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Cafe Fresh and Shinsen Restaurant

$$ - $$$
Japanese, Mediterranean, Australian
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1-3 / 78 Musgrave Street | Kirra, Coolangatta, Gold Coast, Queensland 4225, Australia
+61 7 5536 1010
06:30 - 22:30
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Sun - Sat 06:30 - 22:30
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Tweed Heads, Australia
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100 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 March 2016

Cafe 78 (no longer called Cafe Fresh and no longer offering Japanese food options) offers tapas-style dishes including arancini balls, spring rolls, delicious calamari (the best I have tasted) and grilled haloumi cheese. Situated just across the road from iconic Kirra Beach it offers a great lunchtime choice at a very reasonable cost.

Thank Norman H
Coolangatta, Australia
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30 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2016

Had a great lunch today. staff were welcoming & attentive. Pleasant dining in or out 7 tastefully decorated. Still does Tapas as Fresh use to but the choice of barramundi, grilled or deep fried was a winner.

Thank Denis M
Coolangatta, Queensland, Australia
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16 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2015 via mobile

Thursday half price main meals. Delicious seafood pasta and other meals great. Recommend to everyone. Shinsen side has gone and menu changed. Worth a visit.

1 Thank Sk8r59
Melbourne, Australia
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69 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2015

Great tasting tapas, approx $10.00 per dish, we ordered "one of everything"... A guy playing the guitar, with a "great voice" and, we could sing along....awesome night...

1 Thank Raffman140204
Gold Coast
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2015

The best steak I have had in 10 years and the service was terrific. Will be back next week. Friday night for me.

1 Thank SpendeloveOwner
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2015 via mobile

What an absolute pleasure - on a cold winters night to be greeted by cafe fresh' new owners Tina and Rick. . Great service Amazing - and I mean REALLY amazing food! I had the bug meat and scallop linguini and went to heaven....!!!! Followed by crime brûlée - omg!! Fantastic! If you come to the Coolangatta/kirra area OR are... More 

Thank JaneSanders
Surfers Paradise, Australia
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21 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2015

What a lovely surprise to find this little gem right in the middle of busy Kirra. Thought we would try as under new management and were so pleased we did. On arrival we were greeted by very friendly staff who made us feel very welcome. The Happy Hour cocktails were amazing. We started with delicious Tapas and the Salt &... More 

Thank JulesandPepe
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 May 2015 via mobile

Really enjoyed our experience at Cafe Fresh & Shinsen Restaurant. Have been a number of times now and staff have proved to be consistently friendly and accommodating. With a variety of scrumptious mains and light meals to choose from, I cannot pass the oysters and gyozas! The lycée martinis are a favourite amongst many on the tempting cocktail menu. It... More 

1 Thank AnneMarie F
Melbourne Australia
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23 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2015

How a restaurant can change in a few months and with a change of ownership. We went on Saturday night as we always do when at Kirra and what a difference and how sad. The normally bustling restaurant was almost empty and the food choices are very much reduced including the Shinsen options which were basically non existent, fusion was... More 

Thank Distantaussies
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51 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 May 2015 via mobile

Loved the menu of this perfectly situated, light, airy restaurant with outdoor seating opposite the beach. Being able to chose from either the Japanese or contemporary menu is ideal, on this visit we combined Tappas from both menus as well as enjoying $10 cocktails during happy hour.

Thank Belinda_Blue16

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$7 - US$29
Japanese, Mediterranean, Australian
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
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Open Hours
06:30 - 22:30
06:30 - 22:30
06:30 - 22:30
06:30 - 22:30
06:30 - 22:30
06:30 - 22:30
06:30 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1-3 / 78 Musgrave Street | Kirra, Coolangatta, Gold Coast, Queensland 4225, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Queensland  >  Gold Coast  >  Coolangatta
  • Phone Number: +61 7 5536 1010
Two Restaurants In One...The ambience is stylish and friendly with the service being relaxed yet professional & attentive. Enjoy Cafe Fresh's innovative & modern cuisine with Australian & Mediterranean influences or enjoy a contemporary taste of Japan with Shinsen Restaurant offering fresh hand rolled sushi, modern japanese cuisine and teppanyaki.

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