UPDATED: The BEST Seafood Buffets Brisbane has to Offer!
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.
Looking for the best seafood buffets on the Gold Coast? Click here.
Morgans Seafood Redcliffe
Where: Bird of Passage Parade, Scarborough
Phone: 3203 4592
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! Find out more here.
Tempest Seafood Restaurant
Where: Boat Harbour, Bird O’ Passage Parade, Scarborough
Ph: 07 3203 5744
River Quay Fish
Where: South Bank, Sidon St, South Brisbane
Phone: 3844 3993
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.
Brisbane Marriott Hotel – BEST seafood buffet in Brisbane
Where: 515 Queen St, Brisbane City
Phone: 3303 8000
This exquisite seafood restaurant in Brisbane is one of the best options for seafood that you’re going to find. This is one of the most popular seafood smorgasbord restaurants Brisbane has to offer.
Sofitel Brisbane seafood buffet (Thyme 2)
Where: 249 Turbot St, Brisbane
Phone: 3835 3535
Thyme² 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.
Find them on this link.
The Brasserie on the River (Stamford Hotel)
Where: 39 Edward St, Brisbane
Phone: 3100 5749
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. We have a discount to their high tea too – click here.
Find out more about The Brasserie.
Where: 54 Anzac Avenue, Hillcrest
Phone: 3800 7746
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 available on Friday & Saturday nights and presents an array of exquisite seasonal seafood including all of your favourites. Click here to get all the information.
Suncrop Seafood Restaurant
Where: 512 Wickham St, Fortitude Valley
Phone: 3252 2883
Smart, glass-walled spot with tablecloths and upholstered chairs, for daily yum cha and banquets. Seafood buffet Brisbane style, with a twist. Check out their Facebook page.
Redbank Plains Feast Restaurant
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.
Kookaburra Showboat Cruises Eagle Street Pier
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!
Website: Kookaburra River Queens
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, a banquet option is available from $99 which offers a set menu including such treats as Calamari, Sashimi, Prawn cutlets and King Prawn Cocktail. However, the a la carte menu also caters to small groups incorporating a number of share platters of both hot and cold options. A specific kids menu is also available.
Address: 33 Caxton Street Brisbane
Website: Gambaro Seafood Restaurant
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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