17 Epic Entrées To Order In Airlie Beach In 2021

It’s Time To Get Adventurous

Across Airlie Beach and the surrounding suburbs is a treasure trove of Restaurants with undiscovered, tasty treats, scattered across the Entrée & Starter Menus. We’ve gone exploring, tasted our way through town and built a map for you to take when dining out around town.
Here’s a list in no particular order of our favourite epic entrées to light the way on your food quest…

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ceviche dish at airlie beach restaurant

‘Ceviche’ – The Garden Bar Bistro

Seaviews • Cocktail Bar • International Cuisine

A refreshing and texturely balanced dish that is built with locally caught fresh fish, local limes, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, coriander and chilli. It’s served on a bed of fresh avocado puree. A traditionally served dish of tropical origin that is the perfect start to a sit down meal at sunset. Although it’s technically a main, it’s a perfect starter shared between two.

In Three Words: Fresh, Delicate, Balanced

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scallops at fish dvine, airlie beach restaurant

‘Pan Seared Scallops’ – Fish D’vine

Cocktails • Rum Bar • Seafood

A miracle dish that they say was prepared for Poseidon himself, the Pan Seared Scallops at Fish D’vine are one of a kind.
Comes with sautéed chorizo, green tea puree and finished with a prosciutto & panko salt crumb.

In Three Words: Refined, Elegant, Mouth-Watering

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ora king salmon sashimi

‘Ora King Salmon Sashimi’ – Northerlies Beach Bar & Grill

Seafood • Beach Dining • Cocktails

A Japanese dish that is light yet complex and showcases all the classic Japanese flavours that we know and love. Comes with tangy ponzu sauce, creamy wasabi mayonnaise, spicy pickled ginger & an umame rich wakame salad.

In Three Words: Complex, Rich, Light 

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omelette, greens on toast, baked potato at Cafe One 3 in Airlie Beach

‘Prawn Gamberi’ – Sorrento Restaurant & Bar

Italian • Live Music • Sea View

A view to die for and a dish worth waiting for is what you’ll find at Sorrento’s. Their Prawn Gamberi is a great starter for those that are serious about Italian and like big flavours throughout the whole dining experience. The dish comes with seared scallops and prawns and is dressed with a punchy rosé sauce, rocket salad and crunchy ciabatta.

In Three Words: Bold, Rich, Down-To-Earth

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breakfast panna cotta, at Fat Frog Beach Cafe, Airlie Beach

‘Arancini’ – Treehouse Airlie Beach

Sea Views • Contemporary • Brunch

An Italian icon that has become an Australian classic, arancini is a go-to for those that love the finer and tastiest things in life. Treehouse absolutely nail their take on it. This all-day stunner comes with Shitake mushroom, salty speck bacon, rich goats cheese and a crisp rocket salad.

In Three Words: Crunchy, Creamy, Satisfying

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salmon and avocado on toast by Garuma Cafe, Airlie Beach Main street, whitsundays

‘Pork Belly Tacos’ – Breeze Bar

Tapas • Cocktails • Amazing Service

A fresh spin on a Mexican staple, the Pork Belly Taco special at Breeze is the ultimate starter to enjoy with an ice-cold beer. Perfectly crispy pork belly sits alongside fresh slaw, chilli and a dressing that has to be tasted to be believed. 

In Three Words: Rustic, Crunchy, Mouth-Watering

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burger on a table with a plane in the background at The Whitsunday Coast Airport, Hangar Cafe & Bar

‘Prosciutto’ – La Marina

Pizza • Pasta • Gelato

Another Italian dish that speaks for itself, Prosciutto has its origins dating back to 1063. Served on a light bed of gorgonzola whip and sprinkled with tangy pear and herbed sourdough, its a winner on any day of the week. 

In Three Words: Sharp, Salty, Delicate

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salmon bagel with cream cheese and rocket by Wisdom Cafe in airlie beach

‘Sriracha Calamari’ – 20 Degrees South
(Whitsunday Sailing Club)

Seaviews • Seafood • Sailing

You’ve never seen calamari done like this. It’s a classic S+P style with an Asian inspired flare that goes down very well. The kewpie mayo is an absolute hero. Dish also comes with pickled carrot and sesame seeds.

