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Dining on the Gold CoastRestaurants, 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.

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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 and the competition among restaurants is fierce, so the quality is usually locally grown or fished and excellent.

The Broadbeach CBD has become the premier eating spot on the Gold Coast and has a great range of cuisines and price points on offer, with a variety of restaurants lining Victoria Avenue and within the new Oracle precinct. Nobbys Beach and Burleigh also have a good selection of dining spots, not to mention the main shopping centres housing some great choices - grab a bite to eat before seeing a movie or after a day of shopping.

Tedder Avenue in Main Beach, is a popular dining strip where about 20 top restaurants and bars sit side by side on either side of the street. Surfers Paradise has more places to choose from, but they are scattered across wider geography and there is no specific dining 'strip'.

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, steak, fish and chips, spaghetti marinara or the seafood platter, but you can't beat the quality, value and view.

Mamasan chinese restaurant
Share platters at Miami Marketta
Paddock Bakery table of food

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

Experience the heart, soul and true Aussie spirit of the outback with Australian Outback Spectacular: Return of High Country Legends pays tribute to some of Australia's greatest legendary stories, with more music, drama and action than ever before. Enjoy a three-course Aussie BBQ dinner with drinks & free Stockman's hat! See death-defying stunts, aerial performances, plus some incredible special effects. 

Location: Entertainment Road, Oxenford

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Draculas has been entertaining both locals and visitors alike for over 30 years with its unique nights of burlesque-style entertainment, comedy and dining the likes of which is unmatched! For a ghoulishly good time, Draculas is a humourous tribute to the B-grade horror genre incorporating musical productions alongside side-splitting comedy to provide a memorable evening that has been much-acclaimed for years!

Location: 1 Hooker Blvd, Broadbeach

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Situated in Broadbeach, The Star has been a Gold Coast icon for entertainment for over 25 years and is the Coast's only casino. With regular stage shows in the recently refurbished multi-million dollar theatre, live music and entertainment throughout the various bars and clubs, award winning restaurants and bars, boutique shopping and of course, more gaming tables and machines than any other venue on the Coast.

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Join this exclusive 2 hour lunch cruise departing from the heart of the Gold Coast with a delicious buffet lunch that takes you through the extensive Surfers Paradise canal system - larger than the systems of Venice and Amsterdam combined! Then head out to the Broadwater to soak in some views of the coast's skyline. Enjoy your seafood and chicken lunch, perhaps a drink from the fully-licensed onboard bar, and soak in the sunshine from the deck.

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Images courtesy Tourism & Events Queensland, Tourism Australia, Destination Gold Coast & Getty Images. Restaurants pictured above (starting top of page, then left to right): Etsu Izakaya, Mamasan, Miami Marketta tapas boards, the Paddock Bakery.

Things to do and seeOn the Gold Coast in Queensland

Theme Parks

Combo passes & packages

Free things to do

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary


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