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When you're exploring the Gold Coast, you have to know the best places to eat!

Our Favourite Restaurants On The Gold Coast

by | Oct 7, 2020 | Queensland


Queensland’s Gold Coast is known for Three S’s: the sea, the shore life, and the social life. Locals and tourists alike flock the area in search of a spot on the beach and a good time. Of course, no ‘good time’ is complete without some excellent food — and fortunately, the Gold Coast has fantastic eats in spades. Whether it’s fine dining, or something more rustic and homey, the city’s got it all.

Wondering where to eat on the Gold Coast? Here’s our list of favourite restaurants to visit next time you’re in the GC.

Rick Shores


Describing itself as serving “Pan-Asian flavours in one of the Gold Coast’s most iconic locations”, Rick Shores is an across-the-board favourite for both locals and tourists.

From the prime location — just a stone’s throw from the water — to the taste wonderland of its food, this award-winning restaurant should be at the top of any foodie list.

The menu features an exciting blend of Asian flavours from both the surf and the turf (and with vegetarian options, too!). Try the iconic Moreton Bay Bug Roll or the Slow Cooked Beef Cheek Rendang — or anything, really. With a place like this, it’s hard to miss.

You can't beat the view at Rick Shores.

Rick Shores is located in Burleigh Heads, QLD. Open hours are from 12:00 p.m., Wednesday to Sunday. Phone in at (07) 5630 6611 or check the website for bookings.



Itadakimasu! Led by internationally-renowned head chef Chase Kojima, Kiyomi features the best of Japanese food on offer, with modern and innovative twists. Take advantage of the fresh seafood with fresh-sliced sashimi, or pick one of the creative sushi creations.

Indulge yourself in izakaya-style meals — and don’t forget the Goma Street dessert at the end of the night. Or go for the set menu and let the food keep coming, tasting the best of Tokyo right in Broadbeach.

Kiyomi is located in the lobby of The Star Gold Coast, Broadbeach, QLD. Opening is at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday to Saturday, with set seating times. Call (07) 5592 8757 to place a reservation.

Etsu Izakaya


A Mermaid Beach version of Japan’s famous izakaya — a casual bar — Etsu Izakaya blends traditional Japanese cuisine with contemporary flavours. If you’re looking for somewhere cool and casual to spend a night out with friends, this dining bar is exactly your spot.

Like Spanish tapas bars, the dishes are designed to be served in succession and shared among companions over the course of the evening. Order off the robata grill or try the more bite-sized servings — and don’t forget to sample the extensive selection of sake, cocktails, and liquor on offer.

Etsu Izakaya is located in Mermaid Beach, along the Gold Coast Highway. Operational hours start at 5:00 p.m., Monday to Sunday. Contact (07) 5526 0944 for inquiries and reservations.

Etsu Izakaya's Japanese cuisine is located in Mermaid Beach, GC.

Jimmy Wah’s


“Vietnamese culture with a modern Australian influence” — that’s Jimmy Wah’s. Sat in the heart of Burleigh, this is contemporary Vietnamese food at its finest.

For that iconic Vietnamese treat, try the banh mi with soft shell crab, or the Vietnamese pork and prawn pancake. Beef up with the braised short rib buns. Or if you can’t pick — and we can’t blame you! — just say “Feed me!” and let the chefs put together a special menu for your whole table. Vegetarian options are available on request.

Jimmy Wah’s is located in Burleigh Heads, QLD. The restaurant is open all seven days a week (Monday to Sunday) with lunch and dinner sittings. Call (07) 5659 1180 to place a reservation, or place a booking on their website!

The North Room


Every visit is a new experience here. The menu at The North Room is seasonal, meaning it changes based on the catch of the day and the ingredients they have at their disposal — most of which are sourced from local suppliers. Owner-chef Tim Stewart believes in food that you “eat with your eyes”, meaning any dish you order is bound to be both a visual and culinary treat. With dishes meant for sharing and a very relaxed, intriguing dining experience, The North Room is for those looking for a unique dining experience.

The North Room is located in Mermaid Beach, QLD. Seating is very limited, so ensure you book ahead of time. The restaurant is open on Thursday from 5:00 p.m., and on Friday to Saturday with two sittings, 12:30-2:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. onwards. Call 0468 311 003 for reservations.

The North Room features seasonal menus.

Justin Lane


What’s better than pizza after a swim on the beach? For that cool and casual shoreside dining experience, look no further than the shop with some of the best pizzas on the Gold Coast. With a motto of “Eat, drink and be messy”, Justin Lane prides itself in its pizzas, pastas, and cocktails.

Try their famous sourdough pizzas with a wide variety of toppings (pistachio, anyone?) or their handmade pastas — and don’t forget to add a signature cocktail alongside. Or just say “feed me” and let the JL staff ply you with starters, pizza, and more pizza (and maybe a salad, to balance it out).

Justin Lane is located in Burleigh Heads, QLD. The restaurant is open Monday to Thursday from 5:00 p.m. onwards, and Friday to Sunday from 12:00 p.m. onwards. Call (07) 5576 8517 or place a booking via the website!

Social Eating House + Bar

What’s in a name? This one says it all. Social Eating House is for those who want the high-quality culinary experience in a chill atmosphere. The warm, welcoming interior design complements the tapas-style menu, which features some of the best cuisine on offer.

From charcuterie, to small plates, to meals for sharing (12-hour slow-cooked lamb, please!), each dish is classy, tasty, and well worth the hype. Grab a seat at the bar and watch chef Matthew Jefferson cook, while you’re at it.

Social Eating House + Bar is located along Oracle Boulevard, in Broadbeach. Trading hours are Monday to Sunday, with lunch from 12:00 p.m. and dinner from 5:00 p.m. Call (07) 5504 5210 for reservations, or book via the website!

Social Eating House and Bar's name speaks for itself!
Need an excuse to get out of the house and treat yourself to some good food? Leave your house in the professional hands of Maid2Match local cleaners, and we’ll turn it spick-and-span while you’re out. So go ahead and indulge in a great meal — or two, or three, what’s stopping you? — then come home to a perfectly tidy house for that post-food binge nap.

photo credit: Queensland Uncovered, The Weekend Edition, The Urban List, Australian Good Food Guide

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Sophie Franklin

Sophie is the subject matter expert within Maid2Match. Most importantly though she is our biggest fan girl and generous in sharing what she knows.


About Author

Sophie Franklin

Sophie is the subject matter expert within Maid2Match. Most importantly though she is our biggest fan girl and generous in sharing what she knows.