Food & Drink

18 Of The Gold Coast’s Most Beautiful Long Lunch Restaurants

By Natalie Messenger
23rd Oct 2023

Where better than the Gold Coast to host a long lunch? With an abundance of breath-taking views, award-winning restaurants, world-class chefs and to-die-for cocktail menus, choosing where to go will be the hardest part of the equation. 

To make things a little easier for you, we’ve rounded up 16 of our favourite Gold Coast long lunch spots for 2023. 

La Luna Dining & Beach Club

74 Seaworld Dr, Main Beach QLD 4217

Floating beach club anyone? Don’t mind if we do. La Luna at Main Beach Marina has quickly become the place to be for the Gold Coast glam squad, cocktail hour chasers and long lunch lovers everywhere. There are multiple options to choose from for group get-togethers like a luxe poolside cabana with VIP service, mezze dining and drinks for up to 22 people.

Or if you’re down for a lavish feast, their poolside restaurant, MĀRE, has a major al fresco flair with an Italian and Mediterranean-style menu prepared by world-class chefs. Or, head to their sophisticated La Luna Dining restaurant (on dry land) for a luxe, waterfront experience. Hands down, one of the best spots with multiple dining locations for long lunch on the Gold Coast.

Akoya

38 Old Burleigh Rd, Surfers Paradise QLD 4217

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The Langham's iconic beachfront dining destination, Akoya pairs panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean with the finest coastal cuisine, making it a top contender for our favourite long lunch destination on the Gold Coast.

Indulge in a sumptuous seafood buffet every Friday and Saturday evening, where you can delight in the freshest catches from the ocean prepared by Akoya’s award-winning chefs and Executive Chef Matthew Woolford, all set to the backdrop of live music. The daily a la carte and shared lunch menus are also sublime; the modern Australian menu champions fresh seafood but also caters to a range of dietary requirements—with direct ocean views to match.

Siblings 

15 Marine Parade, Coolangatta QLD 4225

the interior of a wood and coral toned restaurant
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Once you soak up the gorgeous views at award-winning Siblings you’ll never want to leave, making it the perfect spot for your long lazy lunch. Kirra views are among the best on the Gold Coast, so combine that with a modern Australian menu that rivals some of the best in the country, and you’ve got yourself a smashing combination.

With a menu like this, you’re better off bringing a crowd and getting a sample of everything. Think: chimichurri steak tacos, mum’s meatballs, manchego croquettes, prawn and bug meat risotto, warm roast cauliflower salad and steak au poivre to name a few, all done to perfection. Vegans are catered for with their own menu, too. Siblings Kirra is a hard one to go past.

Tarte Beach House

 1/4 Thrower Drive, Currumbin, QLD 4223

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This two-storey coastal Hamptons-esque bakery and restaurant is as gorgeous as it is primely located—a seamless marriage of Hamptons style and Parisian touches is complemented by direct creekfront views of Currumbin Creek. So, yes it’s heavenly.

The multi-level building encompasses an upstairs restaurant, which just beckons you to sit back and pass the day away over a long, boozy lunch. Tarte Beach House also boasts a variety of private event and function packages, including a share-style luncheon with share plates of Tarte's most popular dishes and a few lunch-only specials, plus cocktails, wine or beer. At just $85 per person, this is a seriously savvy lunch deal.

Social Eating House 

3 Oracle Bvd, Broadbeach QLD 4218

A word to the wise when it comes to Social Eating House—book, and book early. This immensely popular Broadbeach eatery has become famous through word of mouth, quite literally, with their absolute flavour bomb of a menu keeping it at the top of all Gold Coast foodies’ must-do lists.

Take your time going through the choices—lovingly crafted by head chef Matthew Jefferson—and savouring each course the way it deserves. While it’s hard to pick favourites from this selection of utter delights, we keep coming back for the XO arancini with spring onion mayo, the BBQ sugarloaf cabbage (trust us) and the 12-hour slow cooked lamb shoulder. At Social, it’s all about sharing.

