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15 of the Best Restaurants in Yamba

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Discover the best restaurants in Yamba for any occasion. Whether you are chasing a great brekky spot, a low-key lunch, the perfect place for a sundowner, or a memorable evening meal, Yamba has you covered with a variety of modern and classic dining options to suit any time, preference or budget.

So let’s begin with the…

The Top 5 Best Restaurants in Yamba

  1. Karrikin | An exciting new restaurant offering an everchanging 4 course set menu
  2. Gather Cafe | Locally sourced produce creates Aussie classics
  3. Beachwood Cafe | Mediterranean and middles eastern inspired brekkies and lunches
  4. Brgr Spot | Consistently delicious burgers, cocktails, milkshakes and beers on tap
  5. El Ocaso | Modern Australian cuisine in a relaxed setting with a killer cocktail list

The Best Cafes in Yamba for Breakfast, Brunch, and Coffee

a flat white coffee from the best restaurants in Yamba

Australia’s coastal cafe culture is renowned and Yamba is no exception with plenty of great brekky options featuring rich flat whites, fresh local produce, and freshly baked bread and pastries.

Gather

Sourcing seasonal local ingredients to create modern brunch classics and delicious coffee, Gather is one of Yamba’s best breakfast options. Bacon and egg rolls, eggs benny, and avocado and peas are just a few of the many delicious options available.

With a wine, beer, and cocktail menu that kicks off at 11 am each day, it’s an equally good choice for lunch. On Fridays and Saturdays, Gather is also open evenings from 4 pm – 7:30 pm.

  • Where: 14 Clarence St, Yamba
  • When: 7 am – 1 pm Daily | 4 pm – 7:30 pm Friday and Saturday
  • Price: $9 – $28 a plate

Beachwood Café

Focusing on the Mediterranean and Middle-Eastern flavors of the owner’s homeland Turkey and using local produce, Beachwood has become a firm favorite amongst locals and return visitors.

Beachwood Cafe is licensed and open Tuesday to Sunday for breakfast from 7 am–11 am and lunch from 11:30 am to 2 pm.

  • Where: 22 High St, Yamba
  • When: 7 am – 11 am and 11:30 am – 2 pm Tuesday to Saturday
  • Price: $15 – $30 a plate

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The Kiosk

Yamba Main Beach

Occupying an unbeatable location right on Main Beach, The Kiosk is the place to go early, sit at the front bar bench and watch the sunrise while you wait for the cafe to open. Once you’ve had breakfast from their short menu of Aussie classics grab a coffee for the road, and set off for a walk around Yamba’s headlands.

  • Where: 1 Marine Parade, Yamba
  • When: 6:30 am – 12 pm Monday & Friday | 6:30 am – 1 pm Saturday & Sunday
  • Price: $7 – $17 a plate

Summi’s

With yummy coffee, pastries like banana bread croissants, and light brekky fare including chia pudding and sandwiches, this is a great option for a quick breakfast before heading out for a beach day.

  • Where: 15 Clarence St, Yamba
  • When: 6:00 am – 1 pm Monday – Friday | 6:30 am – 1 pm Saturday | 7:00 am – 1 pm Sunday
  • Price: $7 – $20 a plate

Angourie Cafe and Wine Bar

Angourie Point

Fresh, flavorful, and seasonal food sourced locally is used to create classic brekky and brunch fare like smashed avo, brekky rolls, and toasted sandwiches. Pair it with a coffee and you’re all set to explore the natural charm of Angourie.

The Best Yamba Restaurants for Lunch and Low-Key Feeds

When you’re on a beach trip fine dining is often the last thing on your mind. Barefoot, sandy, and still damp, fish and chips, burgers, and bakery feeds are often what the doctor ordered. Thankfully, Yamba still has plenty of great options for post-beach feeds.

Brgr Spot

One of the best places to grab lunch you can eat with your hands in Yamba is Brgr Spot. Open for lunch Friday to Sunday, Brgr Spot has awesome burgers with fresh twists on classic beef, chicken, steak, and veggie burgers. Don’t swerve the loaded fries and since it’s a holiday why not wash it down with a milkshake, cocktail, or ice-cold tap beer?

  • Where: 15 Clarence St, Yamba
  • When: 10:30 am – 6:30 pm Monday – Saturday | 10:30 am – 2 pm Sunday
  • Price: $7 – $20 a plate

Yamba’s Fisho

Yamba’s Fisho in town is the place to head for your greasy cardboard box, laden with treasures from the sea. With fresh fish and seafood and heaps of hot salty chips, there is no more iconic meal to enjoy on your beach holiday. Grab your haul and head to the equally iconic Yamba lighthouse to enjoy.

  • Where: 23 Yamba St, Yamba
  • When: 12:00 am – 8:30 pm Friday & Saturday | 12 pm – 3 pm Sunday | 7:00 am – 1 pm Sunday
  • Price: $7 – $20 a plate

The Pacific Hotel

While it won’t be winning any awards for revolutionizing the pub feed, the unbeatable location, and gorgeous outlook make this one of Yamba’s best lunch spots. If you’re lucky enough to grab a table by the window, there is no better view to enjoy with a bowl of pub chips and a cold beer.

