Some folks come to Byron to do Yoga on the beach in flashy activewear. Others flock to town for its world-class waves or to spot celebrities at hip Fletcher Street cafes.
But for epicureans, Byron Bay has some of the best high-end tucker in Northern NSW.
We’re covering five of the finest fine dining haunts so you can chew your way through Byron Bay’s gourmet gastronomy scene.
Three Blue Ducks
Affectionately known as ‘the Ducks,’ this stellar restaurant serves top-quality nosh with sweeping Byron Lighthouse and Hinterland views—you can even see Mount 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.
Forest Byron Bay
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!
Karkalla Byron Bay
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.
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.
Beach Byron Bay
Keen to gobble down first-rate cuisine with a beautiful sea view? Beach Byron Bay serves lip-smacking dishes on a breezy oceanfront deck. Sink your teeth into a broad range of tantalizing Mod-Oz creations while watching local surfers bob between the waves (or maybe even migrating whales).
Award-winning head chef Simon Palmer is a master at wood fired cooking—expect smoky undertones in his authentic seasonal dishes. The restaurant forms part of the highly regarded Fink hospitality group.
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 Farm Lighthouse and Farm Long Lunch 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.