Where to eat in the Moreton Bay Region

From seafood trawlers bringing in the "catch of the day" on the bayside, to fresh produce farms in the hinterland, the Moreton Bay Region has the best of both food worlds.

When it comes to dining out in the region, there’s a rich offering of fine-dining restaurants, local pubs and clubs, top cafes and fresh fish 'n' chips joints.

Fine dining

Ocean View Estate
Ocean View Estates

Vineyard and brewery Ocean View Estates has both a cellar door and restaurant. Tony Tierney heads up the kitchen that explores a modern Australian menu with Japanese and French fusion twists. Order a la carte or opt for a degustation while enjoying vineyard views. There is also the option to grab a pre-made picnic hamper and enjoy among the vines, or do a "Vine & Bine" tasting – pairing both beers and wines with courses.

Birches Restaurant is a hinterland gem at Mt Mee. Head chef Darren Page serves a modern Australian menu for lunch and dinner with breakfast on weekends too. The homestead overlooks the gorgeous rural countryside.

Near the Samford Valley, Topiaries Restaurant at Beaumont House is a top spot for romantic dining and fine contemporary cuisine. Bookings are essential.

Top local bistros

Scott Damien’s on the Lake has serviced the Caboolture area for nearly two decades with a constantly changing modern Australian menu using the freshest fish and produce available.

Over on Bribie Island, Merlots By The Sea overlooks the Pumicestone Passage and serves quality tapas and wine. Pilpel By The Sea at Redcliffe overlooks Sutton’s Beach and serves a Middle Eastern menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Pop by the rooftop bar Friday, Saturday and Sunday for drinks and tapas from midday.

Local bistros Café 3EightNine and Zesty Café Bar in Scarborough both offer a reasonably priced modern Australian menu. Café 3EightNine is open for breakfast through to dinner, while Zesty has a pinxtos menu of exotic share plates. 

Redcliffe’s Chop Chop Sushi is the best for Japanese sushi, bowls and ramen. On Tuesdays they do a Okonomiyaki special for $10. Also in the area, Ceylon Inn does an excellent goat curry and other awesome Indian dishes.

In the hinterland, Yaya Bar in Samford Village serves a modern menu with retro twists. Stop in with friends for cocktails and share plates.

For something completely different, Swiss & Beyond in Burpengary is BYO with no corkage and serves primarily Swiss and German cuisine.

Seafood hotspots


Tempest Seafood

Each morning the head chef drops by the trawler boats out front in Scarborough Harbour to pick from the daily catch. It means Tempest Seafood serves the freshest local fish in its wide variety of dishes. Tempest also has a teppanyaki grill with milti-course banquet and a la carte offerings.

Yabbey Road is a takeaway joint in Redcliffe with a Beatle-mania theme with lyrics that seep through the menu. It serves a solid traditional English style fish 'n' chips plus burgers.

Blue Anchorage on Bribie Island offers a casual restaurant with fresh seafood at the heart, specialising in seafood chowder, lobster and barramundi. For classic fish 'n' chips takeaway, turn to Savige’s Seafood, Sue’s Café & Takeaway, The Crab Pot or Omah & Dah’s on Bribie Island. 

Italian dining

The bayside is filled with great Italian restaurants. Every night, Redcliffe’s The Rustic Olive is packed to the brim with locals scoffing down bowls of pasta. Marcello’s Italian nearby is a family-run restaurant where pizza and pasta mains will only set you back around $20. For a slice of Tuscany, What’s In The Pot Osteria is hidden down an arcade lane and offers a rustic slice of the region where everything is made from scratch and the theming will make you feel on holiday. 

“I would crawl over broken glass and hot coals just to lick the bottom of the box,” says one enthusiastic Facebook review of Narangba Village Pizza. It serves pizza and pasta the Australian way – thick on toppings, full on flavour. In Strathpine, locals turn to Uno Pizzeria for a casual pizza and pasta restaurant (that also happens to serve burgers). Ziggabalis, also in Strathpine, offers a classic Italian bistro menu to please all.

Expanding beyond Italian to Mediterranean cuisine too, Portabella in Albany Creek makes pasta, bread, pastries and desserts on site.

Pubs

Sandstone Point Hotel
Sandstone Point Hotel

The Sandstone Point Hotel is our pick for region. With green grass that rolls down to the river with enough space to host big festivals (which they do take advantage of), a dedicated oyster shack and incredible views of Pumicestone Passage, it is hard to beat. It’s also the place for the ultimate Sunday session.

Beachmere Tavern

Over the bridge on Bribie Island the Beachmere Tavern serves a classic beachside pub menu with steak, seafood and pasta, nearby the Surf Club has a similar menu with weeknight specials.

At the northern end of the region, the Caboolture Sports Club has free live entertainment five nights a week with lunch and dinner available from four venues within, while closer to Brisbane the Eatons Hill Hotel is a hot spot for live bands and big touring acts.

The Belvedere Hotel
The Belvedere Hotel

Because of where it is positioned on a headland, the Belvedere Hotel often sees an incredible sunset over the water – a rare sight on the east coast. Also in the area, the Mon Komo is a great spot for sunset drinks with water views and bistro eats with a Caribbean twist.

Cafes

Coffee by the jetty at Workshop Co. Espresso
Workshop Co

By the bayside in Redcliffe Preece’s At The Jetty is a popular and classic choice for breakfast, while the hip Workshop Co serves artisan coffee and a daily short menu. Overlooking Scarborough Marina, Sea Salt and Vine is a top family-owned cafe with a classic menu for breakfast and lunch. Nearby Café 3EightNine is a licensed bistro open morning until night.

On Bribie Island, Sundaze Takeaway serves real burgers and Italian-style gelato; the Art Shop Café’s walls might inspire you while you sip a latte; Happys Café and Arcade has a bunch of arcade game machines to play; Café Bella is a local favourite.

The Flying Nun
The Flying Nun

In the hinterland, Samford Village is a breakfast and brunch hotspot with a stack of great cafes to its name. Top pick The Flying Nun does an imaginative and a classic breakfast offering; Canter & Colt and Ironbark Superfoods have plenty of healthy options; and BuzzStop is a classic. 

Continuing north, fuel up at Pitstop on Mt Mee (a craft and collectables store with light refreshments and great views), The Place 2 B at Delaney’s Creek, Braisen Hussy (a quirky garden cafe in Woodford), and nearby Champagne & Roses Cafe.

Duo Café in Caboolture serves a short, sharp brunch menu with a handful of favourites plus a counter of ready-made lunch options and cake. For high tea with a movie star twist, head to High Tea at Tiffany’s in North Lakes. And for jukebox beats, 1950s styling, chilli dogs and shakes, try Be-Bop-A-Licious in Petrie.

Coffee

The Coffee Bus, Bribie Island
The Coffee Bus

Keep an eye out for The Coffee Bus parked around Bribie Island – it serves quality Toby’s Estate coffee and you can even drive up to the window. Another top-rated coffee spot is Evolve Espresso Bar, which is open from 6am seven days.

In Redcliffe, Neli Coffee takes out the top gong, while Fort Coffee and Told You So Coffee vie for favourite among locals in North Lakes (they both also offer a short, sharp menu). The Hideout Coffee House in Narangba is the perfect spot to slip away for a while – try resisting a slice of cake. And Wilderness Bar in Lawnton is a trendy coffee stop that uses Supreme Roasters beans.

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