Unless you've been living under a rock, you will have heard that some Gold Coast restaurants and cafes have re-opened for dine-in services (for up to 10 people at a time). The question is, who has re-opened and who will continue to run as takeaway only?
Lucky for you, we'll be keeping this rolling list of Gold Coast restaurants that have re-opened, so you know where to go for that sweet, first restaurant meal of the post-COVID era. If you don't see your favourite here, let us know about it.
If it’s been too long between a mouth-watering dish of handmade pasta at Orzo in Broadbeach, chances are you’re dying to drop in for a meal. So, you’ll be happy to know they’ve re-opened their doors to 10 people at a time, although you will need to reserve your spot asap on 07 5570 3476.
Easy Street Diner
Ask any burger aficionado where to head for a feed and this is where they’ll tell you to go. Bringing ‘proper burgers’ to the Gold Coast since early 2015, we’ve been missing scoffing back the goods at the American-style Easy Street Diner. But that’s all changed now, with these guys re-opening for dine-in meals from Monday to Sunday from 5pm. Bookings are essential, so call 07 5554 6542 to nab your spot.
If you’ve been missing Margarita Cartel’s dine-in vibes, with colourful chairs, mini cactus and Mexican tapestry, the heartbreak is over. Opening up their tables to hungry locals, you can expect their usual modern Mexican street food with a South American twist plus plenty of flowing margaritas. Still keen on eating in? These guys are still offering takeaway, so head to their website and order online.
Osteria del Mare
Throwing open their doors last weekend, Osteria del Mare is now taking bookings for up to 10 people across two seatings—5pm and 6.45pm. With new dishes popping up on their menu, like Polpette al Sugo (classic meatballs) or salmon pizza, now you have even more of a reason to head out and eat. To reserve a table, call 07 5576 6169.
I Like Ramen
Nothing warms us up like a hot bowl of ramen, so the news that I Like Ramen has re-opened couldn’t come at a better time. With seatings available Wednesday through to Sunday, flick them a message on FB to reserve your spot. And for takeaway lovers, you can still get your fix between 5pm and 9pm.
Ever wanted to have a little intimate rooftop party on the Gold Coast? Right now, Mr PP’s are offering you the chance to do just that! So round up your plus nine, and lock in a time on their website—a minimum spend of $60pp applies.
Etsu is now welcoming 10 famished guests through their doors at any one time. With plans to open every night, you can make a booking by throwing an email their way at: [email protected]
We’ve loved their vegan feasts and appreciate the takeaway eats, but we’re mighty happy that Gemelli has re-opened their doors so we can dine-in. Launching with a special set menu for lunch and dinner, you’ll be treating your tastebuds to flavour-packed Italian dishes like, handmade spaghetti with rock lobster ragu, grilled rib-eye with chat potatoes and a crumbly pastry tart, topped with gelato. Book online here, and come prepared with an empty stomach.
The North Room
The North Room are re-opening from Thursday 28 May, which gives you plenty of time to send out a group text and make a plan around which night you’re going to hit up this fine establishment. Reservations can now be made here, with two sittings up for grabs each night, Thursdays through to Saturdays.
Another favourite if you’re dying to feast on some of the best Japanese on the Gold Coast, Oi Izakaya is back in business, offering three sittings each night for 10 lucky people. The first sitting is 5pm to 6.30pm, followed by 6.30pm to 8pm, and finally 8pm until close (kitchen shuts shop at 9.30pm and bar at 10.30pm). To book your table, hit their website or call 07 3129 0628. Takeaway will still be available in the evenings.
They’ve kept our thirsts quenched with their epic takeaway cocktails and now they’re making our corona lives even better—yep, Mr Hizolas has officially re-opened. Dining sessions will be limited to 1.5hours, both at dinner and lunch, so that more people can taste their way to Hizolas heaven whilst the 10-person restriction remains in place. To book, hit their website.
Sip on that long-awaited perfectly-poured tap beer at Bine this weekend. Hourly sessions of a maximum of 10 people, mean you’ll cherish those 60-minutes of beer-drinking bliss like no other hour before.
If you’re ready to swap your burgers for the refined dishes at Little Truffle, you’ll be pleased to know these guys have re-opened their doors. Reservations are a must, so set a reminder in your phone and whatever you do, don’t hit snooze.
Ninteen At The Star
Serving up their succulent goods alongside a pretty remarkable view from 19 floors up, The Star Gold Coast’s Nineteen at The Star has re-opened for small dining groups. With an incredible set menu created by Executive Chef, Uday Huja, book in now for a 90-minute seating over lunch or dinner.
A Burleigh favourite, Justin Lane has re-opened their doors for 10 lucky people at a time. With two lunch sittings available and three dinner sittings at 5pm, 7pm and 9pm, there’s every chance that if you plan ahead you may just snag one of those exclusive tables. All reservations will be required to dine on their “feed me” menu, so prepare for a feast of epic proportions and book now.
Fill your iso stomach with a mouth-watering banquet menu full of your favourites at Mamasan. There will be two sittings available over both lunch and dinner, with each sitting capped at a two-hour limit. Bookings can be made via email, so just send through your preferred date, time and number of people.
Belly satisfied and want to take the party home? Here are the Gold Coast bars doing takeaway cocktails.
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