Food & Drink

The Best New Openings On The Gold Coast Right Now

By Urban List Gold Coast
28th Jun 2022

From re-launches of some of our favourite Gold Coast institutions to exciting fresh faces in the foodie landscape, these new restaurant openings on the Gold Coast are set to shake up a scene that’s already bursting at the seams with wining and dining goodness.

Break out the diaries, Gold Coast. Here are twelve of the best new restaurant openings on the Gold Coast. Your weekend=sorted. 

White Oat Distillery

Biggera Waters

The Northern Gold Coast just got a whole lot boozier with the opening of White Oat Distillery in Biggera Waters. The contemporary gin distillery is unlike any other distillery we’ve seen—think a wraparound pastel-pink counter contrasted by black accents, festoon lights suspended from the ceiling and long timber tables inviting you to sit down and share a drink with friends, old and new. Award-winning head distiller Tudor Duxbury uses modern twists such as adding oats to the gin distilling process, which add a velvety undertone to the drink. The distillery currently produces two sip-worthy signature gins, the London Dry Gin and Berry Pink Gin, but more are in the works. Take your gin with soda or level up and order one of their incredible cocktails, like the More Tea Vicar, which muddles pink gin, camomile, grapefruit, ginger beer and thyme. White Oat Distillery regularly hosts live music and food trucks, so you can pair your drinks with finger-lickingly good  bites. 

Tweed River House

South Murwillumbah

The magnificently restored colonial manor, perched on the banks of the Tweed River, has been a focal point of the Murwillumbah community for well over 100 years and after its recent restoration, Tweed River House has been given a new lease on life. The luxe riverside manor boasts sweeping views across lush tropical cane fields to the imposing Wollumbin and Border Ranges, so you’re guaranteed a stunning backdrop to your meal. If the impressive fit-out (think: chandeliers, dark wood and whitewashed walls) wasn’t enough to draw you in, Tweed River House won a Chef’s Hat in the 2022 Australian Good Food Guide Awards after just four months of operation. So yes, it’s damn good. Executive Chef Joseph McGrattan has created an ever-evolving menu that showcases the flavours of native and Northern Rivers produce—as well as some classic European techniques thrown in for good measure. Expect delicacies like crispy soft-shell lobster with salumi chorizo crumble and shellfish mousse, and chicken breast with pancetta crumble bunya nut and riberry presse. 

Wavybone

Broadbeach

The Gold Coast is definitely in no shortage of trendy coffee shops but when you hear that a retro coffee caravan turned speciality coffee shop has opened up a second location, you check it out ASAP. Wavybone rightfully gained a fan following in their vintage coffee caravan and now has expanded into their seconds bricks-and-mortar location in Broadbeach, sharing a space with the trendy Barber Bro's & Co. Wavybone's southern Gold Coast coffee addicts now have a place to get their daily dose of Wavybone's elixir, with the culturally crafted coffee spot having already made its mark on the northern Gold Coast at its OG Chirn Park location. At this funky joint, you know you’ll be getting a top-notch cup of locally brewed Blackboard Coffee and the baristas certainly know their way around coffee—expect quality latte art here. Once you’ve had your caffeine fix, tuck into a sumptuous array of baked goods and bagels or indulge in one of their signature smashed avos. 

Rise Bakery

Sanctuary Cove

Sanctuary Cove is saying bonjour to a slice of France with the recent opening of high-end French patisserie and champagne bar, Rise Bakery. The gorgeous bakery was inspired by the tea houses of Southern France and is aesthetically pleasing as it is delicious. Think: a soft palette of cream, pale pink and gold which complements the arched windows, plush leather seats, an outdoor terrace and a champagne bubble-esque glass feature wall.  Now of course, the baked goods. You can watch through glass panes as Rise Bakery's chefs whip up delectable sweet and savoury pastries and freshly baked sourdough loaces and baguettes daily. Order one of their incredible French croissants, pair it with a top-notch coffee and sit back in this gorgeous new patisserie. Rise Bakery is absolutely one of the best new openings of 2022.

Social Eating House

Broadbeach

In what is some seriously awesome foodie news, must-eat Gold Coast restaurant Social Eating House has finally re-opened after some truly epic renovations that have seen the seating capacity almost double. If you’ve been experiencing withdrawals over their juicy, twelve-hour slow roasted lamb shoulder, never fear. It’s still on the menu, as are the majority of the unique, modern Australian bites and share plates that have made this Broady institution so popular they’ve been booked out weeks in advance for years. Book ASAP to nab your spot.

