Best Restaurants In Byron Bay 2022

Soak up the laidback lifestyle with the best restaurants in Byron Bay.

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.

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)

Barrio

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)

Moonshine Coffee Roasters

447 Federal Drive, Federal 2480 – $

Who doesn’t love a cuppa joe in the morning, or at any other time throughout the day to keep themselves awake and revitalised? Australia isn’t short of world-class coffee outlets, but Moonshine Coffe in tranquil Byron Bay is one of particularly outstanding quality.

The guys at Moonshine roast their own brew, which now supplies cafes in Australia and to far-flung destinations such as South Korea. It’s purely a coffee joint, so technically not a restaurant, but its product is so good and so worthwhile of the drive out of Byron Bay to its Federal location, that we simply had to give it a mention.

“Great take away coffee and delicate, light & tasty scrolls. Recommend! Coffee beans roasted on site. You can observe the process whilst your coffee is being made.”

Peter N (TripAdvisor)

Di Vino

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)

Fleet

2/16 The Terrace, Brunswick Heads 2483 – $$$$

It may be a 15-minute drive outside of the main town, but it’s a quarter-hour you’ll spend salivating at the thought of dining at one of the best restaurants in the Byron Bay region. It’s not all about the incredibly well put together food menu though, as the drinks served from the bar are equally as delightful.

You’ll want to make sure you book though, as the dining room can only seat 14 people, which only adds to its intimacy and exclusivity.

“Fleet is flawless. The food is exceptional and innovative – small shared dishes crafted by the chef from the local seasonal produce, without the overwhelming feeling of the usual degustation menu.”

Siplaw (TripAdvisor)

Tucker

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)

Loft

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)

Manna Haven

97 Jonson Street, Byron Bay 2481 – $$ – $$$

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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)

Bang Bang

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.

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)

The Hut

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.

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)

Shelter

41 Pacific Parade, Lennox Head 2478 – $$ – $$$

About 20 minutes outside of Byron Bay is the picturesque town of Lennox Head is where you’ll find Shelter. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, you have plenty of opportunities to experience what makes this one of the best restaurants in the Byron shire.

Shelter takes a decidedly sustainable approach to cooking, supporting local suppliers wherever possible and even educating diners as to why they do what they do, and what makes local produce that much better. All dietary requirements are catered to, including options for vegans, making Shelter one of the best restaurants in Byron Bay to add to your visit list.

“Best lunch out I’ve had in ages. Lovely food and friendly service.”

723jackiet (TripAdvisor)

No Bones

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.

“Amazing food and great drinks list. The options and quality would convert most meat eaters! A must try when in Bryon Bay!”

Cam333 (TripAdvisor)

Light Years

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)

Restuarants In Byron Bay FAQ

Where is Byron Bay located?

Byron Bay is located in the southeastern part of New South Wales, a two-hour flight away from Sydney. A popular holiday destination, it is known for its beaches, scuba diving sites and surf spots.

When is the best time of the year to visit Byron Bay?

You should come visit Byron Bay during spring, from September to November. If you want to secure the cheapest flights and hotel prices, it is best to visit during off-season, from June to August.

How expensive is Byron Bay?

When in Byron Bay, you will probably spend around $66 AUD for food and $30 AUD on local transportation per day. If you are thinking of staying for a week, prepare to shell out around $1,156 AUD for one person.

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