Eat & Drink

Discover the best eateries around Lake Macquarie

Live in Lake Macquarie? You don’t have to travel in the heart of Newcastle to get some great food, instead, make the most of what’s on offer in the expansive Lake Macquarie region.

Argenton

Argenton Hotel

Whilst it might sit under the ‘pub’ category, Argenton Hotel is well worth a mention when it comes to food in the Lake Mac region. Following a huge renovation in recent years, the venue has an incredible foodie offering with a varied selection for both meat-eaters and vego lovers!
Where: 515 Lake Rd
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Belmont

Crusoe’s on the lake

Located over at Lake Macquarie Yacht Club in Belmont, Crusoe’s on the lake has taken full advantage of this waterside location. The massive deck space is built for long lunching or afternoon sessions so you can take in the sunset over Lake Macquarie.
Where: Ada St
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Salina Restaurant

A fantastic little hidden gem on the highway in Belmont is none other than Salina Restaurant. Embracing the melting pot of Italian cuisine, Salina Restaurant provides a relaxed and casual dining experience.
Where: 626 Pacific Hwy
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Sesames on the Lake

Asian fusion deliciousness is on the menu at Sesame’s on the lake. Located just back from the beautiful Belmont Baths, this cosy little restaurant is a crowd favourite for Lake Mac locals.
Where: 63 Maude St
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The Boat Shed Bar

Head to The Boat Shed Bar at The Belmont 16s for some of the best darn burgers in Lake Macquarie. Not just exclusively burgers, the menu offers up a whole bunch of your favourite flavours like Spicy Chicken Wings, Battered Fish, Meat or Seafood Platters and some very fine-looking and tasty cocktails!
Where: The Parade
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TINTA Belmont

This newbie to the scene is due to open to the public in late July 2022, and will no doubt be a huge new foodie drawcard for Lake Macquarie. Situated at the iconic old Squid’s Ink spot overlooking the lake in Belmont, TINTA Belmont will be bringing a brand new vibe to the area.
Where: 690 Pacific Hwy
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Caves Beach

Caves Coastal Bar & Bungalows

Situated right off of Caves Beach, Caves Coastal Bar & Bungalows is the ideal destination for those of you who love sunshine, the fresh ocean breeze, and coastal views. It’s the perfect setting for those long, lazy seaside lunches or enjoying a few cocktails with your nearest and dearest.
Where: 27 Mawson Cl
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Mawson Restaurant

Just a short stroll up from Caves Coastal, you’ll find Mawson. The local family-run business works predominantly with local produce and suppliers and is home to dine-in, takeaway, and even home delivery options.
Where: 3/5 Mawson Cl
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Charlestown  

Babbingtons Bar & Grill

A little hidden gem, Babbingtons is housed within the Apollo Hotel on the highway in Charlestown. Offering a relaxed atmosphere, it’s the perfect spot to unwind at the end of the day with your favourite drink in hand overlooking the bushland reserve through their floor-to-ceiling glass wall.
Where: 290 Pacific Hwy
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Bao Brothers

Long-time bao lovers will already be familiar with Bao Brothers, whether from their market pop-ups, Hunter St urban eatery, or After Dark Restaurant, but now Lake Mac locals can rejoice knowing they have their permanent set-up at The Corner at Charlestown.
Where: 36 Pearson St
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Lee’s Yum Cha

Craving Yum Cha? Lee’s Yum Cha at The Corner Charlestown is the place to go for all your cravings!
Where: 30 Pearson St
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Schilly St

Brought to you by the husband-and-wife team, Rocki and Lou Suksamosoen, the Schilly St brand has gone from strength to strength. Since its inception as a food truck in 2017, the local foodie brand has set up their permanent space at The Corner in Charlestown.
Where: Cnr Pearson & Ridley St
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The Bavarian

Experience a true taste of Bavarian hospitality, from cultural hints to the interior décor to quintessential dishes and a range of international and local beers at the Charlestown-based venue; The Bavarian.
Where: 103/30 Pearson St
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Dudley

Royal Crown Hotel

Another gem that might fit under the ‘pub’ banner, is well and truly worth a mention when it comes to foodie flavours in the Lake Macquarie area. Brought to you by the guys from Coal & Cedar, the Royal Crown Hotel is well worth a visit.
Where: 94 Ocean St
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Morisset

8 at Trinity

An absolute gem for the Morisset community, the recently launched 8 at Trinity is home to modern Australian cuisine right on the waterfront at Trinity Point.
Where: 81 Trinity Point Dr
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The Yard Brewery & Smokehouse

There’s a great new venue that’s recently opened up in Morisset, and if you’re into craft beers and love a good venue, a visit to The Yard Brewery & Smokehouse is an absolute must! Sample fresh beer from Yard Kings Brewing Co. and feast from the low ‘n’ slow BBQ menu at the onsite smokehouse.
Where: 32 Accolade Ave
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Toronto 

Casa Nova Italian

Live in Toronto or driving through? Drop into Casa Nova Italian on Victory Parade for delicious woodfired pizza and enticing handmade pasta.
Where: 24 Victory Pde
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Warners Bay

Brownsugar

This absolute institution of a restaurant in Warners Bay is an absolute must for all foodies. Featuring a modern and seasonal Australian cuisine, the sleek space boasts contemporary lighting and delightful lakeside views.
Where: King St & The Esplanade
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Canon

Situated amongst the other foodie options along The Esplanade in Warners Bay, the two-storey venue that is Canon is home to a sophisticated yet casual atmosphere for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Where: 460 The Esplanade
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Fukusui Japanese Teppanyaki Restaurant

Book yourself in at Fukusui Japanese Teppanyaki Restaurant in Warners Bay for a truly unique foodie experience and authentic Japanese cuisine.
Where: 568 The Esplanade
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Sephardim

Go on a flavour journey of the Mediterranean Middle East with dining experience at Sephardim in Warners Bay.
Where: 71 King St
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The Diner at Dullboy’s Social Co.

Not just a tenpin bowling venue, Dullboy’s Social Co. also offers a huge arcade area, outdoor mini-golf, 18+ bar Barcadia, pool room, adults-only karaoke, and an American-inspired diner! The designer restaurant features a creative menu of American classics with a modern-Australian twist.
Where: 326 Hillsborough Rd
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The Grand Pavilion

This could just be the best Indian restaurant in Warners Bay! Taste the authentic flavours and spices with the very best Indian dishes available at The Grand Pavilion.
Where: 452 The Esplanade
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Whitebridge

PEGS

Whilst the mood at PEGS is friendly and relaxed, the menus are anything but, Mel and the team take their food seriously with an emphasis on fresh and locally sourced produce being the preference. A beautiful little suburban cafe that has you covered for brekky, lunch & dinner.
Where: 157 Dudley Rd
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The White Cottage 163

Located on the main road in Whitebridge, The White Cottage offers a unique fusion of Aussie café favourites alongside a selection of Asian twist menu items.
Where: 163 Dudley Rd
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