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Saltwater Cafe and Restaurant

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by Lydia C. Lee (subscribe)
Lydia C. Lee is still trying to work out what to do with her one wild and precious life. She currently is a haphazard blogger. Read more at or
Published April 2nd 2014
The Gem at Emerald Beach
I'd just seen a photo of the beach, which lured me into convincing the family we needed to head up to Emerald Beach for lunch. As we caught sight of the restaurant, my partner said "It looks a little too formal for us", referring to the kids in boardies.

We decided to look at the menu before entering, and from that point, there was no turning back.

The restaurant offers a sophisticated dining menu, but also basic beachside classics of fish and chips or burgers.

The room has been carefully put together, with thoughtful touches lifting the dining experience. We took seats outside on the deck, so we could make the most of the stunning beach view.

The menu had a tempting truffle infused risotto or pork belly with figs and scallops. I'm sorry for you that we only ordered the burgers, because as we watched the beautifully presented food make its way to nearby tables, it was hard to resist the temptation to take some photos.

Our meals came quickly, but we were welcome to take our time and enjoy a leisurely lunch.

The kids fish and chips was an equally huge success and the adults and children alike were very happy with the excursion. The cool playlist was switched to a live musician for the Sunday afternoon chill session, just as I was finishing my herbal infusion, and unfortunately, the lure of the beach proved too strong for us to stay and enjoy that.

If you are in Coffs Harbour, this is a must dine experience. Whether you are after sophisticated dining or a low key breakfast, Saltwater Café and Restaurant has it all, and views that will dazzle you. There is a wall of awards, and I have little doubt they are all well deserved. From the frangipani in the bathroom to the tasty offering on the plate in front of you, it is a faultless experience.

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Why? Great food, great views
When: From 8am Wednesday to Sunday, including Wednesday to Saturday for dinner
Phone: (02) 6656 1888
Where: 104 Fiddaman Road, Emerald Beach
Cost: Varies but reasonable
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I've dined here many times and love it...the location is perfect.
by ROF (score: 2|313) 2541 days ago
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