Rick Shores

43 Goodwin Terrace, Burleigh Heads QLD 4220

rick shores beachfront dining
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It’d be plain wrong if this Gold Coast staple didn’t make the list. Rick Shores is literally an icon. If you’ve not dined here already, you’re seriousy missing out. Perched on Burleigh’s beachfront, floor-to-ceiling windows offer dreamy vistas up the coast and across to the Hinterland.

Open for lunch Tuesday through to Sunday, book in for lunch in the most perfect of settings. Just imagine—surfers running into the breakers, fresh ocean breezes as the waves crash basically at your feet and, of course, 12 bug rolls deep. Long boozy lunches on the Gold Coast don’t get much better than this. 

Tommy's Italian 

818 Pacific Parade, Currumbin QLD 4223

tommys beachfront view
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's Italian | Instagram

Located on pristine Currumbin Beach, Tommy’s Italian is the breezy southern hang with all the charm of a coastal Amalfi getaway. The bright, airy venue features an upstairs balcony with prime position for those unbeatable ocean views with your long lunch. 

The menu encapsulates the perfect Italian food philosophy—simple food done well, with a focus on fresh, high quality ingredients. Load up the lunch table with antipasti including burrata and chicken liver parfait, as well as something hot and fresh from the grill, before diving into the classic pizza and pasta selections with a modern twist. 

Labart

8 West St, Burleigh Heads QLD 4220

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Gold Coast’s foodie portfolio was elevated when Sydney chef Alex Munoz Labart and his Gold Coast-raised wife Karla opened their first restaurant in Burleigh Heads.  This intimate 40-seat bistro brings a touch of European sophistication to the Gold Coast and is, hands down, one of the best long lunch spots around.

Open for lunch only on Saturdays and Sundays, spots are coveted and are snapped up months in advance. Choose from a share set menu (for groups of five plus) or the a la carte menu, which boasts rotating delights like quail with turnips and apple, cacio e pepe tortellini and quince ice cream with anise cake. We also love that Restaurant Labart’s open-plan kitchen and charcoal grill allows diners a front-row seat to watch Alex and his talented team work their magic. 

The Collective 

1128 Gold Coast Hwy, Palm Beach QLD 4221

The Collective, located on the Gold Coast Highway in Palm Beach, is something of a foodie’s paradise, with plenty of room for groups and a tonne of lunch options for you and your mates. Home to five different restaurants under one roof, any given table can bear the best of Mexican, Greek, Asian, American and Italian dishes.

Can’t decide? Grab yourself a few entrees and share plates and dive into the whole damn scene. Get your foodie on in the bright, buzzy dining area and then head on up to the rooftop bar for uninterrupted views of the hinterland, with a cheeky cosmo in hand.

Local 

1744 Gold Coast Hwy, Burleigh Heads QLD 4220

an elevated brewpub with booths
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Meet Local, your favourite new Burleigh hang. Serving up coffees in the morning, froths during the day and cocktails by night, long lunches are really the name of the game with the mega beer garden featuring spaces for medium to large groups or an intimate catch up for two.

Revel in the dappled sunshine in this laid-back, tree-shaded eatery, complete with a generous, modern pub-style menu including prawn buns, mouth-watering chicken ribs and even a pumpkin parmy. For the ultimate long lunch experience, top off your grub with a frosty marg or three. 

Glass Dining 

74 Seaworld Drive, Main Beach QLD 4217

This elegant waterfront gem is the perfect spot for those extra-special long lunches and celebrations. Ogle the superyachts in the marina with envy as you dive into the freshest and best seafood around, exquisitely prepared and served.

Glass Dining’s award-winning fare includes dishes such as scallop ceviche, tender buttermilk calamari, pork collar and Portuguese stew. Not to mention a lavish selection of char-grilled premium beef, a separate vegan menu, kids’ menu, dessert and cheese menu and a world-class wine list. BRB, booking a table.

The Tropic 

43 Goodwin Terrace, Burleigh Heads QLD 4220

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You don’t get much more beachfront than The Tropic at Burleigh Pavilion. Chow down on the delicious modern Australian fare with a Mediterranean twist while inhaling the sea air and listening to the waves crash below.

Mingle with Burleigh’s glam squad as you munch on buffalo curd with honey, crab linguine or chicken with brown butter and capers. There’s even a separate vegan menu for our plant-based peeps. Wash it all down with an impressive cocktail menu, and you’ve got yourself a long lunch to remember.

