Where to Eat in Gold Coast: The Best Restaurants and Bars

December 14, 2017 Velvet Mowry

Discover the best restaurant in Gold Coast, Australia including Sono Japanese Restaurant Portside Wharf, Ioesco, Ten Japanese Restaurant, Citrique Restaurant, Punjab Curry Club, Bacchus, Cafe Alfons, Willow Dining Room, Rogue Bistro, Le Cafe Gourmand
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1. Sono Japanese Restaurant Portside Wharf

39 Hercules St, Hamilton | Level 1, Building 7, Portside Wharf, Brisbane, Queensland 4007, Australia Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Japanese, Sushi, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$133 - HK$534 +61 7 3268 6655
Excellent
68%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Sono Japanese Restaurant Portside Wharf

The Sono Dining Experience Japanese cuisine at its finest, modern contemporary and traditional.The freshest produce beautifully presented to tempt the most discerning palate and visual senses, complemented by an excellent international wine selection and Japanese Sake from our cellar. The tranquil surroundings with a texture featuring a mixture of wood, stone and water feature, all serve to enhance the overall lunch and dinner experience.Our Tasting Course with matching wine selection is exceptional or for a change of pace, we offer Teppanyaki, where interaction with the masterful chef is totally encouraged.With seven private Tatami rooms, some featuring audio-visual capability, SONO is ideally set up for sales presentations, birthday or engagement celebrations, or any important event. Exclusive use of the restaurant can also be arranged for cocktail parties up to 250 people With our dedicated Events Coordinator, we can accommodate all your specific needs.To enjoy an intimate dinner for two, our Japanese style Seating by the window with river views is an ideal choice. We also offer Gift Cards so that the ones near and dear to you can also enjoy what Sono has to offer.Allow our friendly staff to provide you with our traditional service to make your dining experience at Sono an event to remember.Free parking is available at the Portside Wharf complex.For a dining experience like no other, let Sono Japanese Restaurant transport you to another time and place. Sono – Brisbane Savour Restaurant and Catering awards Winner: Best Japanese Restaurant 2017 & 2016

Reviewed By Spinickus - Brisbane, Australia

Sono's high quality food and service provides you with the best Japanese 'fine dining' experience in Brisbane. The atmosphere and interior design is spectacular, it makes you feel like you're in Japan! The service is of the highest standards and can never be faulted.
Most importantly the food is superb. I have dined at Sono Restaurant numerous times, specifically for teppanyaki and the lunch bento boxes.
The teppanyaki joint is ran by experienced and charismatic chefs, an experience filled with lively entertainment and beautiful dishes. The chefs are extremely skilled and can't wait to show off their tricks and cooking style.
The lunch bento boxes are gold! Each stunning dish is a gem of its own with the best of all flavours that complements and represents the diversity in Japanese cuisine. I keep going back for the bento box, there is nothing quite like it and you won't find anything nearly comparable in Brisbane.
10/10 with Sono, I have never had a disappointing experience.

2. Ioesco

3a Masthead Way | Sanctuary Cove, Hope Island, Gold Coast, Queensland 4212, Australia Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa Italian, Mediterranean, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Drinks +61 7 5577 8800
Excellent
74%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 397 reviews

Ioesco

Ioesco translates as ‘I am going out’, a fittingly momentous title for one of Gold Coast’s premier Italian restaurants, Ioesco - Cafe Cucina Bar. The likes of Gordon Ramsay have graced Ioesco’s stylish dining room, where sparkling chandeliers, a marble bar and water views are tempered by a relaxed vibe and alfresco Seating in the tranquil Sanctuary Cove surrounds. Passionate and knowledgeable staff work the floor delivering contemporary interpretations of classic Napoli cuisine that, happily, don’t compromise on size or quality. Moreish starters such as duck breast with Marsala mushroom cream sauce offer perfect preludes to mains like Barossa chicken breast with king prawns, avocado and garlic brandy cream sauce as well as spinach and buffalo ricotta ravioli with Napoli cream sauce.

