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Where to eat in the Moreton Bay Region

From seafood trawlers "catch of the day" on the bayside, to fresh produce farms in the hinterland, the Moreton Bay Region has the best of fish to pan and paddock to plate.

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

Fine dining

Vineyard and brewery Ocean View Estates has both a cellar door and restaurant. Their menu is designed for sharing with a variety of dish options, or experience more with their chef and vegan banquet selection. 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.

With their seasonal degustation menu, booking a table at Pause Samford is worth the 25-minute short drive northwest of Brisbane CBD. At Pause, Chef Rino has designed four exquisite menus that will not only satisfy your taste buds but take you on a culinary journey through the chef’s creativity and expertise. Their “a la carte” menu is your typical 3-course meal but with dishes reflecting the seasons' bounty with produce sourced locally.

For an award-winning, first-class dining experience, The Golden OX in Redcliffe is bound to excite you. Head Chef, Peter Tzimas and his team work carefully to prepare mouth-watering dishes for their “a la carte” menu, lunch menu and seafood menu. With their range of wholesome foods, it is expected that all types of food lovers will discover an exciting dish. Open 7 days a week from 11:30 am to late, The Golden Ox is convenient for all your fine dining needs.

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

Top local bistros

Pilpel By The Sea is located right near Redcliffe Jetty 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 Sea Salt & Vine in Scarborough both offer a reasonably priced modern Australian menu. Café 3EightNine is open for breakfast through to dinner, while Sea Salt & Vine does breakfast and lunch. 

Redcliffe’s Sushi Central is the best for Japanese sushi, Udon and Donburi. All plates are only $3, tasty and cheap.

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

If you are chasing some tasty barbecue visit Slo Poke American BBQ in Burpengary. All their meats are smoked with apple, ironbark and pecan wood for up to 14 hours.

Seafood hotspots

Yabbey Road is a takeaway joint in Redcliffe with a Beatle-mania theme and lyric inspired 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 and The Crab Pot

For the discerning seafood-lovers searching for quality Australian seafood, Morgan’s Seafood has you covered. Their simple yet extensive menu is prepared and cooked by a team of skilled individuals. Morgan’s is located right along the Scarborough Boat Harbour and offers waterfront dining with views of trawlers and fishermen to enhance its authenticity.

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 or for homemade pasta try Mammas Italian Restaurant. For a slice of Tuscany, What’s In The Pot 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. La Vera Gourmet Pizza and Bar on Bribie Islands offers amazing views and top-notch gourmet pizza. 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

The Sandstone Point Hotel is our pick for the 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

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.

Positioned on the headland, the Belvedere Hotel often sees an incredible sunset over the water – a rare sight on the east coast. Also in the area, The Komo is a great spot for sunset drinks with water views and bistro eats with a Caribbean twist. Browse through their extensive drinks list with a wide variety of bottled beer and beer on tap, perfect for those looking to expand their beer tastebuds.

Beardy’s Bar and Kitchen are well known on the peninsula to offer one of the best craft beer collections, whether it be bottled or on tap, it's sourced straight from the suppliers. Pair your chosen craft beer with one of their ultimate burgers, voted the best by people's choice in The Courier Mail.

Cafes

By the bayside in Redcliffe Preece’s At The Jetty is a popular and classic choice for breakfast, while the hip Flock Eatery serves artisan coffee and an all-day breakfast, brunch and lunch menu using local produce. 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 from morning until night.

On Bribie Island, Annie Lane serves up an Instagram-worthy all-day brunch menu; Evolve Expresso Bar offers a great cup of coffee and breakfast menu while Café Bella is a local favourite.

In the hinterland, Samford Village is a breakfast and brunch hotspot with a stack of great cafes to its name. Top pick, Little Tree Bake & Brewhouse offers a huge selection of baked goods and a seasonal breakfast and lunch menu; Canter & Colt has 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 Woodford Gardens Café and Breakfast.

Gather and Feast in Caboolture is open bright and early at 6.30 and serves their modern brunch menu through to 2 PM. 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.

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 has 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

On Bribie Island, a top-rated coffee spot is Evolve Espresso Bar, which is open from 6 am 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 shop that uses Supreme Roasters beans. Or head to the Cleanskin industrial style espresso bar in Brendale to sample their specially roasted coffee.

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