Maryborough Dining: Our Best Foodie Finds

Explore Maryborough’s Food Culture

MARYBOROUGH, Queensland, has a foodie scene that has me hooked! Here’s the scoop: I’m part of a Maryborough dining group that meets for a Girls’ Night Out every month, visiting different spots around the city to show some love to local venues.

Our annual grand finale in December? That’s reserved for the Portside Café & Restaurant. Trust me, it’s more than just a meal—it’s an experience. The setting, the history, the service, and let’s not forget the unique cuisine—they’ve got it all.

But there’s more to my Maryborough dining adventures. I’m also part of the Wide Bay Beefsteak and Burgundy Club. We meet at the Old Sydney Hotel every month to sip on wine and dive into some seriously good food.

When people ask me about my favourite spots to dine in Maryborough, it’s like asking me to pick a favourite child—I just can’t! From cosy cafes to lively pubs, each spot has its vibe that keeps me coming back for more. So, I’ve put together a list of our top picks, covering breakfast, lunch, and dinner, in no particular order.

Oh, and Maryborough has more than restaurants, cafes, and pubs—there are also bakeries, coffee shops, and clubs—you name it. But for now, let’s focus on our favourite places where you can relax at breakfast, lunch, or dinner, and treat your taste buds to something special. Click the links for more about each venue, including the menu, address, and phone number.

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Portside Café & Restaurant

Maryborough dining - Portside Cafe & Restaurant

With accolades like the Fraser Coast Business & Tourism Award’s Best Restaurant or Cafe in 2021, Best Restaurant in 2022 and 2023, and TripAdvisor’s 2022 Travellers’ Choice Award, Portside Café & Restaurant is a real winner—and it’s no surprise why.

Tucked inside the original Customs House Residence of Maryborough, dating back to the 1800s, Portside oozes history and charm. From its prime location overlooking the Mary River and Queens Park to its intricate architecture, this spot is a real gem.

During the mid to late 1800s, this precinct served as one of Maryborough’s bustling ports, welcoming over 30,000 new settlers and South Sea Islanders as a primary arrival point.

With Portside’s menu blending modern Australian flair with Southern Californian/Mexican influences, there’s something for everyone. Their chicken tinga tacos, nicoise salad with Tasmanian salmon, and pina colada crème brûlée are among my favourite dishes.

Let’s not forget the quality service and friendly staff who cater to everyone’s dietary needs. So, whether you’re a local or just passing through, dining at Portside isn’t just a meal—it’s an experience.

Location: 103 Wharf Street, Maryborough, Qld, 4650.
Website: https://www.portsidecafeandrestaurant.com/


Sails at McNevins Maryborough Motel

Maryborough dining venue

At Sails, I experienced some of the most mouthwatering dishes I’ve ever tasted. The smoked barramundi stood out, boasting a delicate flavour with just the right hint of sweetness. The smoking process elevated the natural taste of the fish, adding a subtle yet delightful smokiness that perfectly complemented its flavours. And, let’s not forget about those lamb shanks on another occasion—tender, succulent, and melting in my mouth with every bite.

While menus may change over time, if you happen to come across the smoked barramundi and lamb shanks at Sails, trust me, they’re worth a try. Sails isn’t just about the food though—it’s the whole experience. With a fully licensed 100-seat fine-dining restaurant and a welcoming bar, it’s perfect for any special occasion, whether it’s a wedding, corporate event, or just a night out with friends. Plus, their friendly staff is available to ensure everything runs smoothly, leaving you free to enjoy the culinary delights.

Location: 188 John Street, Maryborough, Qld, 4650.
Website: https://maryborough-motel.mcnevins.com.au/fine-dining/

La Familia Pizzeria

Maryborough dining venue

La Familia Pizzeria, a fresh addition to the Maryborough dining scene, has quickly become a favourite eatery in town. After our first visit to this Great Gatsby-inspired spot, we were hooked. So much so, that we broke our usual routine and went back the very next month!

Winning the Fraser Coast Business & Tourism People’s Choice Awards in 2023 was the cherry on top for La Familia Maryborough, and it’s no surprise with the glowing TripAdvisor reviews pouring in.

Just take it from Johnnyrocket2013, who raved about the authentic vibe, stellar service from Kimberly and Blaine, and mouthwatering dishes served piping hot. Brad R. couldn’t get enough of their Greek lamb Calzone and Gambino Pizza, while Melissa B. gave top marks across the board for location, venue, service, and, of course, the food—deliziosa!

With feedback like that, it’s clear La Familia is a must-visit spot in Maryborough, whether you’re dining in or grabbing a takeaway pizza for a cosy night in. The reviews speak volumes.

Location: 8/373 Kent Street, Maryborough, Qld, 4650.
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LaFamiliaMaryborough/


White Lion Hotel

Maryborough dining venue

During the Covid pandemic in 2020, the White Lion Hotel seized the opportunity for a complete makeover, breathing new life into this historic pub. Now, it not only welcomes its loyal regulars spanning decades, but also draws in a fresh crowd seeking modern dining experiences. Conveniently located within walking distance from the Brolga Theatre, it’s a popular pre-show dining spot too.

