Virginia Woolf once said, “One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well”. How true – in a lot of different ways. The key to dining well is choosing the right establishments. So the haven team has come up with some ideas to keep the tastebuds happy and the hunger pains away while you also dose up on some quality time with the most important people in your life.




Family friendly


Surf Clubs // You can’t go past a local surf club for your family-friendly dining x. Think glorious views, a generally relaxed atmosphere, uber family friendly, quick service and, in all honesty, who doesn’t love a good parmie or burger?

Hot tip: Search out the ‘kids eat free’ nights to make a big dent in your dining bill.


Dune Café at Palm Beach Parklands // This venue offers loads of space for the kids to cartwheel or run around while you wait for meals. A top spot for brekkie or lunch. Bring your bathers and float in the Currumbin lagoon.


California Taco // Mexican lovers unite for the freshest Mexi-Cali food fare at Mermaid Beach. The sh tacos are scrumptious and oh-so satisfying. Your family will love a shared plate of the signature California fries topped with your fave Mexican ingredients.


Ladies who lunch


Koi // Koi is definitely the place to be ‘seen’ for an afternoon out. If you can get a weekend leave pass from the kids, Sundays o er live music and you can generally hear the laughter and fun throughout Broady as the ladies have a great time!

Hot tip: The crab lasagne is one of the best dishes ever! Book ahead, especially if you want to be the heart of the dance floor.


Commune // This vintage-style suburban café offers a cool community vibe and casual yet very tasty options for breakfast and lunch.

Hot tip: For a treat, try their fresh-made mu ns and dive in to the Campos coffee.


Royal Pines Videre Restaurant // This establishment offers high tea or why not indulge in their ve-course tasting menu? With amazing views of the coast, this is a delightful spot to celebrate with the girls or spoil yourself on a special occasion.


Garden Kitchen & Bar // This latest addition to Jupiters Casino, as part of the $345 million transformation, blurs the lines between indoor and out which, for guests, means a relaxing alfresco eating experience. Think fresh seasonal produce, contemporary furnishings and amazing natural light and you have one pretty spesh ladies lunch experience.


Date night dinner


Etsu Izakaya // Step through a barn door and enter this exotic Japanese restaurant in the heart of Mermaid Beach that, in our opinion, is PERFECT for date nights. Etsu Izakaya offers subtle lighting, rad artwork, sunken tables, a welcoming whiskey bar, fresh seafood, sushi and sashimi. Thank goodness for shared plates so you can taste your way through this menu with help from your date.

Hot tip: Make a booking as this hot spot fills up fast on weekends. Also, be adventurous with your choices. The wait staff offer superb service and will lead you on which great options to try.


fk13Finders Keepers // You’ll find Finders Keepers on quaint James St, Burleigh, with a sweet vintage vibe and cosy, intimate atmosphere. Try their JFC (Japanese Fried Chicken) or lots of other yummy choices for shared plates. The cocktails are lush.

Hot tip: The Espresso martini will knock your socks off!


Bonita Bonita // This hot spot has certainly got it right among all the Mexican food fads hitting the coast. Their drumsticks and tostadas are delish and you have to try the sangria – yummmm!


Mamasan // This Broadbeach venue is new on the scene and it delivers with a posh atmosphere and delectable south Asian cuisine.

Hot tip: We are still dreaming of their prawn ravioli and san choy bau.


Rick Shores // Right on the beach – what more can we say?


For more ideas to keep your tastebuds happy, check out our Brisbane & Byron Bay guides.




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