There are many reasons people come to Sydney. Some enjoy the metropolitan atmosphere while others enjoy the museums and attractions.
For others, it is all about the selection of fresh seafood. Seafood is amazing when its done right, and Sydney does it right. There are dozens of seafood restaurants in and around Sydney worth your time.
So lets take a look at five of the best seafood restaurants in Sydney. From fancy fine dining to small local places, lets look at what makes them stand out against the competition. With any luck, you will have a few new places to check out!
Also, don’t forget to check out our top list on the best overall restaurants in Sydney!
Best Seafood Restaurants In Sydney – Dig In!
Nicks Seafood Restaurant | Darling Harbour
Located in Darling Harbour, Nick’s Seafood Restaurant combines excellent seafood with a wonderful view.
Nick’s has many signature dishes, including the grilled baby Barramundi, calamari, and fresh lobster mornay. With an average main costing $40, Nick’s Seafood Restaurant Sydney straddles both casual and fancy. While the interior is more upscale, the patio along the water is casual and frequently requires a reservation because of its popularity.
Many find it the perfect way to end their day along the harbour. With such a spectacular view, it is hard to see why not.
Why not try the seafood platter for 2. If you are looking for a great seafood platter in Sydney, this is it. You will get a selection of cold and hot seafood, including prawns, blue swimmer crabs, salmon, catch of the day fish and a lot of chips. Wash it down with a selection of beer, wine and signature cocktails.
Fish Face | Double Bay
Very laid back. Fish Face is as local, colourful, and chill as it gets. Specialising in the freshest of fresh seasonal seafood, it’s not your typical seafood platter for 2 type of place (not that there is anything wrong with a seafood platter!), but it has a rotating selection of specials inspired by both local and overseas culinary influences, with dishes including king prawn omelette or yellow curry fish.
Fish Face is relatively small, meaning that lines can quickly form. A good option that has been suggested is that you grab a pint at the local bars after putting your name in to make the waiting time more enjoyable.
While their might be times you have to wait, the price and the quality of the food make it well worth it. An average main will run you $30 to $40. A cool vibe, Fish Face is the place to mix with locals and have a truly memorable seafood experience.
Something they do really well? Sashimi! Check out their menu here.
Rockpool Sydney | CBD
If you are looking for a fancy seafood restaurant in the Sydney CBD, then look no further then Rockpool. Located in the central business district of Sydney, this restaurant has made a name for itself as one of the best seafood experiences in Sydney. From the beginning to the end of the culinary experience, Rockpool sets itself apart.
They do things a little differently here with the menu.
Dinner is either a set menu of 8 to 10 courses, with an average price of $150 for a full dinner service. A 3 course lunch will also set you back $75 per person.
If you want something a little less formal, try their bar and grill with an a la carte menu. Still pricey, but in our opinion, very much worth it.
On the other end, Rockpool restaurant frequently plays host to the famous and the popular in Sydney. You never know whom you will run into. Between excellent service, exquisite dishes, and famous faces, it is easy to see why Rockpool make the list.
Signature dish? Grilled prawns. Check out their menu. Definitely some of the best seafood in Sydney.
Mohr Fish | Surry Hills
Simple, humble, fresh.
While most of the seafood restaurants discussed so far specialise in dinner, Mohr Fish specialise in excellent seafood lunches. (They are also open for dinner). Mohr Fish is located in Surry Hills Sydney. They specialise in good ole fashion dishes, done really well. If you want good take away fish n chips, this is the place.
Mohr Fish doesn’t try to be fancy. Instead, they focus on perfecting the basics. Some of Mohr Fish specialties include steamed mussels, prawn and fish dumplings, and beer battered Flathead. Main meals will run you from $10 to $20.
There is not much in terms of seating, so most people find themselves ordering in and taking out.
If you do happen to grab a seat, then take your time to enjoy the experience. Check out their take out menu otherwise.
Orso Bayside Restaurant | Mosman
Sometimes we look for something new. In both the layout of the restaurant and the kinds of dishes served, Orso Bayside restaurant is a wonderful new experience for those who have never been.
Along the bayside, Orso has a balcony over looking the water with the restaurant featuring wall to ceiling glass windows. Excellent views of the waves help to set up what is unique culinary experience. They have a strong focus on European, Italian, and Mediterranean seafood.
Some of their specialties include wild Barramundi fillet steamed in a paper bag, Tasmanian salmon with crab and prawn tortellini and their famous seafood platter.
If you want something new and interesting, go to Orso Bayside Restaurant. Be sure to call ahead and ask what the specials are, as well as making reservations!
Whether they are in the heart of Sydney or along the coast, Sydney and the surrounding area have a great deal to offer when it comes to seafood. It is easy to see why people keep flocking to experience this culinary diversity. Whether you want traditional Australian seafood or a variety of flavours borrowed from around the globe, Sydney has you covered.
In addition, from celebrity level fancy to local establishments, Sydney will have what you are looking for.
Tell us, where do you go for good seafood in Sydney? If you are in the CBD and want something other then seafood, have a look at our top 5 best affordable Sydney CBD restaurants.
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