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Surfers Paradise Restaurants Guide

Surfers Paradise Restaurants Cafes And Eating Out Guide

Surfers Paradise has lots of places for eating out. Some good, some average and some not so good!

The good ones get busy at night first, so it is well worth booking ahead, so as not to be disappointed.

I cannot promise a great meal or experience everytime, as there is often quite a bit of change in this part of the Gold Coast.

I haven't managed to eat in or write about every restaurant or cafe in Surfers so any additional information is very welcome.

However, my selection is to give you some ideas and options that I have found generally reliable and good and I think you might too.

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Favourite Surfers Paradise Restaurants, Cafes & Places to Eat

Here are a small selection of restaurants in Surfers Paradise area. I have tried to include a few different options to look at. All are ones I have either eaten at, or feel confident that you will get a good meal at.

Many of these will require you to make bookings.

If you are after casual dining you can try some of the restaurants along Cavill Mall - unfortunately, many of these I am not so eager to recommend and they are variable in their quality.

Another good area for Surfers Paradise restaurants is the Circle on Cavill and Chevron Rennaissance precincts.

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Costa D'Oro - Italian, Seafood and European in Orchid Ave, Surfers Paradise for Lunch and Dinner. Surprisingly good for kids to eat at certain times...


Four Winds Revolving Restaurant at Crowne Plaza Resort - buffet style eating with a fabulous view of the Gold Coast. I have only been in the evening and the food was excellent with lots of choices and would suit most people.


Waves International Buffet at Watermark Hotel - opens for breakfast and dinner, 7 days a week. Various styles including Indian, Asia, Seafood and Mediterranean. I would have to say you would be hard pushed not to find something you like here.


Hard Rock Cafe - on the corner of Cavill Ave and Surfers Paradise Boulevard. Pretty standard Hard Rock Cafe - expect burgers and American style food with lots of movie and music memorabilia. Noisy, crowded and probably need to book, but sometimes you can just rock up and get a meal.


Citrique Restaurant at Marriott Surfers Paradise Hotel and Spa - replaced the Lagoon Restaurant in late 2011. This restaurant overlooks the amazing lagoon pool at the Marriott (it's worth going just to see the pool!). There are both a la carte options and buffet options.

One of the differences about this buffet is there are four zones - Cold Zone with surprisingly enough cold foods such as cheeses, sushi, salads, deli meats and local seafood. Hot Zone with live cooking stations offering European and Asian foods. Grill Zone for roasts and satay style foods. And our favourite... the Decadence Zone with some of the most amazing looking desserts and pastries and icecream bar!

Citrique is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner - you'll have to check the times with them directly.


Benihana Japanese Steakhouse Restaurant at Marriott Surfers Paradise Hotel and Spa is supposed to be the largest specialist Teppanyaki restaurant in Australia. I'm not sure about that.. but it is big, popular and gets rave reviews!

If you are after Teppanyaki, it is definitely worthy of a look.

Benihana is open every night from 5.30pm for dinner and you definitely NEED to book this one.


Cold Rock Ice Creamery - if you have never been to a Cold Rock.... you haven't lived!  

Cold Rock are famous for their mix-ins. You choose the ice cream, choose the mix-in and they smash it all together on their cold slab. The combinations are only limited by your imagination and good taste!

Cold Rock in Surfers is in Elkhorn Avenue near the corner of Gold Coast Highway. You can also find Cold Rock's at Helensvale, Palm Beach, Coolangatta, Broadbeach, Varsity Lakes and Burleigh Heads.


Black Coffee Lyrics - a great place for a casual meal that's pretty awesome and a great coffee too!

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