Eat & Drink

From Mexican to modern Australian here's your guide on where to eat in Ettalong Beach

Ettalong Beach on the Central Coast has historically been a quiet little seaside village. This sleepy town has however, become increasingly popular with tourists and locals alike. Offering spectacular views of Broken Bay and Lion Island, sandy beaches, quality cafés, bars and restaurants, it’s easy to see why.  Need a hand deciding? Here’s our guide to the best restaurants and cafes at Ettalong Beach!

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Coast 175, Ettalong

One of the most popular cafes on the Peninsula, if not the whole coast, thanks to their award-winning Campos Superior Blend coffee and big all-day menu. The food is super fresh with many of the ingredients being handpicked and prepared in-house. The café opens for coffees around 5.30am, perfect if you have small children and the kitchen opens from 7.30am seven days a week. The menu features loads of vego, vegan and GF options and their Super Bowl is the most hit dish on the menu. The outdoor courtyard is also dog friendly, for friendly dogs.
Where: 1/175 Ocean View Rd, Ettalong Beach
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The BOX on the Water

Situated on the foreshore in Ettalong Beach The BOX is the perfect place to unwind. Its absolute waterfront location has panoramic views out across Broken Bay to its namesake, Box Head, and over to Sydney's northern beaches. Its beach kiosk offers casual dining, drinks and snacks while the restaurant serves modern Australian cuisine. The BOX Bar is open for drinks only which can be enjoyed anywhere within its licensed area, including along the seawall. Let the kids can frolic on the beach, play on the nearby playground or race their scooters along the foreshore.

Thursday nights is Local’s Night - two courses and a house drink for $40 per head. Happy Hour is 4-5pm every Friday, Saturday & Sunday with house drinks $5 a glass. Ask about the cocktail of the week, $12 all week long, and then sit back, relax and enjoy the spectacular view.
Where: Ettalong Beach Waterfront Reserve, The Esplanade.
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Osteria il Coccia

Opening in July 2019, Osteria il Coccia (pronounced “o-ste-ri-a il co-cha” which translates to The Coccia Tavern) is the epitome of head chef Nicola’s love of flame-cooked Italian food brought to life. The intimate, warm, and inviting space has that geniune Italian feel to it. After many years spent in fine dining, and author of a cookbook, Nicola decided no more fine dining, he wanted to cook with fire and it's the fire flavour you get to experience throughout the menu.
Where: 40/189 Ocean View Rd
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The Hot Chook

Located right next door is The Hot Chook Shop, also owned by Alexandra and Nicola Coccia, the once premium Italian space is now a high-end fried chicken shop. Spending time with the owners of famed The Hot Chicken Project in Geelong, learning the recipe and how to cook the chicken it was then that the idea caught fire in his mind… Louisana style fried chicken that's loaded in flavour and casual in style.
The Hot Chook Shop 
Where: 40/189 Ocean View Road

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Saså Sicilian Street Food

Saså is a tiny, yet vibrant Artisan bakery, deli and café located in The Galleria in Ettalong Beach. Operated by Daniele and Orly Del Castillo, they bake onsite Sicilian cannoli, incredible artisan sourdough, tempting pastries, pies and of course, great Italian coffee. In 2020, Sasa Bakery was awarded in two categories at the National Artisan Baking Competition for their Traditional and Olive Sourdough. The service is friendly, and are located just a skip and a jump from the Ettalong foreshore. So be sure to load up on their savory and sweet treats and enjoy by the beach.
Where: 61/189 Ocean View Rd, Ettalong Beach
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Safran

We can’t talk about food on the Peninsula and not talk about Safran. This place has been winning the hearts of locals for years and it truly has tongues wagging and salivating. Safran is a contemporary Turkish meze restaurant located in the curious Ettalong Markets (trust us, you’ll understand it when you get there).

