Seafood buffets Brisbane offer families a great opportunity to catch up and relax over a crab, prawn and fish or two (or three!) An all you can eat seafood buffet Brisbane style is one of our favourite things to do!
Whether you are looking for a seafood buffet in Brisbane city or in one of the Brisbane suburbs, our list will help! We have compiled all the best seafood restaurants in Brisbane. YOU. ARE. WELCOME.
Where are the seafood buffet restaurants Brisbane?
Here are our list of the best seafood buffets Brisbane has to offer. As with any restaurant, you’ll want to call ahead to book and ask questions. Some of these places only all you can eat seafood buffet options certain nights of the week so make sure you don’t fall for a red herring!
If you are looking for a regular all you can eat buffet we love this round-up of ALL the best buffets in Brisbane.
Actual all you can eat seafood buffets in Brisbane
Below are the only true seafood buffets in Brisbane. The rest are more like seafood restaurants with huge options.
Sofitel Brisbane seafood buffet (Suzette – Originally Thyme 2)
Suzette Restaurant delivers a unique buffet dining experience, infusing worldwide culinary trends with the sophistication of Brisbane and its cuisine. Lunch and Dinner boasts a mouth watering spread from the land to the sea. Their seafood is sourced locally and presented daily on fresh crushed ice. Fill your plates with cooked King Prawns, fresh shucked oysters and marinated mussels. On Friday and Saturday evening, top it off with juicy Moreton Bay bugs and delicious sand crabs.
Whilst I have personally been here and I think this might just be the best seafood buffet Brisbane has on offer, their seafood buffets are NOT available every day so you’ll need to ring ahead and confirm to book a table.
Families top tip: The Suzette Buffet will be closing temporarily from Sunday 7 January 2024, resuming Friday 16 February 2024. Instead their summer à la carte menu will be available for lunch and dinner daily.
Where: 249 Turbot St, Brisbane
Phone: 07 3835 3535
Find them on this link.
Redbank Plains Feast Restaurant – BEST seafood buffet in Brisbane
Redbank Plains Feast Restaurant is an all-you-can-eat buffet that features a variety of dishes from different cultures. You can choose from a variety of dishes such as hot soups and entrées, seafood, succulent roasts with all the trimmings, pizza, pasta, Asian specials and fresh salads as well as an array of hot and cold desserts, including ice cream. Open for lunch and dinner.
Where: 339 Redbank Plains Rd, Redbank Plains
Phone: 07 3814 3144
Find out more here.
Seafood Hot Pot Buffet Sunnybank
If you’re looking for a fun Chinese hot pot experience, this is it! Decked out with contemporary interiors with colourful booths and ocean-inspired adornments, Seafood Hot Pot Buffet is a bright and modern eatery as you simmer your dinner. It’s a great Brisbane seafood buffet well worth trying.
Where: 342 McCullough Street, Sunnybank
Phone: 07 3345 7565
Brisbane Marriott Hotel
This exquisite seafood restaurant in Brisbane is one of the best options for seafood that you’re going to find. Whilst not technically a seafood buffet, they do a gorgeous seafood ‘tasting platter’ for $129 that serves 2 for $129. On it you will fin Pacific oysters, King prawns, slipper bugs, black lip mussels, rock lobster, cocktail, tartare, mignonette, nuoc cham. (Don’t forget to book!)
Where: 515 Queen St, Brisbane City
Phone: 07 3303 8034
Morgans Seafood Redcliffe
A veritable seafood smorgasbord Brisbane style!! This is Queensland’s biggest seafood market and it’s a real destination for lovers of all things salty. They occasionally have seafood buffets – so do check ahead of your planned event.
Live and locally caught seafood, plus a sushi bar with traditional style sashimi, cooked seafood & vegetarian sushi, and nigiri. Dine inside, outside or take away. There is an oyster bar too at this popular seafood restaurant!
Where: Bird of Passage Parade, Scarborough
Phone: 07 3203 4592
Find out more here.
Tempest Seafood Restaurant
Tempest Seafood Restaurant overlooks the Scarborough Boat Harbour and is a good choice if you are looking for seafood on Brisbane’s northside. They aim to serve fresh, local seafood with their menus changing seasonally. Gluten free, vegetarian and vegan options are available. Guests can also enjoy a Japanese Teppanyaki grill.
Where: Boat Harbour, Bird O’ Passage Parade, Scarborough
Ph: 07 3203 5744
River Quay Fish
Sitting on the bank of Brisbane River, River Quay Fish is a spacious and well-lit eatery. Patrons can choose to sit at one of the cosy tables, at a leather bench, or opt for an outside meal at an umbrella-shaded seating. While enjoying the view of the waterside, diners can order one of the fish dishes on offer or choose some more sophisticated seafood options like oysters or calamari.
Salads, burgers and grilled steaks are available for those who prefer less sea-connected food, and a sweet dessert can be picked to complete the meal. Sharing platters and kids’ menu are available as well.
Where: South Bank, Sidon St, South Brisbane
Phone: 0426 203 501
Gambaro Brisbane CBD
This seafood giant within the centre of Brisbane CBD, specifically the lively area of Caxton Street, is just a short walk from the Suncorp Stadium and has been around since 1953. Although they specialise in seafood, non-seafood dishes are on offer here so there is something for all tastes.
The seafood is very fresh, with a lobster tank on site. The restaurant is a la carte, however, there are some fantastic seafood platters for two that include crayfish, Moreton Bay Bug, crab, prawns, clams, oysters and all the good stuff. The cold seafood platter is priced at $189 and the hot and cold for $198. A specific kids menu is also available.
