Thursday, August 24, 2023


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Welcome To Lazy Joe’s Cantina!

Get your sombreros and colourful outfits ready for a brand-new authentic Mexican Restaurant in the heart of Airlie Beach, a place where you can kick back and relax with a frozen margarita or bring friends and family for a lively dining experience.

There is something for everyone on the menu at Lazy Joe’s Cantina, specialising in Mexican Street Food with a splash of Texas BBQ, the restaurant is inspired by true Mexican street food with salsas and marinades made from traditional recipes.

Passionately created by General Manager Kelly Medford and the team, every item is inspired by her childhood spent in Texas and Mexico, creating that authentic depth of taste.

Enjoy Taquitos, Nachos, Quesadillas, Enchiladas, Elotes, and other classic Mexican Street Food, taste a hint of Texan influence with tangy ribs and finger-licking chicken wings.

It’s time to enjoy a dining experience where the flavour of Mexico does not stop with the food - traditional sombreros, colourful flags and stunning prints have been imported straight from Mexico - infusing every element of this fresh and funky restaurant with authenticity.

Lazy Joe’s is the brainchild of Joe Panuccio and his family who own and operate Paradiso, La Marina and Gelatiamo Dolce Patisserie and Gelato.

Coincidentally, Lazy Joe’s was the first Italian restaurant Joe opened in Melbourne 15 years ago and the name felt right to use once again in this latest venture.

“We are big on innovating in town, and we want to do other things in the future that fill the holes in a small town and always aim to give the people what they want,” said Joe.

With significant events happening within a few months of opening his last two restaurants, Joe hopes it is third time lucky with this one.

“When we opened La Marina in 2017, we had Cyclone Debbie a few months later, then when we opened Paradiso in December 2019, COVID came a long three months later!” he explains.

“Hopefully it will be third time lucky!”

Aiming at a broad and inclusive demographic, Lazy Joe’s Cantina is priced really well so that families can enjoy an affordable yet high-quality dinner out.

There are $9.90 frozen margaritas that are already hugely popular and for those wanting to spend more, or for celebrations, there are also specialty high-end drink items.

Divided into two clear zones, Lazy Joe’s has a funky Mexican themed bar area with high-stools and a more party-like atmosphere for those stopping for a casual taste of authentic street food or a delicious cocktail.

Through the archway, is the second zone; a light and airy cantina which is ideal for a more relaxed dining experience, romantic dinners, family gatherings or large group bookings.

Both areas boast stunning sea views across the Airlie Beach Foreshore from large bi-fold windows which let the soft salty air breeze in, just like you are in Mexico.

Located on Airlie Beach Esplanade, above the Tattoo Parlour, Lazy Joe’s is open every day, aside from Wednesdays.

Bookings are essential and can be made online

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