Food & Drink

Book Your Next Soiree At The Coast’s Best Restaurants For Group Dining

By Danielle Read
4th Nov 2019

group dining restaurants gold coast

Wrangling together a large group will always come with a few obstacles. Whether you’re a group of 10 or 100, the question of where to go is always a hot topic. 

You’re looking for moody ambiance in locales that don’t compromise on tasty group menus. Big tables to chat across and between, private areas to lounge in and wait staff who are used to catering to groups like yours.

Whether you’re gathering with a few friends to celebrate a birthday or inviting your entire working cohort to a shindig, you need to know the best places to go. So, here they are—the best restaurants on the Gold Coast for groups.

Baskk At Kirra Point

Coolangatta

Located on the southern end of town, Baskk’s exceptional grazing packages are met with dreamy resort-inspired interiors and a blanketing of coastal-luxe vibes. For relaxed group dining on the Gold Coast, Baskk’s “Sea Event” package offers a deluxe grazing board on arrival, a selection of bar menu bites and is suited to 10 to 100 guests, running over two hours for $39 per person. For a room-hire free lunch or dinner, three, four and five-course options begin at just $59 per person. Or, commandeer the rum bar at the rear, available for private hire. For larger groups of up to 200 pax, canape and woodfire pizza packages are available too, plus extras such as pop-up cocktail bars, mezze boards, sushi bars and lolly stations. Pair these with an assortment of drink packages and your nautical group event just got breezier.

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Hyde Paradiso

Surfers Paradise

Spanning a whopping 385 sqm, Hyde Paradiso’s chic interiors, share-style tapas and uninterrupted seaside views are the perfect recipe for a stellar event. Group celebrations like hen’s nights, get togethers, boozy brunches, intimate parties of 18 or grand gatherings of 180 are all at home at Hyde. Located on the second level at Surfer Paradise’s iconic Peppers Soul, Mediterranean bites are paired with carefully crafted cocktails, good times and traditional plating—guaranteeing a good time for groups of any size.

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Justin Lane

Burleigh Heads

Opening out onto a sprawling balcony above Burleigh’s main drag and canopied by twinkling lighting, Justin Lane’s rooftop and adjoining dining hall is a local favourite for many reasons. Whether you’re organising a small group gathering or something more substantial (seating up to 85 or 125 standup guests), you only need a quick glance at their “Feed Me” package to see you won’t be leaving hungry. Choose from a selection of starters, famous Justin Lane pizzas, fresh pastas and salads. We can never pass up their marinated olives and the James Street deli ham, salami, mozzarella and oregano pizza. Satisfy your guests with all this for just $39 per person. The perfect hangout for engagement parties, milestone birthdays or those much-anticipated group events like Christmas family catch ups; Justin Lane is a top Gold Coast restaurant for groups.

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Miss Moneypenny’s 

Broadbeach

Broadbeach’s eating precinct continues to shine and Miss Moneypenny’s is no exception. For groups seeking a venue gleaming with relaxed sophistication—this is it. Catering to intimate groups, right through to those in the triple figures, there’s no shortage of hosting options at Miss Moneypenny’s. Suited to get togethers on the deck for up to 50 people, private dining in the Rimini Room for larger groups up to 125 standing guests; there’s even the prestigious feel of exclusive venue hire for huge groups of 500. With group menus for breakfast, cocktail functions and dinners, be sure to check out the dishes on offer, featuring strawberry white chocolate pancakes, smoked salmon doughnuts, suckling pig spring rolls and roving charcuterie.

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Hideaway Kitchen And Bar

Broadbeach

Boasting a serious appreciation for good company paired with good food, Hideaway Kitchen & Bar is a hot contender for Asian fusion-loving events. Hang out with up to 20 guests in Buddha’s Banquet Corner, chat away with up to 30 in the Casual Corner, mingle with 70 in the Upper Alfresco area or hire out the entire Upper Alfresco pozzie with up to 100 legends, or the whole shebang for a whopping 250 of your favourite people. Take your pick from Hideaway’s “Street Bite” menu for $40 per person, or the set banquet menu from $50 per person paired with one of three drink packages. Mouthwatering salmon carpaccio, pillowey pork and prawn dumplings, chargrilled yellow curry chicken with top shelf spirits, refreshing cocktails and premium wines. Yes, please.

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Edgewater Dining 

Isle of Capri

Fully stocked cocktail bar, check. Renowned international wine list, check. Canape through to degustation event catering options, that’s three checks and a cheers from us. Whether your next group event comes in the form of an engagement party, corporate gathering, product launch or workshop, Edgewater’s pristine waterfront position is well worth considering. Bite-sized risotto, crispy arancini and lamb cutlets are just some of the specialty dishes you can expect at your next Gold Coast group event.

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Greendays

Bundall

As a seriously underrated Bundall native, gathering up the gang for a long overdue group lunch is the perfect excuse to make a trip to Greendays. Two and three-course feasts sit at $39 and $49 per person, and include indulgent dishes such as panko baked camembert, spicy Moroccan chicken with couscous and homely Shiraz braised beef cheeks; all finished off with champagne poached pears, a cheese board or Limoncello sponge cake. Nestled in lush gardens and surrounded by whitewash walls, you’ll feel right at home at this pleasant Gold Coast restaurant for group dining. Greendays’ interesting high cheese experience is worthy of a peek too, at a reasonable $49 per person.

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The Collective

Palm Beach

Festive feasts, festoon lighting and five different kitchens under one roof—hosting a group event at Palm Beach’s The Collective is as glorious as it sounds. And you’ll be pleased to know there’s an event package for every group, ranging from 50 guests to a mighty 400. Graze in the generous greenery-filled courtyard or dine rooftop under the stars. For a truly unique foodie experience, The Collective’s independent kitchen situation mean your group’s canapes just five-drupled in options. Banquet menus start at $45 per person, featuring antipasto platters, mushroom and truffle gnocchi, shucked oysters and cheeseburger spring rolls, to name a few. If you’re gathering a fussy group of friends and fam, this is the Gold Coast venue made for you.

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Frida Sol

Palm Beach

When we hear the words modern and Mexican together, our senses begin to tingle. Palm Beach-based Frida Sol is the taqueria and Mexican bar you never knew you needed in your life, and now can’t live without. Cacti gardens, Casa Blanca-inspired architecture and alfresco long lunching tables—utter paradise. Frida Sol is also one of the hottest spots to host Gold Coast group events of any size. Snatch up the rooftop catering for 40 seated and 40 standing guests or the upstairs dining room if you need a little extra room, each with exclusive space hire for a neat $3k each. Just have a dozen of your closest friends in tow? Consider yourself covered, too. Banquet options begin at $30 per person, featuring mini grilled corn cobs topped with cilantro crema and paprika, smoked chili salt tortillas and quattro queso quesadillas. As a bonus, you can even opt for venue styling for an extra fee.

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Steampunk

Surfers Paradise

Canon-styled pyrotechnics ignite Surfers Paradise’s main drag, adding to Steampunk’s vibrant atmosphere and larger-than-life attitude. Snuggle into one of the many Victorian era-styled areas, like the sprawling mezzanine overlooking Surfers Paradise Boulevard for groups of over 100 or the intimate booths designed for a more private gatherings. Tasty group options include crispy fried chicken rib platters, mini bruschettas, gyoza and salmon tartare—then get a load of their kooky cocktails while you’re at it.

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Image credit: Kaitlin Maree and Hayley Williamson for Urban List

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