Animals,  Cafe & playground,  Gold Coast eats

The Barn, Mudgeeraba

The Barn at Mudgeeraba is the latest casual dining option that is so very family friendly! Tucked in the foothills of Springbrook, you’ll find a welcoming little barn that has been transformed into a restaurant, with a huge outdoor deck and beer garden that feels like you are sitting in the bush. The best part for those looking for a kid-friendly venue? The baby animal pen!!!

The faces behind The Barn may look familiar. If you’ve ever wanted to dine at one of the Percuoco family’s Italian restaurants (think Fellini Ristorante & Bar at Marina Mirage, or Tartufo in Fortitude Valley) you’ll know that it’s not the best experience with little kids!! But The Barn offers you the chance to dine from a Percuoco family menu, in a more relaxed and comfortable setting for families.

We dined for breakfast, but depending on the day of the week you can also dine here for lunch or dinner, or simply enjoy a drink out in the beer garden with friends. The Barn is open for lunch Thursday-Sunday, dinner Thursday-Saturday and breakfast on Saturday and Sunday. Probably my only comment on the food would be that it would be great to a couple of smaller, kid friendly options added. For breakfast for my 2 year old we really only had options of a fruit bowl or toast (which was fine, but a few kid-sized breakfasts would really make this place a 10/10!).

Visitors are free to say hello to the animals – you aren’t allowed inside the pen, but if you put your hand to the fence the baby goats will come over for a pat. The animal pen included baby goats, baby ducks and baby chickens. It was quiet when we dined and the owner Carlo took the baby goats for a little stroll and brought them right over to our table for us to say hello! Two of the older children who were there at the same time also helped feed them their bottle of milk – we thought it best to keep our 2 year old away for a moment!

As you arrive, you’ll notice a second barn with a “shop” sign on it. Soon the owners will be opening a small store where you’ll be able to buy fresh pasta and sauces. Eventually they’ll be opening a mini farmers market too, with local produce.

We really enjoyed our visit here, the perfect spot for families to enjoy a meal together. Bookings are highly recommended, so don’t miss out!

Need to know:

  • Address: 5 Boomerang Road, Mudgeeraba
  • Opening hours: Open for breakfast Saturday and Sunday, lunch Thursday to Sunday and dinner Thursday to Saturday
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  • Phone: 0402 505 446