Food & Drink

Treat Yourself At 16 Of The Best Restaurants In Broadbeach Right Now

By Urban List Gold Coast
22nd Apr 2022

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Orzo Italian restaurant Broadbeach
An interior shot of Maggie Choo's stunning neon pink interior, complete with hanging paper umbrellas.
best restaurants broadbeach
the exterior of a restaurant with rattan chairs and potted plants
Date night restaurants sunshine coast

If you haven’t figured out that Broadbeach is one of the Gold Coast’s central destinations for all things scrumptious, you’re doing the whole foodie thing wrong.

Surfers Paradise’s sophisticated older sister has a restaurant for any occasion, and we’re here to tell you where to go and why. Check out our round up of the best restaurants in Broadbeach in 2022, so you can plan your next food and wine binge accordingly.

Kiyomi

Spearheaded by celebrated Executive Chef Chase Kojima, Kiyomi is perfection on a plate. Tucked discreetly away on the mezzanine level at The Star Gold Coast, this stylish Japanese eatery is dimly lit, made moodier by the candlelight, dark furnishings and warm wood feature walls. With an adventurous menu including seared scampi with foie gras, Hiramasa Kingfish miso ceviche, binchotan Wagyu and melt-in-your-mouth sashimi platters, all dishes are prepared to look like an edible work of art. Don’t know where to start? We recommend passing the reins over and splashing out on their limited edition twenty-course omakase degustation—it’s the stuff foodie dreams are made of. Without a doubt, one of the best restaurants in Broadbeach.

Sofia's Restaurant & Bar

Sofia’s Restaurant and Bar is a homage to the dreamy tones of coastal Europe and this relative newcomer brings a breath of fresh, salty sea breeze air to the Broadbeach dining scene. The magnificent share-style menu is stripped back, refined and lets the quality produce speak, nay, sing for itself. Curated by some of the Gold Coast’s most lauded culinary legends, the menu is simplistic and showcases the flavours of fresh, local produce—as well as some delectable European specialties thrown in for good measure.

Orzo

Orzo is the second eatery by lauded hospitality couple Matt and Dayna Jefferson, who have made their mark on the Gold Coast with the divine Social Eating House, so when Orzo opened its doors in early 2020, we were always confident this would be special.  And we were right. Orzo brings sophisticated coastal Italian cuisine to the Gold Coast; its concise yet impressive Italian-inspired menu includes a playful smattering of Asian and native Australian ingredients to make it truly distinctive. Orzo's slurp-worthy, handmade pasta menu is simpy divine—from the signature scampi on orzo pasta coated in a rich roasted shell sauce with leek and mascarpone to the generous serving of tagliatelle brimming with shitake, dusk, cocoa and fennel, you can't make a wrong choice. Orzo’s elegant design evokes a feeling of relaxed comfort, transporting diners to the picturesque Amalfi Coast. If you're on the hunt for one of the best restaurants in Broadbeach, stop the search.  

Hideaway Kitchen And Bar 

The Gold Coast’s Asian food scene is oh-so-hot right now and one of our all-time favourites has got to be Broadbeach’s funky Hideaway Kitchen & Bar. Hidden in plain sight just off the Gold Coast Highway, don’t be dissuaded by the simplistic exterior. Inside is a vibrant mix of neon signage, graffiti, booths for groups and, out the back lies a buzzing alfresco garden with rows of umbrellas suspended overhead. Hideaway’s mind-bogglingly long menu is a drool-worthy medley of Japanese, Thai, Vietnamese, Malay, Chinese and more. We suggest diving head first into the raw bar selections, beef tataki with garlic chips, housemade wagyu dumplings, soft shell crab bao and the pork belly with kimchi salsa. 

Cucina Vivo

Step past the open plan kitchen and crackling wood-fired pizza oven and you’ll be transported to a little slice of the Amalfi Coast right here in Broadbeach. We love Cucina Vivo’s on-trend ‘60s colour palette of dusty pink and seafoam blue, decorated with oversized pendant lights, plantation-style shutters and a chic white terrace overlooking The Star’s sparkling resort pool. Work your way through a menu of antipasti, wood-fired pizzas, handmade pastas and Alla Grigila mains (from the charcoal grill). Our tip? You must not leave without trying Cucina Vivo’s legendary Cioccolato Rosso Ferrari—or any dessert for that matter; they’re some of the Coast’s absolute finest.

Mamasan Kitchen & Bar

Mamasan Kitchen & Bar is Asian fusion done deliciously right. A favourite for business meetings, long boozy lunches, date nights and everything in between, Mamasan boasts the perfect blend of tradition and modern cuisine from South-East Asia. Think: flavour-packed dishes from twice-cooked pork belly bao to spanner crab ravioli dumplings to Peking duck pancakes to miso Patagonian Toothfish, all wrapped up in a swanky Oriental-styled package on Oracle Boulevard. Without question one of the best restaurants in Broadbeach, Mamasan is the place to be and to be seen.

Miss Moneypenny's

Nestled in the heart of Broadbeach, Miss Moneypenny’s coastal colour palette is dreamy and the styling is elegantly timeless. From the terracotta breeze wall entryway and stunning terracotta lined bar, to the walnut tables, plush heathered grey and seafoam blue couch seating—Miss Moneypenny’s is chic, grown up and very classy. Now that you've lusted over the interior, let's move onto the food.  Artistically executed, work your way through moreish bites like  seared beef tataki with smoked enoki mushroom, Hiramasa kingfish ceviche and chargrilled Moreton Bay bug. With social dining at its heart, we recommend trying Miss Moneypenny's chef's seven dish signature selection, which will have you dining on a carefully curated menu of Miss Moneypenny's signature dishes, including wagyu beef skewers, chargrilled ora king salmon and lemon vanilla buttermilk panna cotta.

