3 Top Craft Breweries On The Gold Coast

The gold coast is a hub for tourism and fun and has become a real big craft beer area, with the emergence of many a breweries and micro breweries all over the region.

Somebody needed to try them all, so who was better equiped than myself to give them a go myself. I struggled through slurry words, hangovers and the rollicking from the wife. But i did it in the name of research.

So here we have it after whittling them down we now have the top 3 craft breweries on the Gold Coast.

Top 3 Breweries

Balter Brewing

Formerly known as having top surfer Mick fanning as a co owner, now Balter lies under the ownership of alcohol giant Carlton & United Breweries.

Balter has grown over the years and now produces there beer all over Australia and beyond.

Located in the industrial estate in Currumbin waters

The Beer

By far the most popular is the Balter XPA, it’s one of there first and certainly one there finest. Fruity and hoppy with tropical and floral aromas and coming in at 5% abv.

Another great selection is the Balter Lager with its citrus aroma and smoothness makes for a gentle and easy to drink lager. 4.6% abv

Balter Brewery

The Taproom

The Taproom is open Wednesday through to Sunday with a revolving mix of food trucks on hand to keep you fed. Top Tip: Zicatela Mexican food truck is there keep an eye out for when they are there, some of the best Mexican I have tried.

Opening Times

  • Wednesday : 3 – 8pm
  • Thursday : 3 – 8pm ( $5 Tins & Tacos with Zicatela every Thursday )
  • Friday : 3 – 8pm ( Live Music 4-7pm )
  • Saturday : 12 – 8pm
  • Sunday : 12 – 7pm

Bureligh Brewery

One of the first craft breweries to take off on the Gold Coast was Burleigh Brewery.

Winner of many national and international awards and with a host of beers sold nationwide. Burleigh Brewery now holds 38 World medals, 22 of which are gold. An impressive feet for this small brewery.

Located in Burleigh Heads Industrial estate about 30 minutes from Surfers Paradise.

The Beer

I’ll pick 2 of my favourites from here, firstly “Big Head” a carb free beer, the first in Australia. Which is so smooth and light, great for those hot days on the coast. Coming in at 4.2% abv.

Secondly is Twisted Palm 4.% abv, a tropical pale ale with fruity aromas. A smooth and very refreshing drink, which has many accolades including winning World Beer Championship Gold Medal in Chicago in 2020.

The taproom at Burleigh Brewery

The Taproom

Open for business 3 days a week the taphouse serves its selections of beers from 3pm – 9pm Friday, 1pm – 9pm Saturday and 1pm – 6pm Sunday.

With food options available from Burleigh Eats by the Qak Cafe. With a great selection of great drinking snacks like burgers and tacos etc.

Brewery tours available on request.

Fortitude Brewing

Fortitude Brewing is a small boutique brewery situated up Mount Tamborine.

Fortitude delivers a range of beers that are well-balanced, using top quality ingredients and an integrity to a brewing process that delivers bold and strong flavours.

Located at the end of Long Road strip of Eagle Heights, and on the site of the ever popular Witches Chase Cheese Company.

The Beer

Fortitude Summer would be my first pick, as the name lends Summer, its hoppy, toasted wheat and with stone fruit aromas with the aim to be smooth throughout the hot summer months. 4.4 % abv.

Secondly I came to enjoy the Irish Stout, bold flavours with malt and flaked barley based. A great beer for the colder winter months on the mountain 4% abv.

Fortitude Brewery beers

The Taphouse

The Taphouse at Fortitude is unique with its open glass wall so you can watch the workers produced the beer as you sup away.

Tasting paddles are available allowing to try 5 of the Fortitude beers in tasting sizes

The taphouse has a pizzeria for soaking up those beers with a mix of traditional and gourmet pizzas. As mentioned the brewery is on the same site as the cheese factory and cheese platters are also available from there. To further accommodate this local wines by Bird Dog Wines and Witches Falls Wines are available

Opening times are Monday – Thursday 11am – 3pm and Friday, Saturday and Sunday 11am – 5pm

Summary

These would certainly be my top 3 choices on the Gold Coast, and with there nationwide exposure they certainly standout above the rest. With many a craft beer bars stocking there products.

A couple of other notable breweries would be Piggled Pig, Lost Palms and Black Hops, slightly smaller scale breweries but still a fine selection and good beer.

