Unless you've been living under a rock, you will have heard that Sunshine Coast restaurants and cafes have re-opened for dine-in services (for up to 10 people at a time). The question is, who has actually re-opened and who will continue to run as takeaway only?
Lucky for you, we'll be keeping this rolling list of Sunshine 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.
While they’re still offering takeaway and delivery, Tides in Caloundra has also opened up for dine-in meals. Dishing up delicious meals from 11am to 8pm every day, sittings are restricted to 10 people and last 90-minutes, so more people can drop in to enjoy their post-iso celebration lunch. To book, call 07 5438 2304.
Three Restaurant Bar & Grill
Get pumped for nights out in Caloundra again, thanks to the team at Three Restaurant Bar & Grill. With plans to be open seven nights a week for the foreseeable future, there will be two sittings each night—6pm and 7.30pm. A favourite among Sunshine Coast foodies, we recommend calling ahead to book on 07 5499 7427. The takeaway menu will continue with pick-up or delivery options from 5pm to 7.15pm each night.
Dishing up tasty Italian nosh in Mooloolaba, Il Vento is back at it, hosting you and your hungry stomach’s needs. Pizza and pasta definitely deserve a space on your table top, along with some of their golden cannoli, so make sure you don’t fill up too much before you arrive. To book, call 07 5444 7849.
One of our most missed Sunshine Coast restaurants is back, with Rice Boi opening from 11.30am to 9pm. If you’ve been dying to pull up a stool here, you’ll be happy to know 10 diners will be allowed to dine-in at any one time, but you’ll need to patient. For those who want to grab-and-go, takeaway will also be available.
Harry’s On Buderim
We need to be upfront—Harry's On Buderim are fully booked every weekend until mid-June, so if you have a special occasion popping after that time, you’re going to want to book a table straight away. Bookings are essential, so give them a ring on 07 5445 6661. Harry’s At Home takeaway menu is still available Thursday to Saturday each week.
If chomping at the bit to dine on Corbins epic food, you’ll need to get in fast, as their dining-in spots are booking out each week. Offering two sittings on Friday and Saturday nights—5pm and 7pm—for groups of eight to 10 people, you’ll fill up while dining on their mouth-watering degustation menu. Missed out this weekend? Takeaway eats and delivery are still an option, otherwise they’ve opened up bookings for smaller groups (to a total of 10 people) during the week. Flick them an email to nab your table.
Mudjimba locals will be thrilled to hear their favourite spot for an icy beer has re-opened its doors, with two sittings at 5pm and 7pm. To stay up to date with what's on offer at High Tide, hit up their Facebook page.
Peregian Beach’s Pitchfork has been dishing up takeaway eats the whole way through covid-19. But are now welcoming diners back in. With a brand new menu that’s a tad friendlier on the wallet, you’ll be devouring things like housemade pasta, confit duck and super-fresh fish and chips.
Arguably one of the best restaurants on the Sunshine Coast, Embassy XO is welcoming hungry locals through their doors for a six-course tasting menu. With a veggie and meat option available, prepare to have your tastebuds blown.
Seating will obviously be limited due to the current restrictions, but that isn’t stopping Bombetta from bringing back their dine-in option. Now taking bookings, you can give them a call on 07 5343 1778 to reserve your table. Takeaway will still be available, so don’t worry if you don’t feel like coming out of hibernation yet.
If you’ve got a special occasion happening this weekend or next, and need to secure a spot with delicious food and incredible views, this is all you need to know—Bistro C is back in action. They are offering a two-hour dining experience with three different timeslots available. Call the team on 07 5447 2855 and book in for either 11am, 1pm or 3pm.
Pull up a stool at Whisky Boy in Noosa and soak in those river breezes that pair so perfectly with a tipple of whisky from this restaurant’s 75-strong collection. Open for dine-in meals from 11.30am on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, bookings are essential, so give them a ring on 0403 600 406. Or, if takeaway is still floating your boat, the confît duck leg with a corn and black bean salsa, looks banging for only $20.
Noosa Waterfront Restaurant
We may have been spoilt with Noosa Waterfront Restaurant’s epic takeaway and cook-at-home meals while we’ve been in lockdown, but we’re beyond excited they’ve re-opened so we can dine-in by the river again. Serving up their Italian fare for lunch from 12pm and dinner—with two seatings at 5.30pm and 7.30pm—to book, call 07 5474 4444.
Crispy pork belly, duck in a lip-smacking orange sauce, Crème caramel—French food doesn’t come much better than those dishes served at Frenchies Brasserie. Opening over the summer, there’s a good chance you may not have had the chance to dine here yet. But thankfully, that’s just changed with Frenchies re-opening their doors for dine-in. Call 07 5415 1829 to book. Takeaway and pre-order menus are still available.
Flux Restaurant & Lounge on Gympie Terrace has re-opened their doors with a brand new menu, and you're going to want to get around it, fast. From arancini balls and southern-style coconut cauliflower to Moroccan lamb tagine and chicken breast stuffed with sage, confit garlic and goats cheese, we're drooling just planning our eating strategy. To book a table, call 07 5455 6540.
For a smattering of Asian street food, Mr Drifter has 10 very wanted seats up for grabs. Give them a ring on 07 5324 2524 to book and if you miss out, you’ll be happy to know that they’re still going to be dishing up those takeaway eats. Yessss.
One of the newest restaurants on the Sunshine Coast, no-one can blame you if you haven’t had the chance to dine at Pucca yet. But you should, really. Cooking up incredible Indian cuisine, Pucca have just re-opened their doors this week, so keep an eye on their Insta page here for booking details.
Celebrate coming out of iso with a fancy dinner at The Tamarind. Dishing up mouth-watering Asian eats in a stunning rainforest setting, you can bet your bottom dollar that these seats won’t stay empty for long, so call 1300 311 429 to book.
Opening their doors from next Thursday 28 May, Spice Bar will be offering an intimate dining experience from Thursday to Saturday each week. With two sittings at 6pm to 8pm, and 8pm onwards, you’ll work your way through a decadent six-course degustation at arguably one of the best restaurants on the Sunshine Coast. Bookings are obviously very limited, so reserve your spot here.
While it won’t be happening this weekend, Orleans in Maroochydore has locked in Wednesday 3 June as the day they will be reopening their doors. Small groups will be able to feast on a condensed menu, which will be shared on their socials in the lead up. For now though, to ensure you don’t miss out on securing a table at this moody gem, give them a call on 07 5443 5387 or flick them an email here.
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