The Roosevelt Lounge

No expense was spared to create this game-changing 1930s America-inspired lounge bar and restaurant in Broadbeach. If you’re not made of money, you’ll definitely feel like it after a night at The Roosevelt Lounge, lounging around looking glamorous in sinkable leather chesterfields and red velvet booths. Work your way through a menu beckoning with the likes of cured meat salumi boards, chilli salt squid, wild mushroom and black truffle ravioli, WA octopus squid ink risotto, 7+ Kobe beef and a drinks list loaded with high-end whiskies, cognacs, gins and bespoke cocktails the stylish bartenders are justly proud of. 

Gemelli Italian

A packed dining room seven nights, plus lunch Thursday to Sunday, is a testament to the young Carney brothers who introduced some of the most authentic Italian fare to the Gold Coast. Gemelli, translating to ‘twins’ in the mother tongue, is the original trattoria in the Gemelli hospitality empire and is somewhat of an institution among pizza and pasta lovers. The brothers were making pasta sauce before most of us had learnt to read and write, and it’s their traditional recipes made with imported ingredients from Italy, passed through the generations, which are enjoyed by locals and visitors alike at their iconic Broadbeach restaurant. Come for the woodfired pizzas, melted gnocchi bowls and loaded salumi boards, and then stay for their drool-worthy Nutella Bomba desserts. 

Double Zero

Double Zero takes a very traditional approach to their craft, creating pizza exactly as they are made at their birthplace in Naples, Italy; which of course means an authentic wood-fired oven, traditional cheeses and true Italian flavours. So it’s no surprise they’re certified by Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana as one of Australia’s most authentic Italian pizzerias. It’s an impressive feat indeed and good reason to hop in and try Double Zero’s genuine Napoletana creations for yourself.

Nineteen At The Star

If there’s one destination that seriously nails hotel dining on the Gold Coast, it’s The Star Gold Coast, with a half dozen stellar eateries under one roof. And the crème de la crème of Gold Coast hotel restaurants is Nineteen at The Star. This is where the who’s who come for grilled Patagonian Toothfish and the signature rock lobster bolognese with glittering views of the coastline 19 floors up; and where visitors and locals splurge to celebrate that special something or someone.

Maggie Choo

Boasting a typical share-style menu with both larger and small portions, the menu at Maggie Choo is everything you’ve ever wanted from hawker-style fare and more. Between the banquet menus and the vegan menus, plus the plethora of choices for both, we promise you will not go hungry. If you’re anything like us, you might actually go home too full to move. Think salmon sashimi tacos, Indonesian fritters, Kingfish sashimi, oysters; it’s all here and it is delicious.

Social Eating House

Located on glittering Oracle Boulevard, Social Eating House is definitely not somewhere to go for a quick bite, for the simple reason you would not be doing it justice.  Social Eating House recently underwent some major renovations and has unveiled its luxe new look, complete with an upgraded kitchen and bar, new intimate fine dining space and jaw-dropping interior details. Hands down, this one of the absolute best restaurants on the Gold Coast—this unassuming and unpretentious two chef-hatted bistro sets a culinary bar that other restaurants can only aspire to. Come for Social Eating House’s legendary one-kilo saltbush lamb shoulder, followed by the most exquisite desserts in town and washed down with orgasmic espresso martinis. 

Koi Lounge And Dining 

The OG dining hotspot amongst Broadbeach’s top restaurants, Koi Lounge and Dining is where locals and visitors collide. Unabashedly bold and glittery, this buzzing alfresco corner venue is legendary for catering to all palates and dishes up an impressive array of bites, with an emphasis on premium local produce. Start small with chargrilled tiger prawns with roasted chilli oil and confit garlic, then progress to wagyu beef ragu pappardelle and crispy pork belly with celeriac puree and apple jus. It’s simply impossible to leave here not feeling satisfied and full.

The Loose Moose

One of the best restaurants in Broadbeach (if the regular crowds are anything to go by), The Loose Moose is sure to impress with one of the most mind-blowing restaurant designs in town. Inspired by the illicit underground speakeasies of America’s 1920s Prohibition era with a twist of its Canadian cousin, The Loose Moose boasts an impressive 160 whiskies behind the bar and 25 varieties of craft beers on tap. Their soul-satisfying menu specialises in Canadian fare with wings, ribs, steaks and all of the burgers.

Moo Moo Wine Bar & Grill

If you love a juicy steak, then Moo Moo Wine Bar & Grill should be your go-to restaurant, regardless of the occasion. With its stunning modern interior decor of natural stone finishes, sleek organic curves and state of the art lighting system, this steak restaurant has evolved. Enjoy a cheese plate and oysters while overlooking Broadbeach’s Victoria Park, followed promptly by one of Moo Moo’s signature steaks. If cocktails are your style, an apple vineyard bellini or espresso caramel margarita is a must. If you’re on the hunt for one of the best steak restaurants in Broadbeach, well, you’ve found it. 

Tried all of the best restaurants in Broadbeach and ready to move south? Check out the very best restaurants in Burleigh.

Image Credit: Brooke Darling, Hayley Williamson and Kaitlin Maree

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