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The food-lover’s guide to dining out in Noosa

You’ve been waiting for this: a chilled out weekend in Noosa. You’re here to relax, unwind, and avoid any stressful decisions. So why didn’t anyone warn you about the endless restaurants you’d have to choose from?

We could tell you it’s no big deal, that it’s just food. But if we’re being honest, it’s not just food—Noosa is packed with culinary experiences that will make your getaway one to remember. But only if you know where to go. Luckily, we have the inside scoop on the best plates in town.

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Bistro C

If your hours of pampering and lounging haven’t relaxed you enough, take a quick stroll to Bistro C to wine, dine and unwind. Its classic resort fare changes with the season, so make sure to swing by again on your next stay.

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Sum Yung Guys

Where the atmosphere is as explosive as the food. With cracking Asian fusion cuisine, music and delicious cocktails, Sum Yung Guys is so much more than the sum of its parts. Their fun and flavourful eats are the perfect way to wake up after an afternoon nap by the pool.

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Noosa Boathouse

Slow holiday mornings equal perfect timing for a ferry adventure along the Noosa River followed by lunch at Noosaville's Noosa Boathouse. Best known for their stunning water views and fantastic food and service, this popular Noosa establishment offers something for everyone across all three levels.

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Ricky's Noosa

Ricky’s is a great spot for holiday-goers—in part because it’s where locals go to feel like they’re on holiday. Swing by to sip on best-in-class cocktails with your friends, and make some new ones while you’re there.

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There’s eating local, then there’s eating Locale. This Italian diner is just steps away from Netanya, but it’s locally-sourced bites would be worth a trek across town. Stop by for lunch, dinner or a cocktail—or all three. It’s right there, after all.

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If your holiday planning was constantly interrupted by daydreams of beachside seafood with world-class wines—pinch yourself. Then book in at Sails. Easy yet elegant, Sails combines the sights and tastes of Noosa in one incredible dining experience.

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Light Years

In the mood for sharing plates after sharing a sunset walk? Light Years is one of the best Asian restaurants in Noosa. Lucky for you it’s not lightyears away, just a quick kilometre down the road. We recommend the five spice duck pancakes.

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Miss Moneypenny's

Eating at Miss Moneypenny’s is like going on a holiday from your holiday. The meals are Mediterranean-inspired with a global twist, for an all-around well-traveled dining experience. Your next destination? Anywhere you want.

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Pair beach walks and Bombetta and you’ve got the perfect Noosa day. This fine bistro is trusted for its take on the Italian classics: pastas, pizzas and more. Plus, it has just about as many wines as Noosa Main Beach has grains of sand.

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VanillaFood is anything but vanilla, with a bright and bold array of palate pleasers. From smoothie bowls to salads, everything is artfully crafted and locally sourced, guaranteeing a totally authentic taste of Noosa.

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By now you’re probably full. But there’s always room for dessert. Our pick? Artisan gelato from Massimo's Gelateria or waffles-on-a-stick from Happy Pops on Hastings St. After all that, it’s definitely time for a lie-down.