We've rounded up some of the best places for a night out to remember.
Soak up the sunset at The Boat Shed Cotton Tree
An old fave on the Sunshine Coast, The Boat Shed Cotton Tree is one of those places that makes an imprint on your memories which last a lifetime.
Located right on the Cotton Tree waterfront, take in the setting sun over the calm, turquoise waters looking toward Mount Coolum and the northern coastline and enjoy a sundowner or two with your mates.
Making mouth-watering seafood dishes like coconut and chilli prawns and lemongrass Hervey Bay scallops, go here for a culinary treat and a view you won’t forget.
Enjoy goodness at Elixibar
Ocean Street, Maroochydore
Get ready for a sensory joy ride at Elixibar, a plant based dining experience that goes beyond the plate with its intricate, forest themed wood carvings and hanging plants, creating an otherworldly vibe.
Here the menu is made from scratch with wholefood ingredients and a solid dose of flavour. Let the Humble Burger rock you with its plant based patty or lose yourself in the flavour haven of a green curry *wipes drool from face*.
With cocktails infused with rare botanicals and elixirs like the Indonesian Jamu, infused with vibrant spices, Elixibar has struck the perfect match between good health and fun times.
Make sure you try the best hand cut, spiced chips in the hood. Seriously, they’re the bomb.
Make your way to Orleans
Two words: Corn bread. Have you ever tried the real deal? It’s next level scrumptious. If you went here just for the bread, you’d leave smiling, but there’s a whole lot more of the deep south to sample here.
Drawing inspiration from classic New Orleans cuisine with a Modern French Orléans twist, Orleans brings the spice, the killer sides and the perks with its Bottomless Lunch proving a huge hit. Mimosas for days!
Get your night going with classics like Duck a’l Orange and Seafood Gumbo or dial it up with a four-course tasting menu. Let the festival of flavours begin!
Discover greatness at Giddy Geisha
Giddy Geisha, Maroochydore
Right in the heart of the new Maroochydore CBD, Giddy Geisha is packing out night after night for its modern twist on Asian street food, breaking tradition without burying it completely.
With a grungy industrial style fit out and dishes like the 10-hour Braised Lamb Rendang hitting the spot with punters, along with Crying Tyger Beef and Red Duck Curry, go here for nibbles or dinner and brace yourself for a flavour explosion!
Find freshness at Market Bistro
Owned and operated by hospitality veterans Tony Kelly, Luke Stringer and Peter Marchant, Market Bistro is a refined European style bistro without any stuffiness.
Delight in dishes like duck frites for mains, feel nourished by the lovingly crafted home-made pasta or marvel at the flavour from a sirloin prepared on the wood fired grill. Whatever your poison, here you can be assured that the chef master’s will take you on a journey of care and concern for ingredients that shines brightly on the plate.
Tip: Grab a bottle of wine from their wine store at retail prices and bring it upstairs with a small corkage fee. Beauty!
Have a ball at Harry’s on Buderim
Harrys on Buderim, Buderim
Tucked away from it all in the lush rainforest setting of Buderim Forest Park, Harry’s on Buderim offers modern, French-inspired Australian cuisine from the charming backdrop of a 141-year-old homestead.
Here you’ll notice the ultimate in attention to detail and skilled preparation with dishes like beetroot risotto and marinated Brisbane valley quail taking you on a feast for the senses.
With award winning chef Stuart Bell at the helm, Harry’s hosts popular monthly degustation events that sell out quickly. Book in and enjoy a night out on the historic back veranda soaking up the rainforest night noises and a beautiful array of seasonal dishes. Bon appetite!
Ahoy! The Nautical awaits you
Serving Sunday seafood platters until sold out or fresh shucked live oysters with beer, the crew at The Nautical have nailed the art of beers, cheers and refined, modern seafood from their Ocean Street bar-restaurant.
Whether it’s local sand crab Singapore style, Hervey Bay Scallops with pork belly or sea farmed barra, drift in here for succulent seafood prepared with deep respect for the flavours and the textures of the ingredient.
Don’t dig seafood? No worries! Traditional pub grub like burgers and steaks are also on the menu. Get amongst the good vibes this weekend.
Take a flavour adventure at Honeysuckle Restaurant
Mashing up flavours of East Asia with Modern Australia, the menu at Honeysuckle Restaurant has been designed to be shared banquet style with several small dishes and accompaniments.
With a carefully curated sides list to enhance a new style of Yumcha experience, here you’ll find yourself on a sensory adventure with dishes like pork & kimchi dumpling, smoked fish larp and a side of green papaya, fennel, snake bean and cashews. Kapow!
Save room for the ultimate dessert: a chocolate fudge lamington, complete with strawberry jam, coconut sorbet and caramel granola. Yum.