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The Rocks Restaurant at Coral Sea Resort – come on down!

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The Rocks Restaurant at Coral Sea Resort – come on down!

THE ROCKS Restaurant is proving a hit with guests at the renowned Coral Sea Marina Resort.

Now, manager Luke Anderson wants locals to know they too can dine in the elegant restaurant, right on the oceanfront.

‘Located right on the waterfront, it feels as if you are on an island, yet it is just a three-minute walk into Airlie Beach.’

Mr Anderson has been making his mark on what is, undoubtedly, one of the best loved restaurants in the Whitsundays, including bringing in a new chef, Michael Dominici, and new restaurant manager, Santiago Lera, earlier this year.

With new management brings new menus and service styles, with a relaxed approach to modern Australian dining, which sees an amazing array of fresh, local seafood options and exciting desserts.

Some of the menu options include Whitsundays snapper perfumed with the scent of citrus and smoking paperbark.

The prawn curry fuses local prawns with jasmine rice, spiced curry leaf and pickled cucumber, while the seafood platter showcases lemon herbed reef fish, oysters and Whitsunday tiger prawns.

“The best seafood is the fish you can catch right out the front,” said Michael.

“Our fisherman have boats running up and down miles of coastline here, and I’m also using the strong, local supplier relationships I built in my previous head chef roles to bring the best produce to diners at The Rocks.”

Mr Anderson added: “The Rocks, in particular, is getting great feedback from resort guests and we want the local community to know that it is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and we would love to welcome locals to dine here.

“Local residents can come and dine at the restaurant at any time,” he said.

“Although bookings are essential as it is a resort restaurant and can fill up very quickly.

“If diners want to also use the pool facilities while here, then they are very welcome for a small charge, which includes a pool towel.”

The resort itself has been on the same spot since the 1970s and has undergone two major refurbishments – one in 2000 and another in 2019 under the current resort owner Paul Darrouzet, who also owns Coral Sea Marina.

With more exciting renovations still to come, Coral Sea Resort is definitely setting a standard for boutique resorts in the region.

Melbourne Cup

Enjoy Melbourne Cup this year at The Rocks restaurant, with a delicious two-course lunch special for $55, and stunning views.

All the racing action will be on the screens, and the champagne will be flowing.

There will also be live music from Trent Bell.

Bookings are essential and are available directly through The Rocks restaurant – call 4964 1300. 

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