Address: 33 Caxton Street Brisbane
Website: Gambaro Seafood Restaurant
Reef Seafood and Sushi
Take your friends and family along to this Japanese-inspired restaurant at Newstead. You’ll find a wide range of share seafood plates so you can order a mix of dishes and all dive in. It’s not exactly a buffet, but it’s a great place to enjoy seafood in Brisbane.
Families tip: Their huge seafood platter is $240 and feeds 4 people! That is $60each!
Address: Gasworks Plaza, 76 Skyring Terrace, Newstead
Phone: 07 3257 7554
Yellowfin Restaurant and Bar
The South Bank venue of this chain is a great place to enjoy amazing seafood in Brisbane. With a wide range of seafood sharing platters available, you definitely won’t go hungry. Their cold seafood platter for 2 – 3 people costs $165, and there are a range of extras you can add. The menu also caters for non-seafood lovers too so it’s a great option after a day of sightseeing in the city.
Address: 24/164 Little Stanley Street, SouthBank
Phone: 1300 070 564
If you love seafood, you’re in for a treat at Broncos Club as they run an epic Seafood Saturday!
On the last Saturday of the month, come along and enjoy a delicious hot and cold seafood platter served with a bottle of chilled sparkling wine for two people. Perfect for date night!
Families tip: The cost for Seafood Saturday is $95 for members and $110 for non-members but only if you pre-pay. If you leave it until the day to decide to go along, it will cost you $110 for members and $120 for non-members, so it’s well worth being organised and locking it into your diary early (as well as becoming a member).
Address: 98 Fulcher Rd, Red Hil
Phone: 07 3858 9000
Website: Brochos The Grill
Brisbane seafood restaurants that have closed/no longer do seafood buffets
Unfortunately, the following seafood restaurants in Brisbane are currently closed or their seafood buffets have stopped. Some are closed permanently and others are only closed temporarily, so be sure to double check.
Yeronga Services Club [No longer offering their buffet]
While not a dedicated seafood buffet, this impressive all-you-can-eat offering includes a range of hot dishes (roast meats, vegetables) and cold dishes in addition to a wide range of seafood so it will keep everyone happy! Plus there are fruits, cheeses, ice creams and a range of dessert options to finish off the meal (if you have any room left that is!) It is available every Friday and Saturday night at a cost of $29.95 for members/$34.95 for non-members. Kids under six eat free and kids aged 6 – 12 pay $1 per age.
Address: 391 Fairfield Road, Yeronga
Website: Yeronga Services Club
Kookaburra Showboat Cruises Eagle Street Pier [Permanently closed]
Further up from George’s Paragon on Eagle Street Pier, you will find the purpose-built paddle wheeler boats launching into the Brisbane River for a number of different cruises, whether it be for lunch, dinner or a private function of your own!!
The cruise has its own bar area and buffet-style food is available. So whilst enjoying some beautiful food options and listening to a local band on deck, why not while away some time cruising the river enjoying some local sites such as South Bank, the Botanic Gardens, Story Bridge and some homes of the rich and famous!!
Prices vary depending on the type of cruise you book, but is a great idea for a change in pace!
The Brasserie on the River (Stamford Hotel)
No longer serving a seafood buffet. Set against the beautiful backdrop of Brisbane River, The Brasserie offers a magnificent seafood buffet with carvery and extensive a la carte menu.
Dine indoors or alfresco and enjoy their A-La-Carte menu or the ever-changing seasonal specials available on the fresh seafood buffet during the weekends. They are also home to Brisbane’s favourite high teas, with a delectable chocolate high tea buffet or a traditional riverside morning tea served on a three-tiered stand.
Where: 39 Edward St, Brisbane
Phone: 07 3100 5749
Find out more about The Brasserie.
No longer serving a seafood buffet. This is a real classic of an RSL with everything you’ve come to love and expect from these Aussie institutions.
A fantastic venue for families and large groups, with indoor and alfresco dining, a sushi train and interactive teppanyaki cooking displays. Their Deluxe Seafood Buffet is no longer available.
Where: 54 Anzac Avenue, Hillcrest
Phone: 07 3800 7746
Click here to get all the information.
Suncrop Seafood Restaurant
Smart, glass-walled spot with tablecloths and upholstered chairs, for daily yum cha and banquets. Seafood buffet Brisbane style, with a twist.
Where: 512 Wickham St, Fortitude Valley
Phone: 07 3252 2883
Check out their Facebook page.
Buffet World at Redlands Sporting Club
Popular seafood restaurant at Redlands Sporting Club offering an all-you-can-eat seafood buffet.
Where: 20 Anson Rd, Wellington Point
Phone: 07 3207 5133
Seafood buffets Brisbane – did we catch yours?
If we missed one that you’re aware of (and you’re willing to share your intel!) make sure you let us know in the comments.
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.
The Traditional Way
This is an age old method handed down from prawn fishermen over centuries. In fact this method has been traced back as far as ancient Sumerian society when prawns were peeled as part of the initiation ceremonies for many rites of passage. There is even evidence to suggest that on the lost continent of Atlantis, that they could peel prawns just by altering the tone of their voice. Honestly, we read it on Wikipedia so it must be true.
Before peeling, grab 3 bowls, a sharp knife, a cutting board and a chair. Fill one bowl with water and a little lemon juice to keep your fingers clean. Pour yourself a cold beer, wine (or soda if you’re driving). Keep one bowl for the heads and shells and another for the prawn meat. (Placing the bowl on ice helps).
Simple 3-Step Process:
- Remove the head by twisting it off the body. Take a sip from your drink.
- Remove the legs from the underside of the body, starting from where the head was. As you peel them upwards, they will take with them the shell that goes around the top of the prawn. Repeat this section by section working your way towards the tail until there is only one section left.
- Hold the tail and pinch your fingers on the last section of shell, and the rest of the prawn should pop out.
- Take another sip from your drink