Known for its interchangeable weather conditions, the city is home to many sporting events, entertainment experiences including shows and concerts, the Arts, and some may argue some of the best food and drink in Australia with seafood buffets Melbourne, share plates and platters amongst the most popular foods to sample.
Melbourne, VIC incorporates many contemporary and modern suburbs both coastal and within the hinterland from Port Philip Bay to regions such as Southbank, the Yarra Valley, Dandenong Ranges and is also steeped in history. As such there are a wealth of regions and suburbs to explore and your food journey is vast. The Yarra River together with the coastal location lends itself to fresh seafood to enjoy but where do you begin?
We have put together a list of some of the seafood options available in and around Melbourne for you to sample and decide on which is your ultimate favourite, whether you are taking in a show and fancy a quick bite to eat enroute, or which to indulge in the more traditional all you can eat buffet, there is something here for everyone!
New Quay Buffet Docklands
Located within the Docklands area, this popular venue satisfies those who love a traditional seafood style buffet. From oysters, scallops, lobster, sushi, Asian roasts, salads and soups there is something here for everyone.
Children are very welcome and a one off price of $25 per child for those aged 3-8 (under 3s are free) is applicable. Adults prices are $73 (commencing 1 June) but you can feel safe in the knowledge that you can completely indulge in so much food with over 70 dishes to choose from at the last count!, that the price is extremely reasonable.
The venue is fitted with floor to ceiling windows to make the most of the Docklands view, so both the tastebuds coupled with a feast for your eyes is pretty much guaranteed!
Hours: Lunch Fri to Sun 12-3pm; Dinner Wed to Sun 6 – 10.15 pm
Address: 4/6 New Quay Promenade, Docklands
Melba Restaurant Southbank
Located within the 5 star hotel entitled ‘The Langham’ within the busy Southbank area, is this beautiful restaurant.
It has spectacular views of the Yarra River and the city’s skyline. It provides a range of international cuisine for you to try including various food stations such as sushi, Chinese, Italian, Indian, a chocolate fountain to finish off your meal is a must!
Due to its location it is ideal as a pre-theatre starter or as an intimate dinner for two or even as a banquet for family and friends. Prices differ per person and depends on the day of the week that you visit. Seafood in particular is a big favourite here with prawns, sea urchins, salmon, mussels, oysters and crabs to name but a few.
Hours: Lunch Sat and Sun 12.30-3.30 pm; Dinner 7 days per week, times vary (as do prices). Also open for breakfast
Address: 1 Southgate Avenue, Southbank
The Conservatory Restaurant & Buffet
Starting from $99 per adult ($49.50 per child) this opulent venue with its marble floors and very lavish décor allows you to escape – you could be forgiven for thinking you are dining within the French capital of Paris.
This very regally and sumptuously decorated location is set within the Crown in the Southbank district. Views of the Yarra Valley and a spectacular array of food throughout the venue makes this a real treat to behold. Lunch buffets (from $65) are also available between 12 and 2.30pm so why not break up your day and enjoy a visit (but you may have to sleep off the rest of the day after all that seafood!!).
With carvery options also available, there is definitely something to satisfy all tastes at this exquisite venue.
Hours: Buffet Dinners Thursday to Sunday from 5.30/6.00 pm onwards. (Other menus available for the rest of the week).
Address: 8 Whiteman Street, Southbank
Miss Katie’s Crab Shack Fitzroy
Situated 3 kms north-east of the CBD, is this straight forward establishment which provides crab, oysters and appetisers/sides for you to enjoy.
The food is simplistic but delicious, choices are pretty easy and the vibe is very relaxed. So if you enjoy a straightforward, simplistic way to eat delicious food and are a seafood lover, then this location is ideal for you!!
Food is reasonably priced starting from $4 for an oyster but various options apply and, with a licensed bar on site, this can all be washed down with a beer or wine!!
