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Opposite Coolum Surf Club | Cnr Park St & David Low Way, Coolum Beach, Queensland 4573, Australia
+61 54463911
10:30 am - 9:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun - Thu 10:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 10:30 am - 10:00 pm
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South Australia
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59 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Have been going to this restaurant regularly for years each year we come to Coolum. It was always very good. However after our last experience we will not be going back, ever. Every dish we had was just rubbish, (as it was take-away we could not return it), we threw it away in disgust. It was sloppy, tasteless and unappealing... More 

1 Thank Gail O
Longford, Australia
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We ate here on several occasions during our 2 week stay. Each time the food was excellent with wonderful tasty dishes. Friendly capable staff.

Thank Ezza1960
Mjb1211, Manager at Hot Chilli Bean Thai Cafe, responded to this review

Dear Ezza1960, thank you for your kind words. It means a lot to the whole team at the Chilli Bean. May good karma be you daily guide! More 

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4 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2016 via mobile

This place used to be the go to Thai in Coolum beach, and there are a few to choose from, but do yourselves a favour and pick one of the others. The food is slop, you don't get what you ask for, it's over priced, service by the older male waiter is questionable, an absolute waist of money, and being... More 

Thank Natasha K
Singapore, Singapore
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42 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2016

Went for a quick tasty lunch - targets achieved :) My wife is Chinese Singaporean and I have lived in Asia since 99 - hence we are quite the snobs when it comes to what folks in Australia call "Authentic Asian Food" Hot Chili Bean was formally around the corner and the very first Thai in the area, I've always... More 

1 Thank mdk72
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19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2016

Enjoyed our lunch, was proactively offered free cooled tap water which is all we wanted. Pad ghaprow was the best dish. Really spicy with a fried egg thrown in. Phad Thai was authentic Satay chicken was tasty and a good amount of chicken Side of chips was apparently very good according to our kids. Green curry was slightly disappointing, not... More 

1 Thank stephen_f_richards
Brisbane, Australia
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76 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2016 via mobile

I've always thought it only fair to try different restaurants on the Sunny Coast and because there are so many great places we have a good range, every now and then a real gem pops up. We had been to the airport and had called to say hi to friends and decided we would have something to eat. The sign... More 

1 Thank shortdrill
Brisbane, Australia
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60 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2016

Thoroughly enjoyed a take away meal of Stir Fried Vegetarian and returned the next evening to dine at the restaurant. The Special Stir Fried seafood (prawns, calamari, fish and scallops) was excellent for taste, texture and quantity.

1 Thank paulen25
Loganholme Qld Australia
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37 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2016

During our holiday decided to treat ourselves to Thai. The chicken fried rice - dried stringy bits of chicken,no egg or peas as stated on the menu . Very tasteless gluggy rice with bits of tomato in it? Hokkein Noodles with chicken, - same stringy dry chicken and very little flavour but it seemed to be mostly onion - one... More 

Thank NolaRose
Coolum Beach, Australia
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33 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2016

We arrived just before several other customers. While our starters arrived soon enough the mains were slow to appear as other orders were delivered first. This has to be expected on a shoulder season day at the lunch peak. All mains were very tasty - Pad Thai, Green Curry and Coconut Prawns.

Thank KenCoolum
Melbourne, Australia
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26 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2016

Our large party have been eating at 'Chilli Bean' regularly for the last 10+ years. New owners came in late 2014. Fine when she took over but not now. We booked for a large table of 12 guests (4 days prior). When we arrived our table had been given away so they had to be asked to move (including taking... More 

Thank Russ and Andrea S

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$5 - $169
Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options, Asian, Thai
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Reservations, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
10:30 am - 9:00 pm
10:30 am - 9:00 pm
10:30 am - 9:00 pm
10:30 am - 9:00 pm
10:30 am - 9:00 pm
10:30 am - 10:00 pm
10:30 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Opposite Coolum Surf Club | Cnr Park St & David Low Way, Coolum Beach, Queensland 4573, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Queensland  >  Sunshine Coast  >  Coolum Beach
  • Phone Number: +61 54463911
We have been operating since 1996 making us the oldest Thai Restaurant on the Sunshine Coast. We pride ourselves as having the tastiest, freshest thai cuisine in the area. Over the years we have had quire a few other thai restaurants open in opposition to us. We have welcomed these new businesses but know we are still the original and the best Thai in Coolum Beach. Come and try it for yourself. Our meals speak for themselves. Come and enjoy our relaxed atmosphere and generous tasty dishes!

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?