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The freshest seafood restaurants in Brisbane
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 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 the best seafood restaurants Brisbane has to offer.
JELLYFISH | CBD
Holy shrimp! Jellyfish has an entire daily-changing menu dedicated to fresh fish (8-14 species daily!), complete with the perfect sides to each meal – and epic river views to match. But if oven-roasted barramundi with aioli and lemon doesn’t sound like your kettle of fish, mull-et over the choices on the a la carte menu, like tagliolini with southern rock lobster, roasted Noosa red tomatoes, garlic and marjoram.
RIVER QUAY FISH | SOUTH BANK
Providing a top quality feed in a relaxed atmosphere is what River Quay Fish is all about. Taste the magic for yourself with their white anchovy bruschetta, before you dig into the pan-grilled Mooloolaba swordfish with caponata, bell peppers and toasted almonds.
ONE FISH TWO FISH | KANGAROO POINT
More than just a one-trick seahorse, One Fish Two Fish is what seadreams are made of. Kick back in the revamped Kangaroo Point Queenslander a Quarter-Flounder with panko-crumbed flounder, lettuce, cheese, house-made tartare and fries, grilled salmon with kale, quinoa and tomato salad, and crispy soft-shell crab charcoal bao buns. You’ll be in shuck and oar at the primo quality.
GAMBARO | PADDINGTON
A Brisbane institution, get hooked on Gambaro’s range of seasonal options from small share plates to mains and pastas (hello linguini marinara). Only offering the highest quality of produce, Gambaro’s seafood platter is overflowing with fresh goodies like Moreton Bay bug, sand crab, Mooloolaba prawns, salmon tartare, rock oysters, marinated octopus and diamond clams. Turtle-y worth it.
SK STEAK & OYSTER | FORTITUDE VALLEY
New kid on the block SK Steak & Oyster oozes class and specialises in two main things; beef and seafood. Enjoy a John Dory schnitzel, Patagonian toothfish, seafood cocktails, grilled lobsters, or sumptuous seafood platters and, of course, plenty of oysters.
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.
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. Kali orexi!
SEA FUEL | WEST END
Masters of their craft, the team at Sea Fuel have been dishing up top tier fish and, (almost more importantly) some of the best chips in town for a few years now. From their gourmet seafood platters to their generous share plates and wide range of fish offerings, it’s up to you whether you dine in or have your feast to-go!
KINGSLEYS | CBD
Reef and beef? Surf and turf? Whatever you call it, it’s what Kingsleys does best. Start with blackened miso salmon and then head slightly further north with the Alaskan king crab. For the star of the show, choose a steak from the exquisite range, and top it with crab Oscar, grilled Mooloolaba prawns, or marinated baby calamari.
THYME2 | CBD
The words ‘seafood’ and ‘buffet’ are already food-coma-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?
ST JAMES CRABHOUSE | Hamilton
At St James Crabhouse, you’ll never be so happy to get crabs! Alaskan King crab, to be exact. Along with a plethora of sides and starters, including sizzling garlic prawns (yes please), the menu offers crab crakes, prawn po boys and South Australian mussels. Good flex.
Don’t know where to eat? In the words of everyone’s favourite blue Pixar fish, “just keep swimming.”