With the vast majority of the Australian population choosing Byron Bay as a holiday destination, it’s only natural they’re going to want to know the best restaurants to dine at. Fortunately, we’re well versed with the area, so can easily answer this query.
Byron Bay is a town known around the world for its beauty, laidback vibes and unrivalled popularity with backpackers and tourists. Home to landmarks such as Cape Byron, the easternmost point of Australia, Byron Bay really is a destination that everyone who finds themself in Australia needs to visit.
While it naturally becomes busier during the summer months when an influx of backpackers, international tourists and Aussie holidaymakers arrive, it can still be enjoyed when the temperatures drop. Not least because the restaurant scene in Byron Bay is something to write home about. With a variety of tastebuds arriving in town, it has plenty of people to cater to. In fact, you’ll find some of the best restaurants in Byron Bay that you’ve ever been to.
We’ve rounded up the best selection of restaurants Byron Bay plays host to, to get your food fix next time you find yourself strolling along Byron Bay’s long beaches and swimming in the crystal blue waters.
In this Byron Bay restaurants guide…
Three Blue Ducks
The Farm, 11 Ewingsdale Road, Ewingsdale 2481 – $$
The restaurant bolted onto the side of The Farm – which itself is well-positioned on the roundabout and main entry point into Byron Bay – Three Blue Ducks (which has venues in NSW, QLD and VIC) is the epitome of pasture to plate dining.
Not only does Three Blue Ducks Byron Bay serve up delicious, locally-sourced dishes, but it’s a place of education too, and one for the whole family to enjoy, with a playground for kids and a small group of farming pens to admire the pigs and cows. As a complete experience, Three Blue Ducks is a must-visit restaurant.
“Absolutely one of the best places in Bryon if not NSW we visited for a stopover and food. The food Fresh, clean, tasty and diffrent.”Ajay A (TripAdvisor)
Raes on Wategos
6 – 8 Marine Parade, Byron Bay 2481 – $$-$$$
Raes on Wategos is both a luxurious accommodation retreat and a swanky restaurant. Head chef Jason Saxby has put together a menu that is Australian through and through, but one that draws on inspiration from the Mediterranean.
If you simply can’t choose one main dish to gorge on, then the tasting menu will serve you well. The venue itself is as Byron Bay as they come, with pastel colours and clean lines that scream beachfront luxury. Put simply, Rae’s is easily one of the best restaurants in Byron Bay.
“Best place in town for dinner. This place is fantastic. I don’t know why we have not tried it before. It’s definitely world class. Service excellent. Food substantial, healthy pretty and delicate all at once.”Moulo (TripAdvisor)
Habitat North Byron, 1 Porter Street Industrial Estate, Byron Bay 2481 – $$
Byron Bay has, without doubt, earned itself a reputation of being a town for both hippies and Instagram influencers. As soon as you pass by the welcome sign, you feel yourself more at one with the earth and a sudden desire to be as ecological as possible. And that’s the approach taken by Barrio, which is just asking for pictures of both its food and interior to be taken and shared with your followers.
Nestled just outside the main town of Byron Bay in the Habitat development, Barrio offers a decidedly casual environment that promotes sharing with groups, coupled with a menu that has to be tasted to be believed.
“The food was all so delicious, presented beautifully with their own personal flare and you could tell that there was pride taken in all aspects which just enhanced our (customers) experience.”DanielleL1279 (TripAdvisor)
2 Fletcher Street, Byron Bay 2481 – $$ – $$$
Everyone loves to chow down on a bowl of delicious pasta or some Foccacia bread, not to mention mountains of parmesan. For all this and more, head to di Vino. One of the best restaurants in Byron Bay’s main town, di Vino, offers up a menu that will please both foodies and wine connoisseurs alike, combining the best traits of Italy and Australia (the restaurant is owned by four guys: two Italian and two Australian).
Dishes are beautifully presented (and rotate regularly) and made from as much local produce and ingredients as possible. It’s comfort food at its absolute finest.
“Fabulous dinner at Di Vino yet again! I always book a dinner here on my trips to Byron Bay. Consistently delicious and high quality meals. Fabulous daily specials and a lovely atmosphere. Thanks for everything!”Helen J (TripAdvisor)
T1/480 Casuarina Way, Casuarina 2487 – $$ – $$$
Tucker couldn’t be more local if it tried. Coffee served is roasted by the owners, beers are supplied by Balter in neighbouring Currumbin Waters (a 30-minute drive) and food comes from local suppliers. Make no mistake, this is a breakfast and brunch spot (it’s not open late) but it opens its doors at 7 am every single day, something that can’t be said of other jaunts in the area. Head to tucker if you’re looking for the best lunch in Byron Bay.
