Dine Like A Local: The Ultimate Guide to Noosa's Best Restaurants
Noosa is home to so many excellent restaurants, it’s hard to decide which one is the best. Why not try our top-tier recommendations and choose your favourite from our edit of the best restaurants in Noosa?
Noosa is a popular escape from Brisbane for sun-seekers and luxury shoppers, but what you may not realise is that it’s also a foodie’s paradise.
You’ve checked in, let your hair down and unpacked your holiday romance novel. The only thing left to decide… is where to dine. We’ve narrowed it down to the best restaurants in Noosa, with the most pleasing aesthetics, delicious seasonal fare and plentiful awards to back up their claims of being the best in town.
If you’re craving plant-based plates, Herbert is the best restaurant in Noosa to book for a veg-heavy feast! This sleek new bar and restaurant experiments with foraged ingredients and seasonal produce sourced from local farms, crafting dishes like crispy oyster mushrooms and mapo tofu with a Szechuan pepper twist. If you’re craving seafood or beef brisket, never fear. There’s meat on the menu for the carnivores among us. Make sure you leave room for their artful desserts, they’re not to be missed!
1 Arcadia Street, Shop 2 and 3, Noosa Heads
Make the most of your beach getaway by dining by the water at one of the best restaurants in Noosa. Sails Restaurant has 180-degree views of Laguna Bay, meaning that the outlook is just as incredible as the food. Plating up modern Australian cuisine with a focus on seasonal produce, head chef Paul Lette is passionate about sourcing ethically and with integrity wherever possible. If you love wine, you’re definitely in the right place, as this restaurant has three working cellars that house one of the largest wine collections in Australia.
75 Hastings Street, Noosa Heads
Visit one of the most unique restaurants in Noosa on your next visit by making a reservation at Pucca. Pucca is a modern Euro-Indian restaurant, as well as a boutique gin bar (what an overachiever!). With a European-inspired menu, Head Chef Neale White’s menu is an original take on southern coastal Indian cuisine. White draws this melting pot of inspiration from his unique life experience, being Indian-born, Australian-bred and Michelin-trained in the UK. Pucca is easily one of the best restaurants in Noosa to visit for upscale Indian eats on your next Noosa holiday.
19 Sunshine Beach Road, Noosa Heads
Noosa Beach House
For a laidback luxe dining destination, visit Noosa Beach House, located right in the centre of Hastings Street! It will feel like summer all year long with succulent seafood, icy-fresh oysters and expertly handcrafted cocktails. Providing a dining experience that feels like it could become your new regular, the fresh and flavoursome bites will linger in your mind for some time after your visit. The warm, friendly service and incredible food make this venue an easy addition to our list of the best restaurants in Noosa. See you at the Beach House!
Sitchu Tip: Head in early for your reservation and enjoy a drink at the bar before you head in, it’s perfect for unwinding with a cocktail as the sun sets on Hastings Street.
16 Hastings Street, Noosa Heads
Make the most of your holiday by soaking up as much fresh ocean air as possible - even when dining at one of the best restaurants in Noosa! Season Restaurant is located right on the beachfront side of Hastings Street, making it the prime location for a meal and a cocktail in the sunshine. With a menu that uses the freshest local produce seasonally, Season aims to deliver honest food with the freshest flavours.
Noosa Beachfront, 25 Hastings Street, Noosa Heads
Light Years - Asian Bar & Diner
With roots in Byron Bay, the Light Years brand has expanded all the way up the coastline to Noosa Heads! This restaurant was inspired by a passion to create a fun, modern Asian dining experience on Australia’s east coast. With an inherent vivacity that plays off the beachside energy of Noosa, Light Years has quickly become known as one of the best restaurants in Noosa. Visit this venue with friends for tasty share plates, perfectly poured cocktails and plenty of good times.
1 Sunshine Beach, Noosa Heads
Humble on Duke
Humble by name, Humble by nature. With an ethos of ‘handmade, approachable and highlighting fantastic local produce’ at the core of what they do, Humble on Duke is one of the best restaurants in Noosa to visit when you’re next on holiday. This Sunshine Coast venue invites you to slow down and savour your dining experience within its walls, rather than rushing through a hurried meal. The food honours sustainable and fresh produce to ensure you’re trying the very best of Noosa’s culinary scene.
48 Duke Street, Sunshine Beach
You might be forgiven for strolling right on by Moonstruck amidst the hubbub of Hastings Street, but this hidden gem on Noosa Heads is an absolute must-try when you’re next in Noosa. Cafe by day and gin bar by night, Moonstruck has a collection of unique, small-batch Australian gins to treat you to, along with local wine and beer! Their day menu of food is perfect to grab and go for a beach snack but also makes for a lovely afternoon spent in their courtyard whilst sipping locally roasted, single-origin coffee or organic tea. They’ve even got a range of sugar-free, gluten-free and dairy-free options for any of our friends with dietary restrictions.