In Three Words: Crispy, Clever, Umami

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strawberry daiquiri by the pool at The Pub Airlie Beach

‘Bruschetta’ – The Pub

(Airlie Beach Hotel)

Contemporary • Live Music • Sports Bar

Before you choose a main at The Pub and go for the full buffet, promise us you’ll pour a glass of sauvignon and order a plate of the bruschetta and watch the live music. The perfect trio for any day of the week. 

In Three Words: Fresh, Classic, Rich

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cocktail at the deck restaurant, airlie beach

‘Citrus Cured Kingfish’ – The Rocks

Restaurant • Bar • Pool Club

Another summer stunner that’s made it onto our list is the tasty, light and citrusy dish that is The Rocks – Citrus cured Kingfish. It’s perfect to get the taste buds going and couldn’t go better with the view. 
Comes with sweet corn, tomato salsa, an awesome seaweed mayo and a crunchy tapioca cracker to balance out the textures.  Smashing with a dry chardonnay.

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espresso martini by Paradiso rooftop bar in Airlie Beach

‘Veggie Cauliflower Wings’ – Mika Airlie

Latino • Funky • Fresh

Although we can not look past Mika’s absolutely killer Oysters Kilpatrick, the hero entree for us is their Veggie Wings. A sweet chilli tossed vegetarian bar snack that is simply awesome. The citrus aioli it comes with does not mess around either. Yuuum.

In Three Words: Moreish, Delicious, Tasty

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sangria jug at mika, bar and restaurant airlie beach, whitsundays

‘Fried Chicken’ – Anchor Bar

Restaurant/Bar • All Day Dining • Seaviews

Fried Chicken done well is a never-ending search for any passionate foodie and Anchor Bar absolutely crushes it. The perfectly seasoned southern style chicken strips come with an epic honey mustard mayo and tangy pickles to remind of the dishes southern States origin.

In Three Words: Crispy, Tangy, Juicy

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chocolate toblerone cocktail by Treehouse Airlie Beach

‘Roasted Lemon Myrtle Pumpkin’ – Paradiso

Sea Views • Rooftop Bar • Euro Cuisine

Who knew pumpkin could be this delicious. This dish is absolutely fantastic and what we say is one of the best on their menu – overall. Warm spices match perfectly with the hearty pumpkin and the other compliments brighten the dish up to finish. Comes with hummus, chilli caramel, quinoa and pecorino.

In Three Words: Clever, Complex, Suprising

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fruti tingle cocktail by hogs breath airlie beach

‘Fried Chicken Wings’ – Noodle & Rice

Traditional • Takeaway • Affordable

If great consistent asian cooking is up your alley then head to Noodle and Rice in Airlie Beach and promise us you will order some of their fried chicken wings to start. Although no one knows KFC’s secret blend of herbs and spices the texture of their chicken is even better! It’s very well priced too.

In Three Words: Crispy, Juicy, Tender

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fruti tingle cocktail by hogs breath airlie beach

‘Salt & Pepper Calamari’ – Banjo’s Bar & Bistro

Classic Pub • Indoor – Outdoor • Relaxed

The party-favourite, family-classic salt & pepper calamari is spot on at Banjos. Done traditionally and done right it’s a starter that keeps the whole team happy 100% of the time, every time.

In Three Words: Tender, Peppery, Tangy

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fruti tingle cocktail by hogs breath airlie beach

‘Taiwanese Chicken Bites’ – Cool La La

Asian • Fusion • Bubble Tea

Another starter that you just can not look past is this masterpiece here. Seasoned wonderfully with a crusty and herby crumb/batter that is spot on. Amazing shared or even better just for yourself. We still don’t know what makes that dipping sauce so good but it is out of control yummy.

In Three Words: Unique, Crunchy, Delicious

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fruti tingle cocktail by hogs breath airlie beach

‘Loaded Potato Skins’ – Hog’s Breath

Steakhouse • Families • Cocktails

Last but certainly not least is the Australian staple, Hog’s Breath Cafe. One of the most popular starters on the whole menu, the Loaded Potato Skins at Hog’s Breath Airlie Beach are absolutely gorgeous. A perfectly baked potato skin is covered in the trifecta of flavour heroes; cheese, bacon and sweet chilli. Perfect for sharing, but personally we kept the plate to ourselves! PS. Don’t forget to have them with a cold beer.

In Three Words: Golden, Crunchy, Heaven

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