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The Gold Coast’s Best Valentine’s Day Dinners And Date Ideas In 2024

By Isabel Croker

Valentine's Day. The day of love, the day of expensive flowers and the day of desperate, last-minute dinner reservations. As much as some of us don’t want to admit it, we all love the idea of getting dressed up, indulging in some mid-week bubbles and being treated to that culinary experience we've been lusting after all year long.

This year, Valentine’s Day is turning up the heat so, luckily for all you star-crossed lovers out there, we’ve rounded up the best feasting affairs on the Gold Coast that you’ll want to undress with your eyes. Dim the lighting, cue the James Blunt and give your lover that look.

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Valentine's Day Restaurants 2024
Valentine's Day Date Ideas 2024


Gold Coast Valentine's Day Restaurants 2024

Five-Course Degustation at Citrique

158 Ferny Ave, Surfers Paradise QLD 4217

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Keen on seafood for Valentine’s Day (or any day, really)? Then you’ll want to hit up the iconic seafood-lovers restaurant, Citrique at JW Marriott Gold Coast Resort & Spa this Valentine’s Day. Indulge in traditional French dining, with a decadent five-course degustation menu, curated by Executive Chef Paul Smart and his team of culinary experts.

Delight your taste buds with kingfish and ponzu pearls, poached lobster and caviar, roasted snow fish with beurre blanc sauce and salmon pearls, Wagyu flank steak and a decadent chocolate mousse and praline dessert to finish. The five-course degustation menu costs $149 per guest or elevate your experience with wine pairing for an extra $59 per guest. Book here.

Be My Valentine Degustation At Azure Bar and Grill

144 Bayshore Dr, Byron Bay NSW 2481

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Elements of Byron’s renowned restaurant, Azure Bar and Grill is hosting an exquisite soiree to celebrate love come February 14. For one night only, the establishment will offer a nine-course degustation carefully curated by Executive Chef, Ebony Baker. The menu pays homage to bold, international flavours whilst celebrating the native ingredients and seasonal produce home to the resort and the Byron Bay region.

While the entire menu is exquisite, dishes of note include the the restaurant’s legacy roasted garlic focaccia, a Japanese and Peruvian inspired ceviche Nikkei, a spring vegetable gnocchi in a burnt butter sauce, gold band snapper with a vegetable caponata, and the finale; a raspberry, macadamia and white chocolate mousse. For those looking to go the extra mile, the nine-course 'Be My Valentine' degustation dinner at $195pp can be upgraded to a wine pairing, for $265pp. Book here.

Valentine's Day Banquet at Mamasan

3 Oracle Bvd, Broadbeach QLD 4218

Indulge in an exquisite six-course share menu which includes some of Mamasan's signature dishes, along with some special new items created just for the Valentine's Day Banquet and a glass of Veuve Clicquot NV upon arrival.

Signature dishes include Hiramasa kingfish sashimi, lamb and cumin steamed bun, spanner crab ravioli dumplings and strawberry cheesecake with pandan custard. Cost is $149pp or upgrade to an optional wine pairing for an extra $75 pp; book here.

Lovers Feast at Bazaar

7 Staghorn Ave, Surfers Paradise QLD 4217

What makes it a feast for lovers? To start, champagne on arrival. The rest is up to you and your heart’s desire (or perhaps your stomach’s).

Bazaar’s Marketplace Lovers Feast showcases aphrodisiac Sydney rock oysters, trawler-fresh seafood, Moreton Bay bugs, freshly tossed salads and slow-roasted meats, all to be enjoyed between whispers of sweet nothings. To sweeten the deal, you’ll be treated to acoustic tunes and personalised chocolate love notes. Cost $105 per adult; book here.

Luxury Boho Picnic at Mountview Alpaca Farm

852 Lamington National Park Rd, Canungra QLD 4275

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Okay, this isn't technically a dinner date, but we'd be fools not to include this ultra-romantic and very unique Valentine's Day date idea at Mountview Alpaca Farm. The luxury alpaca picnic includes a boho picnic teepee located in the secluded grounds of O'Reilly's Vineyard,  a gourmet picnic hamper for two adults, a bottle of O'Reilly's wine straight from the vineyards you're sitting in, chocolates and—the highlight of the event—an alpaca.

Wander through the picturesque vineyard with your cute new friend and snap some loved-up pics and get loads of alpaca cuddles. Cuddles are guaranteed because you'll be provided with a bag of alpaca food (bribery with food is totally fine, we promise). Cost from $359; book here.

