Each year, we check in with our crew to get their input on the best restaurants in Airlie Beach. Enjoy these local tips on your next visit!

Top 12 Airlie Beach Restaurants in 2024

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Each year, we check in with our crew to get their input on the best restaurants in Airlie Beach. Enjoy these local tips on your next visit!

If you’re looking for the best restaurant in Airlie Beach, then ask a local.

Each year, we survey our reservations team, who all live in the region, to find out the best places to eat out and catch live music around town.

Below we share our team’s favourite restaurants in Airlie Beach for 2023, along with favorite live music venues. We’ve tried to cover different cuisines, beautiful locations and budgets.

dri The Best 12 Restaurants in Airlie Beach

Mika

Latin , Mexican & Modern Australian

For some Latin inspired cuisine and a menu made from delicious fresh ingredients you can’t go past Mika on the Esplanade. The views and atmosphere are great and the service has been consistently good, particularly in 2023.

Tip: Try the ribs! Everyone raves about them.

Paradiso

Greek, Spanish, Italian

Paradiso is a top Airlie restaurant pick among our team at Whitsunday Rent a Yacht. The only rooftop bar in Airlie Beach with views over the lagoon and foreshore, Paradiso cuisine covers Greek to Spanish to Italian and modern Australian.

Tip: Groups of up to 4 can enjoy a delicious Paella. Vegetarians and vegans will find a range of menu options.

Paradiso Airlie Beach Best Restaurant

eastwoods

Asian Fusion 

The best restaurant in Airlie Beach for class, service and Asian inspired food is Eastwoods. The food is absolutely delicious, with bold flavors and spice combinations that will leave you wanting to return, just to try a new dish.

Tip: If you want room for dessert, we recommend sharing starters and due to generous servings consider one main dish between two people.

Anchor Bar

Modern Australian

For a good reason, Anchor Bar is a favourite with the locals. Located on the hill high up behind Airlie Beach, the views from this vantage point are stunning. The bar looks out over a pool; the ultimate place to enjoy a Whitsunday’s view and cold beverage.

Expect a pub-style menu with things like a “surf and turf” and burgers done well.

Anchor Bar and Grill Airlie Beach
Photo C/O Anchor Bar

D’viet House

Vietnamese

Something about the tropical weather in Airlie Beach will have you craving Asian food at least once during your stay. D’viet House is an excellent place for authentic Vietnamese lunch and dinner with takeaway options if you want to take a simple healthy meal back to your accommodation.

Tip: Try a pho made using a “famous fragrant family beef broth recipe”. Vegetarians will love the lemongrass chilli tofu.

Northerlies Beach Bar and Grill

Modern Australian

Situated within the Freedom Shore resort, the dining at Northerlies is directly on the foreshore with stunning views over to the islands. But Northerlies is about more than a unique location; the atmosphere is second to none. Entertaining games on the lawn, live music and plenty of space for families to settle in while the kids roam.

Tip: Seafood is a must off the Northerlies menu – as fresh as it gets. We love the seafood platter for two. Or if steak is your thing, this is the place for it.

Northerlies Airlie Beach
Photo C/O Northerlies

La Marina

Italian

The best Italian food in town can be found at La Marina.  With views looking out over the Port of Airlie, you can enjoy excellent pizza, homemade pasta and fresh local ingredients. There’s indoor or outdoor dining, both with great atmospheres with plenty of room for larger groups. 

Tip: Try either a The Sail Away cocktail or espresso martini and save room for one of their famous desserts.

The Deck

Modern Australian

Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, The Deck is one place that gets the perfect balance between flavour and versatile menu options. A charming, more intimate setting, there’s a great ambience in this recently expanded restaurant.

Tip: For a fantastic breakfast, try the mushroom and chorizo bennies special. The menu is also very vegetarian and vegan friendly.

The Deck Airlie Beach
Photo C/O The Deck

La Tabella

Italian

For a special night out, try La Tabella. Located on The Esplanade, which runs along the foreshore, this top Airlie Beach restaurant is renounced for outstanding table service and delicious authentic Italian food. The wine list is extensive, and the coffee is some of the best in town.

Tip: The tiramisu and limoncello are all lovingly crafted by owner Leni.

Fat Frog Beach Cafe

Modern Australian

Open for Breakfast and Lunch the Fat Frog Cafe is a family favourite. Located opposite Cannonvale Beach, include a stop off at Fat Frog on a walk along the bicentennial boardwalk from Airlie’s township. They have a kid friendly menu and play corner so Mum and Dad can relax.

Tip: The menu is full of healthy food, fresh food at reasonable prices, and a kids menu and play area to keep the little frogs entertained. The coffee is at Melbourne standards too!

Fat Frog cafe Airlie Beach
Photo C/O Fat Frog Cafe

Fish D’Vine & Rum Bar

Seafood

A list of the best restaurants in Airlie Beach would not be complete without mentioning Fish D’vine. Operating for over two decades, this place is an institution and popular with both tourists and locals.

Tip: The menu is mostly seafood and rum, what’s not to love? Start at the rum bar for a cocktail (they are amazing!), then move over to dining for la feast on a fresh local catch.

Sandbar

Mediterranean inspired

Located on the Esplanade with beautiful park and oceans view Sandbar is the ideal spot for a lazy afternoon or elegant dining experience. Choose between a shared plate tapas menu or the Mediterranean-fusion dinging menu.

Tip: Try the Sandbar signature cocktail with fresh local seafood off the menu.

Photo CO Sandbar

Restaurants in Airlie Beach with live music

If you’re looking for somewhere to have a drink or meal while catching some local tunes, check out these favourites.

The Pub AKA The Airlie Beach Hotel

The Pub looks out over the Esplanade where there are plenty of places to pull up and soak in the atmosphere. Catch a game of live sport or a band on Friday, Saturday & Sunday.

KCs Bar & Grill

KC’s is the original live music venue in Airlie and as such, it’s an institution. If you’re looking to hang out with locals, shoot some darts and hear talents from near and far then spend an evening at KCs. You will feel like you start to “get” what Airlie Beach is really about after a night of listening to music here.

Sorrento Restaurant & Bar

“Sorrentos”, as locals call it, overlooks the Coral Sea Marina. The open deck has a great atmosphere, especially when a local acoustic muso is perched in the corner. Keep an eye out for their 2 for 1 Pizza Night.

For an extensive local guide, showcasing all local eateries check out Whitsunday Menu.

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