The warmer weather is made for boozy brunches, long lunches and dinners at dusk that roll into cocktails with friends. Fortunately, the Sunshine Coast has a load of epic new restaurants worth your time and tummy space this season.
Not sure where to start? Clear your social calendar, these are the Sunshine Coast’s best new restaurants you have to check out.
Boasting one of the most jaw-dropping locations, if you’re looking for one of the best new restaurants on the Sunshine Coast then Pavilion Mooloolaba is it. Perched on the edge of Mooloolaba’s sugar-white sand beach, the sprawling restaurant oozes European summer vibes with a white archways, rattan chairs with gold and terracotta accents. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, the menu features a mix of share plates (think: harissa chicken skewers, fish tacos and poke bowls), plus an incredible pizza menu that will take you straight to Italy with one bite. With 72 hour fermented bases, it's hard to pick a favourite, but the Tartufo mushrooms, gorgonzola, black truffle and smoked scamorza) is a must. Wash it all down with a coconut margarita and you’ll be in absolute heaven.
Pavillion @ Mooloolaba
Breathing new love into a shop space that has served the local community since 1925, Eudlo General Store is the perfect place to settle in for a good quality pie and cuppa this summer. Coming to us care of local restaurateur Tony Kelly (Rice Boi, Giddy Geisha and now Piggyback) this sweet spot might have only opened its doors in December 2021 but it’s already become a firm favourite with locals and visitors alike. On the menu you’ll find loaded sandwiches (Reubens, pork rillette with pickled vege and bacon and eggs baps), plus their famous Eudlo Pie filled with delicious sticky beef cheeks slow cooked in red wine. If you arrive early, their brekky offering is equally delicious with grilled pumpkin and harissa spiced eggs or try the scorched cherry tomatoes, chilli, kale and smashed eggs on toast - you won’t regret it.
For one of the best pastas you’ll ever devour, make tracks to Lucio’s Marina, a 60-seat seafood trattoria and aperitivo bar overlooking the stunning Noosa River. The eatery itself might be new but the ethos and talent behind it is decades old—it’s run by Matteo and Michela Galletto, children of restaurateurs Lucio and Sally Galletto whose Sydney establishment was a foodie institution. And we’re so excited they’ve brought their talent and flavours to the Sunshine Coast. On the menu you’ll find flavour bombs like their family favourite tagliolini alla granseola 1983 (fine green pasta with Fraser Island spanner crab in a tomato passata), octopus carpaccio with olive emulsion and potato and Moreton Bay Bug with foie gras and saffron.
The lovechild of two of Sunshine Coast’s best restaurants, Rice Boi and Giddy Geisha, put this new eatery to the top of your must visit list immediately. Located in Palmwoods, Piggyback, much like its siblings, is serving an incredible Asian fusion menu with a big focus on street food, AKA expect big flavours. The menu features moreish eats like Korean fried chicken, BBQ chilli sambal prawns with roti, pork belly banh mi and tamarind glazed beef ribs. There’s also an entire gluten free and vegan menu, so no one goes hungry here. Just make sure you save some room for their amazing cocktails. The Bangla Road (made with Casamigo mezcal, sherry, falernum syrup, ginger, ruby grapefruit, lime and a dirty salt rim) is like summer in a glass.
Tucked away in Noosa Heads with tranquil, grassy surrounds, you’ll find Alba, the newest eatery from celebrity chef Peter Kuruvita. Combining a cafe, providore, pizzeria and all-day dining, don’t be surprised if you find yourself eating your way around this incredible new venue from morning to night. The menu, which is packed with local produce, is inspired by Kuruvita’s Sri Lankan heritage, paying homage to the flavours and spices of his childhood. A visit here will see you feast on mouth-watering dishes like crispy chicken wings with Asian slaw and sunshine truffanero, Masala potato dumplings and Moreton Bay Bugs flash fried with pepper and curry leaf. Make sure you finish it all off with their signature dessert—Sri Lankan Curd with Palm treacle, raspberries and meringue.
Alba By Kuruvita
Escape to the island of Capri—no passport required—at BASK Eumundi, one of the Sunshine Coast’s best new restaurants. Housed in an old bakery building that has been lovingly transformed into a slice of Italy, the result is a cottage-like space, surrounded by lush greenery in the heart of Eumundi’s village centre. BASK is all about celebrating long lunches—in fact that’s what they specialise in, offering a seasonal set menu every Saturday from 12:30pm. Previous dishes, which all hero local produce, include chargrilled octopus with Limoncello, new season peaches with burrata and Serrano ham and Black Angus rump cap with black garlic butter and pickled radicchio. These special lunches book out fast so plan ahead to avoid disappointment.
With a prime beachfront location in Bokarina, the newest Italian on the block is inviting in more ways than one. Bocca Italian serves up signature pizzas and pastas with a side of panoramic views.
You can expect a drool-worthy range of classic Italian dishes, that showcase local ingredients. The pizzas are delivered piping hot from a stone-based Moretti pizza oven imported from Italy. If that wasn’t already enough, Bocca Italian has a separate bottle shop next door, which offers a range of sip-worthy wines, spirits and craft beers that you can enjoy in the restaurant or sip at home with a pizza to go.