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Byron Bay restaurants took our heart! We fell in love with this boho-chic beach town in southeast Australia. The the best restaurants Byron Bay come in many shapes, with eclectic gastronomy, from Asian to Mediterranean food. We couldn’t get enough of all the options!

To find out more about Byron Bay restaurants, be sure to check out my guide on the best restaurants Byron Bay for BREAKFAST.

Byron Bay
Hello Byron – kinda love your style:)!

Here, you’ll find reviews for Bang Bang, The Mez Club, Beach Byron Bay, Raes on Wategos, The Loft, The Balcony Bar and Oyster Co.Byron Fresh Café, Asia Joe’s, Miss Margarita and Bay Kebabs.

And now, let’s get to dining!

Byron Bay Restaurants – Best Restaurants Byron Bay

Bang Bang – A Contemporary Asian Hit!

  1. Food: 4
  2. Drinks: 5
  3. Atmosphere: 5
  4. Design: 5
  5. Service: 4

We reached Bang Bang after everyone recommended it, as it’s the hippest Asian spot among Byron Bay restaurants. We decided to make a reservation for Christmas Eve, and we weren’t disappointed!

One of the best restaurants Byron Bay, Bang Bang is a contemporary Asian eatery. The design was so fresh and modern! A pastel wonder, green takes protagonism, with elements of gold and copper. The open-air kitchen and various seating options finished the lovely look. You can either sit at the Bang Bang bar, a regular table or by the window – which, of course, was our fave option.

amazing food in Byron Bay, this restaurant is called Bang Bang.
We had to turn the light on to get a better look at this food, it was just as amazing as it looks.

The food at Bang Bang is as fresh as the ambiance: Thai, with a modern twist. I loved their Massaman, their Bang Kapow and their incredible cocktails. In real mixology style, the Bang Bang drinks were superb and went well with the food: the Harvest Moon mixed amazingly with the spices. We had a few cocktails after dinner, just soaking up the wonderful vibe.

The Mez Club – One of the Best Byron Bay Restaurants

  1. Food: 4
  2. Drinks: 4
  3. Atmosphere: 5
  4. Design: 5
  5. Service: 4

The Mez is one of those spots that quickly became one of our favorites among Byron Bay restaurants. Beautifully decorated, its heart beats with the look of The Hamptons. With white walls, stools in beige and browns and sisal carpets, it’s got the same relaxed vibe as the rest of town.

the interior is amazing at the mez, a restaurant in byron bay
This restaurant in Byron Bay has everything, from the food, the interior and all you can ask for.

We came to The Mez Club for lunch and dinner and loved the vibe on both occasions. One of the things I liked most here was the high tables, perfect to do some people-watching while eating.

healthy and delicious food in byron bay, this is at the mez
Fredrik was very happy with his choice.

The food at The Mez Club stands among the best restaurants Byron Bay. The portions are generous and made to share, and I loved the sweet potato fries, hummus, tzatziki, lamb kofta balls, and slow-cooked Moroccan beef. The drinks and wine, also fantastic!

Beach Byron Bay – The One & Only Beachfront Option!

  1. Food: 5
  2. Drinks: 4
  3. Atmosphere: 5
  4. Design: 3
  5. Service: 4

Beach Byron Bay, isn’t just one of the best restaurants Byron Bay, it’s also the town’s only beachfront eatery. Offering fine dining, the price is a little steeper than usual. The coolest thing you can do? Get a table by the window, facing the beach!

food in byron bay? There is some amazing meals, just like this one
Are you trying to find food in Byron Bay? Don’t look any longer, doesn’t this make your mouth water?

The selection of rosé at Beach Byron Bay was outstanding, one of the best among Byron Bay restaurants.

The food was also delicious, perfect for a long lunch and then a sunset by the beach. The design is simple but not much is needed when the view is this magnificent.

As usual in Australia, the service at Beach Byron Bay was very professional and friendly!

beautiful restaurant in byron bay right at the beach
Simple but cozy!

Raes on Wategos – The Luxury Rosé Lunch Spot!

  1. Food: 5
  2. Drinks: 5
  3. Atmosphere: 4
  4. Design: 4
  5. Service: 5

Self-advertised as “a boutique retreat with personalized service,” Raes on Wategos, is undoubtedly among the best restaurants Byron Bay. Perfect for a luxurious meal dinner, it’s actually on the Wategos Beach, so you’ll need to take a cab there.

This felt like your own private getaway but still with a great view.
Rosé Lunch – Yay!

This gem among Byron Bay restaurants is relaxed and peaceful. It’s got a superb wine list and menu, perfect for a long rosé lunch. 

Due to its location, you can imagine Raes on Wategos is one of the more expensive choices in town. Worth it if you’re up for a treat, though! A true luxury option among the best Byron Bay restaurants. 

The Loft Byron Bay – The Place for Delicious Drinks!

  1. Food: 4
  2. Drinks: 5
  3. Atmosphere: 4
  4. Design: 4
  5. Service: 4

The Loft offers one of the most upscale late-night experiences of the best Byron Bay restaurants. The look at Loft Byron Bay is similar to that of The Mez Club, as it’s also white, modern and cozy and beachy. Located on a loft in the busy Jonson Street, the creative drinks stand out among the best restaurants Byron Bay. I particularly loved their chili drinks – but be prepared, because they’re spicy!

Loft is a restaurant in byron bay and look at this interior, so beautiful.
Clean, white and luxurious feeling in this restaurant. If you don’t want to sit inside…
dining area at loft, a restaurant in byron bay
…they also have places if you want to enjoy the sun whilst eating.

What makes Loft Byron Bay stand out among Byron Bay restaurants is how it elevates the local concept. We only had snacks here, but the food looked delicious!

