Hemingway's Airlie Beach

4.4
110 reviews
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$41 to $100
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Australian
Top tags:
  • Special Occasions
  • Waterfront
  • Good for a Date
Hemingway’s is a contemporary venue located on the waterfront at the award winning Abell Point Marina. With unrivalled ocean views, stylish coastal chic design and an imaginative menu, Hemingway’s is a vibrant addition to the Whitsunday food scene.

Serving modern Australian cuisine in stunning waterfront surroundings, Hemingway’s menu offers a range of delicious locally sourced dishes. Whether you join us for lunch, dinner or cocktails at sunset, let us welcome you to the world of Hemingway’s and provide you with a contemporary dining experience
Dining Style
Elegant Dining
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Cuisines
Australian, Modern Australian, International
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Hours of Operation
Dinner
Tue–Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
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Phone number
(07) 4946 4277
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Payment Options:
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Matt Dixon
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Catering
Please contact the restaurant by phone so we can specifically discuss your requirements in person.
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Parking Details
Please provide us with your parking ticket and we will happily refund you for the cost of parking whilst you dine.
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Public Transit
Public transportation available day time. Restaurant is located within walking distance from Airlie Beach.
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Special Events & Promotions
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Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining , Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 110 People Are Saying
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RS
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

Probably the best food I’ve had since living in Mackay. Really good menu and just very different from the normal plates you see on the menu. The only thing that let it down was the wait for our food. Our main was nearly an hour after our starter.

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VS
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food and beautifully presented, has lovely decor and view - this is our favourite special occasion restaurant in Airlie Beach.

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d
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing. Customer service was exceptional would recommend this restaurant 110%
Food was amazing, atmosphere was amazing!

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DL
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This was the most amazing night here. The service was incredible, the food was amazing couldn’t fault this at all. Will deffinately be back!

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PM
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 2

Nice food but found the music to loud for fine dining and had trouble hearing others at the table as everyone in the restaurant was talking louder to beat the music.

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RP
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Went to Hemingway's this week for the third time. As usual the venue, service and food was just lovely.

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NE
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Blew me away. Everything was spectacular and a great way to try something new or a funky combination. The cafe martini dessert was especially outstanding, quite possibly one of the best things I have ever eaten.

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CN
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2018
Overall 2Food 3Service 1Ambience 4

Hemingways came with a good reputation and high expectations but we were let down by inconsistent food, poor service by inexperienced waitstaff and non-availability of wines (not once but twice!!)

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LM
1 review
Dined on 13 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food at the lay day yacht racing lunch. Very glad to be able to do lunch which we did several times last year but have missed this year. We prefer lunch out rather than dinner. Very friendly locals -appreciated their company.

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DB
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 4

Beautuful room with a good fit out and great location.
Food was poor value and cooking was overcomplicated and imprecise. Duck was explained to be served MR on ordering. Both serves were WD.
Our waitress was a Scottish girl, she was nice.

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CH
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Food sensational. Awesome views. Fantastic wine. Worth trying.

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RT
2 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

The food was very tasty and imaginative. The waitress, Angie, was very friendly, and reasonably efficient though seemed slow with wine service.
The matre d seemed not to know how to smile, and even though she was on the floor both serving and supervising she also seemed unwilling to pour wine, even when visiting the table to deliver food. Whilst we would not necessarily expect this service in all Airlie Beach cafes etc, this venue is supposedly a little more sophisticated and service expectations therefore higher. Attention to detail just not quite there.

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C
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great place for a pre-dinner cocktail. Menu has a wide choice, make sure you start with the oysters!
Service very friendly and the view outstanding of the marina!

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NM
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Outstanding food, service & live acoustic singer. The beef cheeks & oysters are a must try.

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EE
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2018
Overall 2Food 4Service 1Ambience 3

Food was presented very well and tasted nice. The service however was poor and needs improvement.

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MC
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Awesome. Had a ball. Great food. Great View. Can not complain at all. Keep it up guys.

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FA
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This was a lucky find for me. Stunning location and scenery but was even more blown away by how fresh and flavourful the food was!! I had such a satisfying experience and will definitely be back, Thank you!

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d
16 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

A wonderful and surprisingly good meal in an incredible location. The chef did a good job of playing with flavor combinations and textures, he/she would fit in well in a Michilen starred restaurant in NYC or SF. Thoughtful and attentive service and a view that encourages you to savor the moments between courses.

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L
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious food in a beautiful setting. Highly recommend a visit.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2018
Overall 2Food 4Service 2Ambience 3

When eating at a hatted restaurant, there are certain expectations, the biggest being that the food will be spectacular and the service excellent. Our waiter was obviously inexperienced which was fine, but the front of house manager spent the entire evening at the service counter out back and never once shadowed the waiter, or asked us (or anyone else) how the evening was going.

