Who doesn’t love a seafood buffet, and this collection of ideas will give you all the details to locate the BEST seafood buffets in and around Sydney, NSW.
There are many seafood places to visit throughout Sydney and whilst the traditional buffet is a little difficult to find these days, there are still some great places that offer a buffet experience or platter style foods, from the beautiful harbour area with spectacular views, and throughout many of the surrounding suburbs. Why not get the family together and share a seafood platter/buffet or maybe an intimate evening out, there are many options to choose from.
Seafood buffets, or platters which have become increasingly popular in recent times, are an ideal way for those who just can’t decide on one dish or great for sharing as a large group, so get a group of friends together and use this list of options to sample great food.
There is a mix of the traditional seafood and those that offer an international twist from Asia, Japan or even European countries. If you LOVE your seafood, then why not try out some of these venues and decide which is your favourite!!!
Sydney Tower Buffet CBD
Where better to start this journey than with a birdseye view of Sydney, Including icons such as the Opera House, the Harbour Bridge and the Harbour itself. This restaurant has views to die for with floor to ceiling windows throughout.
Various packages are available which include drinks and provides the ability to sit at a window seat guaranteeing those gorgeous views. Packages start from $70 per person for lunch midweek and increase to $90 for that guaranteed window view and as a thank you, the first drink is free! There are also VIP packages available which include entry to the observation deck and photography packages as a keepsake memento.
The menu is varied and incorporates over 30 dishes from around the world. Seafood rates highly comprising choices such as oysters, tiger prawns, barramundi, blue swimmer crab and fresh ocean trout. Children are welcome.
Hours: Lunch Monday to Sunday 12-2 pm; Dinner Monday to Sunday 5-9.30 pm
Address: 1/100 Market Street, Sydney New South Wales 2200
RK San Surry Hills
This contemporary style Japanese restaurant is the epitome of seafood buffet style food. Located in the inner city eastern suburb of Sydney, this restaurant provides a variety of platter style foods with a specific menu based on 10-12 people sharing which allows for the ultimate in banqueting style eating! Foods featured include kingfish, squid tempura, fresh sashimi, chef selection of rolls, and meat style dishes are also available. Kids are welcome and there is a kid-specific menu available. There are a variety of packages available, from a sampling menu which is a cheaper option and allows you to trial foods, to a full on 7 course degustation menu. If you really want that Japanese seafood buffet banqueting experience, they also cater for these as well – a true foodie delight!!
Hours: Monday closed. Tuesday to Sunday open from 12.00 pm until late.
Address: 462 Cleveland St, Surry Hills NSW
Website: Check out the RK San Surry Hills
Located within the Sheraton Grand Sydney and overlooking Hyde Park, this buffet has taken a little time out due to recent worldwide events, but is back and bursting into action. This all you can eat style buffet includes a wide variety of foods from seafood towers, to carvery, meats and salads. Plates are topped up and fully included within the upfront price, so if you can’t decide on one dish, then why not have a bit of everything!! Delight in such market fresh flavours from the sea such as tiger prawns and oysters and if there’s room at the end, swing by the dessert buffet. Children are very welcome. A Feast buffet starts from $99 and packages are available that incorporate drinks. Bookings are essential.
Hours: Friday and Saturday lunch 12-2 pm; dinner 5.30-7.30pm
Sunday Lunch: 12-20 pm.
Address: Level 1, Sheraton Grand Sydney Hyde Park 161 Elizabeth StreetSydney NSW 2000, Sydney, NSW 2000
Website: Feast CBD
Star Buffet, Banksley and Bossley Park, NSW
Yep, that’s right not one ….. but two locations close to Sydney, not too far from the city. Spanning some 36 kms and 16 kms respectively west and south-west of Sydney CBD, these two seafood giants are available to digest some beautiful seafood buffet style delights. Seafood selections include prawns, smoked salmon, crab legs, mussels, scallops, octopus and squid.
AND, what a choice! With the chefs preparing over 100 treats ranging from Australian style seafood to Asian dim sims and sushi, there is something for everyone here! Complimentary tea and coffee is a nice touch to add to the experience.
Lunch: Monday – Sunday 11.30am-2pm
Dinner: 5.30-8.30pm (9.30 pm Friday and Saturday evening)
Address: 1 Meredith St, Bankstown, NSW 2200 OR 121-133 Prairie Vale Road, Bossley Park NSW.
Website: Star Buffet
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Rockpool Bar & Grill CBD
Situated in a beautiful art deco and very grand building of the City Mutual Building, this stunning architectural building is home to the Rockpool Bar & Grill. Although this steers away from the traditional buffet style look, it is recognised as a gourmet favourite and plays host to a huge variety of seafood (as well as other foods).
The seafood selection includes high end foods such as caviar, together with Tuna, Kingfish, charcoal roasted seafood, king prawns and the list goes on. Prices vary and are reasonable starting from mid-twenties and upward for a main meal. This is a pleasurable experience for the senses; taking in the breathtaking building whilst sampling some very fine foods on offer!
