If you’re big on food and wine, you will have no shortage of fabulous establishments to try out on your next Sunshine Coast holiday.
Did you know the Sunshine Coast is home to a number of award-winning restaurants across spectacular locations, including Noosa Boathouse and Wasabi in Noosa, the Spirit House in Yandina, the Spice Bar in Mooloolaba as well as The Long Apron and the Tamarind in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland.
Here's a taste of some of the Sunshine Coast's fabulous options. Do your mouth a favour and indulge yourself!
A waterfront restaurant and bar in the heart of Noosa with three unique levels that capture breathtaking views of the Noosa River and offers romantic waterfront dining for lunch and dinner. Chef Shane Bailey has designed a modern Australian menu that lets seasonal produce shine, and offers a strong emphasis on locally harvested produce, fresh seafood and quality beef, combined with an ambition to deliver excellent experiences and service in a sustainable way. For seafood lovers, The Boathouse's famous three-tiered seafood tower is arguably the best in Noosa!
The Boathouse - Noosa
The Boat Shed in Cotton Tree is quite literally what you’d expect: a shed by the water. But this is no ordinary boat shed. In fact, it is one the Sunshine Coast’s most revered and popular restaurants. Head Chef “Steve” is a man of many talents, also operating Surf and Sand Safaris with full day and half day tours to Rainbow Beach. Steve and his team whip up a tantalising selection of fare in rustic, yet elegant, surrounds – smack bang on the calm waters of Cotton Tree. Sunset dining views as good as this is VERY hard to top!
Cotton Tree Parade
Cotton Tree QLD 4558
T: +61 7 5443 3808
The Boatshed Cotton Tree
Embassy XO is a modern Asian restaurant and lounge bar located in the popular Sunshine Beach Village, just a two-minute stroll from the beach. The gorgeous establishment boasts majestic Chinese red and orange lights, giving a funky touch to the popular fully licensed restaurant. Executive Chef Seungjoo Kim continues to impress by refreshing the menu each season. The cuisine weaves its way through the provinces of China and South East Asia, along with Joos’ unique balance of flavours, textures and exciting spices. French glass doors open up to a mini-balcony giving ocean glimpses and a summer breeze or in winter you can relax next to a warm fire. If you're a fan of dumplings then don't miss their weekend Yum Cha.
Embassy XO - Sunshine Beach
Ethically and sustainably produced from their own vineyards and farms, the wine and the food at Flame Hill Vineyard is prepared and served with conscience, guaranteeing patrons an experience of paramount quality at a world class venue featuring breathtaking ocean views and mountain vistas. The Deck Restaurant featuring a la carte fare from off farm seasonal produce matched to the estate grown wines is the essence of relax - unwind – breath, whilst the restaurant is relaxed and casual. Guests can also opt for Charcuterie or Regional Cheeses on the Terrace which flows onto the lawns leading to the Shiraz Vines. At Flame Hill, they like to know where their wine and food comes from!
249 Western Ave, Montville QLD 4560
T: (07) 5478 5920
Flame Hill Vineyard
Under the watchful eye of acclaimed chef, Cameron Matthews, The Long Apron has made Spicers Clovelly Estate a destination for foodies from around Australia. From a croissant on the sun drenched terrace, to a seven course degustation shared with someone you love in the dining room, The Long Apron offers a unique taste of Modern European in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. The restaurant serves contemporary and classic European cuisine in an understated and elegant dining room or garden terrace area. The food is meticulously prepared and only the freshest seasonal produce is used, sourced from on the property and the surrounding local area. The Long Apron offers five and seven course degustation menu as well as 'Table d'hote'.
68 Balmoral Rd, Montville QLD 4560
T: 1300 252 380
The Long Apron
Peter Kuruvita has an award-winning career as a chef and restaurateur that spans over three decades. His Noosa Beach House with Sheraton Noosa Resort typifies the classy culinary hub of the famous Hastings Street. Think internationally trained wait staff, degustation dinners and desserts such as cherry soufflé that will blow your mind. All of this is only a stone’s throw from one of Australia’s most beautiful beaches. If you’re wanting to impress, Noosa Beach House ticks all of the boxes.
