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The 5 Best Gold Coast Restaurants to Try in 2022

Looking to broaden your culinary horizons this year? Then chew your way through our Glitter Strip restaurant list.

From Broadbeach to Burleigh, the Gold Coast is awash with glimmering gastronomic delights. We’re covering five of the finest in this post.

Rick Shores

Hospitality heavyweight Rick Shores serves lip-smacking cuisine from his flagship Burleigh Beach restaurant. Contemporary Asian fusion offerings dominate the menu, with dishes like king prawn yellow curry and soft shell crab. And don’t even think of skimping on Rick’s signature creation: the Insta-worthy Moreton Bay Bug Roll.

To enhance the exquisite cuisine, you’ll enjoy sweeping ocean views at this buzzy waterfront haunt. Pro tip: rock up at sunset to sip a frothy brew (or vino) as you watch the sky transform into psychedelic shades.

 

Social Eating House + Bar

A Broadbeach institution, this cosy two chef-hatted restaurant serves superb fare in an intimate, unpretentious locale. Unlike other Oracle Boulevard eateries, the scene at Social Eating House is decidedly low-key—it’s a place for mates to savour good food over an hour or two.

Nibble away on share plates like oysters and charcuterie, or opt for the signature dish: the succulent one-kilo saltbush lamb shoulder. If you’ve still got room for dessert, the cheesecake panna cotta with stewed rhubarb and yoghurt sponge is divine. Otherwise, give their ever-popular espresso martinis a try.

 
 
 
 
 
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Light Years

Byron Bay hotspot Light Years has set up shop in the Goldie, and its Burleigh Beach restaurant is all about fine food and fun-filled vibes. Chatty wait staff, cruisy tunes, colourful cocktails, and funky oriental-inspired décor ensure a memorable experience from the moment you pull up a chair.

Executive Chef Robbie Oijvall spearheads the kitchen team, preparing a mouth-watering modern Asian menu with influences from all corners of the continent. From bite-sized eats like dumplings and bao buns to big spicy curries and hearty wok-fried rice, there’s something here for everyone.

 
 
 
 
 
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The Tropic

Located alongside Rick Shores (by the Burleigh Pavilion), The Tropic is a sleek a la carte restaurant serving up superb cuisine with an epic ocean view. The tropical-themed interior is the epitome of cool—think tall plantation-style ceilings, a creamy-white and green colour scheme, and strings of photo-friendly fairy lights to frame the horizon.

As for the nosh, twice chef-hatted Guillaume Zika prepares a thoughtful farm-to-table Mediterranean and Mod-Oz cuisine menu. Did we mention there’s a bottomless brunch on the last Saturday of the month?

 
 
 
 
 
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Restaurant Labart

Any list paying homage to the best culinary delights of the Gold Coast would be incomplete without acknowledging the sublime award-winning fine dining experience on offer at Burleigh’s Restaurant Labart. Showcasing the very best local produce, Labart is truly work-class modern Australian with an unmistakable European influence. 

The first venture from acclaimed Sydney chef Alex Munoz Labart, three key philosophical pillars underpin every decision: sustainability, seasonality and simplicity. “Our sole purpose is to make people happy”, says Alex, “We want to do away with the idea that delicious food needs to be served with stuffiness and formality”. 

 
 
 
 
 
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Book a Gold Coast Culinary Tour with Kiff & Culture

Our widely popular Eat & Drink the Gold Coast tour takes you to its top culinary haunts, including a few of these awesome eateries. With door-to-door transfers and multiple stops at the Goldie’s best restaurants, breweries, and distilleries, a fun-filled afternoon is all but guaranteed.

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