The Best Restaurants in Yamba for Dinner

In years gone by, sleepy seaside towns were rarely known for their dining options beyond a local pub, a seafood joint, and perhaps a Chinese takeaway. As good as that combo is, it is also refreshing to see more and more unique and exciting restaurants opening around the country in smaller towns. Yamba is following the trend with a range of fresh dining options springing up in the last few years.

Karrikin

Karrikin Yamba Restaurants 15 of the Best Restaurants in Yamba

Karrikin offers a set four-course set menu that changes with the seasons and the available produce. Celebrating unique Australian flavours, the ever-evolving menu offers something new each visit which is why it is one of the best Yamba restaurants for dinner. Beyond their food, a thoughtful wine and cocktail menu complements the meal perfectly. A warm and inviting space has been carefully created in a converted house. At $80 a head, the restaurant offers wonderful value for those looking for a special dining experience.

El Ocaso

From the owners of the popular Barbaresco restaurant formerly at Angourie, El Ocaso is a new Yamba experience. Focusing on inventive modern Aussie cuisine with a Mediterranean flavor, El Ocaso is yet another offering in Yamba’s increasingly sophisticated dining scene.

  • Where: 18 Coldstream St, Yamba
  • When: Sittings from 5:30 pm – 8:45 pm Tuesday – Friday | 5 pm – 9 pm Saturday
  • Price: $30 -$60 a plate

Drift Pizza 

Pizza topped with prosciutto and greens from Drift Pizza, one of the best restaurants in Yamba

Drift isn’t your local corner shop pizza joint. With a menu featuring inventive combinations of traditional Italian ingredients on neo-Neapolitan style pizzas as well as a selection of sides, salads, wines, beer and cocktails, Drift promises to elevate your holiday pizza night.

Yamba Bars

a green cocktail with a dried kiwi fruit on the rim

There are plenty of places to wet your whistle in Yamba. Some of the Yamba bars are nostalgic, others modern with yummy cocktail menus, and some rowdy and authentic local haunts.

Main Beach Surf Club

Main beach and Yamba Surf Life Saving Club

Without flare or pretension, the surf club is nothing fancy but if it is location, atmosphere, and nostalgia you’re after, one of the oldest surf clubs in Australia has it all in spades. The surf club is only open for drinks and snack food from 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm on Fridays and sometimes other evenings as well. Keep an eye on their Facebook for information.

Paradiso Bar

This popular Yamba bar and restaurant is better known for its drinks than its food and features a variety of delicious and reasonably priced cocktails. If you are hungry, the Asian-inspired menu features a range of small and share plates like bao, sashimi, dumplings, and more.

  • Where: 10 Clarence St, Yamba
  • When: 5 pm – 11 pm Wednesdays | 5 pm – 11 pm Thursday – Saturday
  • Price: Signature & Classic cocktails $20

The Pacific Hotel

The Pacific Hotel Yamba

Making it onto our list for the second time, the Pacific Hotel is perhaps the most popular place for locals and tourists to go for a drink. Boasting amazing views during the day and at sunset, live music four days a week, a pool table, TVs to catch the game and at times a rowdy atmosphere, especially on a Friday or Saturday night, the Pacific is the best place to see the locals in action.

The Wobbly Chook

Microbreweries are all the rage right now and it seems like any destination worth its salt has its own brewery, of course, Yamba is no exception. The Wobbly Chook is the town’s very own brewery and bar.

You can grab a tasting paddle to sample their various beers and settle on your personal favourite. Meanwhile, if you’re hungry, there is plenty of pub grub on offer like burgers, schnitzels, wedges, and fish and chips.

  • Where: 26 Coldstream St, Yamba
  • When: 7:30 am – 5 pm Sunday – Tuesday | 7:30 am – 8:30 pm Thursday | 7:30 am – 9 pm Friday & Saturday | (Closed Wednesday)
  • Price: $Schooners from $7.50, tasting paddles $14

The Clarence Gin Distillery & Bar

Off the main street, tucked away in the industrial area, those who make the journey will be well rewarded. The local distillery roduces a range of artisanal gins and vodkas, which are made using locally sourced botanicals and traditional distilling techniques.

You can sample tasting paddles and cocktails including the delicious basil smash and the vodka spider made with the spirits and complemented with Stangelove Soda’s and Tonics.

  • Where: 5 Neptune Place, Yamba
  • When: 1 pm – 6 pm Saturday, Wednesday & Friday
  • Price: Cocktail from $15 & Tasting Paddles from $16

El Ocaso

If you don’t make it into Ocaso for dinner (or even if you do) be sure to drop in for a drink. The cocktail menu is as good as their dining menu, and they also have a great collection of wines. The laid-back atmosphere and friendly staff make it a perfect place to grab a sunset drink which you can enjoy from their balcony.

  • Where: 18 Coldstream St, Yamba
  • When: Sittings from 5:30 pm – 8:45 pm Tuesday – Friday | 5 pm – 9 pm Saturday
  • Price: Cocktails from $20

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Hopefully, you have found a couple of restaurants to try when you visit Yamba!

What are your favorite Yamba restaurants? Let us know in the comments below or send an email to thevanabonds(a)thevanabondtales.com

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