The Gold Coast within Queensland is an area containing a mixture of hinterland beauty with its national parks to the coast with arguably the best beaches in Australia, but also some of the BEST seafood buffets and share options on offer.
Entertainment venues including the many theme parks, the beaches together with all year round great weather provides the basis of this popular tourist destination and with plenty of restaurants and bars to try it is no surprise that seafood ranks highly on the list of delicious food treats to indulge in.
With so much choice it can be difficult to choose where to begin your seafood journey but here is a list to help you, with a choice of the traditional seafood buffet together with favourite seafood restaurants and venues that offer a selection of seafood share plates, you are sure to find something for everyone!!
Citrique JW Marriott Gold Coast Resort & Spa Surfers Paradise
Situated within the JW Marriott Hotel within the middle of Surfers Paradise is this luxurious restaurant. The dining room is open throughout the week offering breakfast, lunch and dinner menus but from Thursday to Sunday this turns into a seafood lovers delight! Referred to as a ‘marketplace’, the restaurant offers a buffet style eatery filled with a variety of fresh seafood. The set menu starts from $89 per adult and kids from $44.50 (up to 12 years of age). The menu changes depending on the fresh food available but includes a variety of fish, shellfish, soups, and even pizzas! Parking is available on site (charges apply).
Hours: Saturday and Sunday Long Lunch: 12 – 3pm: $89 per person, $44.50 per child 5-12 years
Thursday, Friday and Saturday Dinner: $99 per person, $49.5 per child 5-12 years
Address: 158 Ferny Avenue · Surfers Paradise, Queensland 4217 Australia
Terraces Restaurant Sea World Drive Gold Coast
Located close to one of the most popular theme parks, Sea World within the Gold coast, you will find this resort and the restaurant is situated within, affording great views across the pretty pool area.
There are a number of choices from their menu within their a la carte section but also served is the ‘ocean to plate’ experience. The buffet here is provided to you by the waiter to your table with a set menu price of $89 with choices such as Crab, oysters, poached bay bugs, prawns, salmon, fish, salt and pepper squid.
Hours: Breakfast: 6-10.30 am; Lunch 12-3 pm; Dinner 5.30-10pm
Address: Level 1, Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort, 71 Sea World Drive, Gold Coast
Il Barocco PIalazzo Versace Main Beach
Situated within the Main Beach area of the Gold Coast, right in the centre, this upmarket location features accommodation and a fine restaurant luxuriating in European, Italian ornate style as the name suggests. The restaurant is a little more traditional where there are a number of main meals available throughout the day at a table location, however they also offer their signature seafood share platter. The platters offer all of the following ….. Poached king prawns, lobster, Coffin Bay oysters, spanner crab, Moreton Bay bugs, smoked salmon, New Zealand mussels, market fish, squid, condiments and sides for a price of $210. It is fine dining at its best and over the weekends, the restaurant comes alive with live music. If you are a fan of the ‘finer’ things in life, this destination is really for you!
Hours: Breakfast 6.30-10.30 am; Lunch 12-30pm; Dinner 5.30-9.30pm Every day.
Address: 94 Seaworld Dr, Main Beach
Sea World Resort Main Beach
This is definitely a favourite with the family, particularly the younger members!! Situated within the theme park itself of Sea World, this popular destination including accommodation within the park, boasts a restaurant. The Sea World resort has a number of eateries on site but the Shoreline Restaurant offers seafood platters for those who particularly want to feast on something from the ocean. The seafood platters offer hot and cold options together with a mixed seafood grill, and favourites such as Australian prawns. It has a relaxed atmosphere and definitely marketed towards the family style environment!
Hours: Breakfast daily from 7am (weekends 6.30); Dinner weekends only from 5.30pm
Address: Sea World Drive Main Beach
Bazaar QT Gold Coast Surfers Paradise
This unusual destination is located within the QT hotel situated on the beach within the middle of the Gold Coast. It prides itself on taking you on a journey around the world and likens itself to savouring street food at its finest while dining in this luxurious location by the beach. There are numerous food stations and spices so you could forgive yourself to think that you are within the realms of a Far Eastern souk or a marketplace in Latin America. If you enjoy sampling different foods from around the world then this destination is for you. It is buffet style and caters for varying tastes and seafood features highly. Children are welcome and safe dietary needs are catered for.
