Check out our pick of the best places to eat and drink on the Central Coast
THE FAT GOOSE
When it's a favorite with the locals you know you're onto a good thing! Check out this little cafe and bakery nestled in the waterfront village of Killcare. Dine in or take away for breakfast or lunch from their mod Aus menu. Alternatively, grab a coffee and some delicious baked goods and head over the road to watch the water.
A captivating food and drinks destination set in the lush garden grounds of Distillery Botanica in Erina. Find a spot in our leafy courtyard and graze on garden-inspired dishes, freshly-roasted coffee, refreshing gin cocktails and award-winning Mr Goaty Gelato.
THE BOAT HOUSE AT PATONGA
The Boathouse Hotel Patonga is located in the idyllic coastal town of Patonga , surrounded by the Hawkesbury and Brisbane Waters National Park. The Hotel offers a fabulous beer garden for waterside eating and drinking, as well as a fish and chip shop for takeaways.
WOY WOY FISHERMANS WHARF
If you’re looking for a laid-back lunch or dinner with stunning water views and sustainably-sourced seafood, Woy Woy Fisherman's Wharf is where it’s at. Open for lunch and dinner during the warmer months, this award-winning 40-year-old restaurant is a favourite among Woy Woy locals and visitors alike with its pared-back decor, relaxed atmosphere and community spirit.
BELLS @ KILLCARE
The Wild Flower Bar & Dining is inspired by the food of the sun, from the Mediterranean to Morocco. Food for the well travelled, creating theatre and fun within the restaurant environment. De-mystifying the ‘special occasion’ and reinventing elegant chic casual dining. The new menus are grounded in our core values of authenticity, simplicity and freshness, featuring seasonal dishes inspired by the produce grown and harvested in the Bells at Killcare famous vegetable garden.
Describing themselves as an eclectic surf shack inspired by Hawaiian and Californian surf culture, you just know the team at Shady Palms will dish out the vibes and deliciousness.
Just a skip, hop and a jump from the Central Coast's beloved jewel—Avoca Beach—this quaint but spacious restaurant and bar is separated into two distinct sections: the main house, which serves up a slew of delicious share plates and street food, and the pizza bar, which is a large and relaxed outdoor terrace with a mega woodfire pizza oven.
SADDLES MOUNT WHITE
Inspired by its surrounding dense bushland, Saddles bakehouse, eatery and nursery is an inviting and idyllic restaurant with a rustic approach to all things delicious. Seamlessly blending casual dining with formal, the restaurant is situated on a picturesque dam and sports a piano bar, a traditional sandstone fireplace, bespoke saddle bar stools and a homestead-style, wrap-around verandah that’s begging to be to be enjoyed.
You’ll notice there’s not a lot of difference between the lunch and dinnertime menus at this Modern Australian restaurant in Terrigal — and that’s because no matter what time you dine, you should start off with half a dozen oysters, sourced from Corrie Island Nature Reserve, and one of the bottles of wine from Eden Valley, Beechworth, Margaret River (among others).
REEF RESTAURANT TERRIGAL
With the Central Coast’s most exclusive waterfront views, an amazingly passionate team, and delicious meals designed to bring the best from each season, the Reef experience is unlike any other. Situated literally on the waters edge at the Haven, Terrigal, only a one hour drive from Sydney, Reef enjoys a stunning north easterly aspect with floor-to-ceiling glass and beachwood timber flooring.
Helmed by chef Matty Bennett and his partner Rupert Noffs, this street-food inspired South-East Asian diner is located just off the beach in the picture-perfect village of Hardys Bay.