I'm a freelance writer, photographer and reviewer based on the Gold Coast.
Published August 21st 2019
A taste of Greece on the Gold Coast
There are many fine-dining restaurants on the Gold Coast, often with a hefty price tag, however, this isn't the case with George's Paragon Seafood Restaurant, situated at Sanctuary Cove. They advertise a half-price menu all day, and yes, that probably makes it full price all the time, yet tourists and locals alike flock there as the prices are very affordable.
It's an old favourite of mine, with friends and family making many trips there over the years, and every visit brings satisfaction in service, atmosphere and culinary delights. Three of us visited there again the other day, and we were immediately warmly welcomed by a staff member and shown to our table overlooking the marina. It did take a few minutes for a staff member to come and take our drinks order, but after that service was quick and attentive.
I love the ambience of this restaurant, set out in fresh blue and white, you feel you really could be in the Greek Islands. High ceilings, with the walls decorated with scenes from Mykonos, really get the holiday vibe going. It's a large restaurant with several seating areas inside and out yet you never feel as though you're just a number. Dining is relaxed, you can take your time and take in the view of the magnificent yachts parked metres from your table.
Then the big decision came, what to order? There are so many dishes to choose from, different types of fish and crustaceans, but also for the non-seafood lover, there's chicken, veal and pasta dishes aplenty as well. The full menu can be found here. As it was quite early for lunch we decided to forgo entree's and concentrate on mains. I chose the Barramundi, and my mum went for the Atlantic Salmon, both of which came with chips and broccolini, and my aunt elected to have the Veal Funghi, with mashed potatoes, asparagus and cherry tomatoes. All three dishes were well presented, with big servings, and all turned out to be delicious. After eating we were too full to even consider dessert, yet staff were happy to let us linger over a glass of wine, realising it encourages happy diners, with repeat business. As always, we were very happy with our choice to come to George's Paragon.
The restaurant is open from 11am to 10pm, with no reservations required. There is ample parking at Sanctuary Cove, or you can take the bus, route 711 coming from Southport. There are many other attractions at Sanctuary Cove, with upmarket boutiques, golf courses, a theatre, cafes and bars, so you can easily make a day of it. Plus for those not wanting to make the trip George's Paragon also has branches at Coolangatta, Mt Tamborine as well as Eagle Street Pier in Brisbane. I urge you to go along and try this restaurant, I'm confident you won't regret it.