The Balcony Bar and Oyster Co – THE Late Night Spot! 

  1. Food: 4
  2. Drinks: 4
  3. Atmosphere: 4
  4. Design: 3
  5. Service: 4

The Balcony Bar and Oyster Co. is one of the most popular Byron Bay restaurants, and it’s easy to see why. Focused on oysters and other seafood, it’s hip and crowded, with a great vibe, much more vibrant than its neighbor Loft Byron Bay.

we visited balcony, a restaurant in byron bay
If you are looking for seafood, that’s Balcony’s specialty!
balcony is a restaurant in byron bay with such a home like interior
Not just good food, but also good vibes? Yes please!

One of the best restaurants Byron Bay, it’s important to remember that this isn’t a tranquil spot. Come here for the party, drinks and delicious oysters – it’s perfect late at night or after the beach.

the interior of balcony, a restaurant in byron bay
Christmas feelings

Byron Fresh Café – An Insta Gem where the Music Flows

  1. Food: 3
  2. Drinks: 4
  3. Atmosphere: 4
  4. Design: 4
  5. Service: 5

While the food at the Byron Fresh Café is just okay, it deserves a spot among the best restaurants Byron Bay. Instagram-ready with beautiful boho and modern vibes, it’s a place to relax during your time in town. On the busiest corner around, they have live music every day, and it’s a vivacious scene.

lunch at fresh, a restaurant in byron bay
A very warm and welcoming feeling here.

While the food was average, I did love their wine list. I think it’s one of the loveliest Byron Bay restaurants for a nice, relaxed dinner after the beach or later on in the evening. The service was truly personal and friendly and this is one of the best spots for people watching. 

Huge portions at Byron Bay Fresh Cafe
OMG – These portions are huge!

Asia Joe’s – A True Thai Cuisine Gem!

  1. Food: 4
  2. Drinks: 3
  3. Atmosphere: 4
  4. Design: 3
  5. Service: 3

Asia Joe’s is our favorite hole-in-the-way of all Byron Bay restaurants. It’s on Bay Lane, where you’ll find some of the best restaurants Byron Bay, mainly street food and low-key spots.

a comfy design at the asia jones restaurant in byron bay
There’s a lot of restaurants in Byron Bay, and Asia Joes is one of them I can highly recommend.

Asia Joe’s is the ultimate place for Thai cuisine, with incredible food with the freshest ingredients. They’re very conscious about adding crunchy vegetables to their meals, which enhances the flavors. With a cute and simple design, it’s a truly authentic Thai place, street food style.

Miss Margarita – Mexico, Here We Go!

  1. Food: 3
  2. Drinks: 3
  3. Atmosphere: 3
  4. Design: 4
  5. Service: 5

Miss Margarita is an institution among Byron Bay restaurants, and its colorful and Insta-friendly design is very chill and fun. The service also happens to be amazing, and it’s an all-around great spot for dinner after the beach, as it’s pretty near.

miss margarita is a restaurant in byron bay with amazing food,
We stayed a bit longer to relax and enjoy the view from the restaurant. Can you tell I liked the food?

However, I wasn’t crazy about the food at Miss Margarita, and wouldn’t put it among the best restaurants Byron Bay. The quesadillas had too much cheese, and the flavors just weren’t very authentic. While the food in Australia is excellent, it’s hard to find authentic flavors from Mexican cuisine, and Miss Margarita is no exception.

how cute is this interior at miss margarita, a restaurant in byron bay
How cute is the interior?

The other Mexican place in Byron, Chihuahua Taqueria, claimed to be so authentic Trump would build a wall to keep it out, but I wasn’t crazy about the flavors there either. I’d say a weak 3.

Bay Kebabs – A Must Among Byron Bay Restaurants!

I’m not usually big on kebabs, but Bay Kebabs place is worth a visit! The kebabs were the best I’ve ever eaten, with a lot of variety, with meats like lamb, chicken, and pork – all made with fresh ingredients and sauces. Think of Kebab Bay as a build-your-kebab type of place, where you can choose what you want in yours.

Bay Kebabs is a little hole-in-the-wall that you can’t miss if you’re up for some fast food after a big party!

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17 Comments

  1. Such an amazing list of restaurants! We love beautifully designed restaurants because of the experience. The way the design the restaurant and even the foods they bring out make it that much more worthwhile! All the food looks so delicious

    • Linda Reply

      Thanks a lot and could not agree more! It is all about the full experience!

  2. Hi Linda,

    Thank you for taking us on a whirlwind tour of the top ten restaurants in Byron Bay. Your well written post and gorgeous pictures made me want to try some of them. The only problem? I’m allllllllllllllll the way in England ????

    But thanks for sharing ?

    Best regards,
    Pedro Okoro

    • Linda Reply

      Ha ha thanks a lot and happy you enjoyed the reading! One day you know you might be there!

    • Linda Reply

      Thanks dear and the food in Byron is so delicious & healthy:)!

    • Linda Reply

      Oh great timing then dear! You will love it I am sure!!!

    • Linda Reply

      We were so happy with all the places! And yes that drink was just what i needed in that weather 🙂

    • Linda Reply

      Haha thank you, that makes me happy to hear. Yes Australia can be sooo far away and it takes a while to get there, but its so worth it! You wont regret it 🙂

  3. Amira Halilovic Reply

    Thanks for sharing this!! I have an uncle in Australia, which I hope I can visit some time soon for the first time and I will totally keep in mind these restaurants! Everything looks so tempting ?

    • Linda Reply

      Well then you already have a place to stay, how nice 🙂 I hope you get to chance to visit!

    • Linda Reply

      Thanks, im glad you like it and hope it’ll be useful 🙂

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