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Romance Is Hot On the Menu at Yamagen

7 Staghorn Ave, Surfers Paradise QLD 4217

In for the long haul? Perfect. Romance is hot on the menu at Yamagen, with the courses to match. Executive Chef Adam Lane has curated an extravagant eight-course Japanese affair with love at every bite.  Think: sashimi tacos, house-made Wagyu gyozas, kushiyaki lamb cutlets and much more...

Clink glasses with a cocktail on arrival and the team will tease your curiosity with their own Valentine surprise for each table. Cost $125 per person; book here.

Valentine's Day Banquet at Nineteen At The Star

1 Casino Dr, Broadbeach QLD 4218

Screw the servo flowers, you’re headed straight to the top. For a truly mesmerising Valentine’s Day that will earn you some serious brownie points, book in for a four-course affair at Nineteen at The Star.

Start with spanner crab and prawn remoulade before moving onto steak tartare, fillet steak and vanilla panna cotta, just to name a few standout dishes. If you’re looking for one of the boujee-est Valentine’s Day feasts on the Gold Coast, stop the search ‘cause you’ve found it. Cost $140 per person; book here.

Italian Feast at Sofia's

53 Victoria Ave, Broadbeach QLD 4218

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It doesn't get much more romantic than Italian, so you know where to find us this Valentine's Day. At one of the Gold Coast's top Italian restaurants, Sofia's Restaurant & Bar. Indulge in a specially curated five-course menu with a cocktail upon arrival. Cost $110 per person; book here.

Fireside Feast at The InterContinental Sanctuary Cove

Manor Cir, Hope Island QLD 4212

If you and your squeeze love a top-tier culinary experience, then this one’s for you. The InterContinental’s The Fireplace is known as one of the best restaurants on the Gold Coast, and once you’ve dined here, you’ll quickly realise why.

Begin your evening of romance with a glass of sparkling, before tucking into the five-course degustation menu. The feast includes loved-up dishes like  heritage tomato and burrata, citrus-cured kingfish and beef three ways.Translation? Very fancy. This very special menu is bound to give any food enthusiast serious heart eyes and there's also a fully vegetarian menu. Cost $149 per person; book here.

Italian Valentine's Day Feast at Salt Meats Cheese

10 Beach Rd, Surfers Paradise QLD 4217

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Whether your love language is words of affirmation, receiving gifts, solid quality time or simply food, Salt Meats Cheese has got you and your sweetheart covered this Valentine’s Day.

Attempt Lady and the Tramp-style pasta kisses with SMC’s three-course menu, which showcases an irresistible antipasto platter with meats and cheeses (hence the name), signature pastas, wood-fired pizzas and a heart-shaped tiramisu that is sure to capture anyone's heart. Cost $49 per person (with wine or beer on arrival); book here.

Loved-Up Five-Course Dinner at Three Blue Ducks

11 Ewingsdale Road Byron Bay, Ewingsdale NSW 2481

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If you're heading Byron this V Day, we have just the place to spoil your beau. The award-winning Three Blue Ducks is pulling out all the stops with their five-course Valentine's Day dinner, consisting of tuna crudo, slow-cooked brisket, coal-roasted kingfish, polenta gnocchi with cherry tomato pesto, and scorched meringue with passionfruit sorbet, just to name a select few. 

The menu caters well to dietary requirements, being almost entirely gluten- and dairy-free. Cost $95 per person; book here.

Dinner Under The Stars at QT Twilight Cabanas

7 Staghorn Ave, Surfers Paradise QLD 4217

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Lap up the comfort, dial up the romance. Valentine's Day dinner under the stars is about as romantic as it gets. Spoil your QT'ie with a dinner for two in QT Gold Coast’s luxe poolside cabanas, served with a side of romance.

Indulge with a glass of bubbles on arrival, followed by a romantic three-course dinner designed to be shared while you relax in your own private cabana at The Spring's poolside oasis. Why not keep the love flowing and book yourselves in for a cheeky staycay? Cost $320 for two people; more information here

Six-Course Feast At Koi

89 Surf Parade, Broadbeach QLD 4218

Secure your spot for an unforgettable six-course sharing menu at Koi with a complimentary drink for $149. Dishes of note include a seafood platter, mango salad, kingfish crudo, fig salad, Wagyu striploin and a chocolate roulade. Prefer a more personal touch? Koi's a la carte option is also available.

Romantic Dinner at Sandbar

52 Esplanade, Surfers Paradise QLD 4217

Cue the romantic music, love is in the air at Sandbar this Valentine’s Day. Treat your special someone to a delicious two- or three-course meal while taking in views of the Surfers Paradise beachfront.

