Planning a trip to Norfolk Island? While it's pretty obvious that Norfolk Island is an untouched paradise full of crystal clear bays, epic rugged coastlines and stunning nature walks, what is less known about the island is how fresh and incredible the food is. Follow our guide below for the top dining experiences you can't miss during your visit.
Best Restaurants for Dinner:
For a gourmet dinner overlooking the 100 Acre Reserve, sitting on the cosy outdoor verandah with a blanket while overlooking the trees lit with fairy lights, this is the perfect setting for a romantic dinner. Homestead was one of our highlights of the trip. We loved the lamb as a main course and creme brûlée as dessert. Be sure to make a booking in advance.
For another top quality dining experience, the Hili Restaurant and cafe is a must. Located in a cute cottage style house with a large outdoor dining space connected to the Queen Victoria Gardens this is a beautiful dining spot.
Our favourite dish was the Cheese Souffle, made from locally farmed goats cheese and the Pork belly for main. You will need to book in advance to get in, the restaurant is not open every night too so again be sure to plan when you want to go.
The RSL Memorial Club:
For a casual dinner head to the local RSL. We found they had the best free wifi on the island and for free too. The outdoor deck also has stunning panoramic coastal views for an afternoon or evening drink. Be sure to read the WW2 history along the walls when you're there too.
For an amazing steak dinner, don't miss the Bounty Bar and Grill. This is a popular spot with beautiful outdoor setting, so again be sure to make a booking.
Cafes for Breakfast:
For a casual breakfast amongst the avocado trees, visit the Golden Orb Cafe. Enjoy breakfast outside on the Verandah with forest views.
Easily the most popular cafe on the island, don't miss having breakfast and the Olive Cafe.
For the best coffee on the island (in our opinion) and healthy and sustainable foods, visit Prinke. There is also a delicious sandwich shop next door where you can order food to eat within the cafe.
High Tide Cafe:
For a casual brunch, with outdoor tables along the main street of Burnt Pine head to the High Tide Cafe.
Lunch and snacks:
Slick and Sons Deli:
For gourmet cheese, olives and cold cuts, head to Slick and Sons Deli. This is the perfect spot to pick up any picnic goods.
For a quick and casual lunch, visit Tempo Cafe in Burnt Pine.
Seriously Chocolate and Sweeties:
For homemade ice cream and local chocolates, head to Seriously Chocolate and Sweeties, both located in Burt Pine. They are great options for picking up souvenirs to take home.
Taste an island Fish Fry from Orn Da Cliff at Sunset:
Set outdoors on large tables overlooking the cliffs for sunset we got to try a taste of the local dishes (our favourite was the coconut bread) and watch the local Polynesian dances while enjoying an evening with music and getting to know the other tourists on the island.
This dinner only operates on certain nights of the week so be sure to plan if you're interested in doing it. It is BYO alcohol if preferred and you have the option to drive yourself there or take a tour bus. We booked our tour with Pine Tree Tours.
Meet the locals and learn about Norfolk Island life with the Progressive Dinner tour:
This was one of our favourite tours in Norfolk Island and is something we'd highly recommend for a true insight into what local life on Norfolk Island is like. It's a unique experience which we'd never done anything else like in our travels. Enjoy a 3-course meal progressing across 3 local Norfolk Islander family homes for entree, main and dessert. While dining, each homeowner will share their stories about their family history and day to day experience on the island, with times for Q&A. We booked our tour with Pine Tree Tours again, it was roughly $84 per head, and like the other tours, it doesn't operate every night so be sure to plan when you wish to go.
We hope you enjoyed guide on where to eat in Norfolk Island, Australia. For more details on the top things to see and do in Norfolk Island, check out our full guide here. To see more of our other Australian destination guides click here.
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