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If you’re planning to move from New Zealand to Australia’s Gold Coast, start fasting now – there’s so much great food on offer, you’ll need the extra space!

There’s so much on offer that we’re just going to show you two ends of the spectrum: the ritzy and the earthy, the fancy and the trendy, the upper-class dishes and the people’s feed – Gold Coast restaurants and Gold Coast street food!

Gold Coast restaurants

Sometimes it’s lovely to sit down with friends or family – or even by yourself – and let the staff of a great restaurant take care of you. It’s a taste of the high life, and the Gold Coast offers lots of great places to indulge:

Fine Dining on the Gold Coast

For the fanciest of evenings – maybe one of these restaurants could host your celebration dinner after arriving!

Little Truffle Dining Room & Bar


(Photo by on Flickr)

Award-winning restaurant Little Truffle Dining Room & Bar has created a secret passage leading straight from the Gold Coast to a cosy restaurant in rural France.

At least, it seems that way! The French cuisine is perfectly prepared, the wine is excellent, and the relaxed atmosphere is authentically European.

Menu highlights:

  • Ham hock terrine with cranberry and pistachio, pickled vegetables, and truffle mayonnaise
  • Pan-fried gnocchi, wild mushroom, brown sage butter, and truffle pecorino
  • Macadamia & lavender crusted lamb rack, Dupuy lentils, celeriac puree, caramelized onion puree, and spinach

You can also try their degustation menu – five sumptuous courses, each paired with a carefully-selected wine to enhance the flavour of the dishes.


Nero Dining

If you love the idea of cured meats and ocean-fresh seafood in a luxurious, ambient setting, visit Nero Dining.

The menu at Nero is changing all the time, but its roots in Spanish and Italian cuisine always shine through. The focus is on share plates and indulgent dining experiences, rather than everyone simply ordering a meal for themselves.

Perennial favourites with the locals include:

  • Barbecued WA octopus with burnt grape salsa and black sesame
  • Poached and burnt figs with macadamia and pine mushrooms
  • Aged duck breast with radicchio, blackberries, and slow-cooked leg
  • House-made lemon tart and black sesame ice cream


Citrique Restaurant

Located in the Surfer’s Paradise Marriot Hotel, Citrique Restaurant is something unique – a fine dining buffet!

Combining the convenience of a buffet with world-class cuisine, Citrique focuses primarily on Japanese and other Asian cuisines, along with fresh seafood ranging from plump oysters to seared salmon. But you’ll also find pizza, pasta, and delicious desserts.

To top things off, they’re open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Menu highlights include:

  • Duo of pan-seared sea scallops and twice-cooked pork belly
  • Kuang-Che Ho’s Sichuan pepper chicken & tofu with cashew nuts, bok choy, and steamed rice
  • Stir-fry Hokkien noodles with prawns, chicken, and vegetables


Omeros Bros Seafood Restaurant

Omeros Bros has been running restaurants in Australia for more than 50 years, including the ill-fated Paragon, the first seafood restaurant in NSW!

With that kind of legacy behind them, it’s no surprise that Omeros Bros Seafood Restaurant on the Gold Coast is a sensation. The restaurant has won dozens of awards for its outstanding seafood dishes and service.

Patrons love the place for the friendly atmosphere, the best seafood on the coast, and the incredible views Omeros Bros offers.

Menu highlights include:

  • Natural oysters, freshly shucked, served on ice with homemade cocktail sauce
  • Mussels a la Parisienne poached in red wine and tomato veloute
  • Harvey Bay scallops served in a light beer batter with Tartare sauce and a micro herb salad
  • Live lobsters and mud crabs cooked to order

Affordable Restaurants on the Gold Coast

Fine dining is great, but most of us can’t afford it too often! For a nice meal out that won’t break the bank quite so thoroughly, try the great Gold Coast restaurants below:

Brazilian Flame Bar and Grill

(Photo by Gilrovina on Wikipedia)


If you consider yourself a carnivore, you can’t go past Brazilian Flame Bar and Grill. At this unique Gold Coast restaurant, the smell of roasting meat is always in the air as the cooks prepare dishes using traditional Brazilian methods.

You can choose from all-you-can-eat or a la carte menus, plus a range of local and imported beers. Once you order, servers will bring whole slabs of roasted meat to your table to carve your portion before your eyes.

Menu highlights include:

  • Coal-roasted beef ribs served with buttered corn, coleslaw, and onion rings
  • The Moqueca bowl – traditional Brazilian fish chowder in coconut milk
  • Brazilian Tan salad – carrots, pineapple, beetroot, cherry tomato, grapes, blue cheese, rocket, and passion fruit dressing

Or you can opt for all-you-can-eat for $49.95!



Rabbath is a Lebanese restaurant on the Gold Coast where the complex flavours of the Middle East bring every dish to life.

Rabbath’s chefs will select dishes for you and your group based on your preferences, and they can help you pair each dish with the perfect drink.

Menu highlights include:

  • M’loukhieh – the “king’s dish” served with crispy skin grilled chicken
  • Costalleta – 4 points premium lamb cutlets served with frites
  • Kashkawan – pan-fried sheep’s milk cheese, served with Ban’jan
  • Ban’jan – slow-cooked eggplant and tomato ragout, served chilled


Social Eating House + Bar

For friendly service and uniquely Spanish-Australian flavours, drop into Social Eating House + Bar.

This Gold Coast restaurant self-describes as “casual fine dining” and the locals agree – reviews of the place rave about the amazing staff. Social’s head chef Matthew has won the People’s Choice ‘Chef of the Year’ award three years running, too, so if you want to sample the locals’ favourite, this is the place to be.

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