Established back in 1864, the White Lion Hotel is steeped in history, adding to its charm for both locals and visitors alike. From delicious seasonal dishes to classics like wood-fired pizzas and traditional pub fare, there’s something to please everyone’s palate. With a dedicated chef and team pouring their passion into every dish, satisfaction is practically guaranteed. Whether it’s a hearty steak, fresh seafood, or indulgent desserts, you’re in for a treat at the White Lion Hotel.

Location: 37 Walker Street, Maryborough, Qld, 4650.
Website: https://thewhitelion.com.au/

Indian Diamond Maryborough

Maryborough dining venue

Indian Diamond is our go-to spot for indulging in authentic North Indian cuisine. Since its establishment in 2012, this family-owned venue has been serving up mouthwatering Indian dishes that keep us coming back for more. Whether dining in, grabbing a takeaway, or opting for delivery, the options are vast. Plus, it’s BYO wine, so you can sip on your favourite bottle while savouring the flavours.

And we’re not the only ones singing its praises—TripAdvisor reviewers can’t get enough either. Eleise8100 raves about the perfect balance of spice, with the Lamb Korma stealing the show, while ZinnyandFi hail it as their favourite Indian spot across Wide Bay.

With glowing reviews like these, it’s no wonder Indian Diamond remains a top choice for locals and visitors alike. Whether you’re craving a flavourful curry or some crispy samosas, this place delivers every time.

Location: 3/133 Lennox Street, Maryborough, Qld, 4650.
Website: https://www.indiandiamondrestaurant.com/


Cocky’s Grill at the Lamington Hotel

Maryborough dining venue

At the Lamington Hotel’s grill restaurant, choosing a favourite dish is a tough call—the menu is bursting with options!

Fun fact: the venue got its name from a feisty cockatoo who lived behind the hotel for over 25 years, and was known for its colourful language after dark.

Cocky’s Grill is a hit with hungry guests, and the bar/lounge is the perfect spot to unwind with a drink. Situated on Ferry Street on the northern side of the Mary River, next to the iconic Lamington Bridge, this historic hotel has been serving since 1864.

Originally named the Ariadne after the ship that brought the first settlers in 1862, it was rebuilt and renamed to honour Governor Lord Lamington and the new bridge post-flood in 1893.

If you’re eyeing a meal at Cocky’s Grill, better book ahead—it’s a hotspot, and seats fill up fast!

Location: 33 Ferry Street, Maryborough, Qld, 4650.
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/p/Lamington-Hotel-Motel-100063510974239/

Granville Tavern

Maryborough dining venue

While I haven’t made it to any of our Girls’ Night Out gatherings at the Granville Tavern yet, the other ladies have all given it rave reviews and can’t wait to go back. They say it’s a warm and welcoming spot with the chicken schnitzel stealing the show.

And the full menu? Well, it’s got everything from calamari to steaks, fish, and seafood baskets—a feast for sure! The portions are generous, prices reasonable, and the chips? Apparently, unbeatable.

Fun fact: When the record flood of 1893 hit Maryborough, the original Granville Arms and Fig Tree Hotel were washed away. But, like a phoenix rising from the ashes, the hotel was rebuilt on higher ground at its current location. It’s weathered a few rebuilds since then but remains a bustling social hub, especially during floods when the Granville Bridge is cut off and the suburb turns into an island.

Location: 23 Odessa St, Granville QLD 4650
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GranvilleTavern/


Alowishus Delicious

Maryborough dining venue

While recently exploring Maryborough for photo opportunities, I popped into Alowishus Delicious for a quick lunch and ended up spending an hour catching up with long-time friends. That’s the kind of welcoming atmosphere you can expect at Alowishus.

In the city’s heart, it’s the perfect spot for a light meal or snack while reconnecting with friends. A two-time winner of the Countrywide Cafe of the Year in 2019 and 2020, Alowishus has been a staple in the community since its establishment in 2011.

With a commitment to local connections and exceptional service, they strive to provide great value to every customer.

Their full-service kitchen offers a range of breakfast and lunch options, from classic brunch dishes to indulgent burgers and salads. Don’t forget to treat yourself to one of their delicious gelato flavours while you’re there.

Location: 232 – 244 Adelaide Street, Maryborough, Qld, 4650.
Website: https://www.alowishus.com.au/

Harry’s Thai Food

Maryborough dining venue

Nestled among the shops at Tinana Shopping Centre on Gympie Road, just south of the Lamington Bridge, is a gem perfect for group gatherings like ours. Say hello to Harry’s Thai Food. With a cosy atmosphere and authentic Thai flavours, it’s a winner every time.

Their menu is a treasure trove of Thai delights, from barbecue pork and satay chicken skewers to mouthwatering curries, pad Khing, and more. Plus, their chef’s passion for food and top-notch service ensures a memorable dining experience with every visit.

