kid friendly restaurants on the Gold Coast

Are you looking to find the best family restaurants on the Gold Coast? You’ve come to the right place.

We’ve compiled a list of the Gold Coast’s best family restaurants, cafes and pubs. From Broadbeach restaurants to Surfers Paradise restaurants to Burleigh restaurants, we’ll make sure that your breakfast, lunch or dinner on the Gold Coast will be kid friendly whether you are looking for a buffet or a la carte, cheap family restaurants on the Gold Coast, or if you want to extend your budget a little.

This list of amazing kid friendly Gold Coast restaurants will help you plan your next meal! So here are, the most child friendly restaurants on the Gold Coast.

We’ve listed restaurants, cafes and pubs in these locations:

  • Byron Bay
  • Tweed Heads
  • Coolangatta
  • Currumbin
  • Burleigh Heads
  • Robina
  • Mermaid Beach
  • Broadbeach
  • Northcliffe
  • Surfers Paradise
  • Southport
  • Mt Nathan
  • Helensvale
  • Coomera

BONUS: We’ve got discounted entry to Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, Dreamworld, Gold Coast Hinterland Tours, iFly and much more. Check out our favourite discounted Gold Coast kids attractions here.

Byron Bay

As we begin to look at the best kid friendly Gold Coast restaurants, here is our list of kid friendly Byron Bay restaurants.

The Farm

Kid Friendly Restaurants On The Gold Coast

This is a Gold Coast restaurant that kids and adults will enjoy alike. You’ll hear the kids screaming, ‘5 more minutes’! It has a massive playground, live animals to pet, and, for the adults, there is local produce and 56 craft beers. We think this might be the best restaurant with a playground on the Gold Coast.

The Farm, located just outside Byron Bay, encourages visitors to visit the farm and see where most of the food on the menu was grown. You can see our review here.

Earth ‘n’ Sea Pizza

Kids typically LOVE pizza (I do too), and Earth ‘n’ Sea isn’t any pizza, so it will please most people. All pizzas are made with a wholemeal base. You can also order a large pizza for the family to share. The bonus? There are crayons and colouring in while you are waiting for your meal. This might be one of the most family friendly restaurants on the Gold Coast.

Top Shop

Need somewhere where the kids (and/or you) can eat a delicious meal and run around after. Perhaps eat breakfast and watch the morning surfers go out to the beach. Get it all as takeaway and watch the surfers on the beach live in action.

Byron Beach Café

Located along Clarks Beach on Lawson St, the Byron Beach Café serves up simple foods, such as granola or yogurt, along with the more classic eggs. Of course, there is also a kids menu. ( It is a kid friendly café on the gold coast of course..)If you’re not up early, then you can grab lunch or takeaway instead.

Hogs Breath Café Byron Bay

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We all know the classic Hogs Breath Café. It’s a family favourite sure to please all eaters, fussy or not. It comes with colouring-in, a kids menu, and puzzles for the kids. With delicious food, this restaurant is a crowd pleaser.

Tweed Heads

Star Buffet at Seagulls

Star Buffet at Seagulls is a great value gourmet buffet offering Australian, Asian and European cuisine with over 100 dishes served daily including sushi, roast duck, BBQ pork plus a tempting array of desserts. Star Buffet has specials Monday to Thursday (see below).

Located upstairs next to Tabatinga – their indoor play area, which you MUST check out in this review.

Coolangatta

Now we move on to the best kid friendly Coolangatta Restaurants.

Kirra Beach Hotel

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We love this lunch and dinner choice for families. With staters, salads, mains, burgers, wraps, and much more. Located on Miles St and open 10am – Late. It has something for everyone.

Zest Coffee Tugun

Zest Coffee, Café and Catering is a vibrant Café nestled in the heart of the beautiful beachside village of Tugun on the southern end of the Gold Coast. They are popular amongst the locals and tourists alike for our all day breakfast and lunch menu that appeals to all tastes and different dietary requirements.

Hogs Breath Café Coolangatta

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We all know the classic Hogs Breath Café. It’s a family favourite sure to tempt all eaters, fussy or not. It comes with colouring-in, a kids menu, and puzzles for the kids. With delicious food, this restaurant is a crowd pleaser.

