Top Nosh: Award-Winning Restaurants on The Gold Coast

Take your taste buds on a mouthwatering holiday at the Gold Coast with plenty of award-winning restaurants to delight.

Blessed with easy access to prime produce, the Gold Coast has plenty of dining stars. From excellent Asian and traditional Greek, to modern Australian and everything in-between, the Gold Coast has it all and we are here to help you find it.

Sanctuary Cove

The Fireplace is InterContinental Sanctuary Cove’s signature restaurant and focuses on wood-fired cuisine cooked in an open kitchen using locally sourced produce and a menu that changes with the season.

For modern Australian fare, head to Jonez on Food where its Michelin star chef creates colourful feasts using classic French techniques.

Vanitas at Palazzo Versace (Courtesy Vanitas)

Main Beach 

Located in Palazzo Versace, hatted Vanitas is popular for sophisticated dining and sparkling views over the lagoon. The wine list includes 400 bottles and there’s a seven-course degustation menu.

Specialising in Italian food, hatted Ristorante Fellini has sweeping views and plenty of old-school charm.

Seaduction at Peppers Soul (Courtesy Seaduction)

Surfers Paradise 

Walk up the grand staircase at Peppers Soul to hatted Seaduction and it’s clear you are in for a special dining experience. Overlooking Surfers Paradise Beach, the menu here is a gastronomic exploration of local produce.

Room81 (Courtesy Room81)


Two hats and the opportunity to dine with two, five, seven or nine degustation courses makes Room81 a restaurant to be savoured. Chef de Cuisine Sam Moore presents modern Australian food sourced via his excellent relationships with some of Australia’s finest growers. Expect joys such as lamb bacon, heirloom carrot with sherry vinegar caramel, toasted pine nuts and sheep milk feta.

Social Eating House
Social Eating House (©Roshan Sukhla)

Three-time winner of the People’s Choice ‘Chef of the Year’ Award, Social Eating House owner/operator and executive chef Matthew Jefferson heralded a new age of Gold Coast dining with the launch of his extensive international tapas/shared plate menu.

Taking steak to a whole new level, Moo Moo The Wine Bar + Grill features award-winning dry aged, pasture fed, and grain fed Wagyu and Angus beef hand-picked by founder Steven Adams.

Kiyomi at The Star Gold Coast
Kiyomi at The Star Gold Coast (©Destination Gold Coast)

Expect everything from mouthwatering sashimi to foie gras at the hatted Kiyomi, one of the Gold Coast’s most talked about restaurants. Choose from a seven-course degustation or three set menus, or just work your way through the sashimi, izakaya, tempura, bichotan and sushi menus.

Experience fine dining Japanese style at hatted Ten Japanese Restaurant. There’s a 12 to 13-course Omakase menu or five courses including fresh sashimi, Yukou-Yaki Flinders Island lamb and Tajima wagyu full-blood 9+ sirloin with fresh Tasmanian wasabi.

Continuing excellence in Japanese cuisine, hatted Mamasan stuns with its décor spiced with South East Asian relics and a cherry-blossom swathed entrance. The cuisine is a blend of modern and traditional flavours with a cocktail list that will keep you guessing.

Nobby Beach

Traditional Greek sharing plates filled with klokitia (zucchini chips), saganaki (grilled kefalograviera cheese) and taramosalata (fish roe dip) are just some of the joys to discover while dining at Hellenika—reopening at the end of July.

Etsu Izakaya
Etsu Izakaya (©Destination Gold Coast)

Mermaid Beach

Look for a Japanese lantern at the front to find Etsu Izakaya where the cuisine is modern with an extensive sake and cocktail menu.

The Fish House
The Fish House (©Destination Gold Coast)

Burleigh Heads

It doesn’t get much closer to the beach than at Rick Shores where pan-Asian flavours take on locally sourced produce to create sharing plates from head chef Jake Pregnell.

It’s southern European style at hatted The Fish House where the best available sustainably caught fish are flown in from around Australia daily.

Don’t be confused by the chandelier, Justin Lane Establishment is a gourmet pizzeria with communal benches, cocktails and Italian bites.


Fine diner Allure on Currumbin brings French-style flair, both traditional and modern, to the menu with delights such as blue swimmer crab bisque; gruyere cheese soufflé; classic French escargot; duck liver and foie gras paté with pork rillette.