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Noosa's Best Restaurants: the AGFG awards

28 Feb 2022

The 2022 Australian Good Food Guide Chef Hats have been announced and 11 Noosa restaurants have been recognised for their incredible food and renowned chefs.

The Chef Hats are awarded based on six criteria (ingredients, taste, presentation, technique, value, and consistency) which focuses solely on the food produced at the restaurants. Throughout the previous year food critics dine anonymously at restaurants across Australia and take public reviews into account when nominating these Chef Hats.

So, let’s get into the top 11 restaurants in Noosa as determined by the Australian Good Food Guide!

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1. Sum Yung Guys

At Sum Yung Guys you can expect delicious, innovative Asian fusion style eats, with a menu that is designed to share with friends. This incredible restaurant has been awarded 14 Chef Hats for the amazing meals served up by MasterChef’s Matt Sinclair and delicious cocktails by co-owner Dylan Campbell. If you’re looking to check this place out for yourself, make sure to book well in advance to ensure a table!

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2. Locale Noosa

Located on Hastings Street just a few steps back from Noosa Main Beach is the fine dining restaurant, Locale Noosa. Locale is a refined Italian restaurant and bar and has received 14 Chef Hats for their divine meals. Their seasonal menu features handmade pasta, traditional Italian antipasti, and desserts as well as an extensive beverage list.

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3. ALBA by Kuruvita

Recently opened by internationally renowned chef, Peter Kuruvita is ALBA by Kuruvita. Kuruvita known for his rich, culturally inspired cooking has been awarded 13 Chef Hats for his Modern Australian Cuisine. At ALBA you can expect local seasonal produce, seafood spiced with international flavours, woodfired pizza and plenty more! They even offer cooking masterclasses so you can make this delicious food at home.

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4. Noosa Waterfront Restaurant

As per the name, the Noosa Waterfront Restaurant is exactly that! Situated by the Noosa River is the elegant yet casual Italian restaurant. Receiving 13 Chef Hats, indulge in the seasonal Italian menu featuring locally sourced produce and ingredients and enjoy the divine location at the same time!

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5. Miss Moneypenny's

Head on down to the stylish venue of Miss Moneypenny’s located on Hastings Street. Here you will enjoy a diverse range of cocktails and globally influenced Modern Mediterranean meals. Miss Moneypenny’s were presented with 12 Chef Hats and has become an iconic venue for locals and tourists to visit.

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6. View by Matt Golinski

View by Matt Golinski is a collaboration between the Australian Celebrity Chef Matt Golinski and the luxe accommodation, Peppers Noosa Resort and Villas. Nestled amongst the treetops of Noosa’s National Park, you will be treated to some of the best flavours and textures of Noosa’s local ingredients. So, it comes with no surprise that View by Matt Golinski received 12 Chef Hats in the Good Food Guide.


7. Embassy XO

Head over to the beautiful Sunshine Beach and you will find the trendy restaurant, Embassy XO. Here you will be provided with the ultimate modern Asian dining experience with delicious meals and tasty cocktails! This incredible restaurant and bar have been awarded a very well-deserved 12 Chef Hats!


8. Sails Beach Restaurant and Bar

Watch the waves roll in on Noosa Main Beach as you spoil yourself to a long lunch or dinner at this beautiful Noosa restaurant. Experience a thoughtfully sourced Modern Australian cuisine complimented by an extensive wine list held in their three working wine cellars! Naturally, Sails Beach Restaurant and Bar received 12 Chef Hats for their tasteful menu and divine meals.

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9. Noosa Beach House Restaurant

Situated amongst the buzz of the iconic Hastings Street is the Noosa Beach House Restaurant! This sophisticated restaurant was given 12 Chef Hats for its delicious European cuisine inspired both by global flavours and the Noosa coastal location! Whether you’re looking for an upper-class dining experience or something more relaxed, the Noosa Beach House offers a restaurant menu and a bar menu to suit all preferences.


10. Rickys River Bar and Restaurant

Fine Modern European cuisine in an elegant space with expansive water views is Rickys River bar and Restaurant in a nutshell. Just a short drive from Hastings Street, perched as close to the water as you can get is this incredible restaurant, which received 12 Chef Hats for their meals! You can even jump on the Noosa Ferry and arrive by boat!

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11. Sumi Open Kitchen

If authentic Japanese food is what you’re craving, then look no further because Sumi Open Kitchen has got you covered. Located in the bustling Noosa Junction, sit back and watch as your delicious meals are prepared in the open kitchen! Sumi Open Kitchen has received 12 Chef Hats for its incredible, authentic Japanese food.