The Ultimate Guide to Dining in Mooloolaba

Mooloolaba is not just a mesmerizing coastal town but a gastronomic delight. As you walk along its Esplanade, the Spit, or explore the Wharf precinct, you’re greeted with an array of culinary experiences that are both diverse and tantalizing. Here are the restaurants that have set the gold standard in the region.

Spice Bar: A Symphony of Flavours

When we talk about modern Asian cuisine, Spice Bar sits right at the top. The panoramic ocean views, combined with its meticulously designed menu, make every dining moment memorable. The garlic chive open dumplings and confit duck with edamame are our top recommendations.

RB Dining: Asian Fusion at its Finest

Tony Kelly Restaurant Group’s RB Dining, located at The Wharf, blends modern-Asian cuisine with unparalleled flair. The highlight is their modern Asian menu which features elevated snacks and raw dishes.

Pier 33: Oceanside Luxury

Pier 33’s setting, inspired by the Hamptons, exudes elegance. While every dish showcases fresh seafood, the sesame and soy-flavored oysters are the crowd favorites.

Bella Venezia: Italian Masterpiece

Bella Venezia, a stalwart in the Italian dining scene, brings a blend of tradition and innovation. The slow-cooked beef cheek ragout with hand-cut pappardelle and the Mooloolaba king prawn pizza are standout dishes.

Backlane: Casual Yet Quirky

Just behind the main esplanade, Backlane Bar & Street Food is the perfect spot for a relaxed evening. The soft-shell crab bao paired with a Backlane zombie cocktail is a must-try.

Pavilion Mooloolaba: Seaside Serenity

Pavilion offers a view of Mooloolaba’s pristine shores and a taste of Mediterranean-inspired dishes. Start with their housemade focaccia bruschetta before diving into their acclaimed 72-hour fermented base pizzas.

The Dock Mooloolaba: Fresh and Local

The Dock’s waterfront location and Chris Sell’s “fresh and local” philosophy make it a hotspot. The wood-fired MB9+ Wagyu striploin is a testament to their culinary prowess.

Rice Boi: Dive Bar Delights

Rice Boi’s essence is reminiscent of Japanese izakayas. The chicken karaage ramen and sumo-loaded buns are worth every bite.

Augello’s: An Italian Legacy

Augello’s, a Mooloolaba icon since 1995, offers an extensive array of Italian delicacies. The alfresco dining experience adds a special touch.

Spero: Grecian Grandeur

Located at The Wharf, Spero’s menu is inspired by Greek flavours. The confit lamb shoulder with pomegranate glaze is a standout dish.

Prawn Star Mooloolaba: Oceanic Odyssey

Set on a restored fishing trawler, Prawn Star serves wild-caught Australian seafood. The seafood-sharing platters provide an array of oceanic delights.

Il Vento: Wood-fired Wonders

Il Vento, a gem at the Wharf precinct, is known for its wood-fired dishes. Their spaghetti con gamberetti is a culinary masterpiece.

Sakana Sushi Bar: Sushi Symphony

Ranked as the top sushi restaurant in Mooloolaba, Sakana offers an array of traditional Japanese dishes using fresh seafood.

See Restaurant: Over-water Elegance

As Mooloolaba’s only over-water restaurant, See Restaurant’s extensive menu and ocean views are unparalleled. The coconut-crumbed Mooloolaba king prawns are a delight.

Dirty Moes: Soulful Sensations

Inspired by Southern American soul food, Dirty Moes serves succulent meats that melt in your mouth. The sticky date espresso martini complements the dishes perfectly.

Nouc Cham: Vietnamese Voyage

Nouc Cham fills the void of authentic Vietnamese cuisine. The roast pumpkin and tempura snake bean rendang curry stand out.

Kinnho Teppanyaki: Culinary Acrobatics

Teppanyaki is not just about food but an experience. Kinnho Teppanyaki makes dining interactive and fun.