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Brightwater Hotel

4.5
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493 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 493 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.4
Food
4.5
Service
4.4
Ambience
4.2
Value
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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GrahamE
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Really delicious curries

Brightwater Hotel
Responded 9 hours ago

Thanks for the 5 stars! Great to hear you enjoyed your curries. Hope to see you again soon.

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Juju
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4Food3Service3Ambience4

It was Curry night when my son and I went. He decided to try the Butter Chicken but was certainly a very small portion. I had the sirloin and it was lovely. Seating service was very slow waiting for a table, and there were many vacant tables (there were only a few people in the restaurant).

Brightwater Hotel
Responded 9 hours ago

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

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MelB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4Food1Service3Ambience3

I had the rib fillet and for $40 I expect to be able to eat the steak but it was full of gristle and it was over cooked

Brightwater Hotel
Responded 9 hours ago

Thanks for your feedback which we appreciate. We have passed your comments onto the kitchen team to action. We hope this doesn't deter you from visiting us again.

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maggie10
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

great way to order at our table
nothing was a problem
tables se well
team works well together
lovely location

Brightwater Hotel
Responded 9 hours ago

Thanks for the 5 stars and your lovely feedback which we appreciate! We look forward to welcoming you back again soon.

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Yasmin
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food is AMAZING! The staff are friendly. Kids looovveee the play area. Overall, we love coming here. Thanks guys!

Brightwater Hotel
Responded 9 hours ago

Thanks for the 5 stars! We're so pleased to hear you all enjoy visiting us and we look forward to welcoming you back again soon.

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Adam
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Definitely the place to come for any occasion. It's beautiful.

Brightwater Hotel
Responded 9 hours ago

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

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GrahamB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Girl at the door registering us on arrival was not warm or friendly. Seemed irritated when we couldn't use the phone to register ourselves. Everyone else was lovely

Brightwater Hotel
Responded 4 days ago

Thanks for your feedback which we appreciate. We have passed your comment onto our Manager for his attention.

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LeslieG
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall2Food1Service3Ambience3

The Steak Sandwich was so tough I gave up. It was disgraceful tough and the steak was tiny. Actually it was too much bread looking for some steak.
The other meals at our table were average too. The prices were not rock bottom but the food surely was.
No way again.

Brightwater Hotel
Responded 4 days ago

Thanks for your feedback. We're sorry to hear you didn't enjoy any of your meals with us. We usually receive rave reviews so we're disappointed to hear this.

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SueC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Was really lovely overlooking the lake.
Everyone was so friendly

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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ConorW
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Great food as usual, always enjoy having a meal at Brightwater hotel

Brightwater Hotel
Responded 9 hours ago

Thanks for the feedback! We appreciate your support and look forward to seeing you again next time.

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LynetteW
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

From booking to leaving the experience was excellent
Arrived on time shown to our table. Asked if we required drinks when we were settled in.
The meals were excellent 3 steaks. $ 22 on a Thursday evening. One salmon and one fish pie/platter.
Service was excellent
I haven’t given them 100% because some adult idiot and his child were throwing food , serviettes and drink around. Duty manager should have seen to that. If this was handled the would have been given 💯
Food and drinks are reasonably priced. Parking is excellent

Brightwater Hotel
Responded 4 days ago

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

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Mickey
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Wait persons very competent food fair to very satisfactory

Brightwater Hotel
Responded 4 days ago

Thanks for visiting us! We appreciate your support and hope to see you again soon.

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DouglasB
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had a team of 19 members turn up, everyone said what a great venue for an afternoon walk , drinks and a meal.

Brightwater Hotel
Responded 4 days ago

Thanks for the 5 stars! Great to hear you all enjoyed your visit with us. We appreciate your support and hope to see you again soon.

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GlennB
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2020
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

My Brightwater burger was still good but the fish and chips our friends ordered was apparently ordinary, having used cheap frozen fish. Salt and pepper Calamari my wife said she enjoyed but the luigine pasta our guest had was flavorless.

Brightwater Hotel
Responded 4 days ago

Thanks for visiting us and providing us with your feedback which we appreciate. We have passed your comments onto our Kitchen team.

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JordyA
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Customer service was outstanding as was our meals.

Brightwater Hotel
Responded on 14 September 2020

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

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ChrisP
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience3

Unfortunately COVID times mean staying at your table and everything being served to you. First drink order took 15 minutes and another five minutes to get to the table.
The COVID sign-in was slow and cumbersome (I signed in on the mobile but the wife was told she had to sign in manually).
Overall the evening experience was not up to the usual Brightwater hospitality level but that was mainly due to the processes in place to manage us around COVID. Food was good as usual.

Brightwater Hotel
Responded on 14 September 2020

Thanks for visiting us and for providing your feedback which we appreciate. Unfortunately, the COVID regulations we have to follow do slow our service down and we are trying our very best to continue to provide our a high standard of service in such trying circumstances. We can only apologise that your order took longer than usual and unfortunately, there's really not much more we can do to speed up the contact tracing sign in. We hope this doesn't deter you from visiting us again.

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RobertA
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A wonderful place to take a large group. Outside looking at the water with great food, drinks and company. Can’t beat this location.

Brightwater Hotel
Responded on 14 September 2020

Thanks for visiting us! We appreciate your support and hope to see you again soon.

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MelissaR
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

The food was amazing and the staff were so helpful in making it a great night.

Brightwater Hotel
Responded on 14 September 2020

Thanks for visiting us! We appreciate your support and look forward to seeing you next time.

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GailB
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Brodie the waitress, was absolutely outstanding helping us out. Every time we come in we see her smiling, friendly and she’s helpful....even if not serving our table.
It’s unfortunate Brightwater don’t do a surf and turf topping with their steaks anymore. We’ll need to find somewhere else for this dish.

