Best restaurants in Port Stephens.

Wine and dine waterside at one of the best restaurants in Port Stephens.

Locals and long weekenders are spoiled for choice when it comes to dining – an ever-growing list of trendy new eateries swing open their doors across Port Stephens. Whether you’re in the mood for a quick bite, or a beautiful waterside feast, we’ve whittled down the best restaurants in Port Stephens that are guaranteed to impress. 

Little Beach Boathouse Restaurant and Dining, Nelson Bay

Little Beach Boathouse Restaurant and Bar

Sitting right on the water’s edge, overlooking Little Beach and the bay, Little Beach Boathouse Restaurant and Bar is the pick of the bunch. Thanks to its light-filled, coastal interiors, fantastic water views, and delicious seafood that’s fresh and local.

4 Victoria Parade, Nelson Bay

Shoal Bay Country Club

Shoal Bay Country Club is an iconic gathering spot that is all things beautiful. From the stylishly laidback interiors to the spectacular views across the bay to the food that this multi-purpose venue serves. Mermaid’s Café is the spot for breakfast. The Kitchen & Patio is the go-to for cocktails and seasonal dishes. Atmos is a Greek-inspired dining experience that you’ll want to carve out time in your schedule to visit.

35-45 Shoal Bay Road, Shoal Bay

Crest Birubi Beach, Anna Bay

Crest Birubi Beach

With uninterrupted views of the coastline and seasonal menus made of fresh, local produce, Crest Birubi Beach is more than a bistro; it’s a destination. Set back from the beach and overlooking the ocean, watch surfers vie for the perfect wave from the open-air terrace while grazing share plates. Being fully licensed is just an added bonus.

73 James Paterson Street, Anna Bay

Bluey’s Nelson Bay

Part of the d’Albora Marina dining precinct, the waterfront restaurant of Bluey’s Nelson Bay is about relaxing days by the waterside. Their menu has a selection of modern Australian dining, designed to pair perfectly with their cocktails and wine lists. It’s also kid-friendly and perfect for watching the boats come and go.

13 E/6 Teramby Road, Nelson Bay

Rick Stein Bannisters Mollymook

Rick Stein at Port Stephens

Inspired by their renowned Mollymook restaurant, Bannisters Port Stephens is also home to Rick Stein at Bannisters – the celebrity chef’s signature restaurant. Working closely with head chef Mitchell Turner, Rick Stein heroes locally sourced seafood and pairs his delicacies with his own wine, created in collaboration with Hunter Valley winery Brokenwood. 

From kingfish sashimi and Diemar rock oysters – the Oysters Chantaise served with white wine and spicy sausage are a must – to battered Wallis Lake whiting and whole steamed snapper, expect the fruits de mer to be served up thoughtfully, and without too much fuss.

147 Soldiers Point Road, Soldiers Point 

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