If you’re taking a break on this gorgeous island, you’ll need a few reliable spots to find the best food. Whether you’re looking for a good coffee, a tasty burger, or the best seafood and fresh produce available, we’ve got you covered for the best places to eat on Magnetic island.

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Check out our list of the best places to eat on Magnetic Island

1) The Early Bird

This place is super popular, situated right on the beachfront area of Horseshoe Bay. If you’re craving some great food and fantastic coffee to start your day, this place should be on your list.

The tropical eggs benedict and French Toast dishes were delicious and the smoothies are fantastic! First on our list of the best places to eat on Magnetic Island. 

Address: 2/11 Pacific Dr, Horseshoe Bay

2) Cafe Nourish

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Best places to eat Magnetic Island – This place is a great choice!

A bright, airy cafe is situated right across the beach at Horseshoe Bay. Make sure you stop by Nourish for a breakfast or brunch to set you up for a day of hiking, swimming, and beach time on the island.

This place has a great menu and the coffee is top-notch. We loved that our coffee is served with a small glass of sparkling water! This was one of our favourite and best places to eat on Magnetic Island.

Address: 3/6 Pacific Dr, Horseshoe Bay

3) Scallywags Cafe

A fun place to enjoy a tasty and affordable meal. Try the burgers in the evening or come here for a tasty breakfast and morning coffee. The staff is great and there’s a pirate theme going on, so the kids will love it!

They do a fire show on Saturday nights but make sure you book a table so you don’t miss out.

Address: 104 Sooning St, Nelly Bay

4) Sandi’s

A fantastic restaurant and beach bar which specialises in fresh local seafood and premium steaks. The location is perfect making it one of the best places to eat on Magnetic Island! Right on the stunning beachfront of Horseshoe Bay.

The seafood pasta was delicious, I’d highly recommend it.

Address: 7 Pacific Dr, Horseshoe Bay

5) Bikini Tree Cafe

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Best places to eat on Magnetic Island – So many delicious options!

Come here for modern, tasty food. The pasta dishes and the stone-fired pizzas are the most popular choice.

The venue is set on a spacious deck under lush green mango trees.

Address: 1-4 Marine Parade Arcadia Village Hotel, Arcadia

6) Barefoot Art Food Wine

Overlooking the beautiful Horseshoe Bay, this restaurant offers a relaxing dining experience with award-winning food and wonderful wine to match. It is considered one of the best places to eat on Magnetic Island. The unique thing about this restaurant is the attached art gallery.

Browse through the Barefoot gallery after your meal, a beautiful space that showcases a variety of top artists and local talent.

Address: 5 Pacific Drive, Horseshoe Bay

7) Thai Again

For those who appreciate authentic Thai cuisine, you’ll be loving the menu here. The food is made in-house and it’s super fresh. Thai Again restaurant is BYO and they don’t charge any corkage! Yay! Another reason why Thai Again is on our list of the best places to eat on Magnetic Island.

That means you can bring your own bottle of chilled sauvignon blanc to enjoy alongside the mouth-watering food they prepare for you. What a win!

Address: 56 Yates St, Nelly Bay

8) Mamma Roma

Another gem on our list of the best places to eat on Magnetic Island. Italian food is always a good idea, and Mamma Roma delivers the good stuff.

This Italian restaurant serves delicious pizzas, pasta dishes, and antipasto. The desserts here are worth checking out and you’ll be happy to hear that you can BYO alcohol for only $3 per person.

Address: 1/9 The Esplanade, Picnic Bay

9) Stuffed on Seafood

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Best places to eat on Magnetic Island – Fish and Chips

This is THE place you need to come if you’re craving the best seafood on the island. These guys serve fresh and affordable fish & chips, oysters, lobsters, calamari, prawns, and everything in between!

Choose to dine in or take away and check out their great value seafood packs to get a taste of everything.

Address: 1/4 Arcadia Rd, Nelly Bay 

10) Saltwater Magnetic Island

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Best places to eat on Magnetic Island – Saltwater Restaurant. (credit Instagram)

Saltwater offers modern Australian & Asian fusion, with a focus on quality poultry and fresh seafood. This is all about fine dining and one of the best places to eat on Magnetic Island.

If you can’t make it here for a meal, order one of their ‘grazing platters’ to take with you for the day. Beautifully presented seafood or sushi boxes are perfect for that sunset on your favourite Magnetic beach, and you’ve got at least 17 to choose from!

Don’t miss a thing during your visit and check out our post on the 14 best things to do on Magnetic Island.

Address: 53 Sooning St, Nelly Bay

We hope you enjoyed our post on the best places to eat on Magnetic Island. Have you eaten somewhere else and loved it? Let us know in the comments about your best places to eat on Magnetic Island.

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