The Fish House, Burleigh Heads: With five-star views over Burleigh beach, The Fish House is truly one of the finest spots to enjoy seafood on the Gold Coast. The best catches are flown in daily, with diners treated to a sophisticated menu of raw plates, whole fish and mains like chargrilled blue-eye trevalla with pippies, and the seasonal pièce de résistance – the Patagonian toothfish.
King Crab Co, Marina Mirage, Main Beach: Seafood and views go hand in hand, and King Crab Co has the best of both. Overlooking Marina Mirage, this tasty waterfront feasting spot attracts seafood lovers in drovers. The hero here is the mighty crab (served hot in sauces or cold with delicious butter), and there’s also decadent eats like lobster slider rolls, katsu fish sandwiches, fresh local bugs and even a 1-kg bowl of mussels served with a garlic baguette.
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. 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, Coolangatta and Mount Tamborine: For a fun and affordable seafood feast, you really can’t go past George’s. Its three Gold 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.
For a more casual seafood feast, scoot over to our round-up of the coast’s best fish and chip spots.