Surf, sand and seriously good restaurants. The Gold Coast has become as much of a gourmand’s playground as it is home to the most spectacular beaches and surf spots.
But let’s face it – it’s not only about quality or customer service anymore. It’s rather about the location and creating that perfectly curated feed. Because if you didn’t Instagram it, did it even happen?
In no particular order, we share our pick of the best restaurants in Mermaid Beach. Have you tried them all?
1/ Goccia Italian Pizzeria | Italian
For top-notch pizza, pasta and share plates that won’t break the bank, it’s obvious why locals have fallen head over heels for Mermaid Beach’s Goccia. Cosy up inside close to the wood-fired pizza oven or dine alfresco under the festoon lights, Goccia (pronounced ‘gotcha’) is like a warm hug from family, made all the more authentic by the Italian accents taking your order with a smile. In all seriousness though, we’re going to be bold and claim Goccia are serving up some of the absolute best pizzas on the Gold Coast. Bellisimo!
2/ Poke Poke | Hawaiian
Specialists in fresh, fruity, fun vibes and all the delicious and healthy tropical delights you can poke a stick at! Poke Poke is a simple new dining concept, based in the beautiful heartland of the Gold Coast – Mermaid Beach – offering up generous bowls of tasty poke bowls, decadent roti wraps and next level super smoothies! With many vegetarian, vegan, gluten free & dairy free options available too, they can cater to one and all – even the little ones!
3/ Bonita Bonita | Mexican
Since opening in early 2014, Bonita Bonita has been a runaway success, delivering some of the best Mexican on the Gold Coast. This is undoubtedly one of our fave restaurants in Mermaid Beach, and it’s all thanks to the tight-knit local team busting their beautiful backsides to bring us next-level foodie fare and ambiance. While we could go on forever, start with the crispy snapper tacos, ceviche, sweet pumpkin empanadas, Bonita Margaritas and tequila with a verdita chaser. The latter are best consumed next door at sexy BonBon Bar. Hola!
4/ The North Room | European
Be spoilt with a refined European-style dining experience combining faultless, personalised service, buttery smooth ambiance and a menu that champions the finest of seasonal, locally-sourced produce.
No larger than a grand master bedroom and just as cosy, The North Room’s dining room is minimalist with brushed concrete tiles, dark wood tables, white paneling lining the walls, and a custom-made and oh-so sinkable ink blue velvet banquette running one length of the room. There’s also a luxe marble-topped bar with bar stool seating for up to eight diners; perfect for those who wish to swing past for a vino and one of chef Tim Stewart’s artfully presented share plates.
5/ Little Mermaid | Coastal Dining
Meters from the ocean and brimming with lush green leaves, Little Mermaid is a coastal retreat which embodies the Gold Coast’s gorgeous fusion of coastline and subtropical hinterland.
A family friendly setting meets casual coastal dining at our Mermaid Beach restaurant, Little Mermaid. They’ll look after you, whether you’re after a healthy family meal, some cold drinks with friends, or simply a relaxing coffee break.
6/ Bam Bam Bakehouse | French
All baked in fresh batches all day long using only the best French flour. Which means that you get to eat the flakiest, crunchiest and drool-worthy pastries every single visit. That’s the secret behind the success of Bam Bam bakehouse, you don’t have to fork out the money to fly all the way to France to experience traditional French style bakery goodness, this is where the goods are at! And because life is too short to drink shitty coffee, they also serve barista made Marvell Street coffee at every location. Lets face it – good food plus coffee is life!
7/ Nobby’s Beach SLSC | Beachfront Restaurant
With an array of meals to choose from and a view that will have your jaw dropping, Nobby’s Beach Surf Club is the place to wine and dine on your holiday or nominate as your favourite local venue for dining and entertainment!
Whether it’s tapas to share with friends on a sunny Sunday afternoon, one of their divine main menu options for your date night or family gathering, or a delicious lunch right on the beachfront, whatever the reason, Nobby’s Beach SLSC’s food is sure to leave you wanting for more.