Best Restaurants On The Gold Coast For Special Occasions

From fine dining with great views to casual settings with excellent wine lists, we’ve selected the best restaurants to celebrate special occasions along the Gold Coast. 

Fine dining restaurants Gold Coast

Whether you’re wishing a friend happy birthday, celebrating an engagement or just catching up with friends you haven’t seen in a while – dinner and drinks are the perfect choice but it can be hard to know where to go.

From award-winning fine dining with jaw-dropping views to more casual settings with excellent wine lists, we have rounded up the best restaurants to celebrate a special occasion along the Gold Coast. 

The View

Rick Shores 
Burleigh Heads


Set right alongside the crystal clear sands of Burleigh Heads lies Rick Shores, one of the Gold Coast’s premier dining spots. This feet-in-the-sand restaurant offers up one of the region’s best ocean views, with direct access to the beach and the sound of crashing waves while you enjoy your meal. This glitzy Gold Coast restaurant delivers Thai, Vietnamese, Indian and Japanese flavours on both sharing dishes and bar snacks, as well as coastal-inspired cocktails. We’re talking: roasted lamb, succulent seafood and spiced Wagu. Be sure to call ahead, as this hotspot books out in advance. If you’re wanting something really special, book a window table for sunset. The views are amazing, and the floor to ceiling glass doors slide away, offering uninterrupted views over the ocean.

The Award-Winner

Social Eating House + Bar 


Nestled in the glitzy Oracle Precinct of Broadbeach, this casual fine dining restaurant is the ultimate special occasion venue. With Matt Jefferson, a three-time winner of the People’s Choice ‘Chef of the Year’ Award, running the kitchen, you know you are in for a treat. The menu of international tapas and share plates show culinary flare with an oh-so-pretty presentation. Think; chargrilled seafood, roasted Wagyu rump and sashimi. We guarantee there will be a resounding “wow” coming from your table as the dishes arrive. Book a cosy table inside, score a seat outside in the alfresco or pop over to the bar and enjoy a sneak-peak into the kitchen. With fine dining dishes, a warm welcoming atmosphere and affordable prices, this has to be one of the best restaurants to celebrate a special occasion along the Gold Coast

The Wine List

Fortitude Valley

If a beautifully hand-curated selection of wines is what you look for in a restaurant, then Hellenika’s wine list will make you weak at the knees. Offering over 500, wines by the glass, in half bottles and whole bottles, you’ll be struggling to choose. Don’t worry though, the restaurant’s well-versed sommelier can help you decide. From Clare Valley Rieslings to French Sangiovese – and some delicious French champagnes thrown in, you’ll spend more time mulling over the drinks menu than the food. Speaking of food, Hellenika menu consists of delicious, authentic Greek cuisine such as chargrilled octopus and Fraser Coast spanner crab, in mezze-style share plates. As for the setting, this slick, sophisticated restaurant has now opened up its rooftop terrace, offering panoramic views of Nobby Beach. So you can choose between a cosy place to sit inside or nab a rooftop seat on the sun-drenched terrace. Hellenika really is the perfect place to spend a lazy afternoon with your friends. 

The Wild Card

Little Mermaid
Mermaid Beach

If you’ve scored some of that wonderful Gold Coast sunshine, then why not celebrate your special occasion over brunch? Little Mermaid is the best place to do it – think family-friendly café meets coastal-vibes restaurant. This casual café’s setting is all about white-on-white with pops of greenery and tropical prints. You and your party can lounge on the front corner patio and soak up the morning sunshine, get cosy in the peacock chairs, or make yourself at home on the wide window sills. Their casual menu is easy on the wallet while still offering fresh, flavoursome dishes with locally-sourced produce. Little Mermaid nails the breakfast and the lunch part of brunch, serving up eggs bene and smashed avo’ as well as burgers, seafood and salads. And if you want something a little stronger than coffee, this cafe delivers some seriously delicious cocktails. Try the 1litre sangria jug or an hour and a half of endless mimosas. 

Haven’t sorted out accommodation for your next trip to the Gold Coast ? Accor can help you find the perfect hotel for you. Whether you’re looking for ocean views, plenty of space for all your friends and family, or a great location within walking distance to these great restaurants, Accor has it all. 

Our recent articles