The Fish Emporium, Isle of Capri: This casual waterfront seafood haven has been delighting diners for years. From its enviable riverfront spot within the Capri on Via Roma precinct, The Fish Emporium lives up to its name with a delicious menu ranging from oysters and sashimi, through to plates of king prawns in XO butter, soft-shell-crab salads, classic fish and chips, as well as varying daily catches of fish and crustaceans.
Moana Restaurant & Bar, Isle of Capri: It’s one of the newest additions to the seafood scene, and Moana is already generating a following of avid (sea)foodies looking to hunt down the best seafood restaurants on the Gold Coast. Nestled at the front of Capri on Via Roma, Moana melds the best local catches with the flavours of the Pacific Rim. The yellow-fin tuna wrapped in calamari served atop squid-ink fettuccine is a must try.
Omeros Bros, Marina Mirage, Main Beach: This longstanding family-run waterfront seafood restaurant is an institution on the Gold Coast. The extensive menu covers all of your favourite seafood dishes, from live mudcrabs and lobsters, to towering fresh-seafood platters, Moreton Bay bugs, fresh prawns and oysters, chowders and more.
George’s Paragon, Sanctuary Cove and Coolangatta: As far as fun and affordable seafood restaurants on the Gold Coast go, you really can’t go past George’s. Its coast locations serve a mammoth menu, covering smaller plates likes barbecued baby octopus and fresh oysters, through to whole lobster thermidor, seafood pastas and two-person seafood platters brimming with the likes of barbecued bugs, fresh prawns and lobster mornay.
The Lazy Lobster, Labrador: This is the ultimate seafood spot on the northern end, priding itself on quality produce and the best seafood catches. Think dishes like bug-tail pappardelle, fried panko scallops, whole WA lobster, and the must-try two-person barbecued platters with bugs, tiger prawns, mussels and more.
Kiyomi, Broadbeach: While not a dedicated seafood restaurant, Kiyomi is well known for serving up some of the finest in the city. Here you’ll find a top-flight offering of fresh oysters and sashimi, caviar, delicate sushi, izakaya bites and more.
Oyster Bar & Grill, Main Beach: This intimate 32-seat spot is a hidden local’s secret. Dine on plates of fresh oysters topped with Prosecco granita, grilled barramundi fillets, split barbecued prawns and Moreton Bay bug tails, all while overlooking the ocean and Sheraton Grand Mirage’s famous lagoons and gardens.
Yellowfin Restaurant, Broadbeach: Perched in the heart of Broadbeach, Yellowfin is a favourite among locals looking for their fix. Dine on fresh oysters, Hervey Bay scallops, local snapper crab and giant seafood platters in the sunshine.
Reef Seafood & Sushi, Southport: Located within The Brickworks on Ferry Road, Reef Seafood doubles as a dine-in and takeaway lunch spot. You can sit down and enjoy a fresh seafood platter, a delectable spread of sashimi, grilled or crumbed fish with chips and salad, salmon burgers, fresh prawns, or choose from an array of freshly prepared sushi.
Seascape Restaurant + Bar, Surfers Paradise: Found on the shoreline of Surfers Paradise, watch the waves roll in as you tuck into a decadent seafood feast at this beachfront restaurant. Only the freshest catch awaits you at Seascape, with its menu full of must-try dishes like lobster and blue swimmer-crab lasagne, and black mussels, clams and pippies in XO sauce.
Honourable mentions: Luckily, there’s no shortage of amazing seafood restaurants on the Coast. Once you’ve spent time at the above hot spots, swim on over to our other top picks that provide the goods like Rick Shores (hello bug rolls!), The Tropic in Burleigh Pavilion, and the oyster specialists on Tedder Avenue, Shuck.
For a more casual seafood feast, scoot over to our round-up of the coast’s best fish and chip spots.