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Best Restaurants in Airlie Beach

Airlie Beach is well-known as the gateway to the Whitsunday Islands but did you know that Airlie Beach has a myriad of wonderful restaurants and cafes!

With a range of cuisines and experiences available, one thing they all share is the picturesque backdrop that is the aquamarine waters of the Whitsundays.

For a local food guide showcasing everything you need to know about the Whitsunday dining options – check out Whitsunday Menu.

Treat the ‘galley-slave’ on the first night and maybe even the last if they have been good!

For an insider opinion on where to go, take a look at some of the favourite culinary options, in no particular order, that Airlie Beach has to offer:


Sorrento Restuarant & Bar 

Sorrento Restaurant & Bar is located in the heart of the Whitsundays, Airlie Beach and is only a stones throw from the Whitsunday Escape base at the Coral Sea Marina.
They pride themselves on their high quality and authentic Italian cuisine. While you enjoy a delicious snack or meal, sit back and relax with one of the finest views in Airlie Beach.
Not hungry? No problem, just pop in for a couple of cold beverages or treat yourself to a cocktail and watch the sunset from the best location around.
Featuring live music almost every night of the week, you will not be disappointed!

FAV DISH: Chilli & Garlic Prawn Pizza
LOCAL TIP: Ensure you take one of the Whitsunday Escape discount cards to score 10% off your total bill!


Anchor Bar 

High above town, Anchor Bar is the easily accessed hidden gem tucked away in the heart of Airlie Beach.
Beautiful sea views and a history dating back to the 80’s reminds you of a carefree time when all of your worries disappear with a bite and a beer.
Anchor Bar has it all, great service, fantastic food and an extensive menu catering for all wants and needs…including a wide variety of high end cocktails.
Kick back at Anchor bar which has what you are looking for; a chilled tropical vibe and the best view in the Whitsundays.

FAV DISH: Can’t Decide Platter
LOCAL TIP: Get a taxi from the Marina as the walk up the hill is a killer!


Fish D’Vine 

Fish D’vine is Airlie Beach’s longest standing independent restaurant, and there’s a reason why!
At Fish D’vine, they ensure to utilize the abundance of local seafood we are spolit with here in the Whitsundays, from freshly caught Coral Trout to mouth-watering Mudcrabs.
Not a fan of seafood? No problem! They offer a wide range of dishes to ensure they have something for everyone.
The decadent food is partnered with the famous Rum Bar, with over 150 types of Rum from all over the world! Not to mention an impressive selection of cocktails to top off the night.

FAV DISH: Seafood Platter for Two
LOCAL TIP: The cocktails are worth every cent – trust us!


The Pub

Located on the Esplanade, in the centre of Airlie Beach, the Airlie Beach Hotel has long been one of Airlie’s favourite venues for those in pursuit of kicking back with ice cold refreshments and quality, casual dining. The newly refurbished venue provides high-quality dining at honest prices in a relaxed boutique atmosphere that is reflective of the tropical climate and the laid back style that is Airlie Beach.
‘The Pub’ at the Airlie Beach Hotel provides the newest entertainment and dining venue in Airlie Beach.

FAV DISH: Cheeseburger Pizza
LOCAL TIP: Head down on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday and hear some amazing live music!


KC’s Bar & Grill

KC’s Bar & Grill has been operating in Airlie Beach for the last 30 years and is the area’s original steakhouse and live music venue!
Serving a wide range of delicious classic steaks accompanied by Aussie game meats including kangaroo, crocodile, buffalo and emu, they promise you will not be stuck for choice. They also serve a range of vegetarian meals, burgers and delicious cocktails to indulge in.
Street seating in the heart of Airlie Beach means you get to take in the atmosphere in town whilst you sit back, relax and enjoy some live local musicians every night of the week!

FAV DISH: Australian Game Platter
LOCAL TIP: With the ‘small town local pub’ atmosphere and live music every night, you can’t go wrong!


Paradiso Rooftop Restaurant & Bar

At Paradiso Rooftop Bar, they thrive to provide the full package when it comes to your dining experience, whether it is breakfast, lunch or dinner. Not only are they the only Rooftop Bar in Airlie Beach and therefore boasting stunning views overlooking the ocean, beach and foreshore, but in addition to this, the menu is one of the most unique you’ll find in the Whitsunday’s.
They offer a range of tapas-style cuisine partnered with different food from cultures around the world, including Italian style pizza and pasta, Spanish inspired tapas and the Lamb or Chicken Greek board. With an impressive cocktail menu to match, Paradiso is a wonderful spot for a bite to eat.

FAV DISH: Seafood Paella (feeds 2-4)
LOCAL TIP: Grab a delicious cocktail and watch the sunset from the Rooftop Bar!


Cool La La

Cool LaLa is located just off the main street in the heart of the Whitsundays, Airlie Beach. They boast a large Asian Fusion menu to satisfy all wants and needs.
They take pride in delivering high-quality Asian Fusion cuisine and a funky restaurant to match!
The menu also caters to a wide range of dietary requirements, including a range of vegan options.
All of the food is cooked in an authentic way, from scratch by our very experienced and skilled chefs.

FAV DISH: Taiwanese Braised Beef Cheek & Taiwanese Chicken Bites
LOCAL TIP: Wear stretchy pants, every bite is moreish and you will not be disappointed!


20 Degrees South Restaurant & Bar

The Whitsunday Sailing Club is home to the new and improved 20 Degrees South Restaurant and Bar.
Relax and unwind in the inviting bar and restaurant with some of the best ocean views in Airlie Beach whilst enjoying a meal and a drink from the brand new menu.
With the freshest of seafood, perfectly cooked steak, the coldest of beers and the exciting new wine list, they have something for everybody.

FAV DISH: Eye Fillet Steak
LOCAL TIP: Located at the end of the Airlie Beach Esplanade, the uninterrupted views over the moored boats and ocean are worth the walk from the Coral Sea Marina.


Airlie Beach Treehouse

Located in a beautiful spot overlooking the amazing Airlie Beach Lagoon, the foreshore and the Whitsunday Islands, Treehouse provides the ideal setting for your dining experience.
Not only is the location impressive but the menu offers a wide range of breakfast, lunch and snack foods.
The ingredients are fresh and locally sourced ensuring that your taste buds get the treat they deserve.
Find them just off of the Airlie Beach main street, you will not be disappointed!

FAV DISH: Corn Fritters
LOCAL TIP: Leave the skipper and first mate to do your briefing and pop down for breakfast and a swim in the Lagoon before heading back to the boat to start your charter.


Fat Frog Beach Cafe

A true locals favourite, The Fat Frog Beach Cafe offers a unique and quirky beachfront vibe for you to enjoy your morning coffee and wholesome home-made food.
Located in one of Cannonvale’s most spectacular spots, you will be greeted with a sandy beach, beautiful view and cooling sea breeze to complement your dining experience.
They use the freshest ingredients and take pride in the presentation of every dish meaning you will never be disappointed at The Fat Frog Beach Café, so pop in and find out for yourself why the locals love it!

FAV DISH: Smashed Avo
LOCAL TIP: A lovely stroll to the Cannonvale Foreshore, the breakfast treats are worth the walk!


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Images and Restaurant Blurbs supplied by the team at Whitsunday Menu.