Robina Pavilion 

229 Ron Penhaligon Way, Robina QLD 4226

For Gold Coast long lunches, nothing really beats the comfort of a waterside day bed, does it? Kick back, recline and let the tasty pizzas and fresh seafood come to you at the much-loved Robina Pavilion.

If daybeds don’t suit your digestion, there are plenty of other options for eats and bevvie service at this stunning lakeside venue, such as the airy indoor eatery, sunny outdoor desk and picnic tables in the park. With a menu featuring generous curries, salads and burgers, Robina Pavilion takes a top spot as one of the Gold Coast’s best long lunch venues.

Surfers Pavilion 

 30/34 Ferny Ave, Surfers Paradise QLD 4217

a seafood platter at surfers pavilion
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Surfers Pavilion has glittering river views for days, alongside cheery service, modern industrial vibes and a drool-worthy menu that offers plenty of tasty options to keep your long lunch exciting. Think: chilli mussels, poke bowls, loaded seafood platters and generous burgers, with dietary options for all.

And let’s not forget the extensive cocktail list, featuring our personal favourites—the far-too-craveable peanut butter espresso, and the lychee and rose martini. Cheers to one the Gold Coast’s best long lunch spots.

Edgewater Dining 

Shop 3 Via Roma, Surfers Paradise QLD 4217

an elegant seafood dish
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Edgewater Dining is one long lunch venue that’s successfully embraced the beauty of Gold Coast’s canals. Situated on Isle of Capri, Edgewater’s sprawling deck opens out to a swoon-worthy view of million dollar mansions and an up-close-and-personal look at the iconic Q1 and glittering Surfers Paradise skyline.

With talented restaurateurs at the helm and open for long, boozy lunches seven days, a visit here is a sure bet you and your posse will be satisfied beyond belief. Munch on oysters, lemon pepper calamari, speciality burgers, risotto or perhaps juicy lamb rump. 

The North Room

2527 Gold Coast Hwy, Mermaid Beach QLD 4218

Built around a philosophy of ‘eat with your eyes’, this intimate Mermaid Beach fave hosts just 20 guests, so you’d best book in advance for their four- or five-course Friday and Saturday lunches.

Tantalising the senses from the moment you walk in, The North Room’s creative meals are designed to get your stomach grumbling before you’ve even perused the menu. Enjoy bar seating at their custom-made marble bar for an up-close experience with the friendly staff or get cosy in the luxe blue velvet lounge.

Orzo

3 Oracle Bvd, Broadbeach QLD 4218

an italian restaurant with a large wine rack
Image Credit: Orzo | Kaitlin Maree Photography

Sister restaurant to the fabulous Broadbeach eatery Social Eating House + BarOrzo is the modern Italian restaurant of your foodie dreams. Expect handmade pasta, incredible desserts and Italian-inspired cocktails worth returning for. Simple, fresh and local is the mantra here.

Orzo’s concise yet impressive Italian-inspired menu includes a playful smattering of Asian (like miso) and native Australian ingredients (like bush tomato and lemon myrtle) to make it truly distinctive. A sophisticated addition to the bustling Oracle Boulevard dining precinct, Orzo has long leisurely lunch written all over it. 

Southport Yacht Club

1 Marina Crescent, Hollywell QLD 4216

If you’re having a long lunch with the fam, go no further than Southport Yacht Club. This family-friendly venue is perfect for a laid-back dining experience right on the glittering waters of the marina.

Pick out your dream yacht from the boats in the marina as you sip on creamy seafood chowder and spiced butternut pumpkin salad in the Waterfront Restaurant, a range of tasty tapas in the 4shore Bar, or sous vide lamb rump and sticky pork ribs in the brand-new Waterscape Pontoon Bar, with a special kids’ menu for the littlies. Make lunch an extra long one and stay for the epic north-facing sunset.

More of a brunching fan? Work your way through our ultimate guide to the Coast's best cafes and let's chat again in twelve months. 

Image credit: Hayley Williamson, Rick Shores, Brooke Darling, Kaitline Maree Photography & Clayten Fowler Photography for Urban List 

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