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Brightwater Hotel

4.4
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542 reviews
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$40 and under
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Australian
Brightwater Hotel is the best pub on the Sunshine Coast! With its stunning lakeside location and beautiful waterfront views, the venue provides a wide range of entertainment and leisure facilities for the whole family.

Offering guests a warm Sunshine Coast dining experience, Brightwater Hotel provides a wide range of fresh seafood dishes, MSA-grade steaks, and classic pub meals like pizza, pasta, and schnitzel. An indulgent variety of desserts are also on offer to indulge in or share. Ingredients are sourced from local food providers in surrounding areas like Mooloolaba and the Sunshine Coast hinterland.

We have 5 function spaces including Pontoon and Pontoon Deck, The Lounge Deck, Pavilion Deck and our flagship venue, The Lakehouse Sunshine Coast which offers seating for up to 150 guests or space for a roving cocktail style event for up to 250 guests.

Come in and meet our team or make your enquiry for your next function!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 542 People Are Saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.3
Food
4.5
Service
4.4
Ambience
4.2
Value
Noise · Moderate
95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Excellent service always a pleasure to dine, great staff very pleasant

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Ella
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3Food1Service3Ambience4

Lovely atmosphere, but very average food, pizza very dry, hardly any topping, no flavour,
Snitzel x 3, dry and over cooked. Wrong drink order.

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LindaP
Brisbane / QLD
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Great location, variety of food and drinks service good. Will definitely go back, have been there almost every week for the last 6 weeks

Brightwater Hotel
Responded a day ago

Thanks for the lovely feedback which we appreciate! It's great you enjoy visiting us and we look forward to seeing you again next time.

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DonnaR
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Very friendly happy staff, beautiful view, quick service and tasty food.

Brightwater Hotel
Responded a day ago

Thanks for the 5 stars and lovely feedback. We're pleased to hear you enjoyed your visit and we look forward to welcoming you back again soon.

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JohnW
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4Food3Service2Ambience4

Was nice however asked waiter for a desert menu which never came.

Brightwater Hotel
Responded a day ago

Thanks for the feedback and we're sorry to hear we let you down by not delivering a dessert menu. We hope this doesn't deter you from visiting us again.

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SteveB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

First time there, food and service was outstanding. Can’t wait to go back.

Brightwater Hotel
Responded a day ago

Thanks for the 5 stars and wonderful feedback. We're pleased to hear you enjoyed your visit and we look forward to welcoming you back again soon.

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Anne
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

Table of 10 from pensioners to toddlers. All enjoyed their meal, except one, service could not be faulted. Great view from outside table.

Brightwater Hotel
Responded a day ago

Thanks for visiting us and for your feedback. We're pleased you enjoyed your visit and were looked after. We hope to see you back again soon.

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EllieY
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As usual the atmosphere and food was brilliant my guests were very impressed and would love to come again. They are thinking of having their xmas breakup with you. Overall impressions were great and they found the scenery and lake outstanding. Well done to all of you and we look forward to visiting again soon

Brightwater Hotel
Responded a day ago

Thanks for the 5 stars and amazing feedback. So great you all enjoyed your visit and we're delighted to hear your guests would like to return for their Christmas break up. We appreciate your support!

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JAF84
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and service with a smile. Whilst over looking the lake. Perfect Sunday afternoon.

Brightwater Hotel
Responded a day ago

Thanks for the 5 stars! We're pleased you enjoyed your Sunday afternoon with us and we hope to see you back again soon.

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LindaP
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4Food3Service3Ambience4

Meals are pricey and not really a great choice available. Atmosphere was good Drink service was slack at the start 15mins before a drink came to our table!

Brightwater Hotel
Responded a day ago

Thanks for the feedback which we appreciate. We're disappointed to hear you didn't enjoy your visit with us.

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KellyW
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience5

Too slow having table service. Disappointed you had most tvs on NRL and not AFL as I was promised you would on the deck.

Brightwater Hotel
Responded a day ago

Thanks for your feedback which we appreciate. We're sorry to hear you found the table service too slow and that the NRL was on the TV. In future, our staff are more than happy to change the channel for you - this is not a problem.

