Date Night? Here Are Gold Coast’s Most Romantic Restaurants And Bars

Love is in the air


By Dinushka Gunasekara | 20th December 2022

Hello, lovebirds! Looking for a place to perch with your beloved? Rest your sweet wings, because the Gold Coast is home to an amorous assortment of restaurants and bars, waiting to host your romantic rendezvous.

Whether you’re a couple who likes to enjoy a tete-a-tete over heavenly fare or a blind date has you trying to ensure perfection as much as you can, we’ve played Cupid and rounded up the Gold Coast’s most dreamy venues to lock in date night.

By the way, we consider everyone in this list the best of the best! To make finding your next favourite that much easier, we’ve ordered the list alphabetically by suburb and also have filtering tabs for your convenience. Did we miss someone from the list? Let us know here!   

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Labart

Burleigh Heads

Intimate and interesting, this refined modern Australian restaurant pours passion into every plate. Serving up a frequently changing menu that showcases the best local produce in the area, it’s sure to be a memorable meal for you and your beau. Be prepared for a slow burn though – you’ll need to book in advance for this one!

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Rosella’s

Burleigh Heads

Fancy a date with quirk? The Coast’s home of all things Australiana is perfect for a lighthearted rendezvous alongside nostalgia and native fare. This little local will fuel you up with cheerful cocktails, jaffles, charcuterie, and more, plus the charming staff will certainly help break the ice.

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The Tropic

Burleigh Heads

As the quintessential Gold Coast dining locale, The Tropic is where you’ll find a relaxed yet elevated experience, seasoned with a dash of sea salt. With a fresh Mediterranean and modern Australian menu, you’ll feel the romance over a bubbly long lunch featuring picture perfect moments of you and yours.

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Nineteen at The Star

Broadbeach

Suave and sophisticated, this chic rooftop restaurant will take date night to the next level – literally. Whether you opt for the a la carte or set menu, exquisite dishes are on the cards and the resident sommelier will help you find the dream sip to pair. Then, when it’s time for a nightcap, take it outside to the lounge bar, boasting glorious skyline views.

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Rick Shores

Burleigh Heads

For a date night that’s sure to impress, Rick Shores is the place to be. Pan-Asian flavours weave their way through fresh, locally sourced produce to create designed-to-share dishes that will tantalise your tastebuds to the nth degree. Your date will have a lil’ competition though – the bug rolls are sure to have you falling in love.

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Veladora

Broadbeach

Show your date you know your way around town by taking them to this hidden Mezcal-inspired speakeasy bar. Moody and mysterious, you’re in for a spicy night with signature cocktails, Mexican beers, and a truly unique snacks menu. All you have to do is find the red palm tree for entry!

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La Bella Cellar

Burleigh Heads

This little oasis makes for a dreamy occasion and aesthetic afternoon spent connecting over a vino (or a few). Practically designed for intimate dining, nibble your way through Spanish flavours, including freshly made paella. And don’t be fooled by La Bella Cellar’s small size – the wine list is quite extensive!

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Etsu Izakaya

Mermaid Beach

Treat your sweetheart to a taste of Japan at this electrifying Japanese izakaya, as the night evolves over sushi, tempura dishes, salads, and teriyaki. Tucked away behind hard-to-miss barn doors, this contemporary spot is as vibey as it is drool-worthy, making for a dinner date you’ll both treasure.

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La Luna Dining

Main Beach

Equal parts Mykonos luxury as it is a bohemian heaven, this Marina Mirage resident offers refined relaxation by the bucketload. With panoramic views of the broadwater by your side, graze and gaze over long lunch, sunset cocktails, or a romantic dinner. Psst, do you or your significant other prefer to keep it green? La Luna also has a dedicated vegan menu for the plant-based lovers.

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Social Eating House + Bar

Broadbeach

Effortlessly elegant, Social Eating House is the Gold Coast’s take on casual fine dining, meaning you’ll get the best of both worlds when you pull up a chair here. The seamlessly designed Oracle Boulevard venue is renowned for its modern Australian cuisine and cool-as-a-cucumber vibes, with a buzzing atmosphere to ignite your passions and ensure a date night for the books.

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Glass Dining & Lounge Bar

Main Beach

Woo your date by the waterfront at this Marina Mirage icon, where they have intimate meals down to an artform. Slinging award-winning fare and exquisite wines to pair, if romantic candlelit dinners are your vibe, Glass is where you need to be. Cupid himself couldn’t create views that gorg!

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Tommy’s Italian

Currumbin

Say ‘amore’ over familiar favourites of the Italian culinary world under the glorious rays of an east coast sunset. The charming Tommy’s Italian was born out of a love for Italian food and fresh produce, and likewise, they’ll stoke the flames of your affection with signature dishes and a beautiful wine list, served against the backdrop of Currumbin Beach.

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Gemelli Italian

Broadbeach

With all the good vibes of a home cooked meal without the extra hassle of your ‘rents on your case, Gemelli is the Gold Coast’s Italian gem where a passion for food and culture will whisk you and your darling away. From the fresh pasta made in-house on the daily, to the wood-fired pizza cooked traditionally, Gemelli’s rustic setting is truly a match made in heaven.

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Orzo

Broadbeach

Flavoured by a rich heritage and local produce, Orzo is all about the little details to make a night cemented on memory lane. The contemporary, coastal restaurant serves traditional Italian flavours with a twist – think global influence and modern dynamic to elevate your experience. And, hey, the digs are pretty sweet too, perfect for a soft launch!

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Seascape Restaurant + Bar

Surfers Paradise

You’ll feel all the love in this magnificent multi-level venue that pairs each of its mouth-watering plates with unparalleled ocean views across the iconic Surfers Paradise beach. Perched above the hustle and bustle, Seascape’s uncompromising standard of excellence and contemporary seafood offering makes for a truly memorable tryst you’ll be reminiscing about for years to come.

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By Dinushka Gunasekara A self-proclaimed Spotify connoisseur who plans her weekends on Monday, Dinushka’s least favourite time of the day is in between meals.
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