The Garden Bar Bistro


Cocktail Bar • Seaviews • International

Dine In 

GF • DF • V • Vegan

Opening Hours
Monday Closed
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday 3pm – 9pm
Thursday 3pm – 9pm
Friday 3pm – 9pm
Saturday 12pm – 9pm
Sunday 12pm – 9pm


About Us

The Garden Bar Bistro is located at the beautiful Coral Sea Marina and is a stand out Airlie Beach Restaurant. Garden Bar Bistro boasts amazing sea views where you can watch the comings and goings of the huge variety of sea craft while enjoying some beautiful cuisine accompanied by a signature cocktail put together by our experienced staff. Our menu is international and has something for everyone making sure during your visit you are satisfied.

Call ahead, book a table and have an amazing dining experience in the most beautiful spot in Airlie Beach, Whitsundays.


Find Us

Light Bites

Chicken Wings / 19

Tossed with your choice of honey soy or spicy sauce with a side of ranch dressing

Pan Seared Scallops (GF,DF) / 19

Served with lime, coriander and cashew cream

Citrus Marinated Crispy Calamari (GF,DF) / 19

Served with lemon and house aioli

Pakora (GF,V,VG,DF) / 18

Spinach, onion & chickpea fritters lightly spiced with a tamarind sauce

Ceviche (GF) / 34

A traditional Peruvian technique using only a blend of lime & orange to cook locally caught reef fish. Topped with cherry tomatoes, cucumber, coriander, bean shoots & chilli then served on an avocado puree with a side of crispy naan.

(GF without naan)

Falafel Salad (V) / 28

House made falafel, grilled halloumi, drizzled with creamy tahini dressing on mixed leaves, carrot, cucumber, radish & cherry tomatoes, toasted pepitas & sunflower seeds. Served with nann & beetroot hummus

Superfood Salad (GF,V,VG,DF) / 27

A vibrant mix of tricoloured quinoa, broccolini, chickpeas, roasted sweet potato, carrot, olives and avocado. Served on leafy greens and drizzled with a light passionfruit dressing. Party on a plate!

Add Crispy Calamari / 9

Chicken / 9


Grilled Chicken Burger (GFO) / 27

Tender grilled cajun chicken, maple bacon, tomato and lettuce. Aussie style, but then we fancy it up with aioli and brioche bun and served with chips and more house aioli.

GF bun / 2

Classic Cheese Burger (GFO) / 27

Australian ground with melted vintage cheddar, maple bacon, pineapple, tomato, lettuce, mustard, pickle & tomato relish. Served on brioche bun with chips & house aioli.

GF bun / 2

Fresh Fish Tacos (DF,GFO) / 28

Pan-fried reef fish, coriander salsa, slaw and fresh pineapple in grilled soft tacos. Drizzled with speciality sriracha sauce and served with chips and house aioli

If spice isn’t your thing choose to top with guacamole instead! (contains dairy)

GF wrap / 2

Traditional Fish & Chips / 28

Beer battered Spanish mackerel served with salad and house tartare

Big Bowl of Mussels / 38

Port Lincoln mussels simmered in a rich & creamy tomato, chilli and garlic sauce. Served with garlic bread.

Mediterranean Fettuccine (V,DF,GFO) / 28

House made pasta, tossed with zucchini, eggplant, roasted capsicum, olives, spinach, chilli and basil. Parmesan? Just Ask!

Add GF pasta (suitable for vegans) / 2

Add prawns / 12

Add chicken / 9

Malaysian Chicken or Vegetable curry (VO, VGO, DFO, GFO)

An aromatic Malaysian curry, bursting with flavours of coconut, lemongrass, ginger & lime. Paired with sides of rice, coconut sambal, naan & chilli. Moderate in spice.

Paella (GF) / 38

Let’s get festive with a twist on Valencia’s finest. Served with prawns, calamari, mussels, chicken & chorizo

Frenched Chicken Breast / 38

Pan-seared and topped with a rich and creamy arrabbiata sauce. Served with roasted chat potatoes and seasonal vegetables

Grass Fed 250g Porterhouse (GF) / 42

Savoured rare but cooked to your liking, served with chat potatoes, riata & seasonal vegetables.

