It’s been a(nother) big year of eating Gold Coasters and we doubt any of you are sad about it. Neither are we of course, and we also can’t wait to see what 2019 brings.
Let’s not get ahead of ourselves though. Because we understand that the MANY new restaurant openings were a lot to keep up with, we’ve compiled the lot of them into one handy tale so you can tick them off one by one.
Better be snappy about it though, there’ll be no slowing up next year from what we hear.
Happy 2018 and thanks for stopping by.
Sweet Lou’s Saloon
A delightful little southern-style US eats venue overlooking the ocean in Coolangatta. Try the chicken wings, you won’t regret it.
Where: Shop 2, 72-80 Marine Pde, Coolangatta
Pinky’s Kitchen & Bar
A New York brunch-inspired space offering up bagels, hot dogs and a very tasty breakfast salad.
Where: Cnr Lavarack Street and Gold Coast Hwy, Nobby Beach
Okazu Sushi Bar
Healthy, Japanese soul food at its finest with super sushi rolls and very tasty poke bowls.
Where: 1/2223 Gold Coast Hwy, Nobby Beach (underneath Mexicali)
A garden wonderland with a share-style Asian fusion menu and one of our favourite bottomless brunches around.
Where: 2215 Gold Coast Highway, Nobby Beach
Oh My, Waffle
Burleigh’s dreamy dessert bar won the hearts of sugar lovers everywhere with their stacked waffles and exceptional milkshakes.
Where: The Ambience Tower, 1837 Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads
FuFu Chinese Diner
With a pastel pink, 50’s diner fitout and an American slash Chinese style of eats, FuFu quickly became a fave.
Where: 2375 Gold Coast Hwy, Mermaid Beach
Gotham Grill & Rooftop Bar
Northern Gold Coasters got quite the treat with the opening of Gotham – a double storey venue offering both share-style eats and a stylish, sit down (steak) dinner option.
Where: Bayview Street, Runaway Bay
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The long-awaited rooftop bar and restaurant took locals breath away when it opened atop The Darling at The Star Gold Coast. Five star eats and five star views to match.
Where: The Darling, Gold Coast Hwy, Broadbeach
Another Simon Gloftis special, Bar Hellenika is the rooftop venue above our beloved Hellenika offering tasty share plates and tipples in the sunshine.
Where: 2235 Gold Coast Hwy, Nobby Beach
Tugun became home to a new Thai restaurant and it boasts some of the most delicious dishes we’ve ever sampled. The cocktails are delightful too.
Where: Shop 7, 443 Golden Four Drive, Tugun (above Café Caribou)
Southport got a sweet new venue in the form of Jafa, a pizza and wine bar with a pared back, sophisticated fitout that we absolutely love.
Where: 7/253 Ferry Rd, Southport
Less a restaurant, more a food market (what can you do), BBQ Bazaar opened in Burleigh with many a food stall for bulk evening dining options.
Where:18 Junction Road, Burleigh Heads
Another sweet (actually) venue, this time offering up bubble waffles filled with ice cream and lollies and topping and all manner of magic. Pretty pastels make up the interior too. Love.
Where: Shop 10, 2 Elkhorn Ave, Surfers Paradise
Five-market style venues dedicated to plant-based eating became The LC and what a treat they are. The first space of its kind in Australia with a bakery, pizzas, burgers and kebabs, ramen and a café and bar. All vegan of course.
Where:2176 Gold Coast Highway, Miami
From food truck to a sit down food space, SoCal has been a welcome addition to the Surfers Paradise dining scene. Love you Mexi-foods.
Where: 13/9 Beach Rd, Surfers Paradise
Sydney’s giant burger and over-the-top milkshake bar came to town and with it, a next-level venue the locals loved instantly. Epic fitout too.
Where: 38 Cavill Avenue, Surfers Paradise
An authentic Vietnamese venue made itself at home in Mermaid Beach and they’re offering up some of the tastiest eats around.
Where: 2557 Gold Coast Hwy, Mermaid Beach
Skewers Indo Street Food
A newbie to The Oasis Shopping Centre food scene, Skewers are making tasty authentic Indonesian eats including some of the very best skewers there are.
Where: The Oasis Shopping Centre, Surf Pde, Broadbeach
GG’s Eatery & Bar
A European-style eatery oozing glamour and an unrivalled food menu, GG’s has pizza, salads, seafood and all of the very finest quality tucked away in Broadbeach Waters.
