Where to Eat in Runaway Bay: The Best Restaurants and Bars

November 18, 2017 Layne Dawes

Discover the best restaurant in Runaway Bay, Australia including Ruffino's, Sushi Train, Pickled Cactus Mexican & Bar, The Lazy Lobster, Matsuzaka Teppanyaki, Mano's Paradise Point, 3 Sixty Restaurant Bar, Lambar, Oasis Thai and Malay, Monsoon
Things to do in Runaway Bay

1. Ruffino's

245 Bayview St, Runaway Bay, Gold Coast, Queensland 4216, Australia Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly Dinner +61 7 5577 1070
Excellent
52%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
13%
Terrible
7%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 93 reviews

Ruffino's

Italian Restaurant open Wednesday to Monday 6.00 till late, and Sunday Lunch from 12.00

Reviewed By Hales2010 - Gold Coast, Australia

We have been dining at this establishment for many years and never had a bad meal.
Our meals were very tasty with the Mussels entree delish. We both had Veal dishes which were large and the
tastiest we've had in ages.
If your looking for a good Italian meal on the coast you can't go past Raffino's and the service was excellent.

2. Sushi Train

Shop 12 Treasure Cove, Corner Brisbane Road & Oxley Drive, Biggera Waters, Gold Coast, Queensland 4216, Australia Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible Japanese, Sushi, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner HK$39 - HK$71 +61 7 5500 6819
Excellent
62%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 84 reviews

Sushi Train

Reviewed By Doug C - Labrador, Australia

Wonderful array of fresh Seafood sushi and Sashimi, and made fresh on request. The choices are vast and the service good. You may have a ten minute wait for a seat as this is a popular dining venue. It's all good here.

3. Pickled Cactus Mexican & Bar

611 Oxley Drive, Biggera Waters, Gold Coast, Queensland 4216, Australia Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards Mexican, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Lunch HK$39 - HK$181 +61 7 5537 3636
Excellent
51%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
5%
Terrible
8%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 240 reviews

Pickled Cactus Mexican & Bar

Combining both Tex Mex and Mod Mex, fresh and tasty food, great staff and great ambience, a place for a family gathering, parties, a romantic night out, or a catch up with friends. Just let us know what the special occasion and we will do our best to ensure your night is special. New menu out now

Reviewed By debbie960 - Brisbane, Australia

The food is the best mex in Australia. Such friendly staff (especially a lady named Ros), & the service always comes with a smile, also love the decor. Great for a small gathering or large group. Would definately recommend. 5 star!!!!

4. The Lazy Lobster

300 Marine Parade | Shop 2, Labrador, Gold Coast, Queensland 4215, Australia Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Accepts American Express, Accepts Credit Cards Seafood, Australian, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly HK$118 - HK$298 +61 7 5531 0177
Excellent
51%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
3%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 283 reviews

The Lazy Lobster

Great food and views....Good value. Fresh seafood, Steaks, Chicken and Pasta, Plus fresh Lobster! Wine and dine in fully air conditioned comfort. Open for Lunch 11.30am to 3.00pm and Dinner 5.30pm to 9.00pm every day.

Reviewed By Stuartbuxton - Derbyshire, United Kingdom

Booked a window table in the corner for Saturday lunchtime for 4 of us as a “thank you” for our friends’ hospitality. Perhaps not the best choice of seats as it was hot and rather airless, but the staff offered to re-seat us, so no complaint.
The room is nice, open and spacious with great views over towards the Spit and Stradi.
For starters we all had oysters which were really fresh and slid down a treat.
Between us main courses comprised wild barramundi through to avocado and prawns. It was all very nice, cooked (grilled) to perfection and accompanied by fresh ingredients. Desserts, somewhat inevitably, were taken by the two ladies who were both fulsome in their praise. I’m afraid I can’t remember what they were , but I think one was a brandy snap filled with cream and the other a chocolate thing. Anyway they were both well received and our Labrador dwelling friends say they will revisit at the first opportunity.
Good place which I would recommend and would revisit if ever in the area again.

