Central Coast Restaurants

Head to the Central Coast, a hub of great dining options situated between Sydney and Newcastle. Home to a number of picturesque towns and villages, it’s where sparkling seas, waterways and picturesque bushland meet to create a laid-back, foodie-friendly region that’s a real holidaymaker’s oasis.

Whether you’re in the region’s biggest town, Gosford, or in The Entrance, Woy Woy, Avoca Beach or Terrigal, there are plenty of great drinking and dining options for you to choose from.

Cafe dining is at its laid-back best on the Central Coast, with the region’s relaxed eateries opening in time for breakfast and most closing in the afternoon. If you fancy a coffee by the beach or a freshly made sandwich on the waterfront, the Central Coast is the place to be. There’s a plethora of Modern Australian restaurants in the area as well, with everything from gastro pub fare to fine dining.

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  1. Safran

    Safran

    Turkish cuisine deserves a restaurant like Safran, which shows the depth of Turkish cuisine beyond the flashing neon kebab which is all most of us encounter. Located at Ettalong Beach in the heart of the Central Coast...

  2. Santorini Café Restaurant

    Santorini Café Restaurant

    Indulge in the flavours and aromas of Greece at Santorini Café Restaurant in Terrigal. As you sit within the white-washed walls of the cafe and admire the large canvases of pearly white houses and a glistening Aegean...

  3. Silver Dragon Chinese Restaurant

    Silver Dragon Chinese Restaurant

    Silver Dragon is a major departure from the stereotype of a Chinese restaurant. The staff are dedicated to authentically represent Cantonese cuisine, not to cowtow to Western appropriations. Menu highlights include...

  4. Stillwaters

    Stillwaters

    Stillwaters Restaurant at Davistown is located in the heart of the NSW Central Coast, and offers both locals and visiting holiday-makers the opportunity to dine in warm ambience overlooking beautiful Brisbane Water....

  5. 304 on West

    304 on West

    304 On West is situated in Umina Beach, the largest suburb on the Woy Woy Peninsula, 90km north of Sydney. The ethos in on real food, made from scratch. The menus feature classic cafe fare, though elements such as...

  6. Arabian Lounge

    Arabian Lounge

    Be transported to the colourful realm of the Middle East at the Arabian Lounge. Located on the foreshores of Tuggerah Lakes at the entrance in the Central Coast, guests to Arabian Lounge dine at traditional low...

  7. Avoca Sands

    Avoca Sands

    Local favourite Avoca Sands is a relaxed and personable coffee shop in a stellar location, directly overlooking Avoca Beach. Plenty of outdoor seating is available, and the café is open for breakfast and lunch. The...

  8. Bells at Killcare

    Bells at Killcare

    Bells at Killcare Boutique Hotel, Restaurant and Spa is a sprawling luxury coastal retreat; think blue and white striped awnings, manicured gardens and French provincial furnishings. Stefano Manfredi's menu makes the...

  9. Bellyfish

    Bellyfish

    The enviable location opposite Terrigal beach is just one of the reasons to dine at Bellyfish Café, but be warned, you will have to fight through the loyal local crowd to score a table. The surfies and early-morning...

  10. Bodyfuel Cafe

    Bodyfuel Cafe

    Health junkies take note; finally a cafe that's as in tune with your wellbeing as you are. Bodyfuel Cafe in Gosford prides its cafe on offering customers only the freshest meals, sourced from local producers. You won...

  11. Bombini

    Bombini

    Regional restaurants are growing in popularity as chefs strive to be closer to where their produce comes from. Bombini restaurant at Avoca on the Central Coast is quickly making its mark for its modern Italian fare...

  12. Byblos Restaurant and Bar

    Byblos Restaurant and Bar

    Situated on the cusp of Gosford’s Kibble Park, Byblos Restaurant and Bar is a chic, modern eatery specialising in Lebanese cuisine. The restaurant is the product of second generation Gosford restaurateur James Nouri...

