Beautiful Mooloolaba. The destination of choice for laidback locals and tourists who want a bit of action to complement their beach-filled days.
Home to ample cafes, takeaway shops, and bars, today we’re here to sing praise for the restaurants. We’ve tasted our way through this seaside town to bring you the best restaurants in Mooloolaba that are totally worth opening your wallet for.
The stunning location of this acclaimed restaurant is only matched by the quality of the modern Asian cuisine served within. When dining here you can try a wide range of flavours by ordering the popular 10-course degustation, or select from dishes such as drunken chicken, sticky black vinegar beef, Hervey Bay scallops, and steamed buns. When it comes to drinks, Spice Bar doesn’t disappoint with an extensive cocktail menu, wine list, and sake menu. This has got to be one of the best restaurants in Mooloolaba. If not, THE best.
Where: 123 Mooloolaba Esplanade, Mooloolaba
Okay, okay! Yes, we harp on about these guys a lot but that’s because what they do is seriously newsworthy (and drool-worthy, and picture-worthy—should we stop?) One of the best restaurants in Mooloolaba to open in the past 12 months, Gainsbourg are pros at creating innovative dishes that won’t taste like anywhere else you’ve eaten on the Coast. We’re also huge fans of their Meet The Maker series, which BTW you should totally check out. You’re welcome!
Where: Shop 109, 59-75 Mooloolaba Esplanade, Mooloolaba
Bringin’ the flavours of the Deep South to the Sunshine Coast, we’re kinda obsessed with Dirty Moes. Created and driven by local couple Hazel and Ben, Dirty Moes is THE place to go on the Coast if you’re craving melt-in-your-mouth brisket, mac ‘n’ cheese, and corn bread. Oh, and killer cocktails too. This industrial-vibing space is dripping with ambience and is one of the best restaurants in Mooloolaba to have on speed dial for a last-minute date night.
Where: Shop 8/11 Landmark Resort, Mooloolaba Esplanade, Mooloolaba
If you’re keen to enjoy a modern Australian menu highlighting the nation’s freshest produce (from Coffin Bay oysters to 120-day aged Tomahawk steak), head to CHAR Mooloolaba. Many levels above an ordinary pub bistro, CHAR provides diners with a contemporary menu, large wine list, and an elegant, well-designed space to enjoy. There’s also a lounge area perfect for some pre or post-dinner cocktails.
Where: 19 First Avenue, Mooloolaba
Come one, come all—Good Bar is where you gather all your mates for some boozing and noshing good times. It’s a bar slash restaurant and more recently, a breakfast spot too, but if we’re going to get specific, it’s their burgers and haute dogs (get it?) that get errybody talking. And if you’re on the hunt for dinner with a side activity, check out their trivia nights. Warning: it may get messy.
Where: 5/19-23 First Avenue, Mooloolaba
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