An hour and 15 minutes from the coast in Byron Bay is one other notable mention and probably Australia’s best known craft brewery Stone and Wood. I have never visited myself however have tried many, maybe to many times the pacific ale another top craft beer to try.

Hopefully this will help you on your way to some beer tasting on the Gold Coast many of these breweries feature in our favourite restaurants and cafes on the Gold Coast.

Social Eating House, Gold Coast

Social Eating House Gold Coast

Insight

Class and sophistication is the key at Social Eating House on The Gold Coast. This relaxed yet formal dining experience. Set in a quiet corner of Broadbeach only emphasizes the relaxed nature of this venue.

Impressively Social is the winner of three consecutive years of the People’s Choice ‘Chef of the Year’ Award, and even more impressive is Matthew Jefferson is the Owner, Operator and Executive Chef of this fine restaurant.

Location

Located on the Oracle Boulevard, tucked just behind the Oracle building. Located in a quiet spot, however only minute walk to the centre of Broadbeach.

The Food

The food is based around share plates small and large with a variety of influences from all over the world.

Musts would be the roast quail or the wagyu tartare from the small plates and slow cooked lamb shoulder in yoghurt or twice cooked pork belly in chilli and tamarind for mains.

The Food At Social Eating House

And please please please, try the cheesecake pannacota with stewed rhubarb and yoghurt sponge. Its divine, i can honestly say a pannacota has never tasted so smooth.

Presentation of food is considered a art form at Social with almost art like dishes, but what makes it stand out is the quality to match it that that is a stand out for us.

Finer Details

Opening Hours

Monday to Sunday 12 to 3 and 5:30 to late

Website

Social Eating House Website

Socials

Address

3 Oracle Boulevard, Broadbeach, Queensland, 4218

And Lastly

If you want a great dining experience Social Eating House is a must visit on any Gold Coast Visit. It is a restaurant that has won many a accolades and rightly so.

Social Eating House was also one of our picks in our Best Restaurants Gold Coast, Australia list and would be hard to deny it a top two at least on the Gold Coast.

Can Tho Kitchen, Gold Coast

Can Tho Kitchen

Insight

A little slice of Vietnam on the Gold Coast. Located a bit out of the city in the suburb of Runaway bay lies Can Tho Kitchen.

A once uninspired dining room was transformed and modernised a few years back and Can Tho kitchen has never looked back. The modernisation has really bought a sense of comfort and sleek look. And yet has enriched the vibrant Vietnamese feel.

Location

Located in the quiet northern Gold Coast area of Runaway Bay. 20 minutes from the center of Surfers Paradise. Can Tho Kitchen lies in a little shopping village

The Food

The food at Can Tho is a great mix of traditional Vietnamese cuisine with contemporary twists.

The food has always been second to none, known for there homemade Vietnamese pancakes (Bahn Xeo). With fresh and vibrant rice paper rolls and flavorsome bowls of Pho is not hard to see why Can Tho is a leading player in the Gold Coast food scene.

Vietnamese pancake Bahn Xeo

Other inspiring dishes on the menu include Bo Kho (braised beef cheek) and sizzling yummy chicken. Which is brought out on a sizzling steamy hot plate, adding a bit of drama and tasting great.

And not forgetting the afters. A waffle co e featuring the most delicious Macadamia ice cream, dolce de leche and peanut crumbs.

Alternatively and our favourite dessert is a liquid one with a fine list of contemporary and traditional cocktails your be spoilt for choice.

Finer Details

Opening Hours

Tuesday to Sunday 5pm to 10pm and closed Mondays.

Website

Can Tho Kitchen Website

Socials

Address

5/465 Oxley Drive, Runaway Bay, Gold Coast, Queensland

And Lastly

Certainly one of the Gold Coasts finest and most unique restaurants.

A restaurant which was certainly a selection in our Best Restaurants Gold Coast category. And one we hope will be churning out this great Vietnamese food for many years to come.

Finally the success is all to see with the opening if a second venue Eddy and Wolff. A contemporary Asian share plate eatery.

Edgewater Dining, Isle Of Capri, Gold Coast

Edgewater Dining

Insight

Edgewater Dining, Gold Coast offers upmarket modern Australian cuisine with a slight Italian twist.

Opened in 2014 Edgewater quickly became a premium destination for quality dining on the Gold Coast. With it’s river views onto the city, fine food and extensive cocktail list, it wasn’t long before it became a busy spot.

