11 Best Seafood Buffets on the Gold Coast for Families
We have found the best kid-friendly seafood buffets on the Gold Coast so you can immerse yourself in seafood bliss! Whether you are looking for a seafood buffet lunch on the Gold Coast or a seafood buffet dinner on the Gold Coast, our list of places to eat seafood will help!
Don’t clam up, you know seafood is good for you so, check out our list of the best seafood buffets Gold Coast style!
Kid-friendly seafood buffet Gold Coast
Dining out with children can be enjoyable but can also be a bit like the first hours of a Boxing Day sale. One of the biggest problems when dining with hungry, energetic kids is that they don’t have much patience to wait for anything. The idea of ordering and then waiting and waiting for courses for arrive is a fatigue-inducing concept for parents.
Well, we have a solution for you – why not try a seafood smorgasbord Gold Coast style? You can take your kids, enjoy as much seafood on the Gold Coast as you can eat and possibly even complete a successful dinner out as a family!
We’ve hunted high and low up and down the coast; we’ve found Surfers Paradise buffets dinners, Sharks buffet dinners, Watermark buffet dinner and more on the Gold Coast.
We make big promises…and we intend to deliver!
We give you our list of the ‘The Top Kid Friendly Seafood Buffets on the Gold Coast’.
Find out where kids eat free on the Gold Coast – click here
Where to find the top Gold Coast seafood buffets
All you can eat seafood on the Gold Coast a widespread and it boasts a number seafood restaurants for parents both wanting to dine with children and enjoy copious amounts of fresh seafood. Here are the top 9 seafood buffet restaurant on the Gold Coast that will guarantee you a great night out (we’ve even located the best seafood buffet gold coast deals too!):
1. Main Beach | Shoreline Restaurant | Sea World
So many Gold Coasters would consider Shoreline Restaurant at Seaworld to be a restaurant for visitors to the coast – but for those in the know, this is a local gem for seafood with its Friday, Saturday and Sunday night buffets
This seafood buffet restaurant was built for dining with children with the price per child based on $1 per year of age (4-13yrs). In addition to an extensive range of carved meats, fresh salads, desserts and even a lolly station it’s no wonder this is on of our top family buffet restaurants on the Gold Coast and has become a popular place for local families to dine.
2. Surfers Paradise | Fables Restaurant | Mantra Legends Hotel – temporarily closed
The all-you-can-eat seafood buffet at Fables Restaurant in the Mantra Legends Hotel is growing in popularity for the fresh seafood and traditional Australian and international buffet fare.
For parents, there is also a wine buffet (what!?) for $12.00 extra for unlimited house wines. There are also a lot of 2 for the price of 1 deals for adults for this restaurant, so look around and snag one before you go.
3. Surfers Paradise | Waves Restaurant
Soaring above the sweeping golden beaches of Surfers Paradise is the Voco Hotel, a stylish contemporary retreat with every comfort provided for guests. The hotel boasts an array of facilities to enjoy including a day spa and hairdresser, two pools and a gymnasium. There is also a cafe, bar, Clifford’s Grill & Lounge, as well as Waves Buffet Restaurant that offers hungry diners an extensive all-you-can-eat buffet of colourful cuisines from across the globe.
4. Broadbeach | Food Fantasy | The Star Casino – temporarily closed
Eating out with a family can be a costly exercise, particularly when fussy eaters are invited. A solution to ensuring a cost effective all catering menu is to go to a buffet…and what’s the greatest kind of buffet? The seafood kind!
One such place, known for its giant range of options, including seafood, is the buffet at The Star Casino called ‘Food Fantasy’. This spot boasts a huge hot and cold selection, salads, cheeses and seafood!
As well as an selection of desserts with cakes, slices, muffins, mousses, cupcakes and fruit to name a few.
For families too, kids under 5 eat free which is always sweetens the deal. Find out more here.
5. The InterContinental Sanctuary Cove – temporarily closed
Head to the InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort for a feast to remember! Offering nothing short of luxury, you’ll dine on an expertly prepared spread of seafood, meats, salads and sides. And let’s not forget about a mouthwatering smorgasbord of desserts. Don your loosest attire and settle in for a feast with the ones you love. Kids 4 and under dine free!
6. Terraces Restaurant | Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort
Renowned on the Gold Coast for its overflowing seafood buffet, Terraces Restaurant offers a generous array of fresh local produce to treat even the most refined palates. With its gorgeous setting, chic white furnishings, wood accents and stunning lagoon views framed by ceiling-to-floor windows, you’ll feel miles away from the hustle and bustle.
7. Citrique | Surfers Paradise Marriot Resort & Spa
Enjoy an award-winning seafood buffet at the Surfers Paradise Marriot Resort & Spa’s signature restaurant, CITRIQUE. You can dine here Monday through to Thursday with the doors opening at 6pm. Reservations are DEFINITELY required so make sure you phone ahead on 07 5592 9772. Delish!
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8. 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!
9. 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.
10. 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.
11. 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!
Buffet dining for families at the Gold Coast
Before packing the kids in the car, shining your shoes and heading out for a lovely family meal, check out the online deals available for seafood buffets on the Gold Coast.
While we have only collated 10 buffets on our list, there are many more that are very accommodating for families and offer great discounts for locals, eating during the week and kids eat free. It is definitely worth researching before you go, as it may mean that going out as a family to seafood buffets Gold Coast style could become a regular outing as a result.
How to peel a prawn
Preparation is part of the enjoyment of a great meal, but that doesn’t mean you want to spend any longer than you need right? Here’s how to peel a prawn quickly and easily. Tip: For better presentation, leave tails intact.
The Quick Way
- Twist off the head;
- Grab legs between thumb and index finger, squeeze and pull away shell from around the body.
- Repeat until tail section is left
- Squeeze tail, prawn will pop out.
- Practice at home with your kids for the expectations of behaviour at a seafood buffet. In so many reviews of buffet locations, customers complain of children picking up food directly from the buffet and putting it back (obviously they don’t know good ‘buffet’ etiquette)
- Research online before you go for locals discounts around the Gold Coast, many offer great deals and can save you and your family HEAPS!
- Still feeling hungry? Head to our picks for the BEST family restaurants the Gold Coast has to offer!