Brisbane’s Best Seafood Restaurants

Because you deserve champagne and oysters daily.

By Eliza Crisp | 23rd February 2017

When you live in Queensland, there’s no excuse for dining on sub-standard seafood. Make the most of the freshest product that the Sunshine State has to offer, and discover Brisbane’s best seafood restaurants.

Jellyfish | Brisbane

Serving up to 14 different species of fish daily, Jellyfish restaurant sets the benchmark for sustainable seafood in Brisbane. Book in for one of their Rosé Sundays – a New York-style bottomless brunch with free-flowing rosé and laidback feasting from 11am-2pm.

Reef Seafood & Sushi | Newstead

Fresh off the success of their Australia Day pop-up event, the team at Reef Seafood & Sushi is primed for a bumper 2017. Enjoy a glass of champagne at the oyster bar while skilled Japanese chefs prepare delicate sushi and sashimi dishes, or select seafood fresh from the tank.

Green Beacon Brewing Co. | Teneriffe

This boutique craft brewery and ale works recognises the pure pleasure of enjoying beer with seafood. Whether you like a Kölsch with your barramundi or a Pilsner with your oysters, this urban retreat has serious beach vibes. With regular seasonal beer releases and a rotating roster of food trucks, you’ll be making regular trips to Teneriffe ASAP!

Gambaro Seafood Restaurant | Brisbane City

As Brisbane’s oldest established restaurant, Gambaro has been a Caxton Street icon since 1953. This is the perfect spot for a wine-fuelled seafood feast after a game at Suncorp Stadium, and your out-of-town guests will love a trip to the rooftop lounge for a dazzling view of Mt Coot-tha at sunset.

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Sandgate Fishmonger | Sandgate

No wilted salads or greasy chips here – the Sandgate Fishmonger is serious about quality casual dining. Dedicated to serving only Australian produce (in environmentally-friendly packaging, to boot), owner David Balish is a regular fixture behind the counter. Located across the road from the beach, this is the perfect spot to spread out a picnic rug and watch the local kite-surfers.

Image: Sandgate Fishmonger Facebook Page

Image: Sandgate Fishmonger Facebook Page

Blackbird Brisbane | Brisbane

Recently recognised by the Good Food Guide with a one hat rating, Blackbird Brisbane has quickly established itself as an indulgent dining destination. With prohibition-themed interior stylings and sweeping views across the river, this is the ultimate spot to decompress after work. Aside from the extensive seafood list, the menu also includes a compact beef selection for the truly carnivorous diner.

St James Crabhouse and Kitchen | Kangaroo Point

If you prefer your seafood experience more hands-on, head down to St James Crabhouse and Kitchen at Kangaroo Point. Choose your crab (both Alaskan and local varieties on offer), pick your sauce (in punchy flavours such as New Orleans Cajun or Singapore chili) and grab a bib. The menu also features plenty of American soul food to fire up your tastebuds.

George’s Paragon Seafood Restaurant | Brisbane

If you haven’t been to George’s for the half-price seafood lunch, then you must be new to Brisbane. Classic Greek dishes sit alongside the extensive seafood menu, so there is really no excuse to only have a single course. On a clear day, the view across the river to the Story Bridge is what #nofilter magic is made of.

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Image: George’s Paragon Seafood Facebook Page

Sono Restaurant | Portside Wharf & Brisbane

Between the sushi bar, the teppanyaki bar and the sake selection, Sono Restaurant knows how to capture the essence of a modern Japanese eatery. With locations at both Portside and the CBD, Sono is the perfect spot to catch up with the girls after a long week at work.

The Fishmonger’s Wife | East Brisbane (moving to Hawthorne March 2017)

A local favourite, the Fishmonger’s Wife has been changing the way Brisbanites view fish and chips. With an emphasis on making seafood lighter and fresher (think wild wattle seed and coconut cod), the daily lunch box specials are the perfect excuse to leave the office.

Wilsons on the River | Milton

Housed in a 100-year-old terrace building at the end of Park Road, Wilsons on the River serves up classically-executed dishes with a heritage feel. Visit the champagne and oyster bar for a pre-meal drink, and enjoy uninterrupted views across the Brisbane River.


Image: Wilsons On The River Facebook Page

Motion Bar & Grill | Brisbane

Located in the lobby of the Marriott Hotel, Motion Bar & Grill boasts Brisbane’s best seafood buffet. Friday and Saturday nights offer an accompanying wine package for diners, and if you’re keen to pop down during the week, there’s also an extensive à la carte seafood menu available nightly from 5pm.

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