Valentine’s Day comes around but once a year.
And although some of you might see it as another fabricated special event to part the notes from your wallet, for others, it’s a no-brainer opportunity to toe your way back into the good books for a month or two, or the perfect segue to take the plunge and ask your crush out for a little one-on-one time.
And with that, we’ve rounded up a bunch of spots to take your date on the Sunshine Coast this Valentine’s Day. Bring on the lurrrve!
So it’s not happening on Valentine’s Day, but a sunset cruise on Catalina is the perfect way to score points early in the lead up. This Friday night on February 10, Catalina will set sail from Noosa with all the dudes receiving a sneaky free beer and the ladies locking down a complimentary glass of bubbly. If there’s a better way to kick off the weekend, we have no idea what it is.
The Galentines Brunch
We hate to state the obvious, but Valentine’s Day isn’t just for lovers. Which is why the peeps at Mr Darcy in Noosa are hosting The Galentines Brunch on February 12. Held on Sunday from 8am till 11am, this is as good a reason as any to gather your fave ladies together and celebrate each other. For $20, you’ll be treated to coffees, iced tea, and a delish brekkie spread. We’re totally digging this idea.
If French is the language of love then Italian is definitely the food of love, which is why it’s pretty much the cuisine of choice on Valentine’s Day. After a stroll along the beach at sunset, find a posi at the super elegant Locale and give eachother love eyes over a three-course meal and a glass of champagne ($95 per person).
If you’re one of the lucky ones who can have breaks whenevs or, aren’t even working this Valentine’s Day, we’d suggest you surprise your closest girlfriend with Devonshire Tea at Aimee Provence in Buderim. You’ll munch on real-deal English scones (read: we’ve tried and they’re flippin’ amazing) and sip on tea in dainty bone china. The only catch is you need to book a spot at this intimate tea house by the end of the week, as the scones are made in-house daily.
Normally closed on Tuesdays, Wasabi is throwing open its doors this Valentine’s Day just so you guys can celebrate in a true foodie heaven. On offer is their seven and nine-course degustation, with or without matching drinks (of course you’re gonna go with, right?). So, if you’re thinking of taking it one step further with a proposal of some kind (cough, cough), dining at this Noosa restaurant first will totally set the scene.
If the way to show someone you love ‘em is through their stomach, then you’d best be booking a table at Bordertown’s Valentine’s dinner stat! For 80 bucks a couple, you’ll feast on six of their famed tacos, and down either a super spesh cocktail each or a bottle of Spanish wine. We’d never try to sway you (yes, we would) but behind the bar at Bordertown are cocktail maestros. We just wanted you to know that. (So you’d choose the cocktail.)
One of the best restaurants in Mooloolaba, if you can’t take a guy/girl away from the beach you go to Gainsbourg. Sitting pretty on Mooloolaba Esplanade, there’s ocean views, salty breezes, and more importantly, some damn fine food coming out of the kitchen and straight to your table. This Valentine’s Day, Gainsbourg are putting on a three-course set menu for only $55 each—meaning you can look like a hero without breaking the bank. Booyah!
Make sure you love the one you’re with—or just really, really like them—because at Embassy XO’s Valentine’s Day dinner you’ll be splitting your meal with them. For $75 per person, the four-course share menu could include the likes of oysters, tuna tartare, Mooloolaba king prawn gyoza, pork bun (which we all know they do really well!) or sang dong soy chicken. And don’t even get us started on the luxe chocolate brownie they’re serving for dessert. Oh my!
If floating on the water and shovelling seafood into your gob sounds like your ideal Valentine’s Day, then snagging a seat at Noosa Boathouse’s loved-up dinner is for you. Tackle their infamous seafood tower for two along with a shared chocolate dessert plate for a very reasonable $139 per couple. Not your eating style? There’s also a four-course menu on offer for 59 buckaroos.
After the crème de la crème of dining experiences for your special day? Stop the search! Sure, you might not normally be able to afford to dine beachfront in Noosa at one of the best restaurants on the Sunshine Coast. But this is a special occasion, remember? And when the team at Sails are pulling together a decadent three-course set menu and a glass of bubbles for $110 per person, it’s totally worth the splurge.
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Image Credit: Hayley Williamson