Currumbin

As we keep moving throughout the best kid friendly Gold Coast restaurants. Here are the best kid friendly restaurants in Currumbin.

Dune Café

Dune Café is situated in the Palm Beach Parklands, overlooking the beautiful Currumbin Lagoon. Open daily from 6:30am, they offer a generous selection of breakfast and lunch options with a focus on using fresh and locally sourced produce. They also cater for the kids. They are the winners of the most kid friendly restaurant on the Gold Coast, as voted by the Gold Coast.

Currumbin RSL

The Currumbin RSL isn’t just a restaurant. Once you and your kids have devoured the meal, you can book the tennis court, watch a show, book the sound lounge. To be honest, not all of this is best for kids, but the food is awesome!

Burleigh Heads

The best Burleigh Heads restaurants.

Harry’s Steak, Bistro and Bar – Burleigh Heads

This is some of the best food you will ever eat, and I mean EVER! The menu has so many options it would be impossible to list them all (somehow Harry’s managed to).

They offer a wide variety of meals for the kids too. There is live music on and off and drinks are served nonstop. An amazing meal and wonderful experience.

Mermaid Beach

Swim, Eat, Nap, Eat, Swim Repeat. Mermaid Beach is jam packed of kid friendly restaurants. Here are the family restaurants mermaid beach has to offer.

BSKT

Not everyone will know a lot about this restaurant, but I can tell you it’s an amazing place for kids, foodies, adults, and anyone else. With a huge variety of food, big and small, BSKT will fail to disappoint.

Mandarin Court

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Family-owned and operated since 1979, Mandarin Court strives to serve up authentic tasting Cantonese cuisine including a range of yum cha delights. An ambient venue adorned with Chinese decor, Mandarin Court has numerous banquet options and regional dishes to choose from. Popular choices may include pork belly steamed with preserved vegetables, pork ribs with garlic and special vinaigrette flambeed in foil and spicy fish fillets in super hot chilli soup with vermicelli.

Purchase your discounted meal here.

Mermaid Beach Surf Club

Who wouldn’t want to go to the Mermaid Beach Surf Club? It offers a HUGE variety of food, with wonderful sea views and breeze. This is an amazing kid friendly restaurant Mermaid Beach.

Outback Jack’s Mermaid Beach

Outback Jack’s is one of the best kid friendly places on the Gold Coast. It serves food perfectly and can display the classic of Gold Coast food, with an amazing atmosphere. The kids play area is great and is overall an amazing kid friendly restaurant.

Comuna Cantina – Pacific Fair Shopping Centre

Comuna Cantina is a Latin street food inspired cantina located in the resort precinct of Pacific Fair, offering a range of fresh and unique tacos, pinchos, arepas, tortas and churrasco; as well as a bar serving a full range of cocktails, tap beer, wine and coffee. Already sound awesome!

Broadbeach

As we move the best kid friendly restaurants Broadbeach , the food and service is getting better and better (not that the previous restaurants weren’t good enough).

Hogs Breath Café Broadbeach

We all know the classic Hogs Breath Café. It’s a family favourite sure to please all eaters, fussy or not. It comes with colouring-in, a kids menu, and puzzles for the kids. With delicious food, this restaurant is a crowd pleaser.

Benowa

Maztex Mexican

Maztex Mexican welcomes all aficionados of Mexican cuisine. The restaurant serves up wraps, nachos, burritos, wings and salsas, all of which can be accompanied by refreshing cocktails. Maztex Mexican is located on Ashmore Road, not far from Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens. What a great way to have your family dinner on the Gold Coast, (or lunch…)

Northcliffe

We have one Northcliffe family restaurant on the Gold Coast, but if you have more, let us know in the comments below.

Northcliffe Surf Club

Who wouldn’t want to go to the Northcliffe Surf Club? It offers a HUGE variety of food, with wonderful sea views and breeze. This is an amazing kid friendly restaurant Northcliffe Beach.

Surfers Paradise

Here are some of the best kid friendly restaurants Surfers Paradise has to offer. Of course, they are all kid friendly too.

