Port Macquarie is regarded as one of New South Wales premier food paradises and home to a number of hidden hot spots. The local area combines great food with a relaxed, coastal vibe every food lover must try.
The main street of Port Macquarie CBD is lined with restaurants and cafes on both sides, they offer a diverse range of food and bar experiences waiting to be discovered. No matter your taste there is fine dining, family-friendly restaurants or trendy wine bars to excite your palate.
During your visit you can go wine tasting at six local wineries, visit two boutique breweries for a cold ale or dine on fresh local produce in award-winning restaurants and cafes. You’ll be spoilt for choice!
Start your morning with a freshly made coffee, salty ocean breeze and stunning beach views at one of the local cafes. Adventure downtown for lunch and try out the local tapas bars and cocktails while enjoying stunning ocean views. Then finish off the perfect day enjoying a cocktail with sunset water views or dine in a local Award Winning Chef’s hat restaurant.
The region has been a family holiday destination for over 100 years and there is no shortage of cafes and restaurants that cater for kids.
If you are looking for a cheap family meal just grab your picnic rug and enjoy the outdoors on the Town Green in Port Macquarie with take away fish and chips.
Take the kids for a stroll along Clarence Street, Port Macquarie, and you’ll find Chinese, Italian, Vietnamese, Thai, Japanese, Mexican, Tapas, steak and pancake restaurants, cosmopolitan cafes, espresso and wine bars!
So no matter how picky you are and no matter your budget there is somewhere for the family to feast on.
Our top Port Macquarie Café & Restaurant picks!
Check out the Port Macquarie restaurants dining guide put together by some of our local food experts or speak to reception for more recommendations.
If you enjoy restaurant style service but with the happy buzz and casual charm of a café, The Corner is your place. With daily changing fish specials, sourced locally, you’re always in for a treat. The restaurant is accessible from the lobby of the Hotel, and opens 7am to late. Press the Restaurant button on the phone in your room to make a booking, or order room service. Or just come on down!
Located just a stone’s throw away from the hotel is the new kid on the block. Bills Fishhouse is a casual, modern dining space that embraces locally sourced, seasonal and sustainable ingredients to produce simple, uncomplicated food. This is the place for a casual evening drink, a shared feast with friends or a light bite after a long beach day. Aimed to bring people together over a mutual love of good food, good wine and good times.
Bar Florian is located opposite Macquarie Waters, and is a retro-styled Italian bar where people can share some of the finest cured meats, cheeses and condiments served on hand crafted glass platters, as well as a range of pizzas. They also serve a wide range of boutique beers, fine wines and spirits.
Located just a stroll from Macquarie Waters overlooking beautiful Town Beach with a spectacular vista north to Point Plomer, The Stunned Mullet is Port Macquarie’s quintessential dining experience. Established in 2005, the restaurant holds a coveted Chef’s hat, as well as being featured in Gourmet Traveller’s Wine list of the Year publication. We can highly recommend this restaurant for the quality, atmosphere and the owner Lou’s extensive knowledge of wine.
Town Green Inn is located a few blocks from the hotel at the end of Horton Street. Located right near the wharf of the beautiful Hastings River where it meets the ocean and overlooks Port Macquarie’s iconic Town Green area. At TGs, patrons can take in the sights, sounds and surrounds in relaxed, coastal style. They serve cocktails, craft beers and tapas, as well as brilliant pizzas among their restaurant menu. They also cater to children and TGs is a great relaxed dining choice for families, without compromising on quality.
Nestled within Bonny Hills Garden Centre on Ocean Drive Bonny Hills, this humble hidden café is well worth the drive. Head there for a coffee and cake or to enjoy their amazing breakfast and lunch menus. Our tip is make sure to book, as it may be small and unassuming but locals absolutely flock here and Sunday brekky is always bustling.
A block and a half from Macquarie Waters, and opposite our iconic Glasshouse is Glasshouse Thai. There are a number of Thai restaurants around Port Macquarie but this is our pick for a high quality dine-in Thai experience. The meals are fresh and delicious and the Pad Thai is outstanding. They do lunch, dinner, and also take-away if you want to bring your meal back to the hotel.