9 of the best Hervey Bay restaurants (as rated by locals)
Hervey Bay might be best known as the home of humpback whales, but on the mainland the region is home to a culinary scene that has people (b)reaching for more.
If you’re looking for the best Hervey Bay restaurants, use this guide to find your way.
Hervey Bay dining institution, Coast, has been the Fraser Coast’s go-to dinner spot for the best part of a decade, launching onto the scene in 2010.
Since then, they’ve been blurring the line between comfort food and fine-dining with an onus on fresh seafood and local produce, earning a place on this list of regional Queensland restaurants worth driving for.
It’s all about share plates here, like slow-cooked lamb shoulder, beef short ribs and red pepper & cumin spiced chicken, which can be devoured across the table.
However, some things don’t need accompanying side plates like their signature dessert, the COAST banana split.
Eat at Dan & Steph’s
Big breakfasts don’t come better than the ones you’ll find at Eat at Dan & Steph’s on Hervey Bay’s Esplanade.
With a menu laden with breakfast-takes on dinner favourites like the B&E Gnocchi (fried gnocchi, mushroom, bacon, cream and a Childers free range egg) – there’s a reason this place is pumping between the hours of 6am and 4pm.
Dan & Steph’s all-day menu makes pulled pork perfectly acceptable regardless of the time, so whether you choose to pair it with a beer or a Tim Adams coffee, you’ll be sorted here.
On Friday and Saturdays the waterfront restaurant transforms into Little Mexico as tacos and tequila become order of business.
Enzo’s on the Beach, Scarness
Enzo’s is the food-bae of the Bay, emulating the beach bars of Bali with a menu that will see you from your first meal of the day to your last.
If it’s been years between visits, you can expect the same Enzo but new look Enzo’s on the Beach. Seriously, the property is unrecognisable following its 2017 development.
The bar menu knows its audience, with the menu divided into two categories – ‘sharing is caring’ and ‘by the bucket’.
If you’re coming for the a la carte experience at night, meals are still made for sharing whether it’s nachos, tortillas, tacos or seafood platter for two.
Villa Cavour, Point Vernon
There’s only one catch to eating at Villa Cavour B&B – you have to make it first. This Italian cooking school isn’t all work and no eat, though. In the course of an afternoon, your hosts will have you cooking pasta, then eating it dinner party style.
The hills of Piemonte might be a long way from the streets of Hervey Bay, but Mara and Rocco haven’t lost the secrets of fluffy gnocchi, fresh pasta and picture-perfect pastries in the transit process.
If you want to truly taste the region, put in a request for an Italian twist on Hervey Bay scallops.
Vinyard Wine Bar & Restaurant, Urangan
With a philosophy that “wine and food are at their very best when they coexist”, The Vinyard Wine Bar & Restaurant thoughtfully pairs some of the world’s best wines with modern cuisine and local produce.
Take the guesswork out of choosing what to order, following the chef’s selection for the best the region has to offer, including Hervey Bay Scallops served ceviche style with chilli and fennel, so you can taste the molluscs that put this region on the map.
Beach House Hotel, Scarness
Forget what you know of the old Beach House – this pub has had one hell of a multi-million dollar facelift – and the building looks like it stepped off the set of The OC and onto the Esplanade.
On the menu you’ll find five burgers which are a far cry from the fast food kind you might be used to.
If you follow your nose, you might just find yourself drawn to the Cape Byron Beef Brisket, USA style pork ribs and pulled pork, all smoked in-house.
Sticky Fig, Fraser Shores Shopping Centre, Pialba
A shopping centre might be the last place you’d expect to find good food, but Sticky Fig Gallery Cafe enjoys proving people wrong.
You’ll find everything from quiche of the day to curried quinoa coconut croquettes on the menu, but try their signature lamb burger with haloumi and spiced natural yoghurt.
Between bites you can browse through the artwork on display from over 15 Fraser Coast artists.
You’ll find bistro fare on the menu, with a range of weekly specials locals set their watch to – ahem $16.90 lunch special with beer, wine or soft drink included!
On the a la carte menu you’ll find a few more famous Fraser Coast faces like Hervey Bay Sea Scallops served with cauliflower puree, lemon and macadamia butter and locally sourced Bayswater oysters.
The location makes short work of any potential food comas with 868 metres of pier at the doorstep for you to explore.
Wild Lotus, Torquay
Got a birthday or special occasion that needs celebrating? Wild Lotus has just the table. In fact, if you tell them it’s your birthday you’ll even eat free!
You’ll find it at Torquay Beach, with a menu starring everything from fresh Coffin Bay Oysters to Moreton Bay Bugs and the homegrown hero, Hervey Bay scallops.
But it all begins with a warning to ‘plan ahead’ so you always have enough room for their Baileys Creme Brûlée.