From mountains to rivers, sand dunes to red earth hills, The Tweed Coast is a little slice of paradise that really does have it all. Plus, being just a short drive away from the Gold Coast, it would be a waste not to make the most of all the picturesque goodness the region has to offer. Whether you're planning on ducking in for the evening or spending a few days exploring, you'll want to hit up at least a few of our top Tweed restaurant picks.
Here are eleven of the best restaurants on The Tweed Coast.
Hands down the most exciting restaurant opening of 2019, Gallura Italian co-owners Maki and Mike have over 40 years combined restaurant experience and it totally shows with this Sardinian-inspired breath of fresh air to the Tweed Coast dining scene. A must-try is the Tweed king prawn lemon and butter risotto with candied lemon, enjoyed with stunning Italian wines and Sardinian beers you can’t get anywhere else…other than, well, Sardinia.
A restaurant that truly celebrates local produce, Pipit has a modern seaside vibe that embraces local farmers and suppliers. We recommend pulling up a seat at the bar to take in the dynamic atmosphere of the open-plan kitchen and to watch head chef Ben Devlin in action. If you’re hunting for one of the best restaurants on the Tweed Coast, stop the search.
The Inky Squid
Sitting pretty in the refurbished Pavilions Market Place, The Inky Squid is a modern day take on the Australian classic fish and chip shop. The lemon pepper squid with crisp salty seaweed will have you finding excuses to drive out to Terranora.
Potager is a rustic garden-to-table restaurant sitting in Carool on the edge of the Tweed Valley and is a scenic 25-minute drive from the Gold Coast Airport. Both grown onsite and locally sourced produce makes for a fresh and authentic Tweed Coast dining experience.
If you’re looking for exquisite Asian fusion in the Tweed, the legendary Spice Den is your best bet. With dark, moody lighting, spicy cocktails and generous servings, you’ll never want to leave. Make sure you book ahead of time though, as the place is always packed with both locals and tourists alike.
Inside the gorgeous boutique hotel Halcyon House and practically sitting on the coastal sand dunes, is Paper Daisy restaurant. Award-winning chef Jason Barratt has seen Paper Daisy win two chefs hats so far and with creations such as macaroni with king prawn, bush tomato and crab butter, we can easily see why.
Long Greek lunches under breezy white umbrellas, Taverna is the best spot for a sneaky midday Aperol Spritz or a crispy slice of Byron Bay haloumi drizzled with bush honey and rosemary. Be sure to snap a photo in front of their adorable peppermint door and let those wafting Greek flavours draw you inside.
Sitting in the footprint of Mount Warning, this stunning farmhouse restaurant boasts beautiful lush gardens where you can see fresh produce being grown, before making its way to your plate. Fully licenced and with plenty of spots from which to admire the surrounding countryside, stop at Mavis’s Kitchen to complete a magical day exploring the pristine landscapes of the Tweed Coast and hinterland.
Cross between a wine bar and a super cute Italian restaurant, Tasca sits on the QLD-NSW border making it a must-add to our list of things to do on the Tweed Coast. Think organic wines, intimate booth seating and food designed to be shared (that you will 100% not want to share). Owner Carlee Bufalino will ensure you are comfortable, well looked after and a return customer in no time.
If you’re craving a few Margis and some banging jalapeno poppers, La Barrita will make all your dreams come true. With its cosy atmosphere, friendly staff and tasty share plates, it’s definitely a must if you’re passing through The Tweed region.
The Crafty Cow
If you're looking for some casual but choice gub, The Crafty Cow in Casuarina is serving up some of the best BBQ on the coast. So if you fancy some Sunday brisket, this would be the place to hit up. For those of us who aren't meat-inclined, their jackfruit burger is a definite must. The rotating craft beer taps are also very much a plus.
Looking for a weekend getaway? Make the most of it by checking out the ultimate guide to The Tweed Coast.
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