Eats & treats,

Where to enjoy family-friendly dining on the Gold Coast

Charntel Cleveland | August 13, 2021

Got a hankering for dinner the whole family can enjoy?

The Gold Coast boasts an array of laidback and fun family-friendly restaurants that cover all cuisines and corners of the city.

Here are some of our faves.

Crafty’s Sports Bar at Biggera Waters

Directly opposite iPlay and the cinemas at Harbour Town, Crafty’s Sports Bar offers something for everyone. There’s live sports action on the big screen, a kids’ play area with arcade games and a menu spanning tasty mains, burgers and bar snacks—all with gluten-free and vegan options. There’s also a kids’ menu and little ones can enjoy free ice cream with every meal.

El Camino Cantina at Robina

El Camino Cantina at Robina Town Centre is a colourful, eclectic Tex-Mex extravaganza. Start your night off right with all-you-can-eat corn chips and salsa, before moving on to a selection of tacos, burritos and sizzling fajitas or buffalo wings. Adults can delight in signature margaritas and specialty beers, while kids get into the festive spirit with free sombreros.

Bazaar at Surfers Paradise

Can’t decide exactly what to eat? Why not a bit of everything! Inspired by mouth-watering marketplaces around the world, Bazaar at QT Hotel ticks the boxes of all tastebuds. Indulge in all-you-can-eat succulent seafood and slow-cooked meats, woodfired pizzas, fresh salads and veggies, Asian cuisine (including a dumpling station) and a dessert bar to die for. Diners can also interact with the chefs for made-to-order creations.

Play a little table tennis at Crafty’s

Enjoy a morning at the beach, then lunch with a view at Currumbin Beach Vikings (Photo credit:@currumbin_slsc)


Vikings Surf Life Saving Club at Currumbin

Make the most of the Coast and dine absolute beachfront at Vikings Surf Life Saving Club. Located on Elephant Rock at Currumbin Beach, the club offers affordable bistro meals and snacks the whole family will enjoy, whether it’s a quick café treat after a swim at the beach or a hearty meal taking in the stunning view. Kids are also catered for with the club’s delicious Nippers meals, all of which come with a free drink and ice cream.

Hideaway Kitchen and Bar at Broadbeach

A celebration of oriental street food, Hideaway is a feast for all the senses. The menu, which has been created with sharing in mind, is ideal for larger groups and will take your tastebuds on a journey all around Asia. The venue is just as enticing as the meals, with booth-style seating amid colourful murals and an alfresco deck adorned with festoon lighting and floating umbrellas.

Montezumas at Labrador, Worongary, Burleigh Heads and Coolangatta

Locals who grew up on the Gold Coast have fond memories of Montezumas, with many now taking their own children to enjoy the iconic Mexican restaurant. Kids can enjoy games and colouring-in while the adults catch up, and with reasonably priced meals (including kids’ meals under $10), families can enjoy a night out more often.

The Club at Parkwood Village

With a café, bistro and wood-fired pizzeria, there are family dining options aplenty at The Club, Parkwood Village. The venue also has one of the largest mini golf courses in Australia and a kids games arcade, while Jummps indoor trampoline park is in the same complex, just a few doors down.

Cucina Vivo at Broadbeach

Feeling a little fancy? Inspired by the cliff-top restaurants of the Amalfi Coast, Cucino Vivo at The Star offers traditional Italian cuisine—including pizza, pasta and antipasto—overlooking the venue’s tropical pool. There’s also a share plates and a kids’ menu, as well as degustation options and delectable desserts.

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There’s more than just a feed at The Club Parkwood (Photo credit: theclubparkwood)

(Photo credit: @cucinavivo_gc)

A family favourite on the Gold Coast since we can remember, Montezumas.