Cuisine: Asian, South Asian
Price Point: Mains from $15 - $35

Expect sizzling Asian cuisine and cocktails at this retro styled kitchen and bar.

Known for their insanely good South East Asian street food, Light Years is a hidden oasis of tasty bites and vintage decor. You’ll be snap happy here; think Hanoi in the 50’s with a rainbow colour scheme, paired with fresh Asian dishes and hand-candy cocktails.

The menu is a fusion of Australian ingredients, modern recipes and gorgeous presentation. Designed to share, mix and match small plates of shiitake wontons, kingfish ceviche and crispy fried chicken with sriracha mayo. Tuck into larger dishes, like the 5-spice roasted duck pancakes, or try the knockout turmeric and coconut fish curry.

Don’t forget to taste one of the legendary cocktails (try the Next Lover, with Byron Bay gin and watermelon, you’ll thank us later). Vibrant, unique and stylish to boot, Light Years promises an unforgettable dining experience.

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Light Years
3/17 Lawson Street
Byron Bay 2481

Open Hours:
Monday 5pm - 10pm
Tuesday 5pm - 10pm
Wednesday 5pm - 10pm
Thursday 5pm - 10pm
Friday 5pm - 11pm
Saturday 5pm - 11pm
Sunday 5pm - 10pm

Phone: (02) 6685 5479
Website: www.lightyearsbyron.com

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Light Years
Cuisine: Asian, South Asian
Mains: $15 - $35
Accepts:   Light Years accepts American Express

Reviews

Ruby-Jean Whitehead

Had the most delicious spicy margarita of my life, cannot wait to go back for another one. Food is delectable and flavoursome with very attentive wait staff. 100% would recommend

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Oh my....Light Years did not disappoint!
Cracking food, cocktails, and great helpful service. Nice work crew.

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Michael Desmond

Awesome restaurant, definitely one of the best in Byron! Great food, attentive service....

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Pannapat Lertmaithai

The food and service are amazing! First time there and will definitely go back. I love how they have a lot of choices for Vegan and Gluten free dietary requirements and most importantly they are all delicious!

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OMG! Food here is incredible, had a couple cheeky cocktails which were divine and the staff are the perfect mix of friendly and chill, can’t wait to go back!

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"Best in Byron"! Consistently excellent standard of food across the whole menu. Friendly, knowledgeable staff makes an important difference also. Our 4 french visitors who are foodies used to fine dining were very impressed!

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Amazing food. Great way to get in early without the rush of people around you. Definitely one to put on your list of places to eat in Byron!

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Light Years is pretty cool. We got the early sitting with FT... Service was epic, and the food was pretty damn good as well.
Will definitely recommend!

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Kristen Martin

Everything about this place is amazing, not just the food or the service, but the atmosphere, the staff, the decor.. literally EVERYTHING!!!

I highly recommend trying every small plate, you'll be back again, so you can try the larger ones then..

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Alice Ons ૐ

Great service, great food, and loved all the vegan options. The staff were super friendly, and also helped us with our meal choices. We loved using the first table app!! Will definitely go again soon. Ps: the vegan curry was amazing!!

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Jemima Fraser

Light years is seriously a whole new level of Asian style street food (if I can even call it that) it’s so punchy and flavoursome and the cocktails are neeeeext level!! And don’t even get me started on the service it’s impeccable!! Definitely one of Byron’s gems!

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Kirsten Butler

Wonderful service, a huge improvement from the last time I was there.
The food is always amazing too!

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Great food! Nice to have the restaurant to yourself initially. Highly recommend :)

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Isabelle Robinson

Beautiful food paired with beautiful wine.
Staff were a delight, super on the ball and left perfect intervals between each new plate.

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Meghan King

Amazing as always :)

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Sihanie Bell

Lightyears in Byron Bay is always amazing! The food is incredible and always consistent. The vibe is fun and relaxed and they have great cocktails! It is one of my absolute favourite restaurants in Byron Bay and there are a lot of good ones! Highly recommend it!

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Justeen Cook

Literally the best food in Byron. The Coconut and turmeric curry is THE BEST and the service is next level friendly.
Awesome

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Suzie Woods

This is seriously one of the best Asian restaurants I've eaten in and that includes Sydney. Pork Belly and Bao Buns are a must as well as the cauliflower. Service is fabulous too.

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One of my favourite restaurants in the area! Staff are so friendly and helpful and the food is incredible!

