From revivals of some of our favorite Sunshine Coast institutions to exciting new faces on the foodie landscape, these new restaurant openings on the Sunshine Coast are poised to shake up a scene that’s already teeming with food and gourmet delights.
Get out the papers, Sunshine Coast. Here are some of the best new restaurant openings on the Sunshine Coast right now. Your next weekend = sorted.
Wine Bar Workshop
This intimate wine bar brings a touch of refined class to Noosa Heads and a plethora of rare and premium wines perfect for sipping. Located on Sunshine Beach Road, Wine Bar Workshop is one of the best new openings we’ve seen on the Sunshine Coast this year and it certainly lives up to all the hype surrounding it. Not just a place to sip amazing wines, Wine Bar Workshop features a superb cellar dining room that seats up to twenty people and is perfect for your next reception, when you are looking to impress. Prepare to walk away with a wealth of knowledge after visiting this elegant wine bar, where the sommeliers certainly know the way around a bottle and are eager to pass on their seemingly limitless vino wisdom.
The Sunshine Coast is renowned for having an abundance of glorious seafood caught fresh from our crystal clear waters, but it’s rare that you can eat fresh, local seafood straight from a fishing trawler. Let us introduce you to the Mooloolaba star prawn. This restored fishing trawler offers a truly unique experience, where you can enjoy fresh, locally caught seafood cooked aboard a custom-built wooden fishing trawler. The laid-back vibe perfectly complements the ocean environment and Sunshine Coast lifestyle. Located in the bustling center of The Wharf Mooloolaba, this is the second location of the iconic Cairns-based company which has built a strong reputation over its seven years in business.
The Mooloolaba Shrimp Star serves only the finest wild-caught Australian seafood, and trust us when we say it’s one of the finest ocean treasures we’ve ever tasted. Dive into seafood delicacies like crayfish, bugs, oysters and tiger prawns or indulge in one of their divine sharing platters, which showcase the best of our local seafood. If you’re looking for seafood on the go, you can pre-order and grab your sumptuous seafood, but we highly recommend taking a seat at the bespoke dining experience or you’ll be seriously missing out.
When famed Sunshine Coast hospitality icon Tony Kelly announces he’s opening his eighth restaurant, you know it’s going to be good. His latest venture, you ask? A superb Italian restaurant by the sea in Bokarina. italian bocca is located on a prime beachfront location at Bokarina Beach and emulates a refined yet laid-back vibe. The 150-seat restaurant offers panoramic ocean views, an elegant layout, and even has a 14-seat private dining room for more intimate occasions. italian bocca places a strong emphasis on fresh produce, serving only the best of the best in their signature pastas and pizzas, the latter coming piping hot from a stone-based Moretti pizza oven imported from Italy.
The Sunshine Coast sanga scene just had a new player in town. say hello to Walter’s dinner. Tucked away in an old school 1950s building in the heart of Maroochydore is this quirky, retro sandwich restaurant that cooks up some of the best sangas we’ve had the pleasure of devouring. Bold blue signage catches your eye and draws you in, but the smell of freshly made-to-order sandwiches will entice you to sit down and linger. Sister location to the recently opened The Toast Office and powered by the intrepid Criminal coffee companyWalter’s Diner offers a wide range of fresh sandos that will have you coming back again and again.
Keep it simple with the ever-classic Reuben combo – beef brisket, pastrami, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, homemade mustard, and fried egg – or mix it up and dig into the popular “Zohan” with hummus, pesto, herb-roasted chicken, semi -dried tomatoes, spinach, feta and dill mayonnaise. Walter’s nails its sandwich-stuffed menu, which also includes burgers, hot dogs, fries, sodas, shakes and coffee. It’s simple, it’s unpretentious and it’s damn delicious.
Bringing a breath of fresh air to Eumundi, BASK Eumundi is one of the Sunshine Coast’s newest restaurants, boasting a strong philosophy of celebrating local produce through creative culinary flair. Designed for long lazy lunches in the sun, take it easy on the BASK, let the afternoon pass and your afternoon lunch turns into dinner plans so you have a chance to linger and relax. soak up the gorgeous ambience.
Recently featured by Australian Traveler as one of Australia’s “Best New Restaurants”, BASK is already making waves on the Sunshine Coast dining scene, and for very good reason. Set amongst lush tropical gardens in the heart of Eumundi, this cottage-like dream space exudes a chic country feel and elegantly combines owners Jess Coolican and Jack Madden’s passion for cooking and design. BASK’s seasonal menus are designed to be shared with loved ones, harmoniously combining simplicity and depth of flavor.
lonely cafe has already been the talk of the Sunshine Coast café space, and for good reason too. The simple, clean coffee bar is reminiscent of Melbourne’s thriving coffee scene – it’s simple, it’s unpretentious and it serves up fucking delicious coffee. The welcoming espresso bar and drip coffee shop in Coolum Beach’s industrial area is certainly community-focused; it’s welcoming, it’s relaxing and there’s always time to chat. It’s also dog-friendly, so your four-legged friend might even catch a puppachino.
As for what they brew, Solitude has just launched their new specialty espresso blend, Wake Up Call, which will be served in-store and distributed wholesale across Australia. If you’re looking for a friendly chat, we recommend heading to the Solitude Coffee headquarters in Coolum, where you’ll not only walk away with delicious coffee, but lots of new brewing knowledge as well.
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Image credit: Bocca Italian & BASK Eumundi