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Chef's Tasting Menu: designed for the avid food lover with a choice of either five or seven courses. Sample dishes like scallop ceviche, tomato, puffed wild rice and basil; or roasted duck breast, peach, caramelised yoghurt and dukkah.

About Tides Waterfront Dining

Set directly opposite Caloundra's Bulcock Beach, Tides Waterfront Dining is perched above The Esplanade with sprawling water views. Enter to discover an elegant interior, styled with a coastal theme of white table linens, a stacked stone bar and open timber deck to relax and enjoy the vista. Only fresh seafood could live up to the setting and fortunately for lucky locals, Tides delivers a menu which is constantly adapted with each season, offering entrées of smoked yellow fin tuna, avocado, black sesame and radish. For a memorable main, opt for twice cooked pork belly, radicchio, baby carrots and plum; or perhaps charred Mooloolaba swordfish with a spiced cauliflower salad of raisins, toasted almonds and rocket. Try white chocolate, gingerbread and raspberry trifle for an indulgent finish.

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A few words from Tides Waterfront Dining

Tides Waterfront's outlook over Bulcock Beach would be classed as a million-dollar view in any postcode, but this restaurant aims to offer Caloundra locals more than just a pretty vista.

Tides boasts an evocative menu of contemporary dishes, with trawler-fresh seafood in the lead role. Entrees are fascinatingly intricate, with dishes including chef's tasting plate, which is a delightful plate of tapas and entrees including, scallops roasted with capsicum, smoked bacon and parmesan cheese, lightly grilled.

Damian Gages's main courses range from letting the seafood do the talking, like the seafood platter; a combination of fresh sustainable seafood sourced from the some of the country's finest areas, to the more articulated pan seared salmon, with saffron & celeriac puree, buttered leeks and NZ mussels

The food is matched to a wine list showcasing some of Australia's finest drops, mixed with some well known names. There is a selection of aged wines to appease the discerning drinker as well, with all the top winery's having a place. Tides Waterfront has been awarded Best Seafood Restaurant on the Sunshine Coast 2014 by Restaurant and Catering Qld and again won best Contemporary restaurant in Qld at the Awards. Our wine list has also been awarded 1 Goblet by the Australian Wine Lists of the Year 2018, which featured in Gourmet Traveler. With knowledgeable staff to help guide you through the process from first being seated to the final sip of your coffee, they are always there, but never in your way. Tides Waterfront is an experience to remember.

Located directly opposite the Pumistone Passage, with views from the Pacific Ocean, to sunsets over the Glasshouse Mountains, there is always something to see. Look carefully and you might be lucky to spot the family of dolphins who regularly swim up and down the passage.

Tides Waterfront is a must visit on any trip to Caloundra. If the spectacular views don't draw you in the friendly beach side formal service and the delicious food will.

Location & Map

Upstairs, 26 The Esplanade (cnr Minchinton Street), Bulcock Beach, Caloundra 4551 QLD - See Map

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Features & Facilities

Payments Accepted: Visa, Mastercard, Diners, Amex, Eftpos

Seats: 75   Chef: Chad Fedele


Opening Hours

Mon  Closed
Tue  12:00:PM - 2:30:PM
Tue  5:30:PM - 8:30:PM
Wed  12:00:PM - 2:30:PM
Wed  5:30:PM - 8:30:PM
Thu  12:00:PM - 2:30:PM
Thu  5:30:PM - 8:30:PM
Fri  12:00:PM - 2:30:PM
Fri  5:30:PM - 9:00:PM
Sat  12:00:PM - 2:30:PM
Sat  5:30:PM - 9:00:PM
Sun  12:00:PM - 2:30:PM
Sun  5:30:PM - 8:30:PM

Groups & Functions

  • Up to 110 Guests
  • Birthday Party
  • Charity Event
  • Christmas Party
  • Cocktail Party
  • Conference
  • Corporate Function
  • Dinner Party
  • Engagement Party
  • Hens & Bucks Night
  • Product Launch
  • Wedding
  • Canapes
  • Cocktails
  • Degustation
  • Finger Food
  • Set Menu

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Member Reviews (12)


Outstanding restaurant
The venue is outstanding. Even from inside the restaurant there is a view over the northern end of Pumicestone Passage; lunch sitting on the balcony overlooking the beach and the northern end of Bribie Island is wonderful. On a sunny day with a beautiful ocean breeze it couldn't be bettered. Having eaten there several times I have found the staff to be very friendly and attentive; they are genuinely interested in their customers dining experience. One of the wonderful things about their staff is that if it's not too busy they are happy to enter into some friendly banter which makes for an exceptionally enjoyable experience. So many modern-day floor staff seem to have lost this ability to make customers feel really friendly by being very or too business like. The quality of the food is unexpectedly good for a regional restaurant; this obviously explains its AGFG awards. I understand from a local newspaper article that they were voted best seafood restaurant on the southern end of the Sunshine Coast. I have had their Seared scallops several times and yhey always been excellently cooked. Their local grilled seafood with fish, bugs, prawns and scallops is truely unforgettable. For someone with a sweet tooth like myself I find it hard to choose between their dessert offerings, however, I don't think you can go past their Nutella creme, banana, salted pretzel and hazelnut desert. I will be back many times in the future. A truely outstanding place to eat on all aspects.


My favourite restaurant by far! Never a disappointment


Awesome fine dining. Meals are wonderfully presented and taste divine. Wonderful staff and impeccable service.


My husband and I had a superb lunch today (14/01/2016) at Tides, the views, the service and food all perfect. Kerry and Tony looked after us, these guys know what they are doing. A lovely memory - thank you so much.


My wife and two daughters had lunch at Tides today (Sunday September 6) the entree, main and dessert were extremely well presented and the food tasted every bit as good as it looked, an excellent restaurant, excellent position with excellent service. Thank you to all the staff. Allan Bougoure


My wife and I had dinner at Tides whilst recently on holidays from NSW. We both agree it was the best seafood meal we've had, we'll be back again soon we hope.


New Chef is amazing! Fabulous setting, great food and friendly service.


Fabulous dinner great service can't wait to go back


Consistently good food served the the best view in town. Well worth trying.


The chef is very talented with matching flavours,We loved everything we ate.Presentation was amazing.It was on par with some restaurants we have been to in brisbane.If you have never tried Tide's your missing out.



great food, great location. A little more joy from waitresses would go a long way