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3 Days in Coolum: The Best Restaurants on the Sunshine Coast

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Innovation, location, celebrity chefs and TV stars, paddock-to-plate local ingredients, awards … There’s plenty of reasons why Sunshine Coast restaurants are getting noticed and making waves in foodie circles.

Sum Yung Guys (Channel 10 Masterchef’s Matt Sinclair) in Sunshine Beach, View by Matt Golinski (celebrity chef) in Noosa, Spice Bar in Mooloolaba, The Spirit House in Yandina, Noosa Waterfront Restaurant and Bar on the Noosa River and Bistro C with its Noosa Main Beach location are household names across Australia. Book well ahead and you can see for yourself why they are enduring favourites.

But dozens of other neighbourhood cafes, restaurants specialising in international cuisine and special-occasion dining venues can be found throughout our coastal suburbs and rural nooks and crannies, working hard to deliver on taste, value, service and unique foodie experiences. Here’s a selection of the best restuarnts on the Sunny Coast, near and nearby:

NEAR:

Mr Mancino: Mr Mancino is a local family owned and operated Italian restaurant with a passion for great food. Coming from Italian heritage, they create traditional Italian food from the finest and freshest ingredients - just like Nonna made it.

Pitchfork:  Offering modern Australian cuisine with a seasonally changed menu, with stylish decor with a rustic feel.  On the square in nearby Peregian Village Pitchfork has won its fair share of awards over the years and is a popular with locals and tourists alike.

Periwinkle: Periwinkle offers a modern French Mediterranean cuisine with delicious seafood, hand crafted sourdough breads, char grill beef and seasonal vegetables.  Enjoy a relaxing breakfast, lunch or dinner in the family friendly Peregian Village Square. Open for breakfast Saturday and Sundays and lunch + dinner 7 days

NEARBY:

Sails Restaurant, Noosa: For location, you can’t get much better than this, overlooking Noosa Main Beach. Executive chef Paul Leete prides himself on offering sophisticated yet relaxed dining with the spotlight on seasonal, locally sourced produce in his modern Australian menu.

Tides Waterfront Dining, Bulcock Beach, Caloundra: A favourite with brides and grooms, this fine dining restaurant has an expansive, 180-degree view from the Pacific Ocean, along Pumicestone Passage to sunsets over the Glasshouse Mountains, so there is never a bad table or day to visit.

Ricky’s River Bar and Restaurant, Noosa Heads: Located right on the Noosa River in Quamby Place, Ricky’s epitomises the area’s relaxed, chic lifestyle. This is the place to go to watch the sunset over cocktails before a romantic dinner (perhaps the six-course tasting menu showcasing local produce with matching wines).

Fish On Parkyn, Mooloolaba: A favourite with residents and tourists over the past 15 years, Fish On Parkyn is committed to giving local, seasonal seafood – brought in daily from wharves only seconds away – the spotlight it deserves within the menus.

Terrace of Maleny: This family-run business has been operating since 1992, offering panoramas filled with mountains, valleys and coastline. Seafood is its specialty – from chowder to hot and cold platters and its signature dish: whole crispy wok-fried reef fish.

Rick’s Garage, Palmwoods: Let’s take it down a notch to the atmosphere of a backyard Aussie barbecue with burgers too big to hold, rockabilly music, hot rods and pin-up dresses. Rick’s has become an institution on the Coast for its hearty meals and vibrant, family-friendly atmosphere in this much-loved country town. And don’t forget the Whiskey Bar (that used to be the mechanic’s house) with more than 170 premium spirits and an extensive cocktail menu.

Locale Noosa: It may be located in the “French Quarter” of Hastings St but this popular venue with a lively atmosphere emphasises authentic Italian tradition but with a modern approach, using the best of local seasonal produce and imported ingredients.

Harry’s On Buderim, on the edge of Buderim Forest Park: Stuart Bell brings 30 years’ experience as a chef to his modern Australian cuisine served in a 140-year-old, heritage-style homestead with a veranda giving diners stunning views of the rainforest.


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