Noosa has it all, including beautiful beachside scenery and a sophisticated dining scene to match. Here are our top 10 picks for eating out in Noosa.
Boardwalk Bistro on Hastings
Noosa institution Berardo’s on the Beach was replaced by Boardwalk Bistro in 2016 but it’s still one of the best places to take in the view of Laguna Bay. After a morning swim, wander in for a fresh fruit platter with local honey, macadamia crumble and yoghurt. At lunchtime, don’t miss the Mooloolaba prawn cocktail baguette. And at sunset? Top off a perfect day at the beach with oysters and that view…
49 Hastings Street, Noosa Heads; (07) 5448 0888
Locals tried to keep this Noosaville favourite to themselves but the secret’s out and bookings are a must. There’s nothing radical about the menu, just beautifully executed renditions of comfort food such as confit duck with goat’s cheese; steak and mash; and the signature rabbit and macadamia pie.
2/235 Gympie Terrace, Noosaville; (07) 5449 9755
Book well ahead – beachfront tables at Sails are in hot demand, thanks to the uninterrupted views of Laguna Bay. The setting requires freshly shucked oysters and a flute of bubbles to start, with eight Champagnes and sparklings available by the glass. Executive Chef Paul Leete’s 20-year stint here ensures whatever follows is a safe bet.
75 Hastings Street, Noosa; (07) 5447 4235
Utterly lacking in pretentiousness, Gusto is the pick of the riverfront strip for casual, lazy lunches. Nothing says beach holidays quite like prawn and garlic ravioli with leek confit and lemon beurre blanc, matched with a glass of crisp Skillogalee Riesling. Linger over another glass before catching the ferry back to the main drag.
257 Gympie Terrace, Noosaville; (07) 5449 7144
There’s no water view or flashy décor at this cosy little BYO bistro but it’s always packed – and for good reason. The candlelit courtyard overlooking the park is a breezy, relaxed setting that feels a world away from the Hastings Street bustle. The eclectic menu has something for everyone, from Moreton Bay bug ravioli to crisp roast duck with onion rings and orange and thyme jus.
Quamby Place, Noosa Sound; (07) 5449 2255
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Noosa Beach House
Celebrity chef Peter Kuruvita has created an enticing menu at Noosa Beach House that melds beautiful Sunshine Coast produce – especially seafood – with the flavours of his native Sri Lanka. Fragrant snapper curry is a case in point. The fact that you can enjoy it in a stylish coastal resort with soaring white interiors and pared-back timber furnishings? Even better.
16 Hastings Street, Noosa Heads; (07) 5449 4754
Wasabi Restaurant & Bar
Everything about this cutting-edge Japanese restaurant foretells the impeccable attention to detail on the plate, long before the first bite. It’s evident from the enviable selection of wine, sake and whisky, the earthy handmade ceramic flatware and the restaurant’s premier position on the Noosa River. The daily sashimi is the freshest and most beautifully presented fish in these parts.
2 Quamby Place, Noosa; (07) 5449 2443
Thomas Corner Eatery
The stylish simplicity of Thomas Corner really captures the holiday feel. Kick back in the minimalist open dining room overlooking the Noosa River and indulge in dishes such as roasted barramundi with preserved lemon, green and dill vinaigrette or long-line caught fish with minted pea yoghurt.
1/201 Gympie Terrace, Noosaville; (07) 5470 2224
The contemporary dishes at Rickys strike a balance between style and simplicity, from local grilled seafood smoked potatoes and fennel to Noosa Reds tomatoes with basil and goat's curd. The restaurant’s exclusive position on the banks of the Noosa River is a big drawcard but the warm hospitality from staff also earns Rickys a big tick.
2 Quamby Place, Noosa Heads; (07) 5447 2455
This moodily lit, handsome Italian joint woos not with a view but with handmade pasta, great pizza and bountiful antipasto boards. Secondi are clever retakes of classics that showcase beautiful local produce such as slow-roasted Gympie pork belly. By all means, drop in just for an aperitivo; but if you want to take the affair to the next level, you’ll have to make a date in advance.
62 Hastings Street, Noosa Heads; (07) 5447 5111
SEE ALSO: An Insider's Guide to Noosa