It’s a great mix of a formal set up, without being over the top and still having a casual feel about it, making it a very relaxing and enjoyable environment.

Location Of Edgewater Dining

Located in the residential area of the Isle Of Capri one of many neighbouring suburbs of Surfers paradise. It takes river side placement in the Via Roma on Capri Centre. Edgewater is one of many Isle Of Capri restaurants that have popped up over the last few years in this location.

Plan your route with Google Maps

The Food

The food and drink delivers to, more of a formal dining experience than the share plate theme the Gold Coast adopts. With a grand open kitchen and team of experienced chefs on hand. Edgewater prides itself on quality food all produced homemade on site. Employer one of the best teams of experienced chefs around.

With a great selection of menu items like lemon pepper calamari and pork tacos to start and sticky pork belly and grass fed eye fillet for mains. Note: the calamari is some of the best we have ever had, crispy juicy and packed full of flavour.

Edgewater dining food and view

The Eton Mess is a must and is a dessert Edgewater is known for and doing its just perfectly. Alternatively a liquid dessert in the form of a cocktail is also quite a tremendous idea. Our pick would be the selection of Espresso Martinis, with lots of different combinations to choose from.

Finer Details

Opening Hours

7 days 11am to late

Website

Edgewater Dining

Socials

Address

Shop 3 G7, Capri on Via Roma, Isle of Capri ,Surfers Paradise, Queensland, 4217

And Lastly

A restaurant worthy of all the praise, and this is why Edgewater is a top player in the ever expanding Gold Coast food scene and very high up in as a go to place in Queensland. So much so it has become a main restaurant in our best restaurants Gold Coast guide.

Edgewater is also a great place for boating enthusiasts with its river side location and many a yacht park up on the jetty’s to come by for a spot of lunch or if your lucky enough bring your own vessel.

40 Things To Do In The Gold Coast Australia

The Gold Coast

Gold Coast History

The history of the Gold Coast Australia is one of fast development since WW2.

After WW2 the South Coast region of Queensland was a popular holiday destination for servicemen returning from the war. From then on and with inflated prices for real estate and other goods and services led to the nickname of “Gold Coast” in the early 50s.

As tourism grew throughout the decade businesses began to adopt the term in their names, and a memorable day the 23 October 1958 the South Coast Town Council was renamed “Gold Coast Town Council”. One year later the Gold Coast was labelled a city.

By the late 60s Surfers Paradise had established itself as the main destination and then the crazy introduction of bikini-clad meter maids in 1965 the aim to feed parking meters to prevent holiday makers from getting parking fines was a particularly popular innovation. And even still alive to this day.

The 70s came along and with that did the high rise boom followed 10 years later by the Gold Coast Airport, making the Gold Coast Australia number one holiday destination.

During the 80s the introduction of the 5 theme parks that lie there today (see in list) only solidified its presence as a number one destination.

The turn of the century bought a real estate boom with it’s economical peak in 2005 with the opening of the 322.5m ‘Worlds Tallest Residential Tower’ Q1, in Surfers Paradise.

To this day the Gold Coast continues to grow and strengthen its position establishing itself as a international destination to add to its domestic success.

Moving On

The Gold Coast is not is not one place that is short of things to do and see, its the number one destination in Australia for fun and entertainment and boy do they do it well.

You would think making a top 40 list would be hard but, and to be honest we probably haven’t even scratched the service.

Location

Located half way up the east coast of Australia, an hour south of Brisbane and hour north of Byron Bay.

This beautiful city is made up of a number of suburbs along the coast line forming the Gold Coast as a whole.

The Gold Coast has it’s own international airport in Coolongatta on the south end of the coast. Services many parts of Asia and domestic Australia routes

Gold Coast Top 40 Things To Do

This list has been tried and tested by ourselves and we hope it can all be of some value.

So without further ado here is our Top 40 things to do on the Gold Coast Australia.

Take a Surf Lesson on the Famous Gold Coast Strip

The most well known suburb of the Gold Coast aptly named Surfers Paradise so it would not do it justice if you didn’t take a surf lesson.

With some of the best qualified instructors around you are in capable hands. We tried the long standing company Get Wet and found them great, well organised and really imformative.