Hours: Breakfast 6.30-10.30 daily. Dinner Tues-Sat 5.30-10pm
Address: 7 Staghorn Avenue Surfers Paradise
Omeros Bros Seafood Restaurant Marina Mirage
This classic seafood restaurant boasts prime location on the Marina Mirage boardwalk in Main Beach which have fabulous views of the marina which they make full use of with floor to ceiling windows. It is traditionally a family run restaurant and has won numerous awards for its food throughout the years. Whilst not a traditional buffet style restaurant, the seafood options on offer are wide and together with its envious location, we couldn’t leave this one out of the list!! Seafood options include oysters served in a variety of ways including oyster soup! Salmon, curried prawns, scallops, mussels, calamari, octopus together with a variety of fish. Prices are reasonable and start from $29 and set menus are available from $55 per person.
Hours: Open from 11.30am
Address: Shop 55/74 Seaworld Drive, Marina Village, Main Beach
The Lazy Lobster Labrador
Situated in this popular suburb within the Gold Coast with views over the Broadwater, this attractive venue offers a variety of seafood together with a number of share platters. The share platters start from $99 and include both hot and cold seafood with lobster, fish, calamari, scallops, mussels, prawns, Moreton bay bugs and oysters. Bugs barbecued in their shells offer something a little different and kids are catered for. Other foods are available if seafood is not your preferred option so there is a little something for everyone and the inclusive nature of sharing food while relaxing in such attractive surroundings will incorporate a treat for all of the senses!
Address: 2/300 Marin Parade, Labrador
Hours: Lunch 11.30am – 3pm; Dinner from 5.30pm daily.
Yellowfin Seafood & Grill Broadbeach
Offering both indoor and alfresco dining, this seafood specialist offers an array of gorgeous seafood to try. The vibe here is relaxed, no dress code and is situated within Broadbeach close to the beach and the hustle and bustle of the closeby Surfers Paradise. There is a share platter available at a value for money cost of $149 laden with many seafood favourites such as prawns, calamari, bugs, crab, oysters to name but a few. Individual food options are available in both small and large plate sizes to cater for those with both small and large appetites. Children are very welcome. There is definitely something to fit all patrons!
Hours: Daily 12-2 and 5 till late.
Address: 5/20 Queensland Ave, Broadbeach
Rick Shores Burleigh Heads
Situated in the surfing town of Burleigh Heads with its world renowned surfing beaches, this venue offers seafood with a pan-asian twist. The venue itself is located RIGHT ON the beach, so you are guaranteed superb views whilst you dine, aided with the use of floor to ceiling folding doors! The venue places the emphasis on the joy in sharing food and the menu consists of such choices as lemongrass and coconut curry, shellfish, thai herbs and chilli from $52 and yellow curry, chargrilled king prawn, coconut, coriander and lime from $42. There is a set menu available for a party of at least 6 people with prices starting from $79 per person. Snacks, starters and larger plates are also available and a licensed bar.
Hours: From 11 am Tuesday to Sunday.
Address: 3/43 Goodwin Terrace, Burleigh Heads
Ashmore Road Seafood & Steak Ashmore
This has such an incredible variety of food on offer that we could not leave this one out!! The venue is situated within the inner suburb of Ashmore which is close to a number of shopping centres, factory outlets and ideally situated for public transport and not too far from the beach, this location can be easily reached! The menu is vast and very reasonably priced starting from as little as $7!! Share platters are available from $74 or you are encouraged to make your own by mixing and matching the dishes available from such favourites as oyster, lobster, barramundi, BBQ bugs, prawns and calamari and meat dishes are also available. So why not get your group together and order up a storm!!
Address: 528 Ashmore Rd, Ashmore
Hours: 11am to 9pm every day!
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