The round-up: Feeling fancy? Up the ante at the Gold Coast’s best fine-dining restaurants (as voted by you!)
If you’re searching for that special occasion restaurant, want to treat your significant other, or you and the crew are just feeling fancy and want to splash out on a fine feast, then this handy list will help you out. As part of the EAT/drink Awards 2019, we put the call out to Gold Coast locals to nominate and vote for their favourite places for fine dining. We’ve tallied the votes and are proud to bring you the top ten fine-dining restaurants on the Gold Coast – as voted by locals.
The Winner: Nineteen at The Star, Broadbeach
Nineteen at The Star is the jewel of luxury hotel The Darling – it has earned a stellar reputation since its opening in March 2018 and collected the most votes to take out the Best Place for Fine Dining on the Gold Coast. Now under the culinary direction of chef Uday Huja, Nineteen continues to wow diners in its second year of operation with a menu that uses simplicity to celebrate quality produce. The incredible views are just a bonus.
The Runner-up: Little Truffle, Mermaid Beach
This hidden gem is one of the coast’s original fine-dining spots. Owned by chef Daniel Ridgeway, Little Truffle offers a unique dining experience in an intimate setting, and is well known for the south-western European tastes woven through its modern Australian menu. There’s also a 16-seat private dining room with floor-to-ceiling black velvet curtains for a truly secluded dining event.
The Runner-up: The Fish House, Burleigh Heads
The Fish House has been a long-time favourite for locals, with its offering of fine seafood, top-end wines and fabulous views proving to be the perfect trifecta for Gold Coast folk. The sophisticated Burleigh Beach-fronting restaurant has retained its unwavering popularity as a go-to spot for a true fine-dining experience.
Restaurant Labart, Burleigh Heads
Also the winner of the Best New Restaurant, Labart earned a hefty segment of votes in the Best Fine Dining category. Though, unlike most fine-dining venues, Labart takes a refreshing step away from formality (much to the delight of Gold Coast folk), and has become well known for its welcoming and convivial atmosphere. Chef and owner Alex Munoz Labart’s menu of snacks, small plates and larger dishes is driven by an ethos of sustainability, seasonality and simplicity – and locals just can’t get enough.
This intimate Japanese dining space delivers one of the city’s most incredible food experiences. Located at The Star Gold Coast, this cutting-edge eatery is overseen by internationally renowned executive head chef Chase Kojima and his team, who take authentic Japanese cuisine and spin it on its head to create a truly innovative culinary journey. From fresh sashimi and intricate sushi creations, to caviar, binchotan delights and izakaya-style creations, a night out at Kiyomi is a must-do.
The North Room, Mermaid Beach
Effortlessly combining coastal vibes with refined food and excellent wines, The North Room is the epitome of a local gem. The concept has captured the hearts of Gold Coast diners seeking a top-end food offering in a relaxed, casual setting. Owner and chef Tim Stewart’s menu gives a nod to the season’s best produce and is constantly pushing boundaries, making regular visits a must.
Social Eating House, Broadbeach
Also named in the top ten of the Best Restaurants category, refined dining space Social Eating House has long been a favourite among locals looking for top-flight eats and quality sips. From charcuterie and bar snacks to progressive share plates, chef and owner Matthew Jefferson’s dining experience is a must-do.
Tucked beneath luxe hotel Sofitel, sophisticated restaurant room81 takes diners on a true culinary journey on every visit. Its seasonal tasting menu is the best way to experience room81’s finest creations – settle in for six courses of deliciousness, designed to stimulate the senses from start to finish.
Vanitas, Main Beach
As Palazzo Versace’s signature Italian dining experience, Vanitas is known for bringing an element of elegance to the Gold Coast’s dining scene and surely leaves a lasting impression. Its ever-evolving seasonal menu features a delicious selection of authentic Italian mains, handmade pastas and desserts, complemented by a extensive wine offering. The exquisite 13-metre painting presenting the life of Gianni Versace certainly sets the scene.
Fellini Ristorante, Main Beach
Overlooking the superyachts moored in the exclusive Marina Mirage, sophisticated Italian dining space Fellini treats diners to million-dollar views as well as refined Italian fare. The celebrated venue is steeped in history as one of the city’s longest-running restaurants, and still remains well-known by locals for its elevated delivery of modern Italian cuisine.
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