Northerlies Beach Bar and Grill - Airlie Beach

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  • Scenic View
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Northerlies Beach Bar and Grill - Airlie Beach sits right on the water in the beautiful Whitsundays region of Queensland, Australia. The area is known for relaxed, fresh dining, sun and beach life.
Northerlies menu is designed by an experienced chef with individual flair. It is available by table service with verandas overlooking the water on three sides. Food is available from the Bar area in a more casual setting as well and the venue is open 7 days a week.
Northerlies Beach Bar and Grill - Airlie Beach has an extensive range of craft beer and boutique wines with a 5 star wine list available, excellent accompaniment to fresh seafood and grilled dishes.
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.7
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4.3
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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LC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very nice restaurant, the king salmon sashimi entree and king salmon risotto were outstanding. The drinks list excellent. My steak was overcooked and a bit dry. Service was friendly, helpful and professional. Our only negative is that the restaurant is windy and a bit chilly because of that. We have been twice for lunch and twice windy. Still, it is our favourite restaurant in the Airlie area. A beautiful setting.

s
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

The most beautiful setting. The food is pub like so... its ok. the staff were awesome. Scott I think. Fantastic. was a nice day out.

A
London
3 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 2

Such a great place but we went at 8pm on a saturday night and by 8.30pm the place was dead. All the tables had cleared out and it made the place have no atmosphere, which was strange.
We were celebrating a birthday which I had mentioned over email before I arrived and then there was nothing bought to us post meal (probably because all the staff were keen to leave) which was disappointing given I'd seen a birthday celebrated earlier in the night with a lot of noise & sparklers etc.
Despite the fact there was no one in there the staff were nowhere to be seen and we'd ordered drinks which were never put through so we had to request again. Steak was also over cooked so not the experience we'd hoped for.
Just such a shame as I'd read great reviews and purposely picked it for the birthday celebration, in the end we rushed out of there to head in to town where there was more of a lively vibe.

KW
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great service, very accommodating when we had 3 babies with 3 prams. Food is always amazing!

CM
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 1

Very disappointed. Last time we visited (about a year ago) we were impressed with the entire experience - good atmosphere, good food and good service.
Now the vibe has completely changed - it feels more like a pub than a good quality restaurant, but with very high prices.
What idiot thought it was a good idea to but a large-screen TV in the bar so I could watch the footy during dinner with my wife? If I wanted that I would have gone to one of the pubs in Airlie Beach or Cannonvale (and paid half the price or less for the food).
The staff also seemed rushed and the service was slow, even though the restaurant was only half-full.
I ordered the most expensive steak but it was still tough and fatty (& tiny) but we rated the food overall as average.
I rarely complain about anything but our disappointment at the changes here call for comment. It's a beautiful location but spoiled by someone (presumably in charge?) not being able to decide if they want a quality restaurant or a pub. You can't have both - lower your prices and invite riff-raff or raise your standards.
BTW, we are locals and dine our frequently. We've eaten at just about every local restaurant so are in a good position to compare - and, sadly, it doesn't compare well.
What a shame. We love this spot but will not return until we hear it has been restored to it's original high standards.

KF
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Stunning location, fantastic service and delicious, fresh seafood, highly recommend

DD
1 review
Dined on 6 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, great drinks and great view. Staff were excellent and I was happy to pay the bill.

AB
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The highlight of our stay at Airlie beach
A hidden gem recommended by our pool cleaner!

V
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Warm reception, friendly staff, quality food, prompt service, reasonably priced, excellent ambience, live music, scenic location.
May increase menu choices for vegetarians.
Altogether a wonderful dining experience and will return again as well as recommend to friends for sure, please maintain the price as that will bring people repeatedly.

JS
1 review
Dined on 30 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Was a wonderful dinner and night. Staff were great and well engaging. The location was excellent. The food and drinks were sensational.

BH
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Awesome place , Get there!

would be great if it had a TAB and a pool
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PI
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Northerlies is a fantastic restaurant for any occasion or just an excuse to eat out and enjoy good food, good wine and of course the scenery. From the moment you walk in to the moment you leave you will be amazed by every aspect of the establishment from the breathtaking view of the ocean when you first walk in, to the attentive and super friendly staff, to the quality, presentation and mouth watering taste of every item on the menu. Can’t rate Northerlies high enough. It’s an 11/10 from me!

AH
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 2

Food was good, but the main coarse was delivered whilst we were still eating our first coarse. one plate was delivered dirty. all in all we felt rushed through our dining experience

MM
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

We had a lovely lunch celebrating my daughter's 11th birthday. Fantastic location for family members of all ages. Beautiful outlook, quality food and perfect service - all contributed to the overall experience. We will be back!

