16 hatted Gold Coast restaurants

Orzo (Image: © 2020 Inside Gold Coast)
Orzo (Image: © 2020 Inside Gold Coast)

In the restaurant world, hats are the very best thing you can be awarded in Australia and it’s an honour bestowed upon only the best of the best. In the last few years, the Gold Coast has blown up in terms of new eateries and any type of food you can possibly imagine is on the table (literally).

Excitingly, we locals aren’t the only ones who are recognising the rapidly skyrocketing standards and this year 16 of our fave restaurants have been awarded, you guessed it, hats by the Australian Good Food Guide.

So without further adieu, here are the Gold Coast recipients in no particular order, except Social Eating House, who must be first because they earned TWO hats – an incredible achievement – and one you know they absolutely deserve if you’ve had the honour of sampling their modern Australian eats.

In terms of receiving one (very impressive) hat there are a whopping 16 venues whose names you know and whose cuisine you have hopefully sampled before. If not, now’s the perfect opportunity.

Social Eating House’ sister restaurant Orzo is serving up epic Italian food and received a hat as did Broadbeachs’ Miss Moneypenny’s, Kiyomi at The Star Gold Coast and Mamasan Kitchen and Bar.

Lights Years Asian Bar
Light Years Asian Bar and Diner (Image: © 2019 Inside Gold Coast)

Down Burleigh way, an absolute slew of our favourites were rewarded for their incredibleness including Restaurant Labart, The Tropic, Light Years, Iku Yakitori Bar, Rick Shores and Jimmy Wah’s.

In Mermaid Beach, beloved Etsu Izakaya got a hat, as did The North Room.

Main Beach’s Vanitas at Palazzo Versace was given the honour, as was Palm Beach’s Balboa Italian and Robina’s Eddy & Wolff.

None of those are surprising right?

In case you didn’t know, hatted restaurants deliver not only outstanding food and service but they also contribute to local economies, tourism and culture.

We, as the reporters of all food-related fun on the Coast, are stoked that so many venues are getting the recognition they’ve worked so hard for.

Now, if someone would like to take us on a degustation-style date to all of the above, that gesture would be welcomed with open arms.

Let’s eat.

Words by Kirra Smith

Eddy & Wolff
Eddy + Wolff (Image: © 2019 Inside Gold Coast)



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