Visit Q1 Observation Deck

360 degrees views around the Gold Coast, as far as the eye can see. If you get a clear day you wouldn’t believe what you can see.

The tall residential tower stands head and shoulders above most buildings and the Skypoint observation deck is located on an impressive 77th floor, with a bistro bar and gift shop available.

One of the best views in Australia and with 300 days of sun on the Gold Coast it’s normally a good chance your get a great view.

Catch A Sunset On Burleigh Hill

The place to be for sunset, sit on Burleigh Hill with the view looking back over the Gold Coast across the white sandy beach. Grab your picnic, blankets and drinks and unwind with these sensational views.

Top Tip: Weekends get there early it gets pretty crowded.

The view on Burleigh Hill

Visit A Gold Coast Theme Park

With many a theme park to choose from, the Gold Coast is the theme park capital of Australia. 

The five main parks are

  1. Warner Brothers Movie World
  2. Dreamworld
  3. Wet and Wild
  4. Seaworld
  5. White Water World

Top tip: Walk along the boulevard in Surfers Paradise and look for the theme park booths, there are many deals available.

Check Out Miami Marketta

Love the street food markets of asia, well Miami Marketta brings a taste of it to the Gold Coast.

A trend setter for food markets on the Gold Coast. With it’s converted warehouse and 20 plus international food stalls, live musicians and a fully stocked bar make this a great night for all.

Open Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, from 5pm

Miami Marketta

Make Your Millions At Star Casino

Star casino is one of the Gold Coast most popular venues, with numerous bars, restaurants and huge casino floor you would certainly never get bored inside here.

Even for people who don’t gamble its a great night out. Residents at the casino have great options with cinema and huge outdoor pool to name a few.

Perfect localality to Broaadbeach and Pacific fair shopping center.

With it’s 24 hour opening time the casino comes a late night hotspot for the Gold Coast locals and visitors.

Barefoot Bowls At Broadbeach Bowls Club

A bit of a tradition on Australian soil is the barefoot bowls. Grab a group of mates some beers and get competitive.

Broadbeach was our favourite but there are a scattering of clubs all over the coast. The venue was also home to the bowls during the Commonwealth Games.

Visit A Brewery

The craft brewery scene in Australia and on the Gold Coast especially exploded a few years back and is flourishing still today. With tours around your favourites breweries and weekends the taphouses open for the public with live music and food trucks.

Here is our choice breweries and favorite tipple in each .

  1. Burleigh Brewey – Big head
  2. Balter Brewery – Balter IPA
  3. Black Hops – East Coast Haze
  4. Fortitude Brewery – Fortutude Pacer

Afternoon Drinks At Edgewater

Nestled in on the beautiful Isle Of Capri is Edgewater Dining. With its river side seating and views of the impressive Surfers Paradise makes for a excellent late afternoon drinking spot.

The view at Edgewater

Farmers Market Bundall

A perfect Sunday morning would always be wandering around the ever popular farmers market. More than just farm supplies with food trucks, boutiques pop up shops and live music.

Farmers Market

Visit the Gold Coast Turf Club

The Gold Coasts only horse racing track and home to the Magic Millions Carnival, one of Australia’s premium horse racing carnivals.

Get trackside or enjoy premium stands either way you are guaranteed a fun day out.

Top Tip: 150 public house is a stones throw away and is the perfect post race spot.

Visit the Botanic Gardens

Walk round the beautiful Botanic Gardens in Benowa. Well maintained and array of plants, pond and wildlife.

Two other bonuses are the 2 km walking track around the grounds and lake to the side. The gardens also has it own cafe with a whole host of treats, coffees and preboooked high teas.

A great place to bring kids, with its large playground and plenty of grass for them to run around in the sun.

High Tea at the Botanic Gardens

Go see the Gold Coast Suns

The Gold Coast now has it’s own AFl side, playing out of the 25,000 Metricon stadium in Carrara. Catch a game against some the countries best sides.

Fixture List

Go see the Titans

If rugby is more your thing then rugby league from the Gold Coast is also available with the Gold Coast Titans playing in Australia’s premium league NFl. applying there trade out of the 21,000 Skilled Park stadium in the suburb of Robina.

Fixture List

Take a drive to Tallebudgera Valley

At the end of Tallebudgera Valley lies a great little place so quiet to many and home of the great cream track walking track. A difficult but rewarding walk over the mountain range.

