The best family-friendly restaurants on the Gold Coast

The Culinary Life

It's school holidays — the perfect time to take a break from cooking and embrace the Gold Coast’s fine cuisines. From engaging kid’s menus to onsite playgrounds – we’re sharing our picks for the top family-friendly places to eat while on the Gold Coast.


While Italian is always a child pleaser, Gemelli will deliver a nod of approval from parents  too, with a bellissimo menu of made in-house pastas including the owner’s ‘nonna’s secret recipe bolognaise’. If it’s pizza you prefer, the authentic wood-fired pizza by the metre offers a wallet-friendly way to feed the family. After a meal, the kids can burn off excess energy at the grassy park in front of the restaurant while you relax with a glass of wine.

Insider Tip: Get a table near the pizza oven to be entertained by the pizza makers twirling and tossing the dough

Betty’s Burgers

An appealing décor and arguably the best burgers on the Coast make Betty’s a perennially popular choice. Parents and big kids can choose from six burgers, including a classic, a chicken burger, pork belly and even a mushroom burger for vegetarians, while the little ones have their own appropriately kid-sized burger. Everyone will love the ‘concretes’- rich ice-cream with a choice of indulgent ad-ons to mix in.

Planet Trekkers Menu at InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort

Leading children’s food expert and best-selling international author, Annabel Karmel, has created a menu full of nutritious (and delicious!) dishes specifically for InterContinental, which are available in the Resort’s restaurants. The dishes embrace flavours, textures, smells and tastes to take children on a tasty voyage and connect them with the Gold Coast.


Healthy, entertaining and fast; a sushi train ticks most the boxes for parents and kids alike. Even fussy eaters will find something to please at O-Sushi at Broadbeach with a wide range of freshly made and ever-changing dishes hitting the train, including sushi and sashimi, dumplings, tempura and more. As well as the dishes on the train, there’s also a broad a la carte menu. All dishes are MSG free.

Insider Tip: There is an incredible outdoors play area nearby, visible from the restaurant, and a children’s dream with giant grass-covered cubes.


April 6, 2018