and feel that balmy breeze on your face as you take in the sights of Surfers Paradise from above.
Where: 1 Cavill Ave, Surfers Paradise 

Brooklyn Depot Kitchen & Brew
If you’re in need of an absolute feast, look no further than Brooklyn Depot. Inspired by old Brooklyn, the menu features the best burgers, hot dogs and salads around and with plenty of good time vibes, you probably won’t want to leave. As the name suggests, there are plenty of beers and (of course) cocktails to indulge in so grab the crew and get ready for some fun.
Where: The 4217, Beach Rd, Surfers Paradise 

Words by Kirra Smith