Five Top Eats when visiting the ‘Goldie’

by | 1 May | Cities, Listing, Top 100 Experiences | 0 comments

The Gold Coast is best known for its beautiful long white beaches, while its culinary appeal is rather less documented. So let’s dive on in to the best places to eat when visiting the Goldie.

fish house restaurant gold coast

The Fish House

It’s kind of an unwritten rule that when visiting a coastal city you must try the fish. The Fish House is located in a purpose built structure on the shores of Goodwin Terrace. Here, the highest quality catches are prepared simply, with a light southern European influence, so you can still taste the ocean. The A-class wine list features hand-picked Australian and European vintages.

Proving that simple (and artfully cool) can be sophisticated too, this is the latest success story for Simon Gloftis. His eatery Hellenika at Nobby Beach is still pulling in the crowds three years on.

Vanitas Restaurant

This is classical, sophisticated dining at it’s best. The regularly changing a la carte menu, and seven-course degustation menu, showcase beautifully crafted modern Australian food.

The elegant dining room is exactly what you’d expect within the Palazzo Versace with stunning lagoon views and a 13-metre canvas painting representing the life of Gianni Versace. In the quest to impress no design element is overlooked. Every plate, and even the saltshaker, is embellished with the Versace logo and artwork. Pricey but worth the experience, even if you just do it once.

four winds restaurant gold coast

Four Winds Restaurant

Come on, we all secretly love a revolving restaurant. The spectacular 360 degree ocean, city and hinterland views of Four Winds Restaurant are beautiful at night but even better for lunch or in the early evening to catch the romance of sunset.

The seafood buffet offers a variety of options including prawns, natural oysters and spanner crab plus hot and cold entrees and mains, many with an Asian twist. It’s a challenge to leave room for everybody’s favourite… the divine miniature deserts!

Perfect for a meal out with friends, tourists and locals alike who will feel like they are on holiday at Four Winds Restaurant. An added bonus is that this restaurant is of the Crowne Plaza Surfers Paradise so this one is good for the interstate visitors. Reasonable priced rooms, gorgeous place to stay.


Self-described as a ‘traditional marketplace with a twenty-first century twist’ Bazaar makes buffet style dining cool again.

Strolling through, plate in hand, there is plenty to choose from with many quality dishes prepared right in front of you. From pizza to pot roast, salads to seafood and the spicy delights of the Asian wok stations all tastes will be catered for. It’s an excellent choice for families. Just be sure you bring along a big appetite!

bazaar restaurant gold coast

Miami Marketta Street Food

After a terrific day at the beach, you’ll be hungry and won’t always feel like changing out of your shorts and thongs for dinner. If you are looking for a more casual and open air dining, Miami Marketta Street Food is a must see experience.

This night food market brings together an eclectic mix of stalls selling fresh and tasty food from around the globe every Saturday from four till ten pm. Located in the family friendly Rabbit and Cocoon arts precinct, there’s also boutique local beer and wine on offer plus live music.

Explore the Gold Coast with your tastebuds and get your fill of more than just beaches and sunshine at these great food venues.