The best eats to tuck into in Noosa and on the Sunshine Coast.When you visit the Sunshine Coast, you can't pass up the chance to taste some of the freshest seafood in Queensland.
Along Mooloolaba's esplanade you'll find relaxing waterfront dining options that range from casual eateries to exceptional fine dining experiences. Cotton Tree in Maroochydore is the place to go for a delicious choice of international cuisine and modern fusion delights.
If you're staying in Noosa, the dining options are some of the best on the coast. Think modern Australian hatted award winners, bars housing some of the largest wine collections in the state, and quality coffee hotspots that complement the area's famous cafe culture.
While there's no shortage of sumptuous seafood offerings wherever you go along the coast, Caloundra is one of the best places to dine on juicy prawns, succulent oysters and fresh fish. It's also home to Australia Food Guides Chef Hat award winner, Tides Waterfront Dining. Caloundra is also renowned for its collection of tasty and well-priced coffee and breakfast joints.
Top Sunshine Coast restaurants for food and drink
Spice Bar Restaurant
Serving up Asian fusion on the Mooloolaba esplanade, Spice Bar offers a range of small share plates or a mouth-watering degustation. The restaurant is right across the street from the beach and enjoys ocean views.
It's one of the highest-rated restaurants on TripAdvisor, and the Good Food Guide advises that "a visit to Spice Bar should be high on your agenda".
123 Mooloolaba Esplanade, Mooloolaba
Boardwalk Bistro has a relaxed atmosphere with a million-dollar view. Sunshine Coast native and head chef Gene Quinlan is at the helm in the kitchen, which opens for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
The menu is seasonal and features locally sourced produce.
49 Hastings St, Noosa Heads
Noosa Waterfront Restaurant
Specialising in Italian cuisine, this much-loved venue enjoys a waterfront setting and is a favourite for celebrations and special occasions. An extensive wine list complements its dishes, which comprise locally sourced produce.
Among its many accolades are awards of excellence from TripAdvisor and Noosa Australia.
142 Gympie Terrace, Noosaville
Noosa Beach House
Top-notch nosh in a relaxed, beach setting is what Noosa Beach House is all about. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, this little gem is situated on vibrant Hastings Street, just moments from the beachfront.
The cuisine highlights the best seafood from the area, and dabbles in Sri Lankan flavours and dishes.
16 Hastings Street, Noosa Heads
Tides Waterfront Dining
The view may be spectacular at Tides, but it's nothing compared with the awards this restaurant has under its belt.
A hot favourite with the Australia Good Food Guide crowd, Tides was the 2017 Readers Choice winner, supporting its claim as one of the most popular dining venues in Caloundra. It is also the only hatted restaurant in the area.
26 Esplanade Bulcock Beach, Caloundra
Pomodoras on Obi
Situated in the heart of Maleny, Pomodoras is dressed in romantic lights and surrounded by natural wildlife. The setting is enchanting, and it has a cuisine to match.
The restaurant has adopted the "slow food" ideology, and its cuisine is clean, fair and eco-friendly, and makes good use of local produce. Dubbed the "best contemporary Australian restaurant on the Sunshine Coast" at the Savour Australia Restaurant & Catering HOSTPLUS awards for excellence, this is an adventurous experience diners shouldn't pass up.
18 Lawyer St, Maleny