Add creamy mushroom or pepper sauce / 4

Seafood Platter for one / 59

Spanish mackerel, citrus marinated calamari, seared scallop with a lime coriander cashew cream, fresh Bowen prawns. Coffin Bay oysters and ceviche with corn tortilla. Served with garden salad & speciality sriracha aioli. For the seafood lover

Something to Share

*Designed for two*

We love cheese platter (V) / 37

The perfect trio – blue, brie & cheddar paired with a selection of mixed olives, fruit, walnuts, dips and crackers.

Garden Bar Share Platter / 55

A selection of spicy fish taco’s, citrus calamari & honey soy chicen wings served with garden salad, chips, garlic bread and speciality sriracha aioli

Seafood Platter for 2 / 116

Spanish mackerel, citrus marinated calamari, seared scallops with lime coriander cashew crew, fresh Bowen prawns, Coffin Bay oysters and ceviche and corn tortilla. Served with garden salad and speciality sriracha aioli. For Seafood lovers!

1/2 doz Japanese Oysters (GF,DF) / 28

Coffin Bay oysters with mirin, lime, soy, cucumber & spring onion. Or natural if you like.



house chips / 9
Sweet Potato Chips / 12
Garlic Bread / 12
Garden Salad / 12
House Aioli / 2
Steamed Coconut Rice / 5
Naan Bread / 3
Roasted & Steamed Seasonal Vegetables / 14


Crème Brûlée / 12

A dessert that simply radiates indulgence

Sticky Date Pudding (winter only)/ 14

Served warm with caramel sauce & ice cream. Dare to share? Request two spoons.

New York Cheese Cake / 14

Served with vanilla ice-cream & passionfruit coulis

Affogato / 9

A scoop of vanilla ice cream with an espresso shot.

Add liqueur / 16

Choose from Cointreau, Frangelico, Drambuie or Bailey’s

Decadent Dessert Cocktail / 26

Frangelico, Baileys and Kahlua blended with vanilla ice cream.

For the Kids

Meals available for under 10’s only. Includes a glass of soft drink or juice, and a colouring page.


Chicken nuggets & chips / 10

Served with tomato sauce

Cheesy Napoli house made fettuccini / 12
Battered Fish Torpedos & Chips / 12

Served with tomato sauce

Scoop of Vanilla Ice Cream / 5

Served with strawberry or chocolate sauce

Cocktail Menu

Aperol Spritz

Aperol, Sparkling Wine, Soda Water & Orange

Mango Daquiri

Local mangos, rum, sugar syrup and fresh lime blended with ice

Lemon Meringue

Vodka, lemoncello, lemon sugar, amaretto

Garden Sunset

Bacardi, prosecco, cranberry, pineapple, fresh passionfruit

The Capri

Lemoncello, vodka, prosecco, lemon sorbet. Pre or post dinner treat!

Strawberry Colada

Bacardi, Malibu, lime, lychee, lemon, orange, mint, cranberry, soda & sugar

Summer Daze

Bacardi, Malibu, lime, lychee, lemon, orange, mint, cranberry,soda & sugar

Berry Sour

Shiraz gin, Chambord, lemon, sugar syrup & cranberry

Loop De Loop

Midori, Cointreau, lemon, sugar syrup

Shaken margarita

Tequila, Triple Sec, Agave & fresh lime

We also do spicy or coconut. Feeling the heat? Try Frozen!

Mango Chilli margarita

Mango puree, tequila, Cointreau, chilli, agave & lime

Espresso Martini

Vodka, Kahlua, espresso & vanilla

Mother of Dragons

Rum, Chambord, sugar syrup, fresh lime, and local dragon fruit blended with ice

Dragons are a local seasonal fruit and are usually not available when winter is coming!

The Whitehaven

Vodka, Malibu, blue curacao and coconut cream. Beach in a glass!

Passionfruit caprioska

Vodka, lime, fresh passionfruit & sugar syrup blended with ice

Tasty & Tangy!

