It’s only fair that sun, surf and seafood be served side-by-side. From salty fish and chips on the beach, buckets of the freshest prawns or a decadent seafood platter, there’s nothing quite like feasting on fresh local fish with a view of the ocean. Agree? Read on for our top picks.
GOLD COAST FISHERMEN’S COOPERATIVE
Not far from the luxurious Palazzo Versace, the Gold Coast’s fleet of prawn trawlers, longline fishing vessels and spanner crab boats pull up at a jetty, selling directly to the public. Thanks to Fishermen’s Cooperative you can enjoy the freshest of daily catches, delivered straight from the sea, to the boat, to you! Take your catch to a table nearby to enjoy.
Where: 168 Seaworld Dr, Main Beach
THE FISH HOUSE
Dining at The Fish House is a celebration of flavour, enjoyed overlooking the sea at the ever-popular Burleigh Heads. With a light healthy touch in preparation, the quality of the seafood speaks for itself. Each day sees a new menu and whole fish brought to the table before being cooked by their international culinary team of chefs from all over the world.
Where: 50 Goodwin Terrace, Burleigh Heads
GLASS DINING & LOUNGE BAR
Classic Mediterranean seafood meets Gold Coast style in this classy modern venue, Glass Dining and Lounge Bar. From posh fish and chips to charred octopus with Romesco sauce, you can’t beat seafood and champagne overlooking the marina and popular Northern Gold Coast Broadwater. It’s a winning combination.
Where: 74 Seaworld Drive & Marina Mirage Waterfront, Main Beach
With Broadwater Parklands being a favourite spot for families, you really can’t go past the Fish Shak. Their menu includes the daily catch of fish, softshell crab burgers to calamari, prawn skewers to chowder, all of which can also be enjoyed overlooking the charming Broadwater.
Where: Broadwater Parklands Marine Parade, Southport
Impeccably sourced sustainable seafood is king at this bright and breezy beachside restaurant in the heart of Broadbeach, Beachside Pavilion. Modern seafood dishes show Italian influences, while a Japanese sushi chef presents poké bowls for beach-loving diners. Take away is available to eat on the foreshore.
Where: The Oasis Shopping Centre, shop/46 Victoria Ave, Broadbeach
CURRUMBIN VIKINGS SURF CLUB
Here on the Gold Coast, our surf clubs are iconic, Currumbin Vikings even more so for its magnificent view of the Southern coastline served from the top of Currumbin Rock with surf breaking around its edges. Our tip: don’t leave without ordering their mixed seafood platter.
Where: 741 Pacific Parade, Currumbin
THE FISH EMPORIUM
Located at Capri on Via Roma, just a short walk or tram ride from Surfers Paradise, enjoy the day’s catch looking across the water to the city courtesy of The Fish Emporium. Dine in comfort in the restaurant, or carry your takeaway to a picnic table near the water’s edge. Night views are magnificent.
Where: Shop 4, G7, Capri on Via Roma, Surfers Paradise
Overlooking the Broadwater at Marina Mirage, family-owned Omeros Brothers has been synonymous with seafood for over forty years. Many locals dine here weekly, with lemon butter snapper one of their most popular dishes; simple fresh seafood cooked to perfection.
Where: 74 Seaworld Dr, Main Beach
After a day at the beach, grab fresh local fish and chips wrapped in paper from Fishmongers, climb Burleigh Hill and enjoy the best view in town. As the last surfers exit the water and the sun begins to set, the view is priceless.
Where: 7/9 James St, Burleigh Heads
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ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF COUNTRY
Destination Gold Coast acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we are situated, the Kombumerri families of the Yugambeh Language Region.
We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging, and recognise their continuing connections to the lands, waters and their extended communities throughout Southeast Queensland.