Summer in Byron Bay means sun-kissed days, glorious beaches and relaxed ambles around town. What better way to cap off a perfect day than with a top class dining experience?
Foodies are often surprised by the quality and energy of our beachside town’s restaurant scene.
It’s multi-faceted, eclectic and ever-fresh with new ventures popping up all the time. And why not? Byron Bay’s natural beauty and relaxed vibe has made it a magnet for all sorts, including world-class chefs and hatted restaurateurs.
With good food playing an important role in any trip, we thought it was time to highlight a sizzling selection of the town’s best and newest kids on the block. Bring on the summer!
1) Bang Bang
Where: 4/1 Byron Street
Launched at the start of November, Bang Bang is an epic new dig in Byron Bay. Its Melbourne chefs pay homage to the delightfully sumptuous cuisine of southeast Asia in unique old-world surroundings. From sashimi to satay to sticky braised beef ribs, this place is sure to tickle your tastebuds. But be sure to reserve a table on 02 5614 8748 or [email protected] because the secret’s out on Bang Bang!
Where: 6 Lawson Street
When: 5pm to late
Sip on a mezcal-based mule with kombucha or homemade tepache, traditional fermented pineapple concoction, at this Latin American-inspired bar and eatery. Brought to Byron from Three Blue Ducks (the crew behind The Farm and a handful of other venues), Locura continues its tradition of sustainable and ethical hospitality. Nibble wise, bring friends so you can share the enticing tapas-style dishes. Packed with flavour, experimental and punchy, Locura’s food and drink repertoire will knock your socks off.
3) Di Vino
Where: shops 4, 5/2 Fletcher Street
When: opens 5.30pm every day (Sunday starts at 12pm)
For authentic Italian food in a laid-back, yet stylish space, check out Byron’s latest wine bar. With exceptional Italian and Australian wines, and inventive cocktails, Di Vino is the perfect space to unwind. When your tummy starts to rumble, it’s time to savour a mouthwatering antipasti. For the mains, try out the wild boar ragu with pappardelle (punters rave about it), topped with a heavenly coffee mousse and hazelnut praline.
4) No Bones
Where: 11 Fletcher Street
When: opens 5pm
The all-female quartet behind No Bones has answered the prayers of vegans and vegetarians alike with the launch of its plant-based food and cocktails venue. While Byron Bay’s hippy roots has blessed the town with its fair share of vegetarian options, No Bones takes things to a whole new level. We know they’re onto something because carnivores love it too! The vegan calamari and housemade gnocchi with almond ricotta are definite winners.
5) Light Years
Where: 17 Lawson St
When: 5pm to late
The corks were popped at this vibey retro-style Vietnamese restaurant and cocktail bar a few moons ago, but the novelty of a night out here hasn’t waned a bit. According to its marketing machine, “Think – Hanoi in the ’50s, add a splash of pink (in several shades), lots of roses, hanging plants, delicious street food and amazing cocktails all paired to a killer soundtrack…and you’re halfway there”. Cute! Where else in Byron Bay can you dig into delicious five spice roasted duck pancakes, coconut sago and a spiked kombucha cocktail all in one place?
Where: Habitat North Byron, 1 Porter Street, Industrial Estate
When: open Monday to Friday, 7am to 9pm
The Industrial Estate is packed with hidden gems, and presents a great getaway from Byron’s bustling summer crowds. It’s also right down the road from Elements of Byron. Barrio, which means “neighbourhood” in Spanish, is a feel-good spot in the shopping precinct known as Habitat. Head chef Franscisco Smoje’s Argentinian origins are peppered through the menu, with items like chimichurri, empanadas (a classic snack) and piri piri charcoal chicken making an appearance. The vegetarian menu won’t disappoint either (think wood-fired broccoli with labne).
7) Azure Bar and Grill
Where: Elements of Byron, 144 Bayshore Drive
Open: Breakfast 7.00am – 10.30am
Lunch 12.00pm – 3.00pm
Dinner 6.00pm – 9.30pm
Named after the stunning shade of blue waters surrounding the restaurant, Azure will offer locals and guests a family-friendly dining experience in sophisticated “lux décor” surroundings. With an accent on natural and locally sourced produce, our resort’s latest gastronomic venture will make you feel seriously special. Azure will be open for breakfast and all day dining.
Where: 4 Jonson Street
Open: opens 12pm
In a previous life, this site pumped out prime rib steaks and seriously curly fries (it was home to Byron Bay’s original Hog’s Breath Cafe). Today, owner Matt Hunt’s dream of creating a cocktail bar with contemporary Australian food and a casual coastal ambience has been realised with Loft. Opening its doors in October, Loft is so named because it’s in a lofty space! Its drinks list leans toward organic and biodynamic products, while the to-share menu is sourced from local produce. A perfect place to enjoy dishes like roasted free-range pork jowl with spiced pear, guilt free.
9) The Bolt Hole
Where: 9 Fletcher Street
You won’t have to wander far after a dinner in town to get to this funky bar, complete with great views of the hinterland. Once you’re done gawking at the quirky vintage touches and decorative “references to hunting, steam trains and nautical escapades”, you’ll be faced with an almighty decision – what to drink? There are hundreds to choose from: whiskeys, gins, craft beers, artisanal spirits, and the list goes on. If that’s not enough, the kitchen plates up unique fare in the form of smokehouse BBQ, with the help of a handcrafted wood fired smoker from the US. If apple wood smoked pork ribs or smoked sticky salmon is your thing – and of course, great grog – while the night away at this unique hangout.
Want more inspiration for things to do in Byron Bay? Check out our Ultimate Guide to Byron Bay.