Hemingway's Airlie Beach

4.5
128 reviews
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$41 to $100
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Modern Australian
Top tags:
  • Waterfront
  • Special Occasions
  • Romance

About

Serving modern Australian cuisine in stunning waterfront surroundings, Hemingway’s menu offers a range of delicious locally sourced dishes.

After a stellar year of award wins Hemingway’s will be closing it’s doors on Australia Day (26 January 2019). We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our guests for your patronage. We look forward to welcoming you back later in the year to try something new. Please stay tuned for details!
Dining Style
Elegant Dining
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Cuisines
Modern Australian, Seafood, International
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Hours of Operation
Dinner
Tue–Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 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
Sebastien Benoist
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Catering
Please contact the restaurant by phone or email (info@hemingwaysairliebeach.com.au) so we can specifically discuss your requirements in person.
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Neighbourhood
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Cross street
Abell Point Marina
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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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Entertainment
Live music Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings from 4.30pm
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Special Events & Promotions
CHRISTMAS PARTIES AT THE GARDEN BAR

Packages include:
* Pop up bar
* Live music Friday - Sunday
* Space for up to 80 guests
* Christmas Canape Menu (with oyster selection on request)
* Pre-paid bar tab with selection of your favourite drinks available

Email: info@hemingwaysairliebeach.com.au for pricing and availability.

PRE & POST WEDDING FUNCTIONS

Celebrate in style with your wedding guests with a pre or post wedding function at The Garden Bar. Contact us via email for pricing and details.

SPECIAL OCCASION CELEBRATIONS

Whether you are looking for a formal dining option or relaxed cocktail function in The Garden Bar we can tailor a menu and drinks selection to your requirements. Please contact our team on info@hemingwaysairliebeach.com.au for any special occasion queries.
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining , View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 128 People Are Saying
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4.5
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4.7
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4.3
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DD
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Best restaurant in Airlie! We are looking forward to seeing you reopening in the new venue! I recommend you keep the name!

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OT
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

By far this was the best dinning experience we had in the Airlie.
From the moment we sat down, the service was superb, the meal was perfect and the deserts OMG.

We will be back.

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

Simply good - food, wine, service and atmosphere + nice view. Plus on the evening we were there there was a great pianist entertaining us.

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GH
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

Food is outstanding, best steak and desert we have ever had.. Perfect setting with tremendous views, would recommend to all.

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OT
11 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

We had a wonderful dinner at Hemmingway’s The views are unbeatable and the food is great. We thought it was by far the best restaurant in Airlie Beach.

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LI
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Very good managerial service....the ground staff were new and very service oriented but not diligent enough with the shortage of item on the wine menu. Manager came to the rescue and solved the problem as it should , obliging to the suggested alternatives.
Food was delicious....perhaps the addition of a BROWN chocolate dessert like a mousse would be a touch of class.
Very good ambience and settings.

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KS
3 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 5

The meal here was lovely, but slightly disappointing. The starter of lamb was delicious. But the barramundi for main lacked flavour. Cocktails were delicious. Overall slightly overpriced for food. But beautiful setting.

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K
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

My husband and I had a wonderful meal and watched the beautiful sunset. Were blown away by the tastes and presentation of each meal.
Only downer was we had a fellow patron sitting close by talking on his phone which was very loud and intrusive. Some people are losing the art of respect!

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TB
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Food is fabulous, lovely restaurant. Great atmosphere.

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c
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Great atmosphere awesome food.
Portion size perfect emphasis on quality.
A little pricey and limited wine list but overall great
we have been back a few times and enjoyed each time
Will be back again when we return next year

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JS
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Relaxed Luxe dining - food presentation was the talking point simply art. Wonderful food texture. Only feedback is I would have expected and did ask for Havana Club as Ernest classic drink was Cuba Libre which I was prepared to order. I would visit again.

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M
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 2Ambience 4

The food was outstanding however there was no one on staff able to answer questions about wine. Intrigued by a varietal I was not familiar with, I asked the waitress about it. She said she didn’t know and would go ask. She came back to say her manager was looking it up and trying it herself. A shame that the FOH knowledge didn’t match the kitchen’s expertise. Everyone was friendly and polite and I would return, with lowered expectations on the service.

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PJ
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great food and a menu that catered for my vegan daughter. Understated and professional table service. Pleasant ambience. Overall a most enjoyable evening.

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t
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 5Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

Service is always outstanding and the view is to die one of my favourite places to have a cozy dinner or catch up with friends for a quiet wine or 2 .

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JT
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 2Ambience 4

Restaurant fit out is very well done so would recommend for a drink. We were very disappointed with our meals though - for the money very poor.

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BS
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant, with ocean views. Superb customer service, attentive, fun, fabulous waitress.
Fine dining.
Awesome cocktails.
A romantic setting overlooking the marina.
Also a bar for casual drinks, courtyard setting overlooking the marina.
Live music entertainment.
5 star recommendation.
Will definitely dine at Hemingways when visiting Airlie Beach again.

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DA
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Had a lovey time watching the sun go down and enjoyed many fantastic seafood varieties.

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CH
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

We had an excellent experience finishing with a friendly chat with Seb the chef came away still talking about a wonderful night Charles

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RS
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2018
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
2 reviews
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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