Tallebudgera Valley

Wander through the rainforest forest with only the sound of the whip birds and the crunching of twigs on the floor. Relatively untouched area, so very important to bring away whatever you bring with you.

Walk over the Burleigh Headlands

Take a walk from Burleigh Hill through the headlands and out the other side to see the stunning view of Tallebudgera Creek.

Tallebudgera Creek

Eat tacos at Bonita Bonita

Gold Coast number one Mexican and taco bar Bonita Bonita is a must on any visit.

With tapas style small plates you really get to indulge. And the tequilas, oh the tequilas an impressive back bar with over 50 to choose from. Did someone say Margarita?

Bonita Bonita restaurant

Try the acai bowls at Cardamon Pod

These are a must, pleasing to the eye and even more so on the belly. A wide selection to choose from, all vegan plant based.

Cardamon Pod is a regular haunt for tge Instagram faithful trying to get the snap. But to Cardamon Pods credit what they deliver in appearance doesn’t waiver the quality of the food.

Acai Bowl at the Cardamon Pod

Visit Pacific Fair shopping center

Shopping center or village ? it’s hard to tell so many shops to choose from with a scattering of restaurants, 2 food courts, cinema and a range of entertainment. Find top brands like Tiffany and Prada or budget like K Mart and Big W it has something for everyone. Perfectly located in the heart of Broadbeach.

Tackle Surfers Paradise slingshot

Warning!!! Make sure you have a empty stomach before attempting, based just outside Surfers Paradise is Slingshot.

Get fired from your seat at 160km and 80 metres in the air, and well basically bounce your way back down. Best of all it gets captured on video for you to purchase after.

Holey Moley Gold Coast putt putt golf

Holey Moley is a themed putt putt golf center or for those Europeans crazy golf. All indoors with many a fun twists and turns to keep you guessing. Drinks are available only to enhance the experience or decrease the playing experience. But a fun night out is certainly had.

Take a river cruise

Follow the famous waterways of the Gold Coast, meandering past luxury residences and even the odd famous inhabitants.

Enjoy this trip with Surfers Paradise River cruises with on board bar and snacks, its no thrills just good old cruising round the outskirts if the city.

Gold Coast Gondola Rides

Take a romantic gondola ride all around the Gold Coast rivers at sunset. Unwind with certain packages, food, drinks or just the ride. A perfectly relaxed experience, can seat up to 4 people on board tours last from 45 minutes to two hours.

Visit the Collective Restaurant

Its like a food market and restaurant at the same time. The usual restaurant set up but 4 different purposely built kitchens run by different vendors and with different cuisines.

Its a unique experience but a great idea for a restaurant with its variety and options.

Go see Curtis Falls

On Tamborine Mountain between North Tamborine and Eagle Heights lies Curtis Falls and the walking track. A beautiful waterfall and viewing deck.

Curtis Falls Mount Tamborine

Go enjoy the views of the coast at the Spit

Out past Main Beach and past Seaworld is the spit. A bit of beach sticking out looking back at the coast. With further walkway heading out to sea, gives you the best views of Surfers Paradise of the remaining Gold Coast.

Visit Eagle Heights Tamborine Mountain

A long road quite aptly named Long Road is Eagle Heights. Full of boutique shops, eateries, wineries and antiques.

Compared to the vast growth of the city, this part of Tamborine feels like it hasn’t changed in 30 years. Making it refreshing change.

Go wine tasting at Mason Wines

Mason wines on Mount Tamborine is a boutique winery and restaurant in the woodland of North Tamborine.

A great selection of Reds and whites, with tasting tours and guided tours to talk you through the winery.

The food is known as some of the best on the mountain and with its lush green views, really sets a great scene.

Check out Getaway Day Spa

Located in North Tamborine also Getaway, has its own spa rooms with steam room, jacuzzi and mineral pool. Take 2 hours of relaxation in these before unwinding with one of there treatments.

Great quiet surrounding, which is just a perfect setting to relax in comfort.

Stay at Pethers Rainforest Retreat

This is a special treat nestled in the deep hinterland in North Tamborine lies Pethers. 10 large eco friendly tree houses. That’s right tree houses, who wouldn’t want to stay in a tree house.

With log fires, in room hot tub, fresh breakfast baskets and stunning views out into the rainforest who wouldn’t want to get lost here.