Hours: Thursday to Sun (Thurs/Fri 5-late; Sat 12 til late, Sun 12 til 7).
Address: 325 Smith Street, Fitzroy
Lobster Cave Beaumaris
20 km South East of the CBD is this lovely restaurant situated in Beaumaris, a Bayside suburb. With 30 years experience in the seafood industry, you can trust the staff here to take very good care of you with dishes including Moreton Bay bugs, lobster, oysters to name but a few.
Takeaway options are also available. People travel miles to enjoy this delicious food, such is the reputation of the chefs within, so take a stroll around the Bayside and enjoy a great feast in this popular place.
Hours: Dinner Wed to Sun 5.30-11.30 pm (Lunch available on Sunday 11.30 am – 3.30 pm)
Address: 16-18 North Concourse, Beaumaris
Box Seafood Restaurant CBD
Conveniently located within the hustle and bustle of the CBD, you will find this seafood giant. Offering 3 different share platters, this is a twist on the seafood buffet tradition. Platters available include both hot and cold and offer a range of favourites from their main menu.
The main menu, meanwhile, is vast and includes favourites such as oysters, Moreton Bay bugs served in a variety of ways, prawns to name but a few. Prices are widely ranging so there is something for all budget types here. If you are visiting the city, then you can’t go too far wrong with a visit to this location if you love your seafood.
Hours: Wed – Sat 11.30 am – 9 pm
Address: 189 Collins Street, Melbourne
Claypots Barbarossa CBD
CBD location, live music, great food, what is not to love! Seafood platter options are available but also small plates, large plates, childrens menu – everyone here is catered for (including vegetarian options). Sardines, prawns, scallops, crabs and mussels, salmon belly, stingray – and the list goes on, there is such a wide choice at this location!!
If you are looking for a relaxed vibe for the family (or friends) with live entertainment in the middle of the CBD this is definitely one to try!
Hours: Open daily from 11.00
Address: 79 Hardware Lane, Melbourne (other venues in St Kilda and South Melbourne)
The Atlantic Southbank
Another restaurant with the Crown resort in Melbourne, this beautiful venue boasts views of the Yarra Valley and the city skyline.
The menu is not a traditional seafood buffet, however the seafood on offer is vast. If you are struggling to choose then why not try a tasting menu which is available at $165 per person and offers a number of treats to try (and share).
Sashimi meals are available as well as meals from the grill and prices are very reasonable starting from $24. You can even sample delicacies such as caviar.
Hours: Wed to Sun 12 noon to 10 pm
Address: 8 Whiteman Street, Southbank
Argo Fishop Fitzroy North
Seafood baskets, poke bowls, and favourites such as prawns and mussels, fish curries to name but a few are all available at this location. This trendy looking and relaxed venue offers a vast range of seafood. The option of seafood baskets to share makes for a nice twist and allows you to order a varying amount of food to trial!
Prices are extremely reasonable (less than $20 in some cases) and there are options for children. A family favourite located just 4 km north east of the CBD, this is a favourite for tourists and locals alike. Takeaway options are also available.
Hours: Open daily from 11.am (Sundays from 12 noon).
Address: 318-320 Queens Parade, Fitzroy North
Richmond Seafood Tavern (RST) North Fitzroy
Located some 4 km from the CBD, this venue specialises in a vast menu of seafood. Although some non-seafood options are available, seafood is definitely showcased here and the options are vast.
Prices start from $35 for mains and offer such treats as seafood chowder, bugs, prawns, crabs and then treat yourself to a dessert (if you have room!). All ages are welcome and the vibe is very relaxed.
Hours: Lunch Tues-Fri 12 noon til 3pm and Dinner Tues to Sat 6pm til late.
Address: 5 Rae Street, North Fitzroy
The Best Seafood Buffets in Melbourne
There you have it! I hope this list has helped you find a great seafood buffet in Melbourne.
If you think we missed anything, make sure to let us know!