716 Hastings St, Noosa Heads QLD 45677
T: 7(07) 5449 47547
Noosa Beach House
Tucked away in a courtyard, right by Peregian Beach, this uber trendy restaurant is a fine dining favourite for Sunshine Coast locals. From the bicycle pedal bar stools to the kitchen utensil toilet key, everything about Pitchfork is cool. Whatever you do, make sure you order a side of truffle mashed potato with dinner – AMAZING! Some local Woombye cheese and a glass of vino selected from a comprehensive list from Australia’s best wine regions, complements any meal. Pitchfork also do an excellent brew for that morning walk with the sand squeaking beneath your feet.
5/4 Kingfisher Drive, Peregian Beach
T: 07 5471 3697
Ricky’s (as the locals call it) is perched delicately on the banks of the Noosa River and boasts all the bells and whistles for an exquisite, memorable culinary experience. From the moment you sit down at Ricky’s, it’s all about class and comfort. Each ‘throne’ is adorned with the softest of cushions behind your back. Complimentary duck Hors d'oeuvres, followed by crumbed olives (stuff with three types of cheese) and lamb backstrap are just some of the mouthwatering dishes on offer. Tip: jump on a water taxi of Noosa Ferry to continue the progressive feast or exploration of the local cocktail scene in nearby Hastings Street.
Noosa Wharf, 2 Quamby Pl, Noosa Heads
T: (07) 5447 2455
Ricky's River Bar and Restaurant - Noosa
Season Restaurant in Noosa is blessed with enviable views and location, with Hastings Street on one side and Laguna Bay on the other. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, stroll right in from the beach or dress to impress, it’s completely up to you. Keep it casual with a local Mooloolaba Prawns taking centre stage on a pizza, or kick things off with tempura oysters and seared scallops before diving into a Creamy Saffron Linguette with Spanner Crab. The house made lemonade is deliciously refreshing, or while away the afternoon with something from the excellent wine list. The staff are super friendly, and why wouldn’t they be with a view like that?
25 Hastings St, Noosa QLD 4567
T: (07) 5447 3747
Spice Bar is a contemporary Asian gem right in the heart of Mooloolaba, with spectacular views over Mooloolaba Beach – rated by TripAdvisor as one of Australia’s Top 10 beaches! Local prawns and Hervey Bay scallops sit alongside more traditional dishes with duck and pork. Excellent service and an incredible cocktail list (yes, the Singapore Sling rates a mention) make for the perfect alternative to eating on the balcony of your beachfront apartment – check out Oceans Mooloolaba or Mantra Mooloolaba, right across the road!
123 Mooloolaba Esplanade, Mooloolaba QLD 4557
T: (07) 5444 2022
Spice Bar Mooloolaba
Gourmet Traveller Magazine described the Spirit House as 'a tropical film set that takes your breath away. Like the setting, the food is breathtaking.' Clustered around a tranquil pond, the restaurant setting is magical, a temple style main building with covered courtyard tables set in lush tropical gardens dotted with Thai sculptures. A larger Balinese style courtyard provides the perfect venue for wedding ceremonies. At night the garden setting turns into a magical wonderland as flares and lights reflect in the water. The music is the music of nature, ducks, frogs, birds against the background tinkling of temple bells. Spirit House chefs cook the most wonderful, sensitive and fragrant Thai-inspired food. So popular is their food, that the chefs conduct daily classes every week in the purpose built, 'hands-on' cooking school.
20 Ninderry Rd, Yandina QLD 4561
T: (07) 5446 8977
Spirit House Yandina
Tides in Caloundra has been awarded an AGFG Chef’s Hat, and for good reason! Renowned for featuring the best of the best seafood and local produce, Tides is aptly named after its position overlooking Bulcock Beach, Pumicestone Passage and the Glass House Mountains off in the distance. The ravioli is always a highlight, currently encasing delicate morsels of salmon and previously featuring lobster. Finish it off downstairs with a drink in the trendy beach chic vibe of Drift Bar.
26 Esplanade Bulcock Beach, Caloundra
T: (07) 5438 2304
A fully- licensed, in-house restaurant at Spicers Tamarind Retreat, The Tamarind is located just three kilometres from Maleny in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. Spicers Tamarind Retreat is set within lush rainforest and bushland with abundant wildlife and a cool, peaceful ambience. The Tamarind specialises in innovative Modern Asian cuisine and perfectly matched wines making it a true gourmet destination. The restaurant is positioned to capture views of the tranquil surrounds, with the option of either indoor or outdoor seating available. The Tamarind received two Chef Hats in the 2015 and 2016 Australian Good Food and Travel Guide.
88 Obi Ln S, Maleny QLD 4552
T: 1300 311 429