5. Matsuzaka Teppanyaki

300 Marine Pde | Shop 4, Labrador, Gold Coast, Queensland 4215, Australia Takeout, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Accepts Credit Cards Japanese, Asian, Grill, Barbecue, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Lunch, Late Night +61 7 5561 1922
Excellent
76%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 133 reviews

Matsuzaka Teppanyaki

Matsuzaka Teppanyaki was established in Jan 2005 and located in Aqua Building , Labrador... On Broadwaters, the soothing sea breeze and calm views makes Matsuzaka a very relaxing place on the Gold Coast. Either it is a romantic dinner alfresco or a get together party in front of the teppan table, we will make it a special night for you. The word Teppanyaki is derived from teppan, which means iron plate and yaki means grilled, it refers to the dishes cooked on iron plate. With quality steak, chicken and mouth watering sea food, Matsuzaka will definitely satisfy even the most experienced teppanyaki guests. Try our exclusive house sauce of three peppercorn and honey mustard with your dishes and you will know why Matsuzaka is one of the best teppanyaki on the Coast. Our Chefs are arguably one of the best in the business and quality is what they strive for. Manager on site Edgar, will take care of all your needs and make sure that you have a pleasant and wonderful experience.

Reviewed By didee08 - Gold Coast, Australia

Not a Japanese in sight... way overpriced. Food very very average. Alcohol even more expensive. I have my doubts about the cookie cutter scallops. We wont be going back guys. Sorry.

6. Mano's Paradise Point

40 The Esplanade, Paradise Point, Gold Coast, Queensland 4216, Australia Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch HK$118 - HK$298 +61 7 5577 1818
Excellent
51%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
4%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 240 reviews

Mano's Paradise Point

Ideally located on The Esplanade at Paradise Point overlooking the braodwater,Mano's has something for everyone. Great italian food featuring pastas,seafood and succulent steaks, whether the occasion is a romantic dinner for 2, a family affair or a function for 40 guests.With indoor and outdoor Seating Mano's is perfect for year round dining.Buon Appetito!

Reviewed By Azurewaters14 - Sydney

A great restaurant for good fresh mouth-watering food. Staff are extremely friendly and prices are reasonable. Everything we ordered was great and we would certainly go back.

7. 3 Sixty Restaurant Bar

360 Marine Pde, Labrador, Gold Coast, Queensland 4215, Australia Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa Bar, Australian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +61 7 5528 2377
Excellent
43%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
1%
Terrible
7%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 180 reviews

3 Sixty Restaurant Bar

Reviewed By SMS-MJS - Redding, Connecticut

A great place to enjoy brunch! Three Sixty opens at 7 am and serves delicious food all day in its incredible oceanfront location. Breezy seaside seats and great service. The best breakfast/lunch on the Gold Coast, in our opinion! Lots of fresh options, beautifully prepared and presented meals. Can't wait to go back again to try dinner.
BTW - the bar area is also fantastic for an afternoon drink. It gives the feel of siting at a lovely bar in the Florida Keys! Bartender willing to make any drink to suit your taste!

8. Lambar

Shop 4 37 Musgrave Ave, Southport, Gold Coast, Queensland 4215, Australia Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Dinner, Late Night +61 7 5532 0112
Excellent
74%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 157 reviews

Lambar

Great local restuarant

Reviewed By Sleija

Loved the garlic and parmesan pizza however when we got to the vegetarian pizza we found some questionable hair in it. The owner joked it looked like fur and discarded it. Considering it was found under all the toppings and I don't own a pet, this is worrying. Perhaps if we had brought it up sooner it wouldn't have been treated as a joke. We left the rest of the pizza and took the pasta home to only discard it after feeling grossed out by the thought of our experience.

9. Oasis Thai and Malay

465 Oxley Dr, Runaway Bay, Gold Coast, Queensland 4216, Australia Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible Asian, Thai, Malaysian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Late Night +61 7 5563 7388
Excellent
68%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
4%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 50 reviews

Oasis Thai and Malay

Reviewed By peter e - Runaway Bay, Australia

Went with friends last night to Oasis Thai, the food is very good as is the service but based on what we normally get re plate size of food there is a fair bit less. Can understand receiving less prawns as they are expensive but the vegetable mixed with the chicken was almost non existent. Other dishes were also very small.
Bit strange as normally you cannot finish the meals. Food is still very good though,

10. Monsoon

6-8 Grice Ave, Paradise Point, Gold Coast, Queensland 4216, Australia Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards Fusion, Australian, Healthy, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Drinks HK$31 - HK$181 +61 7 5577 1899
Excellent
67%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
5%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 153 reviews

Monsoon

Reviewed By Ian W - Coombabah, Australia

My wife and I went here with our daughter and her husband last night. We had a great meal. We had Tapas. You could not fault the food or the service. It was all delicious. They make excellent cocktails as well. There is also live music which was very good. Would highly recommend. Though it is not a cheap way of eating, Monsoon is on a par with other Tapas restaurants. We thoroughly enjoyed the night.

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