You’d think living on the Gold Coast with 57km of coastline we would have an abundance of eateries and watering holes (besides the traditional surf club) where we can wine and dine by the seaside and yet they are few and far between. The establishments we do have, however, are definitely worth writing about and not solely due to their prime real estate. Here’s our list of the best restaurants on the Gold Coast that boast incredible water views.
You don’t have to leave your seaside weekends to find a bite to eat in Burleigh. Rick Shores sits on the sand at Burleigh Point and serves up sensational Asian-inspired dishes designed to share so you can sample all the menu has to offer—from their iconic bug roll, to perfectly slow roasted meats, fresh seafood, soul warming curries and decadent desserts. It’s no wonder they were named one of the top 100 restaurants in Australia.
With beach views aplenty you might think it’s silly to rock up to a restaurant that faces in the opposite direction but stay with us. Situated right on the harbour at Marina Mirage, you can expect million-dollar views due to the expensive boats parked up at the jetty. Glass Dining is an elegant establishment so dress to impress. We suggest starting with one of the five different types of oysters, followed by some tasty tapas to share and then design your own pasta or opt for some big share plates like the seafood platter or do it yourself slow roasted pork, pulled at the table to make your own brioche sliders.
The Fish House
With a carefully curated menu that changes daily due to weather patterns, seasonal selection and sustainability, Fish House flies in the freshest fish from around Australia on a daily basis such as abalone from Tasmania, Rottnest Island Scallops or lobster from Coff’s Harbour. With simple yet sophisticated seafood on the world-class menu it’s the perfect place to sit back and relax while enjoying a crisp vino, a balmy sea breeze and breathtaking ocean views.
Elephant Rock Restaurant
Live music on weekends, whale watching, beach views and a happy hour—what more could you ask for? Elephant Rock Restaurant has been around since 1990 and is definitely a local favourite in the Currumbin community. Open until 9pm on Fridays and Saturdays you can dine seaside while the sun sets, or pop by for a midafternoon antipasto board and $10 margies between 3-5pm every day.
Seaduction offers five star service, jaw dropping views and a seriously tasty menu. Located in the Peppers Soul building this stunning restaurant is based around an international fusion of both land and sea. If you find it hard to choose from the comprehensive menu of gastronomical delights, then opt for the tasting menu where you’ll receive tasty morsels of eight different dishes. There is even a vegan plant based tasting menu so everyone is covered.
Edgewater Dining & Lounge Bar
Isle of Capri
Modern, stylish, and reminiscent of big city dining, this north-facing restaurant sits on the edge of the water (hence the name) and has some of the best views on the Coast. A seriously satisfying menu inspired by modern Australia with a twist of traditional Italian, menu stars include oysters, bug risotto, Bangalow pork belly and crispy skin duck legs. Delicious food, a casual and relaxed atmosphere in a stunning setting with a master mixologist behind the bar, you should probably add this to your Coast dining bucket list.
With a number of ‘Bin’ restaurants scattered around the coast, Bin 72 is the one that comes with a side serving of epic views, especially when the surf is pumping. With a menu designed to share and a brilliant beverage menu, the bar is the perfect perch after a long and lazy day at the beach. Popcorn chicken, duck spring rolls and prawn stuffed zucchini flowers make up some of the share plates while our pick of the sweet treats is the vanilla pana cotta with rhubarb compote, caramel and salted popcorn crumble.
One 50 Public House
Eating on the waterfront doesn’t always have to break the bank. One 50 Public House is situated right on the water opposite Home of the Arts (HOTA) and boasts a large open plan with views overlooking the Surfers skyline and Nerang River. With everything you could ever want on a menu, from gourmet pizzas and fried chicken burgers to Asian pork belly and Mediterranean lamb risotto, you might find you just stay here for a while.