Gold Coast Eats: 2020 Best Restaurants You Must Try Without Breaking The Budget

Gold Coast is a paradise lover’s precious gem. But prior to everyone’s knowledge that it’s the home to world-class surfing beaches, Gold Coast has its fair share of renowned and award-winning restaurants that locals and tourists flock through day or night. 

From freshly caught seafood to wide array of delectable and locally sourced ingredients for meat and vegan dishes, you’re certain to have a memorable dining experience at these restaurants in Gold Coast. Come check them out!

Jimmy Wah’s

Serving up Vietnamese deliciousness 7 days a week, Jimmy Wah’s is the brainchild of a female restaurateur who wants to run her own business and Social Eating House’s former chef who was deeply inspired by his 5-week travel in Vietnam. 

Scaling up on the simplicity of Vietnamese cuisine and producing their refreshingly creative take by fusing other Asian cuisine techniques, it’s no wonder why Jimmy Wah’s is one of the most populated dining places in Burleigh. Another thing to appreciate about their menu is they offer gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan dishes. View their menu here.

Price Range: From $9 – $65 (7-course meal with sides)

Specialty: Modern Vietnamese, Asian Fusion

Best-sellers: Banh Mi, Vietnamese Pancake, Rice Paper Rolls, Fried Bao

Address: 1724 Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads, Queensland 4220

Contact Details: +61 7 5659 1180

Operating Hours: Opens 5:00 PM, closes 8 PM or 9:00 – 9:15 PM depending on number of customers

Accommodation: Advance booking is highly recommended, walk-ins are allowed 

Justin Lane Pizzeria and Bar

Perhaps one of the hippest restaurants in Burleigh, Justin Lane boasts as one of the largest dining locations in the area. Combining their dining, function, and rooftop bar in one location, don’t be surprised if many people hang out here by the end of the day to either have a hearty Italian dinner good for sharing or having a #pizzaparty at the rooftop during the wee hours of night. 

Their motto? Eat, drink, and be messy. Justin Lane’s sure living up to it. View their extensive menu here

Price Range: Food starts at $6 – $28, “Feed Me” dining option costs $39/pax

Specialty: Italian with Australian twist

Best-sellers: Almost everything on their menu is a great hit, TBH 

Address: 1708-1710 Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads, Queensland 4220

Contact Details: +61 7 5576 8517

Operating Hours: Opens at 12 PM, closes around late midnight

Accommodation: Reservation is recommended, walk-ins are allowed. Food delivery also available 

Mr. Hizola’s

Beside Jimmy Wah’s is where Mr. Hizola’s is located. Near the beach and want to feast on some mouthwatering dimsum? This is your place-to-be. You’ll easily find the place, with hanging Chinese lanterns on their ceiling and the neon signage of the resto’s name. Usually a normal-looking restaurant by day but a fave hangout bar place at night. Mr. Hizola’s is usually packed during the weekends. Check out their menu here

Price Range: Starts at $6 – $41, group meals starts from $50 – $65/pax

Specialty: Contemporary Cantonese-style 

Best-sellers: Dimsums, Peking Duck, Yum Cha (available during lunch time only)

Address: 1730 Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads, 4220

Contact Details: + 61 7 5576 3458

Operating Hours: Lunch starts at 12 PM to 4 PM, dinner starts at 5 PM onwards

Accommodation: Reservations, advance booking, and walk-ins are allowed. Delivery also available.

Social Eating House

If you’re thinking might be the reason behind the restaurant’s name, you guessed it right. Social Eating House is a restaurant that dedicates an extensive international cuisine in large portions good for sharing, plus they also offer customised menus for people with certain dietary requirements or allergies. If you’re looking for a place to hangout with your friends, Social Eating House is the perfect place to go. View their entire menu here.

Price Range: Starts at $4 – $78, meals for sharing starts at $71/pax

Specialty: Casual and modern Australian, Seafood 

Best-sellers: Charcuterie, Twice Cooked Pork Belly, Whole Roast Chicken 

Address: Shop 137, 3 Oracle Boulevard, Broadbeach, Gold Coast 

Contact Details: +61 7 5504 5210

Operating Hours: Open daily, from 12 PM – 3 PM (Lunch), 6 PM – 10PM (Dinner)

Accommodation: Reservations, advance booking, and walk-ins are allowed.

Etsu Izakaya/Hideaway Kitchen & Bar

Etsu’s speakeasy and chill atmosphere makes it one of the hottest modern Japanese izakayas in Gold Coast. You’ll be able to witness the distinct aroma coming from the fresh fish that’s been sizzling on the robata grill or chow down on the sashimi platters that melts in your mouth in an instant. Dinner parties? Yes please! Etsu can make the magic happen. Check out their full menu here.

Price Range: Depending on specialty menu

Specialty: Modern Japanese Izakaya, Asian Fusion

Best-sellers: Sashimi platters, their premium steak selection

Address: 2440 Gold Coast Highway Mermaid Beach

Contact Details: (07) 55260944 or

Operating Hours: 7 days a week, from 5 PM to 12 AM

Accommodation: Reservations, advance booking, and walk-ins are allowed.

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