Featuring fresh produce and a love for the finer things in life, Noosa boasts an enviable line-up of great eateries.

And in amongst this almost endless list of stellar dining options are some firm local favourites sought out by stalwart regulars for their welcoming vibe, excellent service and enduringly popular menus.

These are the region’s indefatigable hotspots, the jewels in the crown of the resident dining scene. If you’re looking to know where the locals go, here are our tips on how to eat like a local in Noosa.

Popular newcomers

With a climate perfectly suited to sipping pale ales, Noosa has recently warmly welcomed the arrival of its very own boutique brewery scene.

Two of the most popular are Land and Sea at Noosaville, and Copperhead at Cooroy. Both offer the opportunity to test and try in-house brews while relaxing over delectable food in funky and ambient surrounds.

Simply great food

Some restaurants feature an enviable reputation that sees their renown spread like wildfire. Rock Salt at Quamby place is among them, along with Pitchfork at Peregian Beach, and Sum Yung Guys at Sunshine Beach.

Each of these eateries is located in a warm and welcoming dining precinct and all offer a consistent commitment to quality ingredients, cooked to perfection.

The Sunday scene

A long lazy Noosa weekend deserves a long lazy lunch, and this is where Noosa’s hinterland and surrounds truly deliver.

For a casual Sunday lunch in a tropical beer garden, try the Imperial Hotel at Eumundi, or if a touch of history beckons head to Boreen Point and the Apollonian Hotel.

The Apollonian was relocated from Gympie and has its origins in gold mining times. Sunday sees this laid-back establishment serve up a sumptuous spit roast as the kids play on rolling green lawns.

Special occasions

When it comes to five-star eateries, Noosa has no shortage of venues that are locally and critically acclaimed, and many are located just a short walk from Noosa Quays.

They include Wasabi, which receives chef’s hats year-in, year-out for its Japanese-inspired menu, and Ricky’s which is also nationally recognised and industry-acclaimed.

Both restaurants feature stunning views of the Noosa River, along with beautiful ambience and immaculate décor.

Quintessential Noosa

On those stunning Noosa days when the ocean dons its azure blue and the beaches are bathed in sunlight, Main Beach is the place to be for dining in true Noosa style.

If you’re looking for the quintessential Noosa experience, Sails, and Bistro C are the pick of the venues. Both are just metres from the beachfront and offer the opportunity to watch the passing parade while enjoying fine fare against the backdrop of gentle waves.

Casual by the beach

If casual dining with a side helping of unrivalled beachfront views is the order of the day, then the region’s many surf clubs are the go-to local favs.

Sunshine Beach Surf Club tops the list, along with Noosa Surf Club at Main Beach. Both offer a warm, accommodating vibe and extensive menus. Meanwhile on the river, the sailing club features a glistening view all the way to Tewantin and the Noosa River mouth.

Fresh produce

Want to cook like a local? We’ll let you in on a little secret. Fabulous local produce is available every Sunday at the Noosa Farmer’s Markets. Located at the sporting grounds on Weyba Road, it’s a captivating mix of gourmet creations and locally grown, fresh produce.

About Noosa Quays

Noosa Quays is a premium Noosa accommodation provider, offering deluxe apartments on the Noosa Sound waterfront.

Located within easy reach of Hastings Street, Noosa River, the Noosa beaches and all the dining and activities on offer, it’s a destination that’s centrally located and easily reached.