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Top 10 LGBTQIA+ Friendly Restaurants in Australia

It’s global Pride Month and we’re celebrating with this list of LGBTQIA+ friendly restaurants around the country! Whether they are LGBTQIA+ owned and operated or doing something special to support the community, see how this stellar group of restaurants is dedicated to the kitchen and the cause.

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Updated June 16, 2020
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Burrawang General Store

Price: Moderate
217 reviews
Some of the staff at this charming eatery in the small town of Burrawang identify as LGBTI, so if you find yourself in the Southern Highlands during Pride Month it’s worth a visit. Housed in a building built in 1867, it has evolved from a general store to a culinary destination popular with locals and visitors alike. Open daily from 8am to 4pm, it has an emphasis on local produce. Dine on the verandah, by the wood fire or in the garden. The all-day dining menu includes Belgian waffles, eggs benedict, and corn and zucchini fritters while from 11am onwards options expand to include a Ploughman’s plate, crab cake with herb salad, and pretzel crusted buttermilk fried chicken with kale, toasted almonds, cranberries and apples.

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Price: Moderate
1247 reviews
With both gay staff and customers, this Italian restaurant will be a welcoming place to dine during Pride Month. Sharing the name of a volcanic island called Ischia (pronounced ISS-key-ah) 30km off the coast of Italy in the Gulf of Naples, it serves wood-fired pizzas (including by the metre!) and traditional Italian cuisine, including antipasto plates, Caprese salad and pasta. Its main menu features Pollo Saltimbocca (pan fried chicken medallions) and Scaloppine ai Funghi (pan fried veal medallions with champignon mushrooms in a creamy sauce).

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Pier Farm

Price: Expensive
687 reviews
A popular wedding venue amongst the LBGTI community, with several same-sex marriages booked in the coming months, this waterfront Williamstown restaurant is a great option for Pride Month. As you would expect with its location, there is a strong sea to plate focus. Choose from oysters (natural or Kilpatrick), Hiramassa kingfish carpaccio and, of course, fish and chips. But there’s also a range of non-seafood options, including roast duck, pan seared spatchcock and Gippsland dry-aged, grass-fed rib eye.

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Potts Point Hotel

Price: Moderate
Potts Point
70 reviews
Every Thursday this venue in Darlinghurst Rd hosts a super fun gender diverse bingo night. It’s set to be even bigger during Pride Month. The recently refurbished hotel (previously the Sugarmill Hotel) is a modern Australian pub with a strong food focus. Meats in its smoker menu, which includes BBQ glazed pork ribs and beef brisket, are smoked for up to eight hours. Other dishes include fried chicken burgers, crispy skin salmon and pepper lime squid, which can be washed down with boutique beers and cocktails. Its Sweethearts Rooftop is a great place to hang out before or after your meal.

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The Moat

Price: Expensive
Melbourne CBD
217 reviews
This restaurant at the base of the State Library of Victoria welcomed the crowds after the gay marriage vote was announced on the steps of the library in 2017, and attracts a range of creative types. It was recently decorated in rainbow colours for IDAHOBIT (International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexism and Transphobia). Styled by renowned artist and designer Christo Gillard, the Little Lonsdale St noshery is an intimate venue with 19th century bluestone walls and a homely courtyard. Its menu includes chicken and feta meatballs with slaw, vegetable Thai Panang curry with coconut rice and peanut sambal, confit duck with chard, sweet potato mash and a blood orange spiced jus plus a 12-hour slow-cooked lamb shoulder.

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