Gods of the Sea, Marina Mirage: Afternoon aperitifs and seafood overlooking the water is something of a divine experience for us mere mortals. If you too enjoy indulging in fare from Poseidon’s table, Gods of the Sea in Marina Mirage is the perfect place. The venue is the latest culinary venture from Jon Nurminen and Warren Lucas and is here to fill the void for sophisticated seafood in a seaside setting. The menu showcases a 100-percent Australian ethos with a selection of thoughtfully curated dishes such as grilled king prawns with fermented chilli, coriander and lime, poached scampi tail with lemon-myrtle butter and Paperbark-smoked toothfish. The venue has recently expanded to include an outdoor garden lounge bar, so you know where to find us.
The Tropic in Burleigh Pavilion, Burleigh Heads: Given its location, it’s no surprise seafood takes pride of place on the menu at The Tropic. Make your way through the ‘on ice’ selection, which includes kingfish tartare and fresh prawn, or just dive right into mains of goldband snapper or go all out with the eastern rock lobster and fries.
Moana Restaurant & Bar, Isle of Capri: Moana has gained a following of avid (sea)foodies eager to dive into flavours of the Pacific Rim with a menu that changes depending on the day’s catch. Whet your appetite with a taste of fresh mussels and oysters before moving onto the main affair of lobster mornay and seriously mouth-watering barbecue bugs.
Surfers Pavilion, Surfers Paradise: It’s pretty hard to go past Surfers Pav’s interactive oyster and champagne station without stopping to slurp back a couple of freshies. If you do manage to find your way past the entrance, the Oceanside Seafood Platter is a culinary gift from the sea and is loaded with an assortment of oysters, smoked salmon, whiting, char-grilled bugs, kingfish sashimi, garlic king prawns, fried calamari, white-wine mussels and lobster thermidor served with thick-cut chips. That, fish-loving friends, is a damn fine feast. Hot tip, the venue slings half-price oysters Monday to Friday from 4:00–6:00 pm.
Edgewater Dining & Lounge Bar, Isle of Capri: Okay so it’s not exclusively seafood however the prawn and bug meat risotto alone makes it a worthy contender for your seafood feast. From its enviable riverfront spot within the Capri on Via Roma precinct, it’s the ideal spot to slurp back a few oysters and pick at some grilled king prawns, or just skip straight to the daily catch or grilled half bugs. Prefer to keep it a little more casual? Check out the neighbouring The Fish Emporium.
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, lobster mornay, and the must-try barbecued platters with bugs, tiger prawns, mussels and more. We’re salivating just thinking about it.
Seascape Restaurant + Bar, Surfers Paradise: Found on the shoreline of Surfers Paradise, watch the waves roll in as you tuck into a decadent seafood spread at this superlative beachfront restaurant. Only the freshest catch awaits you at Seascape, with at least six fish species on offer every day.
Kiyomi, Broadbeach: While not a dedicated seafood restaurant, Kiyomi is well known for serving up some of the finest sea-based fare in the city. Here you’ll find a top-flight offering of fresh oysters and melt-in-your-mouth sashimi, fine caviar, delicate sushi and nigiri, izakaya bites and more. If you’re yet to experience Kiyomi’s hiramasa kingfish miso ceviche with crispy potato, you haven’t lived.
Omeros Bros, Marina Mirage, Main Beach: This longstanding family-run waterfront seafood restaurant is an institution on the Gold Coast, so it goes without saying that Omeros Bros made the list. The extensive menu covers all of your favourite seafood dishes, from Tasmanian smoked salmon, Moreton Bay bug tails and live mud crabs, to towering fresh-seafood platters, fresh prawns and oysters, chowders and more.
Nineteen at The Star, Broadbeach: Enjoy your seafood with a side of exceptional views sky-high at Nineteen at The Star. For a truly fanciful feast, start with a caviar tasting experience and if you can rally a seafood-loving pal, the seafood platter for two is loaded with Moreton Bay bugs, Clarence River king prawns, oysters, Hervey Bay scallops, Yellow Fin tuna and smoked mussels.
George’s Paragon, Sanctuary Cove: As far as fun and affordable seafood restaurants on the Gold Coast go, you really can’t go past George’s. Its northern Gold Coast location serves a mammoth menu, covering smaller plates likes barbecued baby octopus and fresh oysters, through to whole lobster thermidor, live mud crab and seafood pastas.
Yellowfin Restaurant, Broadbeach: Perched in the heart of Broadbeach, Yellowfin is a favourite among locals looking for their fix. Dine on oysters with wasabi, lime and ginger, Hervey Bay scallops and giant seafood platters loaded with bugs, prawns, calamari, beer-battered barramundi, scallops, clams, grilled prawns, local crab and oysters in the sunshine. For $149 for two people, it’s a bonafide bargain.
Glass Dining & Lounge Bar, Main Beach: If you’re a fan of elegant dining, it’s pretty hard to go past Glass Dining & Lounge Bar’s stunning views. Start with a serve of tempura-battered bugs and sashimi before moving on to mains of seafood linguine, grilled New Zealand whole sole, Moreton Bay bugs and a taste-bud tingling Portuguese seafood stew.
Sofia’s Restaurant & Bar, Broadbeach: Again, whilst Sofia’s isn’t a dedicated seafood restaurant, the venue is bringing a little taste of Europe to Broadbeach with a pretty substantial (and delicious) seafood offering. Start with a taste of oysters with chardonnay mignonette before tackling the prawn linguine, grilled Mooloolaba king prawns and fish of the day. The extensive wine selection is an added bonus.
Citrique, Surfers Paradise: If your penchant for seafood is sizeable, the award-winning seafood buffet at Citrique is guaranteed to fill the void. Oceanic delights include Pacific oysters, Mooloolaba tiger prawns, blue swimmer crabs, Moreton Bay bugs and more. The buffet is available Saturday and Sunday lunch from 12:00 pm as well as Friday and Saturday dinner from 5:30 pm.
Miami Fish Market, Miami: If you fancy yourself a bit of a whiz in the kitchen, Miami Fish Market is unlike anything the Gold Coast has seen before. This upmarket retail space will satisfy your penchant for prawns, lust for lobster and cravings for crustaceans. The incredible range of responsibly sourced seafood from Australia and New Zealand (as well as some show-stopping selections from abroad) will have you salivating in seconds. Any fish market worth its salt prides itself on freshness, but the team at Miami Fish Market takes things to another level by shucking live oysters onsite and steaming all of the bugs and lobsters fresh daily. The fare is all hand-selected and graded to ensure only the best of the best make its way to the display cabinet, especially for its standout sashimi selection, which goes well beyond the standard salmon and tuna we’re used to.
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