5 of the Best Coastal Restaurants

EELS0170_1521_Restaurant-Partner-Images_Preffered-Image_Jonahs-RestaurantHave an occasion coming up in Autumn? Plan ahead and browse our dining suggestions including the best cuisines and restaurants for Autumn here. 

In the warmer Aussie months, the best way to dine out is with a seaview and a delicious plate of summer inspired food. Now is the perfect time of year to check out one of these coastal restaurants that are plating up delicious, fresh food against the backdrop of an incredible ocean view. Here are five of our nation's best seaside foodie venues.


Head north of Sydney to Whale Beach for a table at Jonah's. The award-winning restaurant serves up contemporary Australian cuisine and has a cellar of over 5,000 bottles of vintage wine from Australia and abroad. Yet before you get too caught up in the food produced by head chef Peter Ridland's kitchen, prepare to be wowed by the stunning beachside views on offer.

Pilu at Freshwater

If a meal at the beach suggests a relaxed and lazy vibe, than Pilu at Freshwater is the place for you. This Sydney restaurant is located in a Heritage-listed weatherboard beach house overlooking Freshwater Beach. With the bar and kitchen found at the heart of the building, dining tables are sprawled around the house so diners can make the most of the view. Chef and owner Giovanni Pilu has brought his home of Sardinia to Australia with the food and, while the flavours may be Sardinian, most of the seafood is locally caught produce.


The name says it all about this Queensland restaurant. If you're in Hervey Bay, head down the Esplanade to Coast to share a meal with friends. Stay cool and breathe in the salty air as gentle ocean breezes roll in through the outdoor dining area of the restaurant. Expect plenty of dishes made with local and seasonal produce that are perfect for sharing with friends.

Seaduction Restaurant and Bar

For the true food lover, it takes more than an incredible ocean view to impress. It's a good thing the Gold Coast's Seaduction Restaurant and Bar isn't relying on what you see out the window, although it is quite spectacular. Experienced chef Steve Szabo brings all his technical brilliance to what gets plated up. Dishes are gastronomic wonders that find a delicate balance between flavours and textures.


A coastal view doesn't just mean beaches and a horizon of uninterrupted ocean. One of Sydney's best fine dining destinations, Quay shows off the city's harbour with all its iconic sights. Led by recognised chef Peter Gilmore and winner of three chef's hats, the restaurant is all about food excellence. The menu features original dishes that show imagination and appreciation for flavour.

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Mireille Kilgour

Mireille Kilgour

Mireille Kilgour has been an entrepreneur for 35 years in the hospitality sector. French born, she has been an accomplished business owner and operator for a number of Sydney venues. Leading the industry with high profile institutions such as Lamrock Café Bondi, she has endless passion for the industry, and now has the pleasure of supporting restaurants to fill their tables with the new Good Food Gift Card program.