Discover Byron Bay's Best Restaurants in 2024
Byron Bay boasts an impressive dining scene with foods for every taste and budget that complement the beautiful coastal surroundings and rainforest settings. From the finest locally-sourced craft dining and share plates to casual beachside bites, our guide covers 20 of our favourite Byron restaurants and bars.
Fine eats in Byron Bay
Contemporary Australian Cuisine in a lush rainforest
Set next to a lush rainforest oasis, Forest Byron Bay celebrates sustainability working hand-in-hand with local farmers, growers and artisans.
Contemporary, social, approachable and distinctly Australian, our restaurant embraces the region’s abundance of stunning ingredients.
Passionately local, over 80% of Forest’s ingredients come from within a three-hour drive of the Resort. The environment also sits close to heart, with the restaurant using only sustainably sourced seafood and free-range proteins. They’re doing our bit to grow, consume and compost with our on-site herb gardens, four Flow beehives and seven Subpods®.
Dishes range from snacky - char-grilled local peppers, guindilla chilli and whipped local macadamia - to more substantial, like Bangalow Sweet Pork with West Australian truffle
A short ride from Byron Bay, Harvest restaurant, bakery and deli showcases the diversity of the wonderful local regions produce. Harvest Newrybar offers a unique dining experience spanning across a restaurant, historic bakery and local delicatessen, giving visitors the opportunity to learn about sustainability, locality and seasonally prepared food across all districts. Grab a glass of wine and wander through the gardens or spend a long lunch in the shade of their verandah.
Open seven days.
Beach Byron Bay
Beach Byron Bay is the only dining venue in Byron Bay located on absolute beachfront beach. Beach Byron Bay offers award-winning indoor and outdoor dining with unsurpassed ocean and mountain views.
Customers can enjoy a relaxed meal on the large outdoor deck whilst watching the passing parade of dolphins, migrating whales and surfers catching the last waves of the day as sun sets slowly over Wollumbin.
Rae’s at Wategos
Contemporary Australian cuisine with a Mediterranean influence. Raes dining room overlooks Wategos beach and sources the freshest and finest local produce from Byron and surrounds.
Open for lunch from 12pm and dinner from 6pm 7 days a week. Bookings essential.
The Cellar Bar welcomes guests on a walk-in basis only.
Three Blue Ducks
Set on an 80 acre farm in Byron’s great outdoors with both the lighthouse and hinterland as a stunning backdrop. Three Blue Ducks works closely with the farm community and local ethical growers and producers to deliver tasty interesting dishes that reflect the goodness of the produce they source.
Open for breakfast from 7:30am till 11:30am and lunch 12pm to 3pm Monday through to Sunday, and dinner 5pm to 10pm Friday to Sunday. The Store is open Monday – Thursday 7am to 4pm, and Friday – Sunday 7am to 5pm.
Dining at Barrio is like eating at home with your family, good food cooked slowly with love to be enjoyed with beautiful wine. Barrio has an Argentinian influenced menu.
Open Monday to Saturday from 7am to 9pm. No reservations required unless booking over eight.
Shelter Lennox Head
Shelter endeavour to use ethically sustainable, seasonal produce sourced locally. They also love to educate guests about the food they consume as well as where it is from and how it is produced. They aim to have a fresh and seasonal menu all year round.
Open for breakfast and lunch seven days from 7am to 3pm, and dinner Thurs/Fri/Sat 5pm to 9pm.
Light Years is a vibey retrofitted Vietnamese restaurant and cocktail bar serving up fresh and modern south-east Asian fare. “Think – Hanoi in the ’50s, add a splash of pink (in several shades), lots of roses, hanging plants, delicious street food and amazing cocktails all paired to a killer soundtrack…and you’re halfway there”.
Open for dinner only from 5pm till late. Bookings not essential but they are very busy so generally recommended. Book online through their website.
