Your Guide to Dining out on the Gold Coast

Attention all Gold Coast travelers: for those of you looking to visit this tropical paradise purely for the sea, sand and surf, you’re in for a very pleasant surprise. Aside from its lush hinterland, breathtaking coastline and great beaches, the City of Gold also has some of the best restaurants in Australia. As a lover of fine dining, here are my pick of the Gold Coast’s best culinary spots.

The Gold Coast is gorgeous at dusk.

The cream of the crop

While champagne tastes might not be to everybody’s budget, I think elite restaurants are well worth the spend; even if you have to scrimp to save. My pick – The Fish House in Burleigh Heads (50 Goodwin Terrace, Burleigh Heads) – secured a spot on Australian Gourmet Traveler’s top 100 restaurants for 2013, which is why it can afford to charge up to $29 for entrees and $55 for mains – but trust me, it’s worth it.  

In my book, The Fish House hits the nail on the head in terms of food, service, atmosphere and location. With Burleigh Beach on one side and Burleigh Head National Park on the other, owner Simon Gloftis has nabbed one of the best spots in the Gold Coast for fine dining. As you would have guessed, the menu is predominantly fish, but you can also order a scotch fillet or veal cutlet if your taste buds so desire, but if you asked me… when in Rome!

Family (fun) dining

Just because you’re holidaying with the kids, it doesn’t mean your restaurant choices are limited to drive through. For a relaxed atmosphere, efficient service, location and a budget-friendly menu the kids will relish, you can’t go past Justin Lane Pizzeria and Bar (1708-1710 Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads). Located amid the hustle and bustle of the Gold Coast Highway in Burleigh Heads, parents as well as kids will enjoy the festive atmosphere of Justin Lane. 

If pizza and pasta are not what you’re after, enjoy a meat feast of ribs, steak, burgers and if you’re looking for something healthier, salads at Ribs and Rumps (Shop 16/74 Seaworld Drive, Main Beach). Overlooking the stunning waters of the Southport Broadwater, Ribs and Rumps at Main Beach is a family dining delight with all the extra trimmings.

In the mood for something special

Sharing a romantic meal with your special someone calls for ambiance, delicious mains and preferably a dessert menu. In my mind, Chill on Tedder (Shop 10/26 Tedder Avenue, Main Beach) ticks all of these boxes.

This popular dining and wine bar was recently awarded two chef hats for 2013 by Australia Good Food & Travel Guide, and rightly so. Their menu is humming with creativity and is well placed to serve an assembly of tastebuds. Whether you’re in the mood for seared scallops, duck leg confit, grain-fed fillet of beef, or oysters, Chill on Tedder can accommodate and get those taste buds tingling. 

Start planning your trip to the Gold Coast and enquire at Flight Centre; enjoy the beaches, the water sports and the amazing food!

About the Author: Flight Centre consultants have traveled around the world and throughout Australia to provide the most up to date advice for your trip.

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