Like all great Gold Coast restaurants, Sandbar likes to reinvent itself for the pleasure of locals and visitors who chose to dine in Surfers Paradise. Our newly appointed Head Chef and Assistant Chef have worked in renowned local restaurants and now bring an exciting cooking collaboration to the iconic Sandbar kitchen.

Fresh input from accomplished new people always stimulates innovative ideas. Such is the new Sandbar Chefs’ visionary interpretation of a well-rounded menu that ticks all the casual dining boxes; affordable family dining, couples catch ups, corporate functions and private events all hosted on the Esplanade in Surfers Paradise. There’s good reason as to why Sandbar consistently wins the Open Table – Diners’ Choice Award and that Google Reviews always sit at around 4.5 out of 5 Stars. It’s also why Married at First Sight, Gold Coast Tourism and Surfers Paradise Alliance choose to shoot and dine at the restaurant alongside a steady stream of Aussie celebrities and influencers. This is all testament to the Sandbar team’s commitment to deliver fresh and flavoursome dishes, professionally concocted cocktails, the Gold Coast’s largest craft beer list and personal service that garners positive mentions on international review pages.

So what are some of the standout new dishes tantalising the tastebuds of regulars and Gold Coast tourists? For Breakfast, the Coconut Granola with lemon myrtle, passionfruit pannacotta and fresh berries is crushing it with the healthy crew while the Chilli and Crab Scrambled Eggs featuring fresh herbs on sourdough is a savoury delight for those after something a little heartier. Perfect for brunch is the sweet yet nourishing Paradise Smoothie Bowl blending locally sourced fresh banana, mango, pineapple and coconut milk – a luxury slice of Island life captured in a large timber bowl. If burgers are your thing, then try the mouth-watering Bogart – a Moroccan inspired stack of grilled chicken, bacon jam, avocado, lettuce, tomato and house-made smoky eggplant yoghurt. When the sun sets, scroll down the Main Attraction and stop your finger on the Crab Claw Spaghetti offering a melodic twist of fennel, peas, fresh chilli, garlic, white wine, lemon zest, sage and a drizzle of olive oil…bellissimo! For the vego’s, the zesty Freekah Salad offers roasted sweet potato, pickled cauliflower, braised leek, broccoli, goji berries and silky walnut dressing, and for a reasonable $6 extra, non-vego’s can add either grilled Moroccan chicken, buttermilk fried chicken, smoked salmon or cold rare beef tenderloin.  The Kids Menu still offers fun holiday favourites including Fish & Chips, Mini Chicken Board, Spaghetti and Toasties.

This is just a taste of what Sandbar offers guests from all around the world and why it remains as one of the best Gold Coast restaurants and Surfers Paradise function venues. Come and try the new menu for yourself and sample some good times, all the time right on the beachfront Esplanade.   



Sandbar in Surfers Paradise is beating the heat with a brand new cocktail list suitably titled, Sandy’s Salubrious Sips! The new cocktails blend a fusion of sea-inspired flair and sun-drenched fun with fresh inspiration based on a “classic yet creative, simple yet sophisticated” mix.

Essentially it’s back to basics with a twist according to the team behind the bar; a bunch of passion fueled mixologists who say it’s all about “real time taste first – social media pics a close second”. Sure, cocktails can look the part with garnishes that would throw decent shade on Carman Miranda’s hat – but really – how well are some crafted and how good do they taste? Well Sandy’s here to tell you that with her new salubrious sips, it’s all go with just the right amount of show.    

Sandbar’s head barperson believes that “the cocktail market has got pretty confusing for punters with the sheer amount on offer and puzzling ingredients sometimes thrown into the mix”. He states that the origin of cocktails was not in their complexity or elaborate creation, but rather, in their simplicity through skilled crafting. “With Sandy’s Salubrious Sips we’ve fused our collaborative bar experience from London-based Polynesian tiki bars to the contemporary beach bars of Bali and created fresh cocktails that reflect the iconic Gold Coast party vibe and climate”. Sandbar now focuses on cocktail balance and variety to suit all moods and tastes with fresh local produce sourced from a renowned Burleigh fruiterer. Natural cocktail syrups are made in house with Chef ‘s input who also works with the bar team ensuring the cocktail list complements the lunch and dinner menu perfectly.  