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Vicki Bignold

Wow the food at light years continues to please super fresh & cooked with a passion for flavour !
It was such a pleasure to watch my Cambodian sister in law & brother devour almost everything offered they were stoked ! They have been visiting us for 3 months & declared it the best meal they have had ! Highlights are hard to discern as we loved so many but def the masterstock pork belly & the chicken with mee goreng salt

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Light years never disappoints food always amazing, staff super friendly and the vibe is relaxed. This visit we had the scallops, yellow fin tuna the ponzu dressing delicious, fried chicken which is light and crispy and the pork ribs succulent and meaty a must on any visit. Highly recommend a visit.

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Sez Ogs

The food quality, service and vibe at Light Years cant be faulted. We had the fermeted starter and ceviche as entrees.... A-MA-ZING. Then the caramel pork belly and fish curry for mains. The mains were 2 of the tastiest dishes we've ever had. Damn, will be back.

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Wow, the incredible flavours and aromas from our share plates were amazing. Service was prompt and friendly yet unobtrusive.
Our first visit but definitely not our last - highly recommended

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Erica Williams

This place was incredible
Amazing cocktails (rose lychee martini was the best cocktail I’ve ever had) and the cheeseburger bao buns were mouthwatering. Will definitely be back

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Becoming an institution in Byron, rivaling the more fancied restaurants in town, Light Years hits the mark on taste, service and ambience.

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Mouthwatering Delishesness food. Great service and always with a smile. Cool atmosphere. Cain’t wait to return! Thanks team Light Years!

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Melt in your mouth scallops to kick off followed by flavoured packed pork belly and some make your own duck pancakes. Great tunes and fab staff.

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Epic. Fabulous fresh seafood cooked to perfection. The mrs loved the date :)
Would definitely recommend!
*****

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Cordelia Vecchio

Sensational team and the food was honestly some of the best South East Asian food I've had!

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Jodi McCarthy

This is the most delicious restaurant. The food was so fresh and served quickly but not made to feel rushed. Friendly service. Tucked away at the end of an arcade and decorated so well. Dining here is a must when in Byron Bay.

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Tara Elliott

The food was beyond amazing. So much flavour and the sizes are generous. Amazing cocktails and great service as always. Will be back very soon!

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Miranda Bryant

Wow what great food!!
Loved by all of our group one old,one young, one man, one vegetarian and everybody agreed it was one of the best dining experiences in Byron
Fresh herbs great mix of flavours with each dish totally different and cooked to perfection
The staff were professional and attentive
We will be back soon if we can get a table !!

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Ruby-Jean Whitehead

Had the most delicious spicy margarita of my life, cannot wait to go back for another one. Food is delectable and flavoursome with very attentive wait staff. 100% would recommend

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Susan Stirton

The food was sensational, the cocktails were different and creative and we couldn’t have asked for better service. We’ll definitely be going again.

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Susanna Evington

Yum! absolutely delicious food to share.

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Oh my....Light Years did not disappoint!
Cracking food, cocktails, and great helpful service. Nice work crew.

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Angela White

Fantastic food. Loved it. Service great also.

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Lauren O'Neill

always amazing!

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Always amazing!! Delicious food and great service. One of our favorites. Thank you

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Amazing food and service and the music was a highlight!

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Michael Desmond

Awesome restaurant, definitely one of the best in Byron! Great food, attentive service....

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Light years Was highly recommend to me by a close friend and it did not disappoint! Food was so fresh and well presented with a great selection of veggie to meat options! Staff were very attentive and helpful with all questions! The shiitake wontons were the best!

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Amazing food, great service and all without the pretence and attitude that often clouds a dining experience in Byron!

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Elise Harris

Delicious cuisine, the king fish ceviche was a personal favourite!

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We had a fantastic meal last night at Light years, the food was yummy, the wine was perfect. And the staff where friendly and super efficient. Hopely we will get to eat there again soon.
Thank you Mat, and the team.

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Alice O'Connell-Milne

The best vegan options, I honestly couldn’t pick a favourite dish as the caramelised miso eggplant and cauliflower was so perfectly done. The curry was amazing too and we left feeling full and happy. Thank you!!

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We had an awesome experience! Will back!

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Would recommend this place to everyone : )
Booked through first table which means an early dinner, this is perfect when dining out with a young buba

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Lula Campbell

The food was perfect & the service was fantastic. My favourite restaurant in Byron.

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Alisa Klas

We really enjoy eating at Light Years. Its relaxed but with an upbeat vibe, the food is delicious and full of flavour.

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Ellie Stinson

Good for Byron, was $100 for 4 people because of the 50% off. Not including drinks. So yep, would go back. The caramelised pork was good.

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Pannapat Lertmaithai

The food and service are amazing! First time there and will definitely go back. I love how they have a lot of choices for Vegan and Gluten free dietary requirements and most importantly they are all delicious!

