The Sunshine Coast version of 'dining out' used to mean grabbing some fish and chips from the local takeaway and setting yourself up on the closest beach. However, thanks to a food revolution that's taken place in this lovely beachside region north of Brisbane, there are now a wide range of Sunshine Coast restaurants on offer featuring everything from fresh local seafood cooked to perfection as well as fine dining establishments that offer gastronomical journeys of culinary excellence. Although fish and chips are still a quintessential part of any holiday to the Sunshine Coast, you can now choose to eat them off paper or monogrammed fine bone china.
The Long Apron: Located in picturesque Montville, this restaurant is one of just four in Queensland awarded Two Hats and was also named Regional Restaurant of the Year. Part of the Spicer's Clovelly Estate, it offers a unique dining experience featuring exquisite degustation menus accompanied by a huge range of fine local and international served in an elegant European-inspired dining room.
Berardo's: Located on Noosa's iconic Hastings Street overlooking Laguna Bay, this multi-award-winning restaurant combines local produce, stylish décor, an extensive wine list, decadent menu and polished personal service to create an indulgent dining venue that has long been established as the place to see and be seen on the Sunshine Coast.
Reserve Restaurant: Located in the scenic hinterland town of Maleny, this fine dining restaurant offers an intimate atmosphere in a stunning reproduction of an iconic 1970s colonial Queenslander. Boasting an amazing chef and renowned sommelier, the restaurant has been listed in prestigious food and wine guides since opening in 2007.
The Spirit House: Surrounded by lush tropical gardens and cascading waterfalls in Yandina, The Spirit House is an award-winning restaurant offering modern Asian cuisine centred on a menu designed to offer a shared dining experience where tables order as a group and share the exotic flavours created by the chef.
Spice Bar: Offering multi-award-winning contemporary Australian and Asian-influenced cuisine in Mooloolaba, this top quality restaurant enjoys a relaxed atmosphere and has been awarded a chef's hat by the QLD Good Food Guide for two consecutive years, awarded one chef's hat in the AGFG awards and was winner of Restaurant & Catering Queensland's Modern Asian Restaurant.