Treat yourself to at least a coffee or a cocktail at this beachfront cafe/kiosk by day, elegant restaurant/bar by night. Noosa holds a special place in many people's memories as a pristine beachside town overlooking Noosa National Park and the Pacific Ocean. Berardo's Bistro On The Beach is an excellent spot to sit and soak up that beachside vibe and eat some fresh local food while you're at it.
Jim Berardo and Greg O'Brien opened Berardo's Bistro On The Beach over ten years ago and also founded the famous Noosa International Food and Wine Festival, so they know a thing or two about the local food scene. They have sourced the best produce grown sustainably within the Sunshine Coast region, such as "Noosa Red" tomatoes (which are extra delicious), Cooroy Leg Ham and local free range eggs. We visited for brunch one morning during the school holidays and all members of our group declared every bite of their meal a gourmet delight. The Smoked Salmon Omelette (pictured below) especially comes with my own recommendation.
The Bistro itself is filled with light, with huge glass windows designed to make the most of the incredible views stretching right to the horizon. You can sit for hours watching the locals swim (take binoculars if you want to spot some dolphins), the tourists promenade and just enjoy becoming part of the scenery. Being located only a muffin's throw from the beach, Berardo's also cater to the beach crowd with a deli-style kiosk serving take away coffees, salads, baguettes, seafood, homemade pate and biscuits.
Head Chef, Gene Quinlan has a great philosophy about food, "Keep it simple, use quality ingredients and savour every bite." So if you're keen to taste a bit of that, you might have to visit Berardo's Bistro On The Beach very soon.