Dining at the Best Restaurants on the Central Coast

From elegant restaurants in some of the best luxury hotels on the Central Coast, to sophisticated diners and eateries that showcase stunning views, the Central Coast has some excellent places to eat. Whether you are day tripping from Sydney, or here for a while longer, here are some of the best restaurants on the Central Coast for you to visit.

Seasalt Restaurant

Located in the Crown Plaza Terrigal and offering sensational views of the main beach, the Seasalt Restaurant provides an exquisite dining experience.

Together, Executive Chef Simon Quick and Executive Sous Chef Dana Chantler have devised a well thought out, international menu that draws upon the multi-cultural background and experience of their team.

Offering fresh seasonal menus that highlight the very best of local produce, including herbs grown in their own garden, the menu is a very accomplished one.

Included are dishes like Jack’s Creek sirloin, hot steaming pippies and a decadent dessert share plate that you will want to keep all for yourself!

On the drinks list, they offer a number of wines from the Hunter Valley, as well as a cocktail menu that has many classics.

Woy Woy Fisherman’s Wharf

There is a lot to like about the prospect of dining at Woy Woy Fisherman’s Wharf.

An award winning 40 year old restaurant that has been run by three generations of the Cregan-Clayton family, it offers a relaxed dining experience of sustainably-sourced seafood, in a setting with spectacular views over Brisbane water.

A waterfront eatery with a real sense of community spirit, dishes like tempura banana prawn cutlets, whole Szechuan pepper snapper with crunchy chips and coleslaw, and chilli blue simmer crab served Singaporian-style, shine off the menu.

Expertly cooked, the restaurant, which is based in Woy Woy, also has an excellent wine list that has been awarded One Wine Glass by both Gourmet Traveller Wine Awards And The Good Food Guide.


Located on a 25-acre property among gum trees that overlook a picturesque dam, Saddles is an idyllic restaurant that offers a lovely dining experience.

Created by its owners Hayley Hardcastle & Cameron Cansdell, the restaurant blends elements of casual and formal dining to create a homestead style setting. Where a traditional sandstone fireplace and piano bar, merge seamlessly with saddle bar stools and a quaint wrap around verandah.

Adopting a rustic approach to food, the menu sports what Hayley describes as being ‘comfort food that feels elevated whilst being accessible enough you can eat it every day’.

Sumptuous delights like BBQ kangaroo loin with baby leeks and ‘san choy bow-style’ king prawns with desert oak spice, only serve to confirm this.

Barrett’s Restaurant

Widely touted as one of the best restaurants on the Central Coast, Barrett’s Restaurant is the flagship eatery of the Pullman Magenta Shores.

Located in Magenta, about 90 minutes’ drive north of Sydney, the restaurant is set in a modern bistro style venue that overlooks the manicured fairways of the onsite golf course.

Boasting a contemporary Australian menu that is loaded with plenty of fantastic local seafood dishes, the food showcases high quality seasonal and local produce, that is cooked with skill and presented with exceptional flair.

The Bon Pavilion

Boasting 250 seats and seven distinct drinking and dining areas, The Bon Pavilion is undoubtedly the biggest and grandiose venue in Gosforth.

Overseen by renowned chef Sean Connolly, the all-day restaurant falls somewhere between fine dining and gastropub. Showcasing décor that includes a large, feature mural by celebrated artist Lisa King and a wonderful, grandiose sweeping staircase, it has a distinctly New York air about it.

From 6.30am until midnight the food options are exceptional – drawing inspiration from Australia’s modern, multicultural make up. The ‘Bottomless Brunch’ is something to look forward to, while the dinner menu has too many highlights to mention.

Onsite there is even a takeaway wine shop, complete with a resident sommelier, who can advise you on the best bottle to buy.