Foodie Guide to the Byron Bay Area
Are you someone who actively searches for the best restaurants when on holiday? You want not only the ones people are talking about, but to find those hidden gems. You probably cook quite a bit at home, too, and know more than just a bit about food. You’re a certified foodie. And now you’re coming on holiday to Byron Bay, so you want to know about Byron Bay restaurants.
We like to keep abreast of the newest and best restaurants in Byron Bay, too. So here we’ve taken inventory of places to eat in Bryon Bay and highlighted those that will make your foodie soul happy—places here in Byron Bay, some not far outside of town and worth the visit, and a few new ones that should be on your list, too.
And make sure to read to the bottom as we’ve added in an additional foodie activity that is sure to enhance your holiday and give you even more chances to try out all the amazing Byron Bay food. Here’s our list, in no particular order.
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Locura is a new Latin American-inspired restaurant that opened its doors in Byron Bay last year. The menu is filled with fresh, vibrant flavours and a mix of traditional and modern dishes.
The restaurant has a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere, with a focus on locally sourced ingredients and sustainable practices. The bar serves a variety of cocktails, including their signature margaritas, which are made with fresh, juicy limes and the finest tequila.
The menu at Locura is extensive, featuring a range of dishes that are inspired by the flavors and cooking styles of Latin America. Some of the most popular dishes include their ceviche, tacos, and slow-cooked meats.
The ceviche is made with fresh seafood and a mix of tangy lime juice and spices, creating a perfect balance of flavours. The tacos are filled with slow-cooked meats and topped with fresh salsa, guacamole, and sour cream. The slow-cooked meats are juicy and tender, and are perfect for sharing with friends.
The Mez Club
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The Mez Club is a new Mediterranean-style restaurant that recently opened in the heart of Byron Bay. The menu features dishes inspired by the flavours and cooking styles of the Mediterranean, with a focus on fresh, seasonal ingredients.
The restaurant has a lively atmosphere, with a spacious outdoor area perfect for enjoying the sun and views of the town. The bar serves a variety of cocktails, local wines, and craft beers, making it the perfect place to relax with friends and family.
The menu at The Mez Club is diverse and extensive, featuring a range of dishes that are inspired by the flavours of the Mediterranean. Some of the most popular dishes include their Greek-style lamb skewers, seafood paella, and hummus platters.
The lamb skewers are marinated in a mixture of spices and grilled to perfection, creating a juicy and flavourful dish. The seafood paella is made with fresh seafood and a mix of aromatic spices, making it a popular choice for seafood lovers.
The hummus platter is a perfect way to start the meal, featuring a variety of dips made from chickpeas, tahini, and a range of spices.
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Loft is a contemporary and stylish restaurant that recently opened in the heart of Byron Bay. The restaurant features a modern interior with a focus on clean lines and neutral colors, creating a relaxing and inviting atmosphere.
The menu is inspired by the flavours of Europe, with a focus on seasonal and locally sourced ingredients. The bar serves a variety of cocktails, local and international wines, and craft beers, making it the perfect place to relax and unwind after a long day.
The menu at Loft is extensive, featuring a range of dishes that are designed to be shared and enjoyed with friends and family. Some of the most popular dishes include their slow-roasted meats, seasonal vegetable dishes, and fresh seafood.
The slow-roasted meats are cooked to perfection, creating juicy and tender dishes that are perfect for sharing. The seasonal vegetable dishes are light and fresh, featuring an array of flavours and textures. The fresh seafood is sourced from local suppliers, ensuring the highest quality and freshness.
In addition to the food, Loft is also known for its excellent cocktails, featuring a variety of local and international wines that complement the menu. Whether you’re looking for a romantic evening with your partner or a night out with friends, Loft is the perfect choice. With its contemporary atmosphere, delicious food, and excellent drinks, Loft is a must-visit for food lovers in the Byron Bay area.
Pixie Food and Wine
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Pixie Food and Wine is a chic and sophisticated restaurant located in the heart of Byron Bay. The restaurant features a modern interior with a focus on clean lines and neutral colours, creating a relaxing and inviting atmosphere.
The menu is inspired by the flavours of Italy, with a focus on seasonal ingredients and traditional cooking techniques. Guests can enjoy a variety of dishes, including fresh pasta, grilled meats, and classic desserts.
The wine list features an extensive selection of both local and imported wines, hand-selected to complement the flavours of the food. Whether you’re looking for a romantic evening for two or a night out with friends, Pixie Food and Wine is the perfect place for a memorable dining experience.
SOU Byron Bay
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Fancy some Japanese Ramen? Want to have some fantastic bao? SOU Byron Bay is the place to be. This contemporary Japanese restaurant offers a unique dining experience with a menu that combines traditional Japanese flavours with a modern twist.
The restaurant features a stylish and trendy decor, with a focus on minimalism and simplicity. Guests can enjoy a variety of dishes, including delicious bowls of Ramen, flavorful bao buns, and fresh sushi rolls. The restaurant also features a full bar, offering a selection of sake, Japanese beers, and cocktails to complement your meal.
Whether you’re a fan of Japanese cuisine or simply looking for a new dining experience, SOU Byron Bay is the perfect place to satisfy your cravings. With dine-in, take out, and delivery, you can have the taste of Japan however you please.
