The best of the best gourmet places to eat on the Sunshine Coast

byHillary Smith -21 Jun 2018

The Sunshine Coast is the perfect place to unwind and indulge in some award-winning, gourmet fare.

We all need to indulge now and then, be it for a special occasion, to enjoy some quiet time with a loved one, or to just relax on your holiday and enjoy delicious food and breathtaking views. To make it easy to sample the best of the best on the Sunshine Coast, we have compiled a list featuring some of our favourite gourmet restaurants.

Ebb Waterfront Dining & Cellar

Ebb Waterfront Restaurant offers a unique dining experience featuring delicious modern Australian cuisine created from the freshest of local produce. The restaurant's sophisticated dining room has stunning views along the Maroochy River, out to the Pacific Ocean, providing a relaxing spot to enjoy a mouth-watering a-la-carte or degustation meal.

Pier 33 Mooloolaba

Located at the old Yacht Club on the edge of the Mooloolaba Marina overlooking the Mooloolah River, Pier 33 is the perfect spot to take in the sea breezes, views, and a drink or two. A relaxed casual dining restaurant, the dishes are designed to share and boast the freshest and best produce the region has on offer.

Pier 33 Mooloolaba
Pier 33 Mooloolaba

Rickys River Bar & Restaurant

Rickys elegant restaurant and river bar offers stunning water views of the Noosa River, a stylish atmosphere, menus created with seasonal local produce, and an extensive cocktail and wine list. This is the perfect spot for a long lunch or to watch the sun set with a cocktail and sumptuous meal.

Rickys Restaurant and Bar, Noosaville
Rickys Restaurant and Bar, Noosaville

Spice Bar

The Spice Bar Restaurant is an established and acclaimed restuarant located in the heart of Mooloolaba. With its chic décor and ocean views it is a must to experience. The passionate and highly experienced team focus on serving high end modern Asian fusion dishes. Enjoy an exceptional dining experience within the restaurant or relax on the outdoor balcony and watch the world pass by.

Spicers Tamarind

Spicers Tamarind is a world away from life's hustle and bustle, offering relaxed and indulgent dining in a rainforest setting. This award-winning restaurant specialises in modern Asian cuisine with a menu boasting the perfect combination of spicy, sour and sweet flavours - all sourced from local providers. Enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner at the Tamarind Restaurant or learn some new culinary skills from expert chefs at their state of the art cooking school.

Spirit House Restaurant & Cooking School

The Spirit House Restaurant and Cooking School is loved by visitors and locals alike. It is one of its kind on the coast, famed not only for a superb cooking school but for a tantalising contemporary Thai menu and the tranquil restaurant garden setting. The Spirit House has won an accolade of national awards and is always mixing up the menu to create new, mouth-watering dishes. More recently they have added a bar that boasts an eclectic range of wines from around the world, enticing you to sit back, relax and enjoy the lush tropical gardens. Perfect for a special occasion or to enjoy a memorable dining experience. Make a reservation for the cooking school classes well in advance, as they book out fast.

Spirit House Restaurant and Cooking School, Yandina
Spirit House Restaurant and Cooking School, Yandina

Tides Waterfront Dining

Tides Waterfront Dining is Caloundra’s only Australian Good Food Guide Chef’s Hat awarded restaurant. Located upstairs overlooking azure blue water views at Bulcock Beach, it is the perfect spot to relax and sample the best local seafood and produce. It is a popular restaurant for locals and visitors as it consistently delivers an exceptional dining experience. Enjoy a decadent long lunch or relaxing dinner watching the sun set behind the Glass House Mountains.

The Long Apron

In another outstanding Spicers property, The Long Apron is located at the Spicers Clovelly Estate in Montville, tucked away in the Sunshine Coast hinterland. This multi award winning restaurant is a must do for the lovers of exquisite European-inspired cuisine. This luxury venue with its friendly and personal service, create a relaxed atmosphere with a genuine French country touch. Open for breakfast, lunch or dinner. You can also improve your kitchen skills at The Long Apron cooking school.

Char Mooloolaba

If you're after quality steak and seafood then Char Mooloolaba is the perfect choice. Enjoy a sumptuous meal in one of the finest restaurants in Mooloolaba. Their passionate chefs use the best cuts of aged grass-fed Tasmanian beef as well as some of the highest grade Wagyu and Kobe beef available in Australia today and they are always on the search for the freshest, locally-grown produce. All their menu items are made fresh on site and are cooked to order, guaranteeing you a true fine-dining experience.

Harry’s on Buderim

Harry's on Buderim is an iconic restaurant hidden in the Sunshine Coast's Buderim Forest Park rainforest and offers modern Australian cuisine in the inspiring surrounds of a 120 year old homestead. Their two hatted chef, Stuart Bell, creates his menu using local produce and ingredients. Their food and service are second to none and they pride themselves in offering a true dining experience.

Wasabi Restaurant & Bar

Last but not least, is the exceptional multi award winning Wasabi Restaurant & Bar situated along the Noosa River. This sophisticated restaurant specialises in refined Japanese cuisine. The menu features seasonal produce sourced from the restaurant's farm ‘Honeysuckle Hill’, freshly caught local seafood, and other regional ingredients. Offering an a-la-carte or a multi-course ‘Omakase’ menu - you'll need to allow yourself time to relax and appreciate the exquisite dishes. For hands-on fun with some of the best chefs in the region, join a class at the restaurant's cooking school.

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