Brightwater Hotel

4.3
180 reviews
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  • Waterfront
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Casual
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!
What 180 People Are Saying
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AW
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 19 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Great venue...good views over the lake....friendly staff.

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B
1 review
Dined on 16 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very friendly staff who are knowledgeable about what is going on for members & menus.

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LW
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

We booked an outdoor table for 5 adults with a pram for Mother’s Day. The weather had turned cold and the staff member who showed us to our table arranged a great table inside. The service and meals were great. Would highly recommend this venue.

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SM
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great service! They even moved an outdoor heater to warm up my dad who is unwell at the moment and check in to make sure we were comfortable and happy several times. Their amazing staff and food are an absolute credit to them!

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TT
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Really nice location good food and great service very enjoyable

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IL
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 1

Brightwater is close by so we stop by regularly. The table we got was right under the loud speaker and the noise was deafening. Members draw was in progress so the screaming over the speaker went on for well over an hour, during which we could not converse AT ALL. Why the member's numbers can't be put up on a TV screen with only one announcement is beyond me. Very, Very unpleasant evening.

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SB
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 5

We always have a great time and good food.
The smoking area is too close to diners why why why

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WG
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

A little noisy but food was great as usual although a little on the expensive side

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W
1 review
Dined on 2 May 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

It has very good steaks. I ordered the duck dish and unfortunately it was way too salty for me. Nice atmosphere if you sit outside.

Brightwater Hotel
Responded on 6 May 2019

Hey There Thank you for your feedback, I’m glad you enjoyed your time at Brightwater hotel and I’m sorry that the duck was too salty for you. Iv pasted your comment on to the chef and I hope to see you back soon. Cheers, Rob Forsyth General Manager

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TB
Tasmania
1 review
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We brought visitors from interstate to the Tavern for a casual dinner. The staff seated us, took a drink order and explained the menu in a very pleasant and professional manner. The bar service and the meals themselves were similarly impressive. Thank you for making a simple evening out, memorable.

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KG
1 review
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Atmosphere is nice, service was good but pizza needs to be cooked more as the cheese wasn’t even melted.

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b
1 review
Dined on 18 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Beer prices to expensive to make a regular occurnce.

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CG
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 10 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and great views. Staff very friendly. Highly recommended

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OT
1 review
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Food was lovely.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 28 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great Staff, awesome food, fantastic service

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TC
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

We had a fantastic night out at The Brightwater Hotel. The view looking over the lake is gorgeous. They have a great variety of seating options available. Meals were delicious and large. Will definitely be going back.

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AK
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 2

Great food, fast and friendly service, great outlook over the lake, spoiled by the Friday night drunks nearby and overall noise. We will pick a different night next time. Definitely couldn’t take our grandkids there for dinner on a Friday night ... foul language and too many drunks.

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L
1 review
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Not cheap but definitely great value for money!! Will be going back for sure! Parmy lovers, check out the Frenchy! So good!

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DB
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great service, meal, surroundings etc. Only problem was noisy lady on the next table but that's nothing to do with Brightwater Tavern.
We are regulars and have never had a bad meal or experience at Brightwater.
Keep up the good work.

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GC
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

So happy with the experience of a large group dining, for a celebration.

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C
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 5Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

Enjoyed the night very much. Only complaint I had was the chicken schnitzel I ordered was very dry and I wasn’t a fan of the coleslaw very watery. My friends all had a great night. Staff were very accommodating due to the storm.

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DK
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great spot to be at any time would recommend to every to go to

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RM
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 4Food 1Service 4Ambience 4

We regularly dine here and there hasn’t been a time I haven’t enjoyed myself. Although in saying that the new menu isn’t great we ordered Thai beef salad which was very bland and no flavour, we also had the fried ravioli which was unfortunately inedible. also chicken on a risotto base the risotto was very plan. Pizza and chicken snitzel where amazing :) we do love it here and happy to call it out regular 👍

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KS
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Unfortunately two extra people turned up at the last minute and we had to sit at a picnic table which was okay. Food was good except the Oysters Kilpatrick, had a strange tomato taste.

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K
Brisbane / QLD
5 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Everything was most enjoyable except for placing our group at a table right beside the music speaker preventing us from having enjoyable conversation or hearing wait staff properly.
Although - after asking staff several times it was eventually thankfully turned down.
We wondered if music playing loudly is really necessary for any diners?

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BE
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Lovely views, good food at a reasonable price & a courtesy bus too!

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JR
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

I usually am 100% happy with all meals at Brightwater... I found the special appetisers were not up to usual standard.... tempura batter was soft not crispy.... other wise staff are professional as always

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LN
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 18 February 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

I was disappointed in my fish... I should have spoken up as feel it was under cooked have been unwell today

Thank you

Regards lyn

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KG
1 review
Dined on 11 February 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

I always take my visitors here for a meal. We even had our sons 21st here. We like the food and the great views, the staff are always friendly.

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LJ
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Awesome food! Very accommodating venue. We had a great night.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

We had a great lunch for my grandmothers surprise 80th, the venue was very accommodating as far as dropping off the cake and balloons early. The food was great and very quick to get to us. The only down side was we were told we all needed to sit down as she arrived and everyone was standing tonsay suprise and hello to her which put a bit of a downer on the suprise.

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G
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

As first timers at the hotel we were most impressed with the food, service and ambiance. Staff were excellent and when we requested the music be turned down, this was done promptly which was greatly appreciated. Thank you for a very pleasant lunch experience.

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NW
1 review
Dined on 28 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food, drinks and service are always amazing. I had the Salmon, which was gorgeous. Full of flavour and very tasty! Atmosphere is fantastic and the kids room is great - our son is always entertained while we are there which makes it enjoyable for all. The view over the water is lovely as well. Will definitely be back.

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BM
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 2Ambience 2

All four of us where very disappointed in the Australia Day events that where on. We had booked a table for 1.30. Unable to sit there due to crab auction that was on. We finally sit down get menus and then crab race started. No one memtioned to us that you had to have your food order in for main menu by 2.30pm. Yes I am aware it says it in small print on the menu but due to everything that was going on there ie crab race we didn’t even think to look at the menu until after crab race. As that is what we came for. Would of been nice to be told to get food order in before crab race starts and also there was no mention that it was raising funds for a local school. Very disappointed.

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EN
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Australia day was great, fresh seafood was great for a change because they only have oysters normally, we will come more often if you have fresh seafood permanently on your menu.
Thanks Brightwater tavern.

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BT
1 review
Dined on 20 January 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 3

Great view across the lake.
Steak was perfectly cooked and a good price. Served with a nice mixed salad.
Service was generally good especially as Sunday lunchtime is a busy tome slot.

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DM
1 review
Dined on 13 January 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

I found that the service was really great, but the food was average and the wait for food could have been quicker, as the restaurant was not too busy and couldn't understand the wait for our meals.

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Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 1

We come weekly because of the kids room. Food is good, salad menu could be better. The only thing that’s frustrating is the down lights above the fans as it makes the light flicker above your eyes.

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JG
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

We have always had friendly and efficient staff and great good value food. Add in the great waterfront location and underground car parking, what is there not to like. Well i guess one thing only, this time we got the table right below the music speaker and so i have knocked off one star but apart from that it was perfect. Highly recommended.

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SP
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food and service was great and staff very friendly and helpful.

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