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MartinP
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3Food1Service4Ambience5

Place good, wait staff and bar staff excellent, chef crap.
You need to find a chef who knows the basics of cooking. Your waitress “ Tracey” was great but cannot fix bad cooking. My wife and I both had eye fillet steaks that arrived very rare. We asked for medium and medium rare. I can cook better. Tracey arranged for another steak for me. This took another 20 mins and came with my original chips which by now were dried up. Neither of eat our steaks. Waste of money.

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Jovial
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Really enjoy everything at Brightwater Hotel. Feel safe & comfortable.
Great food, drinks & hospitality

Brightwater Hotel
Responded 4 days ago

Thanks for the 5 stars and wonderful feedback! We appreciate your support and hope to see you again soon.

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StevenB
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Food was tasty and great value for money.
It was a very busy night yet the service was exceptional and the food came out quickly.
It was our first time dining here and we will defiantly be returning.

Brightwater Hotel
Responded 4 days ago

Thanks for the 5 stars and lovely feedback! We're pleased you enjoyed your first visit with us and we look forward to welcoming you back again next time.

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Spanner
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience4

Good place to catch up with friends. Lots of different places to sit meant we were able to escape the noise and bigger groups inside. Quality of food wasn’t great especially for the price and table service made it hard to grab a drink when you wanted it. Meals were prompt and a kids room helped keep them entertained. Great view.

Brightwater Hotel
Responded 4 days ago

Thanks for visiting us and providing your feedback which we appreciate. We hope to welcome you back again soon.

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BillE
Brisbane / QLD
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

As usual great service from an always happy team

Brightwater Hotel
Responded 4 days ago

Thanks for the lovely feedback! We appreciate your support.

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IngridR
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food3Service5Ambience5

We are regular customers. The eye fillet steak was cooked perfectly. The only disappointment was the seafood dish with the rice, prawns, scallops and Morton bay bugs had half of the amount of seafood in the dish we have always had previously. Will try it once more to see if it as usual 😊

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SusanL
Brisbane / QLD
2 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Brightwater is a great place to go to have great food and enjoy company

Brightwater Hotel
Responded 4 days ago

Thanks for the 5 stars! We appreciate your support and hope to see you again soon.

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PeterC
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a great experience

Brightwater Hotel
Responded on 15 October 2020

Thanks for the 5 stars! We appreciate your support and hope to see you again soon.

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BiancaB
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Staff are always super helpful. Love the Table service for everything. Menu could use a bit more options but considering the time it is understandable they have dropped a bit from the selection. Amazing views, food is great, service is great, and always happy to go back. Kids room is fab too !!

Brightwater Hotel
Responded on 15 October 2020

Thanks for the 5 stars and feedback which we appreciate. We're pleased you enjoyed your visit and just letting you know that we have our new seasonal menus starting next week!

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mazza2916
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great atmosphere. Great view. Lovely staff. Food always good

Brightwater Hotel
Responded on 13 October 2020

Thanks for the 5 stars! We appreciate your support and hope to see you again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Staff were wonderful and we will be back. Thanks everyone

Brightwater Hotel
Responded on 13 October 2020

Thanks for visiting us! We're pleased you were well looked after on your visit and we look forward to seeing you next time.

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Pete
Brisbane / QLD
7 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, awesome service. Best venue on the coast!

Brightwater Hotel
Responded on 13 October 2020

Thanks for the 5 stars and lovely feedback! We appreciate your support and hope to see you again soon.

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JoeK
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience1

After hearing so many good things about The Brightwater our expectations may have too high, we were greeted at the door and taken to our outside table (Our choice) so far very good. Eventually we placed our drinks and meal order so far so good. We ordered 2 entree’s to share but only one arrived after chasing this up our mains arrived followed shortly after by the missing entree. Our meals were okay but considering the cost were Just Pub food and certainly not to the standard expected.
Although outside the noise levels made conversation almost impossible, to finish on a positive the view over the lake was impressive and the area was generally clean.

Brightwater Hotel
Responded on 13 October 2020

Thanks for visiting us and providing your feedback which we appreciate. We're sorry to hear we didn't meet your expectations on this occasion.

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AdamE
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2020
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

Always great value and great service. The Rice Bowl on the current menu is hard to go past.

Brightwater Hotel
Responded on 13 October 2020

Thanks for visiting us and lovely feedback! The rice bowl is definitely a hit. We appreciate your support and hope to see you again soon.

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PaulW
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Great to be back and have dinner at the hotel with lovely water & sunset view and live music!

