Our restaurant recommendations
These are our recommendations on the island and reflect our personal preference and only mention ones we eat in regularly.
Saltwater Magnetic Island - Modern Australian, Asian Fusion restaurant in the heart of Nelly Bay. Open Wednesday’s to Sunday’s. Bookings essential. BYO only. 0414 352 762
Scallywags Cafe - Casual pirate themed cafe which is great for breakfast and does amazing burgers for lunch/dinner. Look out to see if they have a Fire-show, Live Music or Flea Circus while you're here - well worth booking one of those. Great entertainment for kids and adults! Bookings essential for any evening where there is a show. 0458 492 452
Shaka - Fantastic healthy fresh breakkies from a food truck at the old Heliport on Nelly Bay Beach.
Stuffed on Seafood - Casual seafood restaurant, Booking not required unless a large group. Licensed.
Patisserie and Gourmet Pies at Nelly - delicious pies, baguettes and croissants. Take away only. Closed Sundays.
Thai Again - good authentic Thai. Bookings essential. Licensed or BYO. (07) 4758 1659
Mamma Roma - fresh and authentic Italian, sometimes have live music playing on the weekends. Check their facebook page for details. BYO. Open from 5pm for dinner. Bookings essential (07) 4778 5456
The Reef Bar Cafe - Tapas from Tuesday to Sunday from 12 till 2 pm and on Friday night 5.30 till 8 pm.BYO. Bookings recommended. (07) 4758 1477
Stage Door Theatre Restaurant - Cheesy but brilliant. You'll laugh, you'll sing and you'll have a super fun night out. Three course dinner and a show! Bookings essential. (07) 4778 5448
The Early Bird - great spot for Breakfast or Lunch next to Horseshoe Bay beach. Bookings not required.
Cafe Nourish - healthy breakkies and lunches. Bookings not required.
Sandis on Magnetic Island - good for lunch or dinner with steaks and great seafood. Casual. Licensed. Live music sometimes. (07) 4758 1673
Barefoot Art Food Wine - the fine dining option in Horseshoe Bay. Good for lunch or dinner. Combines an art gallery and a restaurant. Bookings recommended. (07) 4758 1170
Adeles - great gelato!