Reviewed By Nicole C - Brisbane, Australia

Stunning decor with great ambiance. Lovely tables with luxurious leather seats. As a vegetarian I enjoyed a divine wild mushroom rocket salad starter which was beautiful with goats feta and a truffle balsamic. For main I was blown away by tortellini Gorgonzola with walnut rocket cream sauce. Very rich in flavour which I loved! My husband said the limone veal was amazing and our friends thoroughly enjoyed their meals too. Staff and hosts were very attentive, polite and eager to please. It is really a very special place for dinner. It may be our new favourite.

3. Ten Japanese Restaurant

Meriton Serviced Apartments | Shop 2 Meriton Pegasus 2669 Gold Coast Highway, Broadbeach, Gold Coast, Queensland 4218, Australia Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Japanese, Sushi, Asian, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Late Night +61 7 5570 1010
Excellent
83%
Good
11%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 229 reviews

Ten Japanese Restaurant

Reviewed By Tania R - Queensland, Australia

Went here for lunch last week with the family to celebrate my birthday. The food is really good value and typically Japanese where it comes out on a little tray with the soup and salad. It's BYO wine too! There was a slight mix up with my order but it was quickly resolved.

4. Citrique Restaurant

158 Ferny Ave | Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa, Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast, Queensland 4217, Australia Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Buffet Japanese, Seafood, Sushi, Asian, Australian, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night HK$173 - HK$510 +61 7 5592 9772
Excellent
76%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Citrique Restaurant

Citrique believes in stimulating the senses and making every visit an occasion. From food to atmosphere to personalisation and conversation, everyone deserves a little of the unexpected. A seafood lover’s dream, Citrique is famous for its opulent selection of ocean treasures including locally-caught ocean fresh prawns, scallops, sweet fleshed bugs, mussels, Tasmanian smoked salmon, plump oysters and crab. For those preferring their food from the land there is a wonderful choice of artisan antipasto, succulent roasts, Asian inspired dishes, wood-fired pizza and European classics. To finish, indulge in a fantasy array of desserts and delicacies put together by our talented pastry team. Citrique is a place where laughter is celebrated, conversation applauded and friendships last a lifetime.

Reviewed By Dianne H

This is my favorite buffet around. Seafood is always fresh and continually refreshed. Good selection of other food. Breakfast is great too

5. Punjab Curry Club

Shop 1 391 Main Rd, Wellington Point, Redland City, Queensland 4160, Australia Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Buffet Indian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Dinner HK$94 - HK$181 +61 404 184 646
Excellent
80%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 140 reviews

Punjab Curry Club

Punjab Curry Club at Wellington point is an authentic Indian Restaurant. We specialise in both modern indian and authentic indian food. Our food is cooked keeping in mid the English taste.

Reviewed By Raepascoe - Darwin, Australia

Fantastic attentive service, beautiful decor and stunning food. We have now tried most of the menu as this is our go to destination for dinner out and it is all amazing food. The Naans are delicious and the food is moorish.
A great place for a family dinner and also for a romantic dinner for two.

6. Bacchus

Rydges South Bank, Podium Level | 9 Glenelg Street, Brisbane, Queensland 4101, Australia Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Private Dining, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Accepts Credit Cards European, Australian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Drinks, Lunch HK$196 - HK$353 +61 7 3364 0837
Excellent
75%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 802 reviews

Bacchus

Every element of the award winning Bacchus restaurant has been designed with indulgence in mind. Head Chef Massimo Speroni's menu showcases a modern outlook on classical dishes and a commitment to quality ingredients and depth of flavour.

Reviewed By igttraveller - Sydney, Australia

Had the breakfast buffet on the second day of a business trip. Fantastic range of options, with the option of made to order eggs. I ordered some poached eggs which came out perfect! Fresh juice, flavoured milk, and made to order coffee available. Plenty of hot dishes to chose from, only minor issue was not a great range of pastries to select from.
Would highly recommend if staying at the Rydges having breakfast here at least one morning.

