Seafood is an understandable focus, with fishing fleets bringing in the catch daily in many towns. Tidal river mouths are perfect conditions for oysters, the region's gastronomic highlight. Oysters from places like Greenwell Point and Pambula Lake are among the world's best.

Sophisticated restaurants exist along the coast, but in many places the local pub is the main spot for a bite to eat. Cafes have the best options for vegetarians.