Summer has well and truly arrived! It’s time to embrace the picturesque coastlines, rooftop bars and airy tropical vibes.
Whether it’s lunch, dinner or late-night shenanigans, we all know there’s nothing like an ice-cold bev and ocean breeze to ease you through the extreme heat.
Listen up, loosen your belt and prepare to get all the summertime feels at these stunning seaside restaurants.
71 Eagle Street, Brisbane 4000
This lavish, whimsical oasis is perfect for those seeking a unique and stunning location that’s just a little bit extra!
Situated on the banks of Eagle St Pier, take in the natural splendour of this open-air eatery amidst panoramic waterfront views, playful decor and twinkling fairy lights. Boasting an expansive menu focused on seasonal produce, the dishes are light, refreshing and perfect for sharing with friends on a lazy summer’s day.
With it’s quirky nautical theme and novel take on mealtime classics, Riverbar and Kitchen exudes a relaxed charm that extends far beyond its impressive appearance!
52 Esplanade, Surfers Paradise 4217
Situated in a stunning beachfront location, Sandbar invites you to wine, dine and take your time!
Bringing a slice of seaside sophistication to Surfers Paradise, this contemporary haven more closely resembles a coastal Bali bar or luxe French Riviera cafe. With an innovative menu crafted by a world-renowned Executive Chef, you’ll find each dish to be carefully prepared using only locally-sourced produce of the highest quality.
The opulent theme carries over to the bar as well, where the creative combo of classic and innovative cocktails holds its own alongside the Gold Coast’s largest range of beers. With renowned commercial and craft brews pouring daily from domestic and international breweries, why wouldn’t you sample a frothy or two?
70 Longland Street, Newstead 4006
Blending the natural beauty of the great outdoors with lush decorative accents, Mecca Bah is a stunning Middle Eastern eatery 3 km north of Brisbane’s CBD. Built on the humble philosophy of bringing people together to enjoy fresh, wholesome food, this thriving urban sanctuary is all about kicking back and basking in the sunshine.
Located in Gasworks Plaza, prepare to be seduced by the authentic Moroccan feel that suffuses the interior. From the handcrafted cocktails to the exotic spices filling the air, enjoy a relaxed dining experience as you gaze across the Victoria Harbour and city skyline.
With such a broad range of dishes on offer, Mecca Bah suggests you opt for a variety of smaller platters and share amongst friends as you while away those sticky summer days!
30ba Stanley Street Plaza, South Brisbane 4101
As Brisbane’s only beach-side beer garden, this innovative, open-air haunt certainly doesn’t disappoint! Celebrating all things carnivorous, from the tender, juicy meats to the triple-cooked hand-cut chips, you won’t find a more conveniently located, family-friendly venue so close to the deep blue sea.
With the menu inspired by the beautiful Queensland climate, take in the uninterrupted view of Streets Beach as you feast on quality bistro favourites. Top it off with an ice-cold pint of craft beer and a healthy dose of fresh sea air for the perfect Australian summer dining experience.
Whether you share an intimate meal alfresco or get festive at the chic terrace bar, Southbank Beer Garden promises to deliver fresh, unpretentious and memorable food with a smile.
St Lucia Golf Links, Carawa Street, St Lucia 4067
Set amongst the lush, green surrounds of Brisbane’s best public golf course, St Lucia’s Hundred Acre Bar is all about indulging the senses. From the moment you enter the aesthetic indoor outdoor eating pavilion, you’ll be struck by the relaxed charm emanating from the rustic decor and breezy open plan layout.
Select from a menu inspired by an eclectic and appetizing narrative of flavours and ingredients, be it the ‘express breakfast’, crab lasagne or roast tomato tagine. With each dish light, elegantly presented and expertly crafted for the heat of the Brisbane summer you can rest assured that there’s a meal to accommodate every taste and fancy!
Let the warm easterly breeze carry away your winter woes as you sip on the drink of choice and watch the kids play on the rolling grassy slopes.
By Kaylah Chesson