Natural Bridge

One of the most spectacular places to see in Queensland. This naturally formed bridge, glow worm cave and walking track is just paradise to see. The walking track is a loop track, of 2.4km taking you through the forest and beneath the trees.

The Natural Bridge is about 40 minutes out of the main center of the Gold Coast, but certainly worth the drive.

Natural Bridge Springbrook Mountain

Purling Brook Falls

One of the best and biggest waterfalls on the east coast. With uts 200ft waterfall drop and 3.5 km loop walking track to the bottom of the falls makes for a great experience.

Purling Brook Falls is accessed at the top of Springbrook Mountain in the heart of the suburb.

Too Tip : its a big incline up the Springbrook Mountain so be prepared

Purling Brook Falls

Visit HOTA

HOTA meaning home of the arts. Is home to all things entertainment. Theatre, cinema, music, comedy and live festivals is all readily available.

Walking tracks with sculptures and the well maintained Evandale lake to swim in.

Top tip: 150 bar is only 500 metres away a river side bar and restaurant well worth the visit.

Check out the Heinze Dam

An impressive site is the Heinze Dam, you get the sheer size of it when you see it up close to it. And has grown over the years since it’s 1976 opening.

Now the dam is a huge attraction with visitor center, cafe and walkways along the dam and the adjoining woods.

Try axe throwing

They say when in Rome! well what about on the Gold Coast, Located in the backstreets of Miami is the Lumper Punks axe throwing.

What can we say you throw axes at a target sounds fun right ?

With multiple venues across Australia in Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth, these guys know how to put on some fun

Surfers Paradise beachfront markets

If you haven’t had enough of the beach then head back Friday and Saturday evenings for the beachfront markets.

A range of boutique stalls from jewelery, hand crafts, health products and even more. Its just as nice to meander through and maybe finish with some refreshments from one of many close by local bars and restaurants.

Curumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

The Gold Coast very own little zoo featuring all the native Australian animals, like koalas, crocodile, dingos, kangaroos and many many more. get you pictures taken with the resident koala.

Cafe available on site for your refreshment needs, and this site is also the home of the Sanctuary Markets. A market dedicated to food around the world open every friday 4 – 10

Visit Gold Class Cinema

Want some down time catch a movie in style, order meals, alcohol, snacks and sit back in a reclining armchair and watch on the usual large cinema screens. You can even book your food and drinks to come at certain points throughout the movie.

Once you try you wont go back to a normal cinema experience..

Shopping at Harbour Town

Situated on the northern end of the coast lies Harbour Town shopping Village. A wide range of well known shops and local boutiques give Harbour Town great variety.

A 10 screen cinema with Gold class and wide screen rooms adds a bit of entertainment to this shopping town.

Ferry Road Markets

The trendy Ferry road markets in Southport bring a range of boutique shops, trendy eateries and top end food suppliers. we would certainly recommend the Providore bakery its certainly one of the best around for cakes, treats and our favourite sausage rolls.

The Round Up

A fine list for a fine city, the Gold Coast Australia is certainly a busy and entertaining place to be. The Gold Coast should be proud of its uniqueness and wide variety for all varieties.

Many more things that didn’t make the list but could easily of been included. Maybe one day we would need to do a volume 2.

We love all things Gold Coast and we have served you with the best things to do, but now you may need somewhere to eat. Make sure you try out our Best Restaurants Gold Coast, Best Cafes Gold Coast and Best Vegan Restaurants, Gold Coast guides offering an inside to the dining scene on the Gold Coast.

For now it’s goodbye but we will be back soon.

Etsu Izakaya, Mermaid Beach, Gold Coast

Etsu Izakaya

Insight

Hidden away behind the large white wooden doors on the Gold Coast Highway, is this hidden little gem, you’d say speakeasy as other than the music it is relatively unseen. With just a little red lantern shining out the front to distinguish Etsu themselves say “look for the red lantern”. And here your find Etsu Japanese restaurant.

Enter through the doors and through the tunnel shaped bar area and don’t forget to look up at the impressive half pipe (yes half pipe skate ramp) as a ceiling. And into the large dining area of share and private tables.

Etsu is a popular Japanese restaurant on the Gold Coast with a reputation beyond the Coast. The owners must know a thing or two with there other popular business Commune Cafe.

