Five great places to eat in Mackay

Sizzling Asian fusion, authentic Italian dishes and outrageously good paddock-to-plate experiences. If you’re looking for places to eat in Mackay, you’ll find just as much variety as the diverse natural attractions that surround this unique town. So, just to whet the appetite, we’ve put together a list of some of the best restaurants in Mackay.

Fusion 128

Located in the heart of Mackay and near the Pioneer River, Fusion 128 is a culinary venue that lives up to its name by blending international flavours with local seasonal produce – from seared scallops with wasabi mayonnaise to twice-cooked Malaysian pork short ribs. For afters, don’t skip the creme brulee or chocolate tasting plate. And of course, you’ll also get to savour a signature cocktails such as the French Martini, the Long Island or the Back-Handed Panda. The perfect place for a romantic dinner or a casual get together with friends.

Sorbellos Italian Restaurant

Grab the family and hit one of the top restaurants in Mackay. Image from Getty.

A family-owned establishment that has been regarded as one of the best Italian restaurants in Mackay, Sorbellos is known for its authentic cuisine and warm hospitality. The menu boasts a variety of traditional pasta dishes, wood-fired pizzas and mouthwatering desserts. Match your meal with any of the 100 wine varieties on offer – this venue’s rustic decor is also home to wine dinner nights and Jazz Lunches throughout the year. Be sure to try their homemade tiramisu – a dessert that has become legendary among Mackay locals.

Austral Hotel

The Austral Hotel is a Mackay institution that combines tradition with modern flair. Established in 1880, the hotel’s Grazier’s Cafe and Dining restaurant offers a diverse menu featuring Australian classics and international cuisine, whether you’re in the mood for a hearty steak or fresh seafood. The ambient blend of old-world charm and contemporary comfort makes this spot an excellent choice for both casual meals and special occasions.

The Dispensary Mackay

Stop by the Dispensary for a drink or two!

The Dispensary is a landmark Mackay mainstay that stands out for its all-day kitchen, from breakfast through to dinner. The menu features a fusion of modern Australian cuisine with international influences, with surf and turf classics from signature beer to Whitsunday’s reef fish. The bar staff are known for their creative cocktails. Don’t miss out on some of the weekly highlight events such as Bottomless Mimosas, Apertivo Hour and It’s Finally Friday.

Breakaway Bar and Restaurant

Stop by Breakwater Bar & Restaurant Mackay for lunch or dinner!

Situated on the stunning Lamberts Beach, Breakaway Bar and Restaurant offers delicious food with breathtaking ocean views. This venue is known for its relaxed beachside atmosphere, with a menu featuring a mix of Australian and international dishes and a winning emphasis on fresh seafood – from the fresh oysters to the king size ‘ocean delight’. The outdoor seating area will let you savour your meals with the sound of waves in the background, offering a great dining experience.

Where to stay

Stay close to all the best places to eat in Mackay – as well as a huge range of other local attractions. The Comfort Resort Blue Pacific is ideally situated right on Blacks Beach and near the CBD.

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