Eating out in the Whitsundays is a great experience with some of the freshest seafood on offer.
Australia is known for its wonderful produce and diverse flavours so you’ll be able to find a restaurant to suit anyone’s tastes. Indian, Thai, Japanese, Italian and good old Aussie pub grub - you can have it all! Romantic dinner spots, casual cafes, room service, family friendly buffets and even poolside service.
Dining at any of the popular Whitsunday island resorts and mainland restaurants is an experience you won’t forget. Combining gorgeous views with mouth watering flavours is always a winning holiday formula.
Whitsundays Dining Precincts
There is no shortage of choice for restaurants in Airlie Beach, many of which also feature wine bars, live music and entertainment to keep you partying all night.
You'll find the central dining hub on the Esplanade overlooking Airlie Beach and Pioneer Bay.
Proserpine is more laid back, with cafe and pub style meals matched with country hospitality to provide a great night out. Bowen also has a good range of restaurants and pubs, with spectacular views from the cafe atop Flagstaff Hill not to be missed.
All of the Whitsunday island resorts have different dining experiences, from five star total indulgence, to master class-style learning experiences to fully inclusive buffet meals.
If you’re not too full after dinner, the nightlife of Airlie Beach is renowned and can be enjoyed on any night of the week. Start at a restaurant’s wine (or rum) bar, move to a backpackers bar, Irish pub or dance the night away at a nightclub. The island resorts also often have live music or entertainment so you can party the night away.
There are dozens of restaurants, bars & nightlife entertainment to choose from in the Whitsundays. Whether you're staying at one of the island resorts, a luxury hotel in Airlie Beach, you're in Proserpine or the surrounding area, you'll be able to find a restaurant with the style of cooking that takes your fancy, cooked to perfection.
We've included a few of the best known Whitsundays restaurants below to whet your appetite...
Déjà Vu Restaurant
With stunning views over Airlie Beach and a tropical seafood dining theme, Déjà Vu Restaurant is home to some of the best cuisine in the Whitsundays.
You’ll find Déjà Vu on the famous hillside accommodation strip, affording outdoor diners a panoramic view of the sea and Whitsundays Islands. The owner / chefs take a personalised approach to service to make sure diners have an unforgettable experience.
From poolside lunches to romantic dinners, the menu makes the most of some of the freshest seafood to complement innovative salads, gourmet panninis, and specialty dishes.
The restaurant’s long Sunday lunch has become a popular local tradition involving 8 divine courses, wine, beer, live entertainment and spectacular views.
Déjà Vu also cater to functions and special events, so if you have something to celebrate on your holiday make sure you phone ahead to organise a truly memorable occasion. They even do cocktail or sit down wedding receptions.
Waters Edge Resort, 4 Golden Orchid Dr, Airlie Beach
Phone: 07 4948 4309
No trip to Airlie Beach is complete without a trip to Fish D’vine and Rum Bar. The award winning seafood restaurant is famous for its relaxed atmosphere and scrumptious food, particularly the local chilli mud crab with Hemmingway Daiquiri.
Both the seafood restaurant side and the rum bar could each stand on their own. But together they infuse to create marvellous creations like the “Retro banana fritters” drizzled in “house spiced Rum syrup” and “Rum and pepper painted fish”.
D’vine can even bring their unique taste sensations to your events, with full catering services including weddings, special events and even boat catering.
303 Shute Harbour Road, Airlie Beach
Phone: 07 4948 0088
Airlie Beach Hotel
The Airlie Beach Hotel has been an Airlie Beach central point for visitors and locals alike since 1968. What was once a beachside holiday pub for the residents of the surrounding cane farming districts has become a popular spot for accommodation, drinks, and most importantly – food!
The hotel has three restaurants for you to choose from. Dine on modern Australian cuisine, tuck into a wood fired pizza or go for a hearty Tex-Mex selection.
Capers on the Esplanade
If you’re after a relaxed dining experience for breakfast, lunch or dinner, Capers is for you. Seven days a week you can enjoy award winning food and fine wine with beachfront views.
This is where modern Australian cuisine comes alive with ocean fresh seafood, delicious steaks, smooth coffee, mouth-watering deserts and a selection of first rate Australian wines.
16 The Esplanade, Airlie Beach
Phone: 07 4964 1777
Cactus Jack’s Bar & Grill
For the chilli lover, Cactus Jack’s is Airlie Beach’s best source of south-of-the-border Tex-Mex cuisine. The restaurant is immersed in memorabilia and interesting Texas / Mexican artefacts for a truly unique dining experience.
Diners have the option of sitting out on the deck for optimal beach front, or inside the colourfully decorated bar & grill.
Select from a wide range of full flavoured burgers, tortillas and more, all washed down with an even bigger selection of margaritas and cocktails.
16 The Esplanade, Airlie Beach
Phone: 07 4964 1800
Mangrove Jacks Café / Bar
Named after the delicious local fish, Mangrove Jacks is casual North Queensland dining. Kick back and watch the hustle and bustle of the main street go by as you peruse a delicious menu that includes classic wood fired pizza and great tasting locally caught fish.
There’s an extensive wine bar with 35 different wines by the glass, freshly ground coffee, and some incredibly delectable deserts.
16 The Esplanade, Airlie Beach
Phone: 07 4964 1888
Sidewalk Café is where you’ll discover good food and a team that’s all about quality and value. Enjoy a cosmopolitan, footpath dining experience with fantastic views, food, wine and friendly service.
A local staple, Sidewalk has been Airlie’s favourite café for more than 20 years. Come for the high speed WiFi, try a great cup of coffee or sink your teeth into a delicious risotto, seafood pasta, a range of burgers, or the café’s world famous breakfast.
You can even top it all off with one of their international mixologist’s amazing cocktails.
1a/293 Shute Harbour Rd, Airlie Beach
Phone: 07 4946 6425
Right in the heart of the Whitsundays is the Village Café Restaurant & Bar, home to a unique all day dining experience. The Village offers an excellent selection of freshly prepared food, a variety of drinks and alcoholic beverages.
One of the restaurant’s specialties is the Hot Rock dining experience. Volcanic stones are subjected to extreme heat in a special oven for 10 hours before being placed in specially designed stoneware plates and delivered to you with your chosen hot rock meal. The stone locks in the nutrients, natural juices and flavours. You can choose to cook the meal yourself on the stone, or the chefs can do the cooking before presenting your meal on the hot rock.
For delectable deserts, the Village also offers a range of boutique ice cream flavours with decadent sides, all served on Icy Rocks. So stop on in to try something different while you’re on holiday.
Main Street, Airlie Beach
Phone: 07 4946 5745
Ideally situated on Hamilton Island, facing straight out onto the marina, Romanos Restaurant is a perfect part of this island paradise. Come in for the relaxed atmosphere and delicious meals made with love and a flare for fine food.
Known for fantastic risottos, Romanos serves a wonderful array of fresh seafood including Moreton Bay Bugs, scallops, spanner crab and many more tastes of the sea. Polish it all off with authentic gelato, tiramisu or panna cotta.
Front St (Marina Side), Hamilton Island
Phone: 07 4948 8212