All the reasons why you need to go to Burleigh Pavilion

With possibly the most prime view of the ocean on the Gold Coast, Burleigh Pavilion in Burleigh Heads has been a heavyweight in Gold Coast fare since its opening in December 2018. An escape for those looking for top notch experiences with a Queensland flavour, this is a place to come and enjoy with friends, family and large groups in a location that is both iconic in design and central to Burleigh.

Now that it’s been open for a while, we’ve had a chance to sample its delights and have much to report back.

Here’s what to expect when visiting one of the Gold Coast’s hottest venues.

The food

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The gorgeous architecturally designed restaurant and bar caters for more than 600 diners through lunch and dinner between two distinct zones, so customers can choose between a casual bite after a day on the beach or a fine dining experience – how very Gold Coast!

Sitting above pan-Asian classic Rick Shores is The Tropic, the full-service restaurant part of BP with Michelin-starred chef Guillaume Zika calling the shots. The chef and his team have created a local produce-filled menu with standouts being Asparagus fricelli pasta, roasted root veggies with lemon thyme and wood-fired pig doughnut with preserved veggies and fermented chilies. There’s a separate vegan menu too.

In the main restaurant, Burleigh Pavilion serves up freshly shucked oysters, prawns on ice and seared barramundi. Other dishes include grass fed rump and pumpkin rigatoni.

Set your alarms for a two-hour bottomless brunch every Saturday, held from 11am – 1pm.

The drinks

For a casual post-beach drink, head into BP’s main area for one of their signature refreshing frosés; from the taps order wine (yes!) or an ice cold beer from one of their extensive offerings. Try their aptly named cocktails like the “You can’t sip with us” – with the iconic Ink Gin topped with lemon and violet liqueur.

In The Tropic, sip on the “I’m a cool mum” (there’s a bit of a Mean Girls vibe going on) with lemon, peach schnapps and Bourbon. The wine list boasts more than 90 labels.

The space

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Conceived by hotelier Ben May and Robert Magid (the guys who brought to life the Manly Wharf Bar in Sydney and Mrs Sippy in Sydney and Bali) this pastel dream of a restaurant and bar is housed in the Coast’s most exclusive commercial waterfront development.

They’ve transformed the façade into a traditional coastal pavilion – like the famous one at Bondi Beach in Sydney – with wide arches and textured concrete. Inside, the light and airy space is just as appealing with pops of pastels, four-metre high ceilings, exposed timber rafters, a breeze-block bar, an inclusive vibe and the piece de resistance – that unbeatable view.

The vibe and people

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With a relaxed setting and plenty to choose from on the menu, you can decide on what you want before going up to order (yes to no hassling waiters) under the large “order food here” sign.

With the possibility of shared style dining, form long-lasting memories and deepen your connections with family and friends over plates of nachos and sip cocktails while talking about your next travel plans and where you’ll spend summer (at this beach, obviously). This is a place you can truly come and feel at ease, and with the ASMR of the gentle waves in the background, be lulled into a food coma. 

Find it: 3/43 Goodwin Terrace, Burleigh Heads.