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

Reviews

Lilly Boyau

We love lightyears it's one of our fave restaurants in Byron. The menu is always so fresh and creative + the cocktails are always delish!

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Shockingly delicious flavour. The kingfish ceviche was too die for as was the cauliflower. Highly recommend and would go back in heartbeat.

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Erin Ozols

We love you Light Years. Best bao and fish curry around. The prawns are deliciously spicy and I’m already excited to go back soon. Yum!

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Our Christmas dinner away from our country, family and friends couldn't have been better. Wonderful food, great atmosphere and an excellent service. The experience provided by First Table & Light Years made our Christmas very special.

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Amy Groundwater

So glad we had time to visit Light Years, the food, service and experience were great. Would highly recommend to anyone visiting Byron!!

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Our first First Table experience and first time at Light Years, it did not disappoint! The food was so fresh and tasty - loved trying 4 or 5 different dishes. Looking back on the trip, our dinner at Light Years was definitely the food highlight. I will recommend to friends and family!

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John Rose

Wow what a fantastic little place, hidden away in an arcade this place is very quaint but a great vibe. The food was outstanding. The staff super friendly and helpful. I will be back.

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This has been one of our favourite meals in the whole of Aus! Everything was just delicious and so beautifully presented. We had the Kingfish ceviche which was heaven and large pieces of fish with the most amazing accompaniments, yummy fried chicken, belly pork which was totally delicious, watermelon salad and rendang with prawns which was amazing followed by the most amazing panacotta which was the best we've ever had. We can't believe this was on first table as it's such a high standard so snap the deal up if you get the chance!
All the lovely waitresses were highly attentive too and the restaurant is just beautiful!
Next time we are in the area, we will for sure return!

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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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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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Lilly Boyau

We love lightyears it's one of our fave restaurants in Byron. The menu is always so fresh and creative + the cocktails are always delish!

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Carmen Cicchinelli

Amazing, my favourite place in town!

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Jasper Last

Delicious food, fantastic service

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Angela White

The food at Light Years is really great. Service great also. Highly recommend.

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As usual very high standard across all dishes.
Only the prawn rendang is too hot and request to bring back the scallops.

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Thanks for the delicious dinner!! Once again you’ve nailed it.
Kingfish Ceviche is to die for.

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Always amazing... cocktails and food never cease to amaze!

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Shockingly delicious flavour. The kingfish ceviche was too die for as was the cauliflower. Highly recommend and would go back in heartbeat.

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Erin Ozols

We love you Light Years. Best bao and fish curry around. The prawns are deliciously spicy and I’m already excited to go back soon. Yum!

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Andreya Koutsoubos

Very nice staff and delicious food. And a good atmosphere :) with first table the food is a resonable price

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Very sweet and unique restaurant. every dish was delicious,and the service was great. will definitely come again.thank you.

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Katie Elliott

Always yummy food & great service. The pannacotta dessert was amazing! A must try!

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Tui Tane-Mowat

Staff were lovely and food was even better! Place has a very cool vibe to grab a few cocktails and share plates with friends

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Brilliant Asian inspired food in the heart of byron at half price! Servive is amazing, seemless booking process, definitely can recommend.

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We had the best experience at Light Years! The wait staff were so relaxed, friendly and professional, gave great advice and recommendations on the food options and portions - and the food was excellent!! We would come back in a flash!

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Best in Byron!
Amazing, high level and consistently good food!
Staff are friendly and knowledgeable.

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Very enjoyable dining experience and would not hesitate to recommend this restaurant to my friends.

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Our Christmas dinner away from our country, family and friends couldn't have been better. Wonderful food, great atmosphere and an excellent service. The experience provided by First Table & Light Years made our Christmas very special.

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Food was fantastic, and staff are great.

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Marjorie Coelho

Amazing!!!

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Natasha Page

We had a lovely dinner at Light Years. The food was sensational. We'll definitely be back!

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Lightyears is our favourite restaurant in town! The flavour and freshness of every dish is amazing and the cocktails are so good!

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Amy Groundwater

So glad we had time to visit Light Years, the food, service and experience were great. Would highly recommend to anyone visiting Byron!!

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Charlotte Ashford-Meehan

Great food and staff.
One of the best restaurants in Byron, never disappoints! I always recommend Light Years to everyone!

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Very nice food and cocktails

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Our first First Table experience and first time at Light Years, it did not disappoint! The food was so fresh and tasty - loved trying 4 or 5 different dishes. Looking back on the trip, our dinner at Light Years was definitely the food highlight. I will recommend to friends and family!

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Had yet another great meal at Light Years. Always go there when visiting Byron ...ceveshe, cauliflower, wontons and hanger steak were all perfect.... Noosa LightYears is good, (apart from the interior design), but Byron is something special. Highly recommended as a First Table must do.

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The food was absolutely packed with flavor, the vibe was nice but even though the restaurant it's quite small, it was hard to get the waitresses attention, besides that, we had an amazing experience. The food came out quick and the cocktails were to die for!

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Jimmy Wright

Great little place with a fun menu and reasonably priced wine list. The corn ribs were excellent as were the pickles, ceviche and hanger steak. The only disappoint was the pork - there just wasn't much there and what was there was really fatty. If you are charging $24 for 4 slices of pork belly then it really needs to be top notch meaty.

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What a great place to dine the pork belly was amazing not to mention the discount that First Table promote was sensational

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John Rose

Wow what a fantastic little place, hidden away in an arcade this place is very quaint but a great vibe. The food was outstanding. The staff super friendly and helpful. I will be back.

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Waitress was helpful with food choices. Ingredients fresh and tasty. Worth a visit.

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This has been one of our favourite meals in the whole of Aus! Everything was just delicious and so beautifully presented. We had the Kingfish ceviche which was heaven and large pieces of fish with the most amazing accompaniments, yummy fried chicken, belly pork which was totally delicious, watermelon salad and rendang with prawns which was amazing followed by the most amazing panacotta which was the best we've ever had. We can't believe this was on first table as it's such a high standard so snap the deal up if you get the chance!
All the lovely waitresses were highly attentive too and the restaurant is just beautiful!
Next time we are in the area, we will for sure return!

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Sally Lemmon

Fantastic food friendly service

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Keeping the quality food every time . Made you go back all the time.

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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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