Clinging to the sand dunes above Clarkes Beach, Beach (not to be confused with the longstanding Beach Hotel) is the only absolute waterfront restaurant in Byron Bay. But it’s got far more going for it than smashing ocean views. This glossy mod-Oz restaurant is owned by the Fink Group, and, like Fink’s iconic restaurants Quay and Bennelong, the menu and location work in tandem to offer a singular package.

And this chic spot – all light timber and floor-to-ceiling windows – is a morning-till-night prospect. The kiosk opens early for breakfast with a streamlined takeaway menu of loaded croissants, brekkie rolls, pastries and coffee by Byron Bay Coffee Company. Come lunchtime, it's all about beachside standards: fish’n’chips, a classic beef burger or a chonking fish burger.

It’s a more elevated take on beach-friendly fare in the restaurant proper. Your meal might start with crumbed ’roo tail with zesty pickles, before swinging into a serve of Glacier 51 toothfish rillettes. For mains, spanner crab and bottarga dress up thick strands of pappardelle, while tropical painted crayfish is served with crepes – fork the crustacean into the crepe, then drizzle with creamy lemon butter.

Cocktails – including a Gimlet made with lemon myrtle and gin from local distillery Brookie’s – lean fresh and bright, while the hefty wine list flits between Australian and Europe, including a solid showing from France. A clever twist on the spirits list offers each as a nip or in a cocktail. Think Martinis for the gin and vodka, mezcal and tequila in Margaritas.

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Updated: May 8th, 2024

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