This has long been a favourite of ours. The tasting and farmers market menus are fantastic.
There is almost nothing more than I love than a long lunch and this is the perfect setting for it. Perched on the hills in Ewingsdale (just out of Byron), on a clear day you can look out to the ocean and see the Byron Bay Lighthouse in the distance. The food is creative and I love that Chef Che Devlin (who also owns and grew up on the property) comes and personally greets everyone. Other restaurants could certainly learn from these guys! The service is professional, friendly, attentive and unpretentious which is just the way we like it. You can also take your own champagne or wine which is a bonus and a lot of the food is picked straight from their beautiful garden.
Back in the day you used to be able to turn up to The Fig Tree for lunch or dinner but due to its popularity as a restaurant and wedding venue you now need to book months in advance. This makes spontaneous bookings difficult, but if you can organise it, I’d definitely suggest you add The Fig Tree to your list when you’re next in town.
This little gem (Folk), right outside of Byron, is worth the walk, cycle or drive to get here. The funky, relaxed set up is very Instagramable and the food is simple, fresh, delicious and oh so pretty!
I’ve tried nearly everything on the menu and it’s all delicious with lots of great gluten free and vegan options.
No trip to Byron is complete without a trip to The Farm. Set on 80 acres just outside Byron this is the perfect place for city slickers to get a taste of ‘farm life’. As well as a restaurant run by the Three Blue Ducks team from Sydney’s East, The Farm also has a gorgeous florist, bakery, produce store and huge grounds you can walk around. You can look at the pigs, scottish highland cattle, chickens and even pick macadamias in the macadamia orchid.
The Farm gets busy especially during school holidays and weekends so be prepared for a bit of a wait. The vibe is relaxed, busy and family friendly. I’m not always a huge fan of the menu (it’s a little too ‘hipster’ for me) but I always love the experience. They have a huge selection of wine on tap which is an awesome way to reduce waste and I love their food philosophy – growing your own and eating fresh without much waste.
We love bringing a picnic rug and picking up a yummy salad and pastry from the bakery and sitting out in the sun.
Be warned, this place is a time warp. You can lose hours or a whole day relaxing here!
I hear The Farm are opening a new beachfront venue later in 2018 (The Beach House), which I can’t wait to check out!
The Treehouse is another one of our favourites due to the relaxed, Byron vibe. In my opinion breakfast is not their speciality but lunch, dinner and afternoon cocktails are always a winner. The food is good, it’s spacious (great for the kids) and if you’re lucky you’ll also catch a great band or spot a few celebrities (Chris Hemsworth and Elsa Pataky are frequently seen here).
You can walk back to Byron via the beach after your meal for the perfect Byron afternoon!
6. Mavis’s Kitchen, Uki
Elements is a fairly new conference centre / luxury accommodation venue just outside of Byron. Set on 50 acres of beachfront land this place has got so much potential. Unfortunately for those of us that can’t afford to stay here (it’s on my wish list!) we have to make do with the restaurant, Graze, which is set at the front of the property (no beach view unfortunately but it does overlook the pool). The decor here can seem a little ‘conferencey’ (which is perfect for a work lunch) but the service is great and the food is enjoyable. I always feel relaxed here and our kids are always welcomed.
This little cafe originated in Melbourne and made its way to Byron a few years back. Combi has a great range of fresh raw food, smoothies, nourish bowls, yummy coffee, raw sweet treats, and delicious acai bowls! Lots of options when you are feeling like something fresh and healthy or vegan and gluten free.
Our other favourite foodie picks include: Harvest in Newyrbar, The Courthouse Restaurant in Mullumbimby as well as Top Shop, Beach Byron Bay, The Byron Bay General Store, Miss Margaritas, St Elmos, Balcony Bar and Fleet.
You are definitely spoilt for choice in Byron. This is foodie heaven! We hope you have an amazing time!
I’ll keep this list updated as new places open so you can come back and view when you are next in Byron.
If you have other suggestions or places you love around Byron we would love to hear from you!