Dig into 11 of the Gold Coast’s best seafood restaurants

At Urban List, when you see food, you eat it. And when we see seafood, we don’t just eat it, we’re the ones fighting with a fork for the last grilled shrimp on the plate to share.

With Gold Coast having access to some of the finest and freshest seafood in the world straight from our pristine oceans, the hard part is narrowing down the Gold Coast’s seafood restaurants to just eleven amazing locations. Scroll to discover eleven of the best seafood restaurants on the Gold Coast and thank us later.



Kiyomi is The Star Gold Coast’s flagship premium Japanese dining experience, so you know it means flavor bombs, quality ingredients and the most precise attention to detail. Here, food is interchangeable with art, and the artist at the helm – Chef Chase Kojima – uses the colors of the sea as his palette to delight the palates of his guests. If you’re looking for an extra luxury experience, take a seat at the bar and order the twenty-course omakase menu, complete with sake flight and a premium caviar ‘bump’. You will not regret it.


Surfer’s Paradise

Thanking the cod for the seafood buffets is all that can be said. And when it comes to doing them well, JW Marriott Citric is definitely up there with the best of the best. This award-winning Gold Coast seafood experience offers a range of hot dishes from diverse cultures, including Asian dishes, hot roast and of course a full dessert buffet, but it’s the endless stacks of glistening oysters, shrimp, salmon and crabs. which really has the seafood that comes back again and again. If you’re going to try just one seafood restaurant on the Gold Coast, do it Citric.

Omeros Bros Seafood Restaurant

Main beach

You’ll want to squeal with delight at this beautiful Marina Mirage gem, located close to the glistening waterfront. Add a healthy helping of yachts to gaze at as you spend a long lunch sampling a range of contemporary Australian seafood dishes, expertly paired with delicious wines, and Omeros Brothers is clearly one of the best seafood restaurants on the Gold Coast. Dine à la carte or let the set menu take you on a voyage across the seas. These guys know what they’re talking about.

Paragon of George

Anse du Sanctuaire

We are sure everyone will find something to love George’s legendary Greek-inspired seafood-heavy menu. This longtime restaurant pearl in Sanctuary Cove is a Gold Coast favorite, renowned as much for its feta fries as it is for its creamy mornay oysters, tender calamari and generous portions. The best part is that with a daily menu at half price, you won’t spend too much money on your lunch. See what we did there?

Seascape restaurant and bar

Surfer’s Paradise

Nestled in the Soul building overlooking the Surfer Paradise waterfront, The Seascape Restaurant is a night out on the town worth dressing up for. Be sure to include a bib, as you’ll be drooling over the selection of largely locally sourced delicacies, including seared scallops with truffles and lobster and blue swimmer crab lasagna. No need for an Uber, you’ll float home on waves of gastronomic delight.

Rick Shores

Burleigh Heads

If you haven’t been to this beloved Asian fusion restaurant in Burleigh Heads, can you even call yourself a Gold Coaster? The dream of a seafood, Rick Shores combines pan-Asian flavors with fresh, local and ethical produce in a series of colorful plates designed to be shared with friends. And we had to guess and say, their famous bug roll might very well be one of the Gold Coast’s most Instagrammed snacks. Be sure to book ahead though – Rick Shores welcomes a full crew onboard just about every showing.

The tropic

Burleigh Heads

Located at the north end of the Burleigh Pavilion, The Tropic has made a name for itself among Gold Coast restaurants as a uniquely Mediterranean take on our fresh Australian seafood. Treated with care and lightness with an emphasis on complementary flavors that enhance the product itself, The Tropic appeals to purists, the curious, and versatile foodies. Enjoy a little sea spray with your ceviche because it doesn’t get more waterfront than that.

sea ​​gods

Main beach

If you found yourself missing Burleigh’s The Fish House, sea ​​gods has what you need. With a menu created by their talented ex-chef Jon Nurminen, you’ll find yourself indulging in creative ocean delicacies such as poached langoustine tail, crayfish linguine and crocodile ribs. The ever-changing seasonal menu is also made from 100% Australian produce and you can taste the difference. Hands down one of the best seafood restaurants on the Gold Coast.

The Merry Roger


Finally, a fish and chips option for those with dietary needs. The Merry Roger in Miami offers a different kind of take-out experience, with traditional fish and chips tucked away alongside a celiac-friendly almond flour option for those who avoid gluten. Keto lovers will also enjoy a guilt-free treat, and if you’re aiming for a low-carb fries experience, zucchini chips are definitely for you. Our vegan friends will enjoy the ‘to-fish’, made from a secret house recipe. Put your claws in.

Seafood Charis


Not only the best place to order your Christmas shrimp, Seafood Charis also serves sea food treats cooked piping hot pretty much straight from the trawler, into the fryer and delivered straight to your eager hands. It really doesn’t get any cooler, as the local pelicans who come to feed daily would agree. Don’t let your friends skunk your hot fries either – at these prices they can afford their own. It’s easy to see why these guys are Queensland’s biggest seafood retailer.

Peter’s Fish Market


You’ll be spoiled for choice on this fresh-from-the-trawler experience, with 14 different types of fish on offer. Stroll the icy aisles as you admire freshly caught snapper, coral trout, oysters, perch, octopus and purple shellfish vying for your attention. Peter’s Fish Market also prepares the biggest servings of tasty hot potato chips. Bring your cooked catch to The Spit and enjoy your food hot on the paper as you lounge on the sand, or set up a bench for the trawlers if you can’t wait another second to get settled.

Looking for more amazing fine dining restaurants? Check out our list of the best new openings on the Gold Coast.

Image credit: Kaitlin Maree Photography, Brooke Darling Photography & Citrique Restaurant

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