While strolling along River Drive on afternoon, I came across a quaint little cafe facing Budd's Beach. The cafe interior was quite small but looked comfortable and outdoor diners would be able to enjoy a view of Nerang River.
When I entered, they weren't serving but had some nice looking cakes at the counter. These was the organic non-gluten variety favored by health conscious diners. So I bought one and it was delicious cake despite it being "healthy". I checked out their menu and they do serve breakfast, lunch and dinner but I was there at 3pm so they were not open for dine-in guests.
Yuuga serves some very good and authentic Japanese food (judging from the number of Japanese people eating here). You won't be able to find this restaurant from the street because it's located in a building at Cavill Avenue. The staff included Japanese wait staff who are friendly and courteous while the decor is traditionally Japanese (not the contemporary style like most restaurant now).
I came here for dinner and instead found the lunch set menus are pretty affordable at under $20. Nevertheless, I did enjoy my fresh sashimi dinner. Unfortunately, it was also the day of the 2011 Japanese earthquake and tsunami.
I'd return but next time for lunch :)
OPEN 7 Days
Lunch: 11:30am - 2pm
Dinner: 5:30pm - 9:30pm (9pm last order)
Favorite Dish: Fresh sashimi
My Olivers Kitchen is part of Surfers Life Saving Clubs so when you dine here, you will also be contributing to the community. Another great place to eat when you're on a budget.
The cafe has daily specials where you can try out some pricier dishes for less. Once I saw their T-bone steaks for under $20. Most items are under $10 and there is also an all you can eat breakfast buffet for $10. The cafe serves a good selection of local grub made with fresh ingredients. There is also no service at your table, make the order at the counter and alcohol beverages at the bar and pay.
Also located on the Esplanade, you have great views of the beach from across the street. Friendly service and good simple food.
Billy's Beach House is a beach facing restaurant and nightspot that offers a variety of affordable items on the lunch menu if you are on a budget. They also serve breakfast and dinner. You can either sit by the pool or dine while looking out into the Pacific Ocean. Surfing students also sign up at Billy's Beach House and they would walk in for meals after class too.
Nothing spectacular about the food but the oysters were fresh. You also don't get service at your table so you have to order food at the counter and alcoholic beverages at the bar, and pay the full amount.
Favorite Dish: Fresh oysters
hmm 3 rd review of this place its popular for a reason:)
Personally I have never been on time for the Buffe Breakfast but usually had lunch here at great prices (about 10 aussie dollar Pasta/pizza) and the after happy hour price of 2.50 for xxxx gold beer is equally good.
Location good on the boardwalk with perfect view of the cars (some very nice) going by.
Favorite Dish: Hawian pizza
Toscani's Cafe Bar & Restaurant Italian & Mediterranean Cuisine is open 7 days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
It is centrally located in the Cavill Mall which is at the heart of Surfers Paradise.
Favorite Dish: The caramel swirl cheesecake was very rich but a perfect treat with a long, strong black coffee.
Billy Baxter’s is a chain of licenced cafés and restaurants with distinctive décor based on the cartoon character.
The walls are covered in pictures of Billy drinking coffee in hilarious situations.
Favorite Dish: Long black coffee and blueberry muffin with fresh cream for AU$6.95.
The coffee was great but I forgot to ask them to heat the muffin so it was served cold.
WE chose to go here for an anniversary of ours while staying in Surfers Paradise and went on the night that they had the Seafood Buffet. It was absolutely fantastic! Fast and friendly staff. VERY fresh seafood and a range to choose from.
I think it is around $60 per person and on the night we went they had about 15 different choices such as Prawns, Oysters, Calamari, Morten Bay Bugs, Yabbies, Mussels, Salads, Roasts, Pasta's, Casseroles and yummy desserts.
Favorite Dish: Definitely the Yabbies!! (But a little hard to break into... good things come to those who wait).
This pub/restaurant/bar whatever you choose to call it has FANTASTIC meals. We normally eat here each night that we dine out on Chevron Island when we're staying at Surfers Paradise.
Not only are the meals to die for but they run a special from Monday to Thursday (I think) where you buy one meal and get the 2nd free. I think the most expensive meal is a steak which is like $16 so you can get 2 whopping steaks for $8!!!
Chevron Island is only a 10 minute walk or so from Surfers Paradise and if you're after somewhere nice and cheap where you pay too little for the quality of your meals then here's your place.
Favorite Dish: Seafood Marinara Pasta. SO GOOD!!!! Steak with Mushroom sauce and chips would come a close second.
I have to agree with an earlier review on this place. The breaky buffet is great, right across from the beach, all you can eat and eat and eat. It's a two for one because if you make it a lateish breakfast, you certainly dont need lunch, or just need something light for lunch to get you thru. Huge variety. Includes drinks (juices, milk, coffee, tea etc.) Several hot dishes aswell as cereals, toasts, pancakes, fresh fruits, yoghurts ... everything an Aussie breakfast would comprise of. Absolutely fresh as and very delicious. Great value. Once we discovered this place for a once off breakfast treat, we opted to forget the dodgy average self serve breakfast in our apartment for the rest of our trip, and decided to live it up at this place every morning.
They offer an authentic Thai menu at reasonable prices. The staff are very friendly and the food is to die for. They are fully licensed with BYO wine only. They also sell Thai beers.
Favorite Dish: My personal favourite dish is Panang curry with lamb. It's a mild/medium curry, lamb cooked in panang curry paste, coconut milk and ground peanuts. Have it with coconut rice.
Part of an Australian restaurant chain, Montezuma's licensed restaurants have a relaxed atmosphere and very authentic, tasty Mexican food. Not too overpriced either!
This one is located right in the heart of Surfers Paradise; the other ones are located in Labrador (10 minutes north of Surfers) and Burleigh (20 minutes south of Surfers).
Hard Rock Cafe has become a global phenomenon and one of rock 'n 'roll's most beloved institutions, housing a supreme collection of music memorabilia.
The Gold Coast Hard Rock Cafe is located right in the heart of Surfers Paradise and just two blocks from the beach.
Internationally acclaimed menu, with two bars, Australias only Hard Rock shop and Queenslands best Rock 'n' Roll museum.
Have a drink or a meal in the Surfers Paradise Hard Rock Cafe and experience what has made the Hard Rock internationally famous.
As we went through our choices for restaurants on the Surfer's Paradise region, everything looked pretty overpriced and nothing too original stood out to us, so Sarah and I decided to just pop into the Hard Rock Cafe, since we knew the menu, and had not been there in a while.
As expected, it was all over priced, and pretty basic. $25AUD for a plate of nachos seemed a tad overboard, but then we went down to the shop and saw $49 t-shirts!
I would recommend going here to experience an American aura, but there would be no reason to go to eat... just pop in, have a cocktail and move on!
Favorite Dish: The ribs were about all I could see as being a value. They were still overpriced, but at least it is hard to find good ribs elsewhere, so I had them anyway!
A favourite for my family is the "all you can eat breakfast" at the Chateau Beachside Hotel.
Centrally located in the heart of Surfers Paradise, right across the road from the beach.
Including a cafe & bar with the best buffet breakfast in town for $9.90 ($12.90 on weekends/public holidays) the Chateau Beachside offers a friendly relaxed environment.