Since launching, locals and visitors can’t get enough of the exclusive beer-based cocktails fashioned from the Gold Coast’s largest craft beer list – currently flowing freely among gents is the Gin in my Beer garnished with fresh ginger. Also mixing up some summer fun for the ladies is a smooth Sandbar Pornstar Martini being sweet yet dry with tantalising bubbles on the side. Classic Signature Cocktails further mirror the region's natural attractions of sea, sand and sun including the Infamous Coconut Margarita, Passionate Papai and Say Goodbye to Your Island.

Behind the bar premium spirits are aplenty with a choice of 32 whiskeys, 15 rums, 19 aperitifs, 13 tequilas, 10 gins and 4 vodkas. The Sandbar wine list is a carefully curated collection of domestically sourced varieties from Queensland, the Hunter Valley, Barossa Valley and Margaret River –  New Zealand favourites from the Malborough region also stock the cellar. An exhaustive beer list sends any beer baron into a froth with renowned commercial and craft brews pouring daily from domestic and international breweries. At any one time there are around 100 beers on offer making it the second largest beer selection in Queensland.

For Sandbar, it’s all about guests embracing their slogan and enjoying “good times, all the time” with Sandy’s Sulabrious Sips available now from 10am daily. (Sandbar advises patrons to always drink responsibly).


This September marks an incredible two decades of hospitality for one of the Glitter Strip’s most iconic venues – Sandbar Surfers Paradise.

Twenty years ago, Sandbar started out as the Boardwalk Café, opened by Jo-Anne and Greg Short in 1988, on behalf of John Gardner’s Strand Resorts.

The Shorts, like so many others, had migrated north from NSW’s Central Coast with a young family. “It was an incredibly exciting time to live and work on the Gold Coast,” remembers Jo-Anne, who is a career restaurateur and who relocated with engineer husband, Greg.

The restaurant then operated as a traditional bar-bistro and was renowned for its ‘Famous Surfer’s All You Can Eat Buffet Breakfast’, a huge dining draw that saw visitors from around the world queuing to take advantage of a great family deal.

The iconic destination went on to grow a reputation that delivered on-the-beach fun by day, and urban entertainment by night, capturing some of the best views the Surfers Esplanade has to offer.

“We’ve seen a lot of changes in our two decades in Surfers and proud of the tradition of creating memories for so many locals and visitors over the years,” said Jo-Anne.

Reinvented in late 2016, to deliver a more sophisticated and contemporary Surfer’s venue, Sandbar has stood the test of time.

“We identified that globally savvy visitors put a strong emphasis on seeking out quality fresh food, on point cocktails, craft beers, organic wines and stand out coffee,” explained Jo-Anne.

“Fundamentally though, we know from our many years of experience that it comes down to having passion for what we do and what we serve to people daily – reflective of a true Gold Coast hospitality spirit, with an on-trend fit out, topped off by a great view.”

Sandbar now operates with the help of its second generation of owners – Jo-Anne and Greg’s kids – Liah, Casey and Jake.

Having literally grown up in the business, these three understand what it takes to continue the legacy their parents have built by offering a refreshed but consistent dining offer – Liah working as Assistant Director, Jake, Brand Manager and Casey, Social Media and Digital Manager.

Exciting new menus have been crafted by Executive Chef, Maxie Hill, a protégé of international celebrity TV chef, Rick Stein.

“Maxie and I integrated a vibrant seaside experience into dish flavours and presentation by partnering with the best local farmers, fisherman and producers,” said Jo-Anne.

“Guest favourites now include smoothie bowls, gourmet burgers, poke bowls (Sandbar was the first to introduce these on the GC), good ol’ fish’n’chips, local steaks, trawler seafood and more.”

The venue’s epic cocktail and drinks menu is a creative fusion of free-flowing flair, while its beer experts have tapped into their exhaustive list of contacts to stock the largest selection on the Gold Coast and one of the largest in Queensland – around 100 at any one time!

After 20 years in the local hospitality scene, the reinvigorated Sandbar embraces all the charm of classic Surfers Paradise and melds it with casual dining sophistication that would be equally at home on the Riviera or in Bali.

Jo-Anne said that over the decades, many bar and restaurant operators have come and gone but so many great ones remain. 

“After two decades of serving guests in Surfers Paradise, our family and our team (who have a combined work experience of more than 500 over the years between them) have added a significant contribution to the city in both economic and tourism terms, and as locals, we’re very proud of that achievement”.

