Where to Eat in Surfers Paradise: The Best Restaurants and Bars

July 24, 2017 Kandra Bartel

The aptly-named Surfers Paradise is just that—a haven for those who pay homage to the gods of the sea by attempting to become one with the waves. The beach here is a golden stretch of soft sand that provides the perfect ambiance for a day of catching waves, catching a Frisbee or just catching some rays. Refuel at one of Surfers Paradise's 150 restaurants and cafes, or hit a Northside day spa to soothe your surf-weary muscles and smooth your sun-kissed skin.
Things to do in Surfers Paradise

1. Misono Japanese Steakhouse

158 Ferny Ave | Level 3, Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa, Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast, Queensland 4217, Australia Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Private Dining, Highchairs Available, Accepts Credit Cards Sushi, Japanese, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner HK$196 - HK$510 +61 7 5592 9770
Excellent
77%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Misono Japanese Steakhouse

The highly trained Misono chefs are known as entertainers as well as culinary masters and create an unforgettable dining experience every time as they slice, dice and juggle utensils, while tossing prawns and eggs. A range of teppanyaki banquets are prepared at your table featuring combinations of fresh seafood, tender steak and succulent chicken. All banquets are served with miso soup, followed by salad, prawn appetiser, hibachi vegetables and steamed or fried rice. Step inside and live the moment. If you were taught never to play with your food then perhaps it’s time to break the rules. Expected the unexpected...amplified at Misono.

Reviewed By 32YL

We visited Misono at the Marriott Surfers Paradise for a birthday dinner for my partner! It’s a lively, fun teppanyaki experience and the food is good - similar to any teppanyaki restaurant on the Coast really. Dennis our chef was really entertaining and doubled as a DJ with great music blaring from his prep trolley! This is not the place to go if you want an intimate dinner - it’s loud and noisy but lots of fun!

2. LA RUSTICA Mediterranean Restaurant

3118 Surfers Paradise Bvd | Surfers Paradide, Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast, Queensland 4217, Australia Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Delivery, Reservations, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Credit Cards Italian, Mediterranean, Turkish, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Lunch HK$94 - HK$243 +61 410 400 662
Excellent
63%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 309 reviews

LA RUSTICA Mediterranean Restaurant

La Rustica Mediterranean is a perfect partnership of 2 Italians & a Turkish In-Law- Specializing in 2 Empires Cuisines- Roman & Ottoman-Offering Dine In, Take Away & Deliveries 7 Evenings from 5pm till late Serving handmade stone cooked Pizzas- Traditional to Creative Pasta's/ 300gm Fillet Steaks/ Veal/ Chicken & Seafoods- Now with Meze/ Shish Kebabs/ Kofta/ Fresh Fish/ Heaps of Vegetarian/ Gluten Free options/ Halal options & Daily Specials Perfect for any occasion- Early Bird Family's/ Romantic Dinner/ Parties/ Conference/ Get together/ Karaoke & LCD Screen available- Functions & Festivals Parking at Bruce Bishop Car Park just behind us & walk though We look forward to having you at our place for dinner soon =)

Reviewed By mariam j

Cosy place, with delicious food. I visited the restaurant with my friends during our trip in Australia. We ordered Pizza, Spaghetti, Steaks and some seafood. All of us were very satisfied. Staff is very friendly. They gave us some good advises about places we could visit and things to do, to make our trip unforgettable.
And I want to add that prices rn't high at all.
So, I have lots of reasons to suggest you this place

3. Alfresco Italian Restaurant

3018 Surfers Paradise Bvd | Corner Hamilton Ave & Surfers Paradise Blvd, Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast, Queensland 4217, Australia Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$63 - HK$298 +61 7 5538 9333
Excellent
71%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Alfresco Italian Restaurant

Reviewed By Zoe M - Adelaide, Australia

The staff were super friendly and catered to our needs. The food was absolutely delicious! I had the veal scallopini funghi I didn't even need to use my knife the veal just ripped a part it was absolutely perfectly cooked. My partner had the amatriciana gnocchi and he could not fault it, the sauce was just right and it had a nice bit of spice but it was not too hot. We also had the crumbed camembert with chilli plum sauce and that was absolutely divine. One of our favourite dishes when travelling Europe was crumbed camembert and it nearly gave that one a run for it's money! I went to Alfresco as it was my birthday the following day and the waitress brought over a piece of tiramisu and sung me happy birthday which I thought was so lovely and it really made my night. I just loved everything about this experience and I couldn't recommend this restaurant enough. I can't wait to come back and try more things off the menu. Absolutely divine!

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. Costa D'oro Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria

27 Orchid Ave, Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast, Queensland 4217, Australia (Formerly Costa D'ora Bistro) Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards Pizza, Italian, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch HK$94 - HK$275 +61 7 5538 5203
Excellent
63%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
4%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 706 reviews

Costa D'oro Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria

Delicious pastas with home-made sauces. The best oven-baked pizzas. Great tasting veal and chicken dishes. Mouth-watering steaks and seafood. Fresh green salads. A wide selection of wine and beer. "Good food - Good friends - Good life."

