Magnetic Island Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Magnetic Island

September 19, 2017 Trinity Boughner

Discover the best restaurant in Magnetic Island, Australia including Noodies On The Beach, Barefoot art food wine, Boardwalk Restaurant and Bar, Man Friday, Stagedoor Theatre Restuarant, Marlin Bar, Sandi's on Magnetic Island, The Early Bird, Cafe Nourish Heart and Soul Food, The Picnic Bay hotel

1. Noodies On The Beach

6 Pacific Dr | Horseshoe Bay, Magnetic Island, Magnetic Island, Queensland 4819, Australia Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Mexican, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +61 431 134 020
Excellent
51%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
3%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 151 reviews

Noodies On The Beach

Reviewed By Leanne C - Sydney, Australia

We spent a number of occasions at Noodies. We went for drinks and enjoyed their well priced vodka towers, we went for lunch and dinner on separate occasions and enjoyed the delicious Mexican food. Although the food and drinks are fabulous, the service is also to be commented on. All the staff are very welcoming and friendly every time you walk in the door. We were lucky enough to book in our favourite table every time we went to visit. I would highly recommend visiting Noodies whenever you visit Maggie Island.

2. Barefoot art food wine

5 Pacific Drive, Horseshoe Bay, Magnetic Island, Queensland 4819, Australia Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Seafood, Australian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night HK$110 - HK$243 +61 7 4758 1170
Excellent
54%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
4%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 368 reviews

Barefoot art food wine

Overlooking beautiful Horseshoe Bay, Barefoot restaurant offers visitors a relaxed, mouth-watering dining experience, and a wine list that will please even the most discerning palette. The Barefoot gallery is a stunning space showcasing many top artists and local talent. February & March Opening Hours: Wed-Sat Lunch 11:30AM - 3:00PM Dinner 5:30PM - 9:00PM & Sundays 9:00AM - 4:00PM All day Breakfast & Lunch

Reviewed By DiogoChiodini - Jaragua Do Sul, SC

I ordered a green thai curry and it was one of the best that I ever have. It is the only vegan option and totally worth. The place is pretty beautiful, the price was fair and the meal well served.

3. Boardwalk Restaurant and Bar

123 Sooning St, Nelly Bay, Magnetic Island, Queensland 4819, Australia Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards Seafood, Australian, International, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Drinks, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch HK$47 - HK$235 +61 7 4758 2419
Excellent
45%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
5%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 331 reviews

Boardwalk Restaurant and Bar

The Boardwalk Restaurant & Bar has a great variety for all occasions.From Lunch on the deck over looking the marina,too fine dining at dinner.Executive Chef Rodney Smith has combined fresh ingredients and local produce in his menus that will tantalize your taste buds. Now we have gone back to what we do best and wow our guests with the flavour combinations that we are renown for. A warm breeze swirls over the marina boardwalk and the lights of the resort glitter in the water, while above your table the clear night skies over the island sparkle. This unbelievably romantic setting can be enjoyed from all areas of the restaurant and bar as doors are folded back into an al-fresco experience. On your plate, you have the choice of seafood straight from the reef and other tropical delights, accompanied by beautiful fine wines and fresh cocktails. This is island style dining at its finest and an authentic celebration of tropical produce.

Reviewed By Linda B - Townsville, Australia

I went to Boardwalk because I wanted a special experience. The atmosphere by the water is just fantastic. Service was excellent - waiter was helpful and attentive. Food was beautifully presented.
However, the quality was most disappointing. We both had the special of the day, a seafood tower, which most other diners appeared to be ordering. Given the quality of seafood in this part of the world, I was disappointed that the food was no better than you would receive in a much cheaper restaurant - nice, but quite ordinary. (except for the scallops). Most of the top of the 3-tiered "tower" was fish-and-chip shop fare! Maybe the specials are not the thing to order?
So ... go for the environment and service - it's tremendous.

4. Man Friday

37 Warboys St | Nelly Bay, Magnetic Island, Queensland 4819, Australia Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible Mexican, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Late Night +61 7 4778 5658
Excellent
48%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
5%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 286 reviews

Man Friday

Reviewed By Mildygal1

Loved it from the moment we walked in. Awesome atmosphere, vibe and music. Feels like you're at a party in someone's backyard. Food is great and the possums come to visit, they are so cute! Definately recommend coming here if you are staying on the island and looking for something relaxed. Also you can byo alcohol.

5. Stage Door Theatre Restuarant

5 Hayles Avenue Arcadia, Magnetic Island, Queensland 4819, Australia Reservations, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Waitstaff Australian, Gluten Free Options Dinner +61 7 4778 5448
Excellent
75%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
4%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 84 reviews

Stage Door Theatre Restuarant

Reviewed By Chris W

Heard great things about the show, but it was terribly average. Singing off key and partial choreography are what I remember most.
We went for the Time Warp expecting something more Rocky Horror Picture show then what was presented..a mismatch of random songs with limited linkage to Rocky Horror.
The theatre is an old open air restaurant with inadequate fans. It was excruciatingly hot with no respite. Half our party left at intermission.
The finale was a preview of their next show which they let the audience know was a revival of a previous show. This number was their best.
I wonder why they just didn't go with that show? Perhaps my Rocky Horror expectations were just too high...
Oh, the intoxicated friend of the cast in the audience...yelling out was annoying as well.