Brightwater Hotel
Responded on 14 September 2020

Thanks for the 5 stars and lovely feedback which we appreciate.

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ShakirraC
Brisbane / QLD
2 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I had a lovely dinner with my father and partner. We all enjoyed the meals and service. The frenchy was delicious

Brightwater Hotel
Responded on 15 September 2020

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

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DanielleW
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

This hotel has very good COVID safe procedures & the service is excellent. Food very nice. The noise level inside at dinner can be quite loud but lunch out on the deck is beautiful.

Brightwater Hotel
Responded on 14 September 2020

Thanks for visiting us and providing such lovely feedback. We appreciate your support and look forward to seeing you again soon.

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BeverleyV
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The six of us enjoyed our lunch. Been many times & always impressed. Staff very friendly.Cheers

Brightwater Hotel
Responded on 14 September 2020

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

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LynM
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Great venue. Fabulous surroundings. Family oriented. Good variety of tasty food. Will return.

Brightwater Hotel
Responded on 14 September 2020

Thanks for visiting us and for your feedback. We appreciate your support and look forward to welcoming you back next time.

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BillE
Brisbane / QLD
2 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

So pleased to see the Tavern open again. Staff have not lost their friendly welcoming service. Always smiling. A pleasure to bring friends there for lunch. Thanks

Brightwater Hotel
Responded on 14 September 2020

Thanks for visiting us and for your lovely feedback which we appreciate. Thanks for your support and see you next time!

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DarylR
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very nice..we were on our way home and decided to call in for lunch..on such late notice they fit us in..Nice quite lunch for two.

Brightwater Hotel
Responded on 10 September 2020

Thanks for the 5 stars! We appreciate you dropping in for lunch and so glad to hear you enjoyed yourselves. Look forward to seeing you again next time.

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Muddy
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I had father's day lunch and it was one of the best steaks I've ever had. Everyone else at the table said the same thing. I will be back everytime I'm up the coast.

Brightwater Hotel
Responded on 9 September 2020

Thanks for the 5 stars and amazing feedback. We're so pleased to hear you enjoyed your Father's Day lunch with us and we hope to see you back again soon.

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GlendaN
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

We always enjoy getting together as a family for a lunch at Brightwater Tavern. Lovely friendly and attentive staff.

Brightwater Hotel
Responded on 9 September 2020

Thanks for the 5 stars - we appreciate your support and hope to see you back again soon.

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Tazz
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

Not behd good size Not behd good size Not behd good size

Brightwater Hotel
Responded on 9 September 2020

Thanks for visiting us!

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Hellzy
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

My overall rating was lowered due to being asked for our order within 5 minutes of being seated. The waitress was lovely but then returned after another 5 minutes.
I’d say 10 minutes would be a better wait unless the party arrives together.
We all arrived separately so it’s nice to briefly catch up before looking at the menu.,

Staff were attentive and pleasant and the food was tasty, decent sized portions and good value.

We will be back

Brightwater Hotel
Responded on 9 September 2020

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

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JulieD
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Great food. Just wish you had more GF options. Pasta, chips burgers ect

Brightwater Hotel
Responded on 9 September 2020

Thanks for the 5 stars and your feedback which we appreciate.

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BarryM
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

I booked online however there was no reserved table.
The menu was disappointing, it really needs a change.

Brightwater Hotel
Responded on 7 September 2020

Thanks for your feedback which we appreciate. We're sorry to hear you were disappointed with your visit starting off with no table being reserved for you. Since re-opening after the COVID-19 lock down, we had to modify our menus. These are now being updated and will be launched in mid October.

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ScottR
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and outlook. Service was good as always

Brightwater Hotel
Responded on 7 September 2020

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

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SandraK
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

Enjoyed lunch. Had bruschetta which was made with ricotta. Nice enough, but fetta would have been preferable. However, we were happy over all.

Brightwater Hotel
Responded on 7 September 2020

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

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ChrisV
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was a great day for a birthday lunch most of us had the lunch menu which was served almost together which for 20 of us that was great service Thank you

Brightwater Hotel
Responded on 9 September 2020

Thanks for the 5 stars and great feedback! We're pleased to hear you all enjoyed your lunch with us and we hope to see you back again soon.

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JasonF
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2020
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

Was outside beautiful view for dinner just table and chairs were a little uncomfortable but will go again

Brightwater Hotel
Responded on 7 September 2020

Thanks for visiting us and providing your feedback. We appreciate your support and look forward to seeing you back again soon.

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Kristyna
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Great service and food, perfect spot for family lunch and kid friendly 😊

Brightwater Hotel
Responded on 7 September 2020

Thanks for the 5 stars! We appreciate your support and glad you enjoyed your visit. Look forward to welcoming you back again soon.

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udos
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

THE ONLY THING E CAN SAA EXELAND
AND WI WILL BE BACK
THANK YOUUDO

Brightwater Hotel
Responded on 7 September 2020

Thanks for the 5 stars! We appreciate your support and glad you enjoyed your visit. Look forward to welcoming you back again soon.

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WendyD
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Great food, atmosphere was lovely, great outlook of the water

Brightwater Hotel
Responded on 2 September 2020

We're pleased you enjoyed your visit and we look forward to seeing you back again soon.

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PeterC
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Very good but did not receive any notification on the mobile to say all was OK
Just turned up and hoped for the best, all was OK but was guess work!

Brightwater Hotel
Responded on 2 September 2020

Thanks for the 5 stars and for the feedback - we'll look into why you didn't receive any notification as this should have happened.

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ElleJ
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always nice meals and friendly staff. Great atmosphere beautiful surroundings

Brightwater Hotel
Responded on 2 September 2020

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

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