Food & Drink

The Best New Openings On The Sunshine Coast You Need To Know About

By Isabel Croker
29th Jun 2022

From re-launches of some of our favourite Sunshine Coast institutions to exciting fresh faces in the foodie landscape, these new restaurant openings on the Sunshine Coast are set to shake up a scene that’s already bursting at the seams with wining and dining goodness.

Break out the diaries, Sunshine Coast. Here are some of the best new restaurant openings on the Sunshine Coast right now. Your next weekend=sorted. 

Grounded Takeout

Alex Head

Sometimes you have to know not to change a good thing and the team at Grounded Takeout certainly have a good thing going. This humble beachfront eatery, located just 40 metres from the Alex Head beachfront, dishes up simple yet damn delicious tacos and burgers that are the cherry on top of a relaxed beach day.  Their crispy tacos include crumbed snapper, adobo grilled chicken and spiced fried cauliflower, but make sure to leave room for their panko crumbed eggplant burger. Drool. Boasting vegan and kid-friendly options, Grounded Takeout keeps it simple and perfectly emulates the laidback, cruisy vibes of Alex Head. We dig it. 

Dee Den

Buderim

Loosely translated as 'the odd one out' or 'standing out', Dee Den does exactly that. This modern Asian restaurant prides itself on community, on creativity and elevating familiar Asian flavours with playful twists. Nestled in a refurbished old Queenslander beside the Buderim Tavern, this gorgeous spot will draw you in and you might just never want to leave. Dive into their signature betel leaf wraps with grapefruit, charred eggplant and lotus root chips and once you’ve warmed your palate, we recommend the twenty-hour slow-cooked beef cheek massaman and the crying tiger short ribs with Thai ‘e sarn’ sauce. Dee Den is one of those special places that hits the sweet spot between refined yet welcoming, sophisticated yet laid back and it’s perfect for your next dinner date, girls night…any occasion really. 

Atelier Wine Bar

Noosa Heads

This intimate wine bar is bringing a touch of refined class to Noosa Heads and a plethora of rare and premium wines, prime for the sipping. Located on Sunshine Beach Road, Atelier Wine Bar is one of the best new openings we’ve seen on the Sunshine Coast this year and it’s certainly living up to all the hype around it. Not just a place for sipping your way around incredible wines, Atelier Wine Bar boasts a stunning cellar dining room which accommodates up to twenty people and is perfect for your next function, when you’re looking to impress. Prepare to leave with a wealth of knowledge after visiting this sleek wine bar, where the sommeliers certainly know their way around a bottle and are keen to pass on their seemingly boundless vino wisdom.

Bocca Italian

Bokarina

When renowned Sunshine Coast hospitality icon, Tony Kelly, announces he is opening his eighth dining venue, you know it’s going to be good. His latest venture, you ask? A stunning beachfront Italian restaurant in Bokarina. Bocca Italian is situated on a prime beachfront location at Bokarina Beach and emulates refined yet casual dining vibes. The 150-seater restaurant boasts panoramic ocean views, a sleek fit-out and even has a 14-seat private dining room for those more intimate occasions. Bocca Italian has a strong focus on fresh produce, serving only the best of the best in their signature pastas and pizzas, the latter of which will come piping hot out of a stone base Moretti pizza oven imported from Italy. Bookings will open for Bocca Italian on Wednesday 15 June, and spots are expected to fill up quickly so be sure to pencil it in your diary.

Prawn Star

Mooloolaba

This restored fishing trawler provides a truly unique experience, where you can enjoy fresh, locally caught seafood cooked onboard a bespoke timber fishing trawler. The laid back vibe perfectly complements the oceanic surrounds and the Sunshine Coast lifestyle. Located in the bustling hub of The Wharf Mooloolaba, this is the second location of the iconic Cairns-based business that has built a solid reputation over its seven years of operation. The Prawn Star Mooloolaba serves only the best of wild-caught Australian seafood, and trust us when we say it's some of the finest ocean treasures we have ever tasted. Dive into sea delights like crayfish, bugs, oysters and tiger prawns or treat yourself with one of their divine sharing platters, which showcase the best of our local seafood. If you’re after seafood on the go, you can order ahead and take away your sumptuous seafood, but we do highly recommend taking a  seat at the bespoke dining experience, or you’ll be seriously missing out.

Walter’s Diner

Maroochydore

The Sunshine Coast sanga scene just got a new player in town. Say hello to Walter’s Diner. Nestled away in an old-school, 1950’s building in the heart of Maroochydore, you’ll find this quirky, retro esque sandwich diner slinging up some of the best sangas we’ve had the pleasure of devouring. Sister venue to the recently-opened The Toast Office and powered by the intrepid Criminal Coffee Company, Walter’s Diner dishes up an extensive array of fresh sandos which will have you coming back again…and again. Keep it simple with the ever-classic Reuben combo—beef brisket, pastrami, sauerkraut, swiss cheese, house mustard and a fried egg—or mix it up and dig into the popular ‘Zohan’ with hummus, pesto, herbed roasted chicken, semi-dried tomatoes, spinach, feta and dill mayo. Walter’s nails their sandwich-stuffed menu, which also includes burgers, hotdogs, fries, sodas, shakes and coffee. It’s simple, it’s unassuming and it’s goddamn delicious.

BASK Eumundi

Eumundi

Bringing a breath of fresh air to Eumundi, BASK Eumundi is one of the Sunshine Coast’s newest restaurants which boasts a strong ethos of celebrating local produce through creative culinary flair. Recently featured by Australian Traveller as one of the ‘Best New Restaurants In Australia’, BASK is already making waves in the Sunshine Coast foodie scene, and for very good reason. Set amongst luxe tropical gardens in the heart of Eumundi, the dreamy cottage-esque space oozes chic country vibes and elegantly combines owners Jess Coolican and Jack Madden’s passion for food and design. BASK’s seasonal menus are designed to be shared with loved ones, seamlessly blending simplicity and depth of flavour.

Solitude Coffee

Coolum Beach

Solitude Coffee has already set tongues wagging in the Sunshine Coast coffee space, and for good reason too. The simple, pared-back coffee bar is reminiscent of Melbourne’s thriving coffee scene—it’s simple, it’s unassuming and it serves up goddamn delicious coffee. The welcoming espresso and filter coffee bar in the industrial estate of Coolum Beach is certainly all about community; it’s welcoming, it’s relaxing and there is always time for a chat. It's dog friendly too, so your furry friend can even snag a puppachino. In terms of what they’re brewing up, Solitude has just launched their new specialty espresso blend, Wake Up Call, which will be served in-store and distributed wholesale throughout Australia. 

If this tickled your foodie fetish, check out all of the latest food and drink news on the Sunshine Coast that you need to know.

Image Credit: Bocca Italian & BASK Eumundi 

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