Tweed Shire offers a huge selection of restaurants, bistros, taverns and cafes ranging from fine dining to fresh fish and chips. This is not an exhaustive list by any means, but it covers a range of our favourite places (some of which you might not find in a tourist brochure), listed conveniently by town.
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TWEED – SOUTH TWEED
D’Bar Café – great views over the ocean and pretty good coffee too. It’s a choice spot for breakfast or lunch. They’re also licensed with beers, wine and a few cocktails on the menu; and there’s live music on weekend afternoons. Check out the art gallery next door, featuring work from local artists. Their address says Coolangatta, but as the street name suggests, they’re right on the border so they qualify for inclusion in this guide. Address: 275 Boundary Street, Coolangatta/Tweed. Phone 07 5599 2031.
The Ivory Tavern. A standard menu, reasonably priced drinks and a great view over the Tweed River and marina. Live music occasionally. Location: 156 Wharf Street, Tweed Heads, just below Boyd’s Bridge. Phone 07 5506 9988.
Sheoak Shack. A great atmosphere awaits here. With lovely views of the Tweed River, it’s a gorgeous spot to enjoy a coffee or or a beer, for lunch or dinner. You can check out local artwork at their gallery too. The menu includes pizzas, salads, curries and a range of light snacks. Licensed. Dinner Friday & Saturday, live music Saturday night. Hours: Wed-Thur 11am-5pm, Fri-Sat 11am-10pm, Sun 9.30am-5pm. Location: 64 Fingal Road, Fingal Head. Phone 07 5523 1130.
The Daily Grind: great coffee here (they use Bonsoy), and yummy treats for lunch or afternoon tea. It’s just at the entrance of the Kingscliff Shopping Village, Turnrock Street entrance.
La Mar cafe: they do a pretty good breakfast. 38 Marine Pde, Kingscliff.
Babalou: Beautiful views of the beach, quirky but classy interiors – it’s a great place for a cocktail. They serve brunch, lunch and dinner on select days, see their website for details. Located above the Kingscliff Beach Hotel on Marine Pde.
SALT, SOUTH KINGSCLIFF
Spice Den at Santai Resort. Quality Asian influenced menu with a sake list and wines by the glass in an elegant setting overlooking the resort pool and gardens. Open Thursday to Sunday for dinner, lunch Saturday and Sunday only. Great deals for locals with early bird specials Thursday-Saturday nights and banquet dinner Sunday (bookings essential). Lunch Saturday and Sunday. Location: 9 Daniella Drive, Casuarina. Phone: 02 6674 8924. See our Reviews page for more details.
Osteria. Previously called Sandbar, this Italian-influenced bistro and deli source quality ingredients from local producers and have their own organic produce garden. Open for breakfast and lunch 7 days a week, dinner Wednesday to Sunday. Their menu changes regularly to reflect fresh, seasonal produce. Thursday nights is a themed dinner, featuring a different set menu each week, with 3 courses and 2 glasses of wine for $27.90 per person. Bookings recommended – 7pm start. Location: 1 Barclay Drive, Casuarina. Phone: 02 6674 9961.
CABARITA BEACH – POTTSVILLE
Marty’s at Caba – This restaurant and bar offers tapas, gourmet and classic pizzas, pasta plus a range of entrees and mains. I’ve enjoyed great fish of the day (local and fresh) and beer battered crocodile tail (flown in frozen but great anyway) here, but the menu changes seasonally so check their website for details. The wine list is basic, but you can BYO (wine only) at $8 corkage per bottle. Steak or pasta specials with a glass of wine or beer for $19.90 Tuesday to Thursday. The steak is from Cabarita’s quality local butcher and is great value. Live music Friday and Saturday nights, open mic night on Tuesdays. Open Tuesday to Sunday, from 4pm. Lunch on Sunday only. Phone 02 6676 3955 to book. Address: 35 Tweed Coast Road, Cabarita Beach (south of Clothiers Creek Road).
The Beach Bar & Grill – Legend has it that on this site there once stood a classic Aussie pub where major muso’s fired up the stage. Now this modern resort complex offers standard bistro fare, situated right next to the beach, although there’s only a slight ocean view due to the foreshore growth. You’ll get a great sea breeze though. Address: Pandanus Parade, Cabarita Beach.