Fables Restaurant

Kid Friendly Restaurants On The Gold Coast

Fables Restaurant is nestled within the four-star Mantra Legends Hotel in the heart of Surfers Paradise. The eatery strives to create a friendly yet elegant atmosphere where guests can indulge in an array of meals, including breakfast and seafood buffets. Guests can be seated indoors or at the alfresco dining section.

Korean BBQ Buffet Gold Coast

kid friendly restaurants on the Gold Coast

Located on Paradise Island, Korean BBQ Buffet Gold Coast keeps hunger at bay with a panoply of items like grilled meats, seasonal salads, chicken wings and pasta dishes. Particularly large appetites can be sated with an all-you-can-eat banquet. The meal can be complemented with a drink such as a glass of wine or beer.

We’ve got a discounted meal deal for Korean BBQ Buffet on the Gold Coast – click here

Waves Seafood Buffet

Kid Friendly Restaurants On The Gold Coast

Soaring above the sweeping golden beaches of Surfers Paradise is the Waves Seafood Buffet, Voco Hotel, a stylish contemporary retreat with every comfort provided for guests. The hotel boasts an array of facilities to enjoy including a day spa and hairdresser, two pools and a gymnasium.

There is also a cafe, bar area with Social House, Clifford’s Grill & Lounge, Waves Buffet Restaurant that offers hungry diners an extensive all-you-can-eat buffet of colourful cuisines from across the globe.

We’ve got a discounted meal deal for seafood buffet right here.

Pancakes in Paradise

Kid Friendly Restaurants On The Gold Coast

Pancakes in Paradise is affordable dining in the heart of Surfers Paradise, a great family restaurant that offers inexpensive meals, ranging from pancakes to sweet or savory crepes, lights meals and coffee.

The Black Sheep Espresso Baa

Boasting two locations, at Coolangatta and Surfers Paradise, The Black Sheep Espresso Baa welcomes patrons to enjoy breakfast and lunch experiences. The menu includes breakfast favourites like bacon and egg rolls, toasts and bagels, as well as an array of lunch specialities such as burgers and bruschettas.

A host of hot and cold drinks is also on offer to accompany the meals, including open house coffee, milkshakes and smoothies.

Govindas Surfers Paradise

Kid Friendly Restaurants On The Gold Coast

Govindas Surfers Paradise is an iconic restaurant that offers folks on the Gold Coast a wide variety of vegetarian dishes served all-you-can-eat buffet style. Families seeking meat-free meals will be overwhelmed with choice including treats like mango lassi, basmati rice, potato bake, samosas and lasagna. You can choose either dining in or take away.

We’ve got a discounted meal deal for Govindas Surfers Paradise – click here

Montezuma’s Surfers Paradise

Montezuma’s Surfers Paradise has been operating for over 20 years. A Gold Coat icon, Montezuma’s has won Restaurant and Caterers Awards for Best Ethnic Restaurant, as well as being voted Best Mexican Restaurant on the Gold Coast by Radio SeaFM listeners.

Within walking distance of Cavill Mall and the Sufers Paradise nightlife, Montezuma’s provides a colourful and lively atmosphere, with indoor and outdoor a la carte dining. An amazing restaurant, great for families with kids, with great service and atmosphere.

Hogs Breath Café Surfers Paradise

We all know the classic Hogs Breath Café. It’s a family favourite sure to please all eaters, fussy or not. It comes with colouring-in, a kids menu, and puzzles for the kids. With delicious food, this restaurant is a crowd pleaser. We think this could be the best family restaurant on the Gold Coast.

Hurricane’s Grill

Hurricane’s Grill offers amazing food and sea views. It’s impossible to not want and go here! The food, atmosphere, views. This is an amazing Surfers Paradise Restaurant.

Misono Japanese Steak House (Marriott)

kids eat free gold coast

An amazing experience for kids, is to watch someone cooking their meal in an unique and special way. Teppanyaki is an fun way to do this. It’s at the Marriott Gold Coast where kids eat FREE, including unlimited soda!*

From Sunday to Thursday, 5:30-9pm, kids eat free from the ‘Mis-oh-no Kids Menu’ only, when dining with a full paying adult dining on a banquet of $79 and above. Blackout dates apply. Kids 12 years and under. No further discounts apply. Not valid Friday or Saturday.

