Dining on the Gold Coast: Melissa’s Top 10

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We all have different tastes, likes and dislikes when it comes to our food. Whether you have a family to feed, or are planning a romantic night out, there is an option for you on the Gold Coast.

We have enlisted the help of a local expert and have the top picks especially for you. So, let us introduce to you Melissa’s Top 10:

The Pavilion, Burleigh Heads.

Fancy a casual, relaxed restaurant right on the water’s edge? Welcome to Burleigh Pavilion. Right on the water, The Pavilion Bar and The Terrace offer you the perfect place to get a post-beach drink and delightful bite from a modern Australian menu.

Etsu Izakaya, Mermaid Beach

We will forgive it, but Etsu Izakaya is an extension of the popular Sydney bar, come eatery. Styled on a Japanese pub, has an unmistakably Japanese oriental feel. Think red lanterns, curved wooden detail and a distinctive Japanese food and refreshment menu.

Rick Shores, Burleigh Heads

Pan-Asian flavours in one of the Gold Coast’s most iconic locations. Focusing on fresh, locally-sourced produce with intention to share. The only down side with this restaurant is just how popular it is! You literally may have to book 3 weeks before you dine. So when you reserve your holiday house, why not follow it up by booking dinner!

Mexicalli, Nobby’s Beach

Arriba! If you are looking for a fresh mexican experience, you can’t go past the friendly team at Mexicalli Nobby’s Beach. Loads of tasty food, the widest variety of options for all tastes, great cocktails, but it’s the sunsets on the deck and the authentic atmosphere of the Gold Coast! What more could you want?

Hyde Paradiso, Surfer’s Paradise

Don’t let the name fool you, this gem is modern Australian cuisine. Styled on the LA, Vegas and Miami (US that is) icon, it is the place to be seen. Style and energy, the menu is big on flavour, while the signature cocktails are a must try.

Wine Barrel, Mudgeeraba

Did someone say wine and tapas? There’s a heavenly combination! Add in the gorgeous scenery of Mudgeeraba and you have perfection, AKA the Wine Barrell, Mudgeeraba. Relaxed suave with amazing small bites, this is the place to kick back and enjoy life!

Moo Moo’s, Broadbeach

Fancy a quality, award winning steak, combined with a cool, chic vibe? Moo Moo’s has it all. Combining steak house, wine bar and grill, Moo Moo’s has something for any hardcore carnivore taste. Located at the centre of everything in gorgeous Broadbeach this really should be near the top of your list of go-to restaurants.


Some might not admit it, but deep down, everyone loves a hearty, warm, made-with-love Italian pasta or pizza and a bold red wine. And on the Gold Coast, you can’t get better than Mario’s. This local classic established in 1989 gives you the authentic and relaxed atmosphere and is great for the family. It’s reached iconic status in Broadbeach.

O-me-ly, Broadbeach

Staying with the Broadbeach theme, but with a variation of cuisine, O-me-ly is an unpretentious local Vietnamese hang out with great food. Think warm, comforting or spicy soups, fresh salads, great stir-fries, and of course a good supply of the Vietnamese rice paper rolls we have all grown to love. This is your weeknight saviour or your relaxed Sunday session.

Mamasan, Broadbeach

Last but definitely not least, Mamasan is a South East Asian wonder, located in central Broadbeach. This kitchen and bar has a cool atmosphere with the perfect blend of traditional and modern cuisine. Authentic flavours, done in a modern way, by a renowned chef, easily accessible in central Broadbeach, you really can’t go wrong. Check this one out in your next weekend travels.

So, get out and explore the Gold Coast’s amazing food scene! Some of the region’s best eateries and hidden gems are off the beaten track, or just small little holes in the wall. Get out and try them! They really punch above their weight.

We actually couldn’t keep it to just 10…

Anekawa, Mudgeeraba

With traditional Japanese aesthetic and atmosphere and most of all a dedicated family business, Anekawa lays focus on on creating dishes using traditional Japanese methods of cookery that are inspired by Australian produce. It’s intimate, it’s off the beaten track, and make sure you make a booking!

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