Suzy BBQ

Burleigh Heads

Grab your gang, because Suzy BBQ, nestled in the heart of Burleigh Heads, is the funky Korean BBQ house we’ve all been waiting for. From the vintage Korean posters lining the walls to the red Coca-Cola chairs on the footpath to the bustling atmosphere, everything about Suzy BBQ is eccentric, fun and something the Gold Coast hasn't seen before. Grill your own meats to taste at the table and tuck into them hot alongside drool-worthy kimchi dumplings and Instagrammable kimchi pancakes, all washed down with a range of crisp, cold Asian beers and spirits (and yes loads of soju, of course). It’s communal-style eating with a K-pop twist. Hands down, one of the best new openings on the Coast this year.

Isoletto Pool Club 

Broadbeach

If you’re staying at The Star or any of its sister hotels, you can dive right into Isoletto Pool Club, the all-new luxe oasis at The Star, featuring a jaw-droppingly stunning pool with in-built wet lounges. Grab some bar snacks, a spritz or a cocktail and snuggle with mates in one of the generous cabanas, or snap a selfie or two in front of the impressive 12-metre-long viewing wall overlooking Broadbeach. Glam beachwear and bling is the name of the game at this exclusive resort-style club.

Piatto 

Mermaid Beach

They just keep packin’ ‘em in to Mermaid, don’t they? Not that we’re complaining. Piatto is an authentic Italian diner from the team behind the much-loved Lupo, which sadly recently closed its doors, but in its place comes this gorgeous new venue. Piatto serves up a range of mouth-watering antipasti, pasta and contemporary Italian cuisine including delights like 30-month prosciutto and melon, divine ‘silk handkerchiefs’ with mushrooms and egg yolk and King George whiting with tomatoes and capers. This intimate new Gold Coast restaurant is perfect for your next date night and will deliver you straight to Italia, sans the airfare.

Pablito’s

Sanctuary Cove

From the team behind Tugun’s iconic Caracara Cantina, Pablito’s was born from a love of delicious food and quality tequila. Pablito’s is nacho average Mexican cantina, with this shiny new Sanctuary Cove dining spot showcasing Caribbean influences and a largely plant-based and gluten-free menu (don’t worry carnivores, you are well catered for too). This colourful gem slings up over 50 tequilas, mezcals and flavoured margaritas across the bar on the reg. It sounds like it’s time to vamos up north with the crew to start sampling at one of the best new restaurants on the Gold Coast.

Siblings

Kirra

Situated right on the beachfront at Kirra, Siblings celebrates all things ocean in the best way possible. Live it up Mediterranean island style as you enjoy the uninterrupted water views from the deck whilst nibbling on tasty char grilled king prawns with kombu butter and baby capers, or treat your self to something more substantial like the prawn and bug meat risotto with pink champagne cream. It’s the perfect southern Gold Coast dining experience, in our humble opinions.

Rubi Red

Nobby's Beach

Frankly, we can't get enough of Gold Coast’s top notch Asian fusion offerings, and up-and-coming Nobby's Beach hot spot Rubi Red is looking to take them to the next level. Headed by world-class chef Michael Lambie, Rubi Red pushes the envelope of pan Asian cuisine, blending traditional and innovative techniques to create unique offerings for us to all stuff in our faces, stat. Soft-shelled crab pancake roll, anyone? *chef’s kiss*

Flor Wine & Grocer

Burleigh Heads

Finally, one for the dining-in crowd. Flor Wine & Grocer is your new neighbourhood one stop platter and picnic shop, packed to the rafters with ethically-sourced, local organic produce and handmade smallgoods. Fill your basket with the exotic cheeses and high-quality conserves before browsing the selection of classic and new wave wines by small producers, chosen for their minimal intervention. Hey, does that mean no more hangovers? We’re certainly happy to test the theory.

So you’re up to date on all of the Gold Coast’s newest restaurants, but are you on top of the latest foodie news? Here’s all the tasty things happening on the Gold Coast right now

Image Credit: White Oat Distillery, Tweed River House, Brooke Darling Photography, Suzy BBQ, Pablito’s & Clayten Fowler Photography

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