Dine-in or takeaway—whatever suits your fancy. Harry welcomes you to kick back, relax, and savour the delicious flavours of Thailand right here in Maryborough. And here’s a tip: why not grab an extra dish to enjoy at home later?

Location: shop 4/26-34 Gympie Rd, Tinana, 4660.
Website: https://www.harrysthaifood.com/


Old Sydney Hotel

Maryborough dining venue

The Old Sydney Hotel, where the Wide Bay Beefsteak and Burgundy Club holds its monthly dinners, boasts quality cuisine tailored to the club’s discerning palates. While these menus are exclusive to club members, there’s still plenty for you to enjoy.

Situated just a stone’s throw from Queen’s Park and the Mary River, the Old Sydney Hotel is a Maryborough staple. From a cosy front bar to a vibrant sports bar, it’s got all the makings of your favourite local pub. Its menu celebrates the best of Queensland produce, with modern dishes and classic pub favourites to satisfy every craving.

Whether you’re grabbing a quick bite with your mates or settling in for a family lunch, the spacious bistro has you covered. As you dine, take in the rich history of Maryborough through the black and white photos adorning the walls.

So, whether it’s a casual catch-up or a special occasion, the Old Sydney Hotel is the perfect spot to kick back and enjoy quality pub dining in a relaxed atmosphere.

Location: Cnr Ellena & Richmond Street, Maryborough, Qld, 4650.
Website: https://www.oldsydneyhotel.com.au/

Happy Days Diner

Maryborough dining venue

Would you believe it? Happy Days Diner, an American eatery in Maryborough, Qld! Stepping inside feels like a journey back to the fabulous 50s, with classic tunes, retro vibes, and of course, American fare.

And it’s not just me who’s impressed—TripAdvisor reviewers can’t stop singing its praises. Glen B. loves the retro-style burgers, shakes, and loaded hot dogs, while Jarrad recommends the Mars Bar Milkshake for a real treat. Brad A. sums it up perfectly: cool vibes, amazing food, and friendly staff.

So, if you’re in town or just passing through, do yourself a favour and swing by Happy Days Diner. You won’t regret it—it’s an awesome experience you won’t soon forget!

Location: 1/92 Ferry Street, Maryborough, Qld, 4650.
Website: https://happy-days-diner-american-restaurant.business.site/


Carriers Arms Hotel

Maryborough dining venue

The Carriers Arms Hotel, a Maryborough landmark since 1882, holds a special place in the town’s history. Back in the day, it was a hub for bullock wagons travelling westward, offering respite for both weary travellers and their trusty steeds at the nearby Ululah Lagoon. Today, it’s a cherished family-owned establishment, under the same ownership since 1980.

Renovations over the years, including major updates in 2019, have kept the Carriers Arms fresh and inviting. With a menu boasting well-priced options and tempting specials for both lunch and dinner, there’s something for everyone. Whether you’re dining as a couple, with family, or in a large group, there’s plenty of seating to accommodate.

For families, the dedicated kids’ entertainment room guarantees a hassle-free dining experience, with PlayStations and games to keep the little ones entertained while you enjoy your meal. With its blend of classic pub favourites and modern dishes, the Carriers Arms Hotel is a must-visit for food lovers of all ages.

Location: 405 Alice Street, Maryborough, Qld, 4650.
Website: https://carriersarms.com.au/

Federal Hotel

Maryborough dining venue

Good news! After a temporary setback due to Covid, the Federal Hotel is back. Now offering dine-in and take-away options Monday to Friday for breakfast, lunch, and everything in between, there’s no excuse not to visit them.

Established in 1884 and built to stand the test of time, the Federal Hotel has long been a favourite among local foodies. With its rich history and recent reinvention, it’s the perfect spot to enjoy a meal in Maryborough.

For updates on their offerings, check out their Facebook page or swing by 270 Kent Street to see what’s cooking. With a reputation for excellent food, you won’t want to miss out on what the Federal Hotel has in store!

Location: 270 Kent Street, Maryborough, Qld, 4650.
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/p/The-Federal-Hotel-Maryborough-100041828301229/


Maryborough Clubs

If you’re keen to explore what the clubs in Maryborough offer foodies, follow these links:

From Pubs to Pizzerias: Maryborough Dining Gems

Maryborough, Qld, offers a vibrant dining scene that caters to a diverse range of tastes and preferences. From cosy cafes to historic pubs, and authentic Asian cuisine to classic American diners, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Whether it’s a Girls’ Night Out at a local favourite like Portside Café & Restaurant or discovering hidden gems like Happy Days Diner, residents and visitors alike are spoilt for choice.

The rich history and unique character of each venue add to the charm of dining out in Maryborough.

So, whether you’re indulging in delicious Thai dishes at Harry’s Thai Food or savouring classic pub fare at the Carriers Arms Hotel, one thing’s for sure—every meal is an experience to remember in this quaint Queensland town.

All information was correct at the time of publishing – 13 February 2024. If you know of anything that’s no longer relevant or correct, please leave a comment below. Stay tuned, too, because venues currently under renovation are expected to open in late 2024.


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