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Charlton Robb

Friendly service. Food was amazing!

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OMG! Food here is incredible, had a couple cheeky cocktails which were divine and the staff are the perfect mix of friendly and chill, can’t wait to go back!

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Amanda Gorr

Awesome food, awesome cocktails..........as always!

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Jackie Giles

Lovely fresh food at Light Years. Staff eager to help, & work well as a team. Enjoyed the turmeric curried prawns with steamed buns for dipping.
Only downside was it was a bit squashed between the tables & found the music loud. But hey, I’m
Just getting old

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"Best in Byron"! Consistently excellent standard of food across the whole menu. Friendly, knowledgeable staff makes an important difference also. Our 4 french visitors who are foodies used to fine dining were very impressed!

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Fiona Collins

Lovely little place with tasty food. The ceviche and shiitake wontons were delish and larger servings than I expected.

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Amazing food. Great way to get in early without the rush of people around you. Definitely one to put on your list of places to eat in Byron!

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Great dining experience. Both food and service were excellent!

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Great atmosphere, amazing food!

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The tastes deliver an illusion of being in Asia.
Attention to textures is a big part of this too.
My brother lived in Hong Kong for 12 years, and got to really love their secret cuisine hideaways and full-on local menus. He thinks Light Years is ab fab, so you wont get much better recommendation than that.
We were all as full as a goog, with those array of flavours lingering on for hours later.

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Ramesh Siva

Simply awesome in all respects. Food service and ambience. Thank you

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Great food great service and a nice vibe!

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My family & I have thoroughly enjoyed every experience we have had at Lightyears since they opened in Byron. We highly recommend! Food, cocktails, service & atmosphere.. All amazing! Thanks guys!

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Best in Byron!
Consistently excellent dining and service that outshines many of the much higher priced competitors.
Have now tried every dish on the menu, and with the small possible exception of the over zealous use of chilly in the prawn dish every dish is excellent!

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Sally Heading

Delicious food, and an awesome vibe, perfectly sized meals for sharing!

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Delicious!! Highly recommend.

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Light Years is pretty cool. We got the early sitting with FT... Service was epic, and the food was pretty damn good as well.
Will definitely recommend!

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Carolina Marques

Amazing! ❤️

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Wow, what a fantastic eating experience. We had five dishes between four of us and every dish was just excellent. Great service and atmosphere. Probably one of the best places to eat in Byron Bay.

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Light years was a wonderful experience! The food was really delicious, flavours on point, and decent sized portions. A bit on the expensive size but pretty normal for Byron Bay. The First Table discount made that much more manageable

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Kristen Martin

Everything about this place is amazing, not just the food or the service, but the atmosphere, the staff, the decor.. literally EVERYTHING!!!

I highly recommend trying every small plate, you'll be back again, so you can try the larger ones then..

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Light Years, in my opinion, has THE BEST Pork Belly in Byron, and I’ve tasted a few!... we often eat here with friends using First Table, last night our bill of 4 mains, 3 sides and drinks cost $98 for 4 hungry locals. Sorry, I didn’t get a photo, I indulged in the delicious food too quickly to think of taking a picture. The service is exceptional and food is served in under 10 minutes! Give it a go when you’re next in Byron... and don’t forget to use First Table!!

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Alice Ons ૐ

Great service, great food, and loved all the vegan options. The staff were super friendly, and also helped us with our meal choices. We loved using the first table app!! Will definitely go again soon. Ps: the vegan curry was amazing!!

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Lovely ambiance, yummy cocktails, excellent service, and absolutely delicious food! We had an amazing night at Light Years and will definitely come back again soon.

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Amanda-Marie Maddocks

Wow! What a little treasure this place is! Great atmosphere, delicious cocktails, attentive service, no, excellent and friendly service AND the food is bloody amazing! Definitely put this place on your eats list when in Byron Bay. As a local, we’ll be back!!

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Seb Beguería

10/10

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Great meal and friendly, helpful staff.

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Lou Hissey

Great dining experience at Light Years.
The staff are friendly, welcoming and attentive.
The food was OUTSTANDING.
We ordered 4 dishes to share and each one was exceptional.
Definitely recommend and will go back with friends to try other flavours on their menu.
Matt & Lou

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Katrina Duffy

Great food, drinks, very accomodating

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Jemima Fraser

Light years is seriously a whole new level of Asian style street food (if I can even call it that) it’s so punchy and flavoursome and the cocktails are neeeeext level!! And don’t even get me started on the service it’s impeccable!! Definitely one of Byron’s gems!

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