Discover the Sunshine Coast

Whether you’re someone who chases the sun, loves the water or the relaxed coastal lifestyle of the sunshine state, the Sunshine Coast is the perfect foodie destination for your family holiday or weekend away. No matter your plans along the way, stop for a bite to fill your belly (and soul) at one of our top dining picks.


Kawana Waters Hotel, Buddina

Is there anything better than waterside dining? We don’t think so! Enjoy a late lunch or early dinner by the Mooloolah River, sit back and relax with a glass of your favourite wine, beer or even cocktail and take in the breathtaking views. The menu has everything from steaks to seafood, grazing plates and pub classics. To top it all off, they have an outdoor playground and indoor playroom with games, movies and colouring in for the kids to keep themselves busy.

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Copper Spoon Thai Restaurant, Golden Beach

A beachfront Thai Restaurant is like music to our ears. Indulge in authentic, quality Thai cuisine by the beach surrounded by your family and friends. Sip on a cocktail, order your favourite dish and enjoy the view. The menu is mouth watering and every item on the menu is prepared with love and designed to be shared the same way. Enjoy everything from Salmon Sashimi Salad, to Stewed Duck Noodle Soup, Tom Yum with Moreeton Bay Bugs and Raw Crab Salad. Drooling yet?

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Piccolino, Noosa Heads

Is Italian cuisine your favourite? Even if it’s not, we think you need to stop by Piccolino on your trip to the Sunshine Coast. Located in Noosa Heads, you can get your carb fix anytime of the day whether you’re hungry for lunch, starving for dinner or feel like some nibbles some time in the afternoon. You can find all of the classics from wood fired pizza to arancini and calzone on the menu. What are you waiting for? Lock in your plans now!

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The Tamarind, Maleny

If you’re looking to treat yourself to fine dining on the Sunshine Coast The Tamarind should be at the top of your list. Awarded one Chef Hat in the 2020 Good Food Guide, you need to book your table for breakfast, lunch or dinner (who are we kidding? Book for every meal). Located in the luxurious Spicers Retreat, The Tamarind is taking Asian cuisine to the next level with the menu combining sweet, sour and spicy flavours through locally sourced produce. Enjoy grilled haloumi bao, crispy fried chicken and Koji creme caramel, we can guarantee you’ll be going back for more.

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Pelican Waters Tavern, Pelican Waters

Take a load off at Pelican Waters Tavern. Stop in for a bite along your way, or make it a destination in itself. Located on the canals of Pelican Waters makes it the perfect spot to bask in the relaxed atmosphere and feed your appetite (and soul). Enjoy all the pub classics from salt and pepper calamari for starters, to caesar salad and fish and chips for mains, or even treat yourself to dessert, there’s something for everyone.

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Golden Beach Tavern, Caloundra

A favourite of many TheFork foodies, Golden Beach Tavern is the perfect spot to sit back, relax and enjoy some delicious food on your Sunshine Coast escape. If you’re looking for somewhere to tire out the kids, Golden Beach Tavern is home to an outdoor play area with a climbing wall and sand pits, while also being walking distance to the beach. If you’re hungry for potato wedges, a beef pie or bbq meat lovers pizza, this is the spot for you.

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Buderim Tavern, Buderim

The best pit stops are the ones that involve food, right? Located between the Sunshine Coast city center and Mooloolaba, Buderim Tavern is the perfect spot for your family dinner, lunch or catch up with friends. Sip on a glass of your favourite drink, share a plate of something delicious (we recommend the buffalo mop chicken wings and the ‘teat & share’), and enjoy the great company.

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The Savvy Squire, Mooloolaba

Part of the James Squire family, The Savvy Squire sits on the Wharf Mooloolaba precinct with panoramic views of the river. Have a meal in the Dining Hall and order your favourite brew from the famous keg wall, people watch on the Deck or take your seat in the Beer Garden, The Plaza or Beer Hall. No matter your dining style, there’s something for everyone at The Savvy Squire. The icing on the cake is that the menu is full of pure deliciousness, why not see for yourself?

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Mosaic Kitchen & Bar, Nambour

Add Nambour RSL to your Sunshine Coast getaway to satisfy your classic Aussie family dining needs. With specials on during the week, who can resist a steak topper or parmy night? Start with a coffee in the cafe, dine in Mosaic Kitchen & Bar, and end with a drink in Zinc bar. Sounds like a great night of dining to us.

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Maisies Seafood and Steakhouse, Noosaville

Who can go past a seafood feast? We know we can’t. At Maisies Seafood and Steakhouse your eyes that are bigger than your belly will be right at home, Maisie’s pride themselves on their generous services so you will always leave feeling completely satisfied. Enjoy everything from seafood chowder to Noosa river prawns, seafood marinara spaghetti and fresh fruit pavlova for dessert. We know you’ll keep coming back for more, add it to your list now.

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Want to start planning your trip? Take a look at other Sunshine Coast restaurants to add to your list here.