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The Best Places to Eat in Australia's Scenic Rim

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Updated: 6 September 2017
The beautiful region of the Scenic Rim is arguably Queensland’s best winter holiday destination. Here, you’ll find beautiful views of mountains, rainforests and rolling green hills. Peppered throughout are many small farms, producing some of the best produce Queensland has to offer and providing the local restaurants with new menu options every season. Here are the best places to eat in the Scenic Rim.

The Old Church

Restaurant, Contemporary, $$$
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This beautiful old church turned restaurant really encompasses what the Scenic Rim region is all about – classic verandas, rolling lawns, tall trees and peace and quiet. Complete with an open log fire for chilly winters, you won’t be disappointed with the fresh menu on offer.
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Mon - None:
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Thu - None:
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri - None:
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Sat - None:
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Sun - None:
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Bernard's Hotel

Restaurant, Seafood, Contemporary, Pub Grub, $$$
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St Bernard’s Hotel is set in the historic restaurant region of the Scenic Rim and has spectacular views of Guanaba Gorge. St Bernard’s is all about a menu that is seasonal and focuses on local produce – so don’t expect the same menu every time you visit.

If you’re a seafood lover – this is the place for you. You’ll find all the seafood you could wish for, including juicy king prawns and line caught wild Australian ocean fish.

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Mon - Sun:
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Mon - Sun:
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Drift Tamborine

Cafe, Australian, $$$
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Sitting atop the beautiful Tamborine Mountain, Drift is the perfect place for a wine with a view. This cafe is your one stop shop for breakfast, coffee, lunch or even just an afternoon cocktail on the deck overlooking the park.

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Pethers Rainforest Retreat

Boutique Hotel Restaurant, Hotel Restaurant, Restaurant, Contemporary, Australian, Dessert, $$$
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Pethers Rainforest Restaurant is for those wanting a more romantic dining experience. This intimate restaurant is set around an elevated fireplace and overlooking a lush rainforest. While Pethers is actually a boutique hotel restaurant, if you’re in the area and after a romantic date night, this is the place for you.

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Spicer's Retreat Restaurant

Boutique Hotel Restaurant, Contemporary, $$$
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A part of the Spicer’s Peak Retreat, this hotel restaurant holds high repute for good reason. Set in the serene Maryvale grounds, this restaurant is great for both a more casual breakfast or their speciality – the tasting menu which is three courses with wine matching.

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Fri - Sun:
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Thu - Mon:
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Spice of Life

Cafe, Indian, Moroccan, Asian, Australian, $$$
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The Spice of Life is definitely a mixed bag when it comes to cuisine and it’s a bit tricky to pinpoint which country is their speciality. Don’t be put off by this though – everything they do, they do well, whether it’s Moroccan or Indian. If you’re after something a little lighter though, you’ll also find a huge range of exotic teas and sweet treats, or even grab lunch to go with their take-away option.

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