Must-try restaurants on the Sunshine Coast

Not sure where to start? Ahead, we've compiled a delicious guide to some of the trendiest eateries on the Sunshine Coast. Clear your social calendar... and get ready to dine.

Pavilion Mooloolaba

Pavilion Mooloolaba
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Pavilion Mooloolaba

Perched on the edge of Mooloolaba’s sugar-white sand beach, Pavilion Mooloolaba oozes European summer vibes with its white archways, and rattan chairs adorned with gold and terracotta accents. Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the menu here features a mix of share plates (think: cauliflower bites, fish tacos, and seven spiced calamari), plus an incredible pizza menu that'll take you straight to Italy with one bite. With 48-hour fermented bases, it's hard to pick a favourite, but we reckon 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 bliss. 

Eudlo General Store

Eudlo General Store. Credit: Eudlo General Store
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Eudlo General Store. Credit: Eudlo General Store

Breathing new love into a shop space that has served the local community since 1925, Eudlo General Store is the ideal place to settle in for a good quality pie and cuppa. Coming to us thanks to local restaurateur Tony Kelly (of Rice Boi, Giddy Geisha and now Piggyback renown) this sweet spot has become a firm favourite amongst locals and visitors alike. On the menu, you’ll find loaded sandwiches, 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 offerings like a loaded croissant with vanilla, strawberries and cream, or crispy potato rosti with salmon.

Lucio’s Marina

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. On the menu, you’ll find flavour bombs like their family favourite tagliolini alla granseola 1983 (fine green pasta with K'gari spanner crab in a tomato passata), octopus carpaccio with olive emulsion and potato and Moreton Bay Bug with foie gras and saffron.  

Piggyback 

Piggyback
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Piggyback

Located in Palmwoods, Piggyback, much like its siblings Riceboi and Giddy Geisha, is serving an incredible Asian fusion menu with a big focus on street food. The menu features moreish eats like Korean fried chicken, BBQ chilli sambal prawns with roti, pork belly banh mi, and tamarind glazed beef ribs. Make sure you also save some room for their amazing cocktails, like the Bangla Road (made with Casamigo mezcal, sherry, falernum syrup, ginger, ruby grapefruit, lime and a dirty salt rim). It tastes like summer in a glass!

Bask

Bask, Peregian Beach
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Bask, Peregian Beach

Escape to the island of Capri—no passport required—at BASK Restaurant & Bar. Located in the heart of Peregian, BASK celebrates seasonal produce and a leisurely dining experience. Tuck into octopus with limoncello and pepper, or savour their garden squash galette, complete with whipped feta thyme, preserved lemon, and pistachio. Yum!

Bocca Italian

Bocca Italian, Bokarina
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Bocca Italian, Bokarina

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. What are you waiting for?

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