If you’re bringing kids here on holiday then Gold Coast family friendly restaurants will be at the top of your hit list. Keep the clan well-fed and fuelled up for fun times at cafés with playgrounds close by, alfresco venues with room to run around and beachfront bistros serving up delicious children’s menu options. Even the fussy eaters will find something to munch on!
Below are some of the best family friendly restaurants Gold Coast has got to offer, for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Dune Cafe | Palm Beach
Sandbar | Surfers Paradise
Custard Canteen | Palm Beach
Pancakes in Paradise | Surfers Paradise
The Collective | Palm Beach
If you’re tired of arguments over what to have for dinner, you’ll love The Collective in Palm Beach. You can order anything off the multiple menus of five different restaurants under one roof. It’s an innovative way to dine which works perfectly when everybody wants to eat something different.
Book in early and load up the table with dining options from Italian, Mexican, Asian cuisine and more for a delightful family-friendly feast (kids’ meals start from just $10). Take a stroll across the road afterwards to burn off some energy on the beach and watch the sunset together.
Where: 1128 Gold Coast Hwy, Palm Beach
Our surf clubs have it all when it comes to laid-back family lunching. Order schooners and slushies and sit back and watch the surf while the kitchen whips up classic seaside bistro fare. From north to south, they’re all pretty great. Take your pick.
Get ready to throw another prawn on the barbie, Gold Coast style. Our coastline is dotted with shady forshore parklands offering free BBQ facilities, so why not assemble an esky of snags, tomato sauce, buns and icy beverages and set the family up beachside for an easy Aussie lunch? Chose from our top 10 GC picnic spots.
Gemelli Italian | Broadbeach
For the best pizza and pasta in town, our pick is Gemelli Italian, where brothers Paul, Alec and James will treat you to their brand of homestyle, handmade Italian goodness. Small peeps can choose from the kids’ meals – which include a scoop of gelato – or they can tackle a metre long pizza. Delizioso!
Where: 2/2685 Gold Coast Hwy, Broadbeach
Tarte Bakery and Cafe | Burleigh Heads
The Parisian style bakery in Burleigh Heads boasts an incredible pastry selection plus luxe lunch options and all day breakfast, which is always a hit with kids.
Take a seat on the sunny sidewalk terrace for an a la carte menu that includes toasties, cheeseburger, soup or salad and munch as you watch passing pedestrians. Or choose from Tarte's delish takeaway options including gourmet bagels, sandwiches and smoothies. With beachfront parklands and playgrounds a short walk away, load it all into the pram for a picnic where the kids can run free. Check out their incredible Tarte Beachhouse in Currumbin too. (Image: Tourism & Events Queensland)
Where: 1748 Gold Coast Hwy, Burleigh Heads
Theme Park Eats
Our theme parks have progressed waaaaay beyond hot chips and dagwood dogs (though you can still get ‘em if you want ‘em). These days the parks serve up gourmet, gluten-free and all things gluttonous and GOOD. Here are a few suggestions to get you started.
Our Hinterland serves up some stellar pub lunches, from The Bearded Dragon in Tamborine (where the mini wildlife warriors can meet snakes and lizards), to Eagle Heights Tavern overlooking the coast and the Wattle Hotel at Oxenford – home to a kids play area that will keep them busy long enough for you to enjoy your ‘parmy’ and chips in peace.
Closer to the coast, Mermaid Beach Tavern, The Dog and Parrot Robina and Benowa Tavern also have kids play areas to keep the little ones busy, and a great pub feed to boot.
Paradise Centre | Surfers Paradise
At the beach end of Cavill Ave the Paradise Centre presents a tempting selection of food options for hungry families. Dine at kid friendly restaurants like TGI Fridays, El Camino Cantima or Wahlburgers or Hero Sushi. And for dessert, it’s icecream cones all round with both Ben & Jerry’s and Gelato Messina serving up scrupmtions scoops of creamy confection. Take a wander down Cavill Ave after dinner to enjoy some entertainment from the local buskers and see Surfers Paradise all a-sparkle at night.
Where: 2 Cavill Ave, Surfers Paradise
Gold Coast Burgers
We can’t think of a better option than a scrumptious burger loaded with all the good stuff. It’s a cuisine universally loved by kids, and exactly what they need after an action-packed, sun-drenched day on the Gold Coast. Bring the fam and tuck in the Gold Coast's best burgers.
Bazaar, QT Hotel | Surfers Paradise
What kid (and adult) doesn’t love a buffet? This one is rated the best on the coast. Bazaar’s marketplace-style set up offers made-to-order dishes, a dumpling station, delicious salads, slow roasted meats, seafood galore and a dessert bar that’ll have the mini food critics mesmerised. Book a family table and make sure dad wears his elastic-waisted pants.
Where: 7 Staghorn Ave, Surfers Paradise
Longboards Laidback Eatery & Bar | Surfers Paradise
Miami Rice | Miami
Located underneath The Outrigger Resort lies this hidden Asian Fusion gem, Miami Rice. With a super friendly environment, fast service and a great selection of tasty Chinese and Malaysian dishes – some say the best on the coast – even the fussiest of eaters will be pleased. The little ones will love the authentic experience and of course, the deep-fried ice cream to finish things off.
Where: 2007 Gold Coast Hwy, Miami
Beach Burrito | Coolangatta
You don’t have to wait until Taco Tuesday to enjoy this Mexican delight, Beach Burrito. With an affordable menu offering, the family can relish over Californian inspired traditional faves, like pulled pork or shredded beef tacos starting from just $6 each. The casual dress code (where thongs are totally acceptable) and beautiful ocean view – as the name suggests – makes for a perfect end to an action-packed outing or relaxing beach day.
Where: 72/80 Marine Pde, Coolangatta
Gold Coast offers an enchanting blend of natural beauty, great weather, family-friendly attractions and delightful dining experiences. For more wonders and insider tips, explore the Destination Gold Coast blog. Pack your appetite for adventure and embark on an unforgettable culinary escapade. Your next family-friendly dining delight awaits!
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