Central Coast, New South Wales food guide: where to eat

During our recent break on the Central Coast, we were going for two things: catch up with our friends and food. So if food is something you’re looking forward to on your next trip to the Central Coast here are some of our new discoveries including some old favourites, whether it’s for breakfast, lunch, dinner or those thirsty moments. 


Zanziba Riverside Cafe – is nestled in the well established Riverside Park in West Gosford along the Central Coast Highway. Satisfy yourself with sumptuous all day breakfast, brunch, lunch and coffee in a relaxed and modern space with lots of natural light and plenty of parking. This cafe has both inside and outside seating areas. Coffee and food came out all in timely manner. We ordered the Eggs Benedict and Zanziba burger, both were a hit. Takeaway is also available if you are in hurry. 

Unit 6/69 Central Coast Highway, West Gosford NSW 2250 Phone: 0401 046 004


Suq Restaurant – shared plate has its advantage, the food becomes the point of conversation and everyone is able to taste everything that has been ordered and Suq has you covered with this type of dining. Global fusion is the theme here, this is our second time to visit and we were excited to try out some of the new dishes added to the menu. Located in the leafy suburb of Wamberal near Terrigal, this thriving restaurant offers a modern take of cuisines with influences from Asia, the Mediterranean, North Africa and the Middle East. With cozy ambiance, inviting feel and friendly service, it’s your choice to sit outside or inside. Try the flavour packed house made spiced Illaboo lamb rolls served with minted yoghurt, have a melting moment with the roasted beetroot garnished with Gibson Blue cheese, walnut , pomegranate balsamic reduction or the very popular 24-hour confit pork belly, parsnip puree, truffle oil, and salsa verde. Highly recommended and booking is a must! Plenty of parking on site and it’s both Licensed and BYO.

80 Ocena View Dr., Wamberal NSW 2260 Phone: 02 4384 1542


Florida Beach Bar – located on the ground floor of the Crown Plaza Terrigal, this beer garden /restaurant is a firm favourite for locals and visitors alike, boasting ample indoor and outdoor areas with spectacular views over Terrigal Beach. Enjoy a drink, cocktails, sit down meal (pub grub), live entertainment or dance the night away. Weekends can be very crowded and noisy as it is a well patronised venue.

1 Kurrawyba Ave, Terrigal NSW Phone: 02 4384 9111


Boathouse Bar & Dining – whether its water views or sumptuous food you crave, this venue offers both. We dropped by for a quick brunch and to admire the picturesque Brisbane Waters. This place is open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and they cater for functions too. We ordered two coffees and two bacon and egg rolls with tomato and beetroot relish, the best hand-held brunch treat. It’s licensed and parking on site. 

19 Brisbane Water Drive Koolewong NSW 2256 Phone: 02 4342 9994


Safran – Turkish Mezes – be delighted by this contemporary Turkish restaurant located inside the intricate Ettalong Markets, home to top-notch restaurants, literally there’s something to satisfy every craving in this complex. It was a busy night when we dined at Safran, and as we walked in this semi darkened restaurant, our senses were immediately transported somewhere in the Middle East with the vibes, aromas and spices wafting through the air. We ordered the banquet, $50 and you get to try 8 dishes including a dessert, great value. Overall, the food here will not let you down, a truly unique offering with interesting deep flavours from Turkey to Ettalong, highly recommended and booking is a must. It’s both Licensed and BYO. 

189 Ocean View Rd, Ettalong Beach, NSW 2257 Phone: 02 4342 7030


Woy Woy Fishermen’s Wharf – is an award- winning seafood restaurant, seafood market and takeaway on the Central Coast. Enjoy spectacular waterfront views while dining or simply grab a take away and enjoy it at the nearby park. It has an outdoor seating area for takeaway patrons but it can be crowded on the weekend. We ordered two fillet of John Dory and a serving of chips to share and the texture of the fish and chips were spot on. Catch the scheduled pelican feeding just next to the fish market. Hordes of these mighty birds come close to the public for this feeding time. Well worth an instagram snap. Plenty of parking. 

The Blvd, Woy Woy NSW 2256 Phone: (02) 4341 1171


E_deliciou_S independently paid for these meals. 

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