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Beth McFadden4 years ago

Wine & dine at these restaurants for dinner with a view

Magnetic Island has a certain kind of attraction that is loved by tourists and locals alike. Just a short 20-minute ferry ride from Townsville, this is a location that is not only convenient, but also absolutely beautiful when it comes to unparalleled views of the ocean and stunning beaches. If you’re visiting Magnetic Island, or looking for somewhere to go out for a special meal, we recommend you stick around for dinner to enjoy a view of clear skies and the stars overlooking the water. We've found the best restaurants on Magnetic Island to eat dinner during your stay, so don't look past these food options!

Barefoot Art Food Wine

Sunset over Horseshoe Bay, Barefoot Art Food Wine - Magnetic Island
Sunset over Horseshoe Bay, Barefoot Art Food Wine – Magnetic Island

For a premium dinner location on Magnetic Island, don’t go past Barefoot Art Food Wine. This restaurant has been open for twelve years and run by husband and wife power team Sasha and Dave – their love of good food and art has come together to create this incredible dining spot that is loved by locals and visitors from all over the world.

Stop in for a fresh seafood platter or incredible main meal, including dishes such as roasted pork belly served on a spiced parsnip puree with Cavolo Rosso and roasted pear. Sit back and enjoy fine dining and finish it off with a dessert tasting plate or a banana tarte tatin drizzled with caramel sauce and ice cream. Make sure you check out their Facebook page for updates on the current art exhibitions that show the work of local artists. If you love this venue as much as everyone else who visits, you can even book it out for your wedding reception. We promise that a night spent at Barefoot Art Food Wine will be a truly exquisite experience with views of Horseshoe Bay.
Where: 5 Pacific Drive, Horseshoe Bay QLD 4819

Le Paradis Brasserie

Enjoy the tropical weather, Le Paradis Brasserie - Magnetic Island
Enjoy the tropical weather, Le Paradis Brasserie – Magnetic Island

Located just down the road from a number of luxurious resorts in Nelly Bay is the quaint French themed Le Paradis Brasserie. This restaurant is just a short walk from the ocean and serves up a range of delicious French cuisine to indulge in. Order a glass of champagne or exclusive French wine and pick something scrumptious off the menu while relaxing in the alfresco dining.

Start your meal off with a French staple – snails served with spinach and cherry tomatoes. For your main meal, try the beef bourguignon or creamy chicken and wild mushroom vol au vent for a dish straight out of Paris itself. Last but not least, you can’t leave Le Paradis Brasserie without ordering a profiterole. This delightful puff of pastry, custard and chocolate will make you want to come back again and again.
Where: 100/98 Sooning Street, Nelly Bay QLD 4819

R&R Bar and Restaurant

Dinner with a view of the seaside, R&R Bar and Restaurant - Magnetic Island
Dinner with a view of the seaside, R&R Bar and Restaurant – Magnetic Island

For a relaxed dinner in one of the most beautiful places on earth, stop into the R&R Bar and Restaurant located in the Picnic Bay Hotel. Visit the R&R Bar and Restaurant for a huge range of meals ranging from fresh seafood to traditional pub meals. You can sit back and relax with a crisp schooner of beer while overlooking the pier, or take a seat inside by the large tropical fish tank to view some of the local wildlife without having to go diving.

At the R&R Bar and Restaurant you can bite into a juicy burger or steak sandwich for dinner or opt for a luxurious seafood platter. If you love seafood but would prefer it in a meal, choose the bug and prawn spaghetti for a flavoursome dish. You won’t be disappointed by the incredible beach views you’ll get when you visit this restaurant and afterwards you can retreat to the bar for a few drinks and a game of pool.
Where: Esplanade, Picnic Bay QLD 4819

If you’re looking somewhere to stay in nearby Townsville, check out this blog for the best luxury hotels!

Have we missed your favourite dining spot on Magnetic Island? Comment and let us know!