Local View | Best Places To Eat & Drink on The Esplanade, Torquay

Set on the idyllic Esplanade Beach, with sweeping views of the ocean and Torquay’s famous Norfolk Pines, this stretch of seaside offers some of our best dining experiences, whatever the season, no matter the reason… So take a stroll along the Esplanade, and in less than a kilometre you’ll discover nine of the Surf Coast’s best eateries.

Frontbeach Taphouse & Restaurant

16 The Esplanade, Torquay

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Frontbeach Torquay Pic: Frontbeach Taphouse and Restaurant

Frontbeach is one of the best places in town to watch the world go by. You’ll feel the relaxed vibes as their friendly staff make your choice of beverage and engage you in the finer points of their gin or craft beer list. Whether you find a cosy position inside or a sunny spot on the extensive decks, we guarantee you’ll be happy settling in for a while at this venue. Good thing their menu is so yummy, cos’ a ‘couple of drinks’ will likely roll into a meal 😉

Senors

17 The Esplanade, Torquay

Senors Torquay
Pic: Senors Torquay

Order up! Choose a myriad of dishes from Senors’ share menu, and enjoy sensational food that will please any crowd. Pair this with an extensive drinks and cocktails list, all under the sparkling fairy lights, and you’ve got yourself the recipe for a great night out. Check out their nightly specials, like Monday night famous for – 2 for 1 margaritas, and 2 for 1 paellas! We also love that every month they showcase a local artist, creating a changing gallery on their walls that keeps us coming back.

Senors bar and restaurant
Senors serves delicious food Pic: Senors

Fisho’s

36 The Esplanade, Torquay

Fisho's gourmet fish and chips torquay
Fisho’s gourmet fish and chips Pic: Fisho’s Torquay

At Fisho’s they only sell fresh, locally sourced seafood alongside freshly prepared and house made sides to deliver healthy options and traditional favourites, while looking after the marine environment and supporting local growers and suppliers. Not your everyday ‘fish and chips’, Fisho’s always have an array of interesting salads and more interesting fish dishes such as their fish tacos and popular poké bowl.

Fishos Torquay
Pic: Fisho’s Torquay

These guys are also committed to eliminating single use plastics to further minimise their impact on the environment.

Bomboras

37 The Esplanade, Torquay

Bomboras Torquay
Bomboras has a relaxed atmosphere and is overlooking the beach in Torquay. Pic: Bomboras Cafe

Bombora’s Restaurant offers a relaxed atmosphere in a renovated 50’s beach shack right on the water’s edge. Featuring a full menu of local produce and a huge selection of coffee, craft beers and wines, Bombora’s is a great place for having a meal with friends and family, and the delicious pizzas are sure to please.

Torquay restaurant near beach
Bomboras is situated across the road from the beach. Pic: Bomboras

PLUS: 47 The Esplanade, Torquay is Bomboras POP UP BAR open from the Melbourne Cup weekend through to Easter.

Bomboras pop up bar
Bomboras Pop up bar is open over the Summer month Pic: Bomboras

Pholklore

38 The Esplanade, Torquay

Pholklore Torquay
Pic: Pholklore

Pholklore is about enjoying delicious Vietnamese food and chill ocean-side vibes. Their menu is a mix of plates to share, lunch rolls, salads and hearty serves of pho, complemented by a bar that boasts a range of drinks from beer to wine to pho-inspired cocktails.

Pholklore Torquay
Pic: Pholklore Torquay

Pond Cafe

39 The Esplanade, Torquay

Pond Cafe Torquay
Pic: Pond Cafe Torquay

Pond Café has reviews that any business would die for. “Wow! So impressed with this place! Super friendly staff, welcoming and accommodating, creative and healthy menu AND the best almond lattes and shredded lamb shoulder I’ve ever eaten! Add in location and views and this place is a must in Torquay!” Enough said, get in there and try it for yourself.

The Salty Dog Café

47 The Esplanade, Torquay

The salty dog cafe is a dog friendly cafe in Torquay
The Salty Dog Cafe is a dog friendly cafe in Torquay. Pic: The Salty Dog

The Salty Dog Café invites you to get your morning coffee or a bite to eat at their kiosk on the beach, whilst soaking up the view over Fisherman’s Beach. They serve breakfast, smoothies, juices, coffees, cakes and more. Kids are catered for with a play area, and salty dogs are also very welcome!

With this many great dining options, coffee shops and bars within walking distance along the Esplanade, there’s no doubt why Torquay and the Surf Coast is an enviable location for a sea change or holiday.