Location Etsu Gold Coast

Located in the ever popular and trendy suburb of Mermaid Beach, a short couple of minutes to Broadbeach and only 10 minutes from the central hub of Surfers paradise.

Plan your route with Google Maps

The Food

The food at Etsu is second to none, with a large variety of Japanese inspired food, one of a kind on the Gold Coast.

There are 3 parts to the menu and indeed the kitchen with the raw bar (sushi), the main kitchen and the robarta (a specific Japanese grill).

Most of the food is served with the assumption of sharing with small plates and many options to try. We personally recommend five, but you know yourselves how hungry or in our case tempted we might be.

Our favourites would be the sashimi plate, mixed seafood or individual fish choices can be made, the produce is always fresh and of top quality. For a cooked sushi suggestion the Spider Maki (soft shell crab)is always a great choice.

Sashimi Plate

Homemade pork gyoza, chicken tsukune (chicken meatball) and the 72 hour marinated black miso cod are by far our favourite selections.

For something larger to share the miso pork ribs are not only delicious, but super tender falling off the bone with ease.

Finer Details

Opening Hours

7 Days

5pm to Late

Website

Etsu Izakaya

Socials

Address Etsu Gold Coast

2440 Gold Coast Highway, Mermaid Beach QLD

And Lastly

The bar at Etsu is equally impressive, with an array of modern and traditional cocktails, the finest selection of Japanese whiskey your find anywhere and top quality Saki. Making this not only one of the best Gold Coast restaurants but also bars.

The reputation of Etsu as a restaurant on the Gold Coast has grown and grown over the years and that’s why its a multi award winning restaurant. So much so it has also featured in our Best Restaurants Gold Coast list and sits proudly up the top.

Best Vegan Restaurants, Gold Coast, Australia

Gold Coast Best Vegan Restaurants

With it’s multicultural dining scene and vast variety of food, the Gold Coast offers a little something for everyone. The Vegan restaurants scene has exploded over the last 5 years, and not jus the run of the mill restaurants, a list of top quality establishments with a vast variety of plant based cuisines.

Although not a vegan myself i have enjoyed such restaurants, the wholesome meals have certainly benefitted me. And i have certainly enjoyed trying all these on the list.

The Restaurants

Cardamom Pod

Taking Vegan food to new heights is the Cardamom Pod. Bright, energised and flavourome food, for someone who is non vegan my most visited cafe in the last few years was the Cardamom pod.

You must try the Indian Dosa, this homemade Dosa with spiced potatoes is to die for. Another favourite would be the vege big breakfast, I love the peanut fritters on here.

This cafe is also renowned for its elaborate range of acai bowls which taste amazing and are certainly insta worthy captures.

The Cardamom Pod is as popular as they come on the Gold Coast and with that said was also a worthy entrant in our Best Cafes guide.

Details

Address

3/3 Brolga Avenue, Southport 4215

Opening Hours

8 am to 3pm

Blendlove

Starting off as a market stall selling vegan raw desserts, one stall quickly became 2 within the first year. Fast forward and Blendlove opened up there own premises and still sticking with the fantastic raw desserts also expanded into a 100% plant based cafe.

Menu items consist of and a couple of our favourites are the corn fritters paired with avocado salsa and corn relish and the magic mushrooms with field mushrooms and Blendlove’s own kale and walnut mince top with vegan cashew aioli.

The raw desserts are ever changing and are sold individually or in packs with plenty of variety they boast vegan, gluten free, dairy free and free from any refined sugar and I can say are delicious.

Details

Address

Shop 1 / 253 Ferry Road, Southport, Gold Coast, QLD 4215

Opening Hours

Monday to Saturday 7am to 3pm

Sunday 8am to 3pm

I Like Ramen

They were right I do like ramen, and this vegan take is as good a bowl of Ramen that I have ever had. Known for being Australia’s first vegan Ramen restaurant.

The food here is as delicious as it is photogenic, flavours are through the roof and although im someone who does enjoy meat I certainly would not miss it here.

The kimchi ramen with  red miso spicy kimchi broth and the mapo tofu ramen with is a creamy broth, oat milk being the vegan alternative here are our two favourite ramens. Both slightly different, but packed with a punch of flavour.

The name suggest only one type of food here, well your wrong. Panko mushroom bao’s, and karage cauliflower add something different and believe me all the selection of bao’s are delicious.

