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A stop-by-stop guide to foodie spots in Terrigal

Planning a day out in the seaside hotspot of Terrigal? Whether you’re there for breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, or even a dessert stop, we’ve got you covered in this stop-by-stop guide to foodie locations. 

Arc. Est

Described as a ‘Bali meets Byron bistro’, Arc will satisfy the foodies with high-quality food for a relaxed style lunch, and dinner in two or three courses. Some popular menu items include a 100-day grain-fed sirloin, prawns wrapped in crispy noodles, zucchini flowers, and pork belly. 
Where: Shop 7/18 Church St
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Bellyfish 

One of Terrigal's most famous spots, head to Bellyfish for brunch goals or lunch by the sea. Expect brekkie classics alongside those with a twist such as ham, chips, & eggs, or crab fritters, as well as a seafood-heavy lunch menu. 
Where: 4/112 Terrigal Esplanade
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Blue Lemon 

A small but mighty sushi restaurant with footpath seating. This is good quality sushi with some tasty signatures for a quick and easy seaside lunch. Be sure to try the spicy crunch grilled salmon! 
Where: 4A Campbell Cres

Bouffant 

Go for the croissants, stay for everything else! This indulgent bakery spot is a great breakfast option for the pastry lovers but also offers pies and toasties for lunch. Definitely add it to the list to drop in for a treat, but get there early as the pastries often sell out! 
Where: 6 Pine Tree Ln
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Chop n Grind 

The go-to burger joint of Terrigal serves up hearty burgers, sides, craft beers, and wines. Come for a feel-good feed and drink overlooking the ocean. Classic sides like mac n' cheese, jalapeno poppers, onion rings, and wings sit beside a big burger menu of grilled wagyu, crispy chicken, soft shell crab, lamb, pork belly, and chickpea, every which way you can think of! 
Where: 3/98 Terrigal Esplanade
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Daily Dough Co 

This doughnut dessert bar is famous for hand-crafted gourmet doughnuts, scrolls, cookies, brownies, and shakes. Those with a sweet tooth (vegans included!) will love this place for an afternoon treat between shopping, beaching, or walking the Terrigal boardwalk. 
Where: 92 Terrigal Esplanade
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Four Hands

Four Hands is a tapas and pizza bar with a craft beer & cocktail menu. This is a great spot for a group meal over share plates like Chili Banana Prawns, Lamb Empanadas, and dips with pizzetta, or gourmet pizzas such as Braised Lamb and Truffle Mushroom. They also rotate a regular cocktail, tapas, pizza, and dessert special where the kitchen experiments with different flavours. 
Where: 6/17 Church St
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Il Toscano Pasta Bar

This authentic pasta bar is a must-visit for any Italian-loving foodie. Located in a hole-in-the-wall shop front on Campbell Cres, you’ll feel like you’re in the winding streets of a Tuscan village entering the small kiosk-style bar. Your carbs are definitely worth loading with their tasty, rich, and authentic handmade pasta such as the beef and pork ragu or creamy pecorino cheese and black pepper.
Where: 1 Campbell Cres
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Island Time Espresso Bar

Get onto ‘island time’ with their all-day cafe menu of exotic and tropical-inspired creations with an Australian coastal twist. Choose from fresh healthy options in the Island Bowl list (acai, parfait, bircher muesli), jump on a brekkie classic (think BLT, B&Es), or hit the lunch menu of tacos, burgers, and poke bowls. There’s something for every hunger no matter the time here!
Where: 104 Terrigal Esplanade
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L’isle de France 

A French dining experience on the Central Coast for the travel-loving foodie. With fairy lights sprinkled across the outdoor deck, this romantic restaurant experience offers a menu of French classics including escargot, cheese souffle, lobster tail, and confit duck leg. 
Where: 1 Ena St
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Mumbo Jumbos 

Go for a bare-foot-and-laid-back long lunch in this Caribbean Rum Shack above Terrigal beach. Think tropical cocktails, reggae rhythms, and a Jamaican-flavoured menu. Graze on street corn, chicken wings, or popcorn prawns, share a plate of jerk tacos, or go the whole shebang with a Bahamian Meat and Seafood board. 
Where: 92 Terrigal Esplanade
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Reef Restaurant

Head to Reef Restaurant for fine dining in a prime beachfront location at The Haven. Seafood platters and Modern Australian dishes are served in a chic space with huge windows framing ocean views.
Where: The Haven, Terrigal Esplanade
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Rhonda’s Bar and Restaurant

A full Italian pizza and pasta dining menu downstairs with a rooftop wood-fired pizza and antipasti space on weekends. A good spot for groups and date nights alike! 
Where: 3/5 Kurrawyba Ave
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Seasalt Restaurant

Located within the Crowne Plaza Hotel, this restaurant serves modern Australian food and local Hunter Valley wines. The menu is prepared with fresh produce from the local area including herbs from the kitchen’s own herb garden.
Where: Crown Plaza, Pine Tree Ln
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Sonoma 

Sydney’s famous artisanal bakery comes to Terrigal with its renowned sourdough bread, handcrafted pastries, and baked goods. Sonoma also stocks handmade pies, sausage rolls, and quiches for lunch. 
Where: Shop 2/15 Church St
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Swells 

Come here for a modern, upscale restaurant experience upstairs overlooking Terrigal Beach. With tasty meals and a varied wine list, this is a nice spot for casual a la carte dining. 
Where: 112 Terrigal Esplanade
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Terrigal Beach House

A vibrant pub atmosphere right in the heart of Terrigal is perfect for your Sunday sesh or a good pub meal with a view. All bases are covered with salads, seafood, steaks, pub classics, and pizzas. 
Where: Crown Plaza, Pine Tree Ln
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Terrigal Hotel 

This historic local pub outside the bustle of Terrigal centre offers a classic bistro menu with daily specials. Live entertainment from Friday to Sunday. 
Where: 176 Terrigal Drive
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Thaiger Temple 

The place to go for quality Thai food, you can expect all your favourite dishes and a full vegan menu. Stir fry, soups, noodles, and curries - Thaiger has the lot and it’s super tasty! Owned by the Samingkaw family who has over 25 years of experience in the Thai restaurant business.
Where: Shop 1/100-102 Terrigal Esplanade
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The Cowrie 

Perched high above Terrigal, request a table on the balcony for an extra special fine dining experience. Tailor your meal to your hunger with 2, 3, or 4 courses (with optional wine pairing). Delicate flavours, premium ingredients, and a dedicated plant-based menu make The Cowrie a foodie’s dream. 
Where: 109 Scenic Hwy
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The Joker and the Thief 

Super cool decor with a varied menu to suit any taste from fresh local oysters and little lobster rolls to premium cut sous vide steak. The Joker and the Thief is a cool spot to visit for lunch or bar snacks. 
Where: Shop 6/90 Terrigal Esplanade
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Yellowtail Restaurant

Yellowtail brings a stellar fine dining experience based around the best seasonal local produce. With influences from the Middle East, the Mediterranean, and across Asia, you’ll find dishes such as Tuna Tartare and Grimaud duck breast.
Where: Shop 3/1 Campbell Crescent
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