Lychee Martini

Vodka, Lychee spirit, apple, fresh lime and vanilla with lychee

Rum Punch

Rum, light & dark, fresh juices, spices, flavours of the Caribbean 

Espresso Martini Teaser Board

Includes Coconut, Tiramisu, Orange and Mint

Mini Espressor Martinis!

Gin Teaser Board

Match your gin – Pink, 23 Ink, Malfy Citron & Gin Mare – each gin paired with its own flavour profile, our choice of garnish makes all the difference!


Function Menu

The Garden Bar is the perfect location for your next event or function.

Positioned overlooking the Coral Sea Marina, The Garden
Bar’s beautiful spaces provide a special place for birthday
parties, pre and post wedding functions, corporate events,
Christmas parties, baby showers, ceremonies, receptions and any special event celebrations.

The different space options available within The Garden
Bar means there is the right fit for all groups and every event.

*Exclusive use of the Entire Venue is also available for private functions. (Cocktail-style ~ up to 150 guests)


Our menu is designed to share and all items below are served as share platters. For sufficient food for your guests, a minimum spend of $25pp is recommended.

We’re here to help you with your selection!

For advanced reservations please allow for minor price or menu variations.


Chicken Wings (2 ways) / 140

Hot & tangy & honey soy wings served with our special Garden Bar aioli. Approx 60.

Antipasto Board (GFO) / 190

A selection of blue, brie & smoked cheddar cheese and delicious cured meats, served with grilled vegetables and a range of dips, olives, crackers, flatbread, fruit & nuts. 

GF option $1 per wrap.

Taco Wraps (GFO) / 240

Crowd favourite spicy grilled chicken, coriander cabbage slaw, pineapple and tomato & onion salsa, wrapped in a soft tortilla and served with chips & aioli. 20 pieces.

GF option $1 per wrap.

Malaysian Curry Sampler (DF, GF, V & Vegan Available) / 240

An aromatic medium spiced curry, bursting with flavours of coconut, lemongrass, ginger and lime. Paired with coconut rice and served with naan, chilli & coconut sambol on the side. 20 individual serves – 10 chicken & 10 vegetable.

From the grill (GF,DF) / 240

Mixed grilled shish kebab platter of chicken, beef & lamb kofta skewers. Served with naan and a selection of sauces – sweet chilli & house tzatziki. 30 skewers.

From the Garden (V) / 170

Individual caprese salad spoons, house made spring rolls & fresh falafels, crumbed mozzarella sticks jalapeno poppers, crumber mozzarella sticks, vegetable samosas and spinach & feta rolls. Served with tahini & sweet chilli sauce.

Superfood Share Salad (V,VG,DF,GF) / 95

Party-on-a-plate! Tri-coloured quinoa with crispy kale, broccolini, chickpeas, roasted sweet potato, carrots, olives & avocado. A perfect accompaniment.

From the sea – subject to market price

Seafood Platter available upon request. 

Petite Desserts / 110

A slection of sweet and decadent cakes you will love. 25 serves.

Bar Tabs

Bar Tabs can easily be set up and secured with a credit card upon arrival – Please indicate Open or Restricted bar.

Cash Bar

All guests can purchase individually as they like.

Signature Event Cocktail

Request your favourite cocktail or let us create your own signature event cocktail which will be served at your event at a special price for your guests.


Celebrate with bubbles for your guests on arrival

Dietary Symbols

V – Vegetarian    VGO – Vegan Option

GF – Gluten Free.    GFO – Gluten Free Option

DF – Dairy Free

Whitsunday Menu holds no responsibility for dietary claims made within this menu. It is the individual’s responsibility to check ingredients used in the food does not compromise any special dietary requirements.

Specials, News & Events


Lesley Ey – May 2021

Great food. Fabulous cocktails. Excellent service. Highly recommend this bistro

Anthony Berko – January 2021

Wonderful place and great service. Not sure how their rating in less than 4.7 average to be honest. Based on recent reviews we decided to check it out. Food was great, service very friendly and there was plenty of families and kids here at 8pm onwards. We will definitely return next time we stay in the area.

Laz Reynolds – August 2021

The food, service, music and atmosphere was exquisite ….highly recommended!

Source: Facebook Reviews