Dial up your Valentine’s Day plans with champagne on arrival and indulgent dishes like beef carpaccio, pan-seared barramundi and tiramisu that are sure to keep you in the good books. Cost $59 to $73 per person; book here.

Three-Course Valentine's Day Dinner at Maggie Choo

89 Surf Parade, Broadbeach QLD 4218

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Elevate your evening with Maggie Choo's specially crafted $95 per person set menu, complete with love-infused dishes and a touch of elegance. Expect a sashimi platter, tom yum dumplings, black pepper beef, Thai watermelon salad and a lover's affogato. For those who cherish personal choices, Maggie Choo's delightful a la carte option will also be available.

Four-Course Feast at Roosevelt Lounge

75 Surf Parade, Broadbeach QLD 4218

Enhance your Valentine's Day celebration with an enchanting four-course dinner at the esteemed Roosevelt Lounge, for just $120 per person. Delights include Bass Strait scallop ceviche, Moreton Bay bug croquettes, pure Black Angus sirloin and Mexican deep-fried Ferrero Rocher icecream. To elevate your dining experience, indulge in the optional wine pairing for an additional $50 per person, adding a layer of sophistication to your Valentine's Day celebration.

Valentine’s Day 'High Seas' at Chapter & Verse

158 Ferny Ave, Surfers Paradise QLD 4217

Treat your sweetheart—and your sweet tooth—with a Valentine’s Day High 'Seas' at Chapter & Verse this year. The oh-so-romantic seafood high tea is the ultimate sea-to-table experience accompanied with a glass of Champagne.

Think: all of your usual ocean treasure, scones, a decadent chocolate mousse and many more loved-up delights. Seating on Valentine’s Day are between 6pm and 8pm at $129 per guest; book here.

Valentine’s Day High Tea at QT Gold Coast

7 Staghorn Ave, Surfers Paradise QLD 4217

Grab your lover, grab the girls, grab someone you love—Valentine’s Day High Tea at QT is perfectly primed for loved-up chats over tea, bubbles or cocktails if you’re feeling spritzy.

For those who love, love and have a soft spot for tiers of treats QT’s High Tea is just the celebration you’re looking for. With love as the centrepiece, these beautiful bites are yours to be devoured this Valentine’s Day. Available Wed 14 Feb to Sunday 18 Feb; cost $75 to $109 per person, depending on package. Book here.

Gold Coast Valentine's Day Date Ideas 2024

Here's our full list of non-cringey date ideas. Here's some Valentine's Day specials:

Grab A Valentine's Day Rise Bakery Box

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Not sure how to spoil your beau on a V Day picnic? Grab a loved-up Valentine's Day sweets box from Rise Bakery, loaded to the max with strawberry macarons, passionfruit eclair, love heart millefeuille and an optional add-on bottle of Cremant de Savoie Bottle.

This treats box is perfect for a picnic or just a sweet finish to your Valentine's Day—it will set you back $40 for the box or $90 for the complete set with a bottle of wine. Order here

Soak Up The Love at Soak Bathhouse

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Looking for a lowkey V Day activity? Soak Bathhouse in Mermaid Beach will have dreamy live music performances from 5pm to 8pm on Valentine’s Day, complemented by candles and loved-up décor.  Bask in the soothing tunes while enjoying the luxurious amenities that Soak Bathhouse is known for, including indoor and outdoor mineral baths, hot spas, cold plunge pools, steam rooms, and a traditional cedar sauna.

For those seeking the perfect Valentine's Day gift, Soak Bathhouse offers a range of gift cards and packages including SOAK sessions, personalised massages, and rejuvenating LED Facials. Purchase here.

Turn Up The Heat At This Italian Cooking Class

For couples looking to get hands-on the kitchen, Salt Meats Cheese Surfers Paradise is offering a Pasta Lovers cooking class on Valentine's Day at 5pm. Learn the art of pasta making while creating delicious Italian dishes together. It's not just a cooking class—it's a recipe for romance. You can also purchase cooking class vouchers for upcoming classes. Book here. 

Sweeten The Day At Yo-Chi

89 Surf Parade, Broadbeach, Queensland, 4218 &
11/3240 Surfers Paradise Blvd, Surfers Paradise QLD 4217

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For the ultimate sweet tooth's Valentine’s Day on the Gold Coast, top your usual go-to frozen yogurt cup with loved-up chocolate dipped strawberries. Available at both Yo-Chi Broadbeach and Yo-Chi Surfers Paradise stores. 

Plus, all venues will be bringing back their V-Day love letters, where you will be able to leave a message on the wall for their special someone to read. Share a bowl with your loved one or have it all to yourself. We won't judge. 

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