Restaurants on the Gold Coast
Restaurants, Cafes and Coffee Shops
As you'd expect with any tourist town, the Gold Coast has a restaurant on every corner - except that unlike a lot of other tourist towns, most Gold Coast restaurants are really quite good.
The Gold Coast has some exceptional modern Australian cuisine and Asian food that will have your tastebuds indebted to you for some time.
The large Japanese population of the Gold Coast (both permanent and transient) means there are plenty of fantastic, cheap sushi places (mostly in Surfers Paradise) and the competition among restaurants is fierce, so the quality is usually locally grown or fished and excellent.
The main place to eat and be seen is Tedder Avenue in Main Beach, where about 30 top restaurants and bars sit side by side on either side of the street. Surfers Paradise has more places to eat, but they are scattered across wider geography and there is no specific dining 'strip'.
The Broadbeach CBD has risen to become the premier eating spot on the Gold Coast and has a great range of cuisines and price points on offer.
If you're after a cheap meal by the ocean pretty much all of the surf clubs (found in every oceanside suburb of the Coast) have a bistro where no matter what you choose you'll find a huge pile of great food sitting on your plate for less than $20.
Menu options are generally limited to chicken parmigiana, fish and chips, spaghetti marinara or the seafood platter, but you can't beat the quality, value and view.
If you want to go even cheaper still, find a corner shop and pick up a hamburger with the lot for $7 and fish and chips for about the same. If you're feeling like you want to splash out a little and wear a suit while you shovel lobster down your gullet, find your nearest five star hotel and they'll have something that you will enjoy paying the price for.
When in doubt, just ask a local.
Themed Restaurants, Dinner & Show Combos
Enjoy the show, your sumptuous three-course traditional Aussie BBQ dinner with drinks, and free Stockman's hat! Experience the heart, soul and true Aussie spirit of the outback with Australian Outback Spectacular 2 which is presented by R. M. Williams and filled with more outback music, drama and action than ever before!
After four years and amazing over a million visitors, Australian Outback Spectacular has introduced a variety of new and exciting scenes to enhance your show experience and to keep you on the edge of your seat.
Address: Pacific Motorway, Oxenford, Qld 4210
Illusions Magic Show
Running from The Village Theatre, Sanctuary Cove, Illusions is wowing crowds with never before seen illusions including mid-air vanishes and appearances, in addition to Hollywood’s usual blend of hilarious comedy, tricks and stunts. Illusions will be performed on the same stage Frank Sinatra and Whitney Houston took to when Sanctuary Cove first opened in 1988. Starting at 7pm every Friday and Saturday night, get the dinner and VIP experience and make it a true 'Hollywood' experience.
Address: The Village Theatre, Sanctuary Cove
Draculas is one of the Gold Coast's longest-running and most successful attractions, having been entertaining both locals and visitors alike for over 30 years with its unique nights of burlesque-style entertainment, horrific displays of comedy and dining the likes of which is unmatched in the region!
For a ghoulishly good time with both friends and family, Dracula's is a humourous tribute to the B-grade horror genre that incorporates entertaining musical productions alongside side-splitting comedy to provide a memorable evening that has been much-acclaimed by guests for years!
Address: 1 Hooker Blv, Broadbeach Qld 4218
Dinner & Show at Jupiters Casino
The state of the art Jupiters Theatre provides for a revolutionary experience through the latest technology and architecture, boasting a gallery level, VIP hospitality rooms for pre and post event functions, an impressive lighting rig and a high tech surround sound system. Couple your viewing pleasure with a meal at one of Jupiter's award winning restaurants to make your night complete!
Check out the current and upcoming shows at Jupiters and book your tickets online - get a Dinner and Show combo!
Address: Jupiters Hotel & Casino, Broadbeach Island, Broadbeach, Qld 4218