With 57 kilometres of stunning coastline and more waterways than Amsterdam and Venice combined, it’s no wonder we revel in dining with a water view. Food just tastes better when you’re gazing at the ocean, river, lake, waterway – or a waterfall for that matter. Follow local foodie, Marj Osborne to feast for your eyes – and your belly – on these stunning restaurants.


Hunkered down in one of the most revered spots on the coast, the ground floor level of the iconic Burleigh Pavilions, Rick Shores’ proximity to the beach brings group dining onto the dunes and almost to the breaking waves themselves. Sandy feet from the beach stairs are a small price to pay for such a view.


While Edgewater has a pearler of a view by day, by night the restaurant shines with colour from the city lights of Surfers Paradise reflected across the water. Owner Manager Peter Cianci tells us: “I want this to be a relaxed venue – a place where people come and enjoy themselves and have great food.”


Looking out through open windows to sweeping views across luxury yachts in the marina and the Broadwater beyond, Fellini shows off the very best of the Gold Coast lifestyle. We could plot courses against boat movements: entrée when they depart and dessert as they return from tours.


The Norfolk pine-framed ocean just beyond The Fish House‘s front windows provides the backdrop to the meal – the source from which the best Australian seafood has been plucked. Whole fish in the daily catch are first presented to the table, fresh enough to be dripping with seawater. Then, cooked to perfection, the quality of produce speaks for itself.


Seaduction is plush, the bright beach vista shown off through floor to ceiling glass subdued by an interior of wood grain and carpet. Dining at lunch, we see the beach at its best, with gorgeously presented seasonal produce framed by bright sky and breaking waves, bike riders and joggers enjoying a glorious day on the beach verge.


Though the ocean is far away, Videre enjoys an expansive view of the Gold Coast through floor to ceiling glass. Our favourite time to dine is at sunset as the vista changes from green to a stunning array of coloured city lights as beautiful as the food before us.


Exploiting one of the most sought-after views on the coast, Glass is divided into two areas: a sleek contemporary dining room and alfresco seating beside the water. Both share the same view of the sparkling Broadwater, marina and multi-million dollar yachts. By day or by night, the views are stunning.


Overlooking the wide expanse of Currumbin Beach, Elephant Rock Café is a favourite dining destination for breakfast, lunch or a special event. On two levels decked out in chic, creamy, beachy décor, and serving healthy modern Australian cuisine, the restaurant has a loyal clientele. Meals look as fresh as the cool sea breeze wafting in to the open veranda.


On perfect days as we dine at Vanitas, perched out on the water’s edge of Palazzo Versace, there’s no denying the beauty of Gold Coast water. Framed by the Southport skyline, the coast at play on the water provides a constant parade of entertainment as you sit relaxed, soaking up the ambiance.