With so many restaurants to choose from, it will be hard to pick! 

Fresh local produce, innovative cuisines, perfectly-matched wines and expansive river views characterise fine dining in the area. With a mix of indoor and alfresco dining, restaurants along the riverbank are the location for a long lunch or a special dinner with a mix of fine dining or wine and tapas, featuring gourmet delights and award winning menus.

 Trip Advisor has a full list of restaurants in the Rockhampton Region but the local picks are listed below. 


The Boathouse is situated in Rockhampton’s revitalised riverbank precinct and boasting panoramic waterfront views from all aspects of the venue, Boathouse is the perfect space for your next event.  The venue’s expansive deck hovers above the historic Fitzroy River, offering a spectacular view unlike any other in Rockhampton. With its progressive menu, Boathouse brings together the freshest seafood and seasonal produce, together with a modern and vivacious drinks list to compliment the beautiful waterfront setting.

Headricks Lane

Introducing Rockhampton’s most exciting destination, Headricks Lane. With a nod to its history and a look to the future, Headricks Lane will draw you from its grand exterior façade into its breathtaking modern interior featuring stunning raw materials juxtaposed with natural bespoke beauty. The spacious new venue is unique in that it comprises a café, bar, formal and casual dining, and private dining room downstairs and a function space upstairs. It also features a microbrewery showcasing some of the hottest brewers from around Queensland and Australia.

Ribs and Rumps

Ribs and Rumps has turned on the grills in Rockhampton, the beef capital of Australia. Enjoy some of the country’s finest succulent ribs, aged-to-perfection steaks and vibrant, relaxed atmosphere. The friendly staff and central location make it an ideal spot for lunch, dinner or group celebration.

The Ginger Mule

The Ginger Mule is the home of the $12 steaks and best cocktails in town.

Hogs Breath

Each of Hogs Breath great value meals are made fresh to order by their expert Grill Masters and then served straight to your table by dedicated Hog’spitality Specialists, so you can focus on sharing good times with family and friends while enjoying your favourite dish cooked just the way you like it. It’s great fun serving you!

The Bush Inn Bar and Grill

The Criterion is an iconic symbol in the history of Hotels in Australia. Its famous cousin the ‘Breakky Creek’ Brisbane was built in same year 1889 with very similar architechture, the Criterion having one extra floor.  The Bush Inn Bar & Grill Steak House is part of this wonderful old family-owned hotel, serving good honest straight forward food at very reasonable prices. It is naturally strong on steak, and its varied dishes are of high quality, well prepared and well presented. There’s a sensible wine list, including some Queensland wines. Cheerful efficient service in a pleasant atmosphere makes this dining experience a real pleasure.    

The Lionleigh

Food at The Lionleigh is all about good honest pub food with a modern edge. Their Head Chef is passionate about quality ingredients, local produce and great steak! Steaks are sourced from Nolan’s Private Selection and are of quality above the Meat Standards Australia (MSA). All of their pizzas are made using a light crispy homemade base and topped with fresh ingredients packed with flavour.

Victoria Tavern

 The Victoria Tavern, or more affectionately known as ‘The Vic’ is comprised of multiple bars, gaming room and a restaurant. The Vic has been operated by the Mitchell family since 1980. Come down for happy hour and raffles from 5 on friday night.

Leichhardt Hotel

Rockhampton's first hotel, The Leichhardt, is the grand lady of the city, with a fantastic al fresco restaurant, two floors of function facilities catering for parties or meetings of any size, a modern gaming room with the latest link jackpots, 24 hour reception, and 60 four star hotel rooms with views of the city.

Rocky Top Restaurant

Rocky Top Restaurant offers you a memorable dining experience in the heart of Rockhampton. Come dine in style while you enjoy one of our many meal choices.

Fine dining

Restaurant 98

Restaurant 98 is Rockhampton’s Iconic special occasion restaurant for nearly 50 years, setting the benchmark in beautiful Steaks and succulent Seafood with first class service set in a lovely dining room with view’s of the Fitzroy River.


Pacino's is a local tradition. Running for over 30 years by the one family it is one of the must do fine dining experience in Rockhampton. Enjoy a romantic evening at Pacino's eating alfresco style overlooking the Fitzroy River.

Café Bliss By Night

A café during the day, and an exquisite fine dining restaurant by night; Café Bliss By Night has a to die for A-La-Carte menu that incorporates tapa's, mains and desserts in an ambient dining setting.