If you've never been to the Gold Coast, you don't know what you're missing! With year-round sunshine, an impressive stretch of golden sands bordered by crystal blue waters, luscious rain forests, theme parks aplenty and water sports galore, it’s the perfect spot to holiday with the family

On top of that, it also has an incredibly diverse food culture. From cafés to food trucks to fancy restaurants, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. You'll be so spoilt for choice with all of the rooftop restaurants and beachfront dining options available and whatever cuisine you fancy, you’re sure to find somewhere with a great atmosphere that’s also kid-friendly. We've narrowed it down to a shortlist of the best family-friendly restaurants for you to relax and enjoy a bite to eat on the Gold Coast.  

Hideaway Kitchen & Bar

Hideaway Kitchen & Bar is an excellent Asian fusion eatery that's fun for the whole family right in Broadbeach. The atmosphere is vibrant and fresh inside and out. For something relaxing, grab a seat on the patio under the shade of its creative ceiling decor, an umbrella installation, or for a more upbeat environment, opt for the graffiti-covered, neon sign-filled dining room that even boasts a functional swing sitting in its centre. 

You'll find an extensive menu of creative takes on the classics; with great specials, there's always something new and tasty to try! It's the perfect place if you are looking to share a variety of dishes and it’s ideal for kids as they can pick out the bits they like best. For any grown-ups at the table, the street-style cocktails are all expertly crafted as well. 

Cucina Vivo 

Cucina Vivo is one of the best Italian restaurants in Broadbeach. It serves authentic Italian cuisine inspired by dishes from the Amalfi Coast. Here you can eat your meal whilst looking at a beautiful scene of the gorgeous tropical pool. 

Their most famous dishes include traditional Italian pizza that is cooked in a wood-fired oven, an array of delicious homemade pasta, and amazingly fresh seafood. Kids can choose from a special 2-course menu and select a main meal, dessert and soft drink or juice.

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Miami Marketta

Three times a week, Miami comes alive with the original street food market, Miami Marketta Gold Coast. It's a lively open-air event, with vendors offering fares from all over the world. It's a fun, family-oriented experience that all ages will love!

With a large variety of cuisines available, from Korean and Greek to Mexican and French; the perfect place if you have some fussy mouths to feed. It has free entry after 5 pm on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, with enough space for over 500 people, so you shouldn't have an issue finding a spot. Look out for the live performances which are a sure-fire way to generate an amazing atmosphere - prepare to be entertained!

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Milky Lane

Milky Lane is a must for families spending time on the Gold Coast. It’s the best burger joint in town. For a funky and fresh feel, the murals of hip-hop legends and graffiti hand-painted by local artists cover the walls. They also boast mouth-watering classic cocktails, desserts and sides, so don’t let that burger be lonely and pick something tasty to pair it with!

You can choose your own patty and variety of toppings, from the classics to whatever creative and wacky ideas you can come up with. The kids’ menu consists of a basic burger and chicken nuggets for $12, plus a mini milkshake and a scoop of ice cream for $5 each. It’s an absolute favourite for families visiting the Gold Coast.

Surfers Pavillion

A trip to the aptly named Surfers Pavilion is easily one of the best things to do in Surfers Paradise for families. New to the foodie scene, it has quickly become the waterfront hotspot in town for visitors and locals alike. SP boasts uninterrupted river views and a menu featuring creative, fresh seafood fares. 

The live oyster shucking puts on quite a show and can be prepared in a myriad of ways. Aside from the well-rounded roster of refreshing cocktails, there’s an entire bar dedicated solely to Frosé. The kids’ menu offers chicken nuggets, battered fish or a cheeseburger, with ice cream to finish all for $13 each. Live music on deck creates the perfect soundtrack to the stunning scenic surroundings, which all ages can enjoy. 

Kurrawa Surf Club

A surf club, gaming lounge, bar, and restaurant all in one, this beachfront beauty has something to offer everyone. It’s a spot that’s been around for decades, dedicated to beach safety and community in the heart of Broadbeach. It also happens to be conveniently close to the best family accommodation on the Gold Coast.

An outing at Kurrawa Surf Club is always rewarded with breath-taking waterfront vistas and a delectable feast full of global bistro-style fares, from Saffron Seafood Risotto to Vegetable Jungle Curry. Everything is affordable, and all proceeds go to a great cause. Nipper meals for the little ones include Meatballs, Chicken Nuggets, Cheeseburger or Grilled Teriyaki Chicken, all for just over $10. 

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The best family-friendly hotel on the Gold Coast

All of these restaurants are within driving distance of Dorsett Gold Coast Hotel, and most of them are even the perfect walking distance if you are keen to see the city, explore a little and work up an appetite on the way there.

The hotel is also close to plenty of attractions such as Warner Bros. Movie World Theme Park, Wet' n' Wild Theme Park and Seaworld Marine Park. It's not far from Surfers Paradise beach, which is famous for its water sports, and to top it all off, it's just an 11-minute walk to the Pacific Fair Shopping Centre. 

Dorsett Gold Coast is near plenty of adventure attractions and is close to so many family-friendly activities, which makes it the ideal spot for family accommodation for your next trip to the Gold Coast.

Book your next family adventure and stay at the Dorsett Gold Coast Hotel today!