When it comes to cool, coastal beachy towns, Maroochydore is where it’s at. While it may be the bustling business hub of the Sunshine Coast, scratch the surface and you’ll be able to soak up its sparkling shorelines, chilled atmosphere and it’s top-shelf foodie scene.
And as it grows in popularity, Maroochydore’s cafés, restaurants and eateries are really upping their game! From ocean-fresh seafood to cuisine hailing from all corners of the globe, Maroochydore’s foodie scene will not disappoint you. Here are the best restaurants on offer to get your tastebuds fired up.
Market Bistro is a charming and intimate neighbourhood restaurant located in the heart of Maroochydore. Their menu features a range of delicious and inventive European dishes, all made with locally-sourced and seasonal ingredients. Working your way around the menu, you’ll find dreamy homemade pasta (the tagliorini with Mooloolaba king prawns, fermented chilli, garlic, butter and white wine is our top pick), slow-cooked lamb with salted cucumber and capers and honey, and a whole menu of wood-fired meats.
Market Lane, Maroochydore
After a casual family dining spot with stunning views to boot? Book in at The Boat Shed, which overlooks the magnificent Maroochy River and is a local hotspot. Their contemporary Australian cuisine covers all the bases, from coconut and chilli battered prawns, and crispy skin barramundi, to BBQ-pressed lamb shoulder. If that’s not enough, they also have an incredible tapas menu, which is perfect for sharing.
The Esplanade, Cotton Tree
It doesn’t get much better than dinner and dancing and Solbar is your one-stop shop for all of the above! Serving up classic pub grub, start with a pizza, schnitty or burger, then mosey on to the live music area, Bricks & Mortar, to catch a show. Whether it be national or international touring acts, or emerging and established local acts, Solbar is the number one destination for amazing live music on the Sunshine Coast.
10/12-20 Ocean Street, Maroochydore
Dubbed the “Sunny Coast’s dopest little garden bar” it’s hard to disagree! Spice up your time in Maroochydore with a meal at La Canteena, dining out on their tacos, nachos or street eats menu as you soak up the sweet tunes from the DJ in their buzzing courtyard. Did we mention their cocktail menu is pretty epic, too?
19 Ocean Street, Maroochydore
Ocean Ended Restaurant & Bar
No trip to Maroochydore is complete without enjoying the town’s incredible seafood. Ocean Ended Restaurant & Bar knows how to give guests an unforgettable experience with their gold-star service, outstanding coastal cuisine and beautiful views of the Maroochy River. They serve seasonal, diverse, locally-caught seafood, much of which is only available in small quantities or inconsistently throughout the season. As a result, their seafood specials are based on the highest quality fish and shellfish available. Yum!
14 Duporth Ave, Maroochydore
Make sure you head to Orléans with an empty stomach because you’re going to want to make the most of their menu, which draws inspiration from the classic of New Orleans cuisine and is finished with a modern French Orléans twist. Our highlights include the corn bread, Southern-fried chicken and waffles, the Creole-spiced market fish and the pan-seared beef fillet. If it’s possible (and with a menu like that, we know it’s not always!), their dessert menu is equally as punchy (we’re talking chocolate and hazelnut cremeaux and Orleans peanut butter and jelly sandwich).
24 Duporth Avenue, Maroochydore
Liliana’s Trattoria is a much-loved Italian restaurant, famed for its ability to bring classic, homestyle Italian dishes to the heart of Maroochydore. Every dish on the menu is inspired by Nonna Liliana and honestly, if we had enough room in our stomachs, we’d order everything! From Liliana’s pasta to her homemade lasagne, gnocchi, and pizzas, this is the perfect spot for a cosy night of legit Italian fare.
Shop 2/1/5 Ocean Street, Maroochydore
Whatever you’re in the mood for, the exploding fining scene in Maroochydore has whatever you’re after. From romantic dinner options to a fun night out with friends or a family-friendly meal, Maroochydore’s restaurant offerings will blow you away.
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