The proliferation of new small bars and restaurants around Scarborough and Doubleview has meant we’re more spoilt for choice than ever with great spots for a night out, or just a lazy afternoon by the sea.
Here’s our picks for great eating and drinking around the 6018/6019, and we’ve tried to organise the list a little more restaurant-y at the top, with more bar vibes down the bottom – enjoy!
If it’s laid-back, old school Italian restaurant vibes great for family and friends you’re looking for, Al Fornetto must be the place. The amount of choice on offer in the menus is as big as the meals themselves. There’s an array of pizzas and pastas to pick your way through, alongside some Italian main classics like Pollo or Veal Parmigiana and arguably their hero dish, the Saltimbocca. The kinda spot you’ll find yourself spending hours at with the right group of peeps.
199 Scarborough Beach Road, Doubleview
Perched on the beach with a view that’ll take your breath away, La Capannina is bringing the relaxed, coastal Italian vibes to Scarbs. We can’t think of much better than having a slice of pizza in one hand and a cocktail in another, all while soaking up the sunset.
171 The Esplanade, Scarborough
Once the go-to party destination along the Scarborough beach strip, El Grotto has matured over the years into one of its most delicious eating joints. COVID-times saw a shift in focus towards this Mexican hangout’s food offerings, and the general public is all the better for it. Their fish and beef birria burritos are filled with goodness and the tacos moorish as anything, and all are best washed down with a superior selection of cocktails. Oh and if you’re looking for a boogie by the beach, don’t worry, Grotto still gets its groove on late into the night.
Shop 5/148 The Esplanade, Scarborough
The Peach Pit
While it may be nestled right on Scarborough beach, The Peach Pit has anything but your beach bod on its mind. Formerly more a party palace, The Peach Pit has since risen to become one Perth’s premier smashed burger haunts. Speaking of haunting, their rotating burgers of month will do exactly that to your dreams – and if that doesn’t get ya, the fishbowl cocktails will.
148 The Esplanade, Scarborough
Scarborough Beach Bar
We’re pretty spoilt for choice when it comes to bars along the Scarborough Beach foreshore, but it’s hard to go past the views at Scarborough Beach Bar. Perched upstairs you get a primo viewing platform of surfers over the hill all set to chilled DJs, a very tempting cocktail selection and relaxed Italo-coastal pub fare like Kingfish Crudo, a couple of grilled fish options, mussels and a mean Pork Chop Milanese.
1 Manning Street, Scarborough
Nestled on the corner of Scarborough Beach Road and Gildercliffe Street, you might not see Pizzaca Caffe as you pass by. But it’s there, and the locals know all about it. Pizzaca are pumping out amazing food and drink from dawn ‘til dusk. Start the day off right from a list of sweet and savoury hot cakes, eggs benedict or a tasting plate. In the evening, dig in to those classic Italian comfort foods: woodfire pizzas, home-style pastas, juicy steaks, chilli mussels and even a parmi that you can top with spaghetti bolognese. (Kale Armstrong)
161 Gildercliffe Street, Scarborough
The Lookout Bar Bar Bowling & Bites
The Lookout ain’t just a huge bar on the beach in Scarbs, it’s also got some good time bowling alleys inside! Some may have laughed at the notion of converting the old Matisse Beach Club into a bar you can go bowling at, but it’s been a huge hit down on the Esplanade. With regular meal and bowling deals during the week, we recommend popping by then when it’s a bit more chill, although if you feel like turning it up it’s got the rowdiest Sunday sesh on the strip.
148 The Esplanade, Scarborough
Hellburger by name, hell-good burgers by nature. As you can see in this list there is plenty of competition for excellent burger joints in the 6019, and Hellburger more than holds its own with their take on smashed-style burgers with regeneratively-farmed WA grass-fed beef. They also may just be low-key serving up the best fries in the hood, their special sauce is like Big Mac’s on crack and the whole combination may just send you straight to you-know-where.
