Coolum Beach is home to more than 50 restaurants that feature foods from all parts of the world.
Several Thai, Indian, Chinese, Japanese and Italian restaurants feature international cuisine.
Others highlight fresh seafood and menus that use local Australian ingredients. Many include extensive vegetarian and gluten-free selections.
Bistros, coffee bars and pubs offer relaxed, oceanfront dining, snacks and takeouts. Prices range from inexpensive to expensive. Here are a few favourites that get consistently good reviews.
My Place offers unobstructed views of the Sunshine Coast and enjoyable Mediterranean food.
The restaurant is consistently ranked as one of the best at Coolum Beach and also bears the Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence.
Diners can have a meal on the outdoor verandas when the weather is pleasant.
The inside dining area is casually elegant, complemented by a cocktail bar with some of the best mixologists in the area.
Pasta, seafood, pizza and classic Italian dishes like risotto are elegantly prepared. The attractive presentation adds to the appeal.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served seven days a week. Breakfast features fresh baked goods, hearty buckwheat pancakes and a number of egg dishes.
Freshly squeezed juices highlight tropical flavours of mango, pineapple and guava as well as the more traditional apple and orange.
Milkshakes, an assortment of teas and an extensive coffee menu are available all day.
Shared starters include a mezze plate of dips, goat cheese, olives and toasted ciabatta.
Pizzas range from the classic Margherita with fresh tomatoes, mozzarella cheese and basil to the tangy gamben piccante with chillies, sun dried tomatoes and garlic tiger prawns.
Main dishes include penne pasta with chorizo dressed in tomato sauce with Kalamata olives. Roast pumpkin and green pea risotto served with sweet corn and caramelised onion is a vegetarian favourite. Desserts include an artful rendition of tiramisu.
A delicate crème brûlée is served with star anise compote. Guests consistently remark on the excellent service and friendliness of the wait staff. Large groups are easily accommodated with advance reservations. Parking is available with advance booking.
Harvest presents modern Australian cuisine with Mediterranean highlights.
A meticulously crafted menu features fresh seasonal foods and local Australian and New Zealand wines. The minimalist décor serves as a backdrop for the attractive presentation of breads, seafood, pasta and meats. The restaurant offers both indoor and outdoor dining.
Chef Simon Mercer masterfully combines savoury flavours with complementary highlights.
For example, the rich flavours of roasted beetroot risotto are accentuated with broad beans, goat curd and tatsoi. Garlic, chilli, olive oil and white wine garnish the prawn orecchiette that is served with salsa verde and fresh spinach.
The dessert menu includes vanilla bean panna cotta with passionfruit curd. Advance reservations are recommended.
Spirit House, an Australian Good Food and Travel Guide’s Chef Hat award winner, sits in a romantic setting of lush vegetation overlooking a pond and waterfalls in Yandina, about 20 minutes drive from Coolum Beach.
The contemporary interpretation of Thai cuisine is designed for sharing. Guests can savour starters that focus on mouth-watering combinations of fresh Asian flavours - lemongrass, ginger, chillies, vegetables, tropical fruit and seafood.
Mooloolaba king prawns, caught fresh daily along the Sunshine Coast, are presented with chilli jam dressing and pink grapefruit.
The starter menu includes several vegetarian offerings such as the stir-fired eggplant with tofu, Thai basil and roasted peppers.
Gluten-free items are marked on the menu.
Spirit House entrees continue the theme of Thai flavours.
Homemade paneer cheese and grilled zucchini are accented with a spicy spinach and coriander purée. Crispy duck is bathed in a red curry sauce with long beans, lychees and pineapple.
Green mango salad complements the tom yum glazed pork neck stewed in hot and sour flavours.
Desserts expertly combine sweet ingredients with complementary flavours of kefir lime, sweet Asian spices, Thai basil and yoghurt.
Cheesecake, coconut parfait and ginger brûlée are a few of the menu choices. Be sure to book in advance.
Spirit House also offers cooking classes with their chefs. Both aspiring and accomplished cooks can learn the secrets of creating delicious Thai food, then eat the food prepared during class.