Avoca Beach Seafoods
Quintessentially Australian, this beachside venue sits at the Southern end of Avoca Beach, offering fresh seafood options to famished beachgoers and locals alike. With BYO available and live music twice a week, you’ll struggle to find a more blissful spot for a comforting serve of crisp fish and chips.
Ludo's Gourmet Kitchen
Renowned on the Central Coast for their exceptional pastries, Ludo’s Gourmet Patisserie brings the charm of French baking to their extensive selection of sweet and savoury delights. Stock up on a delectable range of goodies from Ludo’s Gourmet Pantry, and their Gourmet Kitchen is the locals’ go-to for fuss-free catering that does not sacrifice on quality.
Wholefood grub and excellent coffee is on the agenda at Like Minds, whose converted corner-store space is the perfect place to connect with friends across one of the park bench tables in the garden. With sustainability a core mantra of the café, you’ll find a blossoming herb garden vying for your attention as you devour a nourishing meal.
Wise Food Cafe
With their feet firmly planted in the health-food realm, you will find a plethora of organic, raw, vegan and gluten free options ready to nuture you into a state of wellbeing. Campos Coffee is available for your caffeine fix and wholesome takeaway options are perfect for a day at the beach.
Mosaic Café Avoca Beach
A firm favourite among the Avoca set, Mosaic Café brings a touch of Middle Eastern inspiration to their dishes for a refreshing spin on café classics. If you’re just dropping in for a coffee be sure to include a sweet addition from the dessert offering as well as a handful of pantry fillers lovingly crafted in-house.
Situated in the heart of Avoca, this modern Australian café is a daily cornerstone for locals craving a Toby’s Estate coffee hit alongside a signature Sul Rondo homemade muffin. Start with a brekkie as you soak up some rays in the venue’s alfresco dining space and you’ll be tempted to stay on for lunch.
The Fat Goose
The picturesque Hardy’s Bay is home to the effortlessly elegant café The Fat Goose, where every brekkie whim is available and a hearty lunch on the deck comes highly recommended. Artisan breads and pastries from the in-house bakery and deli means that no coffee is consumed unaccompanied.
Yum Yum Dining
Minimalist, coastal interiors give centre-stage to the fresh produce plated up, plenty of which is grown and sourced locally. An abundance of seafood fills the newly refreshed menu, while the wine and cocktail offering is just the thing to keep you company while watching the sunset over the infamous Hardy’s Bay Yum Yum trees.
Hardy's Bay Club
This family-friendly, pokie machine-free venue is a godsend for locals, who flock to the laidback club for a cider in the sprawling outdoor area that backs onto stunning bushland and live music performances. With Goong’s Kitchen at the Club offering a host of moreish Thai dishes, local beers on tap and a cubby house for the kids, Hardy’s Bay Club is suited to the entire family.
Terrigal Beach Fish and Chip co
The Terrigal Beach Fish & Chip Co take the quintessential beachside Fish & Chip shop back to basics with a delectable light, crispy batter and cholesterol free oil for an addictive crunch. All the classics are on offer (we’re looking at you salt and pepper squid) to seasonal specials and gourmet selections.
Chop N Grind
For the best burgers on the Central Coast (AGFG readers choice two years running), you can’t go past the immense creations at Chop N Grind. This beloved joint is ‘no fuss, a little messy and nothing pretentious’, meaning you can focus on really diving into that burger and craft beer without any reservations.
The Cowrie Restaurant
Perched high above the waters of Terrigal Beach, The Cowrie is an intimate spot to indulge in high-quality seafood dining while taking in panoramic views of the dramatic coastline. With tasting, private dining and a la carte menus available The Cowrie is perfect for every occasion.
Reef Restaurant Terrigal
Offering unbeatable views by the waters edge at the Haven, Terrigal, this chic space is an oasis for diners who appreciate the experiential power of dining so close to the ocean. Reef Restaurant's Head Chef Paul Bouwhis brings market fresh produce by premium local suppliers to the fore with an array of innovative modern Australian dishes.
Le Chat Noir
Le Chat Noir is a French eatery situated in central Terrigal that is spread across three spaces including The Verandah, Le Jardin and The Paris Lounge, suited to every occasion from cocktails and nibbles to a long lunch. A la carte, shared platters and a set menu bring French classics to every Terrigal-bound Francophile, with sharing platters perfect for a long catch up meal with friends.
The first café in town as you enter Terrigal, Bellyfish has been providing local devotees with excellent fare and drinks since 2008. Teaming with Central Coast small producers, the impressive, ever-evolving, seasonal menu is all about freshness with a fun, modern Australian focus and the curated ‘booze’ offering is well worth exploring.
Island Time Espresso Bar
Combine great coffee with a touch of exotic and tropical food and you have Island Time Espresso Bar. Deliciously wholesome dishes are on offer from breakfast through to lunch, and you’ll find it impossible to resist snapping an insta of their colourful poké bowl creations.
Aromas On Sea
This classic bistro-come-coffee house brings Mediterranean vibes to the Central Coast, situated at the foot of Crown Plaza directly opposite Terrigal Beach. Aromas on Sea's casual elegance and European flavour are the order of the day for a venue that is ideal for a few relaxed drinks or a hearty long lunch.
This newly renovated, nautical themed hotel is the perfect venue for a laidback game of pool, cocktails with friends or a relaxed meal from the Lagoon Bistro which boasts ocean views. Live entertainment and weekly specials keep the Terrigal Hotel a favourite among locals who frequent the pub after a long day at the beach.
Pocket Bar Terrigal
Retro décor, exposed bricks and a fun approach to cocktail mixing sets the tone for this celebrated Central Coast bar. Bespoke cocktails and an ever-changing wine and beer selection is complemented by a delectable offering of share plates and tapas dishes which will make you want to stick around Pocket Bar until closing time.
Four Hands Pizza Bar & Grill
Terrigal’s favourite pizza place, Four Hands is a casual spot to settle in with a pizza and all-Australian craft beer in the alfresco dining space or terrace. The inventive pizza offering is accompanied with a range of moreish tapas dishes and weekly cocktail specials so there is always something new to sample each visit.
Sapa Modern Vietnamese Cuisine
Having secured a place in the heart of locals since 2007, this family run restaurant in Wamberal brings authentic Vietnamese flavours with a modern twist to the Central Coast. The broad a la carte menu and banquet offering boast something for every palate, and Sapa’s BYO policy means you can sip on your favourite tipple throughout.
This takeaway fish and chip shop is a seafood lover’s nirvana. An emporium of all things fresh-caught, Darron’s is renowned for their high-quality and fuss-free approach to seafood which lets the calibre of the produce speak for itself. Though it is perpetually brimming with customers, speedy service means you’ll be back on the beach with your haul in no time.
Taking ‘fusion’ to the next level, SUQ brings flavours from across North Africa, Asia, the Mediterranean and the Middle East together for a unique tapas menu best shared. Chef Michael Guiguis helms the kitchen, with everything produced in house using a mélange of locally sourced ingredients and fine important products.
This intimate beachside café is as much about excellent coffee, tea and smoothies as it is about droolworthy baked goods – just peruse their facebook page. Lotus Café also holds ‘Friday nights + Fancy Food’ dinners on the last Friday of every month with decadent two and three course options available.