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Ioesco translates as ‘I am going out’, a fittingly momentous title for one of Gold Coast’s premier Italian restaurants, Ioesco - Cafe Cucina Bar. The likes of Gordon Ramsay have graced Ioesco’s stylish dining room, where sparkling chandeliers, a marble bar and water views are tempered by a relaxed vibe and alfresco seating in the tranquil Sanctuary Cove surrounds. Passionate and knowledgeable staff work the floor delivering contemporary interpretations of classic Napoli cuisine that, happily, don’t compromise on size or quality. Moreish starters such as duck breast with marsala mushroom cream sauce offer perfect preludes to mains like Barossa chicken breast with king prawns, avocado and garlic
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Italian, Mediterranean, European
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free off-street parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

First visit to this wonderful restaurant, amazing menu (so much choice) & food was superb. I ordered the NZ whole sole, one of my favs. The first time I have been offered to have my fish turned half way through, impressive !! We were blown...away with the service & had the most attentive waitress, thank you Christina! We look forward to dining again when next visiting.More

Date of visit: January 2021
Reviewed 2 days ago

I'm a GC local and highly recommend Ioesco if you love Italian food - actually not just Italian, the menu is extensive and it's all good! Service is on point, but unpretentious - they just get it. Have been several times. Ideal for couples, celebrations...and informal business lunch. We have our girl's catchups here for the pasta (and the cocktails).More

Date of visit: December 2020
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I have no words to describe the food at this Italian restaurant. It is simply to die for. I could not get it in quickly enough. The scallops for entree were just divine, the eye fillet with prawns & bugmeat were the best I’ve ever...had. The beef cheeks were melt in your mouth, fall off the fork tender. The brownie for dessert was ridiculously good if you like chocolate. As for the service, i couldn’t have asked for better! If you don’t visit this restaurant, you haven’t lived & experienced amazing food.More

Date of visit: January 2021
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Having been to Ioescu quite a few times and never been dissapointed, decided to have a change from our normal traditional Christmas lunch when we found out that Ioescu were doing a Christmas day lunch. We were not dissapointed. It was fantastic! A massive shout...out to Max and the Ioescu team, what a great job you did, food was brilliant as usual and the staff looked after us as well as everyone else on a busy day. Well done. We of course will be back.More

Date of visit: December 2020
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We love this restaurant, have only eaten there 4 times but every time we love it, food amazing, service is attentive, a great all round experience that we would highly recommend. 2nd time we have been there on Christmas eve for my husbands birthday, a...lovely complimentary calamari dish was served on arrival to our table which was just fabulous and very much appreciated, we look forward to returning, thanks for another fab lunch, Merry Christmas to you and your team. Shelley & IonMore

Date of visit: December 2020
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

From the entree to the dessert , the meals could not be faulted . Fantastic! The entree of buffalo mozzarella with grilled peach and prosciutto was a stand out .

Date of visit: December 2020
Reviewed 21 November 2020

What exquisite food! Quality Italian food with impeccable service. Chico, our waiter, was without a doubt one of the most vibrant waiters ever met! Great to see someone with a passion for their job. He truly made our evening! Thanks Ioesco for yet another excellent...nights food!More

Date of visit: November 2020
Reviewed 20 November 2020

Have been eating with max and Amanda for 20 years have never had anything but fantastic food. Largest selection and always wow.

Date of visit: October 2020
Reviewed 8 November 2020

What an amazing place to enjoy great Italian cuisine. Atmosphere, service and price is what one would expect for this high end restaurant. Bookings required ahead and especially for Friday and Saturday nights. It popularity with locals speaks for itself.

Date of visit: October 2020
Reviewed 29 October 2020 via mobile

Wonderful food and service. My husband and I have a weekly lunch at Ioesco and it is fine dining at its best. My favourite meal is mussels with two slices of sourdough bread, absolutely to die for!

Date of visit: October 2020
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Heather V
10 February 2020|
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Response from MurielJoan | Reviewed this property |
I did notice that when I was there, you could order the same meal from different pages of the menu. It did seem odd to me. I know my sister specifically asked for the entree size of her meal. Maybe you should have taken this... More
Michael Y
8 October 2018|
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Response from Tigerbob6905 | Reviewed this property |
We have had takeaway previously but not for some time. they have always been happy enough to oblige but I think you are better ordering early as the restaurant does get very busy.
Russ E
9 August 2018|
Response from GlobeTrotting740448 | Reviewed this property |
Russ, their menu is on line on their website!
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