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Gold Coast restaurants and buffets | Where to eat and drink

The hottest tables on the Gold Coast - in our humble opinions.

Expect a variety of dining options to be available to you at the Gold Coast. From nook laneway cafes and food trucks to surf RSL clubs and waterfront restaurants, there’s something for every budget and lifestyle.

Cuisine is likewise, no different, ranging from Australian to international offerings.

Due to its oceanside location, seafood is a fare that must be tried here while a dine at a surf club is an experience that must be had at least once. Other popular cuisines on the Gold Coast include Italian, steak and buffets.

Here is our list of recommendations to get you started.


Top Gold Coast restaurants

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Nero Dining

This new kid on the block is all about modern Australian cuisine with a share-plate ideology. Dishes laden with fresh ingredients and paired with fine wines set the scene - as does the location which is only a stone's throw from Jupiters Casino and central Broadbeach.

3/1 Sunshine Blvd, Gold Coast QLD 4218


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Le Cafe Gourmand

A favourite among the TripAdvisor crowd, Le Cafe Gourmand sits on Mermaid Beach and offers Australian-French cuisine for breakfast or lunch.

2545 Gold Coast Highway, Mermaid Beach, Gold Coast, Queensland 4218


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Misono Japanese Steakhouse

Steak is the name of the game at Misono. It might be chain, but it’s well worth tucking into for its Japanese food theatrics and high-quality cuisine.

This one's housed inside the Marriott on the Gold Coast, making it ideal for visitors staying in the hotel.

Surfers Paradise, 3/158 Ferny Ave, Gold Coast QLD 4217


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BMD Northcliffe Surf Club

A nice, reasonably priced venue that overlooks the beachfront. Open for lunch and dinner, fare typically involves pizzas and burgers.

Cnr Garfield Terrace & Thornton Street, Surfers Paradise, 4217


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Allure on Currumbin

This award winning French restaurant is worthy of its accolades.

As much thought and care has gone into its dishes as into its service, only volumes may be spoken of this establishment.

136 Duringan St, Gold Coast QLD 4223


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The Fish House

Living up to its namesake, The Fish House prides itself in its fresh seafood dishes and even fresher ocean views.

50 Goodwin Terrace, Burleigh Heads QLD 4220


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Hank Dining and Bar

For a modern dining affair, Hank can take care of you. Modern Australian fare is coupled with quirky cocktails in this food den inside Broadbeach Mall.

Victoria Square, 12/15 Victoria Ave, Broadbeach QLD 4218


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room81

Youthful and suave, room81 breathes of European delicacies. It offers degustations of two, five, seven or nine courses and will surprise with each and every one. In the very best way.

As it's located inside of Sofitel Gold Coast Broadbeach, we suggest if you're planning to go all nine-course to book a room upstairs. So you can roll on up after your indulgence, naturally.

81 Surf Parade, Broadbeach QLD 4218


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Glass Dining & Lounge Bar

For spectacular views without the fine dining price tag, head to Glass, order up a glass of vino (or a cocktail) and watch the sun set.

74 Seaworld Drive, Main Beach Qld 4217


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Justin Lane

Just want a good place to chow down? Justin Lane specialises in gourmet pizzas that won’t cost the earth but taste a million bucks.

It’s also minutes away from the beachfront.

1708-1710 Gold Coast Hwy, Burleigh Heads QLD 4220


Top Gold Coast buffets

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Food Fantasy

Located inside Jupiters Hotel and Casino, Food Fantasy offers high quality seafood and decadent desserts.

Broadbeach Island, Gold Coast


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Frenzy Food Court

A local favourite, this family friendly buffet serves buffet breakfasts on weekends and dinners daily at bang-on value.

Kids eat free on Mondays with a full-paying adult (booking required).

Cnr Musgrave & Olsen Aves, Southport, Qld 4215


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Waves Buffet Restaurant

A seasonal buffet keeps Waves fresh each and every visit.

Waves specialises in Asian, Indian and Mediterranean cuisine.

3032 Surfers Paradise Blvd, Surfers Paradise QLD 4217


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Fables

A hotel bistro with fresh seafood as its main buffet event.

25 Laycock Street, Ground Floor, Surfers Paradise QLD 4217


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Bazaar, QT Hotel

A favourite amongst locals and tourists alike, Bazaar’s buffet offers global cuisine amongst a modern and classy backdrop.

7 Staghorn Ave, Surfers Paradise QLD 4217


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Terraces Restaurant

One of the Gold Coast’s most famous seafood buffets, Terraces is a five-star affair with a view to suit.

71 Seaworld Dr, Main Beach QLD 4217


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Citrique

Live cooking stations and a seafood buffet are the highlights at Citrique.

Located inside the Marriott, expect atmosphere and pomp here.

158 Ferny Ave, Surfers Paradise QLD 4217


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Il Barocco

A favourite amongst locals and tourists alike, Bazaar’s buffet offers global cuisine amongst a modern and classy backdrop.

94 Seaworld Dr, Main Beach QLD 4217


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The Shoreline

If you’re heading to Sea World, you might consider a dine at The Shoreline.

Breakfast and dinner buffets are available, with cuisines varying daily for the dinner buffet. Seafood buffets available on Friday to Sunday nights.

Seaworld QLD


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Four Winds

Add a touch of novelty to your dining experience at Four Winds.

This revolving restaurant offers 360° ocean views and a buffet featuring seafood and Asian delights.

2807 Gold Coast Hwy, Surfers Paradise QLD 4217


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