From the endless array of fresh shrimp to tasty crabs and fish, here is our pick of the best seafood restaurants in Kota Kinabalu.
Besides the mesmerizing views and nature hikes, Kota Kinabalu is also known for its best shots. If you are a seafood lover, you will be surprised at what the city has to offer. For those planning a trip soon, feel free to add these famous seafood joints to your favorites. Whether you prefer traditional recipes or innovative dishes, there is certainly something to suit your palate in our guide.
Our recommendations for the best seafood restaurants in Kota Kinabalu:
Welcome seafood restaurant
If you’re in the mood for Kam Hiong Crab, Welcome Seafood is the place to be. Apart from that, you’ll find mouth-watering selections, from fried soft shell crab to salted egg crab and more. Don’t skip the sweet and sour fried fish when you’re here too. See the menu here.
Or: Lot G18, Komplek Jalan Asia City Phase 2A, Asia City, 88300 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Business hours : 12 p.m. – 10 p.m. (every day)
Kampung Nelayan seafood floating market restaurant
If you’ve been to Kota Kinabalu, there’s a good chance you’ve heard of the seafood floating market. For those who aren’t in the know, this floating restaurant offers an experience like no other. You can order the favorites – from steamed fish to buttery shrimp and beyond – while enjoying the fascinating cultural performances on stage. It is better to spend the night for a warm atmosphere.
Or: Silverado Corporation Sdn. Bhd Taman Tun Fuad Luyang, Bukit Padang, 88300 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Business hours : 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. (every day)
Fatt Kee Seafood Restaurant
Famous for their Tom Yam and Fish Soup, consider adding Fatt Kee to your list. If you can handle spicy foods, go ahead and test your heat tolerance. For those who can’t handle the spices, don’t be afraid to customize the flavor to suit your tastes.
Or: Off Jalan Pasar, 25, Lorong Yap Hin, Pudu, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Business hours : 6:45 a.m. – 9 p.m. (every day)
Fish market restaurant
Who doesn’t love a good dinner on a steamboat? The Fish Market restaurant is the city’s premier steam fondue restaurant. It’s hard not to refuse a fondue spread when you enjoy a variety of meats, seafood, and vegetables to savor. Plus, it’s a healthier way to enjoy your meal, as steaming will help retain the original nutrition and flavors.
Or: CG-01, Block C, Ground Floor, Lot Warisan Square AG, 18, Jalan Tun Fuad Stephen, Taman Ria 1, 88000 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Business hours : 12 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. (every day)
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