“Absolutely great food. Well priced. Did not disappoint. Do yourself a favour and try it. Will be back”glenbee66 (TripAdvisor)
4 Jonson Street, Byron Bay 2481 – $$ – $$$
Back to Byron Bay town itself now and we find ourselves at Loft. As its name implies, this is an upstairs venue that looks down to the bustling Jonson Street below (it’s a few doors down from Miss Margarita) and is an upmarket establishment with lashings of natural light, wood and white furniture that exude the typical beachside Byron lifestyle.
You’re welcome day or night, although be warned, past 9 pm the menu changes to snacks and nibbles. Head there during the day for a delectable selection of seafood or meat-based dishes that are as Instagrammable as they come. If an easy dining experience with great cocktails is what you’re after, The Loft is an absolute must-visit when you find yourself in Byron Bay.
“Loved the loft. Service is impeccable and really friendly. Food was lovely and well presented. The decor and atmosphere is really cool. We sat outside on the deck and had a great night.”wish_it_was_holidays (TripAdvisor)
97 Jonson Street, Byron Bay 2481 – $$ – $$$
It wouldn’t be a list of best restaurants in Byron Bay without mentioning a vegan joint and Manna Haven is quite possibly the best you’re going to come across. Although technically a vegetarian restaurant, the majority of the menu caters to vegans too, and the menu is shuffled around every week.
Regardless of when you visit, expect bright bold and colourful dishes that put an emphasis on flavour, with curries proving to be particularly popular. It’s hard to believe the desserts menu is predominantly vegan either, and we reckon anyone meat-eaters who visit could easily be converted to a plant-based life.
“This little Vegan & Vegetarian nook in the heart of Byron has been my favorite lunch spot for years. Generous portions, friendly service and top notch quality food, especially after a surf or busy morning at work!”gypsezza (TripAdvisor)
1 Byron Street Cnr. Fletcher Street, Byron Bay 2481 – $$ – $$$
With an incredibly luxurious interior and a menu that serves up an irresistible fusion of Asian and Thai dishes, Bang Bang Byron Bay is a must-visit restaurant. The cocktail selection is just as tantalisingly tasty, so if it’s just drinking you’re doing, Bang Bang is more than happy to oblige.
I’ve had the pleasure of experiencing Bang Bang on a few occasions, and find the Bang-quet to be incredible value for money. And two words: Pork. Belly. The pork belly at Bang Bang is easily one of the most delicious things I’ve ever put in my mouth.
During the height of the holiday season, it’s imperative you book yourself a table, as Bang Bang always proves popular with locals and holidaymakers, making walk-in tables hard to come by. Bang Bang is one of the best restaurants in Byron Bay to provide an unforgettable evening.
“The ambiance, the decor, the staff, and the food were all amazing. Some of the best food and service i have experienced in years. Not cheap, but worth every cent.”paulcl4723PK (TripAdvisor)
471 Friday Hut Rd, Possum Creek 2479 – $$ – $$$
Nestled slightly outside the main town centre of Byron Bay is The Hut. Situated on the old school grounds of O’Possum Creek Public School (which opened in 1911), The Hut is just as worthy of a trip for history lovers as it is diners who simply can’t wait to try the restaurant’s Mediterranean cuisine.
The Hut places a strong focus on the sharing of dishes and much of the food used comes directly from local farmers and fishermen. Head chef Bruno and his team make weekly menu changes weekly depending on the availability of ingredients, so be sure to make regular visits. Do note, however, The Hut is only open for lunchtime visits, but it could just be the best lunch you’ve ever had.
“We enjoyed everything about our superb lunch. The setting, the old school house, the decor, the friendly, knowledgeable, helpful staff and the wonderful food.”TraceyMorgan_26 (TripAdvisor)
The Mez Club
85-87 Jonson Street, Shop 4, Byron Bay 2481 – $$ – $$$
Another one of the best restaurants Byron Bay lays claims to, and one that also serves up Mediterranean cuisine is The Mez Club. Perfectly situated in the heart of town, The Mez Club’s interior is as Instagram-worthy as they come, with décor inspired by Moroccan architecture and the Greek Islands.