Address: 66 Hunter Street, Sydney
Hours: Lunch Monday to Friday 12-2.30 pm (closed Saturday/Sunday)
Dinner: Monday to Thursday 6-10pm; Friday 6-11pm and Saturday 5.30-11 pm
Website: Rockpool Bar & Grill CBD
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Blue Fish Darling Harbour Sydney
Open 7 days a week and offering food from 8 am, this restaurant offers the ‘platter’ experience. There are many foods to sample here in delightful surroundings within Darling Harbour. Starting with a platter for one which offers a variety of seafood including oysters, prawns, bugs, smoked salmon, this gives those who find selecting just one type of food, the ability to incorporate many types of seafood on one plate – particularly useful for those who don’t want to share!! However, for those who want to banquet style eat, there is the option to order share platters of seafood. Lobsters are also available and in different sizes to accommodate different appetites!!
The traditional Aussie bucket of prawns is also available. Prices are very reasonable starting from the high teens for individually priced meals and platters start from $57 for one person. If you’re game, there is the option for the giant platter to feed the mightiest of appetites.
Address: Darling Harbour, Sydney
Hours: Breakfast from 8 am; Lunch and dinner from 12 pm;
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North Bondi Fish
Well, this couldn’t be left out of the list; this establishment is owned and run by celebrity chef Matt Moran and if that’s not enough, it overlooks the famous Bondi Beach. That said, there are a number of options from bar snacks, individual meals and the share option. The share menu offers dishes ranging from what would be considered to be starters, to main menu options and also dessert menu options so you could share your entire meal from start to finish! Fish tacos, crispy calamari, rainbow trout and a lemongrass fish curry are some of the share plate options available. Why not catch a beautiful platter of food, grab a beer and some friends and watch the sun go down over Bondi Beach!
Address: 120 Ramsgate Avenue, North Bondi 2026
Hours: Monday to Saturday – midday to 12 am; Sunday midday to 9 pm
Website: North Bondi Fish
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Cyren Bar Grill Seafood Darling Harbour
Darling Harbour with its crescent-shaped harbour filled with plenty of hussle, great atmosphere and liveliness is the backdrop for this venue. With such seafood favourites as prawns, calamari, fish, scallops and the option to utilise these in a platter style to share with others, makes this venue particularly appealing. There is a kids menu available and other options include pizzas and a Greek twist mezze option. They even deliver to your boat if you happen to be docked at the marina!! Prices are very reasonable; a cold seafood plate will set you back $28 for one or $56 for two, and a Fisherman’s platter for two will cost $85, but many options are available.
Address: Darling Harbour, Sydney
Hours: Monday to Thursday 11.30am – 3.00 pm, 5-10 pm (don’t forget happy hour 3-6 pm) Friday and Sunday 11am to 11 pm, Saturday 11.30-3.00pm; 5-11pm (don’t forget happy hour 3-6pm)
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Lugarno Seafood Restaurant Lugarno
Situated along the banks of the Georges River, the views are spectacular. The venue makes full use of this with floor to ceiling windows looking out onto the river and is approximately 23 km south of Sydney. The beauty of this restaurant is the flexibility in which you can build your own hot platter. Choose from grilled prawns, Moreton Bay bugs, scampi, baby octopus, grilled fish, oysters, salt and pepper squid and grilled calamari. Each option is individually priced which makes life easier for those on a budget. A la carte options are also available if you wish to stick to your favourite meal and yes, kids are catered for.
Hours: Monday to Saturday 12-10pm; Sunday 12-9pm
Address: 1220 Forest Rd, Lugarno, NSW 2210
Website: Click here
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Kitchens on Kent Millers Point
If you are looking for a little theatre with your dining experience, this is right up your street, with live cooking from the chefs to keep patrons entertained. The buffet is brought to your table in a twist on the traditional buffet style. The venue is open for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner with an all inclusive package for dinner available Thursday evenings, and throughout the weekend for a cost of $130 per person which includes tea and coffee.
Patrons are able to choose from seafood such as tiger prawns, Moreton Bay bugs, and local Sydney rock oysters as well as food from around the world including the Raw Sushi bar, a taste of India, Flavours of Asia and the Mediterranean and finished with a dessert selection. Children are also catered for with either a choice of burgers or pasta or can join the buffet experience for $40. There is also the option of the A La Carte menu which is available from 5.30 pm all week.
Hours: Buffet Thursday to Sunday only 5.30 to 10.00 pm; A la Carte Monday to Sunday 5.30 to 10.00pm. Breakfast, lunch, high tea also available throughout the day.
Website: Find out more here
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The best seafood buffets in Sydney
There are many seafood places to visit throughout Sydney and whilst the traditional buffet is a little difficult to find these days, there are still some great places that offer a buffet experience or platter style foods, from the beautiful harbour area with spectacular views, and throughout many of the surrounding suburbs.
We hope that our list has helped you find a wonderful seafood buffet in Sydney.