  13. Caesars Coffee and Fine Food

    Caesars Coffee and Fine Food

    On any given day, Caesar's will be packed with connoisseurs of coffee; whiffing, swirling and shotting Caesar's unique blends of Arabica coffee beans sourced from all corners of the globe. Coined ‘The Little Italy' of...

  14. Caro O Cruz Spanish Tapas

    Caro O Cruz Spanish Tapas

    Cara O Cruz is one of Terrigal's most popular casual restaurants. Renowned for its wide selection of tapas dishes and its carefully-constructed wine list of over 30 labels. This establishment rarely sleeps; it's open...

  15. Cheeky Charlie's Bar & Cafe

    Cheeky Charlie's Bar & Cafe

    Cheeky Charlie's Bar & Cafe is located at Erina, on the Central Coast. It's a relaxed venue with an inviting, family friendly atmosphere. The menu offers Modern Australian cafe fare with dishes such as breakfast...

  16. Coco Banana

    Coco Banana

    With panoramic views of Tuggerah Lakes and the distinctive flavours of Brazil samba-ing out of the kitchen, there's plenty to celebrate at Cocobanana. The restaurant brings Brazilian churrasco to the Central Coast...

  17. Crave Modern Japanese

    Crave Modern Japanese

    One of the Central Coast's favourite Japanese restaurants, Crave Modern Japanese is a popular destination for a healthy Asian meal. The menu offers fresh hand-rolled sushi along with a selection of traditional and...

  18. Delish of Erina

    Delish of Erina

    Delish café and restaurant at Erina presents accomplished Modern Australian cuisine in comfortable surrounds with top-notch coffee and wine. From a ‘delish brekky' by day to duck confit by night, the use of fresh,...

  19. Di Matteos

    Di Matteos

    Forresters Beach is a pretty coastal town 20 minutes north of Gosford and Di Matteos is set in a strip of shops that sit the main artery through the suburb. The restaurant and cafe is Modern Australian with strong...

  20. Empire Bay Tavern

    Empire Bay Tavern

    Continuing the family friendly theme, the Central Coast's Empire Bay Tavern is a pub with live entertainment, a welcoming atmosphere for all ages and ten beers on tap - both local and imported! Wine enthusiasts can...

  21. Fishermens Wharf Woy Woy

    Fishermens Wharf Woy Woy

    Sitting proudly on the waterfront, the newly renovated Woy Woy Fishermens Wharf on the Central Coast offers diners a true Australian fish-and-chip experience. Established over 30 years ago, Woy Woy Fishermens Wharf...

  22. Half Tide Brasserie

    Half Tide Brasserie

    Half Tide Brasserie is located in the Ettalong Beach Memorial Club. Just minutes from the shore, the atmosphere is breezy and relaxed. The innovative brasserie style menu features twice baked cheese soufflé with...

  23. Hardys Bay Club

    Hardys Bay Club

    Bistro 14, within Hardys Bay Club is one of the Central Coast’s best kept secrets. The venue takes advantage of the surrounding area’s natural beauty with a large outdoor deck, a pergola backing onto a natural...

  24. Hatters Tea House

    Hatters Tea House

    Hatters Tea House is a quirky little tearoom in Ettalong Beach, serving a variety of teas, sandwiches and cakes to patrons on plush, mismatched chairs. Enjoy an outdoor space for a High Tea on summer Sunday afternoons...

  25. Horizons Cafe

    Horizons Cafe

    From the upper level of Killcare Surf Club, Horizons Cafe boasts million dollar beach views, where diners can enjoy indoors, through bay windows, or outside on the balcony. This relaxed, family friendly cafe is...

  26. Indigo

    Indigo

    Indigo is one of the fantastic dining options at Mingara Club in Tumbi Wumbi, on the beautiful Central Coast. The restaurant has a dedicated local following who repeatedly return for the fresh food and friendlily...

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