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The 7 Best Gourmet Restaurants in Byron Bay

Beach? Check. Waves? Check. Mouthwatering gourmet food? You betcha. As experts in all things epicurean, we know that you’re on the hunt for the best Byron Bay restaurants to satisfy your culinary cravings.

At Kiff & Culture, we’ve scoured the town to bring you the seven most tantalising gourmet restaurants in Byron Bay. From farm-to-table fare to inventive seafood dishes, these spots are sure to tantalise your taste buds.

So, ditch the activewear and grab your fork, because we’re about to take you on a gastronomic journey through the best of Byron Bay’s dining scene. Trust us, these restaurants are the real deal when it comes to high-end tucker in Northern NSW.

Harvest Restaurant

Nestled in the charming village of Newrybar, this farm-to-table gem is the perfect destination for those seeking exquisite dining experiences. With a seasonal menu that showcases the best of Northern NSW’s sustainable produce, this chef-hat-wielding establishment is a must-visit for any foodie.

From the on-site gardens to regional providers, the eco-conscious kitchen team sources the freshest ingredients for their creations, all cooked to perfection in a wood-fired oven. Housed in a beautifully converted hundred-year-old farmhouse, this restaurant offers a relaxed yet elegant atmosphere for both lunch and dinner.

Book your table in advance to indulge in one of the best dining experiences Byron Bay has to offer. Or if you’re looking for a tailored day trip or multi-day package, get in touch with Kiff & Culture. We’ll use our expert local knowledge to craft the perfect private experience for you and your friends.

seafood at Harvest

Frida’s Field Restaurant

Set high in the Byron Hinterlands, this stunning rural restaurant enchants diners with its sweeping farmyard views. Don’t come here to grab a quick bite. Frida’s is all about long lazy lunches with “life-changing” wine pairings amid scenic countryside surroundings. 

Most folks spend over three hours ploughing through the regional three-course set menu. Dishes rotate with the seasons, and there’s a delicious menu custom-built for vegans. 

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Three Blue Ducks at The Farm Byron Bay

Affectionately known as ‘the Ducks,’ this stellar restaurant serves top-quality nosh with sweeping Byron Lighthouse and Hinterland views—you can even see Wollumbin (Mt Warning). The venue forms part of The Farm, an eclectic ensemble of boutique micro-businesses with a strict eco-friendly ethos.

Each delectable dish is crafted from organic natural ingredients sourced from local producers. Diners sit alongside a 12-metre open-air terrace kitchen, which features a wood-fired pizza oven, a double spit, and an Argentinean-style grill.

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Forest Byron Bay – Cocktail Bar & Restaurant

Nestled within a lush subtropical rainforest, this upmarket restaurant in the Crystalbrook Byron Resort does superb contemporary Australian cuisine with an environmentally-orientated approach. Forest Byron Bay works side-by-side with ethical local farmers. Eighty per cent of its produce comes from within a three-hour drive—expect nothing but free-range proteins and sustainably sourced seafood here.

On the menu, delicacies like West Australian truffle and Bangalow sweet pork tempt the palate. Lighter, snack-sized options include guindilla chilli with whipped macadamia and char-grilled peppers—yum!

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Karkalla Byron Bay Restaurant

Run by Mindy Woods, a proud Bundjalung woman, Karkalla has made waves as Byron’s premier indigenous-owned restaurant. The popular venue creates a unique opportunity for indigenous and non-indigenous Australians to connect through Aboriginal art, culture, and (of course) food.

The seasonal menu relies solely on fresh native ingredients, a homage to Mindy’s heritage and traditions. Standout dishes include the share-style salt & pepper berry calamari as well as the juicy kangaroo fillet with Jerusalem artichokes.

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Fig Tree Restaurant

A longstanding institution, the Fig Tree Restaurant has been plating up fantastic farm-to-table fare since 1981. The renovated farmyard is also a popular spot to tie the knot—you’ll enjoy gorgeous gardens and epic Hinterland views.

For multiple generations, the family-run business has been sourcing most of its ingredients from the on-site garden each morning; other produce comes from sustainable local farmers. Order the degustation menu to experience the full spectrum of Fig Tree flavours, or grab a takeaway hamper to eat like a king on the road.

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Beach Byron Bay – Restaurant & Wedding Venue

For those searching for the best Byron Bay restaurants with breathtaking sea views, look no further than Beach Byron Bay. This oceanfront gem offers a delectable menu of mouth-watering Mod-Oz dishes that can be savored on their breezy deck while watching surfers ride the waves or spotting migrating whales.

Under the guidance of award-winning head chef Simon Palmer, the restaurant’s wood-fired cooking imparts a subtle smoky flavour to the authentic seasonal dishes. And as part of the esteemed Fink hospitality group, you can expect an exceptional dining experience that’s truly second to none. So, sit back, relax, and enjoy the perfect combination of fantastic food and stunning scenery at Beach Byron Bay.

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Book a Byron Bay Food Tour with Kiff & Culture

Looking to savour the best gastronomic experiences Byron has to offer?

Then let Kiff & Culture take you to the region’s top culinary haunts. Our Byron Bay Foodie and Farm Long Lunch & Husk Distillery tours whisk you between the best gourmet venues, stopping off at a distillery for a couple of cheeky drinks.

Door-to-door transfers, a fun, chatty guide, and newfound friends come part of every tour.

Image Credit: Karkalla via Instagram, Fig Tree Restaurant via Instagram & Beach Byron Bay via Instagram

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