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10 must-dine Surfers Paradise restaurants

Hyde Paradiso

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.

Hyde Paradiso
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 menu is made up of delicious share plates and also things you may enjoy all by yourself washed down of course, by a stunning (and delicious) cocktail or two. There’s also a cocktail making masterclass that’s very fun and you get to drink all the things you make. Perfection.
Where: Peppers Soul Surfers Paradise, Level 2, 8 The Esplanade, Surfers Paradise

Sandbar
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 

La Diosa Mexicana
La Diosa Mexicana is the perfect addition to the Circle on Cavill eatery area 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 Blvd, Surfers Paradise

Knox Dining
The perfect option if you’re looking for something a little bit healthy, Knox Dining opened a couple of years ago 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

Yamagen Japanese Izakya
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 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 

White Rhino
One of the newest 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 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 Ave, Surfers Paradise

QT Bazaar

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

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

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 

Steampunk
Featuring gadgets, industrial machinery, mechanical horses and exposed copper, all specially sourced and imported, this bar and restaurant is the perfect visual representation of the genre after which it’s named. Steampunk’s menu is unlike anything else around including share plates of Scorched Bugs with corn and chilli salsa to Crab and Corn Arancinci with smoked paprika aioli and Topped Mini Fillet Steaks (three ways). The cocktail list is a gamechanger too with plenty of options to tantalise your tastebuds.
Where: 3113 Surfers Paradise Bvld (opposite Billabong), Surfers Paradise

Words by Kirra Smith

Brooklyn Depot

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