Restaurant Guide

Beach Byron Bay: Restaurant review

Few dining rooms in Australia are as true to their name as Beach.


Few dining rooms in Australia are as true to their name as Beach, the foam-white pavilion perched on the dunes of Byron's Clarkes Beach. It's the perfect setting for head chef Alanna Sapwell's concise, Mediterranean-esque stylings; her relaxed-but-refined plates seasoned by the saltwater breeze as they drift through the sunny open dining room. Sapwell's time at Sydney's Saint Peter is particularly evident in the daily specials – ribbons of charcoal-licked squid caught two kilometres away, say, knotted over a peppery nasturtium salsa verde. There's plenty for pescatarians, carnivores and vegetarians alike, but the knockout punch is a sweet one: cubes of pineapple, white peach and rollinia (a native custard apple, sourced nearby) jelly alongside coconut sorbet and guava granita, evoking childhood memories of ice-cream and tinned fruit. It's a dessert poised to become an instant classic, exactly the right way to end a day at the Beach.


Beach Byron Bay
2 Massinger St, Byron Bay
1300 583 766
Chef Alanna Sapwell
Price guide $$
Bookings Essential
Wheelchair access Yes
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