From the endless array of fresh prawns to delicious crabs and fish, here is our pick of the best seafood restaurants in Kota Kinabalu.
Apart from mesmerizing views and nature hikes, Kota Kinabalu is also known for its best catches. If you are a seafood lover, you will be surprised by what the city has to offer. For those planning a trip soon, go ahead and score those famous seafood joints. Whether you prefer traditional recipes or innovative dishes, there’s sure to be something to satisfy your palate in our guide.
Our recommendations for the best seafood restaurants in Kota Kinabalu in 2022:
Welcome Seafood Restaurant
If you fancy Kam Hiong Crab, Welcome Seafood is the place to be. Other than that, you’ll find mouth-watering selections ranging 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 menu here.
Or: Lot G18, Komplek Jalan Asia City Phase 2A, Asia City, 88300 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Business hours : 12:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. (every day)
Kampung Nelayan Seafood Floating Market Restaurant
If you’ve been to Kota Kinabalu, chances are you’ve heard of the Floating Seafood Market. For the uninitiated, this floating restaurant offers an experience like no other. You can order the favorites – from steamed fish to buttery prawns and beyond – while enjoying the fascinating cultural performances on stage. It is best to spend the night for a cozy 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 its Tom Yam and fish soup, consider adding Big Kee to your list. If you can handle spicy foods, go ahead and test your heat tolerance. For those who can’t stand spice, don’t be afraid to customize the flavor to your liking.
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? Fish market restaurant is the city’s first steam fondue restaurant. It’s hard not to turn down a fondue when you savor various meats, seafood, and vegetables. Plus, it’s a healthier way to enjoy your meal, as steaming your meals 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 : 12:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. (every day)
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