“We established Sandbar with the tagline ‘Good times, All the time’ and our plan to is keep on providing a place for simple daily enjoyment; to make memories and create good times for another 20 years to come.”


The all new Sandbar in Surfers Paradise has some new stories tell after close to twenty years in the business. Not only is it about the stunning new Hamptons-meets-harbour side fit out, the fresh menu has been styled by one of the best global Chef’s on the culinary planet.

Diverse in offer with a contemporary take on some old favourites, the breakfast, lunch and dinner dishes capture the salty seaside spirit across a range of deliciously affordable house specialties.

Executive Chef, Maxie Hill (hailing from Ireland), worked for industry legend Rick Stein where he eventually rose to become his Head Chef over four years of mentoring. Travelling with the world with Rick working on his iconic cooking travel show, Maxie met some amazing chefs on his journeys who shared their local secrets into traditional ingredients and techniques that make their dishes unmistakably patriotic to the palate; one could say Maxie truly is a cooking protégé of international influence.

He took Sandbar’s idyllic Gold Coast beachfront location on the Esplanade and local passer-by style smartly into the menu influence. Maxie says it’s all about “a fresh fusion of local produce to deliver exciting dishes at great, eat-every-day prices”. It’s a clean and simple approach from breakfast through to dinner. Skillet Eggs or a 6ft Offshore Smoothie Bowl at 7am, Fish’n’Chips Rick Stein style for lunch and gourmet burgers with a modern twist for dinner. What’s proving to be popular 24/7 though, are the amazing Hawaiian Poke Bowls packed with healthy ingredients like A-grade tuna, chili and lime, avocado, ginger and wasabi mayo; try the amazing Kauai, Oahu, Maui or Molokai Bowl. Sandbar owner, Jake Short, saw these bowls “blowing up” in the progressive Bali food scene a little while back and decided to make them a must on the new menu being the first, and still best, Gold Coast poke bowls locally.

With a cocktail, wine and drinks list carefully crafted by a master bartender and the Gold Coast’s largest domestic and international craft beer selection (over 100!), the sipping choices are plentiful in this casually-chic haven by the sea. It's also the perfect place to host a private party and an idyllic Gold Coast function venue to stage corporate events and celebrations; custom party packages are available to suit all tastes and budgets in this Surfers Paradise alfresco dining haven. To quote Maxie; “we have all the recipes for success” and when pairing this with the sandbar slogan “Good times, all the time”, you love this new look Surfers Paradise institution.


Sandbar Surfers Paradise is revving up for a custom bike show to be held on Sunday June 18 from 12pm. This inaugural show will see local classic bike enthusiasts roll up to showcase their one of kind, two-wheeled works of art.

Cool café racers, rugged scramblers and ratty bobbers will be showcased at the iconic beachfront venue, while their proud owners enjoy biker meal and drinks specials, live music and prizes. With its idyllic year-round weather and winding hinterland roads, the Gold Coast is the perfect location for bike enthusiasts and the inaugural Motosocial event is already grabbing the attention of the local bike community and businesses keen to fuel up for a day of custom bike bliss.

Sandbar Director and Brand Manager, Jake Short, a passionate bike rider himself, is extremely excited about this inaugural event. “The calibre of bikes already confirmed for our event is impressive and will include a 1992 Honda CB750 RC42 and a1981 Suzuki GS550.

My family have been running Sandbar for 20 years. Earlier this year we re-launched the venue with a new look and new menu and our goal is to create and stage some quality cultural events with a difference, that will put Surfers Paradise back on the map. We want Surfers Paradise to regain the title as the cool entertainment capital of the Gold Coast, like it was in days gone by,” said Jake.

With plans for event expansion on the annual Gold Coast event calendar, Motosocial starts with a group ride rolling out at 10am from co-sponsor Iron and Resin Garage in Currumbin, up into the Gold Coast Hinterland followed by a winter wind back down into Surfers Paradise to the Sandbar for the show, lunch and live tunes from local blues band, the James Street Preachers and well-renowned vinyl spinner, DJ Bonnas.

Other local businesses on board to support this year are local bike builder Tom Gilroy from Purpose Built Moto, riding gear label Death Collective and Currumbin beer barons, Balter Brewing Company.    

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