4 of the best restaurants with a view in the Gold Coast

Team the freshest seafood with glorious water views for a quintessential night out in this popular Queensland city.

Rick shore view restaurant
  • Celeste Mitchell
  • December 2019

With a booming food scene, there are many great places to eat on the Gold Coast. Whether you’re in Surfers Paradise, Burleigh Heads or Currumbin, don’t miss these restaurants where fabulous food comes with a view to match.

Rick Shores

Any closer to the ocean and you’d be paddling onto the next wave. Set underneath Burleigh Pavilion, locals flock here first and foremost for the eponymous bug rolls. Picture fresh Moreton Bay bug meat in light, crispy tempura batter, topped with gem lettuce and sriracha mayo in a pillowy brioche bun. Sit outside with sand between your toes or inside at eyeline with Burleigh’s famous breaks. The mocktail list will impress non-drinkers.

43 Goodwin Terrace, Burleigh Heads, +61 (0)7 5630 6611, rickshores.com.au opens in new window


Floating above the hubbub of Surfers Paradise beach you’ll find the three-dimensional mural inside Seascape almost as captivating as the ocean views. Naturally, seafood is king, with seasonal oysters (try vodka and finger lime dressing) followed up with six daily catches. Special occasion? Splurge on the chef’s five-course selection with matching wines.

4 Esplanade, Surfers Paradise, +61 (0)7 5527 6655, seascape.com.au opens in new window

Friends making a toast over food
Feast on seafood with sea views at Elephant Rock Cafe.

Elephant Rock Cafe

Pad across the road from Currumbin Beach and head upstairs for one of the best seats on the coast to share a long board grazing platter with friends. Keep an eye out for themed happy hours such as Mexicana Margarita nights which feature sensational fish tacos.

776 Pacific Parade, Currumbin, +61 (0)7 5598 2133, elephantrock.com.au opens in new window

The Fish House

With that name, there’s no mistaking the speciality of this fine diner. Drink in views over Burleigh Beach – and something from the superb wine list – with the bi-fold windows pushed back. Sustainably caught fish are flown in daily but the lemony fish soup is a winner no matter what.

50 Goodwin Terrace, Burleigh Heads, +61 (0)7 5535 7725, thefishhouse.com.au opens in new window