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Seafood sunsets and beachside baristas: OpenTable rounds up the trendiest restaurants to dine at on the Gold Coast

December 21, 2017 Dining No Comments Email Email

It’s one of the most beautiful holiday locations in Australia, and now as the 2018 Commonwealth Games draws closer, the Gold Coast is getting ready to shine its light on the world stage.

While picking a beach along the sun-drenched coastline might be a difficult decision to make, choosing a restaurant to dine at needn’t be! OpenTable has pulled together a list of some of the trendiest and newest restaurants to open up on South-East Queensland.

Lisa Hasen, VP of OpenTable, APAC, said: “The Gold Coast is fast becoming one of Australia’s most exciting dining hubs. We’re seeing an emergence of boutique restaurants opening up on the Southern-end of the coast, in places like Palm Beach and Miami, which are embracing new dining concepts built on the philosophy of collaboration. As a result, we’re seeing a number of restaurateurs come together to create a unique dining experience for locals and visitors to the Gold Coast – particularly in the lead up to the Commonwealth Games.”

Garden Kitchen & Bar – The Star Gold Coast – With cascading greenery, modern design, and a fresh seasonal menu, Garden Kitchen & Bar has all the ingredients for a dining experience you won’t forget. Recently opened up at The Star Gold Coast, it offers diners the ideal place to have a leisurely bite with friends, family meal, or date night.

Miami Marketta – Miami comes alive with foods from all round the world at Miami Marketta, which is even boasts a dessert hall. This family orientated outdoor dining experience takes you on a journey offering options from 35 sought-after vendors. Introducing reservations just recently, you can now check in to your table and then take your time to go and grab your food, without the stress of losing your seat!

SANDBAR – Having recently undergone an inspiring transformation that brings a slice of seaside sophistication to a famous precinct, SANDBAR is serving up gourmet burgers and healthy Hawaiian-inspired poke bowls to the Gold Coast. A must-try for those looking for a refreshing meal paired with a few cheeky cocktails.

The Island – Located in the heart of Surfer’s Paradise, allow yourself to relax and enjoy all that is The Island. A new bar and restaurant boasting an Italian inspired menu and an extensive beverage list to be enjoyed by all. Let the young ones run wild in the venue’s exciting new kid’s area while you enjoy live music and entertainment.

The Collective – The Collective is the Gold Coast’s tastiest new playground featuring five restaurants, one bar, and a rooftop bar and dining experience. Complementing the Southern Gold Coast’s vibrant, connected community, The Collective regularly features live musical acts. This is one of the trendiest places to be seen on the coast this summer.

Hellenika – Recently undergone a fresh new makeover and in final stages of opening new upstairs bar/dining area ahead of the silly season, Hellenika is an authentic Greek eating and meeting place with true Greek flavours and wines. Perfect for big groups, Hellenika has been the talk of the town.

Old Tom Restaurant & Bar – The new kid on the block, Old Tom’s international wine and gin selection ensures there is something to please even the finest of connoisseurs. Located in the heart of the Broadbeach Mall, it boasts an elegant dining room offering world renowned culinary creations by executive chef Dayan Hartill Law.

The Roosevelt Lounge –The new and on-trend place on the Gold Coast, The Roosevelt Lounge knows its crowd – a dining experience strictly for the sophisticated and well-heeled crowd who appreciate fine food, bespoke cocktails and dance-worthy beats.

Bistro Chico – The venue formerly known as Bar Chico is located on Tedder Avenue in Main Beach, but has been reinvented and recreated into Bistro Chico. This much-loved venue has now evolved into a foodies’ heaven with a new focus on creative menus and plenty of specials to highlight good, local seasonal produce.

Hideaway Kitchen & Bar – Scott Imlach and chef Jon Hizola have teamed up with manager Toby Young to bring Asian street food to the Gold Coast. Situated on the outskirts of Broadbeach, Hideaway Kitchen & Bar is one of the Gold Coast’s new culinary sensations. An exciting venue for evening drinks and mouth-watering food, particularly for those who enjoy the arts and culture scene.

Bonita Bonita – Bonita Bonita aims to showcase Mexico’s finest cuisine using a fresh and modern approach. A much-loved go-to for locals on the Gold Coast, Bonita Bonita has mastered the perfect ambience for intimate date nights or friends looking for a place to gather as a group.

Rick Shores – Quite possibly one of the most picturesque restaurants on the Gold Coast, Rick Shores is situated literally on the shoreline of Burleigh Heads. Bask in the sun while sipping wine and taking in the incredible views of the ocean. The perfect spot for those looking for somewhere extra special, it will be a dining experience to remember.

Harry’s Steak Bistro & Bar – Harry’s is well known for its great quality steak at a very reasonable price. For those diners serious about their red meat, Harry’s offers up four unique cuts consisting of a grass fed, pasture fed, dry aged on the bone & grain fed wagyu beef. Just make your appetite is ready!

Justin Lane Establishment – Locals would argue that Justin Lane has the best pizzas on the coast – and they may just be right. Offering something for everyone, Justin Lane provides diners with a rooftop bar perfect for sunset cocktails, as well as a pizzeria and pasta bar to fuel a healthy appetite. Right across the road from Burleigh Beach, if you’re planning to dine out over summer, just be sure to book!

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