After 15mins of waiting, we said we hadn’t ordered. The waiter walked off and served others (who arrived after us) for another 5 mins or so before returning. The waiter didn’t know what cutlery to lay out for entrees and took away the entree knife with the bread and never replaced it. We eventually helped ourselves to a knife from another table, and when we pointed this out, there was no apology, no acknowledgment that this shouldn’t happen, and it wasn’t replaced on the next table either.

The food was plated VERY attractively and most of it was really tasty. However, the honeydew consumee with the smoked trout was ‘on-the-turn’ and imparted an “off” flavour to the rest of the dish. We couldn’t point this out because there wasn’t a waiter available to speak with, though there were 3 chatting together at the bar for about 7 mins.

Mains were lovely but served literally 45 seconds after entrees were cleared, not even allowing us time to take a sip of wine in between. Every meal was very “busy” but the quality was excellent... perhaps less is more though, as it’s easy to see how the ‘busy-ness’ might slow down the kitchen. The people next to us waited over an hour for their meal and the whole night felt so ‘Faulty Towers’, we didn’t stay for dessert.

We had other meals with service problems in Airlie Beach but those were rectified by senior staff, apologies and a complimentary drink. Here, nothing more than a big fat bill and some poor memories... really disappointing!

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K
1 review
Dined on 8 July 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We simply loved our meal at Hemmingway’s for the ambience, quality and affordability.

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SC
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

a beautiful meal in a lovely location with awesome wines and excellent service. A great way to spend my husbands birthday and our last night in north Queensland

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VR
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had a lovely meal to celebrate a birthday! Food was delicious and the marina location was great!

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L
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 5Ambience 5

We went to your restaurant 12 months ago with friends when we were visiting and the whole experience was fantastic. We enjoyed the food so much we all had 3 courses (very unusual for us).
We went back again this year expecting another great meal. The service was excellent but we struggled to even understand what dishes to expect from the cryptic menu description and were disappointed with our meals. My duck was very tough.

We are happy to pay good money for a great meal but this was not the case this time.

We will not return next time we visit unless we know the food has improved and the menu descriptions are easier to understand.

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BA
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

The only criticism would be because it is open to the weather and they do not have gas heaters it can be cold at this time of year. However that does not take anything away from what is on offer

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VF
1 review
Dined on 27 May 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Sensational food only to be matched by the service and attention of our waiter, Tatiana. Made for a very special dining experience.

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JW
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Very enjoyable night. Good food and service. Good wine list and cocktails v good. Extremely well presented and clean

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JA
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Beautiful atmosphere couldn’t have picked a better place for a first date 5stars all day

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VW
1 review
Dined on 13 May 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely loved the mother's day lunch. The food was exquisite, even though I didn't like cured trout, but when you have a set menu you can't please everyone. The dessert should be on the menu permanently. The only thing I was disappointed with, we wanted to buy a bottle of wine, and they couldn't accommodate, they would only do that glass of wine, and between 2 of us we had 6 glasses, equivalent to a bottle. This wine has been an issue on a few occasions before that I have dined at Hemingway's. The music was very well selected, especially for a Sunday lunch.

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PS
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Another excellent night at Hemmingways. Meals and service outstanding once again. Special thanks to the waitstaff.

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WL
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Food was excellent fish was very tasty and the chips were amazing I normally don’t eat them but the spice they put on them is so tasty

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V
1 review
Dined on 8 May 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We really enjoyed our dining experience. The food was amazing. We loved all three courses and were impresssed with the flavours, presentation and servings. The service and ambience was perfect.

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WE
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

The food I had was lovely but two of my colleagues complained about their steaks being very tough and chewy. Staff was attentive and cordial. Great ambience.

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VS
2 reviews
Dined on 28 April 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was fabulous and dessert sensational. Staff were very friendly and professional and there is a lovely ambience - highly recommend.

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NY
1 review
Dined on 26 April 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

There was a lovely atmosphere, the service was attentive, friendly and speedy. The menu was small but covered everything (seafood, chicken, red meat and vegetarian) and all food was beautifully presented.
The view was great but would have been even more spectacular at sunset.

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J
1 review
Dined on 8 April 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

An exquisite location on the harbour, excellent service and sensational food. Easy to book online. Not overly expensive for the quality. We all loved it!

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PS
1 review
Dined on 1 April 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Hemingways is an exceptional restaurant with great food and service.

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DC
1 review
Dined on 1 April 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Our third visit to hemingways and loved it .

We had a table of 5 and decided to share all the food we had 3 foodies on the table and 2 people who play it safe

All the food and service was great.

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SP
1 review
Dined on 22 March 2018
Overall 5Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

The food was brilliant, I enjoyed the crab chilli pasta dish which I would recommend to friends. Nice an easy booking online.
My only criticism would be the mango sorbet and sauce was too sour to eat.

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AW
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic food and atmosphere. Made my birthday extra special.

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