I personally haven’t eaten at The Mez Club, but I have been for drinks. I consider myself somewhat of a margarita connoisseur and The Mez Club make some of the best around (along with The Loft),
Once you’ve finished marvelling at the interior decoration, you’ll want to tuck into The Mez Club’s delicious food and cocktail menu. Ideal for sharing (group bookings are also possible, and The Mez Club has a dedicated upstairs dining space for larger groups) the menu is decidedly fresh and hearty. Due to its popularity, bookings are essential.
“Amazing food (simple ingredients done perfectly), great atmosphere and lovely staff. Would go back in a heart beat!”Zoe M (TripAdvisor)
11 Fletcher St, Byron Bay 2481 – $$ – $$$
This completely vegan restaurant may just convince you to ditch your carnivore diet. With an emphasis placed on sharing plates, but with plenty of options for those who wish to keep their food to themselves, you’ll be amazed at how easy it can be to substitute your regular dishes with plant-based options.
The naming of dishes is especially clever, with small plates of calamari or chick’n on offer, so you think you’re ordering meat-based dishes when in actual fact everything is entirely meat-free. What you might be even more surprised by is just how delicious everything is.
To cement its position as one of the best restaurants in Byron Bay, No Bones has recently undergone a complete renovation, making it an incredibly inviting space, with the large bar being the main focal point. On that subject, be sure to try out a range of cocktails, they’re sensational.
I’ve personally dined at No Bones on more occasions than I can count. And I’m a meat-eater. Not only is the food here unbelievably delicious and inventive (there is currently a parmigiana on the menu that has quickly become one of my new favourite things) but the whole experience is second-to-none.
The staff are ridiculously attentive and welcoming, and on several occasions, I’ve seen customers give their waiter or waitress a hug goodbye, simply because they’ve become friends with them during their meal.
“Amazing food and great drinks list. The options and quality would convert most meat eaters! A must try when in Bryon Bay!”Cam333 (TripAdvisor)
Belongil Beach Italian Food
33-35 Childe St, Byron Bay, 2481 $$ – $$$
Launched by notorious Sydney restaurateur Maurice Terzini in 2021, Belongil Beach Italian Food is one of the latest dining hotspots to be welcomed in Byron Bay. Nestled mere steps from the picturesque Belongil Beach, just a stone’s throw from the main town centre of Byron, BBIF puts an emphasis on classic Italian dishes using fresh ingredients, sourced locally where possible.
Naturally, being found so close to the coast, a good chunk of the menu is dominated by seafood dishes, but you’ll want to be sure to make regular visits, since the menu changes with the season. And, if you’re planning a visit to Byron Bay for New Year’s Eve, then you might be keen to check-out BBIF’s NYE Dinner Party. Or, for those with a sore head the next day, BBIF will also be hosting a New Year’s Day Recovery Lunch.
“The food, service & overall experience was sensational….We would 100% recommend & will definitely return.”tonymO7133UF (TripAdvisor)
3/17 Lawson St, Byron Bay, 2481 – $$
For Asian food without the occasionally weird dining experience that comes with some Asian restaurants, Light Years is your best bet. The Light Years brand started life in Byron Bay in 2017 and has since expanded to three more locations on Australia’s east coast. Clearly, they’ve been doing something right.
Light Years offers a winning combination of fun, modern food bursting with incredible flavours, and, like other restaurants in Byron Bay, is best experienced when shared with friends. Drinks and cocktails are also top-notch, and the general atmosphere inside the restaurant is one that is always all about fun.
“If you are in Byron By make sure you book a table here. The cocktails and food are delicious. Service was great, only a little place but the food certainly makes up for it.”Yan669902 (TripAdvisor)
6 Lawson St, Byron Bay, 2481 – $$
Lovers Lane occupies an elevated position in Lawson Street, directly above Afends. The majority of locals will know this spot for being a nightclub (the venue has been through various guises over the years) but Lovers Lane is cementing its own take on the popular spot by offering a full dinner menu before the DJs are released to get crowds dancing the night away.
I’ve been fortunate enough to sample some of Lovers Lane’s menu and have to say, I was mighty impressed.
It’s incredibly well-priced, by Byron standards. The menu is designed to share, and you can easily walk away feeling very full for not a lot of money. The beef patty sliders were a standout for me. They take a simple burger formula but make it something utterly mouthwatering.
The main plates, I would say, are more enjoyable than the smaller plates. But, the smaller plates are a lot more affordable. I can’t really fault the drinks, either. Lovers Lane offers a classic Tommy’s margarita, but made with coconut tequila, and were I not driving on the night of my visit, I would’ve happily asked the bartender to keep ’em coming.
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