Where to eat in Byron Bay
Discover the best restaurants in and around Australia’s most-loved beach town.
Words by Ute Junker
Photos Destination NSW
Chris Hemsworth isn’t the only thing that makes Byron Bay hot. Beautiful beaches, a lush hinterland, chic shops – and some of the best dining in Australia. Add these restaurants to your must-eat list.
IN BYRON BAY
Don’t be fooled by the unglamorous location in the back blocks of Byron, or by the ultra-casual vibe. Chupacabra offers next-level Mexican, brought to you by the team behind Newrybar’s superb Harvest restaurant. Why play it safe with the char-grilled chicken taco when you can try the roast beetroot and cacao taco? Round it out the meal with a scallop ceviche and achiote-marinated pork loin.
Part of the Habitat development, Barrio has always had a certain big-city style, teaming industrial-chic raw concrete with sage-green suede. Now David Moyle – who made his name with Franklin in Hobart and Longsong in Melbourne – has moved into the kitchen and is getting his grill game on. Come with a crowd to share delicious platters of shish kebab (meat and fish), flatbreads, salads and more.
With five restaurants across the country, the Ducks have built a reputation for fresh, flavour-packed food and at The Farm, there are plenty of ways to enjoy it. You can book a table for breakfast, for lunch, for dinner or even for their crowd-pleasing Sunday roast. If it’s a sunny day, pick up one of their picnic hampers to enjoy on site – on this lush 32-hectares site, you have plenty of room to spread out.
BEYOND BYRON BAY
Sustainable seafood is front and centre at Pipit run by Ben Devlin, the chef who first made his mark at Paper Daisy over in Cabarita. At Pipit, lobster is teamed with potato noodles and a Brazilian cherry chutney; creative sides include grilled sugarloaf cabbage with crab and macadamia cream. Well worth the 30-minute drive from Byron.
Newrybar, 15 minutes drive from Byron, consists of just a handful of buildings, and most of them seem to belong to the gourmet hub Harvest, which variously incorporates a restaurant (housed in a converted farmhouse), a deli and a shop. Local and sustainable are the watchwords here; the menu changes weekly depending on what’s available. The kitchen crew forages locally and breaks down whole beasts for nose-to-tail dining, while the wine list is 100 per cent Australian.
Book your table at Fleet as soon as you have your travel dates. Better yet, book a table, then organise your trip around it. Seriously. Reservations at Fleet are a notoriously difficult get, and not just because there are only 14 seats in the joint. From the sweetbread schnitzel with anchovy mayonnaise to the whole roasted baby Jerusalem artichokes tossed in creamy sesame, dining at Fleet is not just a meal but an experience.