With its stunning beaches, vibrant local community, and laid-back village vibe, it comes as no surprise that holidaymakers flock to Coolum Beach to relax and soak up the sun.
But what makes this sleepy surfer’s paradise even more appealing is its vibrant food scene, brimming with exciting eateries serving up delicious food and unforgettable dining experiences.
Whether you’re a local looking for a new spot to try or a tourist seeking a taste of the area, these are the best restaurants in Coolum Beach that are well worth a visit.
Yiani’s Greek Restaurant
Experience a taste of the Aegean at Yiani’s Greek Restaurant. Adored as much for its lively atmosphere and impeccable service as its sumptuous fare, this Hellenic hideaway serves up authentic Mediterranean flavours to locals and epicurious visitors alike. From sizzling seafood platters to mouth-watering moussaka, Yani’s menu is a true celebration of Greece’s rich culinary heritage. We’re talking meze, share plates, grilled dishes and fresh fresher than fresh seafood. Enjoy it all with a bottle of dangerously smooth Greek wine and finish the night with a serving of decadent bougatsa.
6/7-13 Beach Road, Coolum Beach
Continuing your culinary tour around Europe, Coolum Beach’s resident Italian joint is the place to head for pizza, pasta, and all manner of comfort classics. With its emphasis on fresh ingredients and authentic recipes, Mr Mancino serves a wide-ranging menu across antipasti, pizza, slow-cooked meats, and desserts, but the star attraction is without a doubt the pasta. Start your night with salt and pepper calamari and mushroom arancini, order your favourite noodle with a homemade sauce of choice for the main (the gnocchi with burnt butter, sage and pumpkin and spicy tomato penne arrabbiata are standouts) and end the night with an assortment of Italian desserts – washed down with a bottle of vino. Naturally.
1806 David Low Way, Coolum Beach
Coolum Surf Club
With its stunning ocean views and laidback atmosphere, the award-winning Coolum Surf Club is the epitome of beachside dining. Relax outside on the dreamy outdoor deck and watch the waves roll in or dine inside to contemporary coastal furnishings with panoramic ocean views. Ideal for long lunches, post-swim snacks or casual catchups with friends, diners have their pick of club classics alongside a noteworthy selection of vegan, vegetarian, gluten, and dairy-free options. Think homemade gourmet pizzas, burgers, local seafood, salad and everything in between. Those in the know opt for the steaks which are cooked over an ironbark-fuelled coal pit to give a delicious sweet and smoky taste that will have you hooked.
1775-1779 David Low Way, Coolum Beach
A brunch destination where you can taste the saltwater in the air, Stellarossa is all about sunny day brunch sessions. Head here for a seriously good coffee, freshly made smoothie or afternoon cocktail. For the full experience, sit down to a plate of blueberry and ricotta hotcakes, chorizo corn fritters or a halloumi eggs bene wrap. Pack your swimmers because, after a delish feed, the sparkling water right in front of you will be too hard to resist.
8/1778 David Low Way, Coolum Beach
Coolum Beach Hotel
When you think of pub dining, coastal-cool interiors and a serene beachfront location don’t immediately come to mind, but that’s exactly what you’ll find at Coolum Beach Hotel. Open seven days a week and brimming with atmosphere, this laidback local is the kind of all-inclusive community-minded venue where mum, dad and the three kids are just as welcome as the local surfers and after-hours crowd. Expect quintessential gastro-pub plates like parmas, burgers, and steaks as well as elevated dishes like vegan popcorn cauliflower, pumpkin red curry and poke bowls topped with spicy chicken, Asian slaw and kimchi. Friendly, tasty, and open every night of the week – what more could you want?
David Low Way, Coolum Beach
Perched on the vibrant coastal stretch of David Low Way, Hanami is a must for Asian fusion cuisine rich in eclectic flavours. They do it all, and they do it well – delivering vibrant, punchy dishes that effortlessly complete their surroundings. Think sushi, pork and ginger dumplings, bao buns with chicken katsu, ponzu salmon sashimi and beef bulgogi that tastes just as good as it looks.
9/1778 David Low Way, Coolum Beach
Coolum Thai Spice
Sitting just back from the beach, Coolum Thai Spice is a real crowd-pleaser when it comes to seriously good and authentic Thai food. The space is welcoming and friendly with outdoor tables offering the perfect setting during summer. Keeping Thai-faring diners satiated with their extensive menu of stir fries, noodles, satays, and curries, the food is consistently good and is served in large portions at affordable prices. Each dish is packed full of flavour and is designed to be shared, just like they would have in the motherland.
1812 David Low Way, Coolum Beach
Dinner with a view doesn’t get much better than Coolum Beach, and Bombay Bliss sure makes the most of it. Serving up legit Indian cuisine in a casual waterfront setting, here, fragrant curries are always made from scratch, while a hardworking tandoor oven pumps out pillowy naan bread and spiced up slow-cooked meats. You’ll find familiar favourites like chicken tikka masala and beef vindaloo that are perfect for sharing but don’t leave without trying house specialties including the moreish tandoori bites and Kashmiri Rogan Josh. The view is equally impressive with wide windows shaping the iconic seaside scenery.
1740 David Low Way, Coolum Beach
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