Safran is all about sharing the love, specifically by sharing small dishes of delicious Turkish cuisine. If you’re running a crew of 15 plus, try the Meze Banquet to share and the team are happy to customise the menu to your numbers and needs. There’s a good number of vegetarian numbers here, along with seafood and meats. Try Safran’s Manti – handmade dumplings filled with confit lamb neck, yoghurt, garlic, dried mint and paprika butter sauce. Take my money now. 
Where: 81/189 Ocean View Road.
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Bar Toto

Set in the beautiful Cinema Paradiso complex at Ettalong Markets, Bar Toto is the brain child of Australia’s top 100 cocktail craftsman, Peter Clarke and international pizza competition medallist, Jerry Altavilla, Bar Toto is an Italian trattoria serving charcuterie, formaggio and cichetti plates, and was opened in 2013 with a mission to bring back the charm of fine Italian wining and dining to the Peninsula. If you’re after legit Italian meats and cheeses paired with delicious wines, you’ve found the place. It’s also a great little wine bar to visit for a pre-dinner or movie drink.

To start, try the Prosciutto Crudo Di Parma, aged for almost two years and imported direct from Parma, Italy. We can’t go past the Arancini or Nonnas famous meatballs with smoked mozzarella, sugo and sourdough.
Where: 83/189 Ocean View Road.
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Yusu Japanese Restaurant

A quaint and cosy authentic Japanese Restaurant located in The Galleria in Ettalong Beach. The family-owned, one ‘Hatted’ Chef restaurant offers warm and friendly service, and delicious Japanese cuisine such as Sushi, Sashimi, Udon and Ramen Soups, and Tempura Seafood and Vegetables. If you can’t decide, be sure to book one of the Banquet options – then you can enjoy a number of dishes. Yusu is a popular place with the locals so be sure to book, and BYO Wine and Beer.
Where: Ocean View Rd, Ettalong Beach
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LA Taco

Brought to you by Hayley Hardcastle and Cameron Cansdell, of Saddles Mount White, LA Taco is best described as authentic Mexican, no Tex Mex to be seen here. The team press and make their own tortillas, and with Cameron in the kitchen you can of course expect a menu twist. Take the classic taco, Cam has found a way to modernise it, including a kangaroo taco on the menu.
Where: Shop 33/34 189 Ocean View Road.
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La Fiamma Pizzeria

There is something very special about a wood-fired pizza, especially if you're an enthusiast of simple, top-quality ingredients. At La Fiamma Pizzeria you can indulge your senses with slightly charred crusts, melted mozzarella and a delicious range of toppings such as Italian sausage, Prosciutto di Parma, and Sicilian anchovies. For something more substantial, perhaps a classic Lasagne Bolognese with layers of flat fresh pasta, baked in the wood-fire oven with a beef Bolognese sauce, béchamel and parmesan cheese. Or the very impressive Lamb Shoulder - slow cooked in the wood-fired oven for five hours, served with crispy rosemary potatoes. The atmosphere is intimate with many tables allowing you to watch the amazing pizza making in action, a perfect spot for families, date night or large groups.
Where: 189 Ocean View Road
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Gusto Italian Bistro

Winner of AGFG Reader’s Choice Award not one, but two years in a row, you will be absolutely spoiled with authentic Northern Italian seasonal dishes. Fresh handmade pasta, light antipasto, and imported Italian wine and beer await you. The atmosphere is vibrant and inviting, yet the tables offer quiet and intimate spaces to dine. Dishes of late include a Slow Cooked Wagyu Beef Cheek, Quail tulips with figs, quail demi-glace, a goat’s cheese mousse, and caramelised onions. For Vegetarians, perhaps a Spinach Flan with three textures of Parmigiano, or handmade Gnocchi with local mushrooms and cream. Need I say more?
Where: 54/189 Ocean View Rd, Ettalong Beach
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Lords of Pour

It's all about the “Killer brews and awesome chews” here. The small cafe has a very casual feel and we’re pretty sure many of the customers here would be on a first-name basis, it really feels like home. The guys here are focused on simple house-made, quality food and drink. The house blend is by Sydney’s Single O and a roster of guest roasters make up this café’s single origin and filter offerings. These guys really know their grind, so if you’re into your beans, this is a must visit on the Central Coast. The menu is seasonal, constantly changing and showcases food that pairs best with a coffee or beer (which you’re able to BYO). The team are super friendly, so drop in to talk food or coffee and share a brew or two!
Where: 199a Ocean View Rd, Ettalong Beach
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