Asahi on tap and a great selection of fine whiskies make this place a firm favourite hangout.

Details

Address

2/2251 gold coast highway, mermaid beach, 4218

Opening Hours

Monday 5pm to 9 pm

Wednesday to Sunday 11:30am to Late

Izakaya Midori

I wont lie here, this is the only place I have never been to and I hate recommending somewhere I haven’t visited. However from multiple sources I have heard this is a cracking place for food.

One thing that struck me was that Izakaya Midori is tucked away in a back street in small suburb of Ready Creek. Making this a destination venue and not only does it take balls and confidence in what you do to open a destination restaurant. To go with a plant based Japanese restaurant the first of its kind in Queensland is impressive.

With such dishes like Tempeh and unami sushi, king mushroom ceviche and the Midori plant based ramen, they all look drool worthy and a place we can’t wait to try.

Details

Address

50 Woodland Drive, Reedy Creek QLD 4227, Australia

Opening Hours

Sunday to Thursday 11:00am to 8:30pm

Friday and Saturday 11:00am to 10:30pm

Greenhouse Canteen & Bar

Greenhouse Canteen has been a leading player in the Gold Coast Vegan scene since 2014. With its recycled timber fit out and sweeping views across water to Surfers paradise, veganism entered a new age.

The owners disappointed with the Vegan options on the Gold Coast decided to offer something new and something trendy. After moving premises to the suburb of Miami Greenhouse has never looked back.

With small plates such as Cauliflower Wings (Delicious) an mushroom and sage Arancini Balls make a perfect start.

To follow you cant go passed the Jackfruit Enchilada, full of flavour, and Jackfruit is not something if I’m honest i have enjoyed in the pass. But this was delicious. The Eggplant Moussaka is equally as good, tasty and hearty with that punch of flavour it needs.

Details

Address

1916 GC Highway, Miami, Gold Coast QLD

Opening Hours

5pm to Late

Conclusion

So thats our best vegan restaurants Gold Coast list. A great array of choices offering something completely different between them all and featuring the best plant based eateries. Hard to pick a favourite but with Cardamom Pod making the best cafe list, it would certainly make for a stand out.

There are many many more Vegan restaurants to try on the Gold Coast hopefully soon we can add to the list we have tried.

Bonita Bonita Mexican Restaurant Gold Coast

Bonita Bonita Mexican Restaurant Gold Coast

Insight

Built at the back of a small precinct in Mermaid Beach lies Bonita Bonita, undoubtedly one of the best Mexican restaurants on the Gold Coast. A renowned place for it flavorsome food and sticking to native Mexican ways.

With its dark lights, candles and Mexican décor brings this restaurant to life, the sound of authentic Mexican music in the background all sets the scene for this unique experience.

The addition of a bar on the side by the name of Bon Bon and an impressive back bar of over 50 tequilas all adds the this authenticity of this venue.

Location

As mentioned Bonita Bonita on the Gold Coast is located in a small preciect in Mermaid Beach, it lies just along the Gold Coast Highway. Close to the trendy suburbs of Palm Beach and Burleigh Heads and a short 3 minute ride to Broadbeach and 10 minutes to Surfers Paradise.

Plan your route with Google Maps

The Food

Bringing modern Mexican dining to new heights, pack up your faijitas you wont find them here. Cali style tacos, taquintos, croquettes and chimichangas are all on and pack full of flavour. Can personally recommend the homemade guacamole, pescado (fish) and achiote chicken tacos are firm favourites with us. All locally sourced where possible giving fresh Mexican produce.

Chimichangas

An impressive banquet menu venue is available for tables 8 and over and at $40 a head for 7 courses and an opportunity to try a whole range of food is great.

Once you finished your savoury fair, a must is the Raspberry BonBon dessert with Coconut ice cream, Malibu, Chambord, raspberry and chilli coulis ,shredded coconut, fresh raspberries and whipped cream..

Finer Details

Opening Hours

7 Days

5pm to Late

Website

Bonita Bonita Website

Socials

Address

2460 Gold Coast Highway, Mermaid Beach,​ Gold Coast, QLD, 4218

And Lastly

A restaurant with a top reputation and a multi award winning Mexican food on the Gold Coast And this is exactly why we included this in our Best Restaurants Gold Coast list and sits proudly at the top.

Tip: Bonita Bonita is generally very busy we advise booking ahead and early.

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