Where to eat on the Gold Coast – Local guide

So you’ve arrived on your holiday on the Gold Coast, check into your hotel and you’ve checked out the beach. By now food is probably on the agenda and who better to get advice from than a local.

I am Pineapple I’ve been living on the Gold Coast for 11 years and I love my food as much as I love adventure, here are my suggestions:


There are a few suggestions that come to mind when I think of Italian food and Gemelli Italian in Broadbeach have definitely got what it takes to be at the top of my list.

Set in the bustling dining precinct of Broadbeach on the Gold Coast, Gemelli Italian is the perfect venue for an authentic Italian dining experience. Their rustic setting makes any occasion work, be an intimate dinner for two or a large party booking, the friendly staff at Gemelli are there to cater for your needs.


Etsu Izakaya in Mermaid Beach is a secret gem hidden in plain sight you only find this place if you are curious enough to look (or if you search google)

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Etsu Izakaya is a modern Japanese izakaya style dining. Their dishes are designed to be shared and served steadily during the course of the evening. Order again and again, share with your friends or come by yourself and sit at the bar.


The Glenelg Public house  is a frontrunner in the Gold Coast’s Best Steak competition at the moment so get down there and see for yourself.

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The menu is steak-focused, using the World’s best beef, which is grown right here in our backyard. They have a seasonal selection of starters and sides and the menu is subject to regular change. Glenelg Public House offers a range of classic and new world sauces. The descriptions are short and to the point, as they prefer to under promise and over deliver, allowing the food to do all of the talking.


With such attention to detail and an amazing selection of food Bonita Bonita | Modern Mexican Restaurant & Tequila Bar is a must see (Those candles are hand lit each day and there are hundreds of them)

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For Groups of 8 guests or more Bonita Bonita’s popular banquet menu is required. All food is served in a sharing style with a variety of all our favourites and classics.


The Loose Moose in Broadbeach is another local favourite with a thriving burger culture make sure you get in early so you don’t miss out.



Hellenika Great food, from entree to dessert. Great service. Great environment. There’s nothing to fault this place. Don’t miss their house special Greek custard/vanilla slice and the lamb shoulder.

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“When people come in to my restaurant I believe they are putting their health and well being into my hands. This is a responsibility I take very seriously..Simon Gloftis

In one way or another Simon has been involved in hospitality his whole life, he owned three successful cafes before creating his dream, Hellenika.

Co Op:

The Collective in Palm Beach has a collection of kitchens each with their own page on the menu Burgers, Italian, Japanese, Mexican. there is truly something for everyone here.

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Unlike a typical market style venue, The Collective offers full table service with real crockery/cutlery, unlimited still/sparkling water and wait-staff to place your orders from our 5 different restaurants and deliver food and drinks to your table as they are ready. In order to be able to provide this service for our 5 restaurants, $3 per head is respectfully added to the final bill.


Costa D’oro – 50% off lunch Specials on Orchid Ave in Surfers Paradise

Asian Alley – Japanese, Korean, Thai, Chinese. This tiny laneway between Surfers Paradise Blvd and Orchid Ave has meals from $10 and something for everyone.

Waxy’s Irish Pub – $3 Steaks

Paradox Coffee Roasters – On Beach Rd has a great selection for breakfast and great coffee

The Greenhouse – Miami is a must for Vegan/Vegetarian and Cruelty-free. The selection of food here is amazing

Justin Lane – Pizza, pasta and Takeaway in Burleigh Heads with a rooftop bar


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