Where: 1/1 Sunshine Blvd, Broadbeach Waters
The first Gold Coast venue of the famed Byron Bay brand and perfectly at home in the heart of Burleigh (and now Pacific Fair too) serving up healthy poke bowls and plenty of good vibes.
Where: James Street, Burleigh Heads
Aviary Rooftop Bar
Sitting stop Mantra at Southport Sharks and overlooking the cityscape, Aviary is beautifully fitout with abundant greenery and offering incredible cocktails, woodfired pizzas and yummy share plates.
Where: Cnr Musgrave and Olsen Aves, Southport
Contemporary Cantonese food from the gang who brought you Hideaway Kitchen, Bine, Nightjar and Soho Place, it’s funky with tasty eats and an impressive drinks list.
Where: 1730 Gold Coast Hwy, Burleigh Heads
Osteria Del Mare
An Italian restaurant by bona fide Italians is one of the very best things in the world and we got exactly that with Osteria Del Mare. Big fans.
Where: 2/1718 Gold Coast Hwy, Burleigh Heads
A stunning, five-star dining venue in the heart of Burleigh brought a sophisticated vibe along with an incredible share-style menu and a wine list to match.
Where: 8 West St, Burleigh Heads
Craft House Bar & Restaurant
Tugun scored in a big way with the understated sophistication that is Craft House Bar & Restaurant. Amazing eats and 20 craft beers on tap, it’s a real good time.
Where: 445 Golden Four Drive, Tugun
Mad Asian Kitchen and Bar
A venue of the contemporary Asian persuasion, we love everything about this place including the fact that there’s a ping-pong table for after (or during) dinner fun.
Where: Upstairs at The Kitchens, Robina Town Centre, Robina
A newbie for Paradise Point and what a newbie at that. Overlooking the water and serving up share plates for days, plus live music and a stacked drinks menu, it’s worth a drive if you’re not from around there.
Where: 44 The Esplanade, Paradise Point
Another northern newbie, this one overlooking the river and serving up local brews along with huge plates of ribs and all your fave beer-friendly eats.
Where: 2/4 Marina Promenade, Paradise Point
The much-anticipated venue swung open it’s doors to rave reviews bringing both a casual and sit down venue vibe to Surfers. The jungle-themed space is double storey and double the fun.
Where: 55 Cavill Ave, Surfers Paradise
Frederick’s Nobbys Beach
A stunning new wine and brunch bar opened its doors in Nobbys and it’s everything we never knew we needed. High class, high vibe and high quality.
Where: 2/32 Lavarack Rd, Nobby Beach
A back-alley smokehouse came to Burleigh offering, you guessed it, smoked meats in the form of burgers, salads and baguettes-style eats and oh wow are they the goods.
Where: 2/29 Lemana Lane, Burleigh Heads
It’s more of a makeover than a newbie but it certainly deserves a mention here. The Broadbeach, formerly known as Liars Bar and Broady Tav is a whole new space complete with new menu and fab new look.
Where: Old Burleigh Rd, Broadbeach
King Crab Co.
It’s the Gold Coast’s first American-style crab den and while the menu is next-level the view is even better, overlooking Marina Mirage and bringing all your sea-themed dining dreams to life.
Where: Marina Mirage, Main Beach
The Star Gold Coast’s Fantasy Buffet was very much loved by locals and visitors alike and it has now been transformed to become Harvest Buffet complete with new eats and a whole new look. Give it a go ASAP.
Where: The Star Gold Coast, Broadbeach
Crafty’s Sports Bar
Harbour Town’s latest epic eatery is Crafty’s, a modern sports bar whipping up all your fave footy food (but WAY better) including burgers, giant pretzels, salads and wings to name a few.
Where: Harbour Town, Brisbane Rd, Biggera Waters
The little sister of Mermaid’s Bonita Bonita landed in Palmy bringing Mexi-eats and one of the greatest fitouts around, all overlooking the ocean, to the people.
Where: Level 1, 1176 Gold Coast Hwy, Palm Beach
Bringing a meat lovers extravaganza to Burleigh Heads, Bondi Grill’e is the second venue (the first lives in Cooly) and it’s the perfect addition to the beachside food scene. Go the ribs.
Where: Underneath The Ambience, Gold Coast Hwy, Burleigh Heads
Wowsers, that’s a (long) wrap. Stay tuned for the café and bar versions. Time for a beer hey.
Words and photos by Kirra Smith