Roadhouse is an elixir based coffee house and restaurant created and run by a small group of friends who believe in thriving through sustainable farming and nourishing whole foods. They dedicate themselves to sourcing and foraging the freshest and highest grade naturally grown local produce, and their menu changes daily.
Walk-ins are welcome but reservations are made online through their website.
Bang Bang serves delicious South-East Asian food, cocktails, and beats seven days a week from lunch till late.
Please make reservations online through their website, unless booking for more than eight guests.
No Bones - Vegan
No Bones are a vegan restaurant serving delicious food and cocktails and they keep everything sourced locally, sustainable and environmentally conscious. Visit Little No Bones, outside Woolworths, for a casual and grab 'n go experience.
Open from 5pm seven days a week.
Tapas, wine and cocktails
Inspired by a love for bright, bold and flavourful food that leans into the intricate tapestry of the Middle East. The Smoking Camel brings a modern twist to traditional Levantine cuisine combining fast-moving flavours from Lebanon, Turkey, Israel and beyond. The Smoking Camel is brought you by the team behind Light Years Asian Diner and Moonlight.
Lead by Chef Ollie Wong-Hee and operated by the team behind Luna Wine Store, Bar Heather showcases small independent wine producers from around the world. This is a sophisticated 60-seater, where aged green banquettes, wooden flooring and a mortadella-coloured marble horseshoe bar will keep the mood light and the glasses clinking.
The Mez Club
The Mez Club is a Mediterranean cantina and bar inspired by Moroccan architecture and the Greek Islands, and is renowned for its beautiful styling and feel good vibe. The food takes you on a journey from Morocco in the west, to family feasts in Greece, and historic flavours of Turkey in the East. The cocktail menu has been created with a passion for freshness, value and colour.
Open seven days from, 12pm to 12am and no bookings are necessary.
Balcony is perched high above the main streets of Byron and is nice and close to the beach. Their menu boasts simple, honest and seasonal food from locally sourced and sustainable suppliers and they specialise in oysters, cocktails and seafood.
Brunch is served Saturday and Sunday only from 9am to 11:15am. Monday through to Friday they open from 12pm.
The vision for Loft was to create a cocktail bar with amazing food that fits in with the Byron vibe. The food is European inspired modern Australian, and the bar has a natural atmosphere within a warm, beachy, earthy environment.
Open seven days from 12pm till late. Reservations required for six or more.
Bayleaf is one of the most iconic breakfast destinations in the Northern Rivers. They pride themselves on having an outstanding experience from the moment you arrive until you leave. They work with some of the best local suppliers, and also have a range of products you can purchase and take home with you.
Open seven days a week from 7am till 2pm. They do not take bookings.
Folk is a popular café where you will get locally produced, organic plant-based fare served on old-school 70’s era enamel kitchenware. Folk is on the outskirts of town, and has a beautifully breezy laid-back vibe. Good food, great coffee, stellar music, and friendly staff.
Open seven days a week from 7:30am till 2:30pm, no reservations.
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Federal Doma Café
Doma is a modern Japanese/Australian fusion café located about 20kms away from Byron Bay via a scenic drive through the hinterland to the pretty village of Federal. Think rustic wooden shared tables, simple Japanese styling and a mix of standard café food and the best Japanese in the region.
Open seven days a week from 6:30am till 3:30pm. Phone 02 6688 4711 to make a reservation.
The Top Shop is an old 1950’s milk bar, sitting at the corner of Massinger and Carlyle Street just up from Clarkes Beach in Byron Bay. In 2008, with a vision for something fresh and different the Top Shop team set to work transforming the little shop on the hill into a place focused on providing the highest quality food and coffee in a fun and welcoming atmosphere.
Today, they continue to build upon that original vision. With the support of local farmers and suppliers we work hard to ensure that everyone who visits the Top Shop leaves with full bellies and big smiles (and possibly even a sun burn from lounging out on the grass.) So, whoever you are, come on in to our little shop on the hill. Bring your friends, your family, your appetite (and maybe your sunscreen) and in no time we promise you’ll feel right at home.