Dining out at the best cafes and bistros.

The aquamarine blues of Port Stephens Bay will inspire your appetite here amongst the white sands of Jimmy Beach and Bennetts Beach. There are some stylish eateries hidden here, plus bountiful cafes for all your dining moods. Here are some suggestions to tempt your tastebuds, the next time you dine out in Tea Gardens and Hawks Nest.

Benchmark on Booner, Hawks Nest

Here there are plenty of café favourites for breakfast, lunch and dinner but you can also build your own platters to share from a huge selection of tasty options. Channel your inner chef and select your own unique combo of meats and seafoods, sides of vegies and salads, plus bread selection and sauces.

Creat your own platters to share at benchmark On Booner at Hawks Nest.
Creat your own platters to share at benchmark On Booner at Hawks Nest.

Mumms on the Myall, Tea Gardens

Sparkling food to match the sparkling views, delicious fresh seafood is front and centre but do try their Indo Brekkie for a touch of Bali for breakfast, or their signature duck spring rolls any time of day.

Try the prawn and cardamom curry or the pumpkins, sage and haloumi tart or treat yourself to a seafood indulgence: seafood platter for one with a half lobster mornay.

Seafood platter for one with half lobster mornay at Mumms On The Myall in Tea Gardens.
Seafood platter for one with half lobster mornay at Mumms On The Myall in Tea Gardens.

Tea Gardens Boatshed, Tea Gardens

This over water eatery never disappoints, for breakfast, lunch or dinner, and they’re passionate about their food.

Their soft shell crab burger, truffled mushroom arancinis or Belgian waffles with berry compote are all Insta-worthy items to enjoy with the river views.

Belgian waffles with berry compote, ice cream, nut crumble, fresh fruit & honeycomb at Tea Gardens Boastshed.
Belgian waffles with berry compote, ice cream, nut crumble, fresh fruit & honeycomb at Tea Gardens Boastshed.

Tillermans, Tea Gardens

A stylish Tea Gardens institution and for good reasons, with unbeatable options for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Try the breakfast trifle, twice-baked goats cheese soufflé, or middle eastern spiced lamb mince with poached eggs, harissa yogurt, pistachios & pomegranate.

Antipasti at Tillermans
Antipasti at Tillermans

The Garden Eatery

Lots of club bistro favourites are winners here at this Australian Asian fusion eatery. But don’t miss their Taste Of Vietnam events where the owner’s talents are showcased by the authentic street food… especially those crispy prawn pancakes.

Australian-Asian fusion delights at The Garden Eatery in Tea Gardens.
Australian-Asian fusion delights at The Garden Eatery in Tea Gardens.

Tasty takeaways

Sometimes you just need the right food, quick and easy, to eat on the run or in the park: sandwiches, pies, fish & chips, pizza, or your favourite Chinese cuisine. Here are some more great choices around Tea Gardens and Hawks Nest:

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