The Central Coast brings world-class dining to the table for locals and international visitors, alike. It’s home to award-winning chefs and five-star restaurants to go to for cuisine that suits every tastebud, and every budget. From Italian, Chinese, Japanese, Mexican and Thai, to pub grub, Spanish, Lebanese, vegan and Indian, there are numerous restaurants to choose from. Celebrating local and seasonal products, food in the region is consistently evolving. Whether you’re after a casual, relaxing BYO experience in a beer garden, or looking for sophisticated licensed dining and a plate of locally caught lobster, either way, there’s an excellent range of fare. Many restaurants have impressively stocked bars, roaring fireplaces for colder days, and garden terraces overlooking the coastline for balmy weather. Some may offer house specials featuring slabs of roasted meats, while others may provide decadent platters of king prawns, and some lighter tapas-style dishes on the menu. How does goat’s cheese tortellini or baked fig with prosciutto and gorgonzola sound? When it comes to relaxing on the Central Coast, it’s all about the food. Hungry for some friendly, fast service and some good takeaway Indian food, or craving a generous serve of bacon and eggs? Looking for slow-cooked Mediterranean lamb shanks or sushi? Feel like a yummy bowl of fresh Pad Thai? Would you rather eat fried rice, paella or a tortilla? You name it, the Central Coast has got it. There are hundreds of eateries catering to every appetite, whether you’re up for chorizo or chicken korma. Vegan and
gluten-free? No problem. Many restaurants offer organic plant-based menus catering to customers with particular food preferences. From dairy-free smoothies, acai bowls, bean burritos and Lebanese mezza plates to raw mushroom and herb ragouts, an experienced local chef will whip up a cheese-free veggie pizza in almost the time it takes to say, “raw, vegan and paleo”. From family friendly, beachside hotels to delightful drinking dens, there’s a selection of excellent choices for pub grub. Whether it’s a classic beer and pizza combo, a bucket of fresh prawns, a gourmet burger, or a chicken schnitty, you’re guaranteed more than just a well-poured beer at this region’s selection of excellent coastal pubs. Visually stunning and delicious, if dessert is the favourite part of your meal, the sweets menu will rarely disappoint. Restaurants offer yummy mousses, creamy caramel cheesecakes, custard tarts, gelato and comforting puddings all year round. For those wanting to grab a quick bite, there’s also a host of eateries offering street style food like burgers, hot dogs and nachos. Time-tested dishes or experimental, you’ll find whatever you’re hankering for in the great selection of chic spaces and airy coastal settings available. And, if you simply can’t be bothered venturing out. Many restaurants offer takeaway and home deliveries. You can order online from a number of popular local restaurants. Check out our guide to Central Coast restaurants. Home to award-winning chefs and stunning eateries and offering a selection of tantalising fare from buffet to cordon bleu this pretty coastal region will not disappoint.