@ THE BALCONY
"Food is the ingredient that binds us together."
With volcanic soil and good rainfall in our hinterland, fresh produce is in abundance in the Byron Bay region. The ocean and mountains provide, and we are the lucky ones who enjoy what each season brings.
We invite you to visit some of the best restaurants in the Byron Bay area, which offer a creative, heart, soul and belly warming, unique dining experience.
A guide to Byron Bay's best restaurants and dining experiences:
SPECIAL OCCASION DINING
18-22 Old Pacific Highway, Newrybar Village
Harvest is a one-of-a-kind local food experience. Seasonal menus showcase the diversity of the Byron Bay region with fresh produce sourced from small, specialised farmers. Foraging food from their own edible gardens, the native and wild Australian ingredients feature in their signature dishes. In the hinterland village of Newrybar, Harvest is an award winning, hatted restaurant. The wine list features small, conscientious wine-makers and lesser-known Australian varietals. A private dining room is available on request for an intimate and luxurious fine dining experience in a truly unique setting. Bespoke menus can be created for up to 8 guests. Reservations are essential. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, 7 days.
Reservations: 02 6687 2644
4 Sunrise Lane, Ewingsdale
Fig Tree Restaurant creates innovative, cleverly-designed menus using seasonal produce, sourced from their own award winning gardens and the fields, paddocks, and ocean surrounding Byron Bay. Located in the original farmhouse on top of a hill, Fig Tree Restaurant has one of the most stunning views overlooking Byron Bay, perfectly framed by a beautiful old fig tree. In the evening, you’ll catch the light of the Cape Byron Lighthouse in the distance. At lunch, you’re welcome to dine and relax by the pool. The beautiful surroundings of Fig Tree Restaurant are relaxed and dream-like. You’ll need to plan ahead to experience the magic yourself. Reserve a table well in advance of your arrival for a memorable dining experience.
Reservations: 02 6684 7273
2 Massinger Street, Clarkes Beach, Byron Bay
Fine beachside dining with uninterrupted views of the Bay. A relaxed, coastal vibe and a sea breeze with a seasonal menu filled with local flavours. A hatted restaurant, Beach is the perfect way to set the mood for a memorable night to come. Sunset dinners, aperitifs on the deck. Watch the waves roll in and the romance begin. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, 7 days. Takeaway kiosk for casual dining. Dinner reservations essential.
Reservations: 1300 583 766
RELAXED DINING WITH FAMILY OR FRIENDS
11 Ewingsdale Road, Ewingsdale
Set on a picturesque 80-acre working farm and macadamia orchard, on the fringe of Byron Bay, Three Blue Ducks’ dining space is rustic but comfortable. The undercover outdoor patio offers sweeping views from Byron’s hinterland in the west, north to Mt Wollumbin and east to Cape Byron Lighthouse. As much produce as possible is sourced directly from The Farm and delivered to the table in honest, seasonal dishes packed with nutrients and full of flavour. A double spit, wood fire pizza oven and Argentinian grill fires up on weekends and private events. The bar offers 56 taps of all Australian craft beers, wines and ciders and a selection of unique cocktails to cater to all tastes. The wide open spaces are great for letting the kids run and play a little while you relax with friends and a cool drink. Always a beautiful evening at The Farm when the sky changes colour, the animals quite and the stars come out. Reserve a table or walk-in.
Reservations: 02 6684 7795
11 Marvel Street, Byron Bay
Modern European dishes sourced from regional Byron produce. Influenced by Spanish, French and Portuguese flavours, as well as their Italian specialities, Targa offers fine food in a comfortable, casual and relaxed space. The house rolled gnocchi is legendary among regulars. Afternoon antipasto and share plates. Early evening cocktails, then linger for dinner. Licensed from 10am for guests to enjoy drinks with or without food. Targa is a perfect venue for a post-wedding get-together or a relaxed night to remember with family, friends, good food and great wine. Breakfast, lunch, dinner. Reservations appreciated.
Reservations: 02 6680 9960
Corner Lawson and Jonson Streets, Byron Bay
Feast among friends. Freshly shucked oysters, creative share plates, signature cocktails and relaxing in the afternoon sun. Overlooking the buzzing main street of Byron Bay, Balcony Bar & Oyster Co. feels like a seaside beach house with lounges on the balcony and relaxing, laid back décor. The heritage-listed building has been newly refurbished. Headed up by award winning Executive Chef and Owner, Sean Connolly, the menu boasts simple, honest, seasonal food from locally sourced and sustainable suppliers. Celebrating great seafood, the oyster bar offers the most diverse oyster menu in Byron Bay with over 30 Australian varieties of freshly shucked oysters. The food ethos is all about simple, fresh and honest flavours. It’s also a great place to relax after a day on the beach. Reserve a table or walk-in.
Reservations: 02 6680 9666
30 Lawson Street, Byron Bay
Authentic Italian kitchen with natural hospitality. Delicious seafood specialties from the coast and meat and pasta dishes from the inland. Trattoria Basiloco is Italian soul food. It’s a warm, friendly feeling here. The element of finesse comes with the Italian chefs and their personal touch with local ingredients. The wine list features a number of exquisite Italian wines. For a tasty lunch, try the traditional style wood fired pizzas. The slow rising dough is made with the best Italian flours to reach the right texture for hand stretching. Let the kids lounge under the umbrellas out the front while you refresh with an Aperol Spritz. Only a block back from Byron’s Main Beach, Trattoria Basiloco offers a relaxed dining experience for all. Reservations appreciated. Takeaway pizza available.
Reservations: 02 6680 8818
3-6 Albert Street, Federal
A modern Japanese Australian fusion café. Head inland to the scenic hinterland village of Federal and drop into Doma for an exciting take on authentic Japanese cuisine. Old wooden benches and shared garden tables fit well with the rustic hillside village, but the elegance of the food and creativity of the menu are a stand out. There’s a small traditional style Japanese doma room inside. This favourite destination for roads trippers and locals is often busy, so arrive just a little earlier than lunch and enjoy something wonderfully unique to this region. Walk-in.
Inquiries: 02 6688 4711
23 Jonson Street, Byron Bay
A health-oriented dining experience. Serving fresh, locally sourced, plant-based and gluten free food. An extensive bar menu of drinks infused with a variety of active botanicals. Exotic cocktails using custom brewed liquors distilled with herbs, superfoods and bushtucker food. Also, unique non-alcoholic herbal elixirs offering relaxing, energising, mood enhancing, aphrodisiac and other effects. The focus is on taste, health, good vibes, and use of locally sourced organic ingredients. Try the ‘Mazing Macro Bowls with BBQ jackfruit and a creamy turmeric sauce. Elixiba bar and restaurant is a dining experience your body will thank you for the next day. Reservations appreciated.
Reservations: 02 6685 6845
11 Fletcher Street, Byron Bay
Dine under the fairy lights in No Bones’ garden setting with beautifully presented vegetarian dishes and pretty cocktails that look a dream. Plating up plant-based food from local farmers and giving the vegetarian diners of Byron Bay and their friends a wonderful option for a feel-good foodie night out. Drop in for happy hour and share a few tapas plates in the garden. Reservations appreciated.
Reservations: 02 6680 7418
@ NO BONES
"First we eat, then we do everything else."
- M.F.K. Fisher