Surrounded by farmlands and forested hills bursting with banana and blueberry plantations, Coffs Harbour's subtropical climate has made the region a haven for connoisseurs of fine food and produce.
Coffs Harbour has a number of quality restaurants, with award-winning chefs dishing up tantalising treats from the freshest local seafood, fruit and vegetables.
The café scene along the Coffs Coast is diverse, with a range of lovely locations. Coffs Harbour’s pubs and clubs provide a vibrant night life after the sun goes down.
The Jetty Strip
The Jetty Strip at the bottom end of Harbour Drive is Coffs Harbour’s signature crop of restaurants. With more than 20 street front cafés and restaurants, The Jetty Strip offers a great choice of Italian, Thai, Seafood, Indian, Vietnamese, Modern Australian cuisine and great coffee. With its laid back atmosphere - and right by the beach - this is one of the most popular spots to dine in Coffs Harbour.
Sensational food plus stunning views along Emerald Beach and across the ocean to Groper Island, make Saltwater the perfect destination for a long, leisurely lunch. This popular Coffs Harbour dining spot prioritises the freshest seasonal local produce to create pure and delicious gourmet dishes. Excellent service accompanies the Modern Australian cuisine, along with a lovely wine list.
Set above Coffs Creek in the old butter factory on the picturesque promenade, Shearwater Restaurant is something special. A family owned business since 1998, Shearwater is the perfect setting to enjoy a romantic meal, quick lunch or great coffee – fresh seafood is the specialty – and the service is a real treat. Fish still school below the front deck at Shearwater looking for a taste of buttermilk. Throw some breadcrumbs and watch them feed.
The Plantation Hotel is a local favourite in the heart of Coffs Harbour. A lively scene, this hotel operates as a live music venue with a fully equipped stage, where national and international artists play.
There's a lounge bar serving fine food and drinks, and a sports bar with a big screen TV and gaming facilities - the Plantation Hotel is perfect for a night out with friends or a relaxed pub lunch with the family.
Fiasco Ristorante + bar
Fiasco is an Italian restaurant using high quality local and imported ingredients. The owners have ties to Northern Italy and strive to bring you a piece of the region through food and atmosphere. The heartwarming cooking and service, combined with an award-winning wine list, have earned Fiasco a place in the Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide every year since 2008.
Out the front, Fiasco Bar evokes an Italian village vibe, without the expensive airfare. The relaxed setting draws a mixed, cheerful crowd of all ages.
Sawtell is a seaside village 10 kilometres south of Coffs Harbour, with a friendly, relaxed atmosphere. It's a lovely spot for a day trip for some boutique shopping, followed by a bite to eat.
On Sawtell's chic, treelined First Avenue there are a number of eateries to choose from, including Barrels, Split, Shimmers, Café Annabel, Fig, Café Al Dente, Radhikahs, Fishtales, the local RSL Club and takeaway fish & chips.
Stroll the street, select a place to sit and relax into the Coffs Coast lifestyle.