The 10 Best Restaurants in Australia's Sunshine Coast

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6 December 2017

For all the Sunshine Coast’s beauty and sensational sights, it has been slow to the foodie game. Until fairly recently, there weren’t many options beyond delicious fresh fish and chips and the local Thai place. Lucky for us, it’s finally upped its game and has some fantastic new options like tapas, Mexican and fresh contemporary Asian.

Bistro C

Bistro, Contemporary, Seafood, Australian, Vegetarian, Vegan, $$$
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Bistro C was one of the first brilliant bistros on the Sunshine Coast with spectacular views, impeccable service and a delicious menu all in one. They’ve earned themselves a solid reputation and kept it strong for many years. Enjoy the beach view at Noosa over breakfast, lunch or dinner. As it’s only a few steps from the sand, you can work off your meal with a leisurely stroll along the beach.


Restaurant, Bistro, Japanese, $$$
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The owners of Wasabi are focused heavily on authentic Japanese food and staying true to their Japanese roots, while, at the same time, using locally sourced ingredients. The restaurant has their own local farm, which provides a lot of ingredients used in the Wasabi menu in conjunction with super-fresh seafood caught daily.

Pier 33

Bistro, Restaurant, Seafood, Contemporary, Healthy, $$$
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This is the ultimate Sunshine Coast foodie heaven – in a relaxed setting on the edge of beautiful Mooloolaba with a menu packed with fresh coastal flavours. Pier 33 is owned by the same talented people that brought us the Gold Coast’s Rick Shores so if that’s anything to go by, you know their cocktails will be fine and the soft shell crab rolls will blow your socks off.

Nguyen Brothers

Restaurant, Vietnamese, Asian, Vegetarian, Vegan, Healthy, Fast Food
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Authentic Vietnamese food and the balmy Sunshine Coast are a match made in heaven. Enter Nguyen Brothers with their light and fresh menu – perfect for those long, hot summers. On a hot day, go for the rice paper rolls or one of their delicious salads full of fresh herbs that pack a punch.

Spirit House

Restaurant, Thai
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Nestled in the hinterland of the Sunshine Coast, the Spirit House has created a reputation for itself that is known around the country. Not only do they do spot-on Asian cuisine, but you can also learn how to make some of their most delicious dishes at their onsite cooking school. This one is an absolute must-visit when you’re at the Sunshine Coast.


Bar, Fusion, Fast Food, Australian, Austrian, $$$
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Padstows has an extensive contemporary fusion menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It’s as fusion as you can get while also being totally delicious and not skimping on quality. Get pasta, a curry or fresh seafood as well as having your pick from a fantastic bar menu with primo cocktails.

Ol' Cactus

Restaurant, Mexican, Fusion, $$$
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Ol’ Cactus puts a bit of a twist on traditional Tex-Mex and pushes some boundaries. The menu includes dishes like smoked pork hot dogs and ox tongue tacos but also has some amazing favourites that fit the surroundings, like prawn ceviche and salmon tartare. This is the perfect menu for after a swim in the beautiful Queensland sea.


Restaurant, Tapas, Fusion, Asian, Japanese, $$$
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Chow is all about Japanese and Asian fusion flavours, like stir-fries, noodle soups and delicious yakitori. Chow is a great option for a bunch of friends wanting to share a light meal after a day at the beach.

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