The Best Restaurants in Noosa

Updated 2 weeks ago


Sun seekers have plenty of reasons to love Noosa beyond blue skies and white sand. The versatile dining scenes at Hastings Street and Noosa Junction are alone worthy of a trip – but there are also major culinary highlights dotted along the river, and a few gems hiding further afield if you know where to look.

This list covers waterfront institutions, stylish newcomers, and bars kicking big goals from tiny kitchens. And, given the area’s access to the coast and its astonishing year-round warmth, it’s no surprise that seafood-heavy menus and Mediterranean flavours reign supreme in this part of the world. Hook in for the best dining Noosa has to offer.

  • One of Noosa's best dining experiences happens to be meat-free – but only if you really want it to be. Whether you take the plant-based or flexitarian route, Herbert's menu is big on experimental flavours and locally foraged ingredients. Whatever you do – don't leave without trying one the avant-garde cocktails.

  • Theo's is the fun neighbourhood wine bar Noosa always needed. With its numerous nooks and fairy-lit arcade, this place makes it all too easy to linger over lo-fi wines and order another round of Italianate snacks. There are no bookings here – just walk right in, sit right down and see where the night takes you.

  • Noosa does white on white, golden sands and blinding blues better than most. But tucked away in a quiet corner of Hastings Street, this suave Italian diner is the Negroni to the area’s favoured mimosa. Come for produce-driven dishes, theatrical cocktails and an Italian-heavy wine list.

  • This Hastings Street icon has been confidently doing its thing since 1986. These days, that means wholesome brunches, Fonzie Abbott coffee and locally baked goods by Tanglewood Bakery. Plus, freshly shucked oysters, Euro-inspired eats and good times galore after sunset.

  • Woodfired pizza and natural wine is a winning combo no matter where in the world you’re partaking. But on the Sunshine Coast – where the climate feels Mediterranean and the produce is second to none – it doesn’t get much better. Somedays nails it, with a killer soundtrack and drops by cult Italian winemakers.

  • Start your holiday with a bang at this breezy Asian diner on Hastings Street. It’s the sibling to a popular Byron Bay restaurant of the same name, with killer cocktails to match those curries, soups and wok-fried hits.

  • Sofitel Noosa’s elegant in-house restaurant serves modern European fare by a Three Blue Ducks and Harvest Newrybar alum. Before you tuck in, the breezy cocktail bar overlooking Hastings Street is definitely worth a look in.

  • Vibrant Middle Eastern flavours power the set menu at this colourful neighbourhood diner. Snag one of 14 seats and dine on smoky baba ganoush, Wagyu rump cap and peanut butter parfait – with South Australian wines and fun cocktails featuring local spirits.

  • Since 1994, this beachfront icon has kept the quality as consistent as the peelers rolling into Little Bay. Come for the signature sand crab lasagne, stay for the tome-like wine list tapping the restaurant's four cellars. This is the kind of place where you can easily make afternoons disappear.

  • This colourful diner and gin bar brings modern South Indian flavours and the best Sunshine Coast distilleries together under one roof. Go for the Kerala-style curry, and stay for a few zesty, gin-driven cocktails on the leafy terrace.

  • An absolute beachfront diner hugging the boardwalk at Main Beach. Mediterranean and Asian influences make excellent friends on the menu, and go dangerously well with a zingy house spritz.

  • This bijou Japanese diner at Noosa Junction has just 10 seats and a menu with very few decisions involved. Take your place at the counter for an omakase-style experience of charcoal-fired dishes, local seafood, and plenty of sake if the mood calls for it.

  • Hastings Street is packed with oceanfront dining gems. This family-run spot is up there with the best of them, flaunting a seafood-focused menu and a breezy outdoor terrace that looks straight out over Laguna Bay. There’s nowhere else you’d rather be at golden hour.

  • A former Masterchef contestant is behind this Asian-inspired joint, which easily wins the title for Noosa’s buzziest restaurant. It packs out every night of the week, so book well in advance if you’re chasing its flaky roti, fragrant Thai-style curries and fancy prawn toast.

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  • Elegant yet laid-back riverside dining with mega views is the pitch for Rickys – as is a beloved spanner-crab spaghettini. Locally caught seafood and produce from the restaurant’s own Maravista Farm powers the offering here.

  • The northernmost outpost for the popular Asian dining group dishes up flavour-packing share plates like DIY duck pancakes and katsu bao in jungle-inspired surrounds. Cocktails are a vibe here – go for the Ribena-inspired number spiked with yuzu and don't look back.

  • From a standout prawn ravioli to an expansive outdoor terrace, there’s plenty to love about this riverside institution. Gusto has been around for more than 20 years, and it shows in the polished service and smart Euro-style menu. Birthday dinners, sunset drinks, whatever. You can do it all here.

  • Modern Mexican flavours rule at this So Cal-inspired bar and diner. On the other hand, it also packs in one of the biggest curations of tequila and mezcal you’ll find in this part of the world. Then it’s a case of where to sit – upstairs, downstairs or on the festoon-lit terrace?

  • The name says it all – this casual bar and kitchen is a whisky specialist, pouring more than 75 drams from all over the world. Sample a selection on a flight of three, alongside modern Australian fare including aged steaks and scallops baked in the half shell.

  • This lively Mexican joint makes its own tortillas and serves share-friendly Mexican street food favourites. Order snacky two-handers like deconstructed elotes (grilled Mexican street corn) and birria tacos, which are lined with eight-hour braised Wagyu.