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Margate Beach House Bistro, Bar & Cafe

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by Roy Chambers (subscribe)
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Published July 3rd 2018
Great food overlooking Margate Beach
The Margate Beach House Bistro, Bar and Cafe serves great food, including a fantastic seafood platter overlooking Margate Beach. Located on the ground floor of the new Margate Sebel boutique hotel on the Redcliffe Peninsula, this is the newest must eat dining destination in the area and Margate's best restaurant by far.

Sebel has opened a boutique hotel with a great restaurant, cafe and bar right on Margate Beach
Sebel has opened a boutique hotel with a great restaurant, cafe and bar right on Margate Beach

About the Sebel Hotel in Margate

Sebel's new 58 room boutique hotel provides rooms with full or partial ocean views, cooking facilities and of course is set in a great location. Set on the less busy, but really beautiful part of the Redcliffe Peninsula, you can enjoy the tranquil setting or take a short drive or brisk walk to the more touristy hubs of Redcliffe and Woody Point.

About Margate Beach

Margate is the forgotten beach on the Redcliffe Peninsula. While very popular as a place to walk, run, cycle and swim with locals, most visitors to the Redcliffe are will head to other locations and completely forget about this beautiful beach. Yet if you want to escape the crowds and relax, this is the place to go.

Margate Beach and boardwalk seen from the hotel
Margate Beach and boardwalk seen from the hotel

About the Beach House Bistro, Bar & Cafe

As a restaurant to a hotel, this place is open for 7 days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The restaurant has 3 main areas, a cafe area aimed at casual dinners, a more formal area for people who are looking for a proper meal with an outdoor seating area which gets you more up close and personal with the beach. It is recommended that you book ahead if you want more formal dining, especially on the weekends.

I have only dined at the restaurant as a guest and been provided with sampler plates, which I have to admit were great. All photos of the food are these samplers.

Seafood sample platter
Seafood sample platter

For the restaurant, the main featured attraction is the seafood platter. While the rest of the menu is also has a good focus on seafood, but it also includes both wagyu and vegetarian burgers, short ribs and other great options, all presented with an upmarket flair. While there are some expensive options on the menu, most of the dinner options are around $20, which is perfect for most people's budgets.

Meat and salad sampler platter
Meat and salad sampler platter

For casual dining, there is a range of snacks such as calamari, dip plates and fresh oysters or prawns. In an area famous for its seafood, they know that people appreciate that it is served as simply as possible. For cafe drinks, you have a wide range of the usual suspects when it comes to coffee and tea, so if that is your preference, you are not likely to be disappointed.

Sample of vegetables
Sample of vegetables

Breakfast runs from 6:30 am to 11 am and includes such delights as The Local, which is avocado, eggs, tomato, fetta, herbs and sourdough bread, Spanish Omelette, which is one of my favourites and not seen in enough restaurants, and the big breakfast is called Morning Glory, which has everything your stomach could want from a breakfast. If you want to be healthy, then an acai bowl or fresh seasonal fruit are great alternatives.

Cheese and dessert sample
Cheese and dessert sample

There are also kids menus for both dinner and breakfast. These are mostly aimed at fussy kids and if your kids like dining adventurously, it would be better to order an extra side and a spare plate and let them try a little bit of each.

Whether it is drinks with your food or you are just you just want to enjoy an evening of drinks, the selection is pretty wide. Wines come from Australia, New Zealand, France, Italy and Argentina with a great selection of different wines served just by the glass and more options if you want to order a bottle.

There are also 8 beers on tap, with a beer from the Eumundi Brewery being the most interesting to try. Of course, you can always have a cocktail and of course, Mojitos or Margaritas by the beach is never a bad option.

Events on the rooftop

The hotel also features a private rooftop which is great for catered events. With both covered and open deck space, it is a great place to book for your next party.

The rooftop at the Sebel Margate can be booked for events
The rooftop at the Sebel Margate can be booked for events

Getting there

Driving to Margate and finding parking is easy, with plenty of parking on Margate Parade by the beach. If you want to come by public transport, there are buses that travel up and down Margate Parade which take you to Woody Point, Redcliffe and the Kippa-Ring Train Station.


This new offering on the beach at Margate is a great addition to the restaurant scene in the area. Its combination of restaurant and cafe dining means you can pop in here for breakfast after an early morning walk on the beach, dress up for a wonderful dinner in the evening, or enjoy cocktails overlooking the beach.
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When: 6:30 am to 9 pm
Phone: (07) 34483448
Where: 1 Mcculloch Avenue Margate Beach 4019 BRISBANE
Cost: Most meals
Your Comment
Must go back and see the finished result.
This complex was just at the starting stage when I left Margate late last year .
You are correct in saying that Margate is the forgotten part of the Peninsula but it is gradually coming alive with places like this.
With SeaLovers Restaurant near by it has so much to offer
Love the article.
by maure (score: 1|35) 1122 days ago
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