Brightwater Hotel
Responded on 13 October 2020

Thanks for visiting us! Great to hear you enjoyed your visit back with us and we look forward to seeing you again next time.

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Diane
Brisbane / QLD
2 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The ambience, food quality and service were excellent.

Brightwater Hotel
Responded on 13 October 2020

Thanks for the 5 stars and lovely feedback! We appreciate your support and hope to see you again soon.

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Rusty
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Most enjoyable - very good food. The 11 people in our group all agree.

Brightwater Hotel
Responded on 13 October 2020

Thanks for visiting us and providing lovely feedback. It's great to hear you all enjoyed your meals and we hope to see you again soon.

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Danni
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2020
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience2

Meals took too long, forgot our drink orders, meals orders not placed on time, no follow up

Brightwater Hotel
Responded on 13 October 2020

Thanks for providing your feedback which we appreciate. We're sorry to hear that you didn't enjoy your visit with us and our usual high standard of service was not provided on this occasion.

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ChrisN
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Abbie who looked after us was awesome. Give her a pay raise! ;)

Brightwater Hotel
Responded on 6 October 2020

Thanks for the 5 stars and lovely feedback! We appreciate your support and hope to see you again soon.

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AndrewR
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

The food is good without being brilliant. One of our dishes was lukewarm when it arrived.
The change to table ordering is much easier. The service was very good, although we had entrees and appetizers served with mains.

Brightwater Hotel
Responded on 6 October 2020

Thanks for visiting us and providing your feedback which we appreciate. We're sorry to hear our food wasn't up to our usual high standard on this occasion. We hope this doesn't deter you from visiting us again.

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JessicaB
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

The food was very good although a little slow in delivery. Our waitress, Lucy?, was excellent. Spot on. Excellent outlook. A little noisy but a fairly large crowd .

Brightwater Hotel
Responded on 6 October 2020

Thanks for visiting us and providing your feedback which we appreciate.

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AndrewP
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Quite fast service for a busy Saturday night. A full beer list for the table would be appreciated.

Brightwater Hotel
Responded on 6 October 2020

Thanks for visiting us and providing your feedback. We're pleased you enjoyed your visit and we will be launching our new menus (along with full beverage menus) at the end of the month.

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Rogert
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

Could do with a better selection of food it is the same that as always been available

Brightwater Hotel
Responded on 6 October 2020

Thanks for your feedback which we appreciate.

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vipKerryC
Brisbane / QLD
3 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and drinks by the lake. Customer service was exceptional as usual.

Brightwater Hotel
Responded on 6 October 2020

Thanks for the 5 stars! We appreciate your support and hope to see you again soon.

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Wendy
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2020
Overall2Food1Service2Ambience2

We had 4 at the table and only one enjoyed his food would not recommend it to anyone. For price l could do better at home and l hate cooking

Brightwater Hotel
Responded on 6 October 2020

Thanks for providing your feedback which we appreciate. We're sorry to hear you didn't enjoy your visit on this occasion.

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Kathysuncoast
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

As a table of four we ordered 2 chicken parmis and they were very good , also a serve of moreton bay bugs with garlic butter grilled and a salad , all good. I ordered the calamari and salad with pineaple. It was a very good salad and the calamari was not over cooked, however it was a little stringy , but pretty good. My only complaint is the calamari had too much salt sprinkled on . I would have preferred to put salt or not myself but didn't realise it would be done.

Brightwater Hotel
Responded on 6 October 2020

Thanks for visiting us and providing your feedback which we appreciate. We're pleased to hear you all enjoyed your meals and have passed your comments onto our Kitchen team. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

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HelenA
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food delivered in a timely manner. Covid plan in place.

Brightwater Hotel
Responded on 6 October 2020

Thanks for the 5 stars! We appreciate your support and hope to see you again soon.

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MrsTods
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had a wonderful dinner experience! Would definitely be back again when we visit Mooloolaba again.

Brightwater Hotel
Responded on 6 October 2020

Thanks for the 5 stars! We appreciate your support and hope to see you again soon.

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BarbaraB
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Food excellent, staff helpful and responsive whilst being friendly and very pleasant. A pleasure to dine there and planning next visit.

Brightwater Hotel
Responded on 6 October 2020

Thanks for the 5 stars and wonderful feedback! It's great you enjoyed your visit and we hope to see you again soon.

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FAQs

Brightwater Hotel is rated 4.4 stars by 542 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.