*Terms and conditions apply. Valid until 31 July 2019. 

Ph: 07 5592 9770

Address: Misono Japanese Steakhouse, Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa, 158 Ferny Avenue, Surfers Paradise

Website: click here

GMC Diner at The Shore

GMC Diner at The Shore is nestled within The Shore Apartments offering spaces ideal for a relaxing break or an action-packed trip away. The family-friendly eatery regales guests with a wide range of meal options that can be complemented with alcoholic and soft beverages. The venue is located a short stroll away from the centre of Surfers Paradise.

Southport

Here are the top kid friendly restaurants in Southport.

Donatella’s Pizza and Pasta

Donatella’s Pizza and Pasta brings flavours of Italy to Southport. Patrons can choose from a broad range of pizza and pasta dishes, with specialities including pepperoni or focaccia pizza, alongside traditional pasta options such as bolognese, ricotta and spinach cannelloni, as well as panna and marinara.

The menu also features salads, seafood, chicken, and veal dishes, and meals can be complemented with a selection of hot and cold drinks including traditional Italian coffee. For customers’ convenience, pick-up and delivery services are available.

We’ve got a discounted deal for Donatella’s Pizza and Pasta – click here

Season Buffet Southport

Located in Southport, Season Buffet offers all-you-can-eat charcoal BBQ buffet experiences using modern induction cooktops with flame fire cookers on every table. Prepared to accommodate 100 diners at the same time, the eatery boasts a spacious and carefully styled interior, and offers views of Scarborough street. Patrons can select from a range of drinks, and top the meal off with a dessert.

We’ve got a discounted deal for Season Buffet – click here

Outback Jack’s Southport

Outback Jack’s is one of the best kid friendly places on the Gold Coast. It serves food perfectly and is a classic of Gold Coast food, with an amazing atmosphere. This is overall an wonderful kid friendly restaurant.

Diva Tea and Coffee – Marina Mirage

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Impossible to not love the atmosphere here next to the water feature and lots of greenery. The coffee and iced teas  are just perfect. Breakfast is always spot on and other meals delicious too. A good choice of places to eat with kids on the Gold Coast.

Mt Nathan

Here is our one and only kid friendly Mt Nathan restaurant. If you find anymore, let us know below.

The Historic Rivermill

The Historic Rivermill is an outing out of Brisbane- about an hour’s drive south from the CBD and is a really kid friendly place to be. The wide open space, the close proximity to the river, and the animals to feed will keep the little diners happy, while you can relax over a coffee and cake, breakfast or lunch.  After something to eat, and checking out the animals, head on down to the river where you can feed the turtles, and skip some stones- it’s a beautiful spot!

Check out our review here.

Helensvale

Here is our best kid friendly Helensvale restaurant.

The Rusty Putter Restaurant

Beautiful patio / lanai dining with lake and golf course view. Prices and portions are fair. Food is amazing. The outside seating is just spectacular. Overlooking the 18th green. Nice breeze, beautiful scenery, and a meal and drinks. What more could one ask for? And if you ever get the chance, the Prime Rib melts in your mouth. Super kid friendly.

Coomera

The best kid friendly restaurants in Coomera are here!

The Boathouse Tavern

The Boathouse Tavern is an amazing kid friendly restaurant. It has a watery scenery with boats hanging around too. If your youngster loves boats, this is the kid friendly place to go.

Luv A Coffee

This is your typical café. Serves great food with wonderful staff and atmosphere. Great for the kids too. Defiantly a child friendly café on the Gold Coast. Luv it!

Thank you for viewing this. I hoped it helped you to find the Gold Coast family restaurants to please even the fussiest of eaters. If you have any restaurants you think we should add, let us know below.

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BONUS: We’ve got discounted entry to Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, Dreamworld, Gold Coast Hinterland Tours, iFly and much more. Check out our favourite discounted Gold Coast kids attractions here.