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, so you can plan your next holiday or food and wine binge accordingly.
Social Eating House
Located on glittering Oracle Avenue, Social Eating House is definitely not somewhere to go for a quick bite, for the simple reason you would not be doing it justice. One of the absolute best restaurants in Broadbeach, if not all of the Gold Coast, this unassuming and unpretentious two chef-hatted bistro is what foodie dreams are made of. Come for Social Eating House’s legendary one-kilo saltbush lamb shoulder, followed by the deconstructed rhubarb cheesecake and orgasmic espresso martinis. If we could eat here every night of the week, we would.
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.
Aloha Bar & Dining
Accessed via a non-descript Broadbeach laneway, Aloha Bar and Dining is filled with all manner of nautical knick knacks and island-themed paraphernalia, creating a buzzing space with nooks and tiki-styled rooms that sucker you in to keep exploring. Come for a casual menu littered with Caribbean, Hawaiian and Asian musings, including ramen, oyster, dumpling and bao specials throughout the week.
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 ‘twin’ in the mother tongue, is the original trattoria in this hospitality empire and is somewhat of an institution among pizza and pasta lovers. These handsome gents were making pasta sauce before most of us had learnt to read and write, and it’s their traditional recipes, passed through the generations, which are enjoyed by locals and visitors alike at their Broadbeach restaurant. Come for the wood-fired pizzas, melted gnocchi bowls and those drool-worthy Nutella Bomba desserts.
The Lamb Shop
The Lamb Shop means business when it comes to serving the most beloved of Greek street food. Combining the freshest quality with Greek-inspired flavours, The Lamb Shop features dishes like chargrilled corn with oregano butter and shaved sheep’s milk cheese and lamb souvlaki stuffed with onion, parsley, mustard mayo and hand cut chips. It’s just like being transported to Greece, without those exxy plane tickets. Now that sounds like a win-win to us.
Rivea is bringing Italian vibes to Broadbeach’s original eat street, Surf Parade. Look for the black and white striped umbrellas where authentic wood fired pizzas, homemade pasta and seafood is paired perfectly with passionately crafted cocktails. Pull up a street side table and people watch while you sip Aperol Spritz in the late afternoon sunshine. You’re on holidays, after all.
Consider yourself a foodie? If this fine dining restaurant is not yet on your radar, it should be. Located on the ground level of Broadbeach’s luxe Sofitel Hotel, this intimate venue will blow any preconception of hotel restaurants clearly out of the water. First and foremost, and this is something worth bragging about, room81 is one of only two Gold Coast restaurants awarded a coveted two Chef Hats. Impressive right? Created at the steady hand of exceptionally talented young chef Sam Moore, room81’s ever-evolving degustation menu is a total showstopper.
Hideaway Kitchen & Bar
Gold Coast’s Asian food scene is oh-so-hot right now and one of the local favourites has got to be Broadbeach’s funky Hideaway Kitchen & Bar. Hidden in plain sight on the Gold Coast Highway, don’t be dissuaded by the bland exterior. Inside is a vibrant mix of neon signage, graffiti, booths for groups and, out back, a buzzing alfresco garden with rows of umbrellas suspended overhead. Here you’ll find street food that’s made for sharing over drinks and rowdy convo with a crew of your closest mates.
Mamasan Kitchen & Bar
Mamasan is Asian fusion done so right. A favourite for business meetings, long boozy lunches, date nights and everything in between, Mamasan is serving an innovative twist on south east Asian tradition. With flavour-packed dishes from pork bao to spanner crab ravioli dumplings, Peking duck pancakes and 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.
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 spent lounging around looking glamorous in sinkable leather chesterfields and red velvet booths. We’re not going to pretend that The Roosevelt Lounge is for everyone, but if you can make it past the unbending doormen, you’ll probably end up blowing your weekly rent when you’re in the mood, ordering cocktails and oysters for everyone and oblivious to the time flying by.
Double Zero take 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. Belissimo!
Oasis Shopping Centre's Outdoor Foodie Precinct
At the risk of blowing out your growing to-dine list, we reckon the entire dining precinct on the outskirts of Broadbeach’s Oasis Shopping Centre is worthy of a place among the best restaurants in Broadbeach. This buzzing foodie strip brought us Nutella gyoza and Australia’s first Japanese craft microbrewery thanks to Harajuku Gyoza, boozy milkshakes and mega gourmet burgers with Main Street Burger Bar, family-style Italian dining reinvented with Mario’s and good ol’ fish and chips or fresh seafood galore at Beachside Pavilion. How many have you ticked off?
Ten Japanese Restaurant
A zen garden in the bathroom, a seductive interior and a menu so consistently phenomenal there’s a dollar in the swear jar for every course. One of the best restaurants in Broadbeach, Ten oh-so-successfully combines upmarket style, mastery of Japanese food, intimacy and aesthetics in all it does. Creating its own little secluded world to such an extent, you’ll check the time and realise you’ve been there, looking flawless in flattering lighting for four hours. But if you’re going to spend the night at Ten, you’ve gotta do it properly. We’re talking nine-course degustation—just don’t wear tight pants.
Nineteen At The Star
When visiting Nineteen at The Star, expect a fanciful 110-seat modern Australian restaurant overlooking The Darling hotel’s luxe infinity pool with wrap around views of the shimmering Gold Coast skyline. With local culinary legend Simon Gloftis plus incredibly talented Head Chef Kelvin Andrews leading the charge, this landmark produce-driven restaurant is pushing the Gold Coast foodie boundaries to all new levels of incredible. Come for exquisite dishes like grilled Patagonian Toothfish, roast highland duck with foie gras, steamed coral trout with fresh ginger and, their signature dish, an amaze-balls rock lobster bolognese.
Koi Lounge & 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 corner venue is legendary for its Sunday sessions where the aptly named Koi Boys serenade and croon, and fancy cocktails and tapas plates flow free.
Cardamom Pod is the OG of vegetarian eating in the heart of Broadbeach. Enjoy a weekend breakfast array of Insta-worthy waffles, pancakes, mermaid and acai bowls. For lunch and dinner, devour vegetarian salads and hot savoury meals of shepherd’s pie, lasagne, curries, dahl and moussaka. Don’t forget to leave room for dessert when dining at Cardamom Pod Broadbeach; indulge in their range of vegan treats, banoffee pie, snickers, chai cheesecake, tiramisu and their vegan ice cream and brownie bar.
The Loose Moose
One of the best restaurants in Broadbeach (if the regular crowds are anything to go by), The Loose Moose will literally knocked your socks off 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 has an insane 160 whiskies behind the bar and a soul satisfying menu to match with wings, ribs, steaks and all of the burgers.
If you’ve a penchant for top-notch Japanese food—and seriously, who doesn’t?— then you absolutely must add Kiyomi to your best restaurants in Broadbeach bucket list. A refined masterpiece within The Star’s culinary crown, this is fine-dining that oozes style. With an adventurous menu including scampi with foie gras, hiramasa kingfish, binchotan chicken 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 reigns over to the experts and splashing out on a nine or 11-course degustation—it’s the stuff foodie dreams are made of.
Moo Moo Bar & Restaurant
Date night, girl's night or dinner with the lads, fanciful Moo Moo is great for all occasions. Enjoy a cheese plate and oysters while overlooking Broadbeach’s Victoria Park, followed promptly by Moo Moo’s signature steak. 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.
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