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This relatively new small eatery focuses on healthy food as well as coffee, smoothies and cold-pressed juices. It offers a relaxed setting in a cute cottage away from the town centre, off Ewingsdale.
It has both indoor and outdoor seating, and don’t be surprised if people are just milling around the front yard, siting on anything from benches and milk crates, to the grass. It would be a great place to grab breakfast or lunch.
Follow the restaurant on Instagram so you can drool over the delicious concoctions they create.
100 Mile Table
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Open 7 am to 2 pm for breakfast and lunch Monday to Friday, this modern, industrial café is located in the Arts and Industry Estate.
100 Mile Table’s menu changes fairly regularly based on what produce is available locally, but many of the popular standards stay on the menu (such as ham and cheese jaffies or crispy pork belly roll with Asian pickles).
The café serves Marvel Street Coffee as well as freshly squeezed juices and other beverages. Watch for one of the café’s pop-up dinners where the banquet-style food is served on long tables.
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Coffeehouse and café by day, whiskey bar by night, Roadhouse serves up some of the best coffee and breakfast in the area. If you come back in the evening, you can try out any number of whiskeys as there are more than 450 bottles in the collection.
So keep this in mind if you want to bring out the liquid side of your foodie personality! Try out either the morning pick-me-up in the form of excellent Byron Bay coffee, or perhaps stop in for a whisky during the evening. And by the way, the food is pretty good, too!
Three Blue Ducks at The Farm
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Located just outside of Byron Bay in Ewingsdale, this restaurant from the Sydney Three Blue Ducks encourages visitors to explore the surrounding farm where they raise and grow much of what they put on the menu, along with fresh seafood and other local sourced food.
The kid-friendly restaurant is all about the local and a hands-on concept from building their own tables, to finding local produce that is spray free.
The menu changes with the seasons and what the owners/chefs can find locally or on the farm. Another unique part of this concept restaurant is the bar. With 56 taps of Australian craft beers and mostly organic/biodynamic wines, the owners hope to minimize waste, fewer bottles, and maintain freshness.
And so far, the concept seems to be working with demand for seating high. So be prepared to wait—probably a great place to meet locals—but that gives you a chance to explore the farm, visit the florist and check out the store where you can buy fresh organic bread from the Bread Social (next door to the restaurant) and milk when you finish your meal.
There’s even a kids’ playground to entertain the littles after they look at the chickens and pigs. Breakfast and lunch is available seven days a week from 7 am to 3 pm, and dinner reservations can be made via the website.
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If you’re up for a little road trip for good food in an intimate setting, set your course for Harvest Café in Newrybar. The menu changes seasonally, depending on the availability of fresh produce. The chefs at Harvest Café utilise only organic and sustainable food to create all the menu offerings.
For example, the current dinner menu features dishes such as roasted line-caught fish, woodfired lamb shoulder and iohne’s ham hock terrine. A great way to taste a lot of dishes is to order the tasting menu, which is full of delicious offerings.
Milk and Honey
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An excellent day trip from Byron Bay, Mullumbimby is a fun town. While you’re there, you must grab a slice of pizza at Milk and Honey—it’s not only a local favourite but on travel writers’ must-do lists. This popular wood-fired pizza joint doesn’t stick with the tried and true options.
Here you’ll find such intriguing choices as roast pumpkin, goat’s curd and pepperoni or pork belly, prosciutto, mozzarella and maple syrup. Over the last three years, Milk and Honey amped up its menu offering, taking it from an already tried-and-true place to eat in Byron Bay to a certified foodie destination.
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This Byron Bay bakery, opened about a year ago, is a place for foodies to indulge in delicious pastries, treats, breads and hot items. Everything is made from scratch using organic products as well as locally sourced ingredients. The breads are made fresh each morning and range from traditional sourdough to rye and wakame bread.
The owners are couple Greg and Angie Wilton who started out selling fresh pastries at the farmers markets in 2010 and grew to a bricks-and-mortar store in Mullumbimby and online shop.
Activities for the Foodie
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Vintage Shopping + Oysters + Bubbles and Beer
Run by Taste Byron Bay, this unique tour involves shopping, coffee, food and even beer. Sounds like a perfect holiday day, and one that is carefully researched and prepared so you don’t have to do anything except show up.
Beginning with a welcome coffee at the Eatery on Jonson, the tour leaves at 9:30 am on Sundays (tour guests are encouraged to get there by 9:15 am). Tour guides will drive guests to Bangalow and Brunswick Heads to enjoy shopping at some excellent boutiques then lunch will be served at Clem’s Cargo.
There you’ll enjoy not only fresh oysters, but also plenty of local produce as well as local brewed beer, cheese, cured meats and dishes featuring seasonal produce. You will return to Byron Bay at 3:30 pm. Cost is $175 per person.
Make your foodie base at Broken Head Holiday Park
Save money for your foodie adventure at one or all of these Byron Bay restaurants by staying at our budget-friendly accommodation: Broken Head Holiday Park. We offer several types of holiday accommodation from non-powered campsites to beach shacks.
By staying with us, you’ll have access to great facilities and a beautiful setting to make your home base during your holiday. So book a holiday stay at Broken Head, and start your foodie trip to all the excellent places to eat in Byron Bay!