The Hinterlands of the Orara Valley is tranquil, beautiful and only a short drive from Coffs Harbour. The recent bushfires that have ravaged through the Orara Valley have destroyed and damaged properties, businesses have been disrupted and incomes reduced or lost. For...
So, you’ve decided it’s time for a night out. Maybe a romantic night with that special someone, or maybe a night out with the girls, or maybe it’s just time to treat a loved one out for a special occasion. Now the question is, where do you go?
Here are some of the best restaurants for dining in Coffs for more special occasions.
Sawtell’s Best Kept Secret. Perfectly situated in the idyllic Sawtell Village, Taste Restaurant is one of Coffs Harbour’s hidden gems. Offering amazing food and exceptional.
To those who’ve never dined at Taste…. it’s certainly worth a visit. It’s a quaint little restaurant that welcomes any occasion, whether it’s an intimate romantic dinner, a tasty meal after work or a gathering of family and friends.
You can dine in air-conditioned comfort or al fresco in the warmer months overlooking the picturesque main street.
Bevan brings his classic French training to the best sourced ingredients and produce, and adds tantalising flavour and influence from around the world.
As the sole chef in the Taste kitchen, he delivers his passion for beautiful food with every dish. Locals and tourists alike are amazed at the food produced by just one pair of hands.
Taste has a well-earned reputation for great food and service.
11 First Avenue Sawtell NSW
Reservations: 66 583 583
Hours of Operation: Tuesday to Saturday: 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Modern Australian Cuisine, Tapas, Seafood, Bar and Restaurant with Spectacular Ocean Views.
Executive chef and proprietor Marcus Blackwell is one of the owners and has world class restaurant experience, with dishes that change with the seasons; look for a seafood mezze with king prawns, smoked salmon, oysters and Morton Bay bugs. Traditional Paella, a remarkable wine list, including overseas wines such as French Champagne and Spanish Rioja.
From relaxed deck seating with stunning views of the ocean & marina through to a more intimate dining experience.
Unit 8/1 Marina Drive, Coffs Harbour NSW 2450
Reservations (02) 6651 6888
Hours of Operation: Monday – Sunday 11.00am – 10.00pm
Velvets Restaurant at Two Tails Winery
The modern Spanish tapas style menu showcases the best local produce ensuring your time at
Velvets Restaurant is one to remember.
Located in the heart of the Orara Valley, Nana Glen, Velvets Restaurant has something for everyone. Enjoy your meals with sweeping views over the vineyard in a quiet and peaceful setting.
Also ensure you taste the local wines at the Cellar Door.
963 Orara Way, Nana Glen, New South Wales
Reservations (02) 6654 3633
Hours of Operation: Monday-Sunday 10:30am-4:30pm and Saturday-Sunday 8am-4:30pm
Breakfast is Saturday and Sunday from 8.00am
We’re Coffs Harbour’s most exciting & unique venue, all built around a relaxed, authentic social experience with delicious food; a fantastic bar with a huge choice of craft beers, wines, cocktails & drinks; plenty of live music & an awesome vibe !! All in a stunning modern rustic urban industrial environment…smack in the heart of Coffs Harbour’s best restaurant precinct, The Jetty Strip.
380 Harbour Drive, Coffs Harbour NSW 2450
Reservations: (02) 6651 6655
Hours of Operation: Open 7 days from Midday
A seasonally changing menu, with highlights from different regions of Italy, means there is always something new to experience. The heartwarming cooking and service, combined with an award-winning wine list, have achieved Fiasco a place in the Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide every year since 2008.
Stefano and his team are passionate about using small, local producers in all areas of the business. They aim to keep alive the Italian tradition of a strong connection all the way from the paddock to the plate. It’s this relationship that ensures the highest quality seasonal ingredients and provides the inspiration for many of the dishes.
22 Orlando Street, Coffs Harbour NSW 2450
Reservations 02 6651 2006
Hours of Operation: Open Tuesday to Saturday From 5pm
Cedar Bar and Kitchen
Just a 25 minute drive from Coffs Harbour, Cedar Bar & Kitchen is nestled in the heart of Bellingen in a 110 year-old church. The carefully restored building boasts original stained glass windows and 7-metre high ceilings. The food concept at Cedar Bar & Kitchen is a relaxed take on local, simple ingredients with regionally sourced proteins and local fresh produce. From share plates – perfect for a lazy afternoon with a glass of Rosé on the balcony, to slow braised meats paired with a crisp small batch apple cider.
8 Church Street, Bellingen
Reservations: (02) 6655 1001
Hours of Operation: Wed – Friday 11.00am – 10pm. Sat 9.00am – 10pm and Sun 9.00am – 3pm
The view from Shear Water Restaurant should be toasted with good wine, and to make the dining experience there perfect, the restaurant allows you to bring your favourite drop.
Alternatively, enjoy some of their own choices as you tuck into fresh seafood of Modern Australian style and an Asian edge. The water is framed by Australia’s beautiful bush which is always a stunning sight at to see over breakfast, lunch or dinner.
The Promenade, 321 Harbour Drive, Coffs Harbour NSW 2450
Reservations: (02) 6651 6053
Hours of Operation: Mon, Tues and Sunday 8.00am – 4.00pm and Wed- Saturday 8.00am – 10.00pm
Surf Street Emerald Beach
Just a few lazy metres from the beach, you can sit on the deck under cover and watch the surf and catch up with friends while you enjoy a delicious breakfast or lunch. As the sun goes down we prepare for dinner with an affordable seasonal menu and wine list.
Surf Street Cafe has recently undergone a facelift giving it a more casual new look and feel. Our menu is seasonal utilising fresh local produce from our region. There is ample parking too.
104 Fiddaman Road, Emerald Beach
Reservations: (02) 6656 1888
Hours of Operation: Wed & Sunday 8:00am to 2.00pm; Thursdays-Saturday 8.00am to 9.00pm
La Hacienda 101
A modern Mexican restaurant located in Emerald Beach, NSW aiming to provide our guests with a unique, Mexican experience and a fun night for all. Only a short walk from the beach, La Hacienda 101 is fully licenced and offers both eat-in and take away options.
101 Fiddaman Road, Emerald Beach
Reservations: (02) 6656 1633
Hours of Operation: From 5pm Wednesday – Monday. Closed Tuesdays