80 Scarborough Beach Road, Scarborough
A stylish bar from the team behind Mrs Brown and Mechanic’s Institute, St Brigid has pretty quickly established itself as the bar from Cheers – a place where everybody knows your name. It’s filled with friendly faces, lacks any kind of pretension and while we can’t exactly speak to Cheers’ food and drink offering, St Brigid’s is one of the best in the west. Featuring a carefully curated selection of wine and cocktails, a few tasty beers on tap plus plenty of tins and some insanely delicious food (hint: the fried chicken burger and/or the skewers are out-of-this-world good), there’s a reason its the Doubleview go-to.
257 Scarborough Beach Road, Doubleview
The Corner Dairy
There’s obviously something in the water in Doubleview, as literally across the road from St Brigid is an equally cosy neighbourhood spot, The Corner Dairy. Easy, breezy; a dependable drop-in. That’s the vision for the Corner Dairy – and one we’re pretty keen on, especially when paired with that alfresco area, an enticing selection of wines and an equally interesting (dare we say, surprising) menu.
260 Woodside Street, Doubleview
General Public Food Co.
Evan and Sarah Hewitt’s suburban bar and restaurant is the living embodiment of a hidden gem. Whether it’s your morning coffee, a fried chicken taco or some fries loaded with melted cheese, pulled pork and sour cream, General Public has got you sorted. But it doesn’t stop there. Serving up sensational pizzas that champion locally sourced ingredients and a naturally fermented dough, prepare to have your mind blown from the very first bite. Pair that with six rotating beers on tap and a swag of delicious WA wines, and you’ve got yourself a solid night of eating and drinking on your hands. The best part? Basically everything can be done gluten free, even the pizzas!
5/19 Doric Street, Scarborough
As the sun stretches overhead, you might find yourself floating over from Drift Kitchen to the heritage courtyard at SKØL, a Scandinavian bar and eatery from the Drift crew, inspired by family history, tradition and simplicity. Nibble through a plate of oysters, some gravlax or grilled slipper lobster with garlic and dill butter, and make sure to sip on one of their perfectly Instagrammable cocktails.
35 Ewen Street, Scarborough
Mathieu Bourget’s Il Locale is serving up some of the best Neapolitan pizza in town. With a passionate and humble team of Scarborough locals, it hasn’t taken long for this pizzeria to build a strong bond with its community. Combining local and imported D.O.P ingredients – including Stracciatella and Burrata from La Delizia Latticini – Il Locale’s three-day Caputo and Manitoba fermented dough is the perfect vessel to carry the very essence of quality toppings. (Kale Armstrong)
16C Calais Road, Scarborough
Fam Bam Burger Bar
Welcome to Fam Bam Burger Bar, where burger dreams come true. A popular neighbourhood spot celebrating Canadian and Aussie roots, these delicious custom blend burgers are packed full of flavour and nostalgia. Want chicken salt on those chips? Done. One dollar buffalo wings on Wednesdays? Sorted. What about a classic Aussie burger? You know the one, loaded with almost everything you could possibly fit on a toasted bun, plus a few slices of beetroot because why not? Of course! This homely local refuge beams with chill vibes to all who pass by. The perfect place to grab a feed with mates and enjoy the very best of what life has to offer. (Kale Armstrong)
16E Calais Road, Scarborough
An absolute mainstay on the strip for years, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better spot to watch a Scarborough sunset with beer in hand than Oceans 6019. There’s always DJs on hand to help soundtrack those sundown vibes, will you’ll also find some live music inside, and maybe even a sneaky bit of karaoke if you’re up to it!
1 Manning St, Scarborough
Indian Ocean Hotel
The Indi Bar has been holding down live music in Scarborough for years, packing it in five nights a week. They’ve had some of Australia’s biggest bands roll through along with always showcasing some of its future stars. Plus their pool parties go are the place to once that sun comes back out, and Toastface Grillah on the food is an absolute winner.
23 Hastings Street, Scarborough
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