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The best seafood restaurants in Brisbane

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Seafood cravings working you into a frenzy? The only catch when it comes to these restaurants is their quality selection of fresh prawns, juicy crab and even a spicy spaghetti marinara or two.

From lobster on white tablecloths to crispy fish and chips taken away to eat on the balcony, we’ve gathered a list of best seafood restaurants Brisbane has to offer.

Jellyfish | CBD

Holy shrimp! Jellyfish has an entire daily-changing menu dedicated to fresh fish, complete with the perfect sides to each meal – and epic river views to match. But if crispy fried barramundi with soy and spring onion doesn’t sound like your kettle of fish, mull-et over the choices on the a la carte menu, like crab ceviche or seafood aglio.

Gambaro | Paddington

A Brisbane icon, get hooked on Gambaro’s range of seasonal options from share plates to mains and pastas (hello linguini marinara). If you’re angling for a good feed and want some bigger fish to fry though, the seafood platter with Moreton Bay bug, sand crab, oysters, Mooloolaba king prawns is turtle-y worth it.

Ol’ School| South Brisbane

Kick it Ol’ School with the most radical fish and chips around. If classic crispy potato chips are your thang, prepare to feast on a meal that even NSYNC couldn’t say bye, bye, bye to. The only decision you need to make is whether you prefer your fish battered or grilled, because the choice of fish is whatever that day’s fresh catch is.

Banter | Kangaroo Point

Come for the fish, stay for the bants at Banter Bar and Seafood. The Garlic Crystal Bay Prawns at Banter are reely good, and with a long list of national and international craft beers, it’s o-fish-ially the most crab-ulous place for a pint and a bite. Cod you ask for more?

Lutece | Paddington

The French seafood a-fish-ionados at Lutece recommend a seafood diet – the one where you eat everything you set your eyes on. Sea for your shell-f why the famous crab lasagne with a creamy crustacean sauce is so ‘famous’ (spoiler: it’s really good). Known for function, wedding and event expertise, we feel like dining at Lutece is worthy of being an event in itself.

The Fishery | Milton

The Fishery could lay claim to having Brisbane’s best fish and chips, and we probably wouldn’t argue. Owner Murray Dalton worked as a chef for over 20 years before setting up this joint dedicated to sourcing the freshest products on the market (and in the sea). Get schooled on the crispiest chips and seafood so good you’ll go cray(fish) over it.

Sono | Hamilton

Raw fish is an art perfected by the Japanese, and Sono lives up to that standard. Not only is their sashimi to die for, their crab dishes will potentially have you re-evaluating your life and why you hadn’t tried them before. Yes, all of them, especially the Kani Cream Korokke, because what doesn’t sound great about deep-fried croquettes filled with cream and blue swimmer crab meat. Grab your mates and enjoy a group banquet, or a dinner tasting course. Sono is re-opening their CBD restaurant in 2018.

Kingsleys Steak & Crab House | CBD

Reef and beef, surf and turf. whatever you call it, it’s what Kingsleys does best. Start with Louisiana crab cakes and then head slightly further north with the Alaskan king crab legs – whether you opt to have them chilled, salt and pepper style or wok fried with Singapore chilli sauce is up to you.

Thyme2 | CBD

The words ‘seafood’ and ‘buffet’ are already drool-inducing on their own, but put them together and you’re liable to start a riot. Thyme2’s fresh seafood selection is only a fraction of what you can pile on your plate at the buffet, but why hit up any other station when you can gorge on prawns, oysters and crab?

The Reef | Newstead

Sush-sea the array of incredible platters available at The Reef. They’re no an-enemy of wildly extravagant dishes, and whether you’re looking for a nice fillet of fish for your dinner, 2 kilos of prawns for a party or a lobster for a special evening, you’ll find what you sea-need.

St James Crabhouse & Kitchen | Kangaroo point

Burger with a side of crustacean? At St James Crabhouse & Kitchen, you’ll never be so happy to get crabs! (Alaskan King crab, to be exact.) Along with a plethora of sides and starters, including watermelon and feta skewers (yes please), the menu offers claws, prawns and South Australian mussels. American style barbeque and burgers are also an option if you’re feeling fincy.

George’s Paragon | Eagle Street Pier

Pre-pier to be amazed by not only the fresh seafood and pasta at George’s Paragon, but their riverside location and friendly atmosphere. With pasta, poultry and prime meats up on the menu as an alternative to their wide range of seafood, no choice is the wrong choice. Wrap your head around their barbecued baby octopus, or claw for the live lobster.

Don’t know where to start?

In the words of everyone’s favourite blue Pixar fish, ‘just keep swimming, just keep swimming’ through the entire list of the best seafood restaurants Brisbane has to offer. 

Words by Sophia Lunn
- the gourmand who eats everything she seas.