5 Hastings Street, Noosa Heads
This perfectly polished beachside restaurant and bar is an iconic venue to add to the itinerary for your next Noosa trip. Enjoy their award-winning menu that heroes regional flavours and local produce as you gaze out over Laguna Bay. Which, by the way, sounds like the setting of a television series… so be the main character and dine in style at the best restaurants on your next visit to Noosa.
On The Beach, 49 Hastings Street, Noosa
Cult favourite restaurant Apéro Noosa embodies the European tradition of meeting a friend for an aperitif and a bite to eat. Whilst we wouldn’t quite put this one down as a restaurant, it’s a venue not to be missed! Why not stop in for a light supper of upscale bites ranging from peckish (bread, olives, anchovies) to more substantial meals (ranging seasonally from pasta, wagyu beef cheeseburgers or grilled octopus)? Sip on classic cocktails or choose from the extensive wine list. Hurry now, the oysters and champagne await you!
203 Gympie Terrace, Noosaville
Sum Yung Guys
Housed in a curated space that pays homage to their love and passion for Asian culture and cuisine, Sum Yung Guys is a must-do from our edit of the best restaurants in Noosa. You will transport your tastebuds with the innovative and incredible menu of modern Asian Fusion fare. With 14 Chefs Hats under their belt, this popular restaurant is owned by MasterChef’s Matt Sinclair and Dylan Campbell. It’s a gluten-free lover’s dream with most of the menu items marked as “GF”, but if you’re struggling to make up your mind on what to order, the banquet does all the hard work for you. We recommend trying the local cuttlefish and finishing with the sticky rice dessert!
1/205 Weyba Road, Noosaville
Located on bustling Hastings Street, Locale is much-loved by locals as one of the best fine-dining restaurants in Noosa. Traditional Italian antipasti, handmade pasta and an extensive beverage list are just a few things that make Locale one of Noosa’s best restaurants. Their squid ink tagliatelle is to die for, plated with Fraser Isle spanner crab, basil, chilli, butter and lemon pangrattato. Is anyone else’s mouth watering? Pass the chianti, please.
62 Hastings Street, Noosa Heads
After spending 21 years calling the Brisbane suburb of Paddington home, it was time for the Galletto family to make a sea change. Relocating to the stunning and relaxed setting of the Noosa Marina, their family-owned business continues its popular and busy trade. You couldn’t ask for a better view, so dine on delicious fresh seafood and traditional Italian fare at Lucio’s Marina the next time you’re on a mission to dine at all of the best restaurants in Noosa.
The Noosa Marina, 2 Parkyn Court, Tewantin
ALBA by Kuruvita is the latest venture of renowned local chef, Peter Kuruvita. A light and breezy aesthetic encapsulates a cafe, providore, pizzeria, cocktail bar and linen-set restaurant. And if that weren’t enough to pique your interest, you’ll be excited to know that the venue also hosts ALBA Chef’s Kitchen, a creative space where cooking classes, private chefs’ tables, and a kitchen studio are held. But if you’re just visiting to dine, you’re in very capable hands.
Sitchu Tip: The now-famous snapper curry is a must-try item on this menu!
3 Alba Close, Noosa Heads
Hold onto your hat, dear reader, because Miss Moneypenny’s is just so Sitchu - we know you’re going to adore it at once! With a list of awards as long as one’s arm, this modern Mediterranean restaurant has a focus on social dining, so it’s the perfect spot to share a meal on a weekend away with your best friends. With a relaxed atmosphere on stylish Hastings Street, you’ll sip on cocktails that look as good as they taste and indulge in artfully constructed meals like the Chargrilled Ora King Salmon Stick, local scallops served in a half shell or the Slipper Lobster Linguine. Miss Moneypenny’s is high on our list of the best restaurants in Noosa, and we know you’ll feel the same when you visit!
6 Hastings Street, Noosa Heads
Ricky’s River Bar & Restaurant is one of the best restaurants in Noosa and with good reason. Their seasonal menus highlight the best local produce in the region and the water views are unparalleled, making the dining experience that little bit extra special. The chic yet laidback energy of Noosa is captured in the crisp, white decor and the natural light that pours in. Don’t miss out on the chance to experience one of Noosa’s most popular dining destinations on your next visit to the Sunshine Coast!
2 Quamby Place, Noosa Heads
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