Whitsundays and Hamilton Island restaurants

Where to eat in the Whitsundays and Hamilton Island.

Romantic fine dining experiences, freshly caught seafood and casual family-friendly beachside options are all synonymous with the Whitsundays and Hamilton Island.

Local seafood and fresh produce often feature on menus and are so succulent and fresh they often don’t need more than a sprinkle of salt and pepper to reach maximum flavour.

While seafood is a must to try while in the Whitsundays, you won’t fall short of options if you’re craving another cuisine, such as Mexican, Asian, Italian and modern Australian. Head to Airlie Beach, Hamilton Island or Daydream Island for award-winning experiences coupled with award-winning views. For guaranteed food with a lively beachside atmosphere, book a table on Airlie Beach’s Esplanade and prepare to stay out all night long.

For a more casual affair, try Proserpine on the mainland, which has a thriving pub food scene.

Bringing the brood? You’ll be happy to know that kids of guests staying at the Reef View, Palm Bungalows or Hamilton Island Holiday Homes can eat for free at select restaurants including beachside Manta Ray, Asian fusion Coca Chu, and Sails, Steak, and Seafood Grill.

For everyone else, here’s a list of our favourite restaurants in the Whitsundays and Hamilton Island.

Top Whitsundays and Hamilton Island restaurants



Award winning Bommie offers a five-star dining experience featuring a contemporary Australian menu and stylish interior.

For couples or honeymooners, it’s the place to book as it’s not family friendly and only caters for guests 12 years old or over.

Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, Front St, Hamilton Island


Beach Club Restaurant

Beach Club Restaurant offers champagne high tea at 2:30pm along with tasting and a la carte menus daily.

Similar to Bommie, this is not a family friendly venue as it caters for guests 18 years old and over only.

Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, Resort Dr, Hamilton Island


Pebble Beach

qualia is the most exquisite and exclusive resort on Hamilton Island and its on-site restaurant, Pebble Beach, reads much the same.

It’s available only to guests of qualia and is exclusively a lunchtime respite. You’ll find it located on the northern tip of Hamilton Island.

Qualia, Whitsunday Blvd, Whitsundays


Coca Chu

Offering hawker style meals in a relaxed and open setting, Coca Chu is a touch of Southeast Asia on Hamilton Island.

The restaurant is a picture of relaxation. It is furnished with high ceilings and exposed wooden panelling and comes with a view over Catseye Beach that will make you wonder if you’re dreaming.

Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, Hamilton Island Resort Centre, Resort Dr, Hamilton Island


Manta Ray

Casual dining fit for chilled nights out, family meals or late-night pizza cravings is the name of the game at Manta Ray.

Located on Hamilton Island, Manta Ray boasts beachfront views, crackin’ good pizzas and attentive, friendly service. Mediterranean cuisine is also available for those seeking a different kind of fare but let’s face it, if you’ve come to Manta Ray, you’ve really come for the pizza. Bellissimo.

Front St, 4803



Daydream Island’s dining options are few and far between, but of the options available Mermaids has exquisite meals and the views to match.

TripAdvisor users rate it as the number one restaurant on the island praising it on everything from food to service. Mermaids is open for lunch, dinner and cocktails daily and features fresh seafood dishes as well as tried and true favourites.

Think Coffin Bay oysters and a chicken and quinoa salad for starters with pan-seared coral trout and five-spice duck for dinner.

Daydream Island Resort and Spa, Daydream Island


Walter’s Lounge

Walter’s Lounge, the 2017 chef hat winner, captures the essence of the plush cocktail bar to a T with its rich wooden furnishings, colourful alcoholic concoctions and intimate table settings, which cater to groups of up to eight only.

You’ll find this one overlooking the port of Airlie Marina and if cocktails aren’t your thing, then why not try a tipple off the boutique wine list. They’re all especially handpicked to be only the best of the best because you deserve it.

Mantra Boathouse Apartments f8, 33 Port Drive, Airlie Beach


Cafe One 3

Specialising in vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free dishes that don’t compromise on flavour or taste, you won’t have to head to the salad bar for top-notch nosh in Airlie Beach.

A TripAdvisor favourite, Cafe One 3 is a family friendly venue moments from the beachfront. Its fare features healthy breakfast and lunch options along the lines of poached eggs with local bacon, acai bowls and kofta balls.

Mantra Boathouse Apartments f8, 33 Port Drive, Airlie Beach


Fat Frog Beach Cafe

This reader’s choice favourite in the Australian Good Food Guide awards is the perfect mix of relaxed family friendly atmosphere, beachside views and quality breakfast.

For those arriving by cruise ship, it’s the ideal morning pick me up being a short walk along the boardwalk from the port and serving up a mean cup of coffee.

Cannonvale Court 44 Coral Esp, Cannonvale Beach

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