Central Coast Food and Drink

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Central Coast Restaurants

You’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to restaurants in the Central Coast. There’s a vibrant dining scene here, offering everything from relaxed beachside cafes to casual lunch and dinner options and fine dining. Holidaymakers, families, and locals will find plenty of great places to stop for a bite.

  • Beer tasting paddle at Six String Brewery, Erina
  • Lizottes, Central Coast

Dining and drinking on the Central Coast

The villages and towns of the Central Coast have some great dining options on offer. Start your day with a visit to one of the excellent laid back cafes in the area for coffee or brunch.

For a relaxed breakfast don’t miss Avoca Point Cafe, with water views, good coffee and eclectic breakfast and lunch offerings. Or try local favourite Bellyfish in Terrigal, right by the beach. It’s worth the wait for a table to try one of their inventive breakfasts and great coffee.

The famed Bells at Killcare estate, on the stunning Bouddi Peninsula, is also home to Manfredi at Bells - another of Stefano Manfredi’s world-class establishments. Arrive by land or seaplane from Sydney to enjoy the fresh local produce served with a signature modern Italian slant. Or visit Pearl’s on the Beach at nearby Ettalong, a classic beach house restaurant with a focus on seafood that offers decadent sweets.

Block 'n Tackle Brewery, Central Coast. Image credit: Breeze Magazine

Acclaimed modern-Australian-meets-modern-Italian hybrid Bombini at Avoca Beach features creative primi, secondi and dolce that far exceed the hype around this relatively recent addition to the Central Coast dining scene.

L’isle de France, on Terrigal Drive, offers both incredbile views and cuisine. This fine eatery is managed by Bernard Mallet, who has worked in London, Japan and Dubai. Also in Terrigal, try Seasalt, renowned for its brilliant brunches and fresh seafood platters.

And it’s hard to go wrong with The Cowrie, an upmarket mainstay of the scene, still going strong after more than 30 years, and Reef Restaurant, where you can sample local Brisbane Water oysters by the water.

Four Hands Pizza in Terrigal is a great spot for a drink, some share plates or a well-made pizza; be sure to make a booking if you can, and don’t forget to order the arancini balls. And for excellent vegetarian food, head to the picturesque gardens of Bamboo Buddha in Holgate.

There are also some great breweries, pubs and distilleries in the area. Six Strings Brewery is one of Erina’s better kept secrets, with handcrafted beer brewed locally, specialising in ales. They also have a great bar menu. Also in Erina is the award-winning Distillery Botanica, offering tours and tastings and selling their spirits at their distillery ‘cellar door’.

Block ‘n Tackle Brewery in Kincumber, you can indulge in a Mezze Plate or a take a brewery tour and find out more about the how-tos of craft beer brewing. Those keen for a pub meal should check out the Kincumber Hotel, a family-friendly pub offering up live music and hearty food, or head further south to Patonga Beach Hotel in Ettalong Beach for a pint and a chat with the locals.

For those looking for a complete getaway, further south at Killcare sits Pretty Beach House, an all-inclusive retreat that offers staying guests an exquisite dining experience. With multi-award winning chef Stefano Manfredi running the show, you know you’re in for a treat.

For wonderful cheese tasting and purchasing visit Central Coast's own handmade gourmet cheese outlet. Little Creek Cheese produces delicious fetta, cheddar, camembert, haloumi and more

  1. Austrian Schnitzelhaus Erina

    Austrian Schnitzelhaus Erina is situated in The Hive at Erina Fair Shopping Centre, close to the cinema and ice rink. They have been offering their fare in Sydney since 2005 and on the Central Coast since...

  2. Block 'n Tackle Brewery

    For craft beer lovers, a trip to the Central Coast isn't complete without a visit to the Block 'n Tackle Brewery at Kincumber.Relaxed and family friendly, the brewery's cellar door is the ideal...

  3. Central Coast Leagues Club

    Central Coast Leagues Club is situated on the Gosford waterfront, opposite Central Coast Stadium and within walking distance of Gosford railway station. All parking is undercover and free for customers, or taxis and...

  4. Firescreek Fruit Winery

    Firescreek Fruit Winery handcraft an innovative and diverse variety of fruit, flower and herb wines and offer the visitor an opportunity to sample many flavours and aromas. The multi-award winning wines are truly...

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