When it comes to wining and dining, the Sunshine Coast sure knows how to put on a show. With an influx of famous chefs and a modernised approach on local cuisines, this flourishing culinary mecca is the ultimate location to enjoy breathtaking scenic views whilst also indulging in tantalising fine dining.
We’ve compiled a list of our favourite fine dining Sunshine Coast locals rave about!
Sum Yung Guys
We can’t start without first mentioning Sunshine Beach’s notoriously fun, funky and continually hyped about restaurant, Sum Yung Guys. The masterpiece brought to you by four local friends one of which includes ex-Masterchef alum Matt Sinclair, has an inspired menu with inventive cocktails and a wide gamut of Asian food designed to share.
In fact, their reputation is so impressive that there is currently a waitlist to dine here! We recommend booking in advance for you and a group of your closest foodie friends and enjoying their spirit and passion for Asian food and culture evident in food (even pastes and sauces) made from scratch. Best dishes include their king prawn toast with gochujang mayo, tangy yellow curry and handmade roti!
Harry’s on Buderim
One of the most iconic fine dining Sunshine Coast has hidden in the Buderim Forest Park is the quaint Harry’s on Buderim. Offering modern Australian cuisine within the surrounds of a charming 120-year-old homestead by two hatted chef and owner Stuart Bell, Harry’s boasts fresh, local produce with a seasonal menu and an ongoing commitment to local businesses and suppliers.
To ensure your dining experience with them is truly memorable, Harry’s on Buderim has a veranda with spectacular views overlooking the rainforest and open parklands, an elegant fireplace and is a quick leisurely walk away to Buderim Falls in the adjoining park. A truly unique outdoor dining experience in Queensland you do not want to miss out on.
Noosa Beach House
The brainchild of chef and media personality Peter Kuruvita, Noosa Beach House specialises in fresh, local seafood whilst sitting nice and pretty at the very front of the coastal dining hub along Hastings Street in Noosa Heads. Don’t hold back and be sure to order the koji glazed Hervey Bay scallops or the spanner crab paired with an aromatic and fiery egg yolk curry.
Plus if you’re wanting to stay on longer in Noosa and enjoy more of their fine dining options, why not book one of the best Sunshine Coast Holiday Houses to enjoy the ultimate relaxation weekend away.
For an elegant, picturesque dining experience, Rickys has both unbeatable food and service. With endless views of Noosa River, white linen dressed tables and a stylish atmosphere as well as fresh seafood, it is the ultimate fine dining spot. Whether your partial to a long lunch paired with something from their extensive cocktail and wine list or you’d like to enjoy watching the sunset with your sumptuous meal with locally sourced ingredients, good times are practically guaranteed when you’re fine dining at Rickys.
One of the ultimate spots for fine dining Sunshine Coast locals can’t get enough of is Spirit House restaurant and cooking school. This award-winning restaurant transports you to an enchanting, lush palm fronded, private Asian rainforest retreat with a tantalising menu consisting of a contemporary take on Thai and Vietnamese dishes. This one-of-a-kind restaurant is situated in a tropical garden walkway which leads to tranquil bamboo surrounding ponds where the aromas of their punchy flavour combinations fill the air.
Attracting tourists and locals alike, their infamous cooking school adds to the world class experience that Spirit House has to offer. Be sure to book early as the constantly book out fast! Winning an accolade of national awards, Spirit House is continuously mixing up their menu but never fails to produce mouth-watering dishes and eclectic wines and enticing cocktails at Hong Sa Bar. Insider tip: Order the whole crispy fish with tamarind chilli sauce.
The Long Apron
Tucked away in the lush hilltop gardens in Montville within the Spicers Clovelly Estate, is the two hatted, French inspired restaurant, The Long Apron. This multi-award-winning restaurant is a must do for any food lovers especially when it comes to a modern twist on exquisite European cuisine. Their menu is inspired “by the terroir, the seasons, feelings and memories to create a unique dining experience” and their establishment is to be commended on being a pioneer when it comes to sustainability as they have their own onsite vegetable garden along with other innovative initiatives in place to ensure they have a positive environmental impact too. Don’t miss out on this luxury with a touch of that magical, French country charm.
For exceptional multi-award-winning refined Japanese food, the culinary wizards at Wasabi know how to tantalise your tastebuds like no one else. If you’re looking for a little extra finesse plus an incredible view of Noosa River, then this mind-blowing restaurant should be your pick. Sourcing majority of their produce locally, they offer a-la-carte as well as a multi-course ‘Omakase’ menu and if you book in advance you can also join their restaurants impressive cooking school!
A few other fine dining Sunshine Coast restaurants we couldn’t miss out on talking about includes the award winning contemporary Asian and modern Australian fusion restaurant The Tamarind. Set in the rainforest hinterlands of Maleny, Executive Chef Daniel Jarrett brings to life stylish and flavourful food with degustation and banquet options. Another notable mention is Sails in Noosa. Perfect for a relaxed, coastal dine with their right out of the ocean seafood and a wine list that has won three Australian Wine List of the Year awards, we guarantee you’ll have the best long lunch you’ve had in a while!
From the lush Hinterlands to the bustling coastal dining hubs, the Sunshine Coast has so much to offer. Why attempt cramming it all in a day when you can stay for the weekend or longer at one of Prestige Holiday Homes luxurious homes. Get in touch for more information or to book your stay.