DS
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

We enjoyed our dinner, the wine was excellent (Malbec from SA), all dishes were cooked perfectly, maybe just a bit disappointed on the Lamb rack, small with a lot of fat, would have preferred to have it pre-cut. It was a cool night and it felt a bit cold in the restaurant. But overall we enjoyed the food and the service (from Holly) was on point. Will come back.

KB
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Scottie. Thanks for making our night great. You're the best!

SO
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Beautiful location, attentive service. Make sure you queue early for the shuttle bus to avoid a 1/2 hr delay at the end of your evening when the bus is full and you have to wait for the driver to come back for your party.

KF
1 review
Dined on 8 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic food. My only suggestion would be to offer two 1/2 sides with steak instead of one. The food is so fantastic but I’m just not a huge fan of just eating steak and chips or steak and potatoes. It would be nice to have the option to have 1/2 the chips and then a salad.

DS
London
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 5

Great location. Fantastic wine list compared to most other restaurants in the area.
Don’t get too adventurous with the food order - the basic burgers & steaks were far better than the entrees

K
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 5Ambience 2

Bands featured outside were too loud and music genre was ordinary.We could of been sitting at the Pub Airlie Beach Hotel if we wanted to listen to loud head banging music. Sunset or lunch time ambience is a lot more pleasing. The female Staff need better uniforms if you want create a classy impression .Food was outstanding and our Waiter was awesome.

AM
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Most amazing customer service I have ever received.

NF
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Thank you for an amazing time! We went to Airlie Beach for the weekend; we ate lunch at Northerlies on Saturday and it was so good we came back for Sunday lunch too!

Thanks for the amazing service to everyone, but special thanks to our Saturday waiter Doug!

DC
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Food was spot on except the peppercorn sauce was watery and didnt have many peppercorns in it.
Service was really good, very attentive waiters.

KS
Brisbane / QLD
2 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing! Had to come back the next day before we left.

M
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 4

I was really excited to take my daughter and her partner to your restaurant as they were visiting from Brisbane so we all drove up from Mackay and my last experience was wonderful. Two meals were good but our steaks were ordered medium and they were more like medium well done. Meat was tougher than I expected too and our meals were not hot. At best warm.

Your location is wonderful but your menu does not excite.

AF
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was delicious and the staff were wonderful. Beautiful restaurant, with great atmosphere. Would definitely return!

LW
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great service great staff awesome seafood. Love the free transfers and music also

SB
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic service, Doug was our server and was very professional and knowledgeable. Beer tasting is a great idea. We are from Bowen and it is definitely worth the drive.

K
Brisbane / QLD
2 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great Service from Doug and the Restaurant Manager/ lady... thanks for accommodating our needs!

MP
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A highly recommended venue to visit if opportunity arises

K
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Awesome atmosphere and views. The restaurant was clean and had great features. Our food was amazing. Thanks heaps, will be back again.

DC
1 review
Dined on 21 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

What an awesome place! Great place to dine with a group or as a couple. A little out of town but having a courtesy bus is great. A Taxi ride out is a little pricey but totally worth it, and with a $10 reimbursement is a little extra bonus. If your in Airlie Beach make sure you go check this place out, just the kind of place Airlie needs.

DW
1 review
Dined on 19 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Overall amazing and highly recommend. We didn’t get our seating that we booked on line which was indoor normal seating. Instead we were seated at the high chairs which I don’t like for dining. I enjoyed my desert but really missed not being able to order a chocolate dessert. I was looking forward to that so slightly disappointed. However our food was very good and the staff were even better.

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

We booked in for a late lunch mother's Day. The table service was friendly and inviting. Although we had to wait a little for our meals, Northerlies were quick to acknowledge this and provided complimentary drinks whilst we waited as well as an emphatic apology.

Service like this definitely sets great restaurants apart from the good ones! Happy to provide a five star rating as our maitre'd was friendly and delivered fantastic table service throughout our whole time at the restaurant. Thanks Doug. 🙌

EW
1 review
Dined on 8 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great service, great venue and great food. What more can you ask.

KB
1 review
Dined on 6 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fabulous. Beautiful vista, food was delicious, service was attentive.we’re planning another visit before we return home.

RY
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We would extremely like to thank Scotty for his wealth of knowledge on craft beers, single malt whisky and the menu at the restaurant. Scotty worked out which beers would suit myself and which beers would suit my husband. He was right in his interpretation on what type of beers we liked. Food was amazing as well. Thank you to the chefs. It was nice to see a new menu.

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

We had the most amazing lunch at Northerlies, our waiter was so helpful and knowledgeable. The only let down was the wait time on our meals, we waited almost an hour for our meals, it was busy but to be honest i think we were forgotten about. Regardless amazing venue, amazing meals and outstanding service. We will be back for sure.

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

Perfect way to top off a fun filled day in Airlie and Whitsunday Islands for our anniversary. The team reserved us an absolute perfect spot to indulge in their delicious menu! Thank you team at Northerlies!

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

Beautiful venue with amazing service and delicious food!

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