How many of you are guilty of fighting over where to eat? Or spend way too long looking up options, reading reviews, figuring out locations, and discussing all of your options. We've all been there.
The simple question of "Where should we go to dinner?" too often turns into World War III. Picking a restaurant is the cause of spats between spouses and best friends alike. We know all too well that the struggle is real, especially when you're hungry.
The drive from Brisbane to Byron Bay is just over 100 miles (167 km). That's a 2 hours drive and a lot of restaurants in between. And the last thing you want to do on vacation (or any day) is fight about where to eat.
If you're looking for a place to eat from Brisbane to Byron Bay or somewhere in between, we've got you covered!
Happy Boy - Fortitude Valley, Brisbane
Happy Boy is Chinese restaurant in Fortitude Valley neighborhood of Brisbane. The restaurant is so popular that it outgrew its original location in Spring Valley. It is really hard to make a decision on what to eat as everything on the menu is amazing. The dumplings were so good we actually place a second order!
JoJo's - West End, Brisbane
JoJo's has been a staple in Brisbane for years and recently moved to a new location on Melbourne Street in the heart of the West End. It's got fun vibes, good food and to make it a little more magical, it shares a space with The Bach Living, a furniture and home store that will make you want to sell everything you own and start over.
Rick Shores - Burleigh Heads, Queensland (QLD)
Rick Shores is located in Burleigh Heads right on the beach. We've been to beach front restaurant before but there is something about the way the waves break right against the windows and the views of the high rises of Surfers Paradise in the background that make this place extra special. Oh and the food is amazing. Ordering a bug roll is an absolute must.
Social Brew - Burleigh Heads, Queensland (QLD)
Social Brew is the perfect brunch spot. Located in Burleigh Heads, tucked away from the shops on James street, it really is an oasis. The decor is spot on with hanging plants covering the restaurant. Social Brew has an impressive selection of coffee and juices and a menu that will satisfy any craving. This location is open until 3pm but their other location in Paradise Point is open later.
The Island Rooftop - Surfers Paradise, Queensland
The Island is the prefect escape from the hustle and bustle of Surfers Paradise. Grab food all day from the restaurant or head to the roof for nice views and laid back vibes. The restaurant serves up Italian fare and has a pretty epic pizza oven.
Paper Daisy - Cabarita Beach, New South Wales (NSW)
Paper Daisy is in Cabarita Beach at the ultra luxe Halcyon House. It's an award winning restaurant with a talented young chef Ben Devlin. This isn't your average hotel restaurant. For dinner, guest can choose from a three or four course tasting menu highlighting local seafood and produce. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner and it's the perfect meeting spot for a group of friends.
Combi - Byron Bay, New South Wales (NSW)
Combi is an adorable coffee shop and restaurant on Fletcher Street in Byron Bay. They serve up delicious plant based and organic food. Think organic acai bowls. But what got me making return visit was the buckwheat pancakes served with passion fruit and coconut ice cream. I don't particularly like pancakes or coconut (I know crazy right) but I could not get enough of these.
Balcony Bar & Oyster Co - Byron Bay, New South Wales
Balcony Bar & Oyster Co. is the perfect early afternoon or evening spot in the heart of Byron Bay. They have a large wrap around balcony over looking the streets of Byron Bay, just steps from main beach. Grab some oysters and rosé and enjoy the scenes below.
Three Blue Ducks - Byron Bay, New South Wales
Three Blue Ducks is located on The Farm in Byron Bay. You can't get any more farm to table than a restaurant in the middle of a farm. The restaurant is dedicated to serving fresh and local products. The space is incredible with out door seating and lovely views. And there's a full bar!
Miss Margarita - Byron Bay, New South Wales
Miss Margarita is located steps from the main beach in Byron Bay. I'm always interested to try Mexican food on my travels in places far away from North America. Coming from Southern California we're accustomed to some pretty spectacular Mexican food. Miss Margarita gets it right from the margarita to food and decor.
The Mez Club - Byron Bay, New South Wales
We're obviously pretty obsessed with all things Mediterranean so we were dying to check out The Mez Club. It's a great spot to grab some cocktails with daily happy hour. They killed it with everything from decor to food. We recommend getting the meal for two so you can try a little bit of everything.
Bayleaf Cafe - Byron Bay, New South Wales
Bayleaf Cafe is the perfect breakfast spot in Byron Bay. They serve healthy and local fare and have a pretty gorgeous coffee bar. The restaurant is open and airy and is such a nice atmosphere to start your day. Be prepared to wait as Bayleaf is buzzing from the time they open. The wait is well worth it!
Woods - Bangalow, New South Wales
Woods is the sister restaurant to Folk Byron Bay and is a cozy little coffee haven and eatery tucked away in Bangalow. When we pulled it up on our maps it doesn't even have a full address which make it that much more magical. The staff is super friendly and you feel like you are sipping coffee in your perfectly designed living room with friends.
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