7. Cafe Alfons

38 Thomas Dr | Chevron island, Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast, Queensland 4217, Australia Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Cafe, Australian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +61 7 5538 7660
Excellent
80%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 183 reviews

Cafe Alfons

Cafe Alfons is open for breakfast and lunch 7 days from 7am. This high profile cafe is perfectly positioned on the prime Eastern corner of the Chevron Island village strip. It boasts a broad menu, while maintaining an uncomplicated selection of breakfast favourites and signature dishes to appeal to every palate. Cafe Alfons is also well known to locals for consistent, smooth tasting coffees and homemade cakes.

Reviewed By Debra D - Gold Coast, Australia

Staff are excellent and friendly. However the breakfast menu is full of eggs and creamy type things. It would benefit from a greater variety of dishes. The food we had was ok although the bacon was undercooked. However I got a case of food poisoning and was very ill before I got home and was sick for the whole day. Care with food is necessary in this heat!

8. Willow Dining Room

Shop 2 1840 Gold Coast Hwy | Shop 2, Gold Coast, Queensland 4220, Australia Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards Mediterranean, European, Spanish, Australian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Dinner, Drinks HK$63 - HK$173 +61 7 5576 4110
Excellent
78%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 399 reviews

Willow Dining Room

Restaurant - Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner

Reviewed By Travel M - Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Thoroughly enjoyed the banquet here. Every dish was amazingly tasty and original, presented beautifully. Staff were efficient, friendly and their recommendations were perfect. Each of the dishes, from entrees to desserts were truly awesome and definitely will return to this great local restuarant.

9. Rogue Bistro

14 Austin St | Newstead, Brisbane, Queensland 4006, Australia Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Highchairs Available Australian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Breakfast, Dinner, Brunch +61 7 3257 0227
Excellent
75%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 180 reviews

Rogue Bistro

Reviewed By Greg S - Brisbane, Australia

Found this place whilst driving through the back streets. Glad that we stopped in for breakfast. The omelette was filling and full of flavour whilst the pancakes were accompanied by an assortment of toppings that ensured even the fussiest of small children would find something to eat. Large outdoor area where children could be noisy within disturbing others.

10. Le Cafe Gourmand

2545 Gold Coast Hwy, Mermaid Beach, Gold Coast, Queensland 4218, Australia Delivery, Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Digital Payments, Accepts Credit Cards French, Cafe, European, Diner, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast HK$31 - HK$149 +61 7 5572 7793
Excellent
81%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 253 reviews

Le Cafe Gourmand

Colourful Modern Australian/French Cafe : we offer all sorts of coffees (dairy and non dairy) and a range of Breakfast/brunch/lunch dishes (mains, salads, sandwiches...) as well as daily baked goods: french croissants, chocolate croissants, baguettes and other desserts! Gluten free options are available. Come in and try our A la carte menu, stay on our Terrace and outdoor area and/or our air conditionned bright indoor space, and visit our little french inspired Boutique! We also open every 2nd and 4th Friday of the month for dinner, check out our menu on our website.

Reviewed By Michael M

We did the crowd source thing ourselves to see what Trip Advisor had as the #1 place on the GC, we were only staying around the corner, teeming rain from the tropical cyclone, but undeterred we ventured in.
Great idea.
We did breakfast before meetings.
I had an omelette, and I love omelettes, so this a staple.
OMG job - best omelette I have ever touched - simply stunning doesn't do this justice.
The better half had a breakfast bruschetta, which looked amazing, and from her plate being bone dry at the end, I'm pretty sure it tasted as good as it looked.
Really good coffee - Melbourne on the GC.
Well worth the visit - French influence is spectacular here.
Take the time to head to this one.
Enjoy

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