Melbourne is renowned for being the food capital of Australia’s dining scene. Thus, it comes as no surprise to find there’s a myriad of excellent seafood restaurants in the mix too. Here’s our guide to the Top 10 Seafood Restaurants in Melbourne. Your welcome…
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Located in the Crown Towers building, the Atlantic Restaurant has an unwavering focus on fresh seafood and bottomless oysters. This is the epitome of ‘sea to plate’ dining done right. Think unique oyster varieties, sustainably caught wild fish and a slew of especially refreshing seafood menu selections.
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Wow! The San Remo Fisherman’s Co-op Fish and Chippery is a veritable delight on the senses. Fresh ocean salted air, magic views, pelican feeding and tantalising sea eats guaranteed to please. Dine in or take away. Prices are reasonable and the staff are overtly attentive. Highly recommended 10/10 for the experience.
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Make a day trip from the city to the famed ‘Surf Coast’ village of Torquay. Growlers is a favourite seafood dining establishment for locals and visiting savvy foodies alike. Dine inside the tastefully decorated restaurant or choose a seat in the sun overlooking the beach. Tip; Victoria’s best gourmet take away fish and chips is found here!
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There’s more seafood gold to be found at the Mornington Peninsula aside from the tasty sea jewels of San Remo. Enter; The Baths, Sorrento – a modern Australian restaurant with a definite focus on fresh local seafood produce. Positioned oceanside this establishment is truly magnificent and comes with the added touches of pure bliss you can’t find anywhere else. Highly recommended and is a must for any seafood enthusiasts in the area.
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Although technically a traditional Italian restaurant, Pier 71 always delivers excellent seafood selections on their al la carte menu. Nestled in Victoria’s stunning Yarra Valley, the restaurant is approximately a one hour drive from the city. Tip; the squid ink linguine and wood fired seafood pizzas are worth every single minute. If you are in the Yarra Valley this place is definitely worth stopping in for some great seafood.
Box Seafood Restaurant, Melbourne CBD
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This ever-popular premium Melbourne seafood eatery is located at the Paris end of Collins Street, just up the road from the Batmans Hotel on Collins. Handy! Pop in and sample their catch of the day, a mouthwatering shared seafood platter or, our menu favourites… the bugs mornay, fried whitebait and the sweet chilli prawns. This exquisite restaurant is known for its detailed presentation and high-end customer service, 10/10 for experience.
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Located amid a superb array of eateries in Melbourne’s Hardware Lane, Claypots Barbarossa built a sound reputation for outstanding seafood cuisine with a Mediterranean theme. We love the tapas plates of octopus, soft shell crabs, to die for Moreton Bay Bugs and sardines and also their incredible swordfish steaks. The venue was built with hospitality in mind, known for its welcoming, friendly and warm atmosphere where locals can get the some of the best fresh seafood Melbourne has to offer.
Waterfront Restaurant, Southgate
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Think innovative fresh seafood, delectable Japanese sushi / sashimi and succulent lobsters all served overlooking the Yarra River. Waterfront is effectively a Melbourne institution for the discerning seafood diner who appreciates a fine seafood bar and grill style place. Hint; book in advance to ensure you secure a table. Take in the stunning Melbourne skyline and enjoy the finest fresh seafood expertly sourced directly from local seafood markets daily.
Bacash Restaurant, South Yarra
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Bacash is well known throughout for the city for its consistently fresh fish. Thus, this wonderful establishment easily makes our top 10 seafood restaurants in Melbourne list. It’s a family run restaurant devoted to producing simple yet delicious seafood meals with great view of the adjacent botanical gardens too. Tip; Try their famous crispy calamari and pan seared flounder dishes.
The Lobster Cave Seafood Restaurant, Beaumaris
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Upscale surf and turf by the seaside! The Lobster Cave interior features a sleek wood panelled dining room wall with built in fish tanks. It’s the ideal eatery for celebrations of all kind with its warm ambience and attentive staff. Share fresh lobsters, seafood platters and the like, paired with a quality wine from their extensive drinks list. Owner Bill Ferg began Melbourne’s most recommended seafood restaurant over 30 years ago and to this day he continues to oversee that guests always enjoy their Lobster Cave dining experience.