Thursday, May 23, 2024


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Five Years Of Stunning Sunsets

It’s time to celebrate sunsets, sea views and decadent dining with two of the best local Whitsundays’ restaurants both marking five years in business this year. The iconic Italian inspired eatery, Sorrento's, and the enchanting Garden Bar, both located at Coral Sea Marina, and both owned by the same family, are popular with locals and tourists alike.

In April, Sorrento Restaurant and Bar reached its five-year milestone and it was time for owners, husband and wife Iyas and Mandy, and sister Penny to reflect back on how far the business had come. The renovation of the Ocean Deck was a highlight, enabling Sorrento’s to welcome guests for an à la carte dining experience with ultimate uninterrupted 180-degree waterfront views of the Coral Sea. This newly upgraded space also opened opportunities to offer a function space which has become popular for everything from weddings to events.

Over the years, awards have also been won including 2nd place at the Australian Wedding
Industry Awards (1st in The Whitsundays/Mackay) this year and 5 Star Certificates of Excellence four years running, Best of Qld Experience Program and Best Italian Restaurant.

While the upstairs Ocean Deck is a refined dining experience, the downstairs bar area offers a more casual atmosphere where stunning views of the Whitsundays are accompanied by live acoustic music daily.

The Garden Bar, located just a short stroll from Sorrento’s overlooking the Marina’s super yachts, offers a similar high standard of delicious cuisine, stunning sunsets, marina views and vibrant atmosphere, but with its own unique twist. This venue, which was featured on Jetstar, celebrates five years in November. Since the family took over they have completely transformed the menu, provided casual, intimate dining and also expanded to offer function spaces, specialising in group bookings and now offering Weddings in The Garden.

A contemporary cocktail bar set right on the waterfront, Garden Bar offers fresh, signature cocktails and a simple yet superb menu infused with influences from across the globe. Blending comfortable seating and stylish design, lush tropical greenery and incredible marina views, Garden Bar is simply a special venue.

Iyas, Mandy and Penny would like to thank the Coral Sea Marina for their constant support, as well as the venues long term Managers, Chefs and Staff; it’s a team effort.

Mandy, Iyas and Penny celebrating their 5 years. Photo supplied

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