6. Marlin Bar

Horseshoe Bay | 3 Pacific Drive, Magnetic Island, Queensland 4819, Australia Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available Bar, Seafood, Pub, Australian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +61 7 4758 1588
Excellent
37%
Good
41%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
4%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 310 reviews

Marlin Bar

Reviewed By Josephine R - Townsville, Australia

Great to check out the local markets across the road the sit down to enjoy lunch but most tables were reserved. Very busy so I will forgive the Marlin Pizza being very sparse with the toppings. It was however a nice pizza but I couldn't wait to get outside to the wonderful breeze.

7. Sandi's on Magnetic Island

7 Pacific Dr, Horseshoe Bay, Magnetic Island, Queensland 4819, Australia Takeout, Television, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards Bar, Seafood, Australian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night HK$63 - HK$212 +61 7 4758 1673
Excellent
48%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
4%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 328 reviews

Sandi's on Magnetic Island

A casual beachfront restaurant and bar specialising in local seafood, premium steaks and so much more. A selection of German specials included on our menu, inspired by the native origin of our award winning chef. Draught beer and cider on tap as well as a great selection of bottled beer, cider and wine. A great cocktail menu and coffee's served all day. The perfect place to enjoy an amazing meal, cold beer or a cocktail at sunset. The best waterfront location on beautiful Magnetic Island.

Reviewed By John W - Townsville, Australia

Went for valentines dinner 2018.
We were seated then waited 22 minutes for No drinks or service.
They do sell hood food but wont be back.
No apologies or anything.
Great meal and service at Marlin Bar up the road.

8. The Early Bird

11 Pacific Dr, Horseshoe Bay, Magnetic Island, Queensland 4819, Australia Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Highchairs Available, Accepts Credit Cards European, Cafe, International, Healthy, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Drinks HK$16 - HK$118 +61 7 4758 1195
Excellent
76%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 351 reviews

The Early Bird

The Early Bird is owned and operated by a young Italian couple and recommended by The Guardian, The Huffington Post, Townsville Eye, MasterChef Matt Preston, DUOMagazine, TravelTalk, Visit QLD, Elsa&apos;s Wholesome Kitchen, Melbourne Weekly Review... & locals!<br>Located on the left side of Horseshoe Bay, in a cozy place away from the tourist strip of the beachfront, under a huge Frangipani tree.<br>#1 on TripAdvisor 2015|2016|2017, our menu is seasonal, because we proudly use only the best locally sourced produce available. Our sourdough bread, for example, comes from the best artisan bakery of North Queensland (Three Loaves Bakehouse), our coffee is ethically sourced and locally roasted by Coffee Dominion, we bake our own cakes and scones on daily basis and offer a huge selection of organic loose leaves teas and herbal infusions, stocked by The Tea Centre. <br>We are also FULLY LICENSED, offering an Italo-Australian cocktail menu, artisan beers and a seasonal selection of wines.

Reviewed By Mishkadog2 - Beverley, United Kingdom

This casual unassuming cafe is Home to delicious breakfast fare. Chose Avo Time, sour dough toast with delicious feta smoked salmon and avocado. Best of its kind I ever tasted. Freshly prepared watermelon and orange juice. Fresh strong coffee.

9. Cafe Nourish Heart and Soul Food

Horseshoe Bay, Magnetic Island, Queensland 4819, Australia Reservations, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards Cafe, Australian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch HK$47 - HK$141 +61 7 4758 1885
Excellent
50%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 135 reviews

Cafe Nourish Heart and Soul Food

Reviewed By Steve B - Lismore Australia

Ordered 2 of the lamb souvlaki-type thing on Turkish, toasted, with tzatziki...appalling value, $16 each! scant lamb, little flavour, we left most of them and went to the pub for a beer and some chips....don’t go here

10. The Picnic Bay hotel

1 The Esplanade | Picnic Bay Hotel, Picnic Bay, Magnetic Island, Queensland 4819, Australia Television, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards Bar, Seafood, Pub, Australian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch HK$39 - HK$275 +61 7 4778 5166
Excellent
37%
Good
41%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
4%
Terrible
10%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 236 reviews

The Picnic Bay hotel

We are an Alfresco, Take away with BYO. We have stunning views of the sea with Townsville on the far horizon. We have often been visited by Koalas, curlews and other wild life. Please come and try it for yourself.

Reviewed By Ron W - Brisbane, Australia

We were lucky enough to eat at this hotel during, what one might call, the off-peak time. Food and service were good and prices reasonable. It would be an ideal location over the weekend or holiday periods to settle down and watch the world go by during peak vacation seasons. The aquarium within the restaurant is both amazing and large and provides a beautiful backdrop to your dining experience.

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