Forster has so many incredible little foodie gems just waiting for you to discover! We have dozens of beautiful farms and major food suppliers along the Barrington Coast, making fresh produce easily accessible.
There's something for every appetite, budget and occasion! Great cocktails, meals, light snacks, breakfasts by the water or desserts to die for.... These are the best restaurants in Forster!
Best Places To Eat In Forster NSW Australia
Best Breakfast in Forster
Beach Bums Cafe
Beach Bums Cafe is an iconic symbol of Forster. Situated right on Forster Main Beach, this cafe ticks all the boxes! It has the best view of all cafes in Forster - Tuncurry. Head down early for a coffee, catching the Dolphins in the waves as the sun rises on the horizon. During Whale Watching season, you'll often be able to see them playing off shore from your seat. Perfect coffee, perfect location and friendly service! This is the best place to have breakfast in Forster!
My pick: The Breakfast Burrito!
Spice Monkey Forster
Spice Monkey is an Asian Fusion restaurant in central Forster, overlooking the water. Everything is hand made from scratch, making the flavours jump right off the plate! Every dish is mouth watering-ly authentic! The decor and atmosphere is really cool, bringing that Asian style with a twist, to everything. Spice Monkey certainly takes the crown for the most unique Forster Tuncurry Restaurant. The service here is always friendly and fast - something I look forward to when I'm craving a particular dish! To help get me through from ordering to eating, I'm always satisfied with a perfect Pina Colada! Spice Monkey has a large bar to compliment your divine dishes. With cocktail specials everyday, specialty asian liquors, sake and hand-crafted beer - You won't go thirsty!
There is plenty of variety in the menu, with everything from noodles, dumplings, sushi and more to choose from.
It's the perfect place to catch up with friends! Spice Monkey is also fantastic for afternoon drinks, with outside seating and a small Tapas menu. Great atmosphere, fantastic location and incredible food - I have never been more delighted to recommend a restaurant.
My Pick: Entree - The Crab Dumplings and Satay chicken skewers - The best you will ever eat!
Main - The Special Lunch Box. This is a box (divided plate) filled with a variety of (set) items from the menu. It's perfect for when you just can't settle on one dish because they are all just so delicious. My problem exactly! Hey Presto! They've fixed the problem for you. Allowing you to try about 4 items from the menu, without feeling like a giant poor fatty! The items inside the box change all the time, making it perfect to try a little of a lot!
Afternoon Drinks in Forster
Hamilton's Oyster Bar
Too late for lunch? Not quite dinner time? Just want to hang out with some friends on a beautiful afternoon? Then check out Hamilton's for fantastic cocktails and seafood! Hamilton's sits right on the water on Tuncurry's edge. Stunning views of Wallis Lake, sunsets over the water and Dolphins enjoying an afternoon feed. Hamilton's has some of the best cocktails in Forster-Tuncurry! And of course their Pina Coladas are to die for.
Hamilton's offers fresh Wallis Lake Oysters, picked fresh daily and shucked on the premises. Much of their menu comes from local growers and suppliers. Enjoy a perfect afternoon here anytime of year, at the best seafood restaurant in Forster-Tuncurry!
My Pick: The Seafood Platter with a Pina Colada
Reef Bar & Grill - Fantastic views of the other side of Wallis Lake
Spice Monkey - Small tapas available between lunch and dinner menus
Aztec Mexican - Happy Hour 5-6pm
Dashers Bar & Grill - Over-the-top milkshakes for non-alcohol drinkers
Dinner in Forster
The best Mexican food I have ever eaten. Hands down! It is so easy for me to make this big statement. Everything about this place leaves you wanting more! (if you can fit it in)
All meals are massive! I practically roll back home after every visit. The food is very authentic, not dulled down or manipulated for 'western' tastes. All menu items are gluten free - a major stand out winning factor for a restaurant in the Forster-Tuncurry area. All sauces are home made - yum! Head on down every Friday for an awesome atmosphere with live music.
They have an extensive cocktail list with happy hour from 5-6pm everyday. The Sangria is to die for! Oh and yes the Pina Colada.... It is the biggest and strongest (woohoo!) Pina Colada I've ever had!
Oh and one last thing ..... $3 Taco Tuesdays.... need I say more?
Reef Bar & Grill
The Reef has an easy, casual atmosphere. All meals are exceptional and smash all expectations! There's a large variety on the menu, making it an easy option for families and big groups looking for restaurants in the Forster area. They're best known for their incredible gourmet pizzas! Again, as with most restaurants on this list (hmm.... maybe my Pina Colada obsession is getting the better of me.... nah!) their bar has an extensive range, with their cocktails tasting extraordinary every time! Reef Bar & Grill has a fantastic view of Wallis Lake. Head on over for an earlier dinner to catch the beautiful sunset and watch the Dolphins playing in the Lake.
My Pick: Spicy Prawn Pizza
Kingfisher Cafe ticks all the boxes, then adds more items to the list and ticks those too. This is my favourite restaurant on the Mid-North Coast. When it comes to fine dining in Forster, this is the best place to eat in Forster-Tuncurry.
It is only very small, being run entirely by Caz & Dave! Adding small country town charm that simply cannot be manufactured. Their care, passion and friendliness is clear in everything. Dave cooks his heart out while Caz tends to every customers needs. The exclusivity continues as they are only open Friday and Saturday nights. (Hours may be extended during peak season).
All ingredients are sourced locally, including the wine list. There is a new menu everyday to compliment what is in stock and in season - that is just incredible! They have told me about a famous Fish Amok dish they like to serve every once in a while, my name is on the waiting list next time it pops up!
Update - I have now tried Dave's famous Fish Amok, a traditional dish of Cambodia and wow... it was more delicious than I could have ever expected!
I have never had such succulent chicken in my life! The meals are simple, but handcrafted to make every ingredient stand out! There's simply no reason this cafe would not be on a list of the best restaurants in Forster!
A small cocktail range is available, but with Caz's wine recommendations, you won't be left dry!
Their knowledge and passion is something I want to bottle up and swig whenever I'm feeling down. They're relationship is beautiful! They have created an incredible space for locals to come and enjoy the best the Barrington Coast community has to offer!
My pick: Whatever you desire on the night! Everything will be delicious! But if Dave is making his butterscotch sauce for a desert, order a bowl of it! It was the best sauce I have ever tasted!
Restaurant 26 Forster - Huge selection of meals and great Pina Coladas
The Sicilian - Fantastic Italian meals by the water!
The Royal Indian Tuncurry - The best Indian restaurant in Tuncurry! We eat here at least once a week, with the service being impeccable too!
Dessert In Forster
Natural Waffle Ice Cream Parlour
This dessert house has been in the area for many years! Trudy, today's owner, is bringing back the good ole' times with a classic Waffle maker! The smell walking passed the shop now is drool-worthy enticing! All ice cream is premium quality. It's our favourite place in town because you get a massive serving every time! Value for money here is exceptional!
They also serve incredible insta-worthy sundaes, milkshakes, smoothies, and classic lollies.
You'll easily find this place in the main street of Forster - just follow the line out the door.
My Pick: The Warm Brownie Sundae OR The Rocky Road Sundae OR The Chocolate & Strawberry Waffles OR The Banana Split Sundae.... oh my it is hard to choose, just get one of each!
Swirl Forster Frozen Yoghurt Bar
Aztec Mexican - Their Churros are warm, crunchy and super cinnamon-y!