Cabarita Beach SLS Club – you can’t beat the stunning view of Cabarita Beach from the balcony. Address: Pandanus Parade, Cabarita Beach.
Kartel Espresso Bar – Hailing originally from Melbourne, I’m extremely fussy about my coffee. So when this little hole in the wall opened up, I was relieved to finally get a decent latté in this part of the world. It’s the best coffee in town, no contest. They also serve a small range of tasty snacks but they close at 2pm sharp every day, so get your caffeine fix in nice and early. Address: 2/14 Tweed Coast Road, Cabarita Beach (north of Clothiers Creek Road).
Café Mod Barista – Decked out in Mod paraphernalia, this cute cafe has great breakfasts and lunch. Address: 4/49 Tweed Coast Road, Cabarita Beach (south of Clothiers Creek Road).
Stunned Mullet – take-away seafood and salads. Great fries, fish burritos and salt & pepper squid. Address: 1/16 Tweed Coast Road, Cabarita Beach (north of Clothiers Creek Road). There’s one on Marine Parade, Kingscliff too.
Paper Daisy at Halcyon House – this beautifully renovated boutique hotel and restaurant opened in 2015. Chef Ben Devlin
was Queensland’s Chef of Year 2014, with Noma and Esquire restaurants to his credit. Open for lunch and dinner in a great location overlooking Cabarita Beach and foreshore. We’re dying to try it! 21 Cypress Crescent, Cabarita Beach.
Mis Amigos – A Mexican cantina open for dinner 7 nights, with live music Friday and Saturday nights. Address: 12 Coronation Avenue, Pottsville. Phone 02 6676 4949
MURWILLUMBAH – MOUNT WARNING
Mavis’s Kitchen – this is a gastronomic delight not to be missed and a personal favourite. A beautiful old Queenslander set in lush farmland with stunning views of Mount Warning, surrounded by gardens that supply produce to the kitchen. Only organic local produce is used in simple but delicious dishes at modest prices. Open for lunch Wednesday to Sunday, dinner Friday and Saturday. Bookings recommended, phone 02 6679 5664. Address: 64 Mount Warning Road, Uki, via Murwillumbah.
Greenhills on Tweed – This elegant homestead has its heritage well preserved and features a rear balcony boasts gorgeous views of the Tweed River and Mount Warning. The timber-walled interior features a cosy fireplace for a welcoming atmosphere on cooler nights. Operating as a functions venue but also as a destination for friends and family to enjoy Friday night tapas or Sunday lunch. Address: 131 River Street, South Murwillumbah, phone 02 6672 1697.
VARIOUS – INLAND
Sphinx Rock Café, Mt Burrell. A great place to stop for a break on a scenic drive, with all-day breakfast plus a range of lunch options including salads, burgers and more – reasonably priced. Casual indoor and outdoor tables in a tranquil parkland setting with beautiful views. Enjoy live music on Sundays. Licensed, Wifi available. Location: 322 Kyogle Road, Mount Burrell. Phone (02) 6679 7118.
Tumbulgum Tavern, Tumbulgum. Only a local knows how to pronounce it correctly… Whenever I have visitors from interstate, I always take them to this historic pub on the banks of the Tweed River. It dates back to 1887 and the walls are lined with old photos of the town and woodcutters defeating the majestic red cedars that once populated the region. There used to be a massive, ancient Moreton Bay Fig tree out the back, providing shade for the kids play area and the outdoor seating, but it was hit by a storm several years ago and sadly had to be cut down. So the best view now is out the front, where you can watch the sun set behind Mount Warning over the river. Check out the painting of the huge groper on the front wall and decide for yourself whether the 800 pound beast was fact or fable! There’s a cosy fireplace in the front pub and the bistro offers a big range of food. Location: Riverside Drive, Tumbulgum, just off Tweed Valley Way towards Murwillumbah from the Pacific Highway.
Castle on the Hill, Uki. This unusual stone construct is more of a function venue and B&B with distinctive medieval themed rooms available. But they do take special bookings for dinner in their banquet hall for a minimum of six and up to 50 guests, with a range of cuisines on offer from Chinese to Medieval banquets. They also run cooking classes, meditation and art classes too. Phone 02 6679 5442 or visit the Castle on the Hill website for more details. Location: 90 Bonnydoon Road, Uki.
Flutterbies Cottage Café, Tyalgum – 02 6679 3221
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