Lighthouse Beach is one of those pristine beaches that we all have access to along the north coast.
On doing the obligatory drive around Shelly Beach, I found the latest architectural sculpture to join the ‘3Ls Club’: the Ballina Surf Club and its privately run food outlet, The Lighthouse Beach Cafe. Of course the axiom location, location, location in this case is again well worth repeating. To most people eating here, the view would just about carry any food abomination. I have to admit, although I’ve seen the stunning view from the dining room and balcony with my own eyes, at this point I haven’t tried the menu apart from gawking at it from a digital standpoint. What I have found in doing this is a steady and strong praise for the food, the service and of course the view.
The only negative (if you could call it that) is one I tend to agree with. Having run a school canteen in the past, the servery and counter in this exquisite locale looks scarily like a tuck-shop at first glance. I think it’s the combination of a display fridge and a uniform thing. But that’s it folks! Every other word online is part of a plethora of tributes: ‘The food is adventurous and delicious’; ‘The staff were amazing’…
If you enjoy water with your meal, you’ll look out over the Pacific Ocean to breaching whales, dolphins, surfers, sharks (I’m just saying), all while having breakfast, lunch or dinner. The pricing isn’t gouging the pocket considering the views, and there’s a wide range in breakfast choices, seafood, fish, meat, pasta and vegetarian inclusions along with kids meals on every menu. Next visit to Ballina will definitely bring me here for, at the very least, a good coffee and my own private view.
Lighthouse Beach Cafe
Eat in / Takeaway, BYO / Licensed.
7.30am to 3pm Mon–Wed, 7.30pm till late, Thu–Sat, 7.30am–6pm Sun.
65 Lighthouse Pde, Ballina. 6686 4380.