Reviewed By Collier2812 - London, United Kingdom

We visited this restaurant after being charmed in by the pleasant host walking down the street, and we were incredibly glad we did!
My partner had the king prawn linguine pasta, and I had the Veal in a creamy mushroom sauce, and both were fantastic (I didn’t attempt to try and spell the names of the dishes in Italian)!
Good size portions, very high quality food, and cooked to perfection - a real authentic Italian experience.
Would 100% recommend, and go back!

6. Govindas Surfers Paradise

3120 Surfers Paradise Bvd, Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast, Queensland 4217, Australia Highchairs Available, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Buffet International, Healthy, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +61 466 181 495
Excellent
62%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 262 reviews

Govindas Surfers Paradise

Govinda's Surfers Paradise Pure Vegan Wholefood Buffet. All you can eat* *Choose from; Curry of the day, Dahl, Brown and Basmati Rices, Kofta Balls, Pakora, Various Bakes, Turkish Bread, Halava and up to 6 salads.

Reviewed By cfq_11 - Surfers Paradise, Australia

As locals we have walked past this restaurant many times, however today we decided to call in for a quick lunch.
A basic selection of vegetarian foods, good tastes, well presented and welcoming staff.
Overall we were very happy with our experience and will probably return.

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. Longboards Laidback Eatery & Bar

9 Hamilton Ave, Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast, Queensland 4217, Australia Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards American, Bar, Australian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Drinks, Brunch HK$63 - HK$298 +61 7 5538 2559
Excellent
65%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 961 reviews

Longboards Laidback Eatery & Bar

Longboards is the Gold Coasts best gourmet burger & craft beer bar. Voted #3 best burger in Australia 2014 by Trip Advisor. Longboards offers great food, good times and funky tunes

Reviewed By tysmith - White Rock, Canada

My partner is a burger snob. He loved the El Chapo burger. I had the Mona Lisa. Both were delicious and unique. The fries and gravy were average. They have a large selection of burgers and other food.
Its a self service concept but the staff are friendly.
The reason I knocked a point off was for cleanliness. The first table we sat at was so dusty that it left a film of black dust on hands and forearms. The tables and menus are sticky and need to be given a proper cleaning.

The reason I knocked the rating

9. Clifford’s Grill & Lounge

3032 Surfers Paradise Bvd, Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast, Queensland 4217, Australia Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa Bar, Australian, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$94 - HK$298 +61 7 5588 8400
Excellent
66%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 207 reviews

Clifford’s Grill & Lounge

Food is at the heart of every fond dining experience. At Clifford's, we offer a contemporary menu that will incite the dining impulses of even the hardest to please. Simple, thoughtful meals, based on wholesome, hearty produce and fashioned for sharing - the perfect complement to great conversation in a beautifully relaxed setting. We are a modern spin on the traditional grill house, boasting a centrepiece ten-burner grill that our culinary talent sets alight daily to fire up fresh meats, seafood and other staple favourites grilled to mouth-watering perfection. Salads, tapas and sides with a twist will also have you second guessing your options being spoilt for choice. Executive Chef, Daniel Smith, named Chef of the Year in the 2001 Movers and Shakers edition of GQ Magazine, believes his restaurant is the embodiment of social dining on the Gold Coast, akin to what one would expect in any top ten metropolitan destination in the world. And he should know having cooked for many notable celebrities globally. Hearty and healthy breakfasts are also available at Clifford's on weekends.

Reviewed By swannie00450 - Gold Coast Hinterland, Australia

First time visit to Cliffords, for Valentines dinner. The greeter was very good, the wait for our table minimal, the waiter explained everything on the menu (it was a set menu with choices), our drinks were prompt and the food service excellent.
The meals are large, so be careful in ordering "sides", after entree and mains we had no room for dessert. I was very impressed with the entire experience and would not hesitate to recommend.
Good work, Cliffords !

10. Tribeca NYC

58 Thomas Dr, Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast, Queensland 4217, Australia Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Accepts Credit Cards Steakhouse, American, Street Food, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch HK$63 - HK$212 +61 421 299 358
Excellent
69%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 323 reviews

Tribeca NYC

Reviewed By MRfromNewcastle - Newcastle

Visited here with the family whilst on holiday. A cheap eats webpage revealed cheap ribs night on Wednesdays so we booked. There was some sort of mishap with our original booking via the phone not recorded on their books however the hostess fixed us up with the last table which was outside which was exactly what we wanted. While I had pork ribs my wife ordered Salmon as she doesn’t eat meat. She said ur was very nice but the manager told her just before it arrived that as it was a small piece and that’s all they had (they are primarily a meat restaurant so that’s understandable) so they gave it to us for free. The kids shared some chips so it really was a cheap and very delish dinner. The ribs were falling from the bone like they should and had a beautiful bbq sauce. It was an enjoyable evening.

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