If you haven’t figured out that Maroochydore, or more specifically Ocean Street, is the Sunshine Coast’s newest and shiniest attraction for all things scrumptious, you’re doing the whole foodie thing totally wrong.
This reborn strip is the place to gorge on tapas, host business latte meet-ups or induce the worst hangover ever from the best wine (ever!).
Check out our round up of the best restaurants in Maroochydore, so you can plan your next food and wine binge accordingly.
If you’re looking for an informal dining experience with the kind of street food ambiance that hasn’t quite made it to the Coast yet (think: Brisbane’s Eat Street with a sea breeze), Junk is the place to head! Featuring a $10 menu that doesn’t require you to be bilingual, this is Asian fusion at its best. A simple but tasty union of Japanese, Cantonese, Thai, and Korean flavours, Junk’s funky, laid-back atmosphere and zingy approach to traditional Asian cuisine make for a casual night out that goes easy on the wallet. There’s nothing we love more, and that’s why we’re rating this baby as one of the best restaurants in Maroochydore.
Where: Shop 3/12-20 Ocean Street, Maroochydore
Contact: 07 5479 4774
Tucked just behind the hustle and bustle of Ocean Street is aptly named Ocean Ended–the district’s newest coastal dining option. If you’re yearning for the action of the area minus the noise of the street (and the stumbling party goers), Ocean Ended combines classy, coastal vibes with a menu craftily focused on locally sourced produce. If fresh, caught-nearby seafood is your go-to, you’ll be hard-strapped to pick just one dish from the menu. But if we had to choose, the chilli lime crab linguini with a glass of house white is the biz.
Where: 1/14 Duporth Avenue, Maroochydore
Contact: 07 5443 4310
Another Asian-inspired delight, Corbins is located on Ocean Street’s trendy sister, Duporth Avenue. This brother-sister owned restaurant and bar is the complete experience for the veteran foodie. Stylishly designed, Corbins offers a menu that will satisfy those looking to taste re-worked traditional Asian chow in a relaxed setting. Snag a table with a group of friends and pick from the small plate menu, or opt for the chef’s degustation. Corbins also does a tasty, home-style breakfast and is open from 7.30am. Keep that in memory bank for those nasty hangovers!
Where: 34 Duporth Avenue, Maroochydore
Contact: 07 5326 1022
Machu Picchu Bar & Restaurant
Ever tried South American? No? Then make it a mission to try Machu Picchu on Ocean Street. Designed by the proprietors of Sol Bar and Piano Bar (other hot spots in the street), Machu Picchu was bound to be a culinary success from the moment it opened its doors. The culture-inspired menu is a great starting point for those who aren’t sure if South American cuisine is up their alley. Like South America itself, the restaurant is a complete treat for the senses! If lunch dining is more your style, sample the $24 day menu which features slow-roasted lamb cutlets and stuffed pepper with banana salad. Creative and impressively tasty!
Where: 9/12-20 Ocean Street, Maroochydore
Contact: 0481 217 693
Sometimes you just feel like a good old-fashioned American-style burger that oozes with sauce and cheese, and other variables that you know aren’t good for your cardiac health (but can’t help love). If burgers are on your crave radar, it’s time to hit Hello Harry, offering some of the best burgers on the Sunshine Coast. Think: grass fed wagyu beef, pulled pork, local barramundi, Texan brisket and a range of yummy slaw to keep things light and fresh. Even better, it’s all at the payday friendly price of $10! And c’mon, everyone knows you can’t have a burger without a good milkshake, right? So add a salted caramel shake to your order for the complete cheat meal. We won’t tell anyone, if you don’t!
Where: 12-20 Ocean Street, Maroochydore
Contact: 07 